Laird sees new records setFriday, August 03, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
It was just a matter of time, literally.
The Outlaw Modified division saw qualifying times hit new highs, or in this case lows, at Laird International Raceway on Thursday night. Just moments after Tristan Anderson qualified with a time of 14.012 seconds, Terry McClelland qualified with a time of 13.969, setting a new track record.
The record wouldn’t last long as Ted Ritchie Jr. reset the record with a qualifying time of 13.919 seconds. The time tops the previous track record, set last summer by George Wilson, who ran a time of 14.100 seconds.
The new track record was the most excitement the division would get as the feature would not be completed after Terry McClelland ran into trouble on lap 11 of the feature, causing action to be postponed for the evening with the final nine laps of the Outlaw Mod feature and the Xtreme Four mid-season championship still on tap.
The Xtreme Four mid-season championship will kick off next week’s race program.
McClelland won the Outlaw Mod heat race and did so in quick fashion, running times similar to his sub-14 second qualifying time.
Thursday night did see the mid-season championships in a pair of divisions.
Corey Furkey took home the title in the Super Late Model feature, holding off Paul McLean, who was leading the division points standings heading into the night. McClelland placed third in the feature while also taking home a victory in the heat race. Keith King finished second in the heat while Furkey placed third.
Nick Kozak managed to spoil a perfect night for veteran driver Rick Ellis in the Laird Modified division mid-season championship. Kozak held off Keenan Spurway and Ellis in the 20-lap feature to take the mid-season title. The feature win came after Kozak place second to the veteran Ellis in both heat races. Jake Irwin finished third in the opening heat while Dennis Uhlman finished third in heat two.
In the Factory Stock division, Jamie Fox took the feature win over Brad Bibeau. Jason Praysner finished third in the feature.
Fox also won the opening heat race and finished third in the second heat. Bibeau and Matt Corbett rounded out the top three in heat one while Kyle Jarrett won the second heat. Bibeau finished second in the second heat.
Brent Fewchuk won the Factory Four feature race as JP Delpaggio placed second. Jack Lannigan finished third. Lannigan also finished third in both divisional heat races.
Leila Uhlman won both heat races. Delpaggio finished second in heat one while Cody Champagne was second in heat two.
In the Xtreme Four division, Daniel Bibeau and Dustin Jackson traded heat race wins. Both also placed second in the heats as well.