By Greg Aregoni
FRANCIS Creek, Wis. (Aug. 8) – Shawn Kilgore has earned accolades in his racing career and as of Saturday he can add Red, White and Blue Series champion to the list.
Kilgore picked up the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win in the finale of the series. He earned two victories and a second place finish in the three-race swing. Kilgore receives a crate motor from Gandrud Chevrolet for his efforts. He also won $1,210 for his Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory.
What proved to be the race-winning move was at the drop of the green flag.
Kilgore made quick work of the field as he jetted from his outside front row starting spot and into the lead. Kilgore built up a straightaway advantage in just three laps.
Johnny Whitman made his way from fifth to second in those same three laps but had a straightaway deficit to overcome. Whitman searched the whole speedway trying to catch the leader as Kilgore entered lapped traffic on lap nine.
Kilgore had to be a little cautious over the last five laps as he got behind cars fighting for position. This allowed Whitman to reel in the leader. Kilgore took his time, however, and never pushed the issue in taking the win.
Whitman got to within two car lengths on the final corner but finished second. Kyle Kudick finished third after a race-long battle with Eric Scribner. R.M. Van Pay rounded out the top five.
Other feature winners included: Barry Van Straten in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Kelsy Hayes in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mike Zitzer in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.