Spring Fling checkers fly for James

Bricen James was the Friday Spring Fling IMCA Modified winner at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo by JRP Racing Photos)

By Stephanie Deatherage

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (April 23) – Cottage Grove Speedway was in action for the Spring Fling doubleheader weekend and while wet weather washed away the Saturday program, Bricen James topped the IMCA Modified main event on Friday . 

Paul Rea set the pace in the first few laps.  The Eugene veteran was at the point of the pack until lap three when Jeffrey Hudson got around him.  Hudson, from the central Oregon town of Keno and racing for car owner Don Roemer, stayed there for the majority of the race. 

Hudson was overtaken late, on lap 18, by Albany’s Bricen James.  James had to deal with a couple of stoppages which meant he had to deal with a handful of restarts.  Bricen mastered each of them and the seventh starting driver went on to win his first race of the 2021 campaign.

Corbett chauffeur Collen Winebarger got second while third place was credited to Curtis Towns, of Cottage Grove.  Albany’s Matthew Drager and Otis teenager Eston Whisler were fourth and fifth in the finishing order.

Cottage Grove Speedway returns to racing on Saturday, May 1st for the Froggy 44 Tribute To Melvin Walker. This is the biggest Mach-1 Sport Compact event of the season and pas $444 to win. IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods will also be on the card.

Limited tickets are available and can be purchased online at the track website.