Monday, July 12, 2010

Hood, Pebley, Nobel Grab Orland Victories

Got some results from Orland, so I thought I'd put a little story together. No results from the Wingless Spec Sprints. There have been some cases when a division or two competed at the track, but results weren't posted. Not sure if that was the case here or not. As always, statistics here are unofficial.

Racing resumed at Orland Speedway on the one-fifth mile clay oval Saturday night. When the checkers fell on the Main Events, it was Rich Hood (Hobby Stocks), Tyler Pebley (Mini Trucks) and "Wild" Bill Nobel (Mini Stocks) collecting the victories.

The Hobby Stocks ran two heat races with the top two in each earning Trophy Dash starts. Hood grabbed the win in his heat in front of Earl Adams. The other heat went to the #7t car (still no name on this driver) ahead of Brian Compton. Compton scored another Trophy Dash victory. Come Main Event time, it was Hood out front and bringing it home to victory. Adams matched his season best effort with a second place finish in front of season opener winner and four time point runner up Steve Martin. The #7t car and Compton rounded out the top five in front of two more unidentified drivers, the #10x car and the #19 car.

There were ten Mini Trucks in action with the first heat race win going to Keith Ross in front of Richard Gale. Pebley started his night off right with a heat win in front of an unidentified driver in the #22 truck. Gale won the Trophy Dash. Pebley started the season off with back to back feature wins, and this was his night to shine as he won another Main Event. A top five point runner in trucks at Orland in 2006, Dan Webster brought it home second with Gale wrapping up a solid night in third. The #22 truck was fourth, followed by Ross Vige, Zack Webster, Keith Ross, Leroy Beck and an unidentified driver in the #21 truck. A feature winner in June, Jim Davis scratched after his heat race.

In Mini Stock competition, "Wild" Bill Nobel got behind the wheel of the #86 car and enjoyed a perfect night in winning the heat race, Trophy Dash and Main Event. Eric Hammond was second in the heat race before turning over the driving duties to Joe Kneip for the Main Event. Don Runkle took the wheel of the #23 car of Olin Crain and finished second in the Main Event ahead of Preston Irvin and Kneip.

Racing resumes at Orland Speedway next Saturday night with Hobby Stocks, Mini Trucks, Mini Stocks, 4 Cylinder Modifieds and Wingless Spec Sprints scheduled to appear.