By DUSTY WIEGERT
Special to The Hays Daily News
SALINA, Kan. -- With a string of rainouts and postponements some racers at the Salina Speedway have pulled double duty in their division the last few weeks, but none more so than the IMCA SportMods.
Two weeks ago Belleville's Tyler Frye capped off an unbeatable evening by capturing the second feature win of the night for the division, which was also his 100th career IMCA SportMod win, something very few have done.
On Friday August 9th he set out to do the same and ended up with career wins 101 and 102 by sweeping the evening's events.
In the first feature Frye quickly worked his way to the lead and the win over Mark Franklin, Kurtis Pihl, and Tim McBurney. Frye then won his heat race of the regularly scheduled show before outpacing Brandon Belvill, Jesse Levin, and Fred Traskowsky in the make-up feature at the end of the night. Belvill won the other heat race in the division.
It looked as if Kelly Dunn was on his way to the feature win in the Late Model division but Delbert Smith found just enough grip to get by Dunn with two laps remaining to take another feature win. Dunn crossed the line second but was disqualified in post-race tech for an unapproved rev limiter chip and carb spacer, moving Alan Reinert to second, Justin Kinderknecht to third, and Darrick Klima to fourth. Dan Smith and Klima won the heat races.
Three drivers made their presence felt in the bid for the IMCA Modified feature victory with Corey Lagroon coming out on top. Jesse Richter took command at the start before Brian Knoell took command. Lagroon then pulled a well-timed maneuver to get past Knoell and ride the rail to the feature win. Knoell finished second with Joe Cleveland third, and Danny Morrison Jr. fourth. Richter won the heat race.
Brandon Gray finally got the monkey off his back as he led all the way in the Mod Lite feature event for the victory. Nick Watts had a strong run to finish second with Justin Kinderknecht and Danny Morrison Jr. battling for third and fourth. Gray and Bam Ayers won the heat races.
Checking out for another win in the Mini Stock division was Russell Roberg. Roberg had no problem pulling away from the pack and then through lapped traffic to score the win. Brian Dunsworth finished second, Stacey Huffman third, and John McNabb fourth. Roberg also won the heat race.
Racing continues Friday August 16th with double features for the IMCA Modifieds, plus Street Stocks, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks. Race time is 8:00PM.
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