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Eric Sinness (88) tires to keep his position during a heat race for the Dakota Classic Modified Tour at the Estevan Motor Speedway on July 7. (Photo credit Mackenzie Hientz)

Seventy-six modified cars roared at the Estevan Motor Speedway (EMS) on July 7, during the second night of the 25th annual IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour.

The night also featured 36 stock cars and 22 stock cars.

Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Arkansas, won the 30-lap, 26-car modified feature. He also won the first race of the tour the night before in Minot, N.D.

Tayler drew the pole position after he won his qualifying heat.  A couple laps in he was contested by Steven Pfeifer of Bowbells N.D., but was able to pull away from him quickly and lead by a large margin for the rest of the feature, which only had one caution flag.

“I thought Pfeifer would be really good down there on the bottom, he races here a lot,” said Taylor. “I just kind of slowed my entry down a little bit, and that made my car go a lot faster when I wasn’t over driving  the corner.

He also mentioned that the track was slick, which was also a contributor in his speed.

Taylor said the main keys to being successful in the tour are to qualify for the A main, and to finish races.

After starting third, Pfeier jumped out to the two spot and stayed there for the majority of the race to finish second.

Curt Lund of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, finished third and Shawn Anderson from Minot came in fourth.

Jett Big Eagle was the top local driver. He finished seventh.

In the stock car class, EMS regular Dalton Flory of Williston N.D., captured first place in the 25-lap, 24-car feature that didn't have any caution flags.

Flory, who started the race in the pole position, jumped out to an early lead and led wire-to-wire.

With just under 10 laps to go, Flory and Elijah Zevenbergen from Ocheyedan, Iowa, were in a heated battle for first, but Flory eventually pulled away. Zevenbergen who finished first in the feature the previous night in Minot, came in second.

Brendon Labatte raced the majority of the feature in fourth, but moved up to third in the final laps.

Kody Scholpp finished fourth. Scholpp made his return to racing after a near fatal car accident in January, and received a rousing ovation from the spectators. The night before, he finished second in Minot.

The night concluded with the hobby stock feature. Brock Beeter of Minot took the top spot in his first visit to the speedway this year.

Beeter started in the middle of the pack and gradually worked his way to the front.

Leevi Runge who started ninth, finished in second, and Gary Goudy Sr. was third.

Ryder Schlopp, who started near the back of the pack, worked his way up to fifth.

Brad King, who leads the hobby stock points race, finished in fifth

Overall the program featured seven heats of modified cars and four B mains.

There was also four heats of stock cars and two B mains.

The tour continued in Williston the following day. Jordan Grabouski from Beatrice, Nebraska, finished first. Pfeifer was second and Taylor came in third.

In the stock class, Zevenbergen finished in the spot, Flory was second and Michael Vennes from Minot fished third.

The tour will conclude in Jamestown N.D. on July 11.




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