Wilson, Hensley are IMCA winners at Merced

By Don Martin II

MERCED, Calif. (Aug. 30)  – Alex Wilson continued his drive toward the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified championship at Merced Speeway with his fourth victory of the season Sunday night.

Wilson grabbed the lead early on from Ricky Thatcher and prevailed in a side-by-side battle with his brother Kyle Wilson before pulling away to the impressive win.

Thatcher had a front row start and led just two laps before Wilson slipped underneath him.  A lap five yellow slowed the pace and Kyle Wilson drove past Thatcher for second.  Ramie Stone was third and the crowd was treated to two very close battles.

Kyle Wilson ran the outside with Alex on the inside. Kyle barely beat Alex back to the line to lead laps nine through 11 before a low move on lap 12 got Alex back in front.

Kyle was back in front on lap 15 but Alex again came back strong on the inside to regain the lead on lap 16, then pulled away for the win.

John Hensley drove a flawless race after taking the lead from Andy Welch and won his second local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature of the season.