This Saturday night Mountain Valley Raceway is having another big event, which comes along with the annual Trinity County Fair.
This is the 8th annual Clyde Cordell Memorial race. The Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, B Modifieds and Enduro Cars will all be part of this exciting program on the three-eighth mile clay oval. Plus, there will again be increased purse money up for grabs.
In July during the Independence Day Celebration event, the Hobby Stocks had an exciting program that offered $500 to win, $300 for second and $200 for third. The increased payday brought some tough competition from top racers from other tracks. When the checkered flag flew, it was past champion Josh Smith picking up one of the biggest wins of his career. Smith figures to be one of the drivers to beat going into this big show, and local standout Russ Newman is another driver with his eyes on the prize. Not only has Newman won several times during the past two seasons, he’s also a past winner of this race.
Another past winner of the Clyde Cordell Memorial is Burl Richardson, and he too would have to be considered a threat to keep the winner’s prize money in the local area. There are some good local stars looking to grab the glory, including Tressen Smith, Isaac Kephart, Josh Michaels, Mikey Ruth and Tony Quinones. Some top competitors from Orland Raceway are likely to make appearances as well, and two who could offer a serious challenge for the victory are 2017 Orland champion Jeremy Langenderfer and current Orland title contender Keith Ross, who finished third last time out.
The local stars will be hoping to get their hands on some of the increased purse money being offered in the Mini Stock division. After his win last time out, Ricky Berry will be hoping to drive his truck to another victory. Joey Young, Larry Richardson and William Young are three other local stars who have won this year and want to do so again on the bigger stage.
Likewise, hard chargers like Ian Thulin, Freddie Leeper and past champion Jack Turner hope to be at the head of the pack this week. Some top competitors from Orland are likely to make appearances, and the last time the money was on the line, Orland Mini Stock point leader Tom Davis was the one scoring the victory. Orland star Paul Stephens, Ross Vige and William Fogle are others who could show up. Vige is a past Orland and Hayfork champion, and Fogle picked up his first win at Hayfork earlier this year.
The track is advertising increased purse money in the wild and crazy Enduro and B Modified divisions as well. In the Modified class, Yreka promoter Kevin Barba has offered encouragement to his IMCA Sport Modified racers to make the trip to Hayfork. Last time, Ryder Boswell came to do battle with eventual winner Tressen Smith. Smith, Joe Short and Patrick Solemeto are the three drivers on the ground floor in growing the B Modified effort in Hayfork, but word is there could be a couple of visitors making things interesting this week.
The Enduro division is not for the feint of heart, and there are some fearless competitors doing battle for the win in this class. Two of the biggest stars this season are Bryan Gummerus and Jeff Drake, and both may be favorites to win this week. However, they can expect some stiff competition from the likes of William Young, JD Hudman, Matt Yoder, Ralph Thurman and others.
The Fairtime Clyde Cordell Memorial race is one of the biggest events of the season at Mountain Valley Raceway every year and usually gets a bigger car count. This show promises to be one that you won’t want to miss. For further information, go to the Mountain Valley Raceway Facebook page.