By Anthony Sandoval
EAST MOLINE, Ill. (June 18) – Jason Bahrs knew he had the car to win at Quad City Speedway’s Open Wheel Onslaught on Wednesday night.
He just had to wait for the right time to use it.
Bahrs started fourth in the Rock Island County Fair special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and squeezed his way into second behind Milo Veloz Jr. by lap two and bided his time as the two gradually caught up with the back of the pack.
On the ninth circuit, Veloz became trapped behind a lapped car, allowing Bahrs to scoot by on the outside.
Bahrs led the final 21 laps en route to his career first fair race win and a spot on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.
”He has the capability to win a race even if he doesn’t have the best race car,” Bahrs said of Veloz. “He’s a challenge anytime we’re at the race track.”
I was seeing where he was going to run and trying to figure out what it was going to take to get around him,” he added. “I showed him the nose and saw where he moved. Once I decided what was going to work out, I was able to get around him
A three-time winner of the fair week special, Veloz ended in the runner-up spot. Greg Durbin, Terry Rentfro and Troy Cordes completed the top five.
Feature results – 1. Jason Bahrs; 2. Milo Veloz Jr.; 3. Greg Durbin; 4. Terry Rentfro; 5. Troy Cordes; 6. Brandon Durbin; 7. Jeff Joldersma; 8. Chris Lawrence; 9. Matt Werner; 10. Rob Henry; 11. Joe Jones; 12. Eric Barnes; 13. Brian Bushong; 14. Josh Starr; 15. Kevin Goben; 16. Todd Dykema; 17. Justin Veloz; 18. Nathan Hall; 19. R.J. Gonzales; 20. Leland Bushong.