ROSEBURG, Oregon -- Fifteen teams of the "Northwest Street Stock Tour" braved the threat of rain and made the long haul to Roseburg, OR to challenge the "Douglas County Street Stock" class to a Civil War Shootout. The two classes, with very different rules, joined together 37 race cars to run side by side for bragging rights. Each class ran according to their own rules and put on an excellent show. The DCS #32 car of Mark Pothoff set overall fast time at 16.33 and the #51 of Mike Aubrey set fast time at 16.80 for the NWSST group. The 4 lap Trophy dash had the NWSST cars lined up on the inside and DCS cars on the outside. Brad Stanwood took the green flag and the cars went 3 wide into the first turn - promising an exciting night of racing. Mike Aubrey came out ahead of the pack and quickly opened up a big lead. Stanwood battled the DCS #32 of Mark Pothoff for the remaining laps but Pothoff wrestled away 2nd place by finishing a 1/2 nose ahead of Stanwood. Final results were Aubrey, Pothoff, Stanwood and the DCS #1 of Gary Perry.
Following the Trophy Dash, there were 5 heat races run, each for 8 laps. NWSST racers won the E, D, and C heats. Sue Nelson took the checkered in the E heat, while Mike Crase won the D heat and Chris Schlaht took the C heat. The B heat saw the DCS #44 of Bob Brumback take the checkered flag and the DCS #32 of Mark Pothoff won the A Heat race.
The Tim Slone machine, DCS #12, lead the B Main event to a green flag but the DCS #88 Mark Hash jumped out to the early lead. NWSST's #42 Sue Nelson inherited the lead just a few laps into the race when the 2 leaders got together and spun each other out. NWSST's Sean Aubrey gained the lead for a few laps before another yellow flag was thrown. When the green came back out, DCS #39 car of Adam Whitlock went after Aubrey and wrestled away the lead coming out of Turn 3. Whitlock took the checkered flag, followed by DCS #40 Bill Lovvoen , NWSST #51 Aubrey, DCS #92 Mo Frost and NWSST #42 Sue Nelson in fifth. Whitlock, Lovvoen, Aubrey and Nelson transferred to the A Main.
The NWSST group won the coin toss for the 100 lap A main event and chose to line up all of their cars on the inside line, giving Mike Aubrey the pole position with an invert of zero. Aubrey took the green flag and led Stanwood into the1st corner. The DCS #1 of Gary Perry spun in the 1st lap to bring out the first of 9 yellow flags. After the restart, Stanwood snuck around Aubrey to take the lead on lap 3, followed closely by Perry. 6 laps into the race, the leaders were already into lap traffic. By the time they worked thru it, Perry had the lead. Another spin brought out the yellow again, during which the NWSST #45 and DCS #39 cars got together, requiring wrecker services to clean it up. Back at green flag racing, Perry, Stanwood and Pothoff got into lap traffic again, this time with Stanwood coming away with the lead. The race was slowed by 2 more yellows before Perry caught and passed Stanwood. Unfortunately for Perry, another yellow flag flew on that lap and Stanwood reclaimed the lead. After that, Perry and Stanwood battled over the lead until the 50 lap break. A 10 minute break provided an opportunity for the teams to get gas, make some minor adjustments but could not change tires. Perry, Stanwood, Hirschback, Aubrey and Barnett led the field at the restart. Perry didn't waste anytime opening up a huge lead, as much as a half-track at one point. 3 more cautions slowed the last 50 laps and Perry took the checkered flag followed by Stanwood, Aubrey, Overturf, Barnett, Gaylord, Lovvoen, Whitlock, Pete Kelly and Mark Pothoff rounding out the top ten.
So the score after the first NWSST-DCS Civil War has the two groups winning 4 races each, and the A Main finished with 5 cars from each group in the top ten. Maybe the generous folks at Douglas County Speedway will invite us back next year for a rematch! How 'bout it, DCS?!
The Racing Wheels Newspaper Pole Award goes to Mike Aubrey and the Race Central Hard Charger Award goes to Shawn Aubrey for gaining 10 positions in the Main.
Thanks to all of our sponsors - Jim Estes Garage, Christiansen Oil, Jody's Bar and Grill, Evelyn's Digital Solutions, Mac's Radiator, Race Central, Fast Signs, Oswego Roof, Randy's Ring & Pinion, The Wax Shoppe, B & M Engine Service, Racing Wheels Newspaper, and Red Line Racing Lubricants.
The NWSST will be opening for the "Late Model Challenge Series" at the 1/2-mile paved tri-oval of Tri-City Raceway in Richland, WA on June 5th. For complete race results, standings, schedule, news and more info, visit us on the web at www.nwstreetstocktour.com - because it's all racin' and it's all good!