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On a hot and steamy night, Spoon River Speedway saw three track records tied or broken at the Gary Cook Jr Memorial race Sunday night. One hundred and two cars showed up to attack the lightning fast oval. Steven Brooks would tie the Modified track record, Ray Bollinger, with a lap of 14.301 seconds averaging over 96mph. The Super Late Model record held by Dennis Erb Jr (13.196) was broke by Ryan Unzicker with a lap of 13.118 averaging over 100 mph. The final track record was broke in the Hornet division by Adam Webb with a lap of 18.487 seconds breaking Steve Jones 18.567 lap.
First feature out on the track Sunday night was the Dirtcar Hornet division with David Lauritson on the pole with Adam Webb to his outside. Webb would take off from the start and never be pressured for the fifteen lap feature event to bring home the win. Jeremy Reed would finish second followed by Lauritson and fourteenth place starter Derick DeFord. Heat wins went to Webb, Matt Mackey and Mike Foster.
Next out was the always exciting Dirtcar Modifieds which saw twenty-eight cars try to make the twenty car feature to try and pick up the $2564 feature check in the forty lap feature event. Last weeks feature winner Brandon Roberts would lead the field to the green and jump out to the early lead but it didn’t take long for outside pole sitter Steven Brooks to start to apply pressure to Roberts. A yellow flag would fly on lap three when fifth place starter Ray Bollinger would tap Josh Allen and Allen would spin sending Bollinger to the rear of the twenty car field. When the green flag flew again, Roberts would give up the lead to Brooks and on lap four Roberts would lose control going into turn one and collect three other cars bring out the second yellow flag. When racing resumed Brooks would hold the lead for the next three laps when on lap seven Kevin Weaver would pass Brooks and take over the lead on a long green flag run. All eyes were on Bollinger as he was making his way back to the front using every inch of the high banked oval to try and get there. Brooks, sixth place starter Lucas Lee and seventh place starter Allen Weisser would battle it out right behind Weaver for second place. By lap thirty Bollinger had caught the second place battle and had moved into fourth when the third yellow would fly. On the restart Weaver would resume the lead but Bollinger would dive to the bottom coming out of turn four. Brooks would try to dive down to block but Bollinger had to much momentum, rubbing Brooks and moving into second place with nine laps remaining. By lap thirtythree Bollinger had caught Weaver and using lap traffic pass him on lap thirtyfive taking his impressive modified to victory lane. Weaver would hold off Brooks for second with Weisser coming home fourth followed by Roger Rebhozl. Heat race wins went to Brooks, Allen, Roberts and Weaver.
Only running at Spoon three times in 2018 is the Dirtcar Super Late Models a fan favorite. Russ Adams would lead the twentyone car field to the green. Mike Spatola from his outside starting spot would jump out to the lead and lead all twentyfive laps to bring home the victory. Sixth place starter Ryan Unzicker, doing double duties after driving his modified, would come home second followed by Jose Parga, Rickey Frankel and Bob Gardner. Heat wins went to Unzicker, Spatola and Myles Moos.
The USAC/IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets would put on another exciting feature event, seeing four drivers mix it up for twenty laps to try and get the win. Gedd Ross would take the early lead over Shane Morgan but these two would swop the lead back and forth lap after lap until lap nine when fourth place starter Andy Baugh would sneak pass both on the low side to take the lead. Sixth place starter Robby McQuinn was right on Baughs bumper and would challenge him side by side for the next eleven laps with Morgan and Ross doing the same right behind them. Baugh would edge out McQuinn at the line for the win with Morgan edging out Ross for third. Coming home fifth was Blake Buchholz. Heat winner went to Ross and Morgan.
The last feature of the night would see the popular E-Mods running a fifteen lap feature event. Pole sitter Jake Montgomery would jump to the lead and never look back picking up the feature win. Dawson Cook (the son of the late Gary Cook Jr) was the man on the move charging from his sixth place starting spot to close on Montgomery at the end but settling for second place. This was Dawson last race in a E-Mod because he is moving up to the Dirtcar Modified division in a couple of weeks. Coming home third was Evan Fink followed by Tommy Duncan and Steve David coming out of retirement to finish fifth in his first race back. Heat race wis went to Duncan, Montgomery and Cook.
Racing resumes at Spoon next Saturday night as they will have their annual Kids Candy Dash races at intermission. Check out their FaceBook page or website for more information.