By Mike Spieker
ARDMORE, Oklahoma (June 1) – Kevin Sustaire dominated Friday’s feature to close out the IMCA Red River Modified Tour at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.
Already on the Fast Shafts Invitational ballot, he earned $1,500 for the victory while Chris Elliott was the best driver through six rounds and earned the inaugural tour championship.
Thirty-one IMCA Modifieds rolled off three-wide to start the tour finale. Sustaire wasted no time moving to the front as he charged from the middle of row two to the lead on the opening lap. A caution on lap two regrouped the field.
On the restart, Cory Davis and Matt Guillaume filed into second and third, respectively, as Sustaire showed the way.
A few more cautions kept the field bunched up, but the second half of the race had a long green flag run. Sustaire checked out from the field in the closing stages as he became the sixth different winner in as many nights. Davis and Guillaume rounded out the podium as Chris Bragg prevailed in an incredible battle for fourth. Fred Wojtek rounded out the top five.
“It’s been a long week. We’ve had some ups and downs. I told our team we were going to give it everything we had tonight to get this one done,” said Sustaire in victory lane. “It finally worked out.”
It was a tight points battle all week long, but Elliott emerged on top. Elliott edged out Jeffrey Abbey by a mere five points to take the championship. Sustaire, Wojtek and Josh McGaha rounded out the top five in the standings.