Thomas’s Bristol Dreams End In Heartbreaking Fashion

Bristol, Tennessee (3/24/2020) 21 Seconds. Curtis Thomas found out the hard way in Saturday’s Bristol Dirt Nationals finale that that’s all it takes to take a promising run in one of the most prestigious races in the nation and completely turn it upside down. Thomas, a relatively local racer from just a couple of hours away in Knoxville, Tennessee was having a run of a lifetime aboard his 2013 Masterbilt chassis when the accident occured. 

From 5th on the starting grid in Saturday’s Main Event, Thomas had dropped a couple of spots before tragedy struck. As the field came around to start Lap 2, two cars got together in front of Thomas, spinning wildly before collecting Thomas and sending him for a hard impact into the inside barrier. The crash would end Thomas’s week but won’t keep him from racing for long. “We’re pulling the motor out of this one and putting it back in our other car for the Castrol race at 411 Thursday so we won’t be down long.” remarked Thomas. 

 A self described low budget racer, Thomas’s car and team are primarily based out of his cousin’s garage. “That was my personal car I wrecked at Bristol but my cousin has a car I drove for him last year. He’s gonna let me drive again until we get this one back from Masterbilt. This is going to be the same car that I sat the track record at 411 in for the hangover race back in January, so hopefully we can pick back up where we left off in it. Even with what happened this week, it wasn’t bad for a little team racing out of my cousins block garage haha. I’ll take it.”said Thomas after his Lap 2 crash. 

Barring his wreck in the finale, Thomas had put together a stellar week at Bristol. Though he had a rough heat race on Night 1, Thomas drove from his 15th spot on the starting grid to claim a Top 5 in Tuesday’s rain delayed preliminary feature. 

Thomas would carry that momentum into Wednesday, as he held off a hard charging Colton Trouille to win an exciting heat race. Thomas was scheduled to roll off 2nd in that night’s preliminary feature, but time constraints would push it to Thursday. 

With Thursday a complete washout, Friday’s main would be lined up off points for the day and a half of racing the class was able to get in, lining Thomas up to start 5th. The 24 car field would take the green flag and as you know just 21 seconds later, Thomas’s Bristol Dirt Nationals would come to an abrupt end.  

When asked about his thoughts on the event as a whole, Thomas said: “I’ve grown up around racing and watching my dad as I was growing up. I’ve been to a lot of different tracks and events over the years and this trip has topped them all! My late Papaw took me to both the races here where they covered the track in dirt before and as a kid I never thought I’d get the chance to go and do that and just to get the opportunity to do it and run as good as we did is just a dream come true. It’s been a long week and a lot of late nights and little sleep but definitely worth every minute. I can’t thank everyone, especially my uncle Randy and cousin Brad enough for helping make this happen!”

Curtis Thomas would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters for making this once in a lifetime experience happen, including:

Premier Services Group

US 411 Storage

Shular Enterprises

Bakers Transmission

Thomas Trucking

McCarter Trucking

Corkys Hardwood

Smoky Mountain Rod & Custom

Competition Racing Equipmen

Factory Moore

Results:

Day 1 Heat: 8th

Day 2 Prelim: 5th

Day 3 Heat: 1st

Day 5 Main Event: 22nd

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Oscar McCown Takes 5th At Inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals

Bristol, TN (3/22/2021) For Whitesburg, Kentucky native Oscar McCown, just taking to the Bristol high banks was a dream come true. Matched up with over 100 of the best racers in his class, including multiple NASCAR Cup stars, McCown set out aboard his 2018 XR1 Rocket to prove that a small town racer could hang with the big dogs of the region. 

Rain would play a big factor during the week, giving McCown just one night to try and qualify before Saturday’s finale. McCown was confident in his car and his team however, as the team set quick time out of 68 cars in Sunday’s tuneup practice session. 

Due to a less than favorable pill draw, McCown would be forced to start 8th in his lone heat race of the week. This didn’t prove to be much of a hindrance though, as McCown quickly powered his way to 4th before a Lap 2 caution. McCown would continue to run in 4th until one last caution with 3 to go brought the field back together.  On the ensuing restart, McCown would quickly dispatch of the 3rd and 2nd place runners, going on to finish in the runner up spot. 

With passing points determining the starting grid in Wednesday’s rain delayed preliminary feature, McCown’s 8th to 2nd run in Tuesday’s heat race would reward him with the pole position. 

The following 20 lap preliminary feature was marred with cautions and carnage, but McCown was able to hold off the only serious challenger he faced, as he cruised to the victory. The jubilant McCown mentioned in victory lane that he felt like he hadn’t breathed in the last 10 circuits. 

