Hood handles IMCA Modified foes at 281

Brandon Hood topped the Saturday IMCA Modified main event at 281 Speedway. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography
By J.M. Hallas
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (March 31) – Brandon Hood took home the hardware in Saturday’s 20-lap IMCA Modified main event at 281 Speedway.
Hood, who was running the bottom, got by early leader Jeffrey Abbey, who was up top, just be­fore halfway. From there Hood crept away for the win.
“The bottom line was where it was at,” said Hood. “Abbey jumped out there pretty quick. He was a little tight and I knew that I had to be there whenever he made a mistake.”
“You’ve got to be pretty patient when you run against those Abbey boys. They’re pretty good, every single one of them,” he continued. “They race you clean and I love racing with them.”
Devin Burgess led flag-to-flag for the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod victory while Michael Childs started near the back of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field and ended in the win­ner’s circle.
Scott Newbury took the lead on lap three and used slower traffic to finally shake Julia Childs on his way to the Mach-1 Sport Compact win.