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    Jason Deal puts his No. 7 through its paces during the Late Model hot lap session Friday. Travis Dockery • Clay County Progress

Deal thrills at Tri County Racetrack

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It was an eventful night Friday, May 3 at Tri County Racetrack in Brasstown. Along with the first points races for the track regulars, the Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified series were also on the schedule. 

While the Iron-Man series was the special event of the night, the moves made during the Late Model feature brought the crowd to their feet. Kenny Collins turned quick-time in qualifying to earn the top starting spot for the feature. Jason Deal rode the cushion to clear Collins and bring the field under the flag stand to lead lap one. The pair continued to battle throughout the first half of the race. In a well timed attack, Collins completed a classic slide job move on the exit of turn two to claim the lead. Not to be outdone, Deal repaid the favor with a crossover move that launched him back into the number one position for good. Collins held on for second and Hayesville’s Brian Kinnersly finished third. 

The Iron-Man feature event saw drivers battle for $1500. Amos Bunch lead the opening laps but was quickly challenged by Clayton Miller. The two battled tire-to-tire for a handful of circuits before Miller finally wrestled away the lead. Once out front, Miller’s No.15 checked out and cruised to the victory with Bunch in second and Wayne James in third. 

Quite possibly the race of the night came in the Modified Street feature event. Mike Davidson was the first to see the green flag and led the pack into turn one to get the race underway. The field jockeyed for position before briefly falling into a single file line. Davidson was saved from a challenge from Michael Barnett by a caution due to a slowing car on the track. On the restart, Barnett again launched an attack, even briefly taking the lead. After charging hard into turn three, Barnett’s car washed up the track in turn four which allowed Davidson to come back in the low lane. The duo’s battle allowed the third through fifth place cars to close in and with two laps to go, the outcome was anyone’s guess. Davidson was able to clear Barnett and get away from any other hard charge to get the win. Barnett settled for second and John Howard crossed the stripe in third. 

Johnny Burnette was the beneficiary of a race of attrition and took the win in the Street Stock race. Johnny McClure repeated as the Pony winner and Justin Green got the Front Wheel Drive victory. In the Rookie 602 feature, youngster Colton Berrong got his first career win. 

The track will be back in action Friday, May 10 as it welcomes the Spring Nationals Super Late Model series with a $4,000 winner’s prize. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. 

By Travis Dockery Sports Writer

Clay County Progress

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