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World Short Track Championship Heat Races Set Field for Pro Modified Feature

Friday’s Drydene World Short Track Championship Heat races set the first ten rows of the field for tomorrow’s Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modified Feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. With 44 Pro Modifieds on site, less than half the field secured their position in the Championship Feature, leaving 24 cars to battle for the remaining spots tomorrow in two Last Chance Showdowns prior to the main events.

The first of four Heats went to the No. 44 of Jeff Parsons, who was fastest in Qualifying Group A and second overall. Wes Helms came out strong, piloting his No. 98 from P. 7 to P. 2 in the first lap, and then pressed on the leader when Patrick Field blew up, causing a restart with two laps to go. Helms stole the lead from Parsons for just a moment, ultimately finishing in second. Steve Axtell, AJ Belanger and Caleb Fulp all grabbed their spots in tomorrow’s Feature.

Robert Poole dominated Heat 2 in the No. 25, taking the lead on the first lap and holding it to the end. Behind him, Chris Stowe took second from Justin Blevins, who started on the pole. Daniel Parker charged up from P. 56 to challenge Blevins, but had to settle for 4th. Kevin Pangrazio, who lost a wheel during the first set of Hot Laps at the onset of today’s event, took the final transfer spot.

Ty Norder was not so lucky. Coming out for Heat 3 his front right wheel just wasn’t spinning at all and he pulled off the track, ending his night before the race even begun. Trey Stemper led all six laps, after a charge from Buck Stevens had the two going wheel to wheel out of turn 4 into the final lap. Preston Blalock, who had worked his way into fourth from his seventh starting position, lost four spots going into turn four as he battled Kevin Dugger for third, but managed to work his way back up to a transfer position behind the 92 of Larry Martin.

Jake Barneycastle, who spun out during Hot Laps, jumped to an early lead in the fourth and final heat, stealing the lead from Lawson Rogers on the backstretch. A number of hits, spins and cautions made for an exciting race, but the highlight was the final lap as Rogers made a charge on Barneycastle for the lead and the two came together, knocking doors in turn four before Barneycastle took the checkers. Greg Brownm, Ryan Morgan, and Chase Cardwell secured their spots in tomorrow’s Feature.

HOOSIER RACING TIRE PRO MODIFIED RESULTS:

Qualifying Flight-A  – 1. 44-Jeff Parsons, 18.452; 2. 50-Justin Blevins, 18.518; 3. 4-Caleb Fulp, 18.569; 4. 25-Robert Poole, 18.603; 5. O7-Steve Axtell, 18.671; 6. 52-Chris Stowe, 18.818; 7. 60X-Dean Noseworthy, 18.871; 8. O3-Dylan Smith, 18.891; 9. O4-Cole Wagoner, 18.935; 10. 21-Chris McKeehan, 18.961; 11. 24-AJ Belanger, 18.982; 12. 10-Daniel Parker, 19.086; 13. 98-Wes Helms, 19.134; 14. 42-Kevin Pangrazio, 19.135; 15. 8-Cameron Campbell, 19.155; 16. 417-Joey Johnson, 19.292; 17. 18B-Keith Baker, 19.388; 18. 28-Mike Beasley, 19.475; 19. 7-Steve Hines, 19.605; 20. 3-Dennis Brewer, 19.772; 21. 86-Brandon Lambert, 19.793; 22. 5-Mack Coxe, 19.817; 23. 72-Patrick Field, 20.446

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 20-Trey Stamper, 18.42; 2. 14-Lawson Rogers, 18.613; 3. 23-Buck Stevens, 18.632; 4. 2J-Jake Barneycastle, 18.696; 5. 2T-TY Norder, 18.73; 6. 312-Greg Brown, 18.806; 7. 7D-Kevin Dugger, 18.871; 8. 121-Chase Cardwell, 18.907; 9. 62-Jason Adams, 18.942; 10. 95-Brandon Woodcock, 18.976; 11. 17B-Case Daniels, 18.985; 12. 15-Morgan Widener, 19.031; 13. OO-Preston Blalock, 19.04; 14. OOB-Todd Bradburry, 19.081; 15. 92-Larry Martin, 19.106; 16. 19K-Ryan Morgan, 19.323; 17. 23K-Kenny Kallam, 19.402; 18. 2020-Joseph Sanoske, 19.541; 19. 50C-Ronnie Covey, 19.858; 20. 18M-Landon Mitchell, 20.098; 21. 99-Michael Woodcock, 20.948; 22. 5S-Brian Strickland, NT; 23. 13-Kevin Hulstein, NT

Drydene Heat #1 – Flight (A) (6 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 44-Jeff Parsons [1]; 2. 98-Wes Helms [7]; 3. O7-Steve Axtell [3]; 4. 24-AJ Belanger [6]; 5. 4-Caleb Fulp [2]; 6. 60X-Dean Noseworthy [4]; 7. 8-Cameron Campbell [8]; 8. 18B-Keith Baker [9]; 9. 28-Mike Beasley [13]; 10. O4-Cole Wagoner [5]; 11. 86-Brandon Lambert [11]; 12. 72-Patrick Field [12]; 13. 7-Steve Hines [10]

Drydene Heat #2 – Flight (A) (6 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 25-Robert Poole [2]; 2. 52-Chris Stowe [3]; 3. 50-Justin Blevins [1]; 4. 10-Daniel Parker [6]; 5. 42-Kevin Pangrazio [7]; 6. 417-Joey Johnson [8]; 7. 3-Dennis Brewer [10]; 8. O3-Dylan Smith [4]; 9. 5-Mack Coxe [11]; 10. 21-Chris McKeehan [5]

Drydene Heat #3 – Flight (B) (6 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 20-Trey Stamper [1]; 2. 23-Buck Stevens [2]; 3. 7D-Kevin Dugger [4]; 4. 92-Larry Martin [8]; 5. OO-Preston Blalock [7]; 6. 13-Kevin Hulstein [12]; 7. 62-Jason Adams [5]; 8. 23K-Kenny Kallam [9]; 9. 17B-Case Daniels [6]; 10. 50C-Ronnie Covey [10]; 11. 99-Michael Woodcock [11]; 12. 2T-TY Norder [3]

Drydene Heat #4 – Flight (B) (6 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 2J-Jake Barneycastle [2]; 2. 14-Lawson Rogers [1]; 3. 312-Greg Brown [3]; 4. 19K-Ryan Morgan [8]; 5. 121-Chase Cardwell [4]; 6. 15-Morgan Widener [6]; 7. 2020-Joseph Sanoske [9]; 8. OOB-Todd Bradburry [7]; 9. 95-Brandon Woodcock [5]; 10. 18M-Landon Mitchell [10]; 11. 5S-Brian Strickland [11]