West Coast Sprint Car News and Notes from May 29 Weekend

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Cottage Grove SpeedwayCottage Grove Speedway West Coast Sprint Car News and Notes
By Adam J. Ulrey

The Marvin Smith Memorial Sprint Car Race Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, Oregon  
In what surely will go down as one of the best Marvin Smith Memorial races ever, Jason Solwold did just enough to hold of the hard charging Roger Crockett for the win and $4100. At Cottage Grove Speedway Marvin Smith was one of the most popular drivers ever and to honor him with this race brings out the best drivers the West has to offer. There were drivers from Washington, Oregon, California, and Canada that came to participate in the race and chance for the big payday.
Night #1 saw Roger Crockett holding off Jason Solwold for the win and watching Henry Van Dam come from 17th to 4th. The Main was just great driving with Justyn Cox out of California riding the rim all the way from 15th to 2nd only to hit the wall and blow his tire, but for those 25 laps he put on show. After Crockett and Solwold the rest of the top five was Kyle Hirst followed by Van Dam and Garen Linder. With 37 cars for the first night it brought back memories of the old Northern Sprint Tour days during speedweek. Cottage Grove had not seen a sprint car count like that in a long time. The field was split in half for two qualifying sessions with Solwold setting fast time in session one with an 11.626 and Hirst setting fast time on session number two with an 11.955. The heats were won by Cox, Crockett, Chadd Noland and Bricen James. The dash was won by Kyle Miller driving for Kady Adelman in the 6a. There were two B mains with the top two from each transferring to the A main. In the first B it would be Hirst taking off and leaving the field behind and Jake Helsel getting the second transfer spot. In B number two it would be the 22x of Travis Jacobson taking the lead early and never looking back with Canadian Skylar Gee nabbing the second and final transfer spot. 
Night #2 we would be down a couple of cars as we lost both Noland and the 7n of Jared Peterson to blown motors. With the top four from Night #1 already locked into the dash we would qualify 31 and again it would be split into two sessions. In session number one the Rudeen Racing #26 driven by California's Willie Croft would set fast time for the whole weekend with a blistering 11.258. In session two it would be the teenager from California driving the Simpson motorsports #4s Michael Kofoid with an 11.568. There would be four heats with the top four transferring. In Heat #1 JJ Hickle would get around the front row on lap two and lead the rest of the heat followed by Croft, Reece Goetz and Shane Forte. In Heat #2 Cooper Desbien from Roseburg would take the lead from the start and as hard as Kofoid try could not get around him he couldn't, as the track was starting to dry out so down low was were to be and Cooper stayed there for the win, he was followed by Kofoid, Jacobson and the Rob Linsey. Lindsey on a last lap pass got the transfer spot. In Heat #3 Garen Linder won with Evan Margeson out in his nice looking 11m car finishing right behind him, followed by Kyle Miller and Lance Sargent. In the last Heat race of the evening Skylar Gee won with Justyn Cox all over him trying to get the win, but settling for 2nd followed by Bricen James and Robbie Price. The Dash would have the four that were locked in from the A Main from Night #1 and the four fastest that transferred out of their heats. Van Dam took off with Solwold right behind hit but he couldn't catch Van Dam for the pole position. After Van Dam and Solwold the rest of the dash finishing order looked like this with Kofoid, Crockett, Croft, Cox, Hirst and last Miller. There would only be one B main and the top four would be taken and Justin Youngquist would lead all 12 laps followed by Jared Ridge, Jake Helsel and the young lady from California Chelsea Blevins. Cam Smith had the 4th and final spot all but locked up but with two laps to go he went high and off the track only to recover but lost out to Blevins. 
