Jacobson Is Skagit Sprint Car Star

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Travis Jacobson (Skagit Speedway photo)

ALGER, Wash. — It’s been a few years since Travis Jacobson graced victory lane at Skagit Speedway, but on Thursday night he made a triumphant return with a late-race pass in traffic to take the victory in the Budweiser 360 Sprints.

Tyler Thompson set out to the early lead in the 25-lap feature, with Jacobson working into second on the opening lap. In clean air Thompson appeared to have the advantage, but the lead pack quickly got into traffic where Jacobson closed.

A lap-11 caution for Steve James gave Thompson clean air again, but upon getting back to traffic again, Jacobson closed and pounced, diving to the inside of Thompson off turn four on lap 22 to take the lead.

Outgunning him into turn one, Jacobson moved up race track to put a slower car between himself and Tyler, ensuring the win just a few laps later in the Cook Motorsports No. 22. Thompson would finish second with Eric Fisher taking third.

Rick Smith was dominant in the main event for the Skagit Aggregates Modifieds. Starting from the outside of the front row, Smith led every lap of the main, enjoying an advantage of over four seconds at points in time during the main event in his Team Geritol No. 8. Craig Moore rallied up the field to finish second with Ben Gunderson grabbing a season-best third-place result.

Making his Skagit Speedway debut, Cory Sweatman found victory lane in the Outlaw Tuner class.