Saturday night was a special time at Mountain Valley Raceway. With the backdrop of the Trinity County Fair, the track held the 8th annual Clyde Cordell Memorial Race. This race has become the signature event for the speedway as it pays tribute to the man who had the vision to bring racing to Hayfork. Sadly, Clyde passed away before he got to see all the excitement and happiness the race track brings to the community.
Judy Cordell, the widow of Clyde, was on hand to once again present the perpetual trophy to the 20-lap Hobby Stock Main Event winner. In this case, the win went to Brian Young.
The Hobby Stock race only had one yellow flag slow-down and featured plenty of side-by-side action. From the fourth row, past champion Josh Smith rapidly worked his way to the front and had the lead by the fourth lap. Smith began to pull away as Young moved ahead of a four-car battle for second. Though Young was gaining just a little bit on Smith, it looked like the race was Smith’s to win.
Unfortunately, unlucky lap #13 saw Smith suffer rear-end issues and spin in the fourth turn. Young had the lead for the restart and pulled away just a little bit over a close second place battle. While Young was the happy winner, Tressen Smith won a good race with Russ Newman for second. Josh Michaels settled for fourth.
Ricky Berry had another stellar evening. Barry outran a competitive field of Mini Stock racers for his second straight 20-lap Main Event victory. Past champion Jack Turner finished second ahead of Wade Smith. Berry also bested a field of 10 competitors to win the the wild and crazy Enduro race that ended the evening.
Tressen Smith continued his winning ways with another 20-lap B Modified Main Event win ahead of Joe Short and Patrick Solometo.
Mountain Valley Raceway will return for more fun and excitement on Aug. 24. The program will include the Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, B Modifieds and the Enduro Cars. For further information, go to the Mountain Valley Raceway Facebook page.