Pirkle paces IMCA Modifieds at Showdown, feature win is sixth straight at Kennedale

Jacob Pirkle ran his Kennedale Speedway Park streak to six straight wins, then told announcer Dink McCullough about his IMCA Modified victory at the season-ending Showdown special. Photo by Mike Frieri)

KENNEDALE, Texas (Nov. 6) – Jacob Pirkle has to be sorry his season is over.

Pirkle won his sixth straight IMCA Modified feature at Kennedale Speedway Park, topping the Saturday night Summit Racing Equipment Showdown main event.

The checkers were good for $1,500. 

“The car was just hooked up,” said Pirkle, who had started fourth and took over in front following a restart midway through the 25-lapper. “We had a lot of lapped traffic but navigated through those guys.”

Track champion Glen Hibbard was runner-up and Razor Chassis South Central Region champion William Gould ran third. Paul White and Buddy Ables completed the top five.

Pirkle had won has last five starts at KSP during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season. He was already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, having won the Fall Finale at Boyd Raceway in October.

“I’ve raced Kennedale on and off for probably 15 years,” he said. ”It’s a bullring and that fits my driving style.”

Car owner Brandon McElroy pinch hit with regular driver and brother-in-law P.J. Egbert under the weather and won the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, held in memory of the late Kirk Martin.

The personable Martin, a long-time driver and former regional champion, was remembered throughout the weekend at Kennedale. Drivers signed a banner that was presented to his family and displayed at his memorial service Saturday morning in Weatherford.

Brandon McElroy made a rare start and won the Kirk Martin Memorial feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars during Kennedale’s Showdown special. (Photo by Karen Davis)

The win paid $1,069 and made McElroy eligible to qualify for the B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational. 

Lance Hanson Jr., 11th starting Jerrett Bransom, Jason Riddle and Damon Hammond completed the top five.