Chris Humblet Dominates Modified Opener at Dominion; E.J. Kinney Back in Victory Lane in UCAR Feature

Thornburg, VA – Eric Fowlkes was the fastest car in group qualifying this past weekend at Dominion Raceway as the IMCA style modifieds took to the high-banked, .400-mile oval for the second to last time in 2017. Fowlkes earned the pole by laying down a 15.819 (91.03 mph) second lap. He would, however, take the green flag in the third position after inverting the top three on the grid. Handing the front row over to defending track champion Chris Humblet. Adam Medek would keep his second-place qualifying position while points leader Jimmy Humblet started fourth and Tony Fowler rounding out the fastest five qualifiers.

The invert seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for Chris, who wasted zero time jumping out to the lead, commanding the pace of the race. An early caution slowed the pace of Chris Humblet, giving pole winner Fowlkes another shot to get around the defending champ but could not do so. He and Jimmy Humblet would settle in line clicking off laps.

The field would be slowed two more times due to the yellow flag. The third and final time after the entire front stretch was blocked and multiple cars received damage. Things got wild when Adam Medek got loose off turn four in front of half the field with fewer than ten laps to go. Ends up over correcting and heading back towards the outside wall when mayhem ensued. Mike Bedner, Bubba Johnston, Tony Fowler, and Ryan Pritt all got a piece of the action that brought out the red flag. Medek was the only one not able to rejoin the field.

Fowlkes looked to capitalize on what would be the final restart. With a solid run off of turn four Fowlkes would lead at least one of the 35-laps before a small hiccup allowed Chris Humblet to take the top spot back. With not enough laps left on the board, Fowkles would be forced to settle with a second place finish over Jimmy Humblet, Bubba Johnston, and Warren Lipford – who by the way was able to replace the motor in his No. 43 modified that he lost earlier in the day.

The Modifieds will be back in action one final time this season on October 21st where a champion will be crowned.

 

No. 55 E.J. Kenny celebrates his third victory of the 2017 campaign at Dominion Raceway on October 14, 2017. (Photo: Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

E.J. Kenny found his way back to Radley Chevrolet Victory lane this past weekend after starting on the front row in the 25-lap UCAR feature. Kenny was the fastest car in group qualifying over Daniel Thomas, Aaron Donnelly, Alex Ayers, and Kris Kurtz. Kenny and Thomas would simply swap spots on the front row after the invert was determined to be the top two.

Thomas, who was a regular competitor at Southside Speedway this year, proved that he earned his position at the front of the field when the green flag was displayed leading the first twelve circuits. In a race that only witnessed two caution periods, but a ton of action throughout the field, Kenny was able to work his way around the No. 72 of Thomas for the top spot and it was pretty much game over after that. The win was Kenny’s third official victory of the 2017 season. Daniel Thomas was able to hang onto a second place finish in just his third start this season. Don Schumann and Alex Ayers – another Southside Speedway regular –would finish third and fourth respectively. Rounding out the top five finishers was the No. 31 of Aaron Donnelly who clinched the 2017 UCAR track championship with 19 starts, 6 wins, 14 top fives, and 19 top ten finishes.

 

Modified UNOFFICIAL Results:

  1. #20 Chris Humblet; 35
  2. #2 Eric Fowlkes; 35
  3. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 35
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 35
  5. #43 Warren Lipford; 35
  6. #4 Ryan Pritt; 35
  7. #5 Tony Fowler; 33
  8. #29 Adam Medek; 23
  9. #99 Mike Bedner; 23
  10. #88 Harvey Thomas; 23

 

UCAR UNOFFICIAL Results:

  1. #55 E.J. Kenny; 25
  2. #72 Daniel Thomas; 25
  3. #11 Don Schumann; 25
  4. #96 Alex Ayers; 25
  5. #31 Aaron Donnelly; 25
  6. #2 Kris Kurtz; 25
  7. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  8. #8 James Johnson; 25
  9. #39 Andrew Lang; 25
  10. #77j Jack Johnston; 25
  11. #15 Mark Marshall; 25
  12. #68 Brandon Coates; 24
  13. #1 Michael Frayser; 24
  14. #3 Ed Johnson; 24
  15. #13 BeeJay Anderson; 13
  16. #16 Derek Hoak; 4
  17. #71 Jon Pritt; 1
  18. #12 Ryan Pritt; 1

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