Wild West IMCA Modified Speedweek is June 13-20

By Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Seven $1,000 to win features are on the schedule for the June 13-20 Wild West IMCA Modified Speedweek. The fifth annual tour travels to six tracks in the Pacific Northwest for seven races in eight nights, pitting many of North America’s best IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified chauffeurs against one another at some of the nation’s best facilities. Drivers with perfect attendance throughout the tour will be eligible for shares of a $3,000 point fund. Opening night is Saturday, June 13 at Southern Oregon Speedway in White City with the Mon­day, June 14 event at Yreka, Calif.’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway. Coos Bay, Ore., Speedway hosts the Monday, June 15 show with Cottage Grove, Ore., Speed­way the site of Tuesday, June 16 action. The tour is at Sunset Speedway Park in Banks, Ore., on Wednesday, June 17 before a day desig­nated for travel. Two consecutive nights of racing close things out at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly [Read More]


Stanford conquers finale at Willamette, rules Wild West Speedweek standings

By Ben Deatherage LEBANON, Ore. (July 26) – Alex Stanford’s third Wild West Speedweek victory made him the first driver from outside the state of Oregon to win the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour title. The $2,000 victory came Saturday at Willamette Speedway. Travis Peery, who ran in front as late as lap 32 before Stanford got the lead back, ended in second. Jesse Williamson, Collen Winebarger and Dustin Cady were next across the stripe. Greg Walters led the opening lap before a caution quickly bunched the field back up. Winebarger took advantage of the ensuing restart to take over the front spot. Winebarger was quick for much of the first half of the race but was passed by Stanford on lap 14. The California visitor set sail and appeared uncatchable before a caution for debris on lap 25 re­sulted in what proved to be the final restart of the night. Stanford maintained a tenuous lead be­fore Peery stepped up to challenge. Peery beat Stanford to the line on lap 32 but Stanford was [Read More]


Stanford becomes first to repeat in Wild West Modified Speedweek

By Ben Deatherage LEBANON, Ore. (July 25) – When the checkers flew Friday at Willamette Speedway, Alex Stan­ford was the first repeat winner in the Wild West Modified Speedweek. Stanford chased down Jesse Williamson on the 33rd circuit for the $1,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victory. He’d raced his way onto the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with his July 22 Speedweek feature victory at Cottage Grove Speedway. Williamson had been fast out of the gate as he grabbed the lead on the initial start in and looked very dominant in the early goings. The entire field raced hard but clean, producing three- to four-wide action all over the track. It looked like the race would go caution free but a yellow came out on lap 26 due to debris. This caution bunched the field up just as the leaders were dealing with lapped traffic. On the ensuing restart Williamson was just nine laps away from the victory but was chased down by what seemed like a pack of wolves. At one point [Read More]


Stanford wins round 3 of Wild West Modified Series

By Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 22) – Alex Stanford became the third different winner in as many nights when the Wild West Modified Speedweek resumed Tuesday at Cottage Grove Speedway. The $1,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victory was his career third and put the Califor­nia clipper on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Collen Winebarger was very fast on the initial start but every time he built a decent lead it was erased by caution. By lap 12, Winebarger was under considerable pressure from Stanford. Stanford made his pass for the lead on lap 12 but when Winebarger tried to get it back, the two got together. Winebarger sustained damage and came to a stop. From there on out, Stanford had no issues in front. Cautions came out when he caught up with lapped cars, eliminating that traffic. Stanford led the rest of the distance to score the victory, his first ever at Cottage Grove. Jesse Williamson, Jesse Bailey and Curtis Towns were next across the stripe. Winebarger raced [Read More]


Brendon Gemmill takes Modified Stampede by the horns

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 19) – Brendon Gemmill picked off his second Dodge City Raceway Park triumph of the year by posting a $1,200 victory in Saturday night’s second annual IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Stampede. Gemmill raced past his father Troy 13 rounds into the 30-lapper before holding off Eddie Belec over the closing circuits for his second consecutive DCRP score. “I really didn’t feel comfortable out there, it was the first time we’ve had this car out this year,” Gem­mill commented from victory lane following the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. “Sometimes the fastest car doesn’t win. This is one of those times.” Troy Gemmill gunned into the lead at the outset of the main event from his front row outside start­ing position with Brendon Gemmill chasing from the third starting position. Brendon moved in to challenge after eight laps before finally slipping underneath Troy for the lead en­tering turn one on the 13th lap. With the father-son Gemmill duo out front, 11th-starter Belec and 10th-starter Scott Drake [Read More]


Carrell captures Wild West Speedweek Night 2 at Banks

By Ben Deatherage BANKS, Ore. (July 20) – His first Wild West Modified Speedweek paid $1,000 to Mark Carrell. Travis Peery had looked to make it two IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour wins in a row at Sunset Speedway Park. He started on the front row and was dominant for much of the race. In the first 15 laps, five cautions would take place resulting in Peery having to deal with an open race track. Peery set a rapid pace and as the lap count dwindled he showed no signs of slowing down. But he used up too much of his tires and briefly got out of shape on lap 27, allowing Carrell to make the pass for the lead. Carrell led the remaining distance for the win and accompanying 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot berth. Rounding out the top five were Peery, Jesse Williamson, Cory Sample and Alex Stanford. Twenty-eight entries from five states returned for the second of six Wild West Speedweek install­ments. Next up are Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, [Read More]


Peery paces Wild West Modified Speedweek opener

By Ben Deatherage BANKS, Ore. (July 19) – A $1,000 check accompanied opening night honors for Travis Peery, winner of Saturday’s Wild West Modified Speedweek event at Sunset Speedway Park. Thirty IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified entries were on hand from Oregon, Washington, Califor­nia, Nevada, and North Dakota for the first round of the fourth annual tour. Leading the entire distance of the 40-lap Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature was Peery, coming all the way from North Dakota, but originally from California. Collen Winebarger put his machine in the runner-up position while “B” winner Alex Stanford was third. Braedon Hand was fourth and defending Speedweek champion Jesse Williamson was fifth. Speedweek continues at Sunset Speedway Park on Sunday, July 20 with racing action scheduled to get underway right around 5:00 PM. Feature results – 1. Travis Peery; 2. Collen Winebarger; 3. Alex Stanford; 4. Braedon Hand; 5. Jesse Williamson; 6. Mark Carrell; 7. Doug Lockwood; 8. Cory Sample; 9. Monte Bischoff; 10. Rob Ireland; 11. Jerry Schram; 12. Matt Jenner; 13. Chris Quinn; [Read More]