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Hibbard survives for sprint car victory

WHITE CITY — David Hibbard managed to survive to win the 20-lap Kendal Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event, Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Hibbard led early, but he surrendered the lead to reigning champion Kyler Barraza on lap eight. Barraza seemed headed for victory when a car swerved into his path as he attempted to lap it on lap 12. Barraza ended up flipping off of Turn 1, but he was uninjured. Hibbard had the lead at that point and survived a scary moment with a slower car, too. He won his second feature of the season, followed by Jeffrey Hudson, Enique Jaime, Kinzer Cox and Hedge Carter.

Zach Fettinger recovered from an early crash to win the 25-lap IMCA Modified Main Event. Andy Freeman led early ahead of Fettinger. A slower car swerved into the path of Fettinger and Mark Wauge on the front stretch, causing a crash that sent both Wauge and Fettinger to the pits. Jantzen Knips raced into the lead on the restart and exchanged the lead with Freeman multiple times before Fettinger made a backstretch pass on Knips for the lead on lap 10. Fettinger had Putnam on his rear bumper the rest of the way but prevailed. Albert Gill finished third ahead of Freeman and Knips.

Braxton Possinger won a thrilling 20-lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. Possinger set the pace from the start, and Tony Duste gained second on lap four. Duste made a low pass in Turn 4 of the eighth lap to gain the lead, but he spun in Turn 4 a lap later. Justin McCeadie took up pursuit of Possinger and kept taking looks to the inside. However, McCreadie spun in Turn 2 on the last lap as Possinger took the checkered flag in first. David Marble made a last turn pass on Rich McCoy for second as Jesse Merriman and Willie McFall rounded out the Top 5.

Greg Arnold scored a clean sweep of heat, dash and 15-lap Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites Main Event. Arnold charged into the lead at the start with reigning champion Bob Burkett following. Arnold set a good pace and pulled ahead of Burkett just a bit by the waving of the checkered flag. Charlie Eaton settled for third ahead of Terry Hadley and Krista Hadley

Bill Trotter scored his first 15-lap OTRO Hardtop Main Event win. Bill sprinted into the early lead ahead of his son Dusty Trotter. An inside pass in Turn 4 of the ninth lap gained Trophy Dash winner Jay Smith second. Smith pressured Bill Trotter hard down the stretch, but Bill Totter was victorious. Dusty Trotter finished third ahead of Mark Minter and Dean Cast.

Point leader David Steele won his third 15-lap Bobbio’s Pizza Mini Stock Main Event. Trophy Dash winner Hunter Magnan tried to get by on the inside during the final two laps, but Steel took the checkered flag. Magnan settled for second ahead of Steve Goetz, Ashtin Hedges and Michael McLeod.

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