Cocopah Speedway Modified Winter Nationals

(WOMR file photo)

Last weekend Cocopah Speedway staged a two night modified race show that watered the spectators eyes.  There was a total of 52 modifieds from throughout the USA that towed in to the Yuma, AZ racing facility.  The Winter Challenge started out the week prior at Canyon Speedway Park located on the north side of Phoenix and climaxed here in Yuma, AZ.

Friday night’s A main event paid $750 to win, and was just a warm-up for what was to unfold on Saturday night.  On Friday night, Jason Noll, from El Mirage, AZ, started from the outside front row, and proceeded to drive off and hide from the rest of the field!   Thereby, earning him the trophy and the aforementioned $750 bucks for his Friday victory.  Nevertheless, there was some outstanding racing throughout the race from drivers that finished behind Noll.  The Cocopah Speedway’s track preparers did an outstanding job grooming the surface, it was smooth and very fast.

However, on Saturday it was Bobby Hogge that took home the $3,000 first place money.  The race car driver from Salinas, CA used the first night of racing, Friday, to get his setup perfected for the big money night of Saturday.

On Saturday night, in front of a packed grandstands, Hogge started from inside the second row and went three-abreast with the polesitter, Guy Norton and Phil Penney, heading into the first turn.  Hogge made the move stick and exited turn two with the lead and never looked back for entire duration of the race!

Scott Drake, from Webb City, MO took home the eight race Winter Challenge championship by virtue of his great finishes at Canyon Speedway Park, and a sixth place finish Friday night, as as well as, a seventh place finish Saturday night.

The next extravaganza, besides the regular racing series for Cocopah Speedway is March 9 and 10, when the ASCS Winged Sprint Cars invade the speedway.  That should be a whale of a show for the locals!


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