Cottage Grove Speedway Preps For Doubleheader
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Madman Photography)
Cottage Grove, Oregon- After a year hiatus the Cottage Grove Speedway Modified Nationals returns to “The Grove”. The event, which dates as far back as 2003, expects to draw the best IMCA Modified motorists in the entire Pacific Northwest. Racing will be conducted over the period of two nights starting with Friday August 2nd and concluding with Saturday the 3rd. Hornets and the Pro-4’s will be the supports classes on Friday while Saturday it will be Hornets and Street Stocks.
Curtis Towns has the most IMCA Modified wins with two as he seeks his second career title. Drivers with just a single triumph include Mark Carrell, Troy McElroy, Jesse Williamson, and current point leader Braedon Hand. Darin Crooks is well on his way to his second consecutive championship with a total of four trips to the winner’s circle. Daniel Ray has two wins over Steve Begley, Jordan Braaten, and T.J. Langan who have been victorious just once.
Joe Maricle currently leads the Hornet ranks in points and wins. With five victories Maricle is joined by two drivers that have won more than once. Those drivers include Kolby Clay and Josh Corley while chauffeurs with a one trip to victory lane have been Jim Simmons and David Beals. Drivers with non-point wins include Evan Britton and James Deatherage.
Tickets for the races on both days are $12.00 for Adults, Senior/Military/Junior (13-17) $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, and Children under the age of five are FREE. A Family Pass is offered for $30.00 which includes two Adults and up to four Youths. Pit gates open at 2:00 PM, front gates 4:00, time trials 5:30, and racing starts around 6:45 for both nights as well.
The Cottage Grove Speedway has hosted fast and exciting action as far back as 1956. Since then the ¼-mile banked oval has been regarded as a place where fast times are set and plenty of side-by-side racing occurs. Regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, NW Extreme Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Street Stocks, and Hornets from the months of April till October every Saturday night. For more information be sure and visit the venue’s homepage www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.
IMCA Modified Points
1. 5-Braedon Hand 225; 2. 23-Don Muth Jr. 209; 3. 24-Curtis Towns 208; 4. 10-Gus Cooper 208; 5. 44-Greg McDonald 197; 6. 16-Austin McTaggart 192; 7. 73-Bryan Gray 179; 8. 9-David Schmidt 153; 9.3RL-Corey Russell 124; 10. 27-Mark Carrell 116
Street Stocks Points
1. 73-Darin Crooks 499; 2. 01-Daniel Ray 249; 3. 0-Mark Henderson 237; 4. 00-Steve Begley 222; 5. 84-Jordan Braaten 220; 6. 0-Dusten Henderson 191; 7. 00-Darryl Crooks 183; 8. 4-Jeff Casto 177; 9.16K-Larry Crane 167; 10. 75-Don Garrett III 134
1. 11-Joe Maricle 577; 2. 7-Josh Corley 555; 3. 34-Mike Simmons 522; 4. 89-Jim Simmons 509; 5. 0-James Donaldson 480; 6. 7D-James Deatherage 440; 7. 28-Chris Pierce 431; 8. 17-Taunton Swaim 422; 9. 48-Mike Swaim 417; 10. 16-James Simmons 310