WHITE CITY, Ore. – The biggest Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified payday in the Pacific Northwest awaits the winner of Southern Oregon Speedway’s 20th annual Lon Skinner Memorial.The Sunday, Sept. 6 main event pays $5,000 to win, a minimum of $500 to each of the 24 starters and is a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Modifieds also race for $600 to win in their Saturday, Sept. 5 feature. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for top checks of $400 on Saturday and $600 on Sunday.Early registration and practice is Friday, Sept. 4 at White City.Early entry fee for the Modifieds is now $200 or $250 at the gate. Entry forms can be mailed to the track at 2177 South Pacific Highway in Medford, Ore., 97501.Transponders are required and a limited number will be available to rent. Hoosier tires, fuel and tearoffs will also be available in the pits.Grandstand admission is $15 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday or $30 for a two-day pass. Pit passes are $35 a day or $60 for a two-day pass.Brookside Inn is the host hotel and reservations can be made by calling 866 928-2314. Free camping, but no hookups, is also available at the track.More information is available at the track’s www.sospeedway.com website or by calling 541 772-6264. Drivers can call the same number when using a credit card to pay their entry fee or for assistance in finding overnight accommodations.
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. Today, the catchers. (Previously, the rotation and bullpen).2019 RECAPThe Dodgers began the season with Austin Barnes as their primary catcher and veteran Russell Martin making a welcome-back appearance as a backup, buying time for the arrival of one of the Dodgers’ blue-chip catching prospects. Barnes couldn’t keep the job as his offensive game continued to deteriorate. He wound up back in Triple-A at the end of July and the first of those blue-chippers to arrive, Will Smith, took over the job. The 24-year-old Smith was even better than advertised, batting .305 and slugging .768 with 12 home runs in his first 30 games before slowing down offensively.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe job belongs to Smith. He has progress still to make defensively and his offense came down to earth after his early “Fresh Prince” splash (he batted .182 over the final month of the season). But his upside was plain to see. Dodger pitchers like throwing to Barnes and the team seems committed to him being part of the catching picture despite his offensive struggles.THE NEXT LAYERSmith leaped to the front of a crop of young catchers that still includes Keibert Ruiz, Connor Wong and 18-year-old Diego Cartaya. Ruiz’s progress stalled a little in 2019. Still just 21, he hit an underwhelming .254 with only four home runs and a .659 OPS in 76 games at Double-A Tulsa before a promotion to Triple-A where he played in just nine games before a fractured finger ended his season. MOVE THEY COULD MAKESmith having established himself as one of the most promising young catchers in the major leagues, the rest of the Dodgers’ cache of catching prospects become valuable trade chips. Ruiz’s name, in particular, comes up in almost every trade rumor linking the Dodgers to Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, et al. The same is likely to still be true when mid-season trade speculation kicks in.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error