240 IMCA Modifieds For Vegas Duel

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LAS VEGAS — The 2011 edition of the Duel in the Desert at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway broke its own record for IMCA Modified entries.

Thursday’s total — 240 IMCA Modifieds (from 25 states and three Canadian provinces) — eclipsed last year’s old record of 232.

The annual event is the biggest race for the IMCA Modifieds west of the Mississippi River.

Dominic Ursetta (Arvada, Colo.) and Dylan Smith (Osceola, Nebr.) won 25-lap Saturday A-Feature qualifiers Thursday. The twin features capped a night of 20 heats and 10 B Features.

Smith outran defending Duel in the Desert winner Terry Phillips and Justen Yeaker in the opening feature on the half-mile dirt track, while Ursetta held off John Hansen and Randy Hall to capture the nightcap.