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Word III wins shootout in pro stocks

WHITE CITY ' If Frank Word III is moving to the modifieds, he's making certain to leave his mark on the pro stock division at the Southern Oregon Speedway.

The Grants Pass driver won yet another shootout in the wild and woolly pro stocks, holding off hard-charging Tony Walker for the feature win at the speedway on Saturday night.

Word III, who is on the verge of winning the division's points title, patiently worked his way through the pack, sliding past leader Seth Carder for the lead late in the race and eventually emerging from a three-way battle that also included Walker, who along with his brother Jim Jr. and Word III are all expected to move to modifieds in 2003.

Justin Holt was dialed in throughout the modified feature. Holt held off the Dustes ' Dave Sr. and Dave Jr. ' for his first-ever modified feature win. He led for the last 10 laps of the 20-lap feature. Duste Sr. bounced back from a crash that cost him his front end in the heat race to run strong in the main event.

Jason Finley set the pace in the sprint cars. Finley battled with Matt Rodgers for the top spot, grabbing the lead on the 11th lap and never giving it back over the 20-lap main.

Gary Fitzsimmons took honors in the dwarf cars, holding off Mitch Sheeler for the checkered flag in the feature. The race was slowed by what had the makings of a horrible accident as Tom Palazzola flipped his car multiple times before coming to rest on the backstretch.

Palazzola was able to leave the car under his own power and walked away without serious injury.

In the mini stocks, Mike Johnson made a clean sweep of the night, winning his heat, the trophy dash and the feature by a considerable margin to widen his lead in the points race.

Racing resumes this weekend with the richest dirt car race in Oregon in 2002. The speedway plays host to the annual Lon Skinner Memorial 100, with qualifying getting under way on Friday night. Finals are set for Saturday, with &

36;2,500 to the winner of the modified race and &

36;1,000 to the winner of the pro stock feature. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 both nights.

Dwarf Cars

Heat 1:

1. Rick Harms; 2. Kyle Resnick; 3. Mitch Sheeler; 4. Dan Vanacker.

Heat 2:

1. Bob Sousa; 2. Gary Fitzsimmons; 3. Fred O'Nan; 4. Ed Starner.

Trophy Dash:

1. Bob Sousa; 2. Gary Fitzsimmons; 3. Kyle Resnick; 4. Rick Harms.

Feature:

1. Gary Fitzsimmons; 2. Mitch Sheeler; 3. Rick Harms; 4. Jerry Apland; 5. Kyle Resnick; 6. Dan Vanacker; 7. Rick Sequeria; 8. Fred O'Nan; 9. Robert Sousa; 10. Terry Miller.

Pro Stocks

Heat 1:

1. Jerry Severson; 2. Donnie Hale; 3. Mike Jones; 4. Butch Poppa.

Heat 2:

1. Tony Walker; 2. Seth Carder; 3. Dan Thomas; 4. Joe Guider.

Heat 3:

1. Frank Word III; 2. Rick Hunsley; 3. Tracy Bradley; 4. Bill Geyer.

Heat 4:

1. Ken Ford; 2. Jim Hill; 3. Berry Hunt; 4. Jim Walker Jr.

Trophy Dash:

1. Jim Walker Jr.; 2. Ken Ford; 3. Frank Word III; 4. Jerry Severson.

B Main:

1. Dave Everson; 2. John David Duffie; 3. Darren Provost; 4. Chet Mitchell; 5. Jerry Gabriel.

Feature:

1. Frank Word III; 2. Tony Walker; 3. Seth Carder; 4. Butch Poppa; 5. Dan Thomas; 6. Rick Hunsley; 7. Albert Gill; 8. Tracy Bradley; 9. Jim Hill; 10. Darren Provost.

Modifieds

Heat 1:

1. Tom Glover; 2. Ron Possinger; 3. Brian Poppa; 4. Dane Smith.

Heat 2:

1. Justin Holt; 2. Scott Weldon; 3. Dave Duste Sr.; 4. Brad Alfrey.

Heat 3:

1. Bruce Rayburn Jr.; 2. Skipper Klimcheck; 3. Markey James; 4. Jon DeBenedetti.

Heat 4:

1. Mark Wauge; 2. Jon Ireland; 3. J.J. Johnson.

Trophy Dash:

1. Bruce Rayburn Jr.; 2. Mark Wauge; 3. Mike Linder; 4. Justin Holt.

B Main:

1. Jay Hinton Jr.; 2. Bruce Rayburn Sr.; 3. Dan Estremado; 4. Carl Fitzsimmons; 5. Jeff Pottruff.

Feature:

1. Justin Holt; 2. Dave Duste Jr.; 3. Dave Duste Sr.; 4. Tom Glover; 5. Jay Hinton Jr.; 6. Bruce Rayburn Jr.; 7. Markey James; 8. Brad Alfrey; 9. Mark Wauge; 10. Bruce Rayburn Jr.

Sprint Cars

Heat 1:

1. Todd Zeitler; 2. Ron Smith; 3. Mark Wells; 4. Garren Linder.

Heat 2:

1. Bruce Gieg Jr.; 2. Jason Finley; 3. Matt Rodgers; 4. Anthony Nunes.

Trophy Dash:

1. Jason Finley; 2. Todd Zeitler; 3. Bruce Geig; 4. Ron Smith.

Feature:

1. Jason Finley; 2. Matt Rodgers; 3. Todd Zeitler; 4. Ron Smith; 5. Corey Sherman; 6. Anthony Nunes; 7. Bruce Gieg; 8. Garren Linder; 9. Wayne Kniffen; 10. Mark Wells.

Mini Stocks

Heat 1:

1. Greg Severson; 2. Bryan Barns; 3. Travis Chisum; 4. Eric Hull.

Heat 2:

1. Mike Johnson; 2. Pat Akins; 3. Pete Bowne Jr.; 4. Dave Bishop.

Heat 3:

1. Jared Morill; 2. Eddie Farley; 3. Alan Joy; 4. Jake Cote.

Heat 4:

1. Tom Lanigan; 2. Rocky Bass; 3. Jaime Guider; 4. Lee Doty.

Trophy Dash:

1. Mike Johnson; 2. Jared Morrill; 3. Greg Severson; 4. Tom Lanigan.

B Main:

1. Rocky Bass; 2. Milton Carter; 3. Michael Wilkins; 4. Kathryn Zern; 5. Chris Ray.