Dirt Track Racing News
Siskiyou Speedway Has Armed Forces Night At The Races Saturday NightYreka, CA...After a week off, Siskiyou Speedway roars back into action with Armed Forces Night at the races. This is an event that offers a $1 ticket to any active or former military personnel with an ID. Fans will be treated to Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Mini Stocks and the first race for the Outlaw Open Comp division.
When last we left the speedway, the Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks were providing a crowd-pleasing battle between Nevada Pro Stock competitor Mike Learn and reigning Outlaw Pro Stock champion Scott Lenz. Though Lenz was the leader at the halfway point of the race, he eventually lost the battle for the win to the flying Learn. Another driver looking good in the big show was Scott Flowers, who brought his car home to a third place finish.
2016 champion Steve Borror won the season opener to take an early lead in the point race, but his Billy Geyer Memorial Race performance was less than stellar. Steve still figures to be the man to beat this Saturday night. Another driver looking good in the Geyer Race was Matt Harlow, who finished fourth. It should be a great night of racing, and other Pro Stock drivers to watch this week include James Flowers, John David Duffie, Scott Bennett, Johnny Cobb and Dean Hackworth.
In three IMCA Sport Modified events, we have three different winners with Jorddon Braatten, Justin Foux and reigning champion DJ Bottoms taking their turns in the Winner's Circle. Bottoms made his season debut last time out and entertained the fans with a good battle with Trevor Tiffee for the lead during the first half of the race. Bottoms has much ground to make up as the consistent Rich McCoy is the point leader with three consecutive Top 3 finishes.
Tiffee and second-generation racer Ryder Boswell are both very much in the championship hunt this season. Both drivers will be looking for their first career win in this class. Boswell is a past Mini Stock feature winner. Other drivers to watch for this week include Jimmy Lipke, Garrett Hamilton, Isaac Sanders and Matt Sanders. We're still anticipating the debut of Mini Stock star Ethan Killingsworth, among others.
Speaking of the Mini Stock division, the three drivers you would expect to be at the front of the championship battle are not disappointing. Last time out, two-time reigning champion Marilyn Yawnick picked up the victory ahead of hard charger Terry Kendrick. Kendrick is a past champion and was on a pace for a clean sweep before being bested by Yawnick in the feature. These two drivers and 2014 champion "Magic" Mike Whitaker are very much in the hunt.
After his second Top 5 feature finish, Mike Frost is hanging tough in the battle as well. Unlike the three other three contenders, Mike is still looking for his first feature win. The division also has a couple of teen competitors in the field as Darrick Alford and Zac McMurray were making good laps in the most recent event. Other drivers to watch for this week include Dennis Jorgensen and Jason Frost.
Rounding out the field will be the Outlaw Open Comp division. We're not sure who will be competing in this race, but the relaxed rule set opens the field for many potential cars that don't meet rules requirements in other classes to come and compete.
There is also some news from the Outlaw Kart track. This Friday's scheduled race has been cancelled to enable racers to go compete in the big event in Medford. Furthermore, scheduling has been adjusted for the rest of the season to avoid conflicts with the Medford track. Wins in the most recent Main Events at the Kart track went to Mike Wheeler Jr (Beginner's Sealed), Chayce Smith (Beginners Open), Taylor Fuller (Box Stock), Carley Holmes (250cc), Tanner Holmes (500 Open) and Brionna Fuller (Speedway).
The SCMA also released information on the big Memorial Day races. It will again be a two race weekend with the increased purses on Sunday. The John Arnberg Memorial offers $1038 to the winner of the big IMCA Modified race. It's also $750 for second and $500 for third. The IMCA Sport Modified Bo Hittson Memorial Race will pay $750 to win, $500 for second and $300 for third. The Mike Cavaye Mini Stock Blowout will also have an increased purse. With the extra money on the line, several top drivers from Oregon and Callifornia are anticipated next week.
It should be a great night of racing, and this is the final tune-up before the big John Arnberg/Bo Hittson/Mike Caveye Memorial event on Memorial Day Weekend. Siskiyou Speedway will be the place to be this Saturday night. For further information, go to www.siskiyoumotorspeedway.com.
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