Another long tow to New York ends with another IMCA Modified win for A.J. Ward

A.J. Ward’s 1,100-mile round trip to Outlaw Speedway paid off with the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature Spring Nationals feature win. (Photo by Greg Mesler)
By Paul Szmal and Kenny Shupp
DUNDEE, N.Y. (April 21) – Another long trip to New York ended with another IMCA Modified fea­ture win for Michigan speedster A.J. Ward.
The two-time defending Dirt Works Eastern Region champion chalked up his sixth victory in seven New York State starts, and career 82nd win in the division, by passing Will Ward on the last of 20 laps at Outlaw Speedway’s Spring Nationals on Saturday.
A late restart helped open the door for A.J. Ward, who’d taken the initial green flag from fifth start­ing. He ran side-by-side with Will Ward before eking ahead to take the checkers by close to a cou­ple car lengths.
Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, A.J. Ward earned $1,000 for the win. Will Ward, the defending state champion, was second and third went to Brandon Smith.
Feature results – 1. A.J. Ward; 2. Will Ward; 3. Brandon Smith; 4. Tyler Stoddard; 5. Kody John­son; 6. Mark Griffin; 7. Gary Lamphere; 8. Keith Jack Lamphere; 9. Keith Lamphere; 10. Rodney Morgan; 11. Billy Ward; 12. Jake Maynard; 13. Phil Yaw; 14.  Sparky Hills; 15. Todd Stone; 16. Gary Roberts.