IMCA Modified checkers fly at Arlington for Stinehart

Todd Stinehart topped the IMCA Modified main event at Arlington Raceway, edging Clint Hat­lestad for the Saturday checkers. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)

ARLINGTON, Minn. (Sept. 19) – Todd Stinehart was the fourth and final leader in Saturday’s IMCA Modified feature at Arlington Raceway.

Rick Nelson paced the first four laps before he was forced pitside. Trent Loverude took over the top spot and built a commanding lead while Stinehart and Clint Hatlestad were fighting for second.

On lap 13, Loverude’s engine let loose and he exited the track giving the lead to Stinehart. Hat­lestad fought hard and took the lead on the 18th lap, then ran side-by-side with Stinehart the last two laps. 

As they were coming out of turn four, Hatlestad was a nose ahead, but Stinehart edged past him right before the checkered flag. Third went to Toby Patchen. 

Bill Johnson led from the sixth circuit to the finish of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature and Chad Schroeder topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.

Winner of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock headliner was Cory Probst. Matt Looft led the way in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.

The Mach-1 Sport Compact feature saw 24 cars start the race and Matt Speiss led all the laps except the ones that counted as he got caught up with Alan Lahr when Lahr was attempting to make a pass to take the lead.  Both ended up spinning out in an incident that gave the lead and eventually the win to Austin Frederiech.