Southern Oregon Speedway roars back to life

Craig Cassell captured the IMCA Modified checkers on the much anticipated opening night at Southern Oregon Speedway. (Photo by Carole Bryan)

By Ben Deatherage 

WHITE CITY, Ore. (May 29) – The last time the clay was shredded at Southern Oregon Speedway was on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Since then, the facility had laid dormant and quiet as a tomb.

But that all changed as a new era of racing began on Saturday, May 29, as the White City clay oval roared back to life and IMCA feature wins belonged to Craig Cassell and Jorddon Braaten.

Craig Cassell made the tow all the way from Albany well worth it as he mastered the IMCA Modified field for his first win at SOS. Nick Trenchard was second followed by Albert Gill in third. The rest of the top five was made up of Zach Fettinger and Jesse Bailey, in fourth and fifth, respectively.   

The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods witnessed as a familiar face graced victory lane. Jorddon Braaten got the job done in the main event.  He now has four wins on the current campaign and two in the KMJ Performance Oregon State competition.

Matt Sanders was the runner-up, with veteran Rich McCoy scored third. Wyatt Westfall and Mike Medel balanced the top five in the fourth and fifth spots.

Southern Oregon Speedway returns to racing on Saturday, June 5 for C&C Contractors Night.