Sell stays hot at Willamette with DAA victory
LEBANON, Ore. (July 31) — Coming off a big victory a week earlier, Russ Sell of Brownsville, Ore., followed it up with another Willamette Speedway victory on the DAA Northwest Crate Late Model Series. Sell, who started outside the front row, led the final 40 laps for his second victory on the first-year Crate Late Model series. | Slideshow
Fifth-starting Joey Tanner of Portland, Ore., finished second followed by Bob Boyd of Albany, Ore., who started 12th. Billy Workman Jr. of Canby, Ore., rallied from 11th to finish fourth and Brady Sell of Salem, Ore., rounded out the top five.
Hometown driver Jason Wines, who led the early stages of the race, faded to a ninth-place finish.
Series points leader Greg Walters of Banks, Ore., brought out the fifth caution when he got into the infield tire barriers and was listed 10th in the final rundown.
The most serious among the race stoppages came when the red flag appeared after Brittany Ray and Brett McCutcheon tangled on the backstretch. Ray’s car suffered heavy damage after backing into the concrete-filled tire barriers.
Sell’s victory came eight days after his $5,000 victory in one of the West’s richest Super Late Model events, Willamette’s 81-lap Clair Arnold Memorial.
Next up for DAA Northwest drivers is an Aug. 7 event at Sunset Speedway Park in Banks, Ore. The second annual Doug Walters Memorial 67-lap T&G Thriller pays $2,000 to the winner.
DAA Northwest @ Willamette: (1) Russ Sell, (2) Joey Tanner, (3) Bob Boyd, (4) Billy Workman Jr., (5) Brady Sell, (6) Jerry Schram, (7) Jimmy Schram, (8) Steve Suckow, (9) Jason Wines, (10) Greg Walters, (11) Steve Moore, (12) Brett James, (13) Brett McCutcheon, (14) Ronnie Saylor, (15) Bob Trout, (16) Doug Trout, (17) Jack Marontate laps down, (18) Brittany Ray, (19) Britton Danahoo, (20) Brandon Biffle. Fast qualifier (among 20 cars): Jerry Schram, 16.656 seconds. Dash winner: Wines. Heat race winners: Ray, Workman, Suckow, Tanner.