By Greg Aregoni
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. ((May 2) – Two past champions played a game of cat and mouse in front of a stellar field to figure out who would take home the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified top prize of $1,000 in Saturday’s Gandrud Chevrolet Red, White and Blue special at 141 Speedway.
The man leading the field at the checkered flag was Shawn Kilgore and the man trailing was defending champion Johnny Whitman.
Kilgore made quick work of pole starter Brad Theys in the opening corners to start the feature, then worked up top while Whitman used a three-wide pass to make his way to second on the second lap.
Kilgore had a five car length lead that Whitman ate up by lap 11. Whitman tried different lines and found bite down low but Kilgore fended him off and then went to the bottom of the track himself.
Whitman continued to try different lines to get around Kilgore in the final laps but to no avail. Kilgore led Whitman past the finish line nose to tail, Kilgore collecting $1,000 for the victory plus another $210 in lap money along with a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Mike Mullen drove to a third place finish in front of Jay Matthias and Eric Mahlik.
Feature winners in the other sanctioned divisions were Kyle Frederick, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars; Ryan Lemieux, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods; and Brandon Kaye, Mach-1 Sport Compacts.