Inman Is The Super DIRT Week Sportsman King

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Kyle Inman in victory lane after winning the Sportsman feature at Oswego Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro Photo)
Kyle Inman in victory lane after winning the Sportsman feature at Oswego Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro Photo)

OSWEGO, N.Y. – With the 103 Sportsman entries whittled down to 36 for Sunday’s Chevrolet Performance 75, Kyle Inman backed up a heat win earlier in the week with a steady drive from seventh to claim the winner’s share of the Super DIRT Week purse.

Inman showed great patience, working his way forward on a black, slick daytime surface to become the third and final leader. Polesitter Kevin Root led the early laps with Robert Delormier challenging him to no avail, but by the time the fourth yellow flew on lap 28, Inman had arrived on the scene and sat second for the restart.

Matt Janczuk, who lined up 13th, had also clawed his way through the field and sat third. The return to action saw Janczuk excite the crowd by taking to the extreme outside and driving around the lead duo to take command.

At lap 50 it was Janczuk, Inman and Root and the finish looked pretty solid for Janczuk, but the next restart saw Inman take a deep breath and use Janczuk’s outside groove to run back to the lead through turns three and four.

After that, Inman had to ride out a number of yellows, including a pair with just two laps remaining, but the single file restarts gave him breathing room and he was home free after a final green-white-checker run.

“It was a crazy race,” said Inman. “We were sliding around all over.  I finally suckered Kevin to the top and got by him, then got around Matt for the lead. This thing really flies on the restarts and that was the secret. It was awesome.”

Root held on for second ahead of Janczuk, Moise Page, Delormier, Kane Bristol, Connor Cleveland, Chris Mackey, James Michael Friesen and Adam McAuliffe.