Rain would cut short the final feature on Saturday night when a surprise shower hit during the hobby stock A main. The night saw repeat winners in the Modified, Stock Car and SportMod classes, and a new driver took his first victory of the year in the MADCRA Mod Lites.
The Mod Lite feature saw a halt in the action at lap two when a red flag was flown when Randy Bryan took a high flying flip in corner two. At lap eight another red was brought out when Bryan Zehm took an easy roll in the same corner. Both drivers were okay. Mike Morrill had taken the helm at lap one from starting in row two, and would lead the entire 15-laps to the checkers, securing his first victory at the track this year. Josh May battled by David Schmalzried as they finished second and third. Fourth place went to Andy Hennigar and Charlie Brown was fifth.
The SportMod feature also saw a red flag situation when Jerry Hinton rolled his ride on the backstretch. Thankfully, he too was okay. Daniel Tasler led this one from flag to flag, fending off the advances of Jesse McCollough and Eric Elliott through the first ten laps of the 18-lap race. In the closing laps, it was Elliott and Anthony Onstot challenging the leader but they would have to settle for second and third behind Tasler as he took the checkers. Fourth was Tim Love and Cory Rose was fifth. This was Tasler second victory at the track this year.
The IMCA Modifieds ran their usual 20-lap feature and this one too was led flag to flag by the winner. Two veteran drivers—David Brown and Denny Pittman led the troops in this one through most of the race, as young driver Joel Bushore put the pressure on. Two yellows would bunch the field, but leader Brown was able to maintain his lead on the restarts and took his second victory of 2013. Bushore took the runner up spot with a lot of close competition breathing down his tail. Jake Durbin finished in third, fourth was Cale Sponsler and Jimmy Gustin rounded out the top five.
The IMCA Stock Cars came next for their 18-lap main event. Don Vis led this one in the opening laps as he desperately tried to hold off Eric Brown, John Watson and Jay Schmidt. It was a back and forth tussle for the lead as Watson and Brown swapped the point position, but at lap twelve, it was the 19J of Jay Schmidt making the outside line work for him, as he swung around both drivers. Schmidt would then maintain the lead to the checkers. Brown and Watson went second and third, fourth was Cory Bushnell and Donavon Smith completed the top five. Schmidt also won on June 1.
The final feature of the night, the IMCA Hobby Stocks, came to the track for their 12-lapper. This one would be stopped at lap two when a sneaky shower decided to end the night’s program. Next Saturday, the makeup feature for the Hobby Stocks will kick the night’s racing action off with two laps in the books. A full night’s program will then follow.
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