The first night of the 20th Annual Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modified Nationals took to the 3/8 banked clay oval with 42 dirt modifieds in action. Also on hand were the PHRA Dwarf Cars for the Dwarf Car Challenge.
Shipwreck Beads Modifieds
The night started off with two sets of heat races (10 total), with the points from both sets lining up the feature events for Saturday.
The first set of heat races saw Albany, Oregon’s Matthew Drager pick up the win over Robert Jenner of Vancouver. Klamath Falls, Oregon driver and multiple time Modified Nationals winner Nick Trenchard won heat two over David Wolfard of Bremerton. Collen Winebarger of Corbett, Oregon picked up a heat race win over Shelton’s Devan West. Medford, Oregon’s Albert Gill was a heat race winner over Jeremy Martin of Warren, Oregon and Hoquiam’s Zack Simpson picked up a heat race win over Dan West Jr. of Shelton.
The second set of heat races saw Olympia driver Tyson Blood pick up a win off Jeremy Richey of Medford, Oregon. Trenchard picked up another heat-race win over Redmond, Oregon’s BJ Wild. Winebarger also added a second heat-race win to his evening over Campbell River, BC driver Lane Zerbin. Aaron Sheelar of Cottage Grove, Oregon picked up a heat race win over Battle Ground’s Nick Bessette. The final heat race of the evening went to Brad Martin of St. Helens, Oregon over Redmond, Oregon driver Mark Carrell.
After the heat races, a 25 lap Race of Champions event saw Campbell River, BC’s Chris Beaulieu lead early, taking the top spot at the start from Tiana Wild of Colville.
Winebarger quickly moved into second with Seabeck’s Kyler Moore running third. Winebarger wasted no time working his way past Beaulieu on lap 3.
Wild and Shelton driver Scott Miller battled for the fourth position for a handful of laps before Miller worked his way into fourth.
Winebarger continued his successful evening by slowly pulling away from Beaulieu and Moore.
Wild saw problems as she spun in turn two, collecting a handful of cars and bringing out the caution on lap 9.
Winebarger led the field to the green flag, as second through fourth raced hard for position, making it a three-wide race. Beaulieu continued to sit in second, Moore third, and Warren, Oregon driver Jeremy Martin sat in fourth.
Winebarger went on to win the Race of Champions over Moore, Beaulieu, Jeremy Martin, and John Campos of Salem, Oregon.
PHRA Dwarf Cars
The 25 lap PHRA Dwarf Car feature saw Chris Kress take the early lead at the start, but second place Cody Peters of Eagle Point, Oregon took over the top spot.
Kress moved back to second, as he battled with Gary Wegener of Kalama. Josh King of Red Bluff, Calif. worked his way from the middle grove into the top three and into second, looking to track down Cody Peters for the lead.
Shane Youngren of Tigard, Oregon worked his way into the top five and seemed to follow the same line King was, working his way into the top three.
King looked to the low side in turn two and took the lead from Peters in turn one and two. Youngren also worked his way into second a lap later.
A scary incident in turn one brought out the red flag as Roseburg, Oregon’s Erin Morgenstern’s car caught fire after contact with another car.
Youngren looked to make a run at King for the lead on the restart as John Chrisman of Hillsboro, Oregon looked to make a move for second. Youngren did get the spot back as the yellow came out after Cody Peters spun in turn four.
On the restart, Chrisman again looked low and momentarily took second before Youngren took the runner-up spot back.
King slowly pulled away from the rest of the field and went on to pick up the win over Youngren, Chrisman, Kress and Brian Lee of Campbell River, BC.
Heat race winners were Chrisman, Mollala, Oregon’s Henry Corbin II, King, and Henry Corbin III from Mollala.