CORLEY, Texas – The United States Modified Touring Series made their debut appearance at the Timberline Speedway Friday night with 50 cars and drivers on hand to entertain the onlookers.
Chris Henigan, who won the weekly modified feature here three weeks ago, was ready to pounce and take command of the main event as soon as the leader made a mistake. The problem for Henigan was that the leader was Kelly Shryock, and one typically can’t bank on the nine-time USMTS national champion giving you that opportunity.
Such was the case Friday night.
After grabbing the lead from local favorite Greg Garrett with 14 laps in the books, Shryock had Henigan glued to his rear bumper and, quite frequently, wheel to wheel with him in each corner for the remaining 26 laps.
Shryock, however, was flawless throughout the final half of the race and never gave Henigan an opening as the veteran racer from Fertile, Iowa, scored the 181st feature win of his USMTS career and first of the 2014 campaign.
Behind runner-up Henigan, Garrett held on for a third-place finish in just his second USMTS start with Edward Hushelpeck fourth and Daniel Hilsabeck fifth in the second race of the S&S Fishing & Rental Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
Jon Mitchell was sixth, Thursday night’s winner, Johnny Scott, took seventh, Cade Dillard earned an eighth-place paycheck, reigning USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders wound up ninth and 10th was Wes Armstrong.