Night two Freedom Cup wins to Muth, Sanders

Brett Muth became a first-time Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature winner on night two of Cottage Grove Speedway’s Freedom Cup special. (Photo by Jason Davenport Photography)

By Ben Deatherage

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 5, 2024) – Night two of the Freedom Cup holiday special at Cottage Grove Speedway saw Brett Muth race to his first Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win.

The hometown hero, third in the opening night main event, led every lap of the non-stop feature and took the checkers ahead of Thursday winner Jake Mayden and Kevin Williamson.

Muth started on the outside of the front row, kept Kevin Williamson and Bennett Bray of Roseburg in check when the green flag waved and promptly started to check out.

Williamson, with a busted component on his right front, fought hard to maintain second but was soon challenged by Mayden, who in turn had his hands full with Aaron Sheelar.

Mayden finally broke through on the 18th circuit with a double overtake. He had a lot of speed and began chomping into Muth’s advantage but ran out of time to run down the leader.

Sheelar and Zane Miner chased Muth, Mayden and Williamson across the stripe.

After racing from 11th to win the July 4 show, Matt Sanders started 10th and duplicated the checkers-taking feat in Friday’s Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod headliner.

Jason Ferguson took control of the top spot at the drop of the green flag. A skirmish ensued between David Schmidt and Jesse Williamson for second. Schmidt was able to keep ahold of the position before a caution on lap five.

Williamson was masterful on the restart and surged into second before trying to run down Ferguson. The Meridian, Calif., transplant was under heavy fire on lap eight and briefly lost the lead, only for a yellow to come out.

When the race resumed, Sanders continued a thrilling run, passing Williamson for second on the 11th circuit. Ferguson found himself under heavy fire, with Sanders trying to work the bottom while Williamson tried the high side.  

Williamson made the top work and drag-raced Ferguson on the backstretch to grab first place on lap 15. Sanders quickly dispatched Ferguson the next time around and began to run down Williamson.

The two dueled briefly before Sanders got to the front on the 19th pass across the line. He then took off from Williamson and company to dominate the rest of the way.

Williamson and Ferguson were second and third, respectively, on the podium. Schmidt ended his night fourth while Daniel Ray completed the top five.

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