By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo By: Mike Howard
SAPULPA, Oklahoma (July 31, 2021) — Just like weather conditions in the Southern Plains this time of year, some drivers can get pretty hot as summer reaches it full potential. For open-wheel touring star Joe Duvall, it's smart to carry a broom when luck rolls your way for an entire weekend.
Duvall made it a clean sweep in his home state, winning the 30-lap A Main for the USRA American Racer Modified Series on Saturday night at Creek County Speedway. Duvall opened his weekend with a $2,000 payday Friday night at Red Dirt Raceway in the Cowboy 100, kicking off his incredible run.
Colby Kasinger (Factory Stock); Blake Green (Mini Stock) and Bailey Cartwright (Jr. Mini Stock) were also feature winners on Beer 30/Club 91 Funkadelic Tour night at the racy little Sooner State oval.
Tyler Wolff started ninth on the talent-filled 25-car Modified grid and drove up to second, while Chad Davis filled out the podium in third. Dustin Boston and Nathan Smith completed the top five.
“As I told the guys last night, I had a great teacher in my uncle Mike,” Duvall, of Claremore, said as he reflected on a stellar weekend. “He taught me how to run the bottom. Tonight, I kept waiting for that 4W (Wolff) to make a big run on the top side, but it never came.
“So I didn't have to go up there, thank God, because I don't know if I had it in me tonight. I like to say there are no bad race days, and I've had a couple of pretty good ones this weekend. It feels awesome.”
Wolff came up short for the second straight night, yet knew what he had to do in the coming weeks.
“I was pretty good on the top tonight,” he said. “Our front end was all out of whack, I made some adjustments there for the feature but it still wasn't right. The 91 kicked our butts tonight; so we'll go home, regroup and try a few different things. I love running this place, both up top and down low.”
Davis was pleased with his efforts against some of the toughest dirt Modified drivers in the nation.
“We had a really good car tonight,” he said. “I'm just glad to actually have a good run for all of our hometown fans. We've struggled in several of these races, but tonight's finish will really boost our confidence and give us some momentum.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the USRA American Racer Modified Series A Main were Michael Walker, Joe Wright, Sean Gaddis, Kenny Gaddis and Jack Sartain. Four cautions slowed the pace, none for serious incidents. Duvall's margin of victory over Wolff was a whopping 4.243 seconds.
Max Eddie Thomas, Smith and Triston Dycus won their respective qualifying heats.
In earlier feature action, Kasinger drove past Tyler Lacy on lap 12 and hung on for top honors in a caution-plagued Factory Stock feature. Kasinger, of Broken Arrow, OK, started 12th and became the fourth driver to lead the feature after Tracy Pierce Jr, Chris Hewitt and Lacy all spent time on the point.
Lacy settled for second, while Hewitt crossed the line in third. Shawn Brownlee and Clent Southerland finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Tim Chainey Trucking Factory Stock A Main were Ronnie Drake, Anthony Shepherd Jr., Jimmy Owen, Jake Rumley and Scott Wilson. Eight cautions slowed the pace, with attrition taking a huge toll.
Twenty-one of 22 cars made the call for the feature, and only 13 remained on track after seven laps. The race was reduced from 20 laps to just 15 due to the carnage.
Creek County Speedway returns to action on Saturday, August 7, for their Fast Five Series program.
The USRA American Racer Modified Series now moves to Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, on Saturday, August 14.
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