Clash runner-up Ryan is first-time winner at Antioch

Jason Ryan Jr. raced to his Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod career-first feature win Saturday at Antioch Speedway. (Photo by Katrina Kniss)

By Candice Martin

ANTIOCH, Calif. (May 13, 2023) – After finishing second in Central California Clash standings, Jason Ryan Jr. won his career-first Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature Saturday at Antioch Speedway.

With the pole position start, Dylan Connolly set the early pace ahead of Jonathan Hagio. A yellow flag waved for a four-car crash in turn four. Connolly continued to lead the restart with Tommy Fraser and Ryan moving into second and third, respectively.

Connolly did an impressive job of leading the way in his pursuit of a first-time win and maintained the point through two more yellow flags.

On a lap 16 restart, Ryan started challenging Fraser for second before slipping past him on lap 17. Ryan turned up the heat on Connolly before finding his opening on the back stretch on Lap 17 to gain command. Ryan went on to victory from there ahead of Connolly, Fraser, Trevor Clymens and Kenny Shrader.

From Oakley, Ryan had run third in the Clash opener at Antioch on May 3.

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