The Main was 41 laps of beautiful racing with only two quick cautions the race went green for the bulk of the race and with 24 cars on the track and some of the heaviest hitters the west coast has to offer it was well raced by all. Van Dam jumped to the lead and was gone with Solwold sitting in second and then after a few laps after they got into traffic Solwold was able to wrestle the lead away from Van Dam and coming fast was the master of Cottage Grove Speedway Crockett. He would slowly reel in Van Dam until with about 15 to go he got by him and then for the rest of the race he kept gaining on Solwold when the second yellow flag came out with 6 laps to go to set up a restart. Solwold took off with Crockett in tow and slowly gaining, with the white flag waving Crockett tried one last banzai move and hit Jason coming into turn three but Jason held on for the win and to end one the best Marvin Smith Memorial races ever. It was just classic racing with a stellar field.
Night #1
37 Cars
Fast Time #1: 18 Jason Solwold 11.626
Fast Time #2: 77 Kyle Hirst 11.955
Heat #1: 31c Justyn Cox, 18 Jason Solwold, 26 Willie Croft, 12 Jared Ridge, 9r Reece Goetz, 33s Lance Sargent, 44 Jake Helsel, 10k Don Waddell, 22c Trevor Cook
Heat #2: 11c Roger Crockett, 6a Kyle Miller, 33v Henry Van Dam, 56 Justin Youngquist, 77 Kyle Hirst, 21wr Jake Wheeler, 5d Patrick Dills, 4d Cooper Desbiens, N8 nate Vaughn
Heat #3: 13 Chadd Noland, 7n Jared Peterson, 4s Michael Kofoid, 3 JJ Hickle, 99 Skylar Gee, 2jr Kelly Miller, 26f Shane Forte, 5r Steve Reeves, 17 Cam Smith
Heat #4: 51 Bricen James, 22L Garen Linder, 1B Chelsea Blevins, 11m Evan Margeson, 22x Travis Jacobson, 12o Orion Redmond, 70 Raquel Ivie, 22d Devin Barnes, 47 John Stewart
Dash: 6a K Miller, 11 Crockett, 18 Solwold, 7n Peterson, 11m Margeson, 3 Hickle
B Main #1: 77 Hirst, 44 Helsel, 12o O Redmond, 9r Goetz, 21 Price, 26f Forte, 2jr Ke Miller, 10k Waddell, 33s Sargent, 5r Reeves, 22c T Cook
B Main: #2: 22x T Jacobson, 99 Gee, 5d Dills, 17 C Smith, 21wr J Wheeler, 4d Desbiens, N8 N Vaughn, 70 Ivie, 22d Barnes, 47 Stewart
A Main: 11 Crockett, 18 Solwold, 77 Hirst, 33v Van Dam, 22L Linder, 26 Croft, 11m Margeson, 99 Gee, 4s Kofoid, 56 Youngquist, 1B Blevins, 12 Ridge, 51 James, 321c Cox, 44 Helsel, 22x Jacobson, 3 Hickle, 6a K Miller, 7n Peterson, 13 Noland DNS
Night #2
35 Cars
Fast Time #1: 26 Willie Croft 11.258
Fast Time #2: 4s Michael Kofoid 11.586
Heat #1: 3 JJ Hickle, 26 Willie Croft, 9r Reece Croft, 26f Shane Forte, 5d Patrick Dills, 70 Raquel Ivie, 1B Chelsea Blevins, 22d Devin Barnes
Heat #2: 4d Cooper Desbiens, 4s Michael Kofoid, 22x Travis Jacobson, 23 Rob Lindsey, N8 Nate Vaughn, 21wr Jake Wheeler, 44 Jake Helsel, 17 Cam Smith
Heat #3: 22L Garen Linder, 11m Evan Margeson, 6a Kyle Miller, 33s Lance Sargent, 56 Justin Youngquist, 22c Trevor Cook, 2jr Kelly Miller, 47 John Stewart
Heat #4: 99 Skylar Gee, 31c Justyn Cox, 51 Bricen James, 21 Robbie Price, 12 Jared Ridge, 12o Orion Redmond, 10k Don Waddell
Dash: 33v Van Dam, 18 Solwold, 4s Kofoid, 11c Crockett, 26 Croft, 31c Cox, 77 Hirst, 6a K Miller
B Main: 56 Youngquist, 12 Ridge, 44 Helsel, 1B Blevins, 17 C Smith, 2jr Ke Miller, 22c Cook, 12o Redmond, 5d Dills, 70 Ivie, 10k Waddell, N8 N Vaughn, 22d Barnes, 47 Stewart, 21wr Wheeler
A Main: 18 Solwold, 11c Crockett, 33v Van Dam, 31c Cox, 21 Price, 77 Hirst, 22L Linder, 12 Ridge, 51 James, 26 Croft, 6a K Miller, 3 Hickle, 11m Margeson, 22x T Jacobson, 9r Goetz, 23 Lindsey, 56 Youngquist, 33s Sargent, 4d Desbiens, 44 Helsel, 4s Kofoid, 99 Gee, 1B Blevins, 26f Forte
The Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series
Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th
Marysville Raceway Park
Marysville, California
Silver Dollar Speedway
Chico, California
There would be 39 cars for the Civil War race at Marysville Raceway Park........Andy Forsberg wins!!!!!

