Leach scores electrifying win at Great Falls

Tyler Leach won his first Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature of the season Saturday at Electric City Speedway. (Photo by MVI Motorsports Photography)

By Ben Deatherage

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (May 11, 2024) – Electric City Speedway was back to it on Saturday, May 11. The Great Falls 3/8-mile hosted the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds for their third race of the 2024 campaign.

Sun River teenager Tyler Leach seized the lead in a battle with Taylor Johnson right from the start. The race was a nail-biter, with Devon Jadwin and John Price dueling for second place while both tried to catch up with Leach.

As the green flag run developed, the contest for second became a three-car affair. Cody Kuglin came to call, taking over just before the third caution flag of the race waved. Before the stoppage, Leach had a big  advantage over the rest of the field.

Leach was excellent on the restart, setting a rapid pace on the high side in turns one and two and utilizing the bottom in turns three and four before another yellow came out, bunching the field up.

On the ensuing restart, six-time and defending track champion Joey Price got an excellent restart and began to put lots of pressure on the top-place position. Price was persistent on the inside line but Leach’s momentum swung in his favor on the high side.  

Leach seemed to secure the lead with three laps to go, only for Price to mount a late charge on the final circuit, but the youngster Leach beat him in a close finish at the line for his first victory of the season.

Travis Shumate was third.

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