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Gutches, Word race to titles at speedway

WHITE CITY — Frank Word of Grants Pass secured the pro stock championship and Kelly Gutches edged Chad Cardoza to win the dwarf class title in Saturday's season finale at the Southern Oregon Speedway.

Also Saturday, Dustin Knight maintained his slim 52-point lead over Jay Poppa to earn rookie of the year honors, and John Derby held off Bob Burkett to claim the mini stock title.

Derby's wife, Tonya, also had a big night, besting contender Tyler Lockwood to earn the mini stock rookie of the year award.

Terry Hadley won in the Super 4 class.

DWARF CARS

A MAIN — 1, Kelly Gutches; 2, Mitch Sheeler; 3, Chad Cardoza; 4, RJ. McGahuey.

TROPHY DASH — Kelly Gutches.

HEAT 1 — 1, Kelly Gutches; 2, Mitch Sheeler; 3, Jerry Houck; 4, Gary Rotarius.

HEAT 2 — 1, Chad Cardoza; 2, RJ McGahuey; 3, Ryan Smith; 4, Jeff Harsha.

SUPER 4'S

A MAIN — 1, Terry Hadley; 2, Nolan Fincher; 3, Krista Hadley; 4, Dan King.

TROPHY DASH — Brian Johnsen.

HEAT 1 — 1, Brian Johnsen; 2, Belinda Duste; 3, Steve Pierce; 4, Parker Jones.

HEAT 2 — 1, Joe Guider; 2, Dan King; 3, Terry Hadley; 4, Nolan Fincher.

MINI STOCKS

A MAIN — 1, Chris Biggs; 2, John Derby; 3, Bob Burkett; 4, Curt Ballard.

TROPHY DASH — John Derby.

HEAT 1 — 1, Toby Judd; 2, Steve Goetz; 3, Bob Burkett; 4, Jill Wilson.

HEAT 2 — 1, John Derby; 2, Milton Carter; 3, Josh Bratton; 4, Chris Biggs.

PRO STOCKS

A MAIN — 1, Dustin Knight; 2, Dave Everson; 3, Frank Word; 4, Brian Poppa.

TROPHY DASH — John David Duffie.

HEAT 1 — 1, Jake Word; 2, Brian Poppa; 3, Wayne Kniffen; 4, Frank Word.

HEAT 2 — 1, John David Duffie; 2, Scott Crumm; 3, Rob Fitzsimmons; 4, Dave Everson.