Thanks to Wednesday’s preliminary win, McCown would lock himself into Saturday’s $7,500 to win finale, which would prove to be crucial with Thursday’s preliminary night rained out. 

For the 20 lap finale, McCown would roll off 3rd. Over the opening 5 circuits McCown would drop one spot to 4th, then on a lap 5 restart, would drop another to 5th as contact with another driver nearly sent McCown around. With laps ticking off, McCown found himself on a bit of an island in 5th, with no cars coming to challenge for the spot, and 4th just slightly out of reach. That would be the story for the rest of the race, as Oscar McCown claimed 5th out of 100+ competitors at the Bristol Dirt Nationals. 

Oscar wanted to send a big thank you to crew chief and longtime friend Greg Hampton, who was a key part of making this trip as successful as it was. 

Oscar McCown would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters for helping make this happen, including:

Eagle Race Engines

Pro-1 Gutters 

Total Therapy Solutions 

Farley Transport 

Leggacy Motors  

Joe Adams Heating and Cooling 

STR Bodies 

Level Construction 

Wells Motorsports 

Colten Burdette Racing

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Johnson Sweeps Super Late Model Double Header, Lipke Grabs Modified Gambler

-Schmidt A Two Time Winner on Sunday

Coos Bay, OR (6/29/2020) With racing still mostly on hold across the State of Oregon, Coos Bay Speedway provided fans and competitors alike with an action packed doubleheader weekend this past Saturday and Sunday night on the NASCAR oval. 

Though the America’s Mattress Super Late Models saw a slight drop in car count this weekend, the racing remained just as intense as ever. Following up a strong 4th place showing his last time out, Gresham’s Jason Johnson found himself sweeping both nights of Super Late Model competition. 

Despite leading all 30 laps of Saturday’s feature, it certainly wasn’t a cakewalk for Johnson, who had to contend with rookie driver Braden Fugate knocking on the door lap after lap. Fugate would make one last attempt at getting around Johnson for the win on the last lap, but it would ultimately cost the Bandon racer as former track champ Brody Montgomery was able to capitalize on Fugate’s error to grab 2nd. Fugate, Doug Elkins and Mike Taylor would complete the Top 5. 

Sunday’s race proved to be much less stressful for Johnson. After quickly dispatching of early leader Dennis Souza, Johnson set sail, with Elkins and Montgomery in hot pursuit. Johnson would go on to win comfortably, ahead of Elkins, Montgomery, Fugate and Taylor. Pescadero, California’s Souza would be the last car scored, as last week’s winner BJ Donofrio wasn’t able to make the call for the feature. 

The IMCA Modifieds took to the track for their 2nd appearance Sunday, with Yreka, California’s Jimmy Lipke claiming the 35 lap feature. While Lipke led every lap from the pole position, a fierce battle waged behind in the form of Jon Debenedetti and Bricen James. Debenedetti, last Modified event’s winner, had his hands full with the Albany star. In the end, experience won out as Debenedetti held on for 2nd. James, Sam Potter and Paul Rea rounded out the Top 5. Debenedetti and James won the earlier heat races. 

Saturday’s Dwarf Car exhibition proved to be a wild event from the start. Though the race struggled to get going early, to the tune of 5 cautions in the opening 7 circuits. Once the race began to settle down, it was Eagle Point’s Brock Peters who paced the running order. Fellow Southern Oregon racer Ryan Smith proved to be Peters’s lone adversary, briefly swapping the lead back and forth in the early going before Peters pulled away. 

While that all happened up front, Josh King and John Chrisman were locked in a heated contest for 4th. Over the final 15 laps of the race, the duo would swap spots a total of 7 times, with King eventually coming out on top. In the end, Peters would pick up an impressive victory over Smith, Chad Cardoza, King and Chrisman. Peters, Camden Robustelli and Chris Kress won their respective heat races. 

The Street Stocks continued their strong car count from a week ago, with 16 competitors signing in Saturday and 10 making it back on Sunday. North Bend’s Ken Fox would grab the spotlight on Saturday, grabbing the lead from Dakota Godard at the midway point and never looking back. Godard should be commended for having another strong effort in just his 2nd weekend at the speedway. With the Top 2 pretty much gone, former Sportsman champ Dylan Siewell and Graig Osborne decided to put on a show of their own. For the race’s final 22 laps, these 2 drivers raced each other hard but clean, with the two finishing in a dead heat that saw Siewell grab 3rd by a nose. Phil Lovvorn would complete Saturday’s Top 5. 

