Mike Gibbons Makes Successful Return To Winner’s Circle At CGS
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Dirt Monkey Productions)
The Rolling Thunder Big Rigs made their first ever appearance at the Cottage Grove Speedway on Saturday July 19th. A total of nine trucks were on tap in front of a packed house at the historic ¼-mile clay oval.
The main event would be a great one with a total of seven different lead changes including the final one with a couple of laps to go. Mike Gibbons, from Rochester, Washington, would make his return to the driver’s seat after a four year hiatus. What better way to get back to racing by taking the lead late in the feature and putting his Alloy Polishing/Alamo Turbochargers/Hamilton Alternators #76 Peterbilt in victory lane.
Finishing in second would be Tacoma, Washington’s Dustin Smith in the Pacific Truck Centers/GCR Tire/Americool #17 Peterbilt followed by the Alloy Polishing/Alamo Turbochargers/Hamilton Alternators #10 International of Dave Barr out of Rochester, Washington. The rest of the top five would be made up of John Nelson from Rochester, Washington in his John Nelson Trucking/Fastenal/Buffal Signs #88 Mack in fourth and crossing the stripe in fifth was Brian Wilson, also from Rochester, Washington, in the Cascade Diesel-Moses Lake/Fastenal/GCR Tire #27 Kenworth.
Rolling Thunder Big Rigs
Saturday July 19th, 2014
Cottage Grove Speedway
Cottage Grove, Oregon
A-Feature: 1. 76-Mike Gibbons; 2. 17-Dustin Smith; 3. 10-Dave Barr; 4. 88-John Nelson; 5. 27-Brian Wilson; 6. 48-Tom Rayton; 7. 7-Mickey Iversonl 8. 9-Tammi Rodstrom; 9. 06-Scott Zahn