Pounds, Heckman run 1-2, 2-1 in IMCA Modified features at Budweiser Nationals

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Oct. 9-10) – Brad Pounds and Kyle Heckman both had first- and second-place finishes to show for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified outings at Bakersfield Speedway’s 30th annual Budweiser Nationals.

Pounds led all 40 laps on Friday while Heckman gained the lead midway through Saturday’s main event. Both features paid $1,500 to win.

Newly-crowned 2015 and now four-time track champion Pounds worked his way around front row start­ers Derek Nance and Carla Laney for the early lead on opening night.

The seventh starting Heckman moved up into the second spot by lap 15 but was unable to put up a major challenge on Pounds. Bobby Hogge IV, Troy Foulger and Collen Winebarger rounded out the top five.

The same pair contested for the Modified win on Saturday night as well.

Ethan Dotson led the first lap from the front row before John Piker escaped unhurt from a flip in turn one. Dotson led pole starter Heckman before a yellow on lap 19, then pulled into the infield and out of the race prior to the restart.

Pounds had transferred into the feature through a “B” and started 13th but was on the move to­wards the front. He was running second by lap 30 and on the white flag lap moved alongside Heck­man to challenge for the win.

The pair rubbed hard coming down to the checkers with Heckman winning by a bumper’s length over Pounds with Roger Holder and Hogge trailing. Fifth was Kyle Yeack.

Pounds’ win put him on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Heckman was al­ready vote eligible, having won the Mike Moser Classic at Bakersfield in August.

Following his track championship season, Nick Spainhoward put his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod into the lead on the opening round and led every circuit for a $1,500 Saturday win of his own.

At the halfway mark, Spainhoward led Ricky Childress Jr. as the pair pulled away. Spainhoward, using the ultrahigh groove, held off Childress’ lower groove challenges to win the over Childress and Gary Dutton.

Oct. 9 Feature Results

Modifieds – 1. Brad Pounds; 2. Kyle Heckman; 3. Bobby Hogge IV; 4. Troy Foulger; 5. Collen Winebarger; 6. Roger Holder; 7. Levi Kiefer; 8. Ethan Dotson; 9. Robby Sawyer; 10. Jake Gal­lardo; 11. Daylan Coffey; 12. Ryan Daves; 13. Clay Daly; 14. Mike Kirby; 15. Steve Noland; 16. John Piker; 17. Carla Laney; 18. Derek Nance; 19. Billy Wormsbecker; 20. Bryan Clark; 21. Lo­gan Drake; 22. Chett Reeves.

Oct. 10 Feature Results

Modifieds ­– 1. Heckman; 2. Pounds; 3. Holder; 4. Hogge; 5. Kyle Yeack; 6. Kiefer; 7. Foulger; 8. Darrell Hughes II; 9. Kirby; 10. Sawyer; 11. Tom Malcolm; 12. Daly; 13. Nick DeCarlo; 14. Noland; 15. Chad Reichenbach; 16. Coffey; 17. Dotson; 18. Winebarger; 19. Bill Bartels; 20. Daves; 21. Bill Egleston; 22. Piker.

Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward; 2. Ricky Childress Jr.; 3. Jay Marks; 4. Michael Johnson; 5. Nick Sylvester; 6. James Cecil; 7. Billy Simkins; 8. Kevin Johnson; 9. Michael Black; 10. Austin Frye; 11. Brenda Kirby; 12. Rocky Caudle; 13. Brylon Holder; 14. Brian Cooper; 15. Tim Cecil; 16. Matt Mayo; 17. Traci Childress; 18. Brian Baker; 19. Paul Harrison; 20. Chris McKel­lar; 21. Jared Schweitzer; 22. Wayne Dotson.