Colby Copeland

Words by Lance Jennings
Photo by Patrick Shaw / Backed-In Photography

Starting on the pole position, Colby Copeland of Roseville, California led all 30-laps at Canyon Speedway to claim the fourth round of the “Winter Challenge.” Claiming his first career USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car triumph, Copeland earned $2,000 for his winning drive as racing returns Friday. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, Shon Deskins, and Casey Shuman rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Ted Williams owned #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts #74 Maxim, Colby Copeland had a night to remember at Canyon. Sweeping both the main event and his 8-lap heat race, Copeland has climbed to eleventh in the six-race mini-series. To date, the former “Salute to Indy” winner has two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 30 feature laps led in the “Winter Challenge.”

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. raced to second in the Thursday night feature after starting sixth. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the second 8-lap heat race and was the high point driver entering the main event. The five-time Arizona Champion has taken over the mini-series point lead with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

Making his first start of the “Winter Challenge,” Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California placed third in the main event. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard took second in his heat race and is twenty-second in points.

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