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Drivers put pedal to metal at River City Speedway races

Racing continues for second straight week at track


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Doug McVae (86) nips Kevin Hicks at the wire during a Dwarf Car division heat race on Saturday night. It was McVae's first race back in sometime. He would take second in the main event.Some divisions tightened, but others widened during a pleasant evening of racing at River City Speedway on Saturday night.

The event was the second in a row for the speedway. They’ll hold a Fair Benefit race this coming Wednesday, and be back on the track racing for trophies and points on July 27.

In the Sportsman Division, Bud Russell retained his lead in the points standings, but Ray Elwess gained some ground with first place in the main event. Russell finished ahead of Elwess in their heat race, but Elwess was two spots ahead in the main. Dan Smith also moved a bit with a heat win and second place in the main event.

Stan Asanovic scored a main event win in the Street Stock Division. It was his first race, at least this season, at the track. He also had a third in a heat and the trophy dash. Todd Newton stayed in first with a trophy dash win, second in a heat, and fourth in the main event. Tracer Division driver Jonathan West won one heat.

Ryan Martinez didn’t lose his big lead in the Dwarf Car Division. He won the main event, trophy dash and had fast time of the day. His spin out in a nose-to-nose race with Scott Dorie in their heat was only a minor by: JOHN BREWINGTON - If looks could kill. Scott Dorie is not happy after a crash stopped his Dwarf Car heat race on Saturday night at River City Speedway.setback. That spawned a five-car pile up that took some time to clear. All but one racer finished the race. Martinez had a 90-point lead going into the night, and increased his margin. Doug McVae had a good night for his first outing at the track this season. He won a heat race and finished second behind Martinez in the main event.

Matt Jenner took a first in the main event of the Modified Division and a second in the heat. Don Jenner was right behind him with second in the main, and Clark Tenney was third.

Erica Asher won the 4-Cylinder Division main event and a heat. Chad Blachfield was second in the main, while Crystal Flath and Chris Gaboury Jr. also won heats. Gaboury also had fast time of the day and Asanovic won the 4-Cylinder trophy dash.

The 4-cylinder race was marred by a hard crash of Lisa Oyler. She complained of neck pains and was transported to a Portland-area hospital.

Josh Pinkowsky stayed solidly atop the Pacific Mini Sprint Division with a main event and heat race win. He had a 21-point advantage over Tracey Titus going into the night, and widened that by a bit.

Johnathan West had fast time, won the trophy dash, and the heat race in the Tracer Division, but Olivia McDaniel came out on top in the main event. Kayley Williams was second, and Kylee Dorie third.

River City Results:

Sportsman Division

Fast time: Bud Russell, 15:133. Trophy Dash: Bud Russell, Ray Elwess, Steve Kaptur, Scotty Wells. 1st Heat: Robert Chapin, Jeremey Weatherbee, Jacki Graham, Becky Pickerill, Steve Nusom, Morgan Phippen. 2nd Heat: Dan Smith, Greg Greer, Ric Fors, Joel Beehler, Steffen Strawn, Morgan Tenney. 3rd Heat: Kristi Somers, Brad Beehler, Kyle Frelich, Steve Kaptur, Scotty Wells, Bud Russell, Ray Elwess. B Main: Greg Greer, Ric Fors, Scotty Wells, Steve Nusom, Becky Pickerill, Morgan Phippen, Jacki Graham, Jeremey Weatherbee, Robert Chapin.

A Main: Ray Elwess, Dan Smith, Bud Russell, Joel Beehler, Brad Beehler, Greg Greer, Steffen Strawn, Ric Fors, Kristi Somers, Scotty Wells, Steve Nusom, Morgan Tenney, Kyle Frelich.

Pacific Mini Sprint Division

Fast time: Bret Lane, 13:609. Trophy Dash: Duane Beecher, Mike Opoka Jr., Kalista Ross, Greg Lane. 1st Heat: Greg Lane, Mike Opoka Sr., Duane Beecher, Kalista Ross, Mike Opoka Jr. 2nd Heat: Josh Pinkowsky, Dan Beck, Tracey Titus, Bret Lane, Vinny Villeggiante.

