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Casto tops 21 cars for sprint tour triumph

WHITE CITY -- Sunnyvale Washington's Lindey Casto swept the competition by taking three checkered flags in the Northern Sprint Tour events at the Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday night.

Medford was the first stop in this year's Northern Sprint Tour series that has 16 races scheduled, including another visit to the Speedway on July 19.

Casto won his heat race, was first in the trophy dash and led the entire 30 laps of the 22-car A main field. Casto picked up $2,500 for Saturday's win. He also earned $1,000 for beating Dan Menne, a local favorite who finished in fourth place, in the A main on Friday.

Marvin Smith took second-place in Saturday's sprint race, while Shawna Wilskey, who was the winner last year, finished in third. Bill Nutter finished in 11th place after winning the B main event.

Gary Rotarius, who started 15th in the 22-car field in the pro-stock A main, stole the lead from Bryan Barns to race to his third checkered flag of the season.

Barns finished in second, while Erik Ralph took home third place. Ken Heywood, who led laps 2-13, settled for fourth place.

The first event of the new Western All-Star Late Model series is scheduled to take place Saturday at the speedway, along with the winged modified, pro-stock and mini-stock races.

Northern Sprint Tour Results

FIRST HEAT -- 1, Rick Fauver; 2, Tyson Cross; 3, Chad Bauer; 4, Marc Huson.

SECOND HEAT -- 1, Lindsey Casto; 2, Shawna Wilskey; 3, Jayme Barnes; 4, Troy Helm.

THIRD HEAT -- 1, Dan Menne; 2, Jeff Hartjoy; 3, Cale Carder; 4, Scott Adams.

FOURTH HEAT -- 1, Marvin Smith; 2, Dale Smith; 3, Gary Taylor; 4, Gary Lynch.

TROPHY DASH -- 1, Lindsey Casto; 2, Marvin Smith; 3, Dan Menne; 4, Chad Bauer.

A MAIN -- 1, Lindsey Casto; 2, Marvin Smith; 3, Shawna Wilskey; 4, Dan Menne.

B MAIN -- 1, Bill Nutter; 2, Mike Morelock; 3, Jim Kirkham; 4, Jay Cole.