Andrew Langan Wins 2014 Wallbanger Cup; Crockett, Carrell, And Ashley Pick Up Mark Howard Memorial Victories
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Dirt Monkey Productions)
Cottage Grove Speedway would host the Mark Howard Memorial on Saturday August 23rd. Four classes would be in action including the Huddle Automotive Repair 360 Sprints, Late Models, Northwest Extreme Modifieds, and Street Stocks. The Street Stocks would compete for the Wallbanger Cup presented by Brad’s Car Tunes, Bigg Dogg Recycling, Clark Printing Company, and Ted Baker. All main events were twenty-six laps ran in honor of Mark Howard's longtime number.
In the Street Stocks main event Curtis Towns, of Cottage Grove and driving the Classic Metal Works/Scarpelli’s Short Stop #6 Nova for car owners Steve and Russ Blum, would lead the first laps of the Wallbanger Cup. Towns would lose the lead on lap ten to the Big Sky Landscaping #88 Camaro of Kevin Roberts from Gresham.
Not too long after a lap thirteen restart Roberts and Towns would get locked up with each other’s bumpers forcing both of them to slow down and allowing the D&L Truck Parts/Engine Research Development #74 Chevelle of Eugene’s Andrew Langan to obtain the lead on lap sixteen. Langan would start to check out and development a sizable lead until Jody Tanner of Portland, in his Wilburn Racing/Eastside Paving/John’s Frame Shop #36 Camaro, chipped away and eventually passed Langan on lap twenty-four. Langan would get the top spot back on lap twenty-five and hold back Tanner to win the race to collect his third career Wallbanger Cup and adding to his 2009 and 2011 triumphs.
The Lil’ Stinker Portable Toilets/West Coast Pressure Washing/Dave Chappelle Enterprises/Denny’s Pizza #10 Monte Carlo of Steve Dubisar from Coos Bay was second while third went to T.J. Langan of Fall Creek, in the Mike and Evan Britton owned Dot’s Trophy Shop/Ollivant Timber Salvage/Robert Howell Logging/Gilkison & Dad Inc. #85 Nova. The rest of the top five was made up of the Bullett Racing/Bodies By Steve-O #K4 Camaro of Lebanon’s J.J. Irvine in fourth and Coquille chauffeur Justin Krossman was fifth in his Dave Chappelle Enterprises/ComSpan Communications #4 Camaro.
In the Huddle Automotive Repair 360 Sprints the Wheeler Racing/In & Out Gardens/Konnected Clothing/Little Butte Market/Kanopy Kountry #21W Maxim of Central Point pilot Vern Wheeler Jr. would grab the initial race lead. Wheeler would lead for a handful of laps before being overtaken by Medford’s Roger Crockett on lap three.
Crockett would make several decisive moves in lapped traffic to create a massive lead eventually putting his Rocket Designs/Al Parker Racing Engines/TEC Equipment/Omlid & Swinney Fire Protection and Security #11 KPC in victory lane. Crockett would score his third win in as many starts at CGS in 2014 and continues a win streak at the 1/4-mile clay oval that dates as far back as the summer of 2012.
Colin Baker of Cottage Grove would pilot the Tim Galloway owned Steelhouse Metal Roofing Supply/BC Motorsports/Huddle Automotive Repair/Todd’s Auto Body #83 KPC to a runner-up finish followed by the Cook Crane Corporation/Linder Powdercoating/Rodgers Racing Engines/Speedmart Inc. #22 KPC of Central Point’s Garen Linder in third. Fourth place would go to Kyle Miller from Salem in his Automotive Sheetmetal/K&S Motorsports/Gary’s Subaru Service/Machined For Speed by Craig Jensen #10 XXX and Vern Wheeler Jr. was fifth.
In Late Model competition Mike Peters of Cottage Grove would blaze the trail in the opening stages in his Send Transportation/Interstate Cargo/Sierra Ridge Cabinets/Ron Peters Cabinets #88P Swartz. Peters would be passed for the lead on lap three by Mark Carrell of Redmond. Carrell, in his Mark’s Auto Body #26 Rocket, would dominate the rest of the distance to win the main event.
