Heath Chamberlain navigates through turn three Saturday at the Hayden Speedway. Saturday was the last day of racing this year at the track.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Heath Chamberlain navigates through turn three Saturday at the Hayden Speedway. Saturday was the last day of racing this year at the track.

Carolyn Gochee wins 1st race of year at Hayden Speedway season finale

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After Carolyn Gochee races at the Hayden Speedway, she donates her winnings to her friend, cancer survivor and Craig resident Sherry Bird.

On Saturday, Gochee had a bit more money to give.

Driving in the last race of the track's season, Gochee won her first race of the season, beating out Isadora Hitz and Casey Madsen in the Sport Stock Class.

"The car was great - it went really well, handled well," Gochee said.

One of the reasons the car handled well was because the track was in optimal condition, Gochee said.

"It was perfect, there were no ruts, and it was smooth," she said. "Road and bridge did an awesome job, and this is the best I've seen it all year."

Saturday night's race was the last for the Hayden Speedway this year, which started racing in May.

Gochee came back to the Speedway after a four-year hiatus to raise money and awareness for Bird.

Racing in the Sport Stock Class, she gave half of her winnings to Bird, and the other half to repair her car, a pink Volkswagen Bug.

Although she didn't know the figure as of Saturday, Gochee said her efforts to raise money for her friend were going well.

"The Sherry Bird fund is doing all right," she said. "I've blown out five tires this year, but the fans and sponsors have been great."

To help raise money, fans could give a donation and sign their names on the Bug's exterior.

Gochee said she would plan to race next year if her schedule allowed for it.

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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