Not even Mother Nature could stop Saturday’s Stockerama – six-divisions of Stock Car Racing – at Gresham Motorsports Park.

Despite a heavy shower halfway through the program, GMP officials were able to dry the track in less than 90 minutes and get the entire show in. That proved to be good news for Allen Cantrell, Bryan Beckner, Gary Zajdek, Jackie Daniel, Matt Vassar and Jason Bates as all scored main event victories in their respective divisions.

Cantrell bested season-opening Stockerama winner Scotty Beck in a 25-lap battle of Ford Mustangs in the Mini Stock Division while Beckner put on a great driving display to capture the Renegade main event over Tommy Stokes and Blake Gregory.

Daniel made it two wins in as many GMP Stockerama’s this season with a victory over John Mobley, Billy Cocker and Rob Hubbard in the 25-lap Sportsman headliner while Zajdek closed out the quarter-mile portion of the evening’s program with his second Stockerama Front Wheel Drive feature event win.

The GMP Pro Trucks staged the most action-packed event of the evening slugging their way through a 30-lap feature on the GMP half-mile oval. Matt Vassar was first under the drop of the checkered flag while back in the pack, hard racing for position sent Dawson Gay’s truck into a long slide where it eventually contacted the infield retaining wall just past the start/finish line. Gay was uninjured in the incident.

Finally, Jason Bates and Matthew Wragg staged an epic battle throughout the last event of the evening – the Outlaw Late Model 30-lap feature. Wragg filled Bates’ mirrors the entire, race but just couldn’t get by for the win. Russell Shore was third in the OLM finale with David Murphy, Marlin Gunter and Brian Hardman rounding out the finishing order.

Next up at GMP will be the debut of the GMP Thursday Throwdown Street Drag Program. Beginning on Thursday, June 12, the ‘you can race your own Street Car, Truck, Van or SUV program’ will continue throughout the summer on Thursday, June 19 and 26, and July 10, 17, and 24.

Registration fee for drivers and cars is just $20 and includes vehicle safety inspection, practice rounds and two bracket entries. Drivers must be 16 or older and hold a valid driver’s license. Drivers 16 and 17 must have a signed Parental and Insurance Waiver on file at GMP to race (forms can be downloaded at Street Drag section.

Grandstand spectator admission is just $5 and kids 12 and under are always free at GMP.

Pit gates for the June 12 Thursday Throwdown Street Drags open at 5:30 p.m. with practice runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eliminations start at 8:15 p.m.

The next GMP Stockerama is set for Saturday, June 14. All dads accompanied by a child will be admitted free to the Father’s Day weekend event that will again feature six divisions of racing.

Also on tap will be the debut of the Bell’s Food Market ‘Dash For Cash’ and ‘Speedy Spud’ contests as well as free Pace Car rides before the races.

Adult general admission is just $10. Main Grandstand and Trackside Parking gates open at 5 p.m. Pace Car rides are from 5:45-6:30 with opening ceremonies at 6:50 p.m.

The first race is set for 7 p.m.

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Gresham Motorsports Park press release.  Photo credit: Gresham Facebook Page

Saturday, May 31 Stockerama Official Results

Mini Stocks – 25 Laps

  1. 1.    Allen Cantrell
  2. 2.    Scotty Beck
  3. 3.    Aaron Calvert
  4. 4.    Brandon Amos

Sportsman – 25 Laps

  1. 1.    Jackie Daniel
  2. 2.    John Mobley
  3. 3.    Billy Cocker
  4. 4.    Rob Hubbard

Renegades – 25 Laps

  1. 1.    Bryan Beckner
  2. 2.    Tommy Stokes
  3. 3.    Blake Gregory
  4. 4.    Chris Whitfield

FWD’s – 25 Laps

  1. 1.    Gary Zajdek
  2. 2.    Brian Sutton
  3. 3.    Kristin Carnes
  4. 4.    Shaun Mize

Trucks  – 30 Laps

  1. 1.    Matt Vassar
  2. 2.    Rodney Benefield
  3. 3.    Ronnie Wehunt
  4. 4.    Jami Weimer
  5. 5.    Dawson Gay
  6. 6.    Larry Vassar
  7. 7.    Ty Roberts

Outlaw Late Models – 30 Laps

  1. 1.    Jason Bates
  2. 2.    Matthew Wragg
  3. 3.    Russell Shore
  4. 4.    David Murphy
  5. 5.    Marlin Gunter
  6. 6.    Brian Hardman

GMP Stockerama Outruns Mother Nature