People may have assumed that the most recent race at Orland Raceway was a Destruction Derby. There was heavy attrition in both the Pure Stock and Mini Truck Main Events that night. However, the actual Destruction Derby happens this Saturday night as part of the Glenn County Fair event. On Friday night, a special racing program will include a visit from the B Modifieds. Also on the card will be the Wingless Spec Sprints, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mini Trucks.
With neighboring Silver Dollar Speedway not running this Friday night, it is hoped that some of their B Modified competitors will come to Orland. Last season, there were a dozen B Modifieds for their first visit, and most of the competitors came from the track in Chico. When the checkered flag waved, however, it was local star Jake Van Tol winning the race that night. The final appearance was a win for Chico and Marysville champion Philip Shelby. The B Modified class, called Sport Modifieds when run under IMCA sanctioning, are one of the fastest-growing classes on the West Coast.
The Pure Stock championship race took a hit last time out when incoming point leader and three-time winner Keith Ross spun while running near the front of the pack. His race only got worse from there. After picking up three-straight second place finishes, Phil Spencer moved into the point lead with his first feature victory of the year. Steve Martin seems to be getting the bugs worked out of his car and had a third place run going until contact from another car put an end to that. Martin will be back to see if he can find the Winner’s Circle for the first time this season.
Shannon Collins and reigning champion Paul Stephens were second and third at the most recent race and are certainly threats to win any time they are there. Collins doesn’t race Orland when the dates conflict with his title defense effort at Marysville, but Friday night offers him a chance to run in front of the bigger County Fair crowd. Stephens is likely to be competing in his Wingless Spec Sprint, but he could pull double division duty. Other drivers to watch for this week include John Camper, James Taylor, Cody Bundy and Jason Matlock.
The battle has been intense at the front of the pack between Tom Davis and Kevin Pendergrass in the Mini Stock division. Both drivers battled it out at the most recent race. Pendergrass led some laps, but it was reigning champion Davis holding him off for the win. These two are anticipated along with 2018 championship runner-up Barbara Crain, John Kirkpatrick and Scott Camper. Crain was a welcome return at the most recent event and finished third.
There’s always something special about going to a race during the county fair. With Friday night racing on the 1/5 mile dirt oval and a Destruction Derby on Saturday, it’s going to be a great weekend to go to Orland Raceway. For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook page.