Four division titles still up for grabs
Columbia County Racing Association division leaders Terry King, Zander Koch, Myke Landis, Dustin Wilkinson and Devon Reed solidified their first-place positions in the point standings with main-event wins on Sept. 14 at River City Speedway in St. Helens.
With just one race remaining, four of the seven CCRA motor sport divisions are still undecided, however.
Second-place drivers in the four divisions who still have chance for a come-from-behind championship season victory include Joel Davis of Kelso, Washington (Tuner Division), Trenton Brogan of Kelso (Four Cylinder), Greg Brumbaugh of St. Helens (Street Stock) and Phillip Rowland of Camas, Wash. (Dwarf Car).
King, of Warren, recorded a Street Stock Division sweep last weekend as he won the heat race, trophy dash and main event in his Ross Diesel & Auto-sponsored 1987 Buick Regal.
It marked the fifth win and 11th top-two main-event finish this year for King, 48, who leads the series with one race remaining.
The final event of the season is on Saturday. The RDA-sponsored Street Stock Division race starts at 5 p.m. at the Columbia County Fairgrounds motor sports facility.
Other CCRA classes in the speedway program include Sportsman, Modified, Dwarf Car, Four Cylinder, Tuner and Tracer.
Two-time defending Street Stock champion Greg Brumbaugh of St. Helens led during the early portion of the 25-lap main event, and he was runner-up to King in his Hoyt Construction/CLT Trucking 1985 Chevrolet Malibu.
David Weaver of Portland took third, followed by Vernonia's Matt Taylor and Devin McKinney of Columbia City.
Brumbaugh, 57, is second in the standings behind King, who is seeking his first stock car racing title.
"We struggled a little bit, but we still got second and it was a fun race," said Brumbaugh, who has recorded 11 top-two main-event finishes with co-driver and race team member Joel Beehler of St. Helens.
"We have a chance to win another title," Brumbaugh said, "but it doesn't look too promising. I would probably need a sweep in order to win the championship,and I think I have a chance to do that. Terry is a pretty fast driver, though, and if he wins it, then that's great, but I'm not going to give it to him. I've beaten him before, so we still have a shot at getting it done, and it's going to be a fun River City Speedway season finale."
Reed of Woodland, Wash., also notched a sweep as he won the Sportsman Division heat race, trophy dash and main event in his Dancin' Bare Tavern/Reed's Automotive-sponsored Chevy.
It was Reed's seventh main-event victory in nine races this year.
Reed started last in the eight-car field and took the lead on the 10th lap. He led the remaining 15 circuits to get the win by a straightaway length over Weaver.
Weaver is a double-duty driver who competed in two CCRA motor sport classifications. He was followed by Eric Lindquist, Will Temple, Gary Kordosky, Charles Weaver (David's dad), Bernie Lujan and Dan Smith of Scappoose.
"We've had a few more cars in the class than we had last year, but I would still like to see a little more competition," said Reed, who will be seeking to win a second straight Sportsman Division title in Saturday's CCRA championship race.
Reed, 35, is another double duty driver, and he competed in the Modified Division and recorded a fourth-place, main-event finish. Former two-time CCRA Modified Division champ (2009, 2012) Don Jenner of Vancouver, Wash., won the main, followed by his son Matt, current division leader Clyde White of Longview, Wash., Reed and Rudy Chappelle of St. Helens. Don Jenner won the trophy dash and Matt Jenner won the heat race.
Reed's son Martin, 14, competed in the Tracer Division class for ages 10-17. Martin Reed drove the Carquest 2006 Chevy Cobalt owned by Darrin and Natasha Rye of Warren and posted his first win ever with a trophy dash victory.
Tracer Division leader Koch, of Vancouver, was a two-time winner as he won the heat and main event in his Dodge Neon.
"Martin was very excited to get his first win, and I was pretty happy to see him do that as well," said Devon Reed. "It was tough competing in two divisions because I kind of have to figure things out a little bit in the first couple of laps since the cars are very different. It's been a pretty good season, but I can't complain. I haven't had too much damage on either car other than a couple of small incidents, but that's just part of racing."
Wilkinson and Landis are members of the The Tri-Pod Development-sponsored racing team of West Linn. Wilkinson, from Redmond, won the 25-lap Tuner Division main in the Landis & Landis Construction 2003 Ford Focus.
Bob Berg of St. Helens was second in his Cozy Lawn Maintenance 1997 Dodge Neon. Dan McDonald took third, followed by Joel Davis, Jason Bennett and Bryce Gillis. Wilkinson notched a sweep as he also won the dash and heat race.
Landis was a two-time winner, driving his Canby Graphics sponsored 2003 Ford Focus to victory in heat race 3 and the 25-lap Four Cylinder Division main event and heat race 3.
Landis started 11th in the 16-car field. He took the lead on lap 23 after a crash involving several front-runners, and he led the last three laps to get the win.
Vernonia's Ryan Potter, 15, recorded a career-best second-place finish in his 1998 Neon.
Myke Landis and co-drivers Jerry Rouleau and brother Lance Landis are leading the series standings and have a good chance to win the division title.
"It took us forever to get some things figured out on the Tuner Division car, and the last three races it really seems to be right where we wanted everything to be," said TJ Landis, 54, team co-driver and older brother of Myke Landis. "It's very unexpected to see that we might win two championships. Having three guys competing in their first year ever of motor sports in the Four Cylinder Division, I wasn't really sure how well that would work out, but all three of them are very consistent drivers and they've all done a great job. They had no experience whatsoever in stock car racing prior to this season, so it's pretty cool to see how well they've done. and it's actually very exciting, too."
Vernonia's Ryan Potter, 15, recorded a career-best second in his 1998 Neon. Kelso's Trenton Brogan, 16, took third in the Ram Light Truck Salvage/Economy Auto Wrecking-sponsored 1996 Nissan Altima. Christopher Lee of St. Helens was fourth, and Sandy's Jacob Schultz was fifth.
Kelso's Gary Brogan, Trenton's father, won heat 1, and Vancouver's Sande Simmet won heat 2. Trenton Brogan won the trophy dash, and Zach Watson won the B main.
Victoria Woolf of St. Helens recorded a sweep in the Micro Sprint Car Division as she won the trophy dash, heat race and main event.
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It costs just a few cents a day.)