Peery leads charge at S.O. Speedway
WHITE CITY — Ryan Peery took care of business in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod main event to highlight Friday’s late action at the Southern Oregon Speedway in the first of two nights of the Pacific Sport Mod Showdown.
Racing was set to continue Saturday night at the recently renovated dirt-track oval. Gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 7.
The only thing to slow Peery down was four stoppages throughout the feature. It emphasized perfection on the restarts with all the yellows due to the stop-and-go nature of the race.
On the final green flag, the Yreka, California, teenager was kept company by Tanner Thomas, of Atwater, California, with six laps remaining. Peery, however, kept a steady course as he went on to score his seventh main event victory of the season but his first at Southern Oregon Speedway and in KMJ Performance Oregon State competition.
It was Peery’s first triumph since sweeping the Independence Day doubleheader at Diamond Mountain Speedway in Susanville, California. He is the third winner in five races at Southern Oregon in 2021.
Thomas took second, with the third-place position credited to Brian Cooper, from Yuba City, California. Travis Peery, Ryan’s father, finished fourth, followed by Chase Thomas.
Two consolation features were run with wins going to Brentwood, California, veteran Fred Ryland, and Daniel Ray from Springfield.
In the sprint car feature, Central Point’s Jake Wheeler seized control of the top spot on the opening start in a race that went relatively incident-free throughout the course of the main event.
Wheeler did experience a brief scare on lap 19 when he got a little out of shape in the final set of turns and nearly got into the wall and upside down. He managed to force his mount back under control but, in the process, sacrificed the top place position. As Wheeler tried to get back up to speed, Bailey Hibbard, also from Central Point, motored his way by into the lead.
The two drivers battled it out fiercely, with Hibbard and Wheeler getting in close proximity to each other in the first set of corners on lap 20. Unfortunately for Hibbard, he got into the wall ending his bid for the win as Wheeler seized control to win for the first time in 2021 at SOS and become the third different winner in as many races in the division.
Medford’s Camden Robustelli, in the T.J. Winningham owned mount, and Grants Pass’ R.J. McGahney were second and third, respectively. Enrique Jamie placed fourth while fifth at the wire was fellow Medford motorist Johnny Burke.
The mini stocks made their 2021 debut also Friday at Southern Oregon Speedway, with White City’s Ashtin Hedges overtaking Talent’s David Steele after his fast start on the fifth lap to go on and secure the checkered flag.
Hunter Magnen, from Klamath Falls, was third, followed by Tim Hedges and Medford’s Garrett Fredrickson.