SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 9) – Tanner Black and Kyle Heckman were repeat winners while Brian Osantowski and Matt Olson both made first visits to victory lane Saturday, on night four of the IMCA.TV Winter Nationals at Cocopah Speedway.
Black led every lap of the IMCA Modified feature but had to hold off the hard-charging Ethan Dotson for the $1,000 checkers. Heckman made his way to the front following a lap six restart, then outran Blake Adams and Michael Sheen as the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature stayed green the last 19 circuits.
Osantowski checked out on the rest of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod field before encountering lapped traffic and three late cautions, finally running away from Miles Morris and Austen Becerra in a one-lap dash to the finish.
And Olson led all 25 laps of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature before ending Eric Knutson’s streak of three straight Winter Nationals wins by the width of his bumper. Knutson made his charge toward the front from 16th starting.
Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Wednesday winner Black drew the pole and led Casey Skyberg the first 13 times around the track. Dotson had topped the Thursday feature at Somerton from 12th starting and was in third following the last of three lap 11 restarts.
Dotson used the extreme high line to make it close, coming up just short. Skyberg, Jerry Flippo and Jeff Larson rounded out the top five.
Sixty-two Modifieds were among the 156 IMCA entries from 18 states on Saturday.
Heckman motored from third to the front following the only restart early in the Stock Car feature to add a bookend trophy to his hardware from Thursday evening. Friday winner Blake Adams got the best of Michael Sheen in the battle for third.
The fourth different Northern SportMod winner in as many nights, Osantowski built up a big led before Fred Ryland caught up in traffic. He pulled away again, as Morris, Becerra and Erik Laudenschlager all passed Ryland on the last lap. Hard charger Taylor Kuehl drove from 17th starting to sixth.
Olson made his way to victory lane following the closest finish through the first four nights of Winter Nationals. Knutson came up just inches shy in his bid for a fourth straight win at Cocopah and third went to Steve Bitting Jr.
The IMCA.TV Winter Nationals conclude with Jan. 14, 15 and 16 shows,
Modifieds – 1. Tanner Black; 2. Ethan Dotson; 3. Casey Skyberg; 4. Jerry Flippo; 5. Jeff Larson; 6. Ricky Alvarado; 7. Zane DeVilbiss; 8. Russell Allen; 9. Jason Wolla; 10. Chris Morris; 11. Kenny Wallace; 12. Ryan McDaniel; 13. Bricen James; 14. Michael Thing; 15. Dave Cain; 16. Shawn Natenstedt; 17. Grey Ferrando; 18. Joey Price; 19. Kollin Hibdon; 20. Brandon Beckendorf; 21. Casey Arneson; 22. Tim Ward; 23. Alex Stanford; 24. Aaron Johnson.
Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Heckman; 2. Blake Adams; 3. Michael Sheen; 4. Bo Partain; 5. Brock Badger; 6. Race Fisher; 7. Zachary Madrid; 8. Nicholas Johnson; 9. Andrew Burg; 10. Scott Sluka; 11. Tony Hill; 12. A.J. Dancer; 13. D.J. Werkmeister; 14. Donald Schott; 15. Hunter Cavanagh; 16. Patrick Humphrey; 17. Joe Gallaher; 18. Steve Livingston; 19. Andy Altenburg; 20. Aaron Spangler; 21. Rob Stenvold; 22. Dale Jay Kibel.
Northern SportMods – 1. Brian Osantowski; 2. Miles Morris; 3. Austen Becerra; 4. Erik Laudenschlager; 5. Fred Ryland; 6. Taylor Kuehl; 7. Logan Anderson; 8. Bo Partain; 9. Brady Bjella; 10. Chase Hansen; 11. Chris Toth; 12. Chase Alves; 13. Matt Mayo; 14. Kelly Henderson; 15. Camron Spangler; 16. Kevin Johnson; 17. Cam Reimers; 18. Jimmy Davy; 19. Nathan Rolfe; 20. Shane Paris; 21. Ty Rogers; 22. Jake Nelson; 23. Josh Most; 24. Darren Medler; 25. Ron Schreiner.
Hobby Stocks – 1. Matt Olson; 2. Eric Knutson; 3. Steve Bitting Jr.; 4. Brycen Daffern; 5. Brett Vanous; 6. Brandon Bombardo; 7. Tim Gonska; 8. Scott Tenney; 9. David Crimmins; 10. Zack Tate; 11. Chandler Dodge; 12. Andy Pearce; 13. Brian Johnson; 14. Mark Merlen; 15. Jacob Rowley; 16. Ron Roe; 17. Shawn Rico; 18. Jason Duggins; 19. Pete Terwilleger; 20. Mitchell Mohler Sr.; 21. Joshua Cordova; 22. Justin Harrah; 23. Larry Rust; 24. Matt Schlamann.