Dotson hits paydirt in Superstition finale, Hollatz, Ryland also grab IMCA victories

Ethan Dotson took the $5,000 IMCA Modified feature win Sunday, on the third and final night of Arizona Speedway’s Superstition Showdown. (Photo by Tom Macht,

By Ben Deatherage 

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (Feb. 14) – Ethan Dotson’s timing was perfect on the final night of Arizona Speed­way’s Superstition Showdown.

Dotson started third and surged to the front at the start of the $5,000 to win IMCA Modified feature.  A pair of cautions waved on the sixth lap but after that, it was smooth sailing. The Bakersfield, Calif., chauffeur checked out on the final restart and the race remained green for the balance of the distance.

Lapped traffic came into play the last five laps and Dotson slowed while navigating through the slower cars. Dotson maintained his lead but experienced a bit of a scare when his driveline spat out of his car coming to the checkers. 

“I was lucky it happened there,” Dotson said following his fourth and latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature win of the season. “A lot of things go into winning and not breaking earlier and drawing well are part of a package deal.” 

Tanner Black finished second with third going to Friday and Saturday winner Jake O’Neil. Tripp Gaylord and Cody Laney completed the top five.

More than 100 IMCA entries were in the pits for the Superstition finale. Chanse Hollatz was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and Fred Ryland tamed the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.

Hollatz took control following an early restart in the Stock Car main, mastered ensuing restarts and really excelled on the open race track. George Fronsman posted a second-place finish with Kevin Roberts third. 

The Northern SportMods ran non-stop following a caution on the initial start. Ryland checked out in becom­ing the third different Superstition Showdown winner in as many nights, ahead of Matt Sanders and Chase Alves.