Matt Jenner wins Battle at the Border at Banks

Matt Jenner motored to the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified checkers Saturday, opening night at Sunset Speedway Park. (Photo courtesy of Sunset Speedway Park)

By Ben Deatherage

BANKS, Ore. (May 11, 2024) – Sunset Speedway Park got its 2024 opening night in the books on Saturday with Friesen Performance IMCA Modified entries from Oregon and Washington duking it out at the Banks Bullring.

Veteran Don Jenner took off on the initial start. The Vancouver, Wash., native maintained a significant lead during a 13-lap green flag run.

However, the race took a dramatic turn on the 15th circuit.

As he approached lapped traffic, a slower car collided with Jenner, sending both to the infield. Fortunately, Jenner was able to drive away, but the incident significantly altered the course of the race as Jenner was piloting a wounded chariot.  

On the ensuing restart, he was eventually overtaken by another Jenner family member, Matt.  Also from Vancouver, Wash., Matt Jenner dealt with several cautions and challenges from potentially overtaking him.

Jenner led the rest of the distance to win the Battle of the Border for his native state of Washington. Chaz Wilder made the trip from Elma, Wash., well worth it as he managed to claw his way to second.

And despite having a rollercoaster of a feature Seabeck, Wash.’s Craig Moore rebounded nicely to the final step of the podium, in third. 

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