Childress Goes Back To Back In Sport Mod Action, While Burnes Dominates Mod Feature
Hanford, CA- Racing returned to the “King of the Dirt Tracks” on Friday night, and a stellar crowd on hand saw non-wing ace, Ryan Bernal break through and grab his first career winged sprint car win during the Duinkerken Farms King of Kings feature event, while Ricky Childress, Jr scored his second consecutive win with the RaceChic IMCA Sport Mod’s, and Bryan Burnes was dominant during the McAlister’s Auto IMCA Mod feature event.
With 22 winged sprint cars in attendance on Friday night, it was Mike Faria and Craig Stidham leading the field to green. As Faria got the initial jump, it was Hanford, CA product, DJ Netto making a couple of big moves to officially lead the first lap, before the caution flag flew.
As the action came back to life, Netto would nearly see his machine get upside down, but was able to save it as he continued to lead. Behind Netto, sixth starting Ryan Bernal was making he
With Netto making the high, scary side of the speedway work, Bernal tracked him down as he continued to run the bottom, and brought the crowd to edge of their seat as he was all over Netto in lapped traffic.
Coming out of turn four, Bernal was able to grab the top spot on the 15th lap, just before a caution flag flew, and bunched the field back up. With Bernal out front, Netto continued to run in the second spot while Cory Eliason, and Heath Duinkerken battled for the final position of the podium.
A couple of late restarts gave Netto a couple of opportunities to battle for the lead, but Bernal was too good on this night, as he kept Netto at bay, as he picked up the win with Netto finishing in second, Duinkerken third, Eliason fourth, and Craig Stidham rounding out the Top-Five.