Thursday, January 18, 2018

Double Dose of Morrison Opens Mid-America Clash 3

SalinaSpeedway (2)SALINA, Kan. — Announcer Jerry Jones announced Danny Morrison Jr. as the winner of a race not once, not twice, not even three times, but FOUR times on Friday night as the Mid-America Clash 3 opened at the Salina Speedway.

Two individual clean sweeps were in the works for the Morrison team, starting with the Auto House Mod Lites. Morrison easily cruised past lapped traffic and to the win over a hard charging Mike Zrubek with James Hill piloting Chad Shartzer’s #56S to third and Brandon Gray in fourth. Immediately following the finish the Brian Davidson owned Mod Lite broke on the scale, leading Morrison to bail out and in to the nearby awaiting cockpit of the IMCA Modified. Josh May, Justin Kinderknecht, Earl Kinderknecht, and Morrison won the heat races with Jason Roe winning the B Feature.

Morrison had more of a challenge in the $2,000 to win 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modified feature, but was still able to hold off former National Champion David Murray and Darrick Klima, who returned to an IMCA Modified for the first time in over a year at the speedway and finishing second. Colorado driver Ryan Gaylord finished third while Jerry Phillips’ bid to win three straight at the speedway came up short in fourth. Morrison and Phillips won the heat races.

In a display of true skill Austin Carter took home the hardware after having to drop to the back early in the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car feature. He worked his way up through the field and to the win, outlasting Angel Munoz, Jason Rogers, and Perry Misner. Munoz and Carter won the heat races.

Daniel Gottschalk continued his dominance of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods, working past Nate Ginest and to the opening night win. Ginest finished second, Dakota Sproul third, and Fred Traskowsky fourth. Gottschalk, Kurtis Pihl, and Rodger Peck won the heat races.

Continuing his resurgence over the second half of the season was Woodbine’s Mike Traskowsky in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division. Traskowsky made short work of a stout field, holding off repeated tries by Shay Simoneau to take the lead. Simoneau settled for second with Kelly Pihl third and Jason Cleveland fourth. Pihl, Kyle Pfeifer, and Simoneau won the heat races.

Tonight is the final night of the Mid-America Clash 3 and of all racing at the Speedway in 2015. Race time is 6PM.

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