Diamond Mountain Speedway winds down its season, racers making plans for next year
Junior, left, Melinda and Kasie Toon and Andrew stand together with car No. 33 before the start of the races Saturday, Aug. 10. Junior Toon has been racing at Diamond Mountain Speedway for three years with his family who share his love for the sport and act as his pit crew. Next year, Junior Toon will move up to race in the modified division and hand car No. 33 down to his daughter and her boyfriend. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 20 — Diamond Mountain Speedway is winding down its season and held its second to last racing event Saturday, Aug. 10.
With the end of the season nearing, many of the racers at Diamond Mountain Speedway are reflecting on this year’s races and making plans for next year. At least that’s the case for Junior Toon, current points leader in the strictly stock division, and his racing family. Toon has been racing at Diamond Mountain Speedway for three years and his love of the sport has spread to his entire family. Toon’s wife, Melinda, daughter, Kasie, and daughter’s boyfriend, Andrew, are all deeply involved in the racing effort and the family says its a hobby they enjoy because it’s fun and brings them closer.
“It’s a lot of fun and it’s good quality time we all spend together. We spend all weekend together. Everybody gets together and we wash the car … there’s a lot to coming out here. You’ve got to make sure you have enough drinking water and washing water … there’s something for all of us to do,” Melinda Toon said before Saturday’s race.
The Toon crew plans to return to Diamond Mountain Speedway next year, but will be changing things up quite a bit. The No. 33 strictly stock car will be passed down to Kasie Toon and Andrew, who will drive the car, while Junior and Melinda will move up to the modified division.
“We are so excited … looking forward to next year,” Kasie Toon said.
When it comes to racing, the Toons say it’s a pretty easy and inexpensive hobby to have once you get into it.
“It’s actually fairly easy, you know, for me. I’ve been working on cars my entire life.”
Toon does almost all the work on his car himself and he receives a lot of support from sponsors and mentors, as well as from his family who is there every step of the way. The car only uses about $15 worth of gas per race.
Before Saturday’s race, Toon said he was a little nervous about the track being dry, however, he fared well, getting second place in heat race two and maintaining his number one spot in the strictly stock division.
The results of the races are as follows:
Mini division results
Lary Whitebird, driving car No. 97, took first place in the first heat race, with Micah Jacobs, in car No. 5, coming in behind him in second.
The results were the same in the trophy dash and the main, with Whitebird taking first and Jacobs getting second.
Mini division standings
Whitebird stands in the number one spot in the mini division with 212 total points. Bailee Glenn comes in second with 159 points, Galen Hainline has 129 points, putting him in third place, Jacobs stands in fourth place with 41 points, Matt Canada has 39 points and is in fifth place, Michael Nichols is in the number six spot with 39 points and Andrew Love has 37 points, putting him in seventh place.
Modified division results
Chris Nieman, in car No. 3, was the winner of heat race one, Will Zin drove car No. 17z and came in second, Jake Holland got third place in car No. 11h, Matt Murphy was fourth in car No. 6m, DJ Short drove car No. 5m and got fifth place and Dennis Arnold took sixth in car No. 13.
In the second heat race, Jeff Olschowka, in car No. 121, won first place, Jay Sears was second in car No. 68, Bill Person came in third driving car No. 7n, Riley Simmons got fourth in car No. 21r, Aaron Langslet took fifth with car No. 23a and Mike Kraft, driving car No. 8, got sixth place.
Olschowka went on to win the trophy dash, with Sears coming in behind him in second place and Nieman getting third.
Modified division standings
Simmons is leading the modified division with 239 total points, Matt Murphy stands in second place with 227 points, Arnold’s 217 points put him in third, Steve Bejcek is in the number four spot with 147 points, Ricky Bobby is number five with 130 points, Short is in sixth place with 130 points, Pearson holds the number seven spot with 124 points, Langslet’s 107 points put him in eighth place, Tommy Glenn III is ninth with 95 points and John Sloan is number 10 with 92 points.
Strictly stock results
In heat race one, Paul Fletcher drove car No. s10 into a first place win, with Richard Longacre coming in behind him in car No. 07. Gene Cain took third place in car No. 100, Jake Beauchman was fourth in car No. 25 and Samantha Schultz, in car No. 05, took fifth place.
In the second heat race, Dan Dias drove car No. 427 and took first place, Junior Toon came in second in car No. 33, Jason Batis was third in car No. 50 and Nathan Howard got fourth place with car No. 81.
Longacre came back to win the trophy dash, Toon got second, Dias was third and Fletcher took fourth place.
In the main event, Howard took the win, with Schultz coming in behind him in second place. Beauchman got third place, Cain was fourth, Fletcher took fifth, Dias got sixth, Batis came in seventh, Longacre was eighth and Toon got ninth place.
