Portland Speedway report 2001-07-03

Portland, Ore. (July 3, 2001) Curt Nusom of Portland captured his second win of the season Tuesday night in the Street Stock class at Portland Speedway-The Dirt Track as Goodyear presented the 18th Annual Crash-Bang Extravaganza. Brent Beall ...

Portland, Ore. (July 3, 2001) Curt Nusom of Portland captured his second win of the season Tuesday night in the Street Stock class at Portland Speedway-The Dirt Track as Goodyear presented the 18th Annual Crash-Bang Extravaganza. Brent Beall returned to win in the Figure 8 cars, and Wendy Schwartzkopf collected her first ever main event win in the WAR! division.

In Street Stock action Dennis Krohling of Vancouver, Wash. won the "C" main event and it was Dundee Oregon's Willy Thom winning the "B" main event. 18 cars grided for the 30-lap "A" main event with Brian Puncochar of Hillsboro, Ore. starting on the pole. Divisional front runners, Scott Puncochar and Brad "The Tornado" Tanner started deep in the field and had plenty of traffic to negotiate through in order to get to the front.

In the early laps Herb Thomas made his presence felt as he used the outside groove to rocket in to the fourth position. Curt Nusom hung on to the back bumper of B. Puncochar throughout the first 20 laps. Tanner had an off night as two spins left the second place points challenger with a broken tie rod and a 12th place finish.

Nusom was able to get Puncochar on lap 25 and hold on for the win of Puncochar, Dan Harris, Dave Cannon, and Brian Overturf. Scott Puncochar still leads the points race over Tanner by 50 points. Willy Thom jumps into 3rd place, with Tracy Jones, and Dustin Wilkenson rounding out the top five.

"Winning two races this year is great," Nusom said. "I'd like to thank Brian Puncochar for running a good clean race. Anytime you get to the last couple of laps things can happen."

The normally "money in the bank" Dan Cherington was bitten by the two dollar part gremlins as he was sidelined in Figure 8 action due to a faulty coil wire. Brent Beall made a triumphed return from a month's lay off to win the 25-lap feature.

"We had some problems in the heat race but we were ready for the main," Beall said. "I'd like to thank Beall Transport Equipment for giving me this car and we'll see you next week."

Kelly Nace raced through the stout Figure 8 field to record his bet finish of the season in second place. Ray Perry finished third, with Ken Warford in fourth and Robert Jordaine in fifth. Dan Cherington still maintains the point lead over his brother Joe Cherington by four points. The figure 8 cars return this Friday night July 6.

Wendy Schwartzkopf won the 25-lap WAR! main event for her first career racing victory. The all-female division continues to provide fans and competitors alike exciting racing action each and every event. Tonight was no exception as Schwartzkopf started on the pole and lead every lap to take home the checkers. Schwartzkopf was followed to the line Kari Puncochar, Jackie Graham, Cindy Thom, and Pam Graham.

All Schwartzkopf could say in victory lane was, "Wow." "The truck was perfect, and I am so excited."

Racing action resumes Friday, July 6 as Portland Speedway hosts Whelan Engineering Night at the Races presented by Smokehouse BBQ Company featuring the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Grand American Modifieds, NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman, Street Stock, Figure 8, and Bumpin' Bombers. Spectator Gates open at 5:00 pm with racing beginning at 6:45 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for juniors (11-17), children 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Advanced tickets are available at Ticketmaster or online at www.portlandspeedway.com

-Derrick Shannon

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