Kanke, Goodyear Capture Southwest Series Victory M.K. Kanke won a stirring duel with Craig Raudman to capture his second straight Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, victory. Kanke used his win in the Foods 4 Less 150 to pad his Series...
Kanke, Goodyear Capture Southwest Series Victory
M.K. Kanke won a stirring duel with Craig Raudman to capture his second straight Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, victory. Kanke used his win in the Foods 4 Less 150 to pad his Series points lead.
"That was too much fun," Kanke said.
Raudman, the Bud Pole Award winner, led from the start until Kanke caught him and took the lead on lap 102. Over the next several laps the veterans traded the lead back and forth like a pair of heavyweights intent on a double knockout.
"Those Goodyear tires were awesome," Kanke said. "The new generation Goodyears are awesome. You can push it and get them hot and it comes back."
Raudman, a racecar chassis builder by trade, said, "The tires are what make these cars go."
Kanke beat Raudman to the finish by 0.363 seconds and set a record for the Series by averaging 91.185 mph over the 150-lap distance. The race was slowed by only one caution period.
Scott Lynch finished third, Darrell LaMoure was fourth and Mark Reed finished fifth.
** Stacy Puryear won the Naturally Fresh Dressings 200 USAR Hooters Pro Cup race at Jennerstown Speedway, beating Donnie Hill to the finish by 0.3 seconds.
Mike Herman Jr. finished third, Mardy Lindley took fourth and Mart Nesbitt came home fifth. There were five lead changes during the 200-lap chase around the half-mile oval.
Charlie Ford won the Lance Snacks Pole Award.
Herman now leads the Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division with Donnie Hill second. Jay Fogleman leads the Southern Division with Steve Christian second.
** Goodyear teams enjoyed their best day of the 2001 National Hot Rod Association season in the Mac Tools Gator Nationals. Goodyear Eagles won eight of the 12 divisions in which a Goodyear competitor was entered. The eight final round wins bring Goodyear's win total to an industry-leading 29.
Rickie Smith beat Kirk Kuhns in the Pro Mod class, earning a spot in the NHRA's record book as the class winner in the first NHRA national Pro Mod race.
John Force grabbed his second win of the season, beating Dean Skuza in the Funny Car final. It was the 94th final round win of Force's career.
Larry Dixon beat Gary Scelzi in the Top Fuel finals, Jeg Coughlin captured the Pro Stock final for the second time this season and Greg Stanfield defeated Randy Daniels in Pro Stock Truck.
Jeff Taylor got his second win of the season in Competition Eliminator, Peter Biondo grabbed his first final round win of the season in Super Stock and Malinda Bertozzi won the Super Comp final.
** Johnny Law survived a battle with other front-runners to win the Florida Sprint Car Association's Goodyear Outlaw Series race at Lake City Speedway.
Otto Scrape finished second, Terry Schaffer was third, Steve Stone came in fourth and George Pedrick was fifth in the wild chase around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
Law passed Stone on the ninth lap to get the lead, then had to hold on while things got exciting behind him. Schaffer was second when the final lap started but he ran out of fuel as he headed into the third corner. Scrape, the defending Series champion, sped by to get the second spot.