Garner wins wild one in Marysville

Mark Garner became the third and final different leader in Saturday’s Friesen Performance Northern SportMod main event at Marysville Raceway. (Photo courtesy of Marysville Raceway)

By Ben Deatherage

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (May 11, 2024) – The stars of the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod division invaded Marysville Raceway on Saturday and Antioch veteran Mark Garner shined the brightest in the May 11 show.

The first few laps were a wild and wacky affair. K.C. Carpenter jumped out to the lead but got sideways around lap two and Phillip Shelby took over the top-place position.

Shelby got the field back to green but was struck with horrible luck when his powerplant expired shortly after the restart. Garner became the third different leader in the two completed laps.

Despite a brief period when he was under a bit of pressure, Garner put on a clinic for the rest of the distance. He went on to claim his first victory of the season and bounced back from a rough outing the night before at Silver Dollar Speedway. 

The race for second remained a nail-biter. Jimmy Ford was constantly challenged for the runner-up position. Ray Lindeman made several attempts to overtake Ford but unfortunately both got into a lapped car, resulting in Lindeman coming to a halt late in the race.

As the race wound down, Ford successfully defended second at the line, and a three-car contest for third erupted on the final circuit. Carpenter was the lead car of that three-battle for third.

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