Strickler Is The Man In UMP Mod Run

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Kyle Strickler celebrates wildly after winning Saturday's UMP modified feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Chris Seelman photo)
Kyle Strickler celebrates wildly after winning Saturday's UMP modified feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Chris Seelman photo)
Kyle Strickler celebrates wildly after winning Saturday’s UMP modified feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Chris Seelman photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Strickler led all 30 laps of the Summit Racing UMP Modified feature during Saturday night’s OneDirt World Short Track Championship at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“This means a lot to me,” said Strickler. “Eespecially in front of all of my fans. I’ve been through some hard times, and this makes it all better. Nothing is better than winning in front of all of your sponsors and your family. I have my 7-week little boy here, so this is absolutely awesome. You can’t ask for any more here.”

Behind Strickler, a persistent battle for second and third ensued. Kenny Wallace lost his number two spot to Taylor Cook, and then the number three spot to Nick Hoffman in lap nine. In lap 12, Hoffman charged past Cook on a restart, stealing second; but a multicar collision called for a reset. This didn’t stop Hoffman, who executed a replay, taking second again on the restart, but it just didn’t hold; Cook took back second. In lap 15, Hoffman took it back again. A caution flagon Mike Learman in lap 18, however, forced another restart, upon which David Stremme broke the pattern, bumping Cook as he moved into third.

Another restart, with only five laps to go, and the battle between Stremme and Hoffman was on. They exchanged positions, and back again, with Stremme pushing on Hoffman in lap 29 to take second into the final lap. Hoffman finished third.