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BREAKING NEWS

Modified madness

With 82 International Motor Contest Association Modifieds gracing the track at Nodak Speedway, Sunday’s $2,000 grand prize was anybody’s to claim.

But shortly after the beginning of the A-Main, it became clear that all but one driver would be competing for a consolation finish.

Arkansas native Jeff Taylor led from start to finish, collecting victory in the first of six Cooper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour races.

Taylor opened perhaps his biggest lead of the night within the first five laps before a caution flag evened the field. There were seven cautions during the race, all of which brought the field to within striking distance of the victor.

But each time, Taylor reopened an insurmountable lead.

Ryan Rutter – one of four drivers to hold second place during the race – finished 1.388 seconds behind Taylor for second place. Shawn Strand finished third while Brian Mullen and Adam Larson rounded out the top five.

The IMCA Stocks A-Main was even more lopsided.

Elijah Zevenbergen was equally dominant, leading each of the race’s 25 laps to collect a landslide victory. He finished 14.313 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Kody Scholpp.

Minot native and seven-time track champion Nathan Burke finished third, Perry Misner took fourth and Dalton Flory crossed the finish line in fifth.

Unofficial Results

IMCA Stocks

Heat 1: 1. Kody Scholpp; 2. Michael Vennes; 3. Dave Swallers.

Heat 2: 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Austin Daae; 3. Joe Flory.

Heat 3: 1. Greg Wichman; 2. Dalton Flory; 3. Perry Misner.

Heat 4: 1. Nathan Burke; 2. Billy Preston; 3. Jordan Durward.

B-Main 1: 1. Matthew Speckman; 2. Chris Ellis; 3. Scott Yale; 4. Zach Frederick; 5. Blaine Durward; 6. Aden Clark.

B-Main 2: 1. Jake Lunderby; 2. Gregg Mann; 3. Cody Nelson; 4. Jake Nelson; 5. Justin Striefel; 6. Brenden Elits.

A-Main: 1. Zevenbergen; 2. Scholpp; 3. Burke; 4. Misner; 5. D. Flory.

IMCA Modifieds

Heat 1: 1. Rusty Kollman; 2. Drew Christianson; 3. Donovan Sorenson.

Heat 2: 1. Spencer Wilson; 2. Ryan Rutter; 3. Hunter Marriott.

Heat 3: 1. Lance Mari; 2. Mark Dahl; 3. Aaron Turnbull.

Heat 4: 1. Shawn Strand; 2. Brian Mullen; 3. John Hansen.

Heat 5: 1. Randy Artz; 2. David Murry Jr.; 3. Eric Sinness.

Heat 6: 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Jeffery Larson; 3. Allen Kent.

Heat 7: 1. Chris Bragg; 2. Curt Lund; 3. Tim Ward.

Heat 8: 1. Jordan Huettl; 2. Steven Pfeifer; 3. John Flory.

B-Main 1: 1. Christianson; 2. Murry Jr.; 3. Sinness; 4. Wayne Johnson.

B-Main 2: 1. Rutter; 2. A. Larson; 3. J. Larson; 4. Kent.

B-Main 3: 1. Lund; 2. Darin Duffy; 3. Ward; 4. Turnbull.

B-Main 4: 1. Hansen; 2. Pfiefer; 3. Flory; 4. Mullen.

A-Main: 1. Taylor; 2. Rutter; 3. Strand; 4. Mullen; 5. Larson.

Joe Mellenbruch covers legion baseball and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @Mellenbruch_MDN.