DELTA, Utah — Last weekend sparked the first annual Modified Madness at the Millard County Fair presented by Addiction Chassis. The venue was hosted by Millard County Raceway and with over $17,000 in prize money up for grabs for the entire weekend, some of the best drivers along the Rocky Mountain region were in attendance. Drivers from 6 states and 1 Canadian Province made the trip to the track in central Utah.
The weekend started out on Friday with races for the IMCA Southern Sport Modified class as well as the IMCA Modifieds. Scott Gray led the first 18 laps of the 20 lap main event until an issue with the right front caused him to fall back in the pack. Dakota Kibel would be the beneficiary of Gray’s misfortune taking the lead along the backstretch with only two laps remaining. Rounding out the top 5 following Kibel was Travis Gray, Scott Bradford, Gauge Smith and salvaging what could have been worse, Scott Gray.
The Modified event was posted as a $750 to win preliminary race to the main event on Saturday. The race started 23 cars and did not disappoint any of the fans. Everywhere you watched there were cars battling for position. Justen Yeager cruised through the field and set a blistering pace as he took home the win in the 30 lap main event. Following Yeager across the line were Dustin Hansen, Zane DeVilbiss, Greg Scott, and Chase Ruble.
The action on Saturday added the popular Super Stock Class. Starting with 16 stock cars it was Braiden Breaux and Race Fisher that set the pace. Fisher started from the 7th position and worked his way through traffic only to meet Braiden at the front of the field. The two set their fast times of the race only .005 seconds apart and right with the track record set by Breaux on 6/23/2012. “The track was fast and was a lot of fun” mentioned Breaux. The cars were close with battles all throughout the field. But it was Breaux that outlasted Fisher for the win. “That kid can drive!” mentioned Fisher on the front stretch following the race. Following Breaux and Fisher were Scott Fuell, Scott Hardman, and Jake Smith. The current points leader is Scott Hardman who extended his points lead by virtue of his efforts in qualifying and passing points in the main event.
Coming off of the win the following night Dakota Kibel was confident that he had the car to beat and with the late suspension issue Scott Gray experienced it was going to turn out to be a great race between the two. Dakota started the race on the inside of the second row with Travis Gray and Gauge Smith up front. Kibel and T. Gray battled for the first half of the race. Dakota prevailed in the end with Travis Gray second, then Gauge Smith, Scott Bradford, and Darren Christensen rounding out the top 5.
With the excitement coming off of the previous night’s race it was certain that the Saturday main event, $2,500 to the winner would not disappoint anyone. The winner of the event would also get their name on the ballot for the IMCA Modified 2013 All-Star Shootout in Boone, IA. The race held up to what everyone expected, it was exciting and left everyone on their feet. A total of 25 cars started the main event all vying for the top spot and their name on the $2,500 check. The drivers took extra time rolling in the top of the track prior to the race to allow for a much wider groove, that allowed the Hansen’s (Dustin and Chase) and Wyatt Howard a chance to run the high side. “It was nice to see the high side working, it worked really well for those guys that ran up there” said Joe Miller, MCR’s co-promoter. The track was smooth and fast throughout the night with only a few incidents to slow the field and bunch them back up. It was Zane DeVilbiss that would end up with the trophy at the end of the night. Following DeVilbiss was Greg Scott, Chase Hansen, Wyatt Howard, and Dusty Safley.
Racing resumes at MCR September 1st with the Super Stocks, Thunder Trucks, Southern Sport Mods, Modifieds, and Wing Sprint Cars. For more information check out our website at millardcountyraceway.com.