By Bob Kehoe PORTLAND, OR (May 25, 2001) - With the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Grand American Modified Division drivers having the week off, the Shorttrack Sportsman field stepped up to the plate as the night's Feature Division at the Portland...
By Bob Kehoe
PORTLAND, OR (May 25, 2001) - With the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Grand American Modified Division drivers having the week off, the Shorttrack Sportsman field stepped up to the plate as the night's Feature Division at the Portland Speedway.
As a great way to celebrate his birthday, Dale Holland drove to his second Main Event win of the season from his starting position on the outside of the second row. Finishing second was Doug Mitchell, with Jody Tanner and Darrell Smith coming home third and fourth, respectively.
The 30-lap feature, slowed by several caution periods, provided a close race for the glory between Brad Stanwood and Holland, who came into tonight's race second in the division points race. Starting from the pole, Brad Stanwood stayed up front until lap 27, when he tangled with a backmarker in Turn 4. Unfortunately for Stanwood, his car suffered front suspension damage and was unable to continue. This brought out another caution and Holland moved up to assume the lead in his Camaro sponsored by Dancin' Bare/Holland Automotive and Rapid Fire Engines. In the final three-lap dash to the checkered flag, Holland was able to fend off a charging Doug Mitchell. "I had to stand on it hard to stay ahead of Doug, but we pulled it off," said Holland in victory lane.
The Sportsman Division was the only group to hold qualifying earlier in the day, with division points leader Martin Stanwood setting the fastest lap of 17.712 seconds. Second and third fastest qualifiers were Brad Tanner (18.237) and Jody Tanner (18.506). Sportsman Heat Race victories went to Brad Tanner and Holland.
The scheduled 30-lap A Main for the always competitive and entertaining Street Stock Division was shortened to a timed event at 23 laps, due to the number of cautions. In the final green-white-checker dash to the finish, it was another victory for Brad Tanner in his Jody's Bar & Grill/Portland Clutch & Brake/B& M Machine Camaro. The week before, Tanner had wins in both the Sportsman and Street Stock main events.
Tanner steadily worked his way through the field to eventually take over the lead from early leader Tracy Jones. Chasing Jones in the early part of the race was Curt Nusom. When the checkered flag was waved, Herb Thomas grabbed the runner-up slot while Scott Puncochar came home third. The fourth position went to Jones.
The Street Stocks staged four Heat Races. The winners were Brad Tanner, Dustin Wilkenson, Dennis Krohling and Scott Puncochar.
The 20-lap Figure 8 Main Event victory was taken by Dan Cherington, whose Dusty's Machine Shop/Circle H Enterprises Datsun was followed across the line by brother Joe. Ron Henderson maneuvered to a third place finish, ahead of Chris Page in fourth. The two Figure 8 Heat Races were won by Dan Cherington and Chris Page.
Tonight was also the second season event for the Speedway's Women's Auto Racing (WAR!) Division sponsored by The Woodshed Restaurant. Jackie Graham was the Main Event winner in her Perfection Engine Service/Goin' Towin' Chevrolet and Corrine Flath finished second. Third and fourth, respectively, were Wendy Schwartzkopf and Audra Jean. Divisional Heat Race wins were recorded by Kari Puncochar and Audra Jean.
Trophy Dash victories for the night were as follows: Bombers - Randy Ashley; Figure 8 - Joe Cherington; Street Stocks - Brad Tanner; and Sportsman - Clyde White.
The annual Memorial Day Factory Stock Car Enduro - 300 laps on the Speedway's Monster Half-Mile clay oval - will be held on May 28. The day's action will also feature a rollover contest. Gates will open at 11 a.m., with racing scheduled to get underway at 2:00 p.m.
The next scheduled event for the Portland Speedway's weekly NASCAR Friday "Bud Bowl" is Friday, June 1. Featured Divisions will be the Grand American Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Figure 8. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for juniors (11-17), and kids 10 and under are free. For all NASCAR Friday "Bud Bowl" events, front gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with racing beginning at 7:00 p.m.