Haudenshild Tribute IMCA Modified win is ‘something special’ for DeBenedetti

By Stephanie Deatherage  WHITE CITY, Ore. (June 12) – An IMCA Modified driver who’s won a lot of big races in his career won one he described as “something special” Saturday night. Jon DeBenedetti was in and out of the lead before taking the $2,000 checkers at Southern Oregon Speedway’s eighth annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute. The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier had put an engine purchased out of a car that Haudenshild had sponsored into his own ride just the day before.  “We put it in Friday and won with it on Saturday. That was pretty cool,” DeBenedetti said. “I told (the previous owner) I’d buy it and win with it and that’s exactly what I did.” He’d started third in the 30-lapper and fell back to fifth before running the inside line back to second, behind Zach Fettinger. DeBenedetti’s first pass to the front was negated by caution but he moved ahead following the next restart, on lap 13.  Californian Darrell Hughes II saw his bold move rewarded with the front spot [Read More]


Braaten back in victory lane at Southern Oregon

By Ben Deatherage WHITE CITY, Ore. (June 5) – The first repeat winner of the 2021 season at Southern Oregon Speedway emerged from the Saturday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature, as Jorddon Braaten scored his second straight victory at the White City facility. Braaten now has three wins in KMJ Performance Oregon State competition and five overall in the current campaign.   Billy Richey and Branden Wilson were second and third, respectively. Yreka, Calif., teen Ryan Peery posted a fourth-place result followed by Matt Sanders in fifth.  


Southern Oregon Speedway roars back to life

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 [Read More]


New promotional team sets the bar high at Southern Oregon

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The bar will be set high at Southern Oregon Speedway. Idle for all of 2020, the 3/8-mile dirt oval at White City re-opens with a new promotional team in place and both IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on race night programs.  Just seven weeks will separate Travis Hoppes and the Southern Oregon Motorsports team from being having been selected to operate the track to opening night on May 29. IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods will run on select Friday and regular Saturday race programs through Sept. 18. “We want this to be the number one facility on the West Coast,” Hoppes said, in the midst of extensive facility-wide improvements. “We want to make everything here look good and we want to show our drivers and fans that we care.” Built as a 3/8-mile oval, the track has been extended and reshaped to its original configuration. Renovations, largely focused on safety, include additional lighting, replacement of concrete walls and upgrading of catch fences. Pitside grandstands have been moved [Read More]


Bailey impresses at Southern Oregon

By Don Martin II  WHITE CITY, Ore. (Aug. 17) – Jesse Bailey scored an impressive win in the 25-lap IMCA Modi­fied feature Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway. Bailey made an impressive outside groove effort that gained him the lead late in the race.  Not even in the top five with 10 laps left, Bailey began working the higher line before a lap 20 yel­low flag bunched the field. On the restart, Bailey was making his a bid to move into second as another yellow flag flew.  Andy Freeman led Bailey and Jeremy Richey on the ensuing restart. Bailey made a high pass in turn four of the 24th lap to finally get the lead and eventual victory. Jorddon Braaten won the 20-lap Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature from the 10th starting spot. He’d also won his heat race and the trophy dash earlier in the evening.  Hall Of Fame Night saw Markey James, Jim Walker Sr., Jay McCleary, Sam Dykes, Dave Shinn and Freddy Higginbotham inducted into the Southern Oregon Racing Hall of Fame during intermis­sion.  [Read More]


Southern Oregon win to Winebarger on night two of Wild West Modified Shootout

By Ben Deatherage WHITE CITY, Ore. (June 22) – Another defending race winner was first to the checkers, on night two of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout Collen Winebarger topped Saturday’s main event at Southern Oregon Speedway, gaining a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth with the $1,000 victory, his series second in a row at White City.  Kellen Chadwick took full advantage of his pole starting spot, taking the lead early and remaining there much of the race. Chadwick cruised until the culminating laps when he was briefly barri­caded by traffic. Winebarger managed to cut down Chadwick’s lead and for the first time in the feature put signifi­cant pressure on the leader. The two battled briefly until lap 33 when Winebarger edged out in front. Winebarger went on to win the main event, his career fourth Wild West Shootout triumph. Chad­wick, Jesse Williamson and Zach Fettinger were next across the stripe, while Jerry Flippo posted a fifth in his series first career feature start.  Nick Trenchard had repeated his winning ways on opening [Read More]


