By: Bob Libbey
Kansas City, KS – July 26, 2013 – Tim Karrick took advantage of a great handling car and some lady luck on his way to a second win of the season in the USRA A-Modifieds. Joe Cobb was running strong to begin the race until getting side-swiped by Jared Steins during a caution. While the damage looked minimal it was enough for both to fall from the race early. Mark Schafman inherited the lead and held strong until contact with the concrete caused him to fall backward. Karrick took advantage of Schafman’s ailing car and took the lead on lap-16. From there he just had to run hard and consistent to keep current point leader, Nic Bidinger, and Heat-1 winner, Cody Agler, from overtaking him. They would finish second and third while Jason Bodenhamer and John Allen rounded out the top-five.
Bobby Tavis proved himself a tough contender in the Factory Stock feature. Starting outside row-two, Tavis took command early and would lead every lap on this way to a second career victory. Vic Tranckino challenged for the lead numerous times but would end up defending second place as last week’s winner, Brett Heeter, charged closer. Jay Barnes passed the most cars, starting 11th and finishing 4th. Steve Johnson rounded out the top-five.
The USRA B-Modifieds feature also saw a driver go green-white-checker. Eventual winner, Gene Claxton, took command early only to find himself having to hold off last week’s winner, Brad Smith. Smith came from his 7th place starting position and would challenge for the lead until he found Jeremy Chambers looking to take second from him. Chambers raced from 15th to finish 3rd. Current point leader, Aaron Marrant, had to race through the B-Main to finish fourth. 14 year old, Shadren Turner, held his own to round out the top-five.
Another driver with a little luck on his side tonight was Gary Donaldson in the Grand National division. The current point leader was running third in the feature when early leaders Austin Johnson and Tim Shields tangled on the track sending both to the rear. Now in the driver’s seat, Donaldson, would cruise to a 5th win of the season. Steve Dibben would edge out Tim Shields for second while Bill Ruisinger and Donnie Brown would round out the top-five.
“Racing on the River’s Edge” continues every Friday night through October with the USRA A-Modifieds, Grand Nationals, USRA B-Modifieds and Factory Stocks. Gates open at 5:00pm, hot laps at 6:45pm, and the first race gets under way at 7:30pm. Adult ticket prices are $12.00, kids 7-12 $6.00, and children 6 and younger admitted FREE. Senior Citizen’s and military personnel with ID are admitted for $10.
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