ESTEVAN, Sask. – First he raced from 19th to second in his “B” feature to advance to the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic main event at Estevan Motor Speedway.
Then Jeff Taylor started 13th and won Monday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified headliner in dramatic fashion with a last-turn pass of Aaron Turnbull.
“It was awesome,” the defending tour champion said from victory lane. “I had a good car and was able to get a line nobody else was running.”
Turnbull, Spencer Wilson, new point leader Hunter Marriott and Ricky Thornton Jr. completed the top five. Thornton also came from the “B” features and advanced 10 spots.
New series track records were set with 83 Modified and 39 Stock Car entries. As was the case on opening night at Nodak Speedway, drivers from 10 states and Canada filled out the Modified feature field.
The 2013 tour king, Turnbull drew the pole start while Taylor worked his way up from mid-pack. Taylor made the most of the higher line as the frontrunners contended with lapped traffic. He shot inside Turnbull coming out of the final turn to take the $2,100 win by not much more than a car length.
Already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Taylor had finished 19th Sunday at Minot while Wilson was 21st.
Elijah Zevenbergen, also a series champion two years ago, topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature ahead of opening night winner Brandon Czarapata to earn $800. They’re now tied atop the point standings for that division.
The series is at Williston Basin Speedway on Tuesday for the third of its six installments.