Mahder Paces Eagle Valley Modified Run


Ross Fuhrman and John Feirn paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event as Josh Smith jumped up from his second row start and took the early lead. With two laps completed, 12th starting Shane Halopka had found his way to fifth. On lap three, Chad Olsen spun bringing out the caution. A lap later, the action was slowed again by the spinning Jason Richardson with Dean Pronschinke being charged with the caution.

At the halfway point, Smith continued to lead followed by a side by side battle between Travis Anderson and Halopka. With 11 laps completed, Richardson crashed bringing out the final caution. With four laps remaining, Halopka secured second over Anderson on the start and set off to catch Smith. At the white flag, he pulled even and they raced the final lap. Halopka had a great run off the top side in turn four and looked destined to win in the same fashion as the week before. However, this time, Smith pulled up in front of him, blocking his momentum. Smith won, followed by Halopka, Anderson, Jake Smith, and Andy Karl.

The Street Stock feature featured AJ Kania and Adam Soltis in the front row with third starting Danny Richards leading the first circuit. He was followed by Doug Wojcik, Soltis, and Ron Hanestad. At the halfway point, Wojcik was working the high side looking for the lead as Soltis pulled off. Coming to take the white flag, Wojcik made an aggressive move, battled the entire lap, and took the lead for good coming off turn four. Wojcik won his 12th feature of the year followed by Richards, Hanestad, Cody Kummer, and Kania rounding out the top five.

Jay Barnier Jr. was flanked by Talon Laabs at the beginning of the Pure Stock feature with the two front cars and last starting Jake Hansen involved in a first lap crash. Upon a complete restart, there was lap after lap of two wide, two deep racing that was too close to call. It was an amazing race with solid, clean driving. George Richards found the lead, but the caution flew for a spinning Pat Smith. After the restart, the great action continued as Richards drove to yet another win followed by Dalton Hazelton, Laabs, and Smith.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Jay Welk and Armond Love with Love leading lap one as Buddy Hanestad and Kasey Gross battled for second. The caution flew as Love spun and backed into the wall but he regained his position. Upon the restart, Hanestad drove to the lead and never looked back as the high school sophomore won his second career feature win, having just winning his first the evening before. He was followed by Gross, Welk, Scott Westaby, and Love.