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Salina Speedway Continues With Points Battles Friday Night

IMCA Modifieds are ready to go this Friday night! (Photo by DirtRacing.us)

IMCA Modifieds are ready to go this Friday night! (Photo by

Salina, KS – Every driver looks for 2 things every season. Drivers want to win a race during their current season and winning a championship is the goal at the start of every season.

As mmost drivers know, after 5 to 10 races every season the odds of winning a championship start to dwindle or they become a distinct possibility.

Friday night, July 18, 2014, Salina Speedway will continue their weekly battle for a points championship in 5 divisions, the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models, Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Budweiser Hobby Stocks and the AutoHouse Towing Mod Lites will all be battling it out.

There are points battles raging in every division. Since the halfway point of the season has come and gone, drivers who have a chance are making plans on what they need to accomplish each and every week to keep them in the hunt for a championship. Every race, every lap could affect the outcome of the title.

In the Late Model class Delbert Smith has set up permanent residnency at the top of the class. Smith, the champ from last season, has not been knocked out of the top spot in 2014. He has company though. Chris Kratzer has scored 3 wins this season and has now closed within 4 points of Smith, Daniel Smith, Delbert’s son, is also in the hunt 6 points back and Darrick Klima is in 4th just 9 points back. It’s a four horse race at this time and Delbert Smith won’t have the luxury of coasting to the end of the season.

A whopping total of 17 points separate 6 drivers in the IMCA Modified division. Like Delbert in the Late Models, Joe Cleveland is the reigning champ and currently holds the points lead in this ultra tight race. Mike Petersilie, Danny Morrison and Corey Lagroon are chasing the leader and all are within just 6 points of Cleveland. Brian Knoell and Jesse Richter are also on the outside and closing in on the leaders. Cleveland doesn’t have a clear cut advantage in this race to the championship. Morrison and Lagroon are former champs and they know, just like Cleveleand, what it takes to win it all. This race holds a lot of excitment heading down the stretch.

The IMCA Northern Sport Mod class is another one of those classes that contains a ton of tought competitors. It’s a fact that almost 80 percent of the competition has the chance at winning on any given night. Four drivers have broken away from the pack, Tyler Frye, Austin Carter, Clay Money & Nate Ginest. All of these passionate racers are separated by just 7 points. Carter got off to the hot start on the season, but lately it’s been Tyler Frye coming on strong. If the 1st half is any indication on what will happen down the stretch, look out! This could be an all out battle. Look for other competitors outside of the top 4 to play a role in spoiling the fun for a couple of drivers in the hunt for a championship.

Mike Traskowky has been the strongest competitor in the IMCA Hobby Stock class. Traskowsky leads the class in wins with 3 on the year. Each and every week Traskowsky seems to find his way to the front half of the field. Don’t look for this to change, but look for a few drivers to make life tough for him. Tony Slothower and Aaron McBride are right with Traskowksy, but they need to find their way into victory lane and have Traskowsky struggle some for them to take over the top spot. Like the Sport Mods, the Hobby Stocks have a lot of solid competition battling it out each and every week. Even though some drivers might be out of the championship hunt, look for these racers to play the spoiler role in the Hobby Stock championship.

Danny Morrison has been outstanding in the Mod Lites this season. So much so, that there is a bounty out on anyone that can beat Morrison to the checkered flag. Morrison has won 5 of 6 features on the season and if things continue Morrison could be well on the way to the championship. Justin Kinderknecht is the closest driver to Morrison in the points race. Kinderknecht is 2nd in the points 13 markers behind Morrison. Pride will factor in with the racers in this division. Who will step up their game and knock Morrison out of victory lane and out of the championship? It will be a battle of pride!

Start making your plans for Friday night, July 18th! Racing action gets underway with Hot laps at 7:15 p.m. and heat races shortly after that.

Adult admission is $10, with kids 15 & under FREE with paid adult. All seniors 55 and up are HALF PRICE with ID. All active & retired military are FREE with appropriate ID as well! Pit passes are $25.

Fans wanting to get the 411 on Salina Speedway just need to stay logged in to their home on the world wide web at http://www.racesalinaspeedway.com. As fans visit the site take a look at the 2014 schedule to see what classes are running, great stories and results and sign up for the Text & Email Blasts! You can also like their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/SalinaSpeedway or Follow on Twitter @SalinaSpeedway1.

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