Pray prevails at Tri-City for first IMCA Modified win

Tanner Pray was a first-time IMCA Modified winner Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway. (Photo by Steve Marsh)

By Roger M. Williams

AUBURN, Mich. (May 24) – Tanner Pray cruised to his first-ever Allstar Performance IMCA Modi­fied feature win on Outdoor Adventures Night at Tri-City Motor Speedway. 

With other venues canceling earlier in the afternoon, the field was again bolstered with 29 drivers hoping to find their way to victory lane.

Brody Bowser and Don Sautter battled during the first seven laps of the 20-lap feature. Sautter had the field covered until he lost power in turn four, ending his night with a premature exit and what proved to be a 19th place finish. 

Former track champion Myron DeYoung inherited the lead. He had his hands full during the se­cond half of the race as Matt Szecsodi  and Pray pressured him through every corner.

On lap 17, Pray used the high line coming out of turn two and cleared DeYoung for the lead.  From there, Pray motored to his first ever feature victory. Szecsodi completed the event with a second place effort and was followed by DeYoung, last week’s winner Mitchell Hunt and Brenten DeYoung.