Becerra, Carter cash in on finale night

By Brian Neal

DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 19, 2022) – A lot of money was up for grabs at the Lee County Speedway Friday night, in the Drive For 5 finale for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and Drive For 3 finale for Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods.

Cayden Carter and Andy Eckrich earned the most passing points in their heat races to lead the field to green in the B & B Propane IMCA Modified Photo Daddy 50-lap feature. Carter grabbed the lead over Austen Becerra and Eckrich.

Becerra followed in Carter’s tire tracks. The duo entered lapped traffic on lap 14, which Becerra used to take the top spot away from Carter on lap 15. Action was slowed for the first time on lap 17 for debris and Carter slid past Becerra after the restart to gain the lead back. Becerra then chase Carter to the halfway break.

When the 10 minute time limit horn sounded, it was time to go back to green. Carter jumped back out front, with Becerra and Eckrich following. Carter looked like he was going to pull away as he entered traffic on lap 36.

As he struggled to get by those lapped cars, it allowed Becerra to close in quickly. On lap 39, Becerra slid past Carter to take over the top spot. Becerra then pulled away to pick up his sixth win of the season at Lee County Speedway. This win for Becerra, already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, was worth $5,000.

Carter settled for second and Eckrich was third. 

Austen Becerra celebrates from the roof of his Friesen Performance IMCA Modified after claiming a $5,000 victory in the Drive For 5 finale feature Friday at Lee County Speedway. (Photo by MF Photography)

Austin Schrage and Dakota Girard gained the most passing points in their heat races to earn the front for the 40-lap Discount Tire & Services Northern SportMod Drive For 3 feature. Girard paced the field out front through four early cautions while Adam Birck, Logan Anderson and Brayton Carter, who started 11th, stayed close to his back bumper.

Anderson and Girard exchanged sliders from laps eight to 12 for the top spot, before Anderson finally took command of the lead on lap 13. Heavy lapped traffic on lap 15 set up a great battle for the top spot until the caution on lap 19 slowed the action. This would also be the halfway break.

After the 10 minute time limit to change anything on their cars except tires, the field was set to go back to green flag racing. Anderson moved back out front with Girard and Birck getting by Carter for second and third, respectively.

Carter gained the runner-up spot back on lap 23, and then went to work on Anderson for the lead. The duo entered traffic on lap 30 and two laps later Carter was able to clear Anderson for the top spot. Anderson tried to challenge Carter over the next four laps, when Carter made a bold move coming out of turn four to clear two lap cars on lap 37.

This allowed him to drive away for his sixth win of the season at the track. The win was worth $3,500 as Kohlmorgan Hauling put up an extra $500 to the winner. Anderson was second and Tyler Heckart battled back from the rear after losing his fuel cap on the start to finish third.

Brayton Carter scored a $3,500 win in the Drive For 3 Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod finale feature Friday at Lee County Speedway. He is pictured with promoter Brian Gaylord. (Photo by MF Photography)

Dennis Woodworth was the IMCA Sunoco Late Model winner, Nathan Ballard’s $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory made him B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible and Brandon Reu was the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact winner by the width of his front bumper.