SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 27) – Veteran Jody Tillman showed everyone he hasn’t forgotten the way to victory lane Saturday at Springfield Raceway.
Tillman took advantage of a lap 16 caution and then rode the top groove to pass defending IMCA Modified champion James Thompson to keep the new winners streak going at The Quick Quarter of Jerry Hoffman’s Springfield Raceway.
On the initial start, Thompson quickly shot from seventh to overtake Shawn Duncan and Andrew Smith to take control by lap three and began to open ground on the field. Tillman, who started ninth in the 20-lap feature, began to pick his way forward by searching both the high lane and low lanes.
The turning point of the feature occurred on lap 16 when Smith went off the end of turn three while in a three-wide battle for position.
Tillman picked the high groove on the restart. He worked the cushion and passed Thompson two laps later, then held off Thompson’s late surge on the bottom lane to become the fifth different feature winner at Springfield this season.
Following the duo to the finish were Duncan, Trevor Drake and Adam Kaltenbach.
Springfield Raceway will take the holiday off and resume Bad Boy Mower IMCA Modified action on July 11.