Ward rewarded with $10,000 on opening night of Clash at the Creek

Tim Ward topped an opening night field of 79 entries at 141 Speedway’s Clash at the Creek, earning $10,000 for his career 99th Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature victory Tuesday night. (Photo by Dan Lewis)

FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 11, 2024) – A regular at 141 Speedway’s Clash at the Creek since 2018, Tim Ward could recall “hanging around for a while” before falling back and out of contention in his best prior outing in the Francis Creek.

That changed Tuesday night as Ward took charge after midway of the 50-lapper for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, earning $10,000 and his career 99th victory in the class.

“This is such a tough place to win,” Ward acknowledged, after matching career-best paydays from the 2021 Land of 10,000 Lakes Tour finale and last year’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event.

“I was one of the favorites here last year, started 13th, got up to sixth and just ran out of time,” he said. “This time I had a really good race with Jake (McBirnie) the first half. It reminded me of Super Nationals – we raced really hard.”

The one caution flew on lap 27. Ward beat Benji LaCrosse … winner of Tuesday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature … to the stripe by 1.4 seconds.

“He always runs really good here,” Ward said of LaCrosse. “He’s a master of this place.”

Dylan Thornton, Jordan Grabouski and Joel Rust completed the top five.

Seventy-nine Modifieds vied Tuesday night. Ward had gone into the night tied with his father Rick for 70th place on the all-time wins list for the division.

“It was pretty cool to be tied with my dad,” said Ward, who began his racing career in his native state of Arizona before relocating to Iowa. “As a kid starting in go-karts, that was something I never thought I’d do.”

Stock Car winner LaCrosse and Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod winner Cory Kemkes both earned $1,000 for those efforts.

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