Cady anticipates first Willamette IMCA Modified event

By Ben Deatherage

ALBANY, Ore. – Dustin Cady is ready for the 2015 season to begin for the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Willamette Speedway.

In fact, he’s more than ready, he’s excited about the prospect of building on a strong 2014 finish.

Cady posted two top fives, including a win on Sept. 20, all while finishing fifth in the points table despite getting a little bit of a late start to the season.

Cady never finished outside the top 10. His other win was the Modified Tribute To Clair Arnold held on Aug. 23.  He is the only repeat winner of this prestigious race, having taken the top trophy in 2011 as well.

From Albany, Cady will pilot the familiar black and yellow Drager Performance, Frank’s Fab and Auto of Brownsville, Susan River Reality, Rock & Cady Ranch, D.K. Davenport Trucking, Nelson Family Farms, Ohlins by JDR, Phantom Racing Engines, Meyer’s Towing, Advanced Auto Parts, AED Carbs number 7 GRT.

Cady has one complete start this year and that was at Cottage Grove on April 4. He was 13th after coming out of the “B” feature.

“At Grove, I put myself in a tight spot because I thought the track was slicking up but it didn’t and we were too tight in the heat,” commented Cady. “We had a lot of speed in the feature and ended up doing OK.”

Cady was also on hand for the partially completed event at Willamette Speedway on April 11.  He was fast, even making the trophy dash featuring the four fastest qualifiers. Unfortunately, shortly after the dash was completed the event was canceled due to rain.

“At Lebanon, we were pretty decent and made the dash but there were times where we were still tight,” he said, “so last weekend we did some testing at the track and found some speed and I think we got the tightening issue fixed.”

Plans for 2015 include running for the IMCA Modified championship at Willamette and hoping to add to his 2011 dream season title. When Willamette has nights off, he’ll find a place to race and should be active every weekend.

“If we’re not racing at Willamette, we’ll most likely go to Cottage Grove,” Cady said. “That’s one of my favorite tracks but most of all I’m just looking forward to having a good season and have fun at it.”