Simmons scores first career IMCA Modified win

Dakota Simmons earned IMCA Modified career win number one on May 10 at Lee County Speedway. (Photo by DM Racing Photography)

By Brian Neal

DONNELLSON, Iowa (May 10) – Dakota Simmons raced to the first IMCA Modified victory of his career Friday at Pepsi Lee County Speedway.

Levi Smith and Simmons led the field to green in the Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Sim­mons grabbing the early lead. Simmons started to pull away from the rest of the field before the first and only caution appeared on lap eight.

On the restart, Simmons jumped back out front with Bill Roberts Jr. and John Oliver Jr. close be­hind. Oliver got past Roberts on lap 10 but by then Simmons had built up a straightaway lead.

Coming to the white flag, Oliver had cut Simmons’ lead down to about three car lengths but that was as close as he could get, as Simmons went on to claim his first career Modified win.

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Josh Barnes motored to his second Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compact win of 2019.