LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 11) – Two more drivers are locked into Saturday’s IMCA Modified championship feature following qualifying feature victories on Night 3 of the 24th annual Karl Chevrolet Duel in the Desert at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Winners of qualifying features receive automatic bids into Friday and Saturday night’s championship features in four divisions at the Duel in the Desert: IMCA Modified, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and IMCA STARS Mod Lite.
Based on points, the top 15 starters for championship features are now set for each of the four classes. Each championship feature will carry up to 24 cars; the remaining spots will be filled on Friday and Saturday during their respective heat races and last chance qualifying races.
In IMCA Modified action on Thursday night, Jacob Hobscheidt of Plattsmouth, Neb., took the lead for good on lap seven and continued on to victory over Bricen James. Hobscheidt started from the pole after winning his heat race from the 10th starting spot.
Zane DeVilbiss of Farmington, N.M., won the second Modified qualifier over Zack VanderBeek. Both drivers were already locked into Saturday’s main event after they won qualifiers on Wednesday night.
DeVilbiss went on to lock into the Stock Car championship feature with a qualifying victory at the end of the night as well.
Ricky Thornton Jr. of Adel, Iowa, won for the third consecutive night, stealing the victory late from Chaz Baca. Thornton is the defending Duel Modified champion and will start from the pole in the Modified championship feature on Saturday night.
Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., started from the pole position and won the fourth and final Modified qualifier over Tim Ward.
Winner of the fourth and final Thursday night qualifying feature for IMCA Modifieds was Ethan Dotson. (Photo by Michael Boggs/Speedway Shots)
Zack Forster of Bakersfield, Calif. remained perfect in the STARS Mod Lite division, passing Darrick Knutsen for the win coming to the white flag.
Jorddon Braaten of Central Point, Ore., won the first Northern SportMod qualifier from the pole position. The victory was Braaten’s second of the week.
Chase Alves of Casa Grande, Ariz., took the lead in lapped traffic on the final lap to win the second SportMod qualifier over Dylan Van Wyk. Both drivers were already locked into Friday’s championship feature with victories earned on Wednesday night.
Brett Berry of Hays, Kan., won the third and final SportMod qualifier over Cole Suckow. It was Berry’s second qualifying win of the week.
Dallon Murty of Chelsea, Iowa, remained perfect in the IMCA Stock Car division, as he won his third qualifier of the week over Shelby Williams. DeVilbiss took the second of the two Stock Car features.
IMCA SportMod and STARS Mod Lite championship features will be held Friday night and IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Modified championship features running Saturday night.
Tickets and race information can be found at www.duelvegas.com.