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Hometown drivers join Washington racers who take checkered flags at River City Speedway

COURTESY PHOTO: MIKE WEBER - Ten-year-old Zander Koch wins in the Tracer Division, for ages 10-17, on Fathers Day weekend at River City Speedway in St. Helens.River City Speedway's Fan Appreciation race on Father's Day weekend turned out to be a memorable day for division leaders as well as for dads Clyde White and Devon Reed, who captured Columbia County Racing Association main-event wins on June 15.  

White, of Longview, Washington, won the Modified Division main event.

Reed of Woodland, Wash., won the Sportsman Division main.

Three St. Helens drivers — Joel Beehler, Shawn Dorie and Victoria Woolf — also recorded main-event wins at River City Speedway.

Dorie won in the Dwarf Car Division, Beehler captured the Street Stock Division main, and Woolf won the Pacific Mini Sprint Association Micro Open Division main event.

Vancouver's Zander Koch, age 10, continued to be a front-runner in the Tracer Division (for ages 10-17). He won the heat race and main event to remain undefeated through the first four rounds of CCRA motor sports action this season.

Macie Logsdon, of Mt. Vernon, Wash., was a three-time winner on June 15. She notched victories in the PMSA Micro Restricted Division main event and heat race. Logsdon also won the PMSA Micro Open Division heat race.

Trenton Brogan, from Kelso, Wash., was another two-time winner. He captured the Four Cylinder Division main event and heat race.

Dustin Wilkinson, of Redmond, took the Tuner Division main event.  

The next big event at the Columbia County Fairgrounds motor sports facility in St. Helens is on Saturday — the Pape Machinery/Rainier Truck & R.V. Center-sponsored Northwest Modified Series race. It starts at 5 p.m. The Modified Division main will include the largest first-place prize of the year, with $800 going to the winner.

Defending Modified Division champion Stephen Kaptur of St. Helens led the first lap of the Modified main event last week in his Malar Performance Engines/Discount Race Car Parts- sponsored open-wheel style race car.

White passed Kaptur on lap two and led the remainder of the 20-lap race to get his third straight main-event victory in his PNE Construction/Eric's Frame Repair-sponsored car.

Reed took second place, followed by Sean Fox of Rainier, Kaptur and Vancouver's Tanner Krohling.

White, 51, leads the Modified Division point standings and is seeking to win his second CCRA title. White won the 2017 Sportsman Division championship.

"The track was in great condition, and everything else was just excellent," White said. "It was nice to see more cars competing in the class. It was good seeing Devon racing in the Modified Division at St. Helens for the first time, and he did a good job.

"I can't get too excited about being undefeated, because that will come to an end at some point. I hope it doesn't happen in the next race, though, but you never know what can happen.

"The next race is going to be really tough, because we're expecting to have a lot more cars in the Modified Division. There will be some really good drivers competing on Saturday, including Clark Tenney of Scappoose, who is always tough to beat. I think I'll have a good chance to get a top-five finish and, if I have a little luck, maybe I'll win and get the $800 first-place prize."

Reed was competing at the speedway as a double duty driver, entering two CCRA motor sport classifications. Reed drove his Tom's Performance Engines modified racer for the first time in the Modified Division, and he had a successful debut as he recorded a fourth-place heat race finish in addition to getting runner-up in the main event.

Reed, 35, also drove his Dancin' Bare Tavern/Reed's Automotive-sponsored Chevrolet to victory in the seven-car Sportsman main.

Reed took the lead on the fourth lap of the 25-lap race and remained up front.

Bernie Lujan of St. Helens took second, followed by Portland drivers Frank Elwess, David Weaver and JC Miller.

Reed won the 2018 Sportsman Division title and is seeking to win a second straight championship.

"I had lots of fun, and it was nice that we had more cars competing this week," said Reed, whose son Martin, 14, competes in the Tracer Division in a 1989 Toyota Corolla. "I had a good day, I didn't do any damage to either one of my cars, and I finished well in both divisions. It wasn't too bad competing in two divisions, which was the first time I've ever done that, and it was actually kind of fun. I'm going to drive both cars again in the next race on Saturday.

"Martin did OK, and he's improving and getting better. I'm hoping that I can win another Sportsman Division championship this year."

Koch drove his Dodge Neon to a fourth consecutive victory in the 15-lap Tracer main, and he also won the heat race. Paige Gump of St. Helens was second, followed by Brayden Brookshire of Portland and Reed.

Koch, a rookie, has won every heat and main this year. The only race he didn't win was June 1, when he took second place in the trophy dash to Brookshire.

Brogan, 16, took the lead on the fourth lap of the 14-car Four Cylinder Division main and led the remainder of the 30-lap race to notch his second win of the year and fourth straight top-five finish in his Ram Light Truck Salvage/Economy Auto Wrecking-sponsored 1996 Nissan Altima.

Taylor Sayre took second, followed by Max Sanford, Sande Simmet, Jerry Rouleau, Jacob Shultz and Tiffany Berg.

Brogan demonstrated a big improvement from the last race on June 1, when he finished fifth in the main event.

"I was using the brakes less often than what I did in the last race, and that made a big difference," said Brogan, who also won heat race 3. "It was definitely my most successful day of the season. There's a lot more cars in this class and a lot more competition than there was in the Tracer Division. There's also a lot more lapped cars that I have to maneuver around, too, so both of those aspects have been somewhat of an adjustment for me. I'm glad to have the lead in the division standings, and I'm hoping to win the championship."

Brogan, a first-year driver in the series, is seeking to win the Rookie of the Year Award and also the Four Cylinder Division championship, which would give him a second straight CCRA title.

Brogan, a Kelso High sophomore, won the Tracer Division title last year, and he's leading the point standings after four of 15 events.

If Brogan wins the title, he would be the youngest champion in the 20-year history of the Four Cylinder Division.

Berg (heat 4), Simmet (heat 1) and Sanford (heat 2) each recorded heat race wins.

Berg, of St. Helens, drove her Eaton's Tire & Service Center-sponsored Dodge Neon to her first-ever heat race victory.

Berg's husband, Bob, drives the Cozy Lawn Maintenance Neon in the Tuner Division, and he took fifth place in Saturday's main event.

The Bergs are the only husband/wife duo that compete in two CCRA motor sports classifications at the speedway.  

Wilkinson, a former Portland Speedway Street Stock champion (2002), took the lead in the Tuner Division main on the second lap and led the remainder of the 30-lap race to get the victory in the Tri-Pod Development-sponsored 2003 Ford Focus owned by TJ Landis of West Linn.

Shelby Wegner of St. Helens was the runner-up, followed by Wendy Vough of Longview and Shultz of Sandy.

Travis Koch and Dan McDonald won heat races.

Beehler, 26, drove the CLT Trucking/Hoyt Construction 1985 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Greg Brumbaugh to victory in the 25-lap Street Stock main and heat race.

Warren's Terry King took second, followed by Tom Zywicki, Corey Joe LoCicero and Ryan Gillett. King, the Street Stock Division leader, won heat 1 with his Ross Diesel & Auto-sponsored 1987 Buick Regal.

Dorie was also a two-time winner as he recorded victories in the Dwarf Car heat and main event.

Dennis Liebig of Scappoose, who won the previous main event on June 1, was second, followed by Anthony Brinster, Gary Kordosky, Phil Rowland and Bill Poehler.  

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