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Ainsworth picks up feature win in Sport Mod at I-35

Starting the night’s exciting racing action at the I-35 Speedway were the always fast and furious Grand Nationals.  The feature witnessed rookie driver Houston Johnson #97 back up his heat race victory by leading every lap but the last as Bud Wilson #75 made the pass to pick up the feature win.  Houston would have to settle for second, with older brother Austin Johnson #98 third.  Marty Powell #9p suffered mechanical issues to finish fourth.

Back to the 3/8 mile of dirt were the Midwest Lightning Sprints, with Kevin Whitworth #49w finding his way to victory lane for the first time this season at I-35.  Point leader Tom Brown #b20 battled a hard-charging Ken Billings #85 to finish second, with Billings placing third.  Tony Layne #71 had another solid fourth, with Mark K. Billings #51 recovering from an early mishap to round out the top five.  Heat race winners included feature winner Kevin Whitworth and Tom Brown.

As usual the most competitive and exciting class was the IMCA Stock Cars as Jake Cameron #86c would pick up victory number two on the 2013 racing season.  Battling for the second place of the evening, Brad Whitney #x9 held off an always fast Kevin Anderson #417, who would finish third.  Dean Wray #77 continued his consistency as point leader with a solid fourth place finish, as Greg Keuhn #6x would finish fifth.  Heat race winners were Brad Whitney and Jeff Dixon #88, who would lead early in the feature only to suffer mechanical problems.

Tackling I-35 Speedway next were the High Flying IMCA Sport Mods.  Tony Manley #3x starting from the outside of row one would take the early advantage and lead every lap but the one that counted most.  Point leader Randy Ainsworth #57 charged through the pack to make a last lap pass to pick up the feature win, moving Manley to second.  Third place battle was won by Anthony Asher #37 over Nick Roberts #23jr, who would place fourth.  Josh Steele #94j with yet another solid race would finish fifth.  Heat Race Winners were Tony Manley, Randy Ainsworth, and Caleb Dennis #11.

In a race to remember the IMCA Hobby Stock class would not disappoint anyone in attendance.  Mich Ross #34 and Kenny Champ #3 battled every lap side by side, door handle to door handle, and bumper to bumper; as rubbing is racing to the checkered with Ross claiming victory.  Champ would have to settle for second, as heat race winner Cody Doolittle #5 would finish third.  Josh Saunders #52 would duke it out with Josh Adkins #15, as Saunders would take the fourth spot and Adkins fifth.

A familiar face in the IMCA Modified victory lane was Cory Wray #69n with Blake Peeler #292 charging through the field to place second.  John Hanson #2h battled Jeff Marriott #56 lap after lap to place third, moving Marriott to fourth.  Returning to I-35 after a devastating crash the week before Steven Glenn #26s would round out the top five.  Heat Race Winners were John Hanson and Steven Glenn.

Race Results 07/20/2013 for I-35 Speedway

Grand Nationals

1. Bud Wilson #75

2. Houston Johnson #97 (Heat Race Winner)

3. Austin Johnson #98

4. Marty Powell #9p

Midwest Lightning Sprints

1. Kevin Whitworth #49w (Heat Race Winner)

2. Tom Brown #b20 (Heat Race Winner)

3. Ken Billings #85

4. Tony Layne #71

5. Mark K. Billing #51

6. Greg Black #53

7. Cody Glover #7

8. Rick Baxter #12b

9. Luke Baxter #10b

10. Luke McGee #13

11. Mark Billings #60e

IMCA Street Stocks

1. Jake Cameron #86c

2. Brad Whitney #x9 (Heat Race Winner)

3. Kevin Anderson #417

4. Dean Wray #77

5. Greg Keuhn #6x

6. Thomas Roberts #65

7. Richard Moulton #18

8. Gene Stigall #20

9. Shawn Lee #4d

10. Jeff Dixon #88 (Heat Race Winner)

11. Aaron Sauter #21a

12. Matt Deaton #45

IMCA Sport Mods

1. Randy Ainsworth #57(Heat Race Winner)

2. Tony Manley #3x (Heat Race Winner)

3. Anthony Asher #37

4. Nick Roberts #23jr

5. Josh Steele #94j

6. David Pierce #16

7. Clay Hale #22h

8. Loren De Armond #7d

9. Gregg Truelove #44

10. Josh Barnes #52j

11. Mike Nelson #95

12. Jeremy Pittsenbarger #32p

13. Lynn Starry #54

14. LeRoy Cameron #6a

15. Jayden Bears #20j

16. Mitch Booher #22b

17. Caleb Dennis #11 (Heat Race Winner)

18. Wes Bestgen #15b

19. Brady Sensenich #60

IMCA Hobby Stocks

1. Mich Ross #34

2. Kenny Champ #3

3. Cody Doolittle #5 (Heat Race Winner)

4. Josh Saunders #52

5. Josh Adkins #15

6. Bryce Whitney #x9

7. Jeff Goepferich #5j

IMCA Modifieds

1. Cory Wray #69n

2. Blake Peeler #292

3. John Hanson #2h (Heat Race Winner)

4. Jeff Marriott #56

5. Steven Glenn #26s (Heat Race Winner)

6. Paul Lanfermann II #10L

7. Johnny McGinnis #10

8. Eric Hamilton #11h

9. Dave Petty Jr. #97

10. Hunter Marriott #62

11. Buz Kaster #54

12. Jim Cameron #96c

13. Hugh Eddy #5%

14. P.J. Conger #19

 

 

By Jae Juarez • jae@leaderpress.com

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