Hensley flawless in first Northern SportMod win

By Don Martin II

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (June 13) – Josh Hensley ran a smooth race up front and was rewarded with his first career 20 lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory Saturday at Chowchilla Speed­way.

Hensley had to deal with pressure from Rick Diaz and Keith Brown Jr. throughout the race. However, Hensley kept his cool and led every lap in victory.

Diaz suffered a flat right rear tire with seven laps remaining and surrendered second to Brown. Brown tried making the low pass for the win but settled for second. Diaz charged back to finish third ahead of Nick Tucker and Marisa Odgers.

Watsonville visitor Tim Clark Jr. won the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA IMCA Modified 20-lapper.

Clark grabbed the lead from early leader Ray Mayer on a lap 11 restart and led the rest of the way. Contact sent Mayer spinning from second on lap 18. Harley Turner finished second.