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 three-eighths-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.
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 10th were Dale Kraling, Hovden, Brian McGowen, 25th-starting Ben Moudry and Jake Richards.