•  Civil War)Marysville Raceway CA...

•  #7C Andy Forsberg #22 Shane Golobic #3C Jonathan Allard #X1 Mason Moore #21X Colby Wiesz #21 Michael Ing #63 Geoff Ensign #88N D.J. Netto #92 Kyler Shaw #5V Seth Nunes #24B Klint Simpson #9 D.J. Freitas #99 Tony Gualda #2 Cody Spencer #21H Jeremy Hawes #9L Cody Lamar #43 Bradley Terrell #83 Ryan Robinson #5H Cory Eliason #18 Justin Sanders #35 Sean Becker #P37 Matt Peterson 5/29
51 Cars would show up at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California for the second night of the Civil War Series double header weekend......on this night Cory Eliason driving the 5h of Harley Van Dyke would hold off 8-time Civil War Champion Andy Forsberg for the wins.....
•  Civil War)Chico CA...
•  #5H Cory Eliason #7C Andy Forsberg #X1 Mason Moore #94 Steven Tiner #3C Jonathan Allard #88N D.J. Netto #22 Shane Golobic #63 Geoff Ensign #42 Chase Majdic #P37 Matt Peterson #99 Tony Gualda #12J John Clark #24 Chase Johnson #83 Ryan Robinson #1 Billy Butler #75 Sean Becker #19S Colby Copeland #16 Andy Gregg #18 Justin Sanders #9L Cody Lamar #11VS John Michael Bunch #43 Bradley Terrell 5/29
May 29, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Adam Milsap (#9G Milsap), 7. Brent Yarnel (#29B Yarnel), 8. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Reynolds), 5. Spencer Hill (#56 Hill), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 8. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Bruce St. James, 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Dustin Burkhart, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Nick Aiuto, 10. Spencer Hill, 11. Landon Cling, 12. Tanner Grau, 13. Kyle Shipley, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Andy Reinbold, 16. Adam Milsap, 17. Josh Pelkey, 18. Charles Davis Jr., 19. Shon Deskins, 20. Stevie Sussex, 21. Jonas Reynolds, 22. Larry Kesterson, 23. Brent Yarnel. NT
*Davis flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Pelkey, Laps 9-30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (22nd to 6th)
NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 3 – El Paso, TX – Western Tech Speedway Park

May 28, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.477; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.526; 3. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.566; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.616; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.690; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.765; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.825; 8. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.964; 9. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.987; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.045; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.097; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.177; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.215; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.316; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.379; 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.473; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.514; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.547; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.601; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.677; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.713; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.956; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.375; 24. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.254; 25. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weed, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Malcolm, 8. Everhart, 9. Stewart. 2:50.39.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Spencer, 3. A.Williams, 4. Bender, 5. Edwards, 6. A.Sweeney. 2:51.34.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Adams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. T.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Ellertson, 7. Lopiccolo. 2:52.54.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Damion Spencer, 6. Trent Williams, 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Max Adams, 10. Tommy Malcolm, 11. Verne Sweeney, 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. A.J. Bender, 15. Andrew Sweeney, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Matt Stewart, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Nic Faas, 20. Cody Williams, 21. Kyle Edwards, 22. Tony Everhart, 23. Cal Smith. NT
**Edwards flipped during the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 A.Williams.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: June 11 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway