TIPTON, Iowa — Darin Duffy made sure the race was for second place in Tuesday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN main event at Cedar County Raceway.
Duffy went upstairs for the lead on the fifth circuit, kept Ronn Lauritzen at bay in traffic and led to the end of the 30-lap IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature.
The series victory, Duffy’s career fourth, paid $1,000. He was already qualified for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Lauritzen, hard charger Richie Gustin, Jacob Murray and Ryan Dolan completed the top five. Forty-three cars vied in the third installment of the 2013 tour.
Mitch Morris and Kelly Meyer drew the front row starts. Morris was the early leader with Lauritzen and Duffy quick to challenge. After Duffy got by, Morris and Lauritzen went back and forth over the second spot for half a dozen laps.
Duffy caught up with the back of the pack on lap 12 but his advantage was erased by the only caution of the race on lap 16.
After starting 20th, Gustin worked his way to third by lap 18, chasing Lauritzen on the inside line while Duffy worked the high groove. Racing was two and three-wide much of the way throughout the field but Duffy negotiated his way through and never let Lauritzen get too close.
Gustin had some stories to tell after getting to the track just minutes before his “B” feature went green. A flat tire and broken trailer hub left Gustin and his crew on the extremely late side.