By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo By: USRA
MEEKER, Oklahoma (July 30, 2021) — Veteran open-wheel racer Joe Duvall drove inside of Tyler Wolff to take command with just 10 laps remaining and hung on to win the third annual Cowboy 100 for the USRA American Racer Modified Series on Friday at Red Dirt Raceway.
Jonathan Jarvis (Pure Stock); John Kilmer (Mini Mods) and Dillon Berglan (Turf Tire Micros) were also feature winners on a perfect night for racing in central Oklahoma.
Duvall, of Claremore, started sixth on the 23-car grid and steadily worked his way up into contention. Nathan Hagar drove from 11th on the grid to get by Tyler Wolff for second in the late stages, while Wolff settled for third after leading 76 laps.
Nathan Smith and Max Eddie Thomas finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The teams had the benefit of a 10-minute break at lap 60 before concluding the race. Duvall's team used that time very wisely.
“I moved around a whole lot during those first 50 or 60 laps,” Duvall said in Victory Lane. “I wanted to see what was out there for bite tonight. Tyler got out there fast and was really hauling the mail, I was almost afraid he was going to lap me.
“We just put our heads together during the break, and came up with a plan. I really thought the top was too demanding; it's pretty technical. In the heats, you're just right on the edge. I'm not too bad here, but I would have had to contend with Tristan (Dycus) had he not got taken out. I hated to see that for him.”
Duvall knew he had his work cut out for him as the race progressed, watching Wolff set a fast pace.
“He was out in his own zip code for most of this thing,” he added. “We had that other restart, and I was able to get by Nathan. I was able to get to the top and get a good run off Turn 4. I thought I might slide the tires coming off of Turn 2, but it was just too early. I want to thank everybody who helps us out.”
Hagar was pleased with his performance, executing a smart strategy for the extended-distance event.
“With about 15 laps to go, the bottom really cleaned up nice,” he said. “In about five more laps this place would have turned into a one groove track, it was starting to take rubber pretty good. We started deep in the field, I knew for 100 laps I had to save the tires and not overwork the car early. It paid off.”
Wolff felt this one slip away after setting the pace for over 70 laps around the wide, 1/4-mile oval.
“Those last few laps he (Duvall) was running around the bottom, and I was just sitting back there,” he explained. “It's usually the reverse, which is good for him. I'm very proud of those guys. I was going to try and work the top to get back up there, but just came up a little short. I came here to put on a show.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the third annual Cowboy 100 were Tyler Davis, Tristan Dycus, Mark Smith, Jon Herring Jr. and Jared Baird, who led the first 12 laps. Four cautions slowed the pace, the most notable at lap 77 when Smith spun Dycus out while he was running third.
Dycus had transferred into the Cowboy 100 by winning the B Feature and was on a march to the front.
In earlier feature action, Jarvis drove past early leader Jeff Rozelle to claim the caution-plagued Pure Stock A Main. Colby Kasinger started third and finished second, while Jimmy Owen was bumped up to third after Ben Frey failed post-race technical inspection.
Stephen Grimes and Robert Steele completed the top 10 in a race where only 10 of 18 starters were running at the finish. Some nights, they run smooth without a hitch. Friday night, that was not the case.
The USRA American Racer Modified Series now moves to Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK., for another points-paying show tonight (Saturday), July 31. Red Dirt Raceway will leave the gates closed in August but swings back into action on September 10 with the fifth annual Fallen Hero 50.
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