Well known race car driver Scott Lenz competed in the NW Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor, Washington on July 30-31. He was one of several southern Oregon contenders participating at the Grays Harbor Raceway.
In the 40-lap feature on Saturday night, Lenz was leading with four laps to go in the Ship Wreck Beads NW Modified Nationals when Jesse Williams of Eugene took the lead.
Williamson had the lead on lap one. By the eighth lap, it was a five-car race with Lenz and Jon DeBenedetti, of Rogue River, and Brian Poppa of Medford, both former winners, in the pack of five. DeBenedetti met the wall on lap 13 which gave the lead to Poppa on lap 15. But the lead was only temporary as Lenz and Williamson got by him with just four laps to go.
Others from the Rogue Valley included Mark Wauge and Mike DeSilva, both from Medford.
Lenz participated in the Race of Champions on Friday night. Eligibility for the race was to be a former NW Modifieds champion, a season champion in the division at the home track or to have been a feature event winner at Grays Harbor in 2009. Lenz is certainly a seasoned home track winner. Fifty-six drivers went through two sets of heat races on Friday evening to earn enough points for the Saturday main and to be one of 16 in that event. .
Lenz drives a car with a chassis built by Bruce Rayburn.
Lenz basically grew up at a race track as his dad was a well-known driver. After graduating from Crater High School, Scott Lenz graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas where he met his future wife, Leigh. Today they are Dr. Scott Lenz and Dr. Leigh Lenz, Lenz Chiropractic. They purchased the business in Eagle Point following the death of Dr. Ralph Wehinger several years ago and this spring moved into a brand new facility on Ave. H in White City. The couple are very proud parents of a 7-month old son.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent