It was a similar plot with the weather in the forecast early in the week with the mother nature looking to add another rain out but the winds of change kept the rain away and brought out the sun to make conditions perfect for last Saturday night at the Cottage Grove Speedway. For the second time of 2010 the Cottage Grove Speedway was able to get a race completed as last weekend seen the All-American Street Stocks, Modifieds, Late Models, and the 2010 debut of the Limited Sprints.
The night began with the All-American Street Stocks as it did the week before as it was a Langan once again dominating the field in the main event. This week though it was Andrew Langan of Jasper utilizing a good start after a deep starting position to take the lead early in the race. With only two cautions occurring Langan was able to get to lapped traffic and build up a sizeable lead. The lead at times would be closed in on by April Howard of Eugene putting on some great moves to get into the second place position but Langan's domination was too much and he would go on to win his first race of the season.
“I got pretty lucky there getting through lapped traffic early,” Langan would say, “ everyone was fast tonight and I really enjoyed it, our car was working pretty well got to thank my dad and Ricky Ashley for working on the car and also my sponsors.”
Howard would finish in second followed by the previous week’s winner T.J. Langan of Jasper, Daniel Ray of Springfield coming from the back to finish fourth, and Gene Ashley of Jasper rounded up the top five.
Early in the night April Howard would set fast time of the night at 17.030 seconds while Andrew Langan was able to win the trophy dash. Heat races were won by Andrew Langan and Dexter’s T.J. hardy.
The Late Models seen several top notch teams making the venture to the Cottage Grove Speedway. The main event brought the fans an excellent battle for the lead between Springfield’s Mike Miller and Justin Simpson from Bend. But Joey Tanner of Portland would come out of nowhere to get to the lead and produce such a great lead no one was in sight. But cautions occurred on several occasions, seven to be exact, especially around the halfway mark which put the contenders right behind the leader Tanner. Tanner would go on to pull off the victory with over a two second margin of victory for his first win of 2010 which was also his first race on dirt for the year as well.
“We had a really good car tonight with Casey and Phil Vitale helping this year and the car was really good and it great to come out with a car that is good and win,” Tanner would say, “I’ve had some bad luck on dirt but it’s cool to finally win one but some of those cautions made me nervous because it gave those guys a second chance.”
Trent Elliott of Redmond battled hard all night long but his hard work paid off by finishing in the second spot followed by Justin Simpson, Chuck Christian of Eugene in a great race in a new car, and Mark Carrell finished in fifth after coming back from a wreck on lap twenty which collected five cars. Trent Elliott was the evenings fast timer of the night at 14.879 seconds while Tanner seen success earlier in the night by winning the trophy dash. Heat races were won by Mark Carrell and Randy Martin of Eugene.
The Limited Sprints opened up there season with a dominating performance by Colin Baker of Cottage Grove dominating the field to earn his first win of his career. Mike Griffith of Fall Creek led the early laps and built a large lead but the only caution of the race occurred on the thirteenth lap which bunched the field up. But on lap sixteen Baker was able to put himself in position to grab the lead and went on to cruise to victory.
“It feels good to win especially the style we did it and it wouldn’t have been possible without the sponsors and the whole night my dad was preaching patience and it paid off,” Colin Baker would also comment on his preferred high side line, “I love it up there wide open and hanging out it’s the most fun there and I can’t thank my dad and my crew getting me out there in such a good piece of equipment.”
Griffith would post a admirable second place position while Zack Spaulding of Springfield made a pass for third on lap twenty-two while the top five was rounded out with Heath Shelton of Drain and Mike Carrothers of Cottage Grove in fourth and fifth. Colin Baker posted fast time of the night with a time of 13.625 seconds and would also win the trophy dash. Heat races were won by Baker as well as Zack Spaulding.
The Modifieds like the Late Models produced a good car count for the evening and a good race. The Modified feature was also plagued with cautions especially around the second lap marker where four of the seven total cautions occurred. Once the action went underway Greg McDonald of Cottage Grove turned quite a few heads and impressed many when he got in front early and in fact led the first nineteen laps till Ron Wilson of Coburg made the pass for the top spot. Wilson would in turn lose the lead to his nephew Jesse Williamson of Coburg on lap twenty-three and would go on to win his first race of the season.
“I liked the double file restarts it made it a lot more fun and a chance to pass some more cars,” Jesse Williamson also talked about chauffeuring the car he will not normally drive, “This was actually my dad’s car I’m just getting it ready for this season.”
Ron Wilson wound up in the second place position while Braedon Hand of Cottage Grove finished in third followed by Greg McDonald and Gus Cooper of Creswell rounding up the top five and earning the D&D Automotive Hardcharger was Wilson by finishing second after starting in tenth. Casey Vitale of Lebanon would dominate the opening stages of the night by qualifying the fastest at 15.667 seconds and the trophy dash. Heat races would be won by Ron Wilson and Braedon Hand.
Well fans that does it for this week’s action at the Cottage Grove Speedway next week will be one surely not to miss. This Friday and Saturday night will be the Grove 360 Classic where the best drivers in the Northwest will converge to the famed ¼ mile clay oval to take home the prize money. For the last seven main events Roger Crockett of Medford has won and will look to sweep the weekend again but several drivers differ in opinion and they will look to hoist the trophy. Support classes will be on hand as well Friday evening will see the Mini Sprint and Saturday evening will see the Mini Sprints and Modifieds in action. Tickets and times for general admission are the following Adults-$12, Seniors & Students-$10, Children 6 to 11-$5, 5 & Under-Free. Times for Saturday’s events will have the pit gate open around 3 PM, Ticket Gate 4 PM, Qualifying at 5 PM, and Racing scheduled to begin around 6:45 PM, for more information log on to cottagegrovespeedway.com.