Final race fails to shake up Speedway standings |

Final race fails to shake up Speedway standings

David Pressgrove

H.D. Craig’s new roofless look for the Harvest Cup at the Hayden Speedway only presented one problem for the IMCA Modified driver. He couldn’t stand on top of the roof after he won his first Modified season championship.

“Since it wasn’t a sanctioned IMCA race I took the top off to give it a different look,” Craig said of his roll-cage only look. “It was cold at first but once I got racing it was fine.”

Craig raced his way to another main event win to secure his class championship for the summer.

“I don’t know how many times I’ve come in second,” he said. “It’s really rewarding considering the ups and downs we’ve had this summer.”

Phil Goodwin, Craig’s closest competitor in the point standings, had an unfortunate earl end to his season. Midway through the main event Goodwin went high on the north curve and slammed hard into the railing. The accident brought out a red flag as Goodwin’s No. 29 had to be towed off the track.

Goodwin’s accident wasn’t as scary as Mick O’Conor’s race-stopping fire in the main event of the minis. O’Conor’s No. 97 car went completely up in flames on the eighth lap of the minis.

O’Conor escaped without injury, but the incident left race officials concerned because several of their fire extinguishers didn’t work properly. After the races, officials met with safety crews to work on a fire plan for next year’s season.

Matt Hoffman went on to win the race and the class in points.

“We performed well this summer,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman then hopped into the Ultra Mini class to see how he could do.

If it would have been the Speedway regulars in the Ultra race Hoffman, would have finished second behind points leader Tank Hammond. But Scott Aibner and Steve Bethka dominated the main event, lapping all the other cars with Aibner first and Bethka second.

The street stock finale may have been the closest finish all summer at the speedway. Without points winner Samantha Johnston, the field was wide open for a winner. No. 9Q Danny Quinn led throughout the race but when the white flag came out Quinn’s car started to fade back to the pack. The rest of the field caught Quinn and Jason Musser took the lead on the final lap. All five cars in the race finished within three car lengths.

The reason Johnston didn’t race in Streets was that after locking up the season championship the previous race she wanted to race in the Super Streets. She went up a class to take on one of the Speedway’s most dominant racers the last three years, Troy Goodson. In the main event both Dean Dare and Johnston had to pull off the track leaving Goodson on the track by himself. It was a fitting finish considering how often Goodson led races by himself in the class.

“I’d rather have more people to race,” he said. “Next year we’ll look into making the class easier for Street Stock racers to enter.”

There were no changes at the top in the point standings after the races Saturday. That means Hoffman (Minis), Hammond (Ultras), Johnston (Streets), Goodson (Supers) and Craig (Modifieds) are the 2005 Hayden Speedway champions.

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