Third win for Bowers at U.S. 36

Steven Bowers Jr. made a return visit to victory lane at U.S. 36 Raceway following his Friday night IMCA Modified victory. (Photo by Judy Staley)

By Jacob Blair 

OSBORN, Mo. – Steven Bowers Jr. motored to his third IMCA Modified win of the season at U.S. 36 Race­way Friday night. 

Shayne Bailey jumped to the early lead and would pace the field. Before the first caution of the race on lap seven, Bailey had stretched the gap out comfortably, while Bowers and Chad Andersen started their journey through the field. 

By halfway, both Bowers and Andersen had worked their way into the top five. While Andersen momen­tarily stalled out in the fifth position, Bowers charged up to second and began working different lines trying to find a way around Bailey. As Bowers made his move with five laps to go, the second and final caution of the race flew, keeping Bailey at the point.

On the restart, Bailey earned some breathing room and looked well on his way to Westfall GMC Victory Lane. With two to go, though, Bowers found a little more speed on the cushion and worked around Bailey to pick up his third win of the year at Osborn. Bailey finished second, with Andersen in third.