Main: Josh Pinkowsky, Greg Lane, Bret Lane, Tracey Titus, Vinny Villeggiante, Mike Opoka Sr., Dan Beck, Duane Beecher, Kalista Ross, Mike Opoka Jr.

Dwarf Car Division

Fast time: Ryan Martinez, 14:909. Trophy Dash: Ryan Martinez, Chris McCleary, Steve McCleary, Robert O’Neill. 1st Heat: Doug McVae, Kevin Hicks, James Brinster, Guy Tow Sr., Jessica Eaton, Dan Coutts. 2nd Heat: Scott Dorie, Chris McCleary, Robert O’Neill, Steve McCleary, Ryan Martinez, Brian Hicks, Guy Tow Jr., Neal Hopwood.

Main: Ryan Martinez, Doug McVae, Kevin Hicks, Scott Dorie, Chris McCleary, Brian Hicks, Lucas Eaton, Steve McCleary, Robert O’Neill, Guy Tow Sr., Neal Hopwood, James Brinster, Jessica Eaton, Dan Coutts.

Modified Division

Fast time: Clark Tenney, 14:914. Trophy Dash: Don Jenner, Clark Tenney, Jake VanOrtwick, Cody Smith. Heat: Don West, Matt Jenner, Don Jenner, Curtis Zelmer, Jake VanOrtwick, Walter Prather, Clark Tenney, Cody Smith, Ron Greer.

Main: Matt Jenner, Don Jenner, Clark Tenney, Jake Van Ortwick, Ron Greer, Cody Smith, Curtis Zelmer, Walter Prather, Don West.

Street Stock Division

Fast time: Aaron Prettyman, 16:227. Trophy Dash: Todd Newton, Aaron Snook, Stan Asanovic, Bernie Lujan. 1st Heat: Derik Beehler, Curt Zelmer, Ryan White, Cody Smith, Callen Prettyman, Dennis Liebig. 2nd Heat: Jonathan West, Todd Newton, Aaron Prettyman, Stan Asanovic, Bernie Lujan, Aaron Snook, Jared Haynes.

Main: Stan Asanovic, Ryan White, Derik Beehler, Todd Newton, Cody Smith, Jared Haynes, Aaron Prettyman, Curt Zelmer, Bernie Lujan, Aaron Snook, Callen Prettyman.

4-Cylinder Division

Fast time: Chris Gaboury, Sr., 16:578. Trophy Dash: Stan Asanovic, Chris Gaboury, Sr., Brad Ruth, Kim Oyler. 1st Heat: Erica Asher, Greg Brumbaugh, Lisa Oyler, Shelby Fitzgerald, Chad Blanchfield, Robyn Ruth, Chris Raybourn. 2nd Heat: Crystal Flath, Gary Brogan, John Henry, Nick Henry, Chris Cannon. 3rd Heat: Chris Gaboury Jr., Stan Asanovic, John Oyler, Brad Ruth, Kim Oyler, Chris Gaboury, Sr.

Main: Erica Asher, Chad Blanchfield, Greg Brumbaugh, Lisa Oyler, Shelby Fitzgerald, Robyn Ruth, Crystal Flath, Chris Rayburn. A Main: Chris Gaboury, Sr., Brad Ruth, Gary Brogan, John Henry, Stan Asanovic, Lisa Oyler, Erica Asher, Nick Henry, Greg Brumbaugh, Chad Blanchfield, Chris Cannon, Chris Gaboury, Jr., Kim Oyler, John Oyler.

Tracer Division

Fast time: Jonathan West, 16:013. Trophy Dash: Jonathan West, Olivia McDaniel, Kylee Dorie, Wyatt Kaptur. Heat: Jonathan West, Olivia McDaniel, Wyatt Kaptur, Kahley Williams, Mike Long, Josh Sheller, Kylee Dorie, Brittnee Gibson.

Main: Olivia McDaniel, Kahley Williams, Kylee Dorie, Mike Long, Jonathan West, Brittnee Gibson, Wyatt Kaptur, Josh Sheller.