Gresham native Kevin Roberts was the star of the show Sunday, driving up from 6th, methodically picking off cars one by one before taking the lead with 13 to go and opening up a huge lead back to Steve Dubisar. Dubisar, who struggled with mechanical issues Saturday night, rebounded strong with a 2nd place finish, ahead of Godard, Lovvorn and Fox. 

The Sportsman Late Models saw a nice boost this weekend by a few IMCA Sport Mods who wanted some extra seat time. Saturday’s event saw Jordan Henry pick up his first ever win, holding off a strong charge from Dave Schmidt. Doug Coffman would take 3rd in his first race since blowing a motor in a practice session earlier this year, while Corvallis visitor and Willamette regular Ryan Emry grabbed 4th. KC Scott would complete the Top 5. 

Sunday’s event wasn’t as competitive, with Roseburg racer Dave Schmidt leading all 25 laps for his first of 2 wins on the night. Coffman would come home 2nd, holding off a stellar run from Emry over the last 10 laps. Henry and season opener winner Trace Fugate would round out the Top 5. 

Speaking of IMCA Sport Mods, Dave Schmidt would grab his 2nd win of the night over an 8 car field. Schmidt once again led all 30 laps from the front row. Doug Coffman would yet again finish 2nd, having his hands full with Aaron Bloom for the majority of the race. Jordan Henry and KC Scott would be your Top 5. 

The Mini Outlaws features were claimed by northern visitors again this week, with Portland’s Scott Beaudoin and Albany’s Tahlan Rogers both finding victory lane. Beaudoin actually looked to have the weekend sweep in the bag, but issues with 2 to go allowed Rogers to sneak by for the win. Jason Kellam and Beaudoin won the class’s heat race each night. 

The Hornet division provided the closest feature finish of the weekend Saturday night, with Issac Stere narrowly edging Hannah Robison for the top spot. Both drivers started near the back of the field, so fans were treated to an awesome show as they both climbed up the race standings. Roseburg’s Seth Christian would pick up a dominating victory Sunday, winning by over a straightaway ahead of Stere. Kevin Rockwell and Dan Briesacher would be Sunday’s only other finishers. 

Coos Bay Speedway returns to action Wednesday night for Hump Day Havoc. The Winged Sprints return to headline the card, while the Dwarf Cars, Street Stocks and Jr Stingers will also be in attendance. 

Coos Bay Speedway is located in Coos Bay, OR a short jump off Hwy 101 then two & a half miles east on Hwy 42. The facility currently houses a 3/8-mile NASCAR dirt track, 1/8 mile NHRA drag strip, and hosts yearly Mud Drag events. For breaking news and updates on the 2020 season, visit our website http://www.coosbayspeedway.us and like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/coosbayspeedway

Fugate Grabs First Super Late Model Podium Finish In Season Opener

Coos Bay, OR (6/22/2020)

While the jump to the Super Late Model class has had its fair share of early difficulties, Saturday night had to be an encouraging sign for Braden Fugate and the entirety of the Fugate Racing team.

2 of Fugate’s first 3 starts had ended with a DNF, so Saturday night’s 3rd place finish definitely felt like the team’s most complete Super Late performance to date. Even with the team’s occasional early struggles, Braden has shown the poise and persistence of a veteran racer, putting his team in as best position to succeed as possible.

Fugate started off the night with a strong run in the heat race. After starting 5th, Braden quickly passed Nathan Augustine for 4th, before settling in behind Rob Campos. After shadowing Campos lap after lap, Fugate finally made his move on the last lap to steal 3rd at the line.

Unfortunately for Fugate, the invert did him no favors, as he’d line up 9th on the starting grid. Within three laps, Fugate found himself knocking on the door of the Top 5.

For the next 17 circuits, Fugate continued to run 6th, before problems for a fellow racer helped him gain 2 spots to grab 4th. Lying just ahead in 3rd was defending Madras champ Jason Johnson, who managed to keep Fugate at bay lap after lap, regardless of Fugate’s numerous attempts.

With just 2 laps remaining, Fugate wrestled 3rd away from Johnson, going on to finish 3rd to improve on his previous career best finish of 4th.

When asked about his night, Fugate said: “We had a pretty solid night last night! We started in the back of both the heat race and main and were able to move forward in both which was huge for me! We are making steps in the right direction. Just super thankful to be able to be back at the track and get some more laps under my belt in that car! Overall it was a great night!”

Braden would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters who make this possible, including:
Mike Redmon
Ken Ware Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC
Canaday Coffee
Troubles Construction LLC
Outdoor Living and Rental Center- Bandon, Oregon
Coos Curry Supply – Port Orford, Oregon
Napier Auto Body
API Coatings
WSK Machine – Jim Diemert Racing Engines

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