Late race heroics lift Dotson to CGS Wild West Shootout checkers

By Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 26) – Ethan Dotson rolled the dice and came up a $1,000 Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout winner Tuesday at Cottage Grove Speedway. Four-time and defending tour champion Jesse Williamson quickly got to the front at the start of the main event and looked to make it two straight wins at the famed quarter-mile oval. Williamson set a rapid pace and seemed to be the class of the field before an extremely long green flag run brought lapped traffic into the mix. Danny Lauer reeled in Williamson and looked to challenge, but couldn’t quite get underneath the leader. A lap 33 caution regrouped the field one last time. On the restart, Williamson went to the bottom to keep Lauer in check.  Dotson, however, gambled on the high side. Williamson and Dotson were side-by-side at the line coming to the white flag and battled it out on the final circuit. Dotson managed to motor his way in front and secure the top spot on the exit of turn two. Already on the Fast [Read More]


Defending champion is fourth different Wild West Modified Shootout winner

By Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 25) – The latest installment of the 2018 Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout ended with the fourth different winner in as many events. Four-time and defending tour champion Jesse Williamson topped Monday’s feature at Cottage Grove Speedway. The $1,000 victory was his tour career 11th and third at Cottage Grove, and came despite the best efforts of challenger Bricen James. The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate seized the early lead and took off right from the get-go. Williamson was tracked down and passed on lap 14 by James, who lost the lead to Williamson on the following circuit. Shortly after a lap 21 restart, James made a pass Williamson again and the battled hard the rest of the way. Williamson regained the coveted top spot on lap 26 and held off James at the line for the victory. James was followed across the stripe by John Campos, “B” qualifier Grey Ferrando and Curtis Towns was fifth. Forty entries from five states and Canada necessitated three consolation fea­tures. The Wild [Read More]


Ashley is IMCA Modified winner at Cottage Grove

By Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (April 21) – Eric Ashley became the winner of Saturday’s IMCA Modi­fied feature at Cottage Grove Speedway. Albert Gill was out front early before a multi-car tangle brought about an early pause to the ac­tion. Aaron Sheelar became the new leader on lap six and there he would remain for some time. Sheelar was passed on lap 16 by C.J. Putnam who was first to the checkers. He came up light on the post-race scales, however, giving the win to Ashley. Sheelar ended the evening second over Braedon Hand. Tyler Smith crossed the line in fourth ahead of Rob Mayea.