A great lineup of racing is on tap for this Saturday night. The Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks will be back for another visit. Also competing will be the IMCA Sport Modifieds and the Mini Stocks. The track will also remember Rod Barba, a past track maintenance man and the father of the current promoter.
There's plenty of excitement in the air at the Siskiyou Golden Speedway in Yreka. Promoter Kevin Barba recently announced that the Iron Giant Street Stock Series is scheduled to return for their big "Chew On This Jerky" 50 lap race on Aug. 17. The IMCA Wild West Speedweek Series opener will happen on June 21 in Yreka. Barba is also working on a makeup date for the previously rained out John Arnberg Memorial event for the IMCA Modifieds.
In the meantime, a great lineup of racing is on tap for this Saturday night. The Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks will be back for another visit. Also competing will be the IMCA Sport Modifieds and the Mini Stocks. The track will also remember Rod Barba, a past track maintenance man and the father of the current promoter. There will also be a bike giveaway and bike races for the kids. People who want to check out more racing can also head to the Yreka Outlaw Kart track on Friday to watch the future stars of the big track in action.
The Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stock drivers are still trying to find an answer to the big question. Who can beat two-time reigning series champion Dr Scott Lenz. Lenz has managed to win every Main Event for the group so far this year, including the Billy Geyer Memorial race back in May and the Roger Haudenshild Tribute race in Medford two weeks ago.
In Medford two weeks ago, Scott Flowers surprised Lenz by passing him during the race to lead several laps. Lenz still got by for the win, but the second place finish earned by Flowers put him back into second in the standings, 25 points behind Lenz. Scott is also enjoying a battle with his son James Flowers for second, which he leads by two points. John David Duffie looked good in Medford before a flat tire sent him pitward while running second. He could be a threat to win this weekend, and other drivers to watch for include Bryan Hammond, Matt Harlow, Ginny Flowers and Ken LaPlant.
The IMCA Sport Modifieds remain as unpredictable as ever so far this year. Only Matt Sanders has visited the winner's circle more than once in the six races held so far. Sanders was trying for three wins last week, but the best he could do was a third place finish behind Rich McCoy and Isaac Sanders. Isaac, Ethan Killingsworth and Jason Ferguson are the other drivers on the winner's list so far. As has been the case in recent years, there are so many good drivers in the field that you never know who might win from week to week.
We do know that the IMCA Sport Modified championship battle is heating up. Killingsworth continues to lead Colt Boswell by five points and Ryder Boswell by seven in the closest race at the track. Ryder Boswell finished the best of the three last time out in fourth, but both he and his brother are looking for their first wins of the season. Other drivers hoping to get it to the winner's circle this Saturday include Randy Wright, Gary Foster, Merissa Henson and Donovan Rodgers.
The Mini Stock division seems to have gotten very interesting in recent weeks as new drivers have been getting the glory. Two weeks ago, Zak McMurry scored his first career feature win ahead of Kassidy Wilkinson. Last week, it was Wilkinson picking up an impressive win with 2015 champion David Steele in close pursuit. There have been four different winners in five events with Steele claiming two victories and Terry Kendrick the other winner.
The current standings reflect the close battle as Terry Kendrick holds a 10 point lead over McMurry and a 19 point advantage ahead of Mike Whitaker. McMurry did well in finishing third last week ahead of Whitaker. These three drivers will be leading the charge, but other drivers to watch for include three-time reigning champion Marilyn Yawnick, Mike Kendrick, Darek Alford and Terry Alford.
Saturday's lineup should be another entertaining show from start to finish. There's lots of good things happening at the speedway these days, and it's certainly worth checking out. For further information, go to www.siskiyougoldenspeedway.com.