Another Winter Challenge Score For Darland

Dave Darland
Dave Darland
Dave Darland

PEORIA, Ariz. — Dave Darland added another $2,000 winner’s check to the collection by topping round five of USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast sprint car action in Friday night’s 30-lap Winter Challenge event at Canyon Speedway Park.

Darland drove to his third victory in five rounds of the six-event series from the pole position aboard the Casey Minks No. 1x entry.

While Darland posted sprint car honors, Ricky Thornton Jr., snared his fourth consecutive IMCA modified feature win with other winners on the night including Steve Shumaker in pure stocks, Jacob Hawkins in micro sprints and Paul O’Connor in renegades.

Darland took the checkered flag ahead of Josh Hodges, who raced forward from seventh to snare runner-up honors. Nic Faas claimed his best Winter Challenge finish thus far by claiming the show position with Mike Martin climbing seven positions to finish fourth and Josh Pelkey charging from 13th to round out the top five.

The finish:

Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Nic Faas, Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey, Casey Shuman, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, Shon Deskins, R.J. Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Michael Curtis, Andrew Reinbold, Colby Copeland, Kenny Perkins, Josh Grady, Jimmy Crawford, Aaron Reutzel, Mike Colegrove, Jason Grady, Michael Woodruff, Stevie Sussex.