HUMBOLDT, Kan. — America’s best open-wheel dirt modified drivers descended upon the Humboldt Speedway Thursday for the first night of qualifying at the King of America IV Modified Nationals.
Co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Ass’n and United States Modified Touring Series, a field of 150 cars and drivers signed in to do battle.
Each modified competitor ran in two qualifying heat races. After 16 heats and 160 laps of action, the top 16 in passing points for the night locked horns in a 16-lap, $1,000-to-win main event with Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn., sailing to an easy victory.
“The track was pretty good all night,” said Krohn, who crossed the finish line with a ten-car-length cushion over Chris Brown. “It took a little rubber there on the bottom so we just had to be sure to hit our marks and stay smooth at the end. We were good, but we can get better, so we’ll keep working because there’s 92 other drivers here that will be.”
Brown, who finished second to Ryan Gustin in last year’s King of America finale, held off Jordan Grabouski for the runner-up spot with Stormy Scott and John Allen rounding out the top five.
Each driver will run two more heat races on Friday night. Passing points for the two days will be combined, with the best three of four heat races used to calculate each driver’s points total.
Following Friday’s qualifying heats, the top 12 in overall points will be locked into the first six rows of Saturday’s “A” Main while the rest will fall into positions in consolation and last-chance races.
Another $1,000-to-win feature race happens Friday night, and the wild “game of thrones” weekend wraps up Saturday with a 100-lap championship main event that pays $10,000 to win while every driver making the big dance will pocket no less than $1,000 to start.
In USRA B-Mod action, Randy Klein picked up $500 as he scored his career-first Iron Man Challenge victory.
Polesitter Logan Martin, who won at Humboldt two weeks ago, finished second with Toby Thompson, Chad Olsen and Brian Mahlstedt rounding out the top five.