Thompson is quickest around Springfield oval

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 27) – James Thompson took the early lead and then held back Jet Rac­ing Central Region Point leader Steven Bowers Jr., Bobby Pearish and Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modified track point leader Jody Tillman in becoming the third different in three events Satur­day at the “Quick-Quarter” of the Springfield Raceway.

Thompson, who started fourth, quickly went topside to open a large lead early in what proved to be a caution-free 20-lap feature. 

Pearish moved to the extreme high side in giving chase as Bowers was slicing his way to the front while battling with Tillman. 

Thompson used the tight races behind him to pull away but Pearish started to reel in the race leader just past halfway while Bowers was using every inch and every lane of the smooth, slick surface in gaining ground.

On lap 15, Bowers caught Pearish and the duo gained on Thompson quickly. On lap 18, Bowers made a huge run on Pearish and made the slide job stick to grab second while Tillman was com­ing on strong. 

Up front, Thompson was making sure he hit his marks as Bowers was running out of time in the quick paced feature. Thompson rode his Hayden Machinery Equipment ride to the win with a fast-closing Bowers, Pearish, Tillman and young Shawn Duncan rounding out the top five after a hard three-car battle for the spot.