Monday, March 30, 2015

Ryland Uses Late Race Pass To Gain Antioch Victory

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Ryland Uses Late Race Pass To Gain Antioch Victory

Taking the lead from Jason Ferguson with five laps to go, point leader Fred Ryland went on to claim the victory in the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  The division ran as a support class to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race on Sunday evening. The win was the second straight at Antioch for Ryland and added to his point leads in the Antioch and IMCA Sport Mod State point races.

Marysville regulars Jimmy Ford, Ferguson and Jim Waller towed to Antioch for the special race.  Keith Brown Jr. won the first eight lap qualifying heat race ahead of Ford, while rookie Patti Ryland won the other heat race ahead of Chuck Golden.

All 16 IMCA Sport Mod competitors survived to start their Main Event.  Ferguson had a front row start for the feature and settled into the early lead ahead of Ford and Golden.  Waller was an early retiree and Ron Brown spun in Turn 4 for a lap six caution flag.  Ferguson chose the outside on the restart and continued to lead P. Ryland, as K.  Brown settled into third.  K. Brown and F. Ryland shuffled P. Ryland out of the Top 3 on lap ten, just before another yellow forced a lap thirteen caution flag.  Ferguson continued to lead K. Brown and Ford on the restart.  F. Ryland took third from Ford on lap 13 and made a high move in Turn 4 a lap later to grab second from K. Brown.  After a lap 15 caution flag, F. Ryland grabbed the lead on the restart.  Ryland repelled K. Brown's every effort and would collect the impressive victory. Ford brought it home a strong second with a late restart pass on K. Brown.  K. Brown settled for third as Al Sotomayor and Paul Mulder rounded out the Top Five.  Al Johnson was sixth ahead of K.C. Keller, Mark Squadrito, Golden and P. Ryland.

Next Saturday night, racing resumes at Antioch Speedway with a special Family Appreciation Night at the races as part of Easter Weekend.  IMCA Modifieds will headline a show that includes BCRA Midget Lites, Northern All Stars Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids in the infield and the drivers will do a special autograph session on the track.  For more information, see the official Oval Motorsports Website