Friesen holds off Franz to win from the Pole in O'Reilly/NCRA Modified Series BELLEVILLE, Kan. (Sept. 4, 3005) -- Jason Friesen led all the lead from the pole, holding off a late race challenge from Brian Franz, to win Saturday at the famed ...
Friesen holds off Franz to win from the Pole in O'Reilly/NCRA Modified Series
BELLEVILLE, Kan. (Sept. 4, 3005) -- Jason Friesen led all the lead from the pole, holding off a late race challenge from Brian Franz, to win Saturday at the famed Belleville High Banks in the O'Reilly/NCRA Modified Series.
Friesen took the lead at the green and stayed there for the entire race, but not without it's anxious moments later. Franz has not had good results at Belleville this year and is locked in a tight points battle with Chad Wheeler. Franz won the B and started in 11th, with Wheeler starting a couple of spots in front.
But it was Franz who began moving quickly through the field, as he picked up three spots in the first half-dozen laps. Five laps later he was third, behind Friesen and Scott Green who had started on the outside of row one.
The trio pulled away from the others but no one could really challenge Friesen for the lead. After banging the outside retaining wall several times, Green finally rolled to a stop to have officials pull back sheet metal from the right side of his racecar. That moved Franz into the runner-up spot for a restart with just three laps to go.
Friesen got a good jump on the restart and was able to hold off Franz and Wheeler, who had moved into third, to the checker.
Franz finished second with Wheeler third. Renfro was fourth, his best finish of the season, with Gilchrist in fifth.
It was Friesen's first win of the season and his second career NCRA modified series win. His first win was last year at his home track, Junction Motor Speedway. The series moves on to there next weekend for a pair of complete shows which is good for Friesen. The Sutton, Neb., hot shoe has recorded finishes of second, third, fourth and first in the last four races and going home for two days works to his favor.
Franz won the second night at Junction last year, so he'll have a bit of an edge over Wheeler who has never run there before.
1. Jason Friesen, Sutton, Neb.; 2. Brian Franz, Newton, Kan.; 3. Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla.; 4. Don Renfro, Wichita, Kan.; 5. Shannon Gilchrist, Derby, Kan.; 6. Greg Stephens, Wichita, Kan.; 7. Marc Hurd, Wichita, Kan.; 8. Marc Robe, Wichita, Kan.; 9. Brent Burkhart, Hutchinson, Kan. 10. Brian Powers, Wichita, Kan.; 11. Brian McGowen, Wichita, Kan.; 12. Joe Cleveland, Bennington, Kan.; 13. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; 14. Alan Dix, Stockton, Kan.; 15. Glenn Thompson, Garden City, Kan.; 16. Scott Green, Derby, Kan.; 17. Steve Burch, Junction City, Kan.; 18. Steve Withee, 19. Travis Govern, Wichita, Kan.; 20. Mike Miller, Wichita, Kan.; 21. Dustin Briley, Goddard, Kan.; 22. Kurt Johnston, Concordia, Kan.; 23. Troy Johnson, Concordia, Kan.; 24. Ed Putnam, Esbon, Kan.