Around the Track

This June 1 photo shows St. Helens Stephen Kaptur in car 90. Kaptur won the Modified Division heat race on June 22 at River City Speed Way.

The Columbia County Fairgrounds motorsports facility in St. Helens will feature races hosted by Reser’s Fine Foods at 5 p.m. on July 12. The races include a $5 Friday admission for all fans.

The Road to The Iron Giant, which is a two-day event for the traveling stock car racing series will continue at the speedway with a back-to-back race July 13. The Saturday race will include a special $500 first place prize for main event winners in the Tuner and Four Cylinder Divisions.

June 22 race results

St. Helens drivers Joel Beehler and Jim Potter both captured main event wins in the Rainier Truck/RV Center sponsored race on June 22 at River City Speedway. Beehler won the Street Stock Division main event for the second week in a row, following his June 15 victory.

Beehler, the defending Street Stock Division champion, was a two-time winner as he drove the CLT Trucking/Hoyt Construction sponsored 1985 Chevy Malibu to a heat race victory along with the main event win. Broc Ross, of Deer Island, won the trophy dash and was runner-up to Beehler in the main in the Ross Diesel & Auto 1987 Buick Regal owned by Warren’s Terry King. Portland’s David Weaver took third, followed by Chelsea McKinney and Matt Taylor.

“I’m just trying to help our team win another championship,” Beehler said.

Potter enjoyed a successful debut in his first race on the quarter-mile clay oval track this year as he captured the Tuner Divsion main. Columbia County Racing Association (CCRA) division leaders Myke Landis and Zander Koch remained atop their respective point standings after victories in the mains.

Newcomers Frank Elwess and Kevin Smith also notched main event wins. Smith of Elma, WA, earned the biggest payday at the track as he captured the 15-car Pape Machinery sponsored Modified Division main along with an $800 first place prize, which was the largest amount awarded to a driver this year at the track.

Special moment

Potter entered his first race this year and he took the victory in the Green Lion/Cozy Lawn Maintenance 1997 Dodge Neon owned by Bob Berg of St. Helens. It was a memorable event for Potter, who wore the driver’s suit for the first time that was formerly used by his father Ray, who passed away in January. The Potter family has organized a memorial event for Ray Potter, which will be held Aug. 31st at the speedway. Ray Potter was a former driver who enjoyed a successful motorsports career while competing at numerous tracks throughout the Northwest, including Portland Speedway, which closed in 2001.

Other results

Myke Landis (TJ’s brother) of West Linn, was a two-time winner as he captured the Four Cylinder Division heat and main in his 2003 Canby Graphics/Landis & Landis Construction sponsored Focus. Vancouver’s Sande Simmet took second, followed by Gresham’s Lynn Yeaman, Sandy’s Jacob Shultz and St. Helens drivers Sharmaine Jobanek and Tiffany Berg.

The River City Speedway is located at 58892 Sausler Rd. in St Helens. For more information, call 503-397-6506.

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