Last-lap pass nets Clancy $1,000 IMCA Modified win at US 36

Chad Clancy led the lap that mattered the most in topping the June 7 $1,000 to win IMCA Modified main event at US 36 Raceway. Clancy earned a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot nod with the victory. (Photo by Judy Staley)

By Jacob Blair

OSBORN, Mo. (June 7) – With $1,000 on the line Friday night at US 36 Raceway, the IMCA Modifieds battled for 20 laps before the top check had a recipient.

Chad Clancy led only the last lap but took home the big money and earned a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star ballot with the victory. Cory Wray had to settle for second while Scott Brown came back from an early race incident to finish third. Clay Hale and Jim Masoner Jr. made up the rest of the top five.

After several early cautions, Wray and Clancy settled into the top two spots. Both ran the bottom of the track. Clancy could roll the center of the corner better than everyone on the race track but couldn’t get the drive off to move to the inside of the leader.

With two laps to go, it looked as though Clancy had conceded and would settle for second. Instead Clancy went to the high side, somewhere he hadn’t been all night. 

Clancy didn’t have much time, but the top had some grip and Clancy closed the gap to Wray as the white flag flew. Clancy went high in turn one, and with the built-up momentum, blew by Wray off turn two. Clancy protected the bottom in three and four and picked up win number three in 2019, leading just one lap. 

Mike Moore was the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner and 10th starting Blake peeler paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. 

Steven Clancy has figured out something the rest of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod field has not as he picked up win number five on the season.

Feature results – 1. Chad Clancy; 2. Cory Wray; 3. Scott Brown; 4. Clay Hale; 5. Jim Masoner Jr.; 6. Benjie Douglas; 7. Shayne Bailey; 8. Brandon Williams; 9. Michael Dotson; 10. Jacob Brock; 11. Darren Shaw.