June 24, 2023…. Anderson, CA…. After an early race accident that eliminated Kelseyville’s Sal Martinez and Oregon driver Rich Cobb, Brandon White of Eureka took off like a bullet to lead the first half of the 60 lap Twyman Plumbing sponsored North State Modified Series main event. But when White’s car began to push up the track it was NSMS points leader Scott Winters who made the winning pass to capture his second consecutive NSMS win at Shasta Speedway Saturday night.
It was O’Reilly’s Night at the Races during the Shasta County Fair at Anderson, and Lakeport’s Ian Elliott earned the O’Reilly’s Fastest Qualifier Award with his top speed of 16.309 seconds on the one-third mile paved oval. Winters clocked in second fastest at 16.324 seconds with White turning 16.434, Kris Price clocking in at 16.458, and Cobb fifth quick with a 16.576 second lap.
The invert for the start of the feature was six, placing Martinez and Cobb in the first row. The pair ran side-by-side for the first two rounds, but lap three saw Martinez break loose, hit Cobb in the rear turning Cobb’s car sideways, and then Martinez’s car motoring over the top on Cobb’s car, flattening both of Cobb’s tires. Martinez retired to the pits and Cobb had to be towed off the track.
This put White and Kris Price in the front row, and when the race resumed White took control with Elliott driving under Price for second. Winters ran fourth while White pulled away from the pack. Winters snuck under Price on lap six and settled into third place. While Elliott and Winters were playing catch-up Cobb rejoined the group on lap 8, and at the time time Rick Avila retired his mount to the pits.
Meanwhile the battle for fifth was being waged between Calvin Hegje and teammate Jordan Smith. Smith finally prevailed diving under Hegje on lap 17 and completing the pass the following round.
White continued to lead as Elliott was trying hard to keep Winters behind. Winters looked low, but when no opportunity presented itself for an inside pass, he drove to the high side, motored into second place and set his sights on the leader. Winters caught White on lap 28, but on the 29th circuit, contact was made between the two resulting White’s car breaking loose. Winters backed off, allowing White to gain control. But White’s car kept drifting high, and four rounds later Winters closed the deal with an inside pass for the lead on lap 34.
The next 20 laps went smoothly, but with two laps to go, Elliott dove under White and stole the runner-up spot. At the Sunoco checkered flag it was Winters followed by Elliott, White, Price and Smith. Rounding out the top 10 were Orion Mosher, Cobb, Hegje, Aliva and Martinez.
Martinez was the $100 winner of the O’Reilly’s Dash for cash with Price earning $50 for second. Brandon White won the O’Reillys Hard Charger award for leading the most laps. Martinez and Price got the Scribner jugs.
The next stop for the North State Modifieds will be July 22 at the smallest track on the tour, Lakeport Speedway. The last time NSMS ran at Lakeport was in May of 2017.
The North State Modified Series would not be possible without the support of Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Anderson Logging, Racer Bling, Mark & Sharon Baldwin, Doyce Eaton, Scribner Plastics, McMurray & Sons Roofing, Frank’s Radios and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.