By Mike Hughes
Norton, KS (May 11)—Dustin McClurg of Logan and ‘The Hill City Hotshoe’ Jeff Radcliffe both made repeat appearances in victory lane at Elmwood Park Speedway in Norton, KS, on Saturday evening, May 11, which saw the caution flag only wave twice all night long.
McClurg took the lead from Bob Rutherford on lap 5 of the 18-lap IMCA Stock Car feature and drove off to the checkers for his second win of the season at Norton. Jason Davis won the race for the runner-up spot, followed by Michael Dancer, Nolan Remus, and Rutherford. Heat race winners were Rutherford and McClurg.
It took Radcliffe 10 laps before he could pass Howard Van Dyke in the 15-lap Heartland Sprint Series main event before driving away for his second win at the ½-mile oval this year. Van Dyke held on to second, followed by Ron Hadley, Mike Madden and Aaron Ploussard.
Travis Coop looked to be his way to his first ever feature win in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature before heat race winner Jeromy Wagner dove under Coop in turn 4 on the last lap coming to the checkers to steal the win. ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager was third, followed by Colton Pfeifer and Theron Martin.
Kaid Calhoon led all 12 laps of the IMCA Northern Sport Mod main event for his first win at Norton this season. Cory Struckhoff chased Calhoon the entire distance but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Tyler Watts, Paul Donovan and J.R. Ewing completed the top five. Calhoon also won the heat race.
After edging out brother-in-law Brian Calhoon in the IMCA Modified heat race, Beloit’s Tim Watts was able to hold off Calhoon a second time on this night to win the feature.
All five divisions return to Elmwood Park Speedway on Saturday, June 15. The green flag will fly at 7:00 p.m.
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Heat race winner: Jeromy Wagner.
Feature: 1. Wagner, 2. Coop, 3. Garrett Hager, 4. Colton Pfeifer, 5. Theron Martin, 6. Ray Caldwell (DNS).
IMCA Northern Sport Mods
Heat race winner: Kaid Calhoon.
Feature: 1. Calhoon, 2. Cory Struckhoff, 3. Tyler Watts, 4. Paul Donovan, 5. J.R. Ewing, 6. Brian Conness (DNS).
IMCA Stock Cars
Heat race winners: Bob Rutherford, Dustin McClurg.
Feature: 1. McClurg, 2. Jason Davis, 3. Michael Dancer, 4. Nolan Remus, 5. Rutherford, 6. Robert Walker, 7. Eric Kinderknecht, 8. John Annon, 9. Dana Morgan, 10. Darin Racek (DNS)
Heat race winner: Tim Watts.
Feature: 1. Watts, 2. Brian Calhoon.
Heartland Sprint Series
Feature: 1. Jeff Radcliffe, 2. Howard Van Dyke, 3. Ron Hadley, 4. Mike Madden, 5. Aaron Ploussard, 6. Greg Reiners (DNS).