Friday Bigfoot checkers fly for Peery at Southern Oregon

By Ben Deatherage

WHITE CITY, Ore. (June 28, 2024) – Twelve days after his first win this season at Southern Oregon Speedway, Ryan Peery raced his way back to victory lane at White City with another Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod triumph.

Peery, winner of the IMCA Wild West Speedweek show on June 16, topped Friday’s opening night Bigfoot Weekend main event ahead of Ethan Killingsworth, Matt Sanders and Jorddon Braaten.

Scott Chavez had taken an early lead, only to be challenged and passed by Peery with two laps down.

Braaten quickly got into second a few laps later. Seven laps into the main event, Braaten began pressuring Peery for the lead. Jeffrey Hudson and Killingsworth battled for third, with Killingsworth eventually winning out.

Braaten put up a brilliant crossover pass on Peery while exiting turn four on the eighth circuit but the race was far from over as Peery made a strong comeback.

The competition heated up when a caution halted the race. On the restart, Peery made a swift move to slip underneath Braaten, while Killingsworth and Sanders battled it out for third.

Peery led the field back to the wire on lap 11 and Killingsworth held onto third despite pressure from Sanders. As the race stayed green, the frontrunners began to get strung out a bit.

Peery hit lapped traffic with six circuits remaining. The slower cars did not hinder his efforts but the race for second became interesting when Killingsworth got past Braaten. A caution with 20 laps down set up a late-race shootout for the win.

Sanders and Killingsworth fought fiercely for second place, but Killingsworth managed to hold his ground. Meanwhile, Peery, who had led from the restart, maintained his position at the front, securing his victory.

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