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Racers have championships in sights

Ryan Martinez, Clark Tenney have big leads in division races


by: LAURIE BROWNLOW - Kyle Frelich rounds the first turn at River City Speedway during Sportsman Division heat last Saturday night. Racing continues on Labor Day weekend with races on both Saturday and Sunday.Just three racing weekends and four races remain to determine racetrack championships at River City Speedway.

While some racers have substantial leads in their divisions, others have a good edge and some remain very close.

Drivers finished a race last Saturday, and next up have a two-day race on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Following they have a single race on Sept. 14 and the track championship (usually double points) is slated for Sept. 21.

In the Sportsman Division, Bud Russell continues to lead, but by just 15 points over tenacious Ray Elwess. Dan Smith is solidly in third place.

Russell kept the pressure on with a main event win and fast time in last Saturday’s race, but Elwess was third in the main and second in his heat. Smith was third in his heat, but finished back in the main event.

Dick Gaboury set a new track record in the 4-Cylinder division, while Chris Gaboury Jr. won the trophy dash, just ahead of him. Dick Gaboury would take second in the main event, just ahead of current second-place holder Brad Ruth, who had a two-spot lead in the heat. Just 28 points separated the pair going into the night.

In the Dwarf Car Division, Ryan Martinez just can’t be caught. He led Kevin Hicks by 129 points going into Saturday’s race and posted fast time, a win in the trophy dash, a second in his heat, and won the main event—nearly a clean sweep. Hicks took first in his heat and was fourth in the main event.

Clark Tenney had another good day in the Modified Division with fast time, second in the trophy dash, second in his heat and second in the main event.

In the Street Stock Division, Todd Newton had a 50-point lead over Cody Smith for first going into the race. He won his heat but finished second behind Smith in the main event. Smith also had a second in the trophy dash. Aaron Snook may have moved up a bit with a third-place finish in the main, a third in his heat, and fast time of the day. Aaron Prettyman was just ahead of him and won the trophy dash, was second in his heat and fourth in the main.

With former points leader Greg Lane missing the previous two races, Josh Pinkowsky moved into a solid lead in the Pacific Mini Sprints Division. Tracy Titus is in second place. Pinkowsky was 57 points ahead of Titus and 137 ahead of Lane. However, Lane got back into the mix with the fast time and first in the main event. Pinkowsky also tacked on some points with a second in the main behind Lane, and a first ahead of him in their heat. Titus finished farther back in the heat and the main. Standings won’t change much after Saturday’s race, but Lane did gain a little ground.

Kylee Dorie had a very good night in the Tracer Division. She set a new track record for fast time, and won her heat and the main event. Dorie is first in the standings, and led by 63 points going into the race. Second-place Bryce Tenney finished behind her in each event.

River City Speedway Race Results (Aug. 17):

Sportsman Division

Fast time: Bud Russell, 14:898. Trophy Dash: Dan Smith, Bob Berg, Bud Russell, Devon Reed. 1st Heat: Kyle Frelich, Tim Roth, Jeremey Wetherbee, Jacki Graham, Joel Beehler, Robert Chapin, Morgan Tenney, Morgan Phippen. 2nd Heat: Kristi Somers, Ray Elwess, Steve Nusom, Steve Kaptur, Brian Roden, Lisa Liner, Scott Wells. 3rd Heat: Eric Lindquist, Ric Fors, Dan Smith, Bud Russell, Bob Berg, Devon Reed. B Main: Joel Beehler, Brian Roden, Jacki Graham, Steve Nusom, Kyle Frelich, Morgan Tenney, Robert Chapin, Jeremey Wetherbee, Kristi Somers, Morgan Phippen. A Main: Bud Russell, Devon Reed, Ray Elwess, Eric Lindquist, Ric Fors, Joel Beehler, Lisa Liner, Steve Kaptur, Bob Berg, Dan Smith, Morgan Phippen, Steve Nusom, Brian Roden, Jacki Graham.