The My Boys Slate Fired Pizza/Taylor Restaurant Equipment/Mueller Commercial Services #18 MasterSbilt entry of Blaine Taylor from Pleasant Hill was second while in third would be John Campos of Keizer in the Rob Campos owned Northwest Family Chiropractic/Dannette Pemberton with Saba/Northern Lights Theater Pub/Drager Performance #36C GRT. Shaun Mayea out of Bend would end his night in fourth, chauffeuring the Cold Spring Resort/R.G. Remanufacturing/Superior Fuel Cells/Driving Force Graphics #36 Rocket, and behind him in fifth was the Team S.D.M.F. #88M Warrior of Eugene’s Randy Martin.
In the Northwest Extreme Modified feature David Schmidt was the car to beat. Schmidt, of Eugene and in the EMS Truck Repair/Cindy Sew It/West End Performance #9 Pro, took the lead on the opening lap and would actually have a great battle with Jasper’s Gene Ashley on lap six. Schmidt would retake the lead on lap seven but got caught up in a wreck on lap nine collecting several other front runners.
The Akin Racing #54 Monster of Scott Akin from Crow would inherit the lead only to get passed for the top spot on lap eleven. Gene Ashley would lead the rest of the distance to park his Furniture Options #85 entry in the winner’s circle.
Scott Akin was second while Halsey’s Jordan McDonald would place his McDonald Racing #20M in third. David Schmidt was scored in fourth and the West End Performance/Eastside Rollforming Specialties/Dennymite Race Cars #3RL Shaw of Ryan McTaggart.
Last but not least a powder-puff race was ran once all of the regular action had concluded. Cottage Grove’s Tiffany Towns would win the event over Brenda Augustine, also of Cottage Grove, and Raquel Ivie from Eugene.
The Cottage Grove Speedway will be in action on Saturday August 30th and Sunday the 31st for the return of the prestigious King Of The West Kage Kart race. Teams from all over the Pacific Northwest are expected to be on tap and should make for some awesome racing. General Admission is FREE for both nights of racing. For more information be sure and log on to www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.
Mark Howard Memorial
Saturday August 23rd, 2014
Cottage Grove Speedway
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Huddle Automotive Repair 360 Sprints
A Feature: 1. 11-Roger Crockett; 2. 83-Colin Baker; 3. 22-Garen Linder; 4. 10-Kyle Miller; 5. 21W-Vern Wheeler Jr; 6. 22R-Mike Romig; 7. W5-Jesse Williamson; 8. 5N-Seth Nunes; 9. 5D-Patrick Dills; 10. 71-Colby Carter; 11. 70-Raquel Ivie; 12. 4-Jesse Thistle; 13. 6A-Kady Adelman; 14. 11L-Jeremy Lowe; 15. 85-Ricky Ashley; 16. 28-Mark Herz
A Feature: 1. 26-Mark Carrell; 2. 18-Blaine Taylor; 3. 36-John Campos; 4. 36-Shaun Mayea; 5. 88M-Randy Martin; 6. 20-Josh Sim; 7. 2E-Jayme Van; 8. 68-Greg Schellhorn; 9. 88P-Mike Peters; 10. 22-Mike Linder; 11. 16P-Preston Luckman; 12. 16-Rob Williams; 13. Larry Sharp; 14. 78-Ed Peters; 15. 24-Nathan Augustine; 16. 1-Max Augustine; 17. J871-Roy Kirk Jr.; 18. S09-Kevin Kirk
Northwest Extreme Modifieds
A Feature: 1. 85-Gene Ashley; 2. 54-Scott Akin; 3. 20M-Jordan McDonald; 4. 9-David Schmidt; 5. 3RL-Ryan McTaggart; DNS 27-Jimmy Owen
A Feature: 1. 74-Andrew Langan; 2. 10-Steve Dubisar; 3. 85-T.J. Langan; 4. K4-J.J. Irvine; 5. 4-Justin Krossman; 6. 7K-Matt King; 7. 6-Curtis Towns; 8. 11-Joey Cannon; 9. 00-Steve Begley; 10. 17Z-Ethan Landers; 11. 88-Kevin Roberts; 12. 55-D.W. Northey; 13. 0-Mark Henderson; 14. 75-Daniel Murphy; DNS 7M-Marena Starr-Ferguson; 16. 36-Jody Tanner