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Welshonse secures IMCA Modified win

WHITE CITY — Gaining the lead after Scott Lenz and Mark Wauge got together on lap 21, rookie James Welshonse won his first career 25-lap IMCA Modified main event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Welshonse somehow managed to escape the crash directly in front of him for the win as Jesse Bailey finished second. Wauge limped to a ninth place finish and will unofficially win the championship.

Dwayne Melven dueled with Rich McCoy for half of the 20-lap IMCA Sport Modified main event before getting his fist win ahead of likely rookie of the year David Marble. Third-place finisher Mike Medel will wrap up the track championship, while fifth-place finisher Jorddon Braaten still leads the Oregon State point race with one week remaining.

Pro 4 Wedge Car star Dustin Knight made his first start and dominated the Open Stock main event for an impressive 20-lap victory ahead of new point leader Bob Dees.

Lee Doty grabbed the Super 4's point lead with his fourth 20-lap main event victory. He won by nearly a lap with the husband-wife duo of Terry and Krista Hadley in second and third, respectively.

Joby Shields wrapped up the Hornets season with his fourth 20-lap main event win. Shields won by over half a lap ahead of Milt Carter, and Tim Hedges wrapped up the championship with his fifth-place finish.

Racing concludes next week with the season finale program. On the schedule will be the Pennzoil Winged Sprint Cars, Valley Boys Auto Sales Outlaw Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks and Super 4's. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Open Stocks — Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Dustin Knight, Bob Dees. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-B. Dees. Main Event (20 Laps)-Knight, B. Dees, Garrett Dees, David Schmidt, John Dees.

IMCA Modifieds — Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Jesse Bailey, James Welshonse. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Welshonse. Main Event (20 Laps)-Welshonse, Bailey, Scott Lenz, Monte Bischoff, Scott Crumm.

Super 4's — Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Terry Hadley, Lee Doty. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Charlie Eaton. Main Event (20 Laps)-Doty, T. Hadley, Krista Hadley, Charlie Eaton, Dan Prewitt.

IMCA Sport Modifieds — Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mike Medel, David Marble. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Marble. Main Event (20 Laps)-Dwayne Melvin, Marble, Medel, Toby Judd, Jorddon Braaten.

Hornets — Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Joby Shields. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Tim Hedges. Main Event (20 Laps)-Shields, Milt Carter, Andy Blackburn, Derrel Nelson Jr., Hedges.