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Tony Walker wins first feature of 2001

Feuds - both friendly and not-so-friendly - made for an interesting night of racing Saturday at the Southern Oregon Speedway.

The Walker brothers - Jim Jr. and Tony - battled for both family and pro stock honors. While Jim Jr. has been the dominant driver in the class to date this season, Tony was in the spotlight this time around to take the checkered flag in the feature race.

Tony Walker grabbed the lead on the fifth lap and had to hold off surges by his brother and Cal Lanfear to earn his first feature win of 2001.

Dennis Silva continued his winning ways in the dirt modifieds. The 1997 track champion in the class picked up his second win of the season. Dan Estremado led for the first 17 laps before being slowed by mechanical problems, allowing Silva and Jay Hinton Jr. to make their way to the front of the pack. Defending class champion Mark Wauge finished third.

While the Walkers battled in a friendly manner, things got a little chippy in the mini stock division where a rarely-used car claim stirred the pot.

Patrick Lanigan won for the sixth straight week before a claim was placed on his car. The claim, which cost Dean Combs $995, was denied by Lanigan, who was forced to forfeit both the victory and the prize money that went with it. The refusal means he must also sit out the next two weeks of action.

The claim rule - allowing any other driver the opportunity to buy the winner's car - has always been part of the mini stock division but has rarely been used. Although when it is used the sparks usually fly -which they did.