1st: Brian Carey
1st: Brody Spangler
IMCA Stock Cars
1st: Danny Stevenson
1st: Jerrett Guilory
As Gomer of Mayberry used to say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise…” In the second night of the Ryan Bard Memorial sport modified feature, Brian Carey wheeled his #55 from the pole and led every lap to capture his first ever win.
By Lynn Hensley
Unless I was fed the wrong info; Brian Carey had not raced any kind of car until this year. He looked every bit the pro all weekend long. Several yellows and restarts did not hinder Carey at all as he calmly climbed from his racecar to accept the trophy and applause of the crowd. Julie Boettler and Oklahoma’s Ronnie Gould tried everything to pass Carey but to no avail. Gould slipped from 2nd to 3rd as Boettler got by him on the last lap. In 4th was Joey Klemish and 5th went to last night’s winner, Zach Rouse. Brian Carey is Steffan Carey’s father…Steffan drives the #3 stock car. Rounding out the top 10 were Jeff Jennings, Brandon Tenski, Dakota Kibel, Randy Eitel, and Glenn Spangler. In an interesting moment on the pace lap, about 40 sheets of paper seemingly came from nowhere and were scattered all over the backstretch…the start was held up for about 10 minutes as track personnel picked all of this up in a windstorm. Aaron Spangler’s young son, Camron, said Ryan did that for fun. Maybe, just maybe, he was watching and maybe Camron is right.
It’s very difficult to decide which race was the most exciting tonight…this might be the one. The IMCA modifieds put 18 cars on track for a 25 lap feature. Jeremy Farley led early from the pole. Jason Keeler took over the lead for a few before last night’s first time winner, Brody Spangler put his #91 in front. Brody led for several laps before Garrett Higgins moved his new modified past for the lead. Suddenly Brody was chasing Higgins and defending his position from a hard charging Zane Devilbiss. With about four laps to go, Brody Spangler found a better line and held off Devilbiss as the white flag came out. As it looked like Higgins would collect the win Brody took the high line through turn 3 and came out of turn 4 with the lead and claimed the win for the second night in a row. Excellent racing from the young son of Aaron Spangler, winner of over 100 IMCA modified wins. Brody Spangler wins his first and second IMCA feature in the same weekend. He was in for a surprise as his dad and mom and siblings showed up for the race unbeknownst (a real word) to Brody. Garrett Higgins settled for 2nd and 2010 national IMCA modified champ, Zane Devilbiss 3rd. In fourth was Kevin Faddis and 5th went to Porter Smith. The rest of the top 10 were: JJ Harpole, Regan Tafoya, Mark Rodgers, Danny Bradford and Julian Garcia, Jr.
The IMCA stock cars came out swinging tonight with Arlen Cochran establishing a fact that he could put his #66 up front and let the rest chase him. Cochran led all the way to the last turn but not the last 100 feet. Danny Stevenson, first time winner last night, came from 5th on the final lap to take the win. Another first time/two time winner this weekend. Allen Bradley was try to pass on the outside of Cochran on the backstretch but ended up climbing the wall. At the same time Lee Moss and Traci Jennings slowed and Stevenson took advantage by moving his car past them and past Cochran in the last 100 feet of the race. Arlen Cochran did collect 2nd with Traci Jennings next, Moss was 4th and 5th went to Michael Higgins. Rounding out the top 10 was Larry Bradley, Rex Higgins, Steffan Carey, Travis Southerlin and Luke Rowe.
The hobby race was taken down by Jerrett Guilory with Randy Dorsett next Jeremy Bradley and Howard Asbe. Darrell Cordary’s car sustained heavy damage in a crash early in the race. It was in turn 2…almost identical to the crash last night when he was in his mini stock.
Great racing as usual and a great bunch of fans participating in the tribute to Ryan Bard.