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NICK SCHWIEN • Hays Daily News Dylan Sherfick (66D) uses the low line to pass competitors in a modified heat race Saturday at RPM Speedway in Hays.

Dylan Sherfick snaps 'slump' with success at Hays

By NICK SCHWIEN

nschwien@dailynews.net

A typical season for Dylan Sherfick begins with several competitive outings, then finishes with multiple wins.

That's been the trend the last few seasons for the modified driver from WaKeeney.

But the 2013 season started differently. Sherfick won two races by the first part of June -- one at RPM Speedway in Hays and the other at WaKeeney Speedway.

Then, he fell into a bit of a funk. He had a few DNFs and a couple top 10s, sprinkled in with a few second-place outings. It just wasn't the success Sherfick had grown accustomed to, though.

On Saturday night, Sherfick got back into solid form by winning the modified feature at RPM.

"It seemed like at the start of the year, it started off good and I got a couple wins pretty quick,"  he said. "It seems like I've been in a slump the middle of the season. Finally, I got another one picked up here."

Sherfick started eighth in the 20-lap feature and worked his way into the top four by the second lap. He continued to pick off drivers until settling into third place behind leader Rodger Peck and Ronnie Hill on lap nine when the caution waved for the final time.

"I was a little worried, because before that restart my car was working good on the bottom,"  Sherfick said. "Luckily, I hugged it down enough to where I caught a little bit of moisture. The good thing about it was I found something toward the top (in three and four). That actually helped me out."

Sherfick moved into second on lap 10, then got by Peck to lead the race on lap 12 after Peck's car started to go away from him. He led 10 of the first 11 laps.

"It's just one of those deals where you have to be at the right spot at the right time,"  Sherfick said. "It worked out for me."

Tim Watts, who started fifth, jumped from fourth to second on lap 12 when Sherfick took the lead.

"My car was good on the outside, and everybody else was kind of running the inside,"  Watts said. "That gained me quite a few starts on the restarts."

Watts held off Corey Lagroon for the runner-up spot, and Hill finished fourth.

"Until my tire went away, I thought we had it won for a little bit,"  Watts said. "We were really coming, and it just kind of died at the end. But it's still pretty good."

Jason Schoenberger, who has raced sparingly this season, was fifth after starting 17th. He was making a charge to the front before getting too high in turns three and four on lap 14, losing his momentum and chances for a win.

* Monte Honas continued to dominate the 3âÑ8-mile oval in Hays, winning his ninth straight sport compact feature. He started 10th but was in second by the end of the first lap. Honas took the lead on lap five from Kirk Pfannenstiel, who finished second. Michael Smith was third, and Dean Herzog was fourth.

* Ron Wehling led all 15 laps of the hobby stock feature for his second win in a row at RPM. Trevor Schmidt was second, followed by G.W. Fuller and Kent Tammen.

* Seven cautions in the first five laps of the Northern sport mod feature made things interesting, but it didn't hamper Cory Struckhoff's ability to win. Struckhoff grabbed the lead early and led the rest of the way. Daniel Gottschalk was second, with Tyler Frye in third and Jake Krone fourth.

* Shaylon Holloway became the eighth different stock car driver to win a feature in Hays this year. Holloway led every lap while holding off a hard-charging Jeff Tubbs. Jason Davis was third, and B.J. Wagoner was fourth.

* Racing returns to RPM on Sept. 21, the final regularly scheduled night of racing before Fall National VII on Oct. 10 to 12.