Northern Sprint Tour Willamette race report

Slower cars blocking leader Shawna Wilskey gave Cottage Grove, Oregon's Dale Smith the opening he needed to take the point position and then go the distance to the checkered for the win. This gave Smith the distinction of being the hy-per-lube ...

Slower cars blocking leader Shawna Wilskey gave Cottage Grove, Oregon's Dale Smith the opening he needed to take the point position and then go the distance to the checkered for the win. This gave Smith the distinction of being the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's first repeat winner on Lebanon, OR's fast and smooth Willamette Speedway on Friday, June 29th.

Jeremy Cooper took the lead on the initial green flag, held it in a lap 3 restart caused when Barry Martinez jumped a tire on another car and flipped in the third turn, and had a good lead on the field until slowed by traffic on lap eight. Smith took advantage of the slower traffic to pull even with Cooper at the flag stand, bit it was Wilskey making the pass and taking the lead on lap ten.

Two laps later Smith put a pass on Cooper exiting the second turn and set his sights on Wilskey. Another yellow on lap 14 for a spun Roger Crockett, and then a red on the restart when Jayme Barnes caught a wheel and then the turn two wall, had Smith close on Wilskey's rear nerf bar as the leaders quickly closed on the slower cars.

On lap 22 Wilskey had her inside line blocked and Smith made the pass for the lead on the back straight. A yellow for a stopped Jeff Thompson on the next lap closed the cars again but Smith was up to the task of holding Wilskey off as they raced to the checkered flag.

The battle for 4th see-sawed between Marvin Smith, Scott Aumen and Jason Solwold, with M. Smith holding the spot most of the time until Solwold nailed the position down on the lap 23 restart with Smith and Aumen following to the finish of the 30 lap feature event.

Rick Smith was the hard charger of the night for the second race in a row, picking up 11 positions to finish eighth behind Jay Cole who had advanced 3 spots.

Smith's win was his second of the season and Wilskey's second place finish pushed her to a 35 point lead over Crockett in the points race.

B-Main action opened to a red flag on the first lap when Jeff Osburn and Jim Cress got together in turn three, Osburn was out, but Cress was able to restart. On the second green, Aumen took control of the show, leading all 15 laps to the finish. Fauver and John Tharp diced for third the first half of the race, with Fauver getting the spot when Tharp spun on lap ten.

On the restart, Fauver picked up another spot when he got by Richie Peterson to put the chase on Aumen, leaving Peterson to defend and then lose third to a charging and determined Scott Adams.

At the wire the top six were Aumen, Fauver, Adams, Peterson, Cale Carder and Tony Menard.

All three heats went wire to wire with no stops, with the first going to Cole over Martinez, Rick Smith, M. Smith and D. Smith. Heat two winner was Ron Wilson with Brandon Harkness, Solwold, J. Cooper and Crockett getting transfer spots to the feature event.

Heat three saw Thompson lead the first 9 laps and then slide high in turn three on the final lap giving Greg Brown the opportunity to pass for the lead and the win. Barnes, Wilskey and J. Harkness followed.

The dash went red with less than a lap down when J. Harkness flipped in turn four. D. Smith took the lead on the re-start and lead to the checkered flag. He was followed by J. Cooper, Wilskey, M. Smith and Crockett to set the front three rows of the feature event. Harkness was out for the night.

The track record fell three times, first to the first car out as Wilskey made a 12.421 second lap. Twenty-two cars later, Crockett knocked it down to 12. 402 seconds only to have Dale Smith come out right after him and lower it again to 12.306 seconds.

SUMMARY

Fast Time - Dale Smith- 15.306 NTR

Heat 1 - Jay Cole, Barry Martinez, Rick Smith, Marvin Smith, Dale Smith, Scott Aumen, Cale Carder, Tony Menard, Melissa Yates.

Heat 2 - Ron Wilson, Brandon Harkness, Jason Solwold, Jeremy Cooper, Roger Crockett, Scott Adams, Jeff Osburn, Gus Cooper, John Tharp..

Heat 3 - Jeff Thompson, Greg Brown, Jayme Barnes, Shawna Wilskey, Jay R. Harkness, Rick Fauver, Richie Peterson, Jim Cress.

Dash - D. Smith, J. Cooper, Wilskey, M. Smith, Crockett, J Harkness.

B-Main - Aumen, Fauver, Adams, Peterson, Carder, Menard, Tharp, G. Cooper, Yates, Cress, Osburn.

A-Main - D. Smith, Wilskey, J. Cooper, Solwold, M. Smith, Aumen, Cole, Fauver, Crockett, B. Harkness, Wilson, Carder, Brown, R. Smith, Adams, Menard, Thompson, Peterson, Barnes, Martinez.

-Goerge Hespe

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , Roger Crockett