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April 24, 2014

Blozovich, Fullenkamp, Hughes and Becerra take checkers

BLOOMFIELD — On April 19 at the Mountain-Dew Bloomfield Speedway 59 entries checked in for four exciting classes sponsored by Mountain-Dew Kick-Start. The featured class was the Mike’s Tire & Alignment Sport Mods racing for $500 to win.

In the Kirkland Auto Hobby stock division an exciting battle between Dane Blozovich of Exline and Nick Ulin of Agency going wheel-to-wheel for 10 laps with Blozovich scoring his first at Bloomfield but second of the season. Ulin who once again came close but settled for another runner-up spot. Jason See of Albia took home third and Ben Grove of Eldon raced his way from 12th starting spot to finish in fourth.

The Kollison Korner Sport Compacts would see two drivers battle it out with Austin Becerra of Carthange, Ill. and last week’s winner Kassidy Kirkpatrick of Ottumwa battling for all 14 laps with good close racing. Becerra made the long trip pay off for him scoring the win and fourth of the season. Kirkpatrick took second and Larry Hopkins of Ottumwa third. The hard charger of the night Trent Orwig of Blakesburg who would race his way from the 14th starting spot to finish fourth and pocket the extra $50 donated by Kirkpatrick Racing. An un-named fan also donated a cool $100 towards the sport compact purse to celebrate a sweet 16 birthday.

The Taylor Automotive Stock cars saw Mike Hughes of Oskaloosa take the win holding off several challenges and a couple cautions that closed the field up, but Hughes was too strong in the Nathan Wood backup car. The runner-up spot went to Derrick Agee of Huntsville, Mo. with Louis Lynch having a nice run to take third and veteran driver Jerry Pilcher in fourth.

The final feature was the 18 lap sport mod main event paying $500 to win, with five different drivers leading laps in the Mike’s Tire & Alignment feature. Jared Miller of Bloomfield looked to be the class of the field leading 13 of the 18 before a motor problem would end his run. Brandon Dale of Gorin, Mo. looked to be a repeat winner but a left rear wheel was packed full of mud causing a very bad vibration as he went into the work area. This would turn the lead over to Ryan Fullenkamp of Bloomfield as he would hold off several challenges from Jason McDaniel of Eldon. McDaniel would lead the 17th lap and the two would battle side-by-side on the final lap with six inches deciding the victory at the finish line with Fullenkamp taking the win. McDaniel in second and Jim Walker of Mystic starting 12th and taking third. The fourth spot going to Adam Shelman of Ames.

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