By Mike Spieker
WACO, Texas (May 27) – Tyler Stevens raced to the win on night two of the IMCA Red River Modified Tour at Heart O’ Texas Speedway on Sunday, earning $1,000 and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Matt Guillaume, Kevin Sustaire and Stephens went three-wide for the race lead down the back stretch on lap 10. Guillaume fended off the challenge to remain in the lead as a caution reset the field on lap 11.
As the race resumed, Stevens jumped into second over Sustaire and set his sights on Guillaume. The following circuit, Stephens dove to the inside of Guillaume and completed a textbook slide job with 11 laps remaining.
Stevens opened up a four car length lead and Guillaume and Sustaire continued to battle for second.
A late race caution set up a green, white, checkered finish with Sustaire and Guillaume lined up in second and third, respectively. Stevens got a great start off turn four and ran the final two trips around the high-banked quarter-mile dirt oval unchallenged as the cruised to the win.
“I made a lap or two [on the high side] before we caught a caution and I felt a little grip. I knew nobody had been running up there so I thought there might be a little traction left,” Stevens said. “I ran up there a couple times and finally I got a good enough run to where I could slide [Guillaume] in three and four. It was fun racing. I had a blast.”
Sustaire, Guillaume, Eric Tomlinson and Chad Melton made up the rest of the top five.
Feature results – 1. Tyler Stevens; 2. Kevin Sustaire; 3. Matt Guillaume; 4. Eric Tomlinson; 5. Chad Melton; 6. Justin Radcliff; 7. Jeffrey Abbey; 8. Kevin Green; 9. Josh McGaha; 10. Chris Elliott; 11. Fred Wojtek; 12. Cory Davis; 13. William McGuire; 14. Colin Deming; 15. Chris Morris; 16. Erik Miles; 17. David Goode; 18. Dennie Gieber; 19. William Gould; 20. Clay Money; 21. Justin McCoy; 22. Matt Martin; 23. Drew Armstrong; 24. J.P. Dowell; 25. Chase Allen.