Strictly sock standings
Toon currently stands in the number one position in the strictly stock division with 232 total points, Schultz is second with 228 points, Cain is number three with 220 points, Longacre’s 186 points have him in fourth place, Aaron Mayne stands in fifth with 182 points, Fletcher is number six with 159 points, Dias has 157 points is in the number seven position, Howard’s 154 points put him in eighth place, Beauchman is ninth with 107 points and Fred Kresky is number 10 with 71 points.
The next racing event at Diamond Mountain Speedway will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Local nonprofit to host “Swing for Cancer” golf tournament
Aug. 19 — The Northern California Cancer Advocates are planning a fun day of recreation to raise money for cancer patients in Lassen and Plumas counties. The local nonprofit organization will be hosting a “Swing for Cancer” golf tournament, as well as a 5K run/walk Saturday, Aug. 31.
The organization was founded by director and six-year cancer survivor, Rachelle Surian. Its mission is to provide financial assistance to individuals in the community who are battling cancer. Surian says she was inspired to start the organization by all of the support she received from the community during her battle with cancer and her work with other nonprofit organizations. Surian saw the need for an organization that would support those battling cancer specifically in Lassen and Plumas counties.
“I felt like we needed something local that could just stay in our community,” she said.
All proceeds from the “Swing for Cancer” golf tournament and 5K will benefit those fighting cancer in Lassen and Plumas counties.
The 5K run/walk will begin and end at Diamond Mountain Golf Course in Susanville. Check-in for the 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 8:30. Participants must pre-register by Monday, Aug. 26.
The golf tournament will also take place at Diamond Mountain Golf Course and begins at 10:30 a.m. Foursomes will play a scramble format and awards will be given for men’s and women’s team scores, as well as individual feats. Entry fees include greens fees, carts, dinner and a tee prize.
There will be a dinner after the tournament at around 4 p.m. where a variety of prizes will be awarded, as well as raffle prizes and an auction. According to Surian, raffle prizes include guns, golf rounds, wine baskets and much more. Individuals can attend the dinner without participating in the 5K or golf tournament, but must pay a small fee.
For more information, call Phil Bertanzoni at 251-2175.
Lassen Community College basketball player gets scholarship
Devin Bey gets air during the slam-dunk contest at the 2013 Lassen County Axe Battle. Bey was the leading scorer for the Lassen Community College 2013 men’s basketball Golden Valley Conference championship team and has signed a scholarship to attend and play basketball for Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 16 — Devin Bey, the leading scorer for the Lassen Community College 2013 men’s basketball Golden Valley Conference championship team, has signed a scholarship to attend and play basketball for Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.
During the 2013 season, Bey averaged 13.2 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Bemidji State is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Last season, the men’s basketball team had an overall record of 18-12 and a conference record of 13-9. According to Lassen College head basketball coach Devin Aye, Bey had several NCAA Division I and II universities recruiting him.
“I think Devin Bey made a great choice and he will have a great career at Bemidji State,” Aye said.
Bey transferred to Lassen College from Lake Land College in Illinois, an NJCAA Division I school. He is originally from Kingstree, S.C. where he went to high school and was elected First-Team All-State in his senior year.
Bey is one of three members of last year’s Lassen College men’s basketball program to accept an athletic scholarship to a university.
Softball tournament raises money for local youth sports
Vera Campa takes a swing during the 14th annual Mountain Bash slowpitch softball tournament Saturday, Aug. 3. The tournament is a fundraiser for youth sports programs in Lassen County. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 15 – The 14th annual Mountain Bash youth sports fundraiser softball tournament took place at Riverside Park in Susanville on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 2.
The tournament is put on by locals and includes many of the teams and players from the Susanville Slowpitch Softball league. All the funds raised from entry fees and sponsorships go to local, youth sports programs and organizations in Lassen County. According to this year’s tournament organizer, Ryan Chedwick, funds have previously gone to support Lassen High School baseball, Susanville Little League and other youth sports.
Although the tournament is organized and played locally, teams have participated from throughout Northeastern California and Nevada. This year, several teams from Nevada participated. In the past, teams have come from Chester, Redding, Reno and Gardnerville.
This year’s tournament had 10 men’s teams and eight co-ed teams.
Turbulence, a team from Gardnerville, Nev., took first place in the men’s division. Those Guys, a team made of players from Susanville and Reno, got second place.
In the co-ed division, the Frickin’ Foxes, from Gardnerville, won first place and Off Constantly, from Susanville, took second.
According to Chedwick, this year’s tournament raised between $2,000 and $3,000 for local youth sports.
The tournament takes place every year on the first weekend in August. Chedwick said they like to hold the tournament right after the Susanville Slowpitch Softball season ends so people are still fresh and ready to play.
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