Winning a battle with fellow title contender Jack Stanford, Steven Williams scored the victory in the 20 lap RACE Modified main event Friday night at Chowchilla Speedway. After five seconds this season, this was the first win of the year in this division for Williams aboard his Sysco Food Systems sponsored Modified. Stanford settled for second ahead of last week's winner, Charles Paul. Williams followed up his Modified success with his sixth straight win in the 20 lap Winged 362 Sprint Car main event to maintain his point lead in that division. The night's action was sponsored S&W Parts Inc. of Chowchilla.
Williams had the lead in his six lap heat race until his last lap mistake allowed 2000 Modified champion Mike Johnson to win that race. Stanford won his heat race for the tenth time this season. Paul Stone would do well enough on this night to regain the point lead from Mark Hamblin, and it started with Stone winning the four lap trophy dash. Williams set the early main event pace ahead of Larry Folkner. An outside move on the front stretch of the fourth lap gained Chuck Harrell second. Charles Paul gained third on lap five, and Stanford's pass on Paul on lap six ended up being for second as Harrell pitted. A lap seven caution flag flew for debris, and Williams led Stanford and Paul on the restart. An inside move on the back stretch of the ninth lap gained Stanford the lead from Williams. Williams stayed right on Stanford's back bumper until making an outside pass on the back stretch of the 14th lap to reclaim the lead. From there, Williams would bring it to a well earned victory ahead of Stanford, Paul, Stone and Folkner.
Williams won his six lap Winged 362 Sprint Car heat race as Robert Engstrom's night was cut short in a crash with Jerry Cantrell. Keith Cantrell returned to action and won his second four lap trophy dash. Williams led the entire 20 lap main event to win ahead of Lee Yetter, J. Cantrell and K. Cantrell.
H 1-Jack Stanford, Charles Paul, Mark Hamblin. H 2-Mike Johnson, Paul Stone, Nick Caughman Jr. DASH-Stone, Paul, Johnson. MAIN EVENT-Steven Williams, Stanford, Paul, P. Stone, Larry Folkner, Johnson, Hamblin, Caughman, Larry Howland, Troy Stone.
WINGED 362 SPRINT
HEAT-Steven Williams, Keith Cantrell, Lee Yetter. DASH-K. Cantrell, Yetter, Williams. MAIN EVENT-Williams, Yetter, Jerry Cantrell, K. Cantrell, Robert Engstrom (DNS).