4-Cylinder Division

Fast time: Dick Gaboury, 15:688 (New Track Record). Trophy Dash: Chris Gaboury Jr., Dick Gaboury, Jason Blythe, Travis Koch. 1st Heat: Russ Krein, Lisa Oyler, Robyn Ruth, Kim Oyler, Greg Brumbaugh, Chad Blanchfield, Shelby Fitzgerald, Crystal Flath, Mason Brooks. 2nd Heat: John Oyler, Brad Ruth, Travis Koch, Dick Gaboury, Erica Asher, Gary Brogan, Jason Blythe, Chris Gaboury Jr.

Main: Travis Koch, Dick Gaboury, Brad Ruth, Gary Brogan, John Oyler, Erica Asher, Chris Gaboury Jr., Jason Blythe, Lisa Oyler, Kim Oyler, Chad Blanchfield, Shelby Fitzgerald, Robyn Ruth, Crystal Flath, Russ Krein, Mason Brooks, Greg Brumbaugh.

Street Stock Division

Fast time: Aaron Snook, 16:028. Trophy Dash: Aaron Prettyman, Cody Smith, Aaron Snook, Jared Haynes. 1st Heat: Curt Zelmer, Ryan White, Callen Prettyman, Gene Potter, Tim Jenner, Ken Schave. 2nd Heat: Todd Newton, Aaron Prettyman, Aaron Snook, Cody Smith, Dennis Liebig, Jared Haynes.

Main: Cody Smith, Todd Newton, Aaron Snook, Aaron Prettyman, Ryan White, Curt Zelmer, Jared Haynes, Dennis Liebig, Gene Potter, Callen Prettyman, Ken Schave, Tim Jenner.

Dwarf Car Division

Fast time: Ryan Martinez, 13:986. Trophy Dash: Ryan Martinez, Chris McCleary, Scott Dorie, Neal Hopwood. 1st Heat: Kevin Hicks, Marty Holmason, Guy Tow, Roger Moore, Dani Coutts, Jim Dunn, Jessica Eaton, Bill Lamm. 2nd Heat: Scott Dorie, Ryan Martinez, Chris McCleary, Guy Tow Jr., Lucas Eaton, Neal Hopwood.

Main: Ryan Martinez, Scott Dorie, Lucas Eaton, Kevin Hicks, Chris McCleary, Guy Tow Jr., Dani Coutts, Marty Holmason, Neal Hopwood, Guy Tow, Jessica Eaton, Bill Lamm, Roger Moore, Jim Dunn.

Modified Division

Fast time: Clark Tenney, 14:814. Trophy Dash: Don Jenner, Clark Tenney, Mike Graham, Rick Graham. 1st Heat: Aaron Elwess, Curt Zelmer, Matt Jenner, Walt Prather, Cody Smith. 2nd Heat: Don Jenner, Clark Tenney, Mike Graham, Rick Graham, Robert Jenner.

Main: Don Jenner, Clark Tenney, Robert Jenner, Rick Graham, Mike Graham, Matt Jenner, Aaron Elwess, Cody Smith, Curt Zelmer, Walt Prather.

Pacific Mini Sprint Division

Fast time: Greg Lane, 12:993. Trophy Dash: Bret Lane, Mike Opoka, Vinny Villeggiante, Duane Beecher. 1st Heat: Bret Lane, Dan Beck, Mike Opoka, Duane Beecher, Vinny Villeggiante. 2nd Heat: Josh Pinkowsky, Greg Lane, Keith Everson, George Nicholson, Tracey Titus.

Main: Greg Lane, Josh Pinkowsky, Bret Lane, Keith Everson, George Nicholson, Duane Beecher, Vinny Villeggiante, Tracey Titus, Mike Opoka, Dan Beck.

Tracer Division

Fast time: Kylee Dorie, 15:516 (New Track Record. Trophy Dash: Josh Sheller, Kahley Williams, Kylee Dorie, Bryce Tenney. Heat: Kylee Dorie, Kahley Williams, Josh Sheller, Brittnee Gibson.

Main: Kylee Dorie, Josh Sheller, Kahley Williams, Wyatt Kaptur, Bryce Tenney.