Rodgers is good as gold at Silver Dollar

Tyler Rodgers’ raced to his second Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod checkers of the season Friday at Silver Dollar Speedway. (Photo by Jessica Cucuk)

By Ben Deatherage

CHICO, Calif. (June 28, 2024) – Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods returned to Silver Dollar Speedway for their third visit of the 2024 campaign and Tyler Rodgers returned to victory lane following their Friday night feature.

Rodgers took control when the green flag was unleashed. The Chico chauffeur beat Shaun Merritt from the front row. Before too long, Ray Lindeman got around Merritt for second. The caution came out for the first time with two laps scored complete, which tightened up the field.  

Lindeman secured second as Rodgers again took off. Mike Ficklin Sr. tried to chase down Lindeman for second but that battle came to a halt with five circuits complete due to another yellow.

However, on the restart, as Rodgers and Lindeman checked out, Ficklin was under fire for third as Scott Savell made it around him with seven laps complete. As the race remained green, the field began to spread out. 

The race was interrupted one last time with eight trips past the flag stand remaining, after the third running, Savell got into the front stretch wall. When the green returned, Rodgers briefly went off the edge of the backstretch allowing for Lindeman to try and pounce on the opportunity.

Lindeman tried to get around but Rodgers was just a little bit quicker. Around the same time, the race for third was equally exciting, with Fickling, Merritt and Savell all going at it. Ficklin secured third with just a few laps to go.

Rodgers remained subscribed to the top shelf and won his second race of the season at Silver Dollar, the first checkers coming on May 10.

Lindeman was second, followed by Ficklin, Merritt and Savell. 

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