Diamond Mountain Speedway races draw a packed crowd during fair week
Samantha Schultz stands next to her car in the pit, ready to race at Diamond Mountain Speedway on Saturday, July 20. The grandstands were packed, as spectators came out to enjoy the races and the Lassen County Fair. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 26 — Carnival rides, corn dogs and country concerts weren’t the only things that brought crowds of people to the Lassen County Fairgrounds last week. Diamond Mountain Speedway held stock car races as part of the Lassen County Fair on Saturday, July 20 and packed the grandstands with spectators eager to watch racers push their cars to the limit on the racetrack. The crowd was not disappointed, as the racers gave it their all in an attempt to be the first car across the finish line in each division. The results of the races and current standings are as follows:
Mini division results
In heat race one, Lary Whitebird was the champion in car No. 97, with Bailee Glenn, in car No. 75, coming in second and Andrew Love, in car No. 75, getting third.
Whitebird went on to win the trophy dash and Glenn got second place.
Whitebird took his winning streak into the main event, again taking first place. Glenn got second and Love was third.
Mini division standings
Whitebird currently holds the number one spot in the mini division with 169 points, while Glenn stands in second with 159 points and Galen Hainline is third with 129 points. Matt Canada is fourth with 39 points, Michael Nichols is fifth, also with 39 points, and Love is in sixth place with 37 points.
Strictly stock division results
Paul Fletcher won heat race one in the strictly stock division, driving car No. s10. Nathan Howard, in car No. 81, came in second, Jake Beauchman, in car No. 25, got third and Aaron Mayne was fourth in car No. 13.
Samantha Schultz, driving car No. 05, took first place in the second heat race, with Richard Longacre coming in behind her in car No. 07. Junior Toon and Gene Cain were each black flagged.
Howard came back to win the trophy dash, while Fletcher took second place, Beauchman got third and Schultz came in fourth.
In the main event, Schultz was the big winner, coming in first place ahead of Fletcher, who got second place, Toon in third and Beauchman in fourth.
Strictly stock division standings
Toon is currently in first place in the strictly stock division with 198 points, Schultz has 189 points, putting her in the number two spot, Mayne is third with 182 points, Cain also has 182 points and is in the number four position, Longacre is fifth with 151 points, Howard stands sixth with 144 points, Fletcher comes in seventh with 144 points, Dan Dias has 120 points and is in eighth, Fred Kresky is number nine with 71 points and Beauchman comes in 10th with 69 points.
Modified division results
Mitch Murphy, in car No. 7m, took first place in heat race one in the modified division. Larry McCracken came in second driving car No. 06, Tommy Glenn got third in car No. 76, DJ Short was fourth in car No. 5m and Steve Bejcek got fifth driving car No. 20.
Riley Simmons won the second heat race, driving car No. 21r, Bill Pearson was behind him in car No. 7n, Boyd Murchison came in third driving car No. 23 and Aaaron Langslet took fourth in car No. 23a.
In heat race three, Wade Kennemore was the winner in car No. 24, Matt Murphy drove car No. 6m into second place, John Sloan got third in car No. 14s, Dennis Arnold was fourth in car No. 13 and Bryan Gray got fifth in car No. 73.
After winning the first heat race, Mitch Murphy came back to win the trophy dash, Matt Murphy got second place, McCracken took third and Pearson came in fourth.
Pearson went on to claim first place in the main event, with Kennemore behind him in second. Matt Murphy got third place, Mitch Murphy came in fourth, Bejcek was fifth, Short took sixth, Langslet got seventh and Arnold came in eighth.
Modified division standings
Simmons holds the number one spot in the modified division with 199 total points, Matt Murphy is second with 193 points, Arnold is third with 184 points, Bejcek stands in fourth with 147 points, Ricky Bobby has 130 points, putting him in fifth place, Short stands in sixth with 98 points, Tommy Glenn III is number seven with 95 points, John Sloan has 92 points and is in the number eight spot, Pearson comes in ninth with 84 points and Kennemore is 10th with 81 points.
The next racing event at Diamond Mountain Speedway will be Saturday, August 10.