Spalding Clubs DIRTcar Mod Field

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Curt Spalding won Thursday's DIRTcar modified feature at Kankakee County Speedway. (Jim DenHamer photo)
Curt Spalding won Thursday's DIRTcar modified feature at Kankakee County Speedway. (Jim DenHamer photo)

KANKAKEE, Ill. — The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Kankakee County Speedway saw veteran driver Curt Splading score the victory in the 25-lap main event, which saw a field of 22 take the green flag.  

Spalding, from Watervliet, Mich., battled with fellow front row starter Nick Allen for a few laps and then secured the top spot which he never relinquished.  

Spalding drove his Duco Performance/GT Products/All Star Performance No. 5 modified to the win, finishing ahead of Will Krup by 1.004 seconds.  Frank Marshall took third followed by Jeffrey Ledford, fast-qualifier Allen and Mike McKinney.   

“I had a pretty good hot rod all night,” said Spalding.  “We won our heat and had a good starting spot.  I had a really good run.  It’s a lot of hard work.  It was a pretty equal field.  It took a few laps to get heat in the tires.  I had a ball and I’m really happy to be standing on the (victory) stage.”  

Other feature winners during the evening included Dakota Ewing (UMP Pro Late Models), Andrew Short (I-Mods) and David Lauritson (four-cylinders). 

The finish:

Curt Spalding, Will Krup, Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Ledford, Nick Allen, Mike McKinney, Kenny Wallace, Tyler Nicely, Jamie Lomax, Ray Bollinger, Ken Schrader, Steven Brooks, Wade Rookard, Matt Mitchell, Levi Kissinger, Hunt Gossum, Phil Dixon, Donovan Lodge, Nick Hoffman, Nick Clubb, Jason Hastings, Allen Weisser.