Bethany checkers fly for Stallbaumer

Tim Stallbaumer was the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature winner Saturday at Bethany Speedway. (Photo by Judy Staley)

By Chet Querry

BETHANY, Mo. (June 27) – With a new running order every time around the oval, Tim Stallbaumer was the leader of the 15th and final circuit of Saturday’s Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature at Bethany Speedway.

Stallbaumer found his way to the front and never looked back as he picked up the win from the eighth starting spot. Tim Eaton held the lead for a few laps about mid-race and finished second. Steven Clancy and Chris Wright stayed in close contact the entire race and finished third and fourth, respectively. 

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature started with Mich Ross and Steve Starmer on the front row. From the drop of the green flag for about four laps they stayed side by side with Ross on bottom and Starmer on top.

Starmer adjusted his line to the bottom as the top lost just a little speed after an early caution and followed Ross for a few laps. The top changed as it had very few cars on it for a few laps and Starmer went back up there. While all that was happening, J.J. Baumli was working his way through the field and into third.

Starmer made the cushion work and ran side-by-side the last five laps with Ross. At the check­ers, Starmer drove to the point and picked up his first win of 2020 at Bethany. Ross was a close second with Baumli third.

Steven Bowers also started eighth and worked his way forward in winning the IMCA Modified main. Chad Clancy and Josh Munsen rounded out the top three.