Orland Raceway has their fourth event of the season lined up this Saturday night. Fans have been witnessing some great things so far on Rich Hood’s 1/5 mile dirt oval, and they have a good show on tap for this week. The Pure Stocks are back along with the Mini Trucks, Mini Stocks and the two Micro Sprint divisions.
There’s a different look at the top of the Pure Stock point list after three races, but the battle is as close as it was last season. Having won another Mini Truck championship last season, Keith Ross has set his sights on the Pure Stock crown. He’s off to a great start with three wins in a row. However, he hasn’t put too much distance between himself and second place. Newcomer Phil Spencer has finished second in all three races and beat Ross to win their heat race last time out. Spencer will be trying to snap Ross’s win streak, and he won’t be alone.
Past division champion Steve Martin is currently third in the standings, but he’s not having the season he’d have hoped for so far. He has won many Main Events at the speedway in the past, but he’s coming off of a fifth place finish last time out. He’s hoping this will be his week. Other drivers to watch for include reigning champion Paul Stephens, Thomas Pavlik, John Camper and James Taylor.
With his second straight win, Zack Webster has firmly established himself as the driver to beat in the Mini Trucks. However, William Fogle is looking better than he’s been in recent seasons. Fogle finished second last time out and won the Main Event in his visit to Hayfork the week before. Fogle wants to win in front of the home fans this week, and other drivers hoping to knock Webster off of his pedestal include James Woodell, Dan Libbee, Kalvin Kvalvik and Beau Chandler.
Thomas Davis entered the season as the driver to beat in the Mini Stock class. He’s already got one win, but his bid to repeat was thwarted by longtime speedway competitor Kevin Pendergrass last time out. With a pair of Top 3 finishes to his credit, Jeremy Langenderfer is also in the hunt as just three points separate Davis and the other two in the hotly-contested championship chase. These three lead the division into Saturday night, joined by past champion John Kirkpatrick, Scott Camper, Jason Libbee and Rich Innes.
It’s not often that we see both the 600 Micros and 250 Micros on the same night, but they are both on the card this Saturday. Pax Gonzalez is the reigning 250 Micro champion and enters the night as the point leader following his second place finish behind Mike McCarthy last time out. Past champion Jess Garland, Lester Elsey and Ronnie Heyer are others anticipated this week. Rising young star Cody Gray won the 600 Micro race last time in front of Jessica McManus and past champion Jeromie Crismon. Can he get two in a row?
The five division lineup should be a good one. Things are just getting interesting at Orland Raceway, and the best Is yet to come. For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook page.