Saturday night was Fan Appreciation night at Orland Raceway, and that meant the fans got an opportunity to meet their favorite racers up close before the races. It also meant a return of the popular California Hardtop Association along with the Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mini Trucks.
Tom Grady earned the victory in the 20-lap California Hardtop Main Event. Grady took the lead early from Ken Clifford with Jason Armstrong and local ace Mario Romano also getting by.
Grady came out just ahead of Armstrong and Romano for the victory. Ken Retzloff recovered from an early tangle to take fourth as Clifford settled for fifth.
Jeremy Langenderfer won another 20-lap Pure Stock Main Event. Langenderfer just recently wrapped up a championship season at Silver Dollar Speedway, and the defending track champion was hoping to make up some ground in the point battle here. Though he scored the win, point leader Paul Stevens was nipping at his heels in second as Thomas Pavlik rounded out the Top 3.
Tom Davis continued his quest to repeat as Mini Stock champion with another 20-lap Main Event victory. For much of the race, Davis had to contend with the fast Ford Pinto of Jason Libbee, who had earlier won his heat race. With two laps to go, Libbee’s hood came up as the yellow flag waved. He was forced to restart at the back of the pack, and Davis won ahead of last starter Donovan Chilton. Libbee recovered for a third place finish.
Keith Ross continued his march toward another Mini Truck championship as he won the 20-lap Main Event. Olin Crain gave him a good run before settling for second ahead of 2016 champion Dan Webster. Second-ranked competitor William Fogle picked up his first heat race win.
Racing continues on Sept. 29 with another full lineup that will include the Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, 600 Micros and Wingless Gas Sprints. This will wrap up the point season with two special shows scheduled for October. For further information, check the Orland Raceway Facebook page.