TENINO, Washington -- The NABR Big Rigs brought out the crowd on Saturday, July 21st. The action was intense as the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, presented by Dodge, had the Late Model Super Stocks and Top Notch Trailer Street Stocks running double mains.
The NABR Big Rigs had a great show. Cory Riplinger qualified fastest with an 18.75. Hometown driver, Mike Gibbons won the B dash and Merv Pidherney won the A dash. Mike Gibbons led all 15 laps of the heat race. Troy Pidherney was running second until lap five when Glen Creed took over. Gibbons won the heat with Creed in second. Third was Riplinger and fourth was Darrin Berdahl. During intermission, Gibbons brought his truck out and did a smoke show for the crowd. The tire smoke filled the air and Gibbons disappeared into the white smoke. Black tire marks were left on the surface, the signs of a good show. Merv Pidherney got out to the quick lead in the main event. On lap six, the caution came out for Troy Pidherney who spun in turn two. Darrin Berdahl was running second until lap 26 when Riplinger got in front of him. Merv Pidherney won the main event with Riplinger in second and Berdahl in third. Fourth was Creed followed by Troy Pidherney, Darrell Domes, Matt McMecken and Kevin McMecken.
Brad Borton was back out in the Top Notch Trailer Street Stocks. Borton had missed the last race due to an accident on June 22nd. Borton was racing hard in first place when he was put into the wall in turns three and four. Thanks to his great Crew Chief Scott Borton and himself, Borton got the car out on the track to win the first Top Notch Trailer Street Stock main of the night and his first of the season. Borton took the lead of the main event after running behind Kreg Kadoun for five laps. As Borton passed Kadoun, so did Mark Boehi. On lap twelve a caution was thrown when Jim Jussila, after being gone for three races for a blown motor, hit the front stretch wall, smashing and twisting the front of his Ford. On lap 17 a caution was thrown for Bill Posh Jr. who lost a timing belt and slowed. Jussila and Posh were done for the evening. On lap 21, Scott Puncochar took over second from Boehi. In the end it was Borton who walked away with the win followed by Puncochar. Jim Swanson was third in the main on his first night out of the season. Fourth went to Bobby Micielli and Mark Boehi was fifth.
The Second Street Stock main event started with Bill Manney, who won the trophy dash earlier in the evening, on the pole. Manney led for three laps before Chad Hinkle took over the lead. Jim Swanson was running fourth when the exhaust system of his car came off on the front stretch and caught fire. Swanson pulled into the infield and was done for the evening. By lap 13, JJ Hamilton had gotten into the second spot behind Chad Hinkle. The two cars ran hard until lap 24 when Hinkle got turned around. Hamilton won the main event with Joe Swanson in second. Bill Manney, Dan Woodward and Bobby Micielli rounded out the top five. Hinkle did not lose a lap in the incident and finished in seventh.
The Late Model Super Stocks welcomed three more drivers to the division this week. Jody Tanner who is a regular Enduro driver at South Sound Speedway, Don Waterman and Scott Streepy. A sigh of relief was heard from Eric Tibbitts and Bob Presley fans when they each won their first main events of the season. Both were well-deserved wins, Tibbitts and Presley have been running consist throughout the season. Tibbitts led all 50 laps of the first main event. There were no cautions, a first for this class, and very few spins. Don Waterman took his car around on the front stretch on lap four and left the track a few laps later. On lap 22, Ray Wallace and Jody Tanner got together on the backstretch causing them both to lose a lap. On lap 36, Dan Obrist spun in turn two. Eric Tibbitts held on to win with Bob Presley in second and Nick Behn in third.
The second main was back to the norm for the Late Models. Mike Olson took the lead after starting on the outside pole. On lap three, Roger Drake spun in turn four bringing out the caution. Olson was still leading with Nick Behn in second and Presley in third. On lap 23, Presley got by Behn and on lap 28, he got by Olson for first. On lap 34, Olson and Obrist got together on turn four causing debris on the track. Lap 47 brought the final caution when Dan Obrist got into Mike Olson. Obrist was blacked for the incident. Bob Presley held his ground and won his first main of the season. Nick Behn was second and Eric Tibbitts was third. Ray Wallace finished in fourth with Jody Tanner and Scott Streepy in tow.
Next week, July 27th, at South Sound Speedway is the Late Model Super Stock Miller 200. Joining the event will be the NWSST, Hinkle Homes Pure Stocks and the Legends and Bandoleros. On August 3rd the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Tour will make a stop by the 3/8th mile oval. The Hinkle Home Pure Stocks and the Bumblebees will be on hand for the run as well as the Top Notch Trailer Street Stocks to run twin 25 lap mains. Check out www.southsoundspeedway.com for all your racing inquiries.
Fast Time: JJ Hamilton 15.85
Dash: Bill Manney
Main 1: Brad Borton, Scott Puncochar, Jim Swanson, Bobby Micielli, Mark Boehi, JJ Hamilton, Kreg Kadoun, Dan Woodward, John Owenby Jr., David Patrick, Chad Hinkle, Scott McNeil, Joe Swanson, Bill Manney, Bill Posh Jr., Jim Jussila
Main 2: Hamilton, Joe Swanson, Manney, Woodward, Micielli, Puncochar, Hinkle, Boehi, Borton, Kadoun, Owenby, McNeil, Patrick, Jim Swanson
Fast Time: Nick Behn 14.61
Dash: Mike Olson
Main 1: Eric Tibbitts, Bob Presley, Nick Behn, Roger Drake, Mike Olson, Scott Streepy, Tim Gosch, Dan Obrist, Ray Wallace, Jim Clair, Jody Tanner, Don Waterman
Main 2: Presley, Behn, Tibbitts, Wallace, Tanner, Streepy, Waterman, Gosch, Olson, Clair, Obrist, Drake
Fast Time: Cory Riplinger 18.75
B Dash: Mike Gibbons
A Dash: Merv Pidherney
Heat: Mike Gibbons, Glen Creed, Cory Riplinger, Darrin Berdahl, Troy Pidherney, Merv Pidherney, Darrel Domes, Matt McMecken, Kevin McMecken
Main: M. Pidherney, Riplinger, Berdahl, Creed, Gibbons, T. Pidherney, Domes, M. McMecken, K. McMecken