Hogge, Braaten are IMCA winners at Southern Oregon’s Haudenshild Tribute

By Don Martin II  WHITE CITY, Ore. (June 1) – Another visit to Southern Oregon Speedway resulted in another IMCA Modified victory for Bobby Hogge IV.  Hogge won the seventh annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute race for the IMCA Modifieds Saturday at White City. The California speedster piloted his backup car to the Modified checkers and drove a Paul Guglielmoni-owned late model to the winner’s circle as well.  “This is a track that can be challenging because of its unique characteristics. You’ve got to pay attention there as a driver,” said Hogge, who’d won the R. Charles Snyder Salute at Southern Oregon last September and was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “It was definitely a good night for us. We went home happy campers.”  Hogge had drawn the pole with Crack The Whip winner Nick Trenchard starting eighth and trophy dash winner Zach Fettinger lined up in 11th.  When the green flag waved, Hogge immediately moved into the lead ahead of rookie Justin Foux and Albert Gill. Two-time defending race winner Trenchard was [Read More]


Hudson, Sanders win IMCA openers at Southern Oregon

By Don Martin II  WHITE CITY, Ore. (May 4) – Jeffrey Hudson and Matt Sanders opened the 2019 season with IMCA feature wins Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Hudson, the 2018 sprint car runner-up, landed a full-time ride in an IMCA Modified for this sea­son. He took the lead from rookie Justin Foux early on and held off the rapidly approaching Mark Wauge for the win. The last 16 laps went without a yellow flag and Hudson had a good lead, but Wauge slowly be­gan to chip away at the advantage. The laps ran out, however, before Wauge could get close enough to attempt a pass. Sanders beat race long leader Justin McCreadie back to the line in a photo finish to win the 20 lap Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main, contested by 21 drivers. McCreadie led Sanders on a lap 16 restart as Jorddon Braaten raced past Rich McCoy for third. Sanders got a run on McCreadie on the final lap, they exited the fourth turn side by side and it was too close [Read More]


Jones wins first IMCA Modified feature at Southern Oregon

By Don Martin II WHITE CITY, Ore. (Sept. 22) – Holding off late pressure from C.J. Putnam, Preston Jones scored the victory in the 25-lap IMCA Modified main event Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the first career win in the division for Jones. Jones passed Jentzen Knips for the lead and was pulling away before a lap 15 caution. After a lap 17 yellow, Putnam made a serious bid to take the lead on the restart and grabbed the spot with an inside pass exiting the fourth turn. The lead was short-lived, however, as Jones beat him back to the line to lead the 19th lap. The front two cars ran closely as Zack Fettinger had settled into the third position. A multi-car tangle brought out the final yellow flag on lap 21. Jones led the restart with Putnam giving him all the pressure he could handle. Putnam attempted to get by several times in the remaining four laps, but Jones held him off for the hard-earned victory. Fettinger finished third. Leading all [Read More]


Snyder Salute set for Sept. 1-2 at Southern Oregon Speedway

By Don Martin II WHITE CITY, Ore. – It’s time once again for the second annual R. Charles Snyder Salute for IMCA Modifieds at Southern Oregon Speedway. The two-race weekend will again feature the IMCA Modifieds with a $5,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying prize being offered on Sunday, Sept. 2. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars will compete Satur­day and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2. The format calls for two sets of heat races for both Modified and SportMod divisions on Saturday that will score finishing points and passing points to determine the drivers who make the main event on Sunday and who will end up in ‘B’ and ‘C’ features. The top eight point runners in the heat races will redraw for their main event starting positions. As an added bonus, Saturday will also have an invitational event for both classes that will offer prize money. The top 3-5 finishers in the first set of heat races will automatically make it into that race. This format was chosen [Read More]