Jorgenson scores Herz Nationals prelim win

Jonathan Jorgenson poses with his family and friends after his speedway victory. PHOTO C/O LESTER HANKINS

Cottage Grove Speedway was back into the swing of things on Friday, September 6. It was the first of two nights of the 2019 Herz Precision Parts Wingless Nationals. The Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks and Dwarf Cars all inhabited the famed quarter-mile clay oval.

Kevin Cory made a significant return to Cottage Grove Speedway in the Wingless feature. The Medford veteran, racing for car owner Steven Thompson, paced the field for the first lap of the main. Redmond’s Brent Rich, in the Nickye Mendenhall-owned mount, took over the role as the leader on the second circuit.

Rich had a tough task of keeping all challengers at bay. Eventually, Ricky Ashley made his way to the front on the fourth trip past the flag stand. Ashley, of Thurston, managed to construct a massive lead over the rest of the competition.

However, in the late stages of the races he would be bottled up in heavy lapped traffic. Ricky Ashley lost the lead on lap 24 at the start/finish line. The driver taking over the role in the first place position was Jonathan Jorgenson from Puyallup, Washington. Racing for Tacoma, Washington-based car owner Sterling Kane, Jorgenson led the balance of the distance to pick up a massive win.

Trent Carter, making the long tow from Redondo Beach, California, squeaked into second place on the final lap. Ricky Ashley ended the main in third while Eagle Creek youngster Lindsay Barney finished her night fourth. Rob Lindsey of Sherwood, wrapped up the top five finishing order in fifth.

A special knock-out qualifying format was utilized for the night to determine the winner of the $500 bonus courtesy of Herz Precision Parts. Ricky Kirkbride from Bakersfield, California was the last man standing and was the winner of the time trial battle. Also, Kirkbride set a new track record in the third round with a time of 12.202 seconds. The old record was established on September 23rd, 2011 by Colin Baker at 12.303 seconds.

Earning heat race wins were Queen Creek, Arizona’s Shawn Rice in the Prubaugh Family racing entry, Jonathan Jorgenson, and Lindsay Barney. Rob Lindsey picked up the victory in the trophy dash.

In Street Stock competition it was utter dominance from Kelly McDonald. The longtime Cottage Grove racer, in the Tom and Joan Langan, owned machine, took over the lead on lap one. The race only witnessed one stoppage, and McDonald blazed the trail the entire distance. It marked the fourth occasion that the team has won at CGS in 2019.

Creswell’s Garrett Barth finished in second while Adam Applebee, of Eugene, was a respectable third. Troy Chamberlain, from Junction City, got fourth while finishing fifth would be Marcola’s Roger Bell. It was also a clean sweep for Kelly McDonald as he set fast time and procured wins in the heat race and trophy dash.

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