Dirt Track Racing News

Croft Opens Speedweek With Coos Bay Speedway Victory

2018-07-12 10:55

Coos Bay, Oregon...July 10...Californian Willie Croft opened the 2018 Speedweek Tour with a 30 lap Main Event victory Tuesday night at Coos Bay Speedway. Croft had a pole position start for the Main Event and led all the way in victory with second place finisher DJ Netto in close pursuit. John Carney was a strong third, and Lucas Ashe managed to nip Steven Tiner back to the line for the fourth place finish. Reigning Speedweek champion Justyn Cox, Billy Aton, Kelly Miller, Jake Wheeler and Zack Linskey completed the Top 10 finishers, all on the lead lap.

19 racers came to compete, and Netto turned a quick lap of 12.212 to set a new track record. Jake Haulot was second quick at 12.377. Kelly Miller outran Netto to win the first eight lap heat race. Tiner held off Croft in a close battle for the second heat race victory, and Michael "Buddy" Kofoid won the final heat race by a straightaway ahead of Lucas Ashe.

Deven Brown scored his first 20 lap NASCAR Sportsman Late Model Main Event win. Brown got the win with point leader Dyllan Siewell and Wayne Butler in close pursuit behind him. Brown also won the five lap Trophy Dash and the 10 lap heat race with Butler finishing second both times.

Point leader Ken Fox won his fifth 20 lap Street Stock Main Event in a good race with Saturday night winner Steve Dubisar. Jeff Thurman was a solid third, and Josh Bearden outran the Mini Outlaw of Sam Talon in a close battle for fourth. Dubisar outran Fox to win the six lap Trophy Dash, and 2016 champion Daniel Land beat David Smith to win the 10 lap heat race.

Brandon Fugate captured his fourth 20 lap Hornets Main Event win in a photo finish over point leader Tyler Tullos. Hannah Robison was a strong third as Chuck Peck and April Warmack completed the Top 5 at the finish. Fugate outran Tullos to win the five Trophy Dash, but Robison beat Fugate in the 10 lap heat race to prevent a clean sweep.

Racing on the oval track will continue with the big NASCAR Super Late Model Tidal Wave Weekend on July 21st and 22nd. Joining the Super Late Models on the card will be the Sportsman Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Outlaws and Hornets. For further information, go to www.coosbayspeedway.us.