HUMBOLDT, Kan. –Thursday night kicked off the King of America VIII Modified Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment at the Humboldt, and the 2018 campaign for the USRA Iron Man Challenge.
With Out-Pace USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds, a field of 41 bad-to-the-bone B-Mods were in the pits for the first of three nights of racing at the 3/8-mile bullring in Southern Kansas.
After five heat races, two “B” Mains and 64 laps of qualifying, a 25-car field took the green with defending Iron Man Challenge champion Dan Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, leading the pack out of the gate.
Hovden’s lead was short-lived, however, as 2016 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champ J.C. Morton seized control with three laps in the books.
But Morton’s time at the top wasn’t much longer as Jasper, Mo., racer Cody Jolly powered into the lead on lap 9 and proceeded to pace the final 11 circuits for a $600 victory.
Cody Jolly (00) attempts to pass J.C. Morton (18) for the lead in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature race.
Kris Jackson applied pressure to the leader late in the race but had to settle for the runner-up paycheck while another former Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champion, Andy Bryant, came home in third.
Morton held off Riley Whitworth for the fourth spot. Sixth through tenth were Dale Kraling, Hovden, Brian McGowen, 25th-starting Ben Moudry and Jake Richards.
The King of America VIII Modified Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment continues Friday and Saturday. The Iron Man Challenge featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will run a complete show both nights, racing for $1,500 to win Friday and $1,000 to win Saturday.
National points in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series will also be up for grabs.
On Friday, USMTS Modified drivers will compete in three heat races from three different starting positions. Passing points will be combined for all three heats with the top 12 in overall points locked into Saturday’s $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start “A” Main. The next dozen drivers will be locked into Saturday’s “B” Main, the next 12 into Saturday’s “C” Main and the remainder will run in Last Chance races on Saturday.
New for this year will be a Non-Qualifiers Race for the top 30 drivers unable to transfer out of the qualifying features. All 30 drivers will redraw for starting position. This race will pay $1,000 to win and $1,000 for second. The top two finishers will have the option to keep the money or start the King of America main event which pays $1,000 to start. The Non-Qualifiers Race will pay a minimum $300 to start with a great payout all the way through.
Tickets on Friday are $20 while Saturday’s show is $25. Youth ages 6-12 get in for $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge both days.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30 on Friday. Saturday’s start times are one hour earlier with the first green flag waving at 6:30.
Every lap of every race all three days will be broadcast live via pay-per-view at www.RacinDirt.com.
The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information, call (620) 431-2470 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com.
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