Elliott Claims Red River Mod Tour Win at Grayson County

Chris Elliott Victory Lane

By Mike Spieker

BELLS, Texas (May 31, 2018) – The inaugural Red River Modified Tour produced its fifth different winner in as many nights Thursday at Grayson County Speedway. Chris Elliott of Abilene, Texas started fifth and charged to the $1,000 payday.

“This feels so good,” said Elliott in victory lane. “We were working on this thing until 7:30 in the morning last night. The car has been really good, I just haven’t had any luck in the features. [Grayson County Speedway] is my type of place. This place is awesome. It was a lot of fun out there.”

David McKay and Justin Radcliff led the field 25 IMCA Modifieds to the green flag for the 25-lap feature. McKay grabbed the lead on the opening lap, but Radcliff came storming back to take the point on lap three. A caution on lap six set up a restart, which Matt Guillaume took advantage of as he raced into second.

Elliott, who was the only car in the top five running the cushion up top, was making progress as he moved into third on lap seven. Two circuits later, Elliott found a way around Guillaume.

A thrilling three wide race for the lead broke out around the halfway point as both Elliott and Guillaume reeled in Radcliff for the lead. The lead trio went three wide down the back straightaway before they all swapped lanes in turns three and four. Exiting the turn, Elliott made a textbook crossover move underneath both Radcliff and Guillaume to take the lead entering turn one.

Once out front, Elliott found his groove up on the high side once again and set sail.

A few late race restarts kept Elliott at bay to the rest of the field. Riley Simmons took over the runner-up spot in the late going, but he was passed by a hard-charging Kevin Sustaire with five to go.

At the line, Elliott topped Sustaire, Simmons and Guillaume, as Fred Wojtek rounded out the top five.

RESULTS:
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 915-Chris Elliott, [5]; 2. 71K-Kevin Sustaire, [12]; 3. 21R-Riley Simmons, [6]; 4. 50-Matt Guillaume, [3]; 5. 44F-Fred Wojtek, [4]; 6. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [15]; 7. 11J-Justin Radcliff, [2]; 8. 130-Chase Allen, [13]; 9. 12-Kyle Whitworth, [14]; 10. 5-Kevin Green, [18]; 11. 28-Cory Davis, [16]; 12. 52-John Gober, [19]; 13. 97J-Jeff Hoegh, [11]; 14. 24X-David McKay, [1]; 15. 07-Jason Hillard, [23]; 16. 71-Chad Melton, [21]; 17. L8-Brian Schultz, [10]; 18. 27-Robbie Daniels, [24]; 19. 87X-Ryan Williams, [20]; 20. 14T-Talon Minten, [22]; 21. (DNF) 4-Bo Day, [8]; 22. (DNF) 911-Josh McGaha, [7]; 23. (DNF) 91-JP Dowell, [17]; 24. (DNF) 15-Curtis Allen, [9]; 25. (DNF) 27D-Mark Carrell, [25]

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 130-Chase Allen, [5]; 2. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [2]; 3. 91-JP Dowell, [3]; 4. 52-John Gober, [1]; 5. 71-Chad Melton, [10]; 6. 07-Jason Hillard, [6]; 7. 60-William Gould, [16]; 8. 9M-William McGuire, [13]; 9. 703-Treven Geter, [11]; 10. 711-Larry Adams, [7]; 11. 18-Shawn Sandegren, [4]; 12. 27T-Rodney Twardeski, [14]; 13. 184-Chance Brown, [17]; 14. (DNF) 37H-Garrett Higgins, [9]; 15. (DNF) 00-Shane Clement, [12]; 16. (DNF) 723-Tyson Henson, [15]

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 12-Kyle Whitworth, [4]; 2. 28-Cory Davis, [10]; 3. 5-Kevin Green, [7]; 4. 87X-Ryan Williams, [5]; 5. 14T-Talon Minten, [3]; 6. 27-Robbie Daniels, [8]; 7. 48R-Raymond McSpadden, [1]; 8. 3C-Colin Deming, [6]; 9. 61-Michael Ables, [9]; 10. 14-Travis Bragg, [11]; 11. 14X-Rusty Belcher, [15]; 12. 89T-Danny Turner, [13]; 13. 4S-Michael Svehlak, [16]; 14. 21-Joe Gomez, [2]; 15. 18M-Mitchell Clements, [12]; (DNS) 29*-TJ Lackey,

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 911-Josh McGaha, [1]; 2. L8-Brian Schultz, [8]; 3. 52-John Gober, [4]; 4. 18-Shawn Sandegren, [2]; 5. 711-Larry Adams, [5]; 6. 27D-Mark Carrell, [7]; 7. (DNF) 9M-William McGuire, [3]; (DNS) 60-William Gould,

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 50-Matt Guillaume, [2]; 2. 4-Bo Day, [4]; 3. 48R-Raymond McSpadden, [1]; 4. 12-Kyle Whitworth, [7]; 5. 5-Kevin Green, [6]; 6. 28-Cory Davis, [8]; 7. 89T-Danny Turner, [5]; 8. 4S-Michael Svehlak, [3]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 15-Curtis Allen, [2]; 2. 97J-Jeff Hoegh, [1]; 3. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [3]; 4. 130-Chase Allen, [7]; 5. 37H-Garrett Higgins, [6]; 6. 703-Treven Geter, [4]; 7. 27T-Rodney Twardeski, [8]; 8. 184-Chance Brown, [5]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 71K-Kevin Sustaire, [2]; 2. 24X-David McKay, [5]; 3. 21-Joe Gomez, [1]; 4. 87X-Ryan Williams, [4]; 5. 27-Robbie Daniels, [7]; 6. (DNF) 14-Travis Bragg, [6]; 7. (DNF) 29*-TJ Lackey, [3]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 21R-Riley Simmons, [1]; 2. 11J-Justin Radcliff, [2]; 3. 91-JP Dowell, [5]; 4. 07-Jason Hillard, [4]; 5. 71-Chad Melton, [7]; 6. (DNF) 00-Shane Clement, [3]; 7. (DNF) 723-Tyson Henson, [6]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 915-Chris Elliott, [2]; 2. 44F-Fred Wojtek, [5]; 3. 14T-Talon Minten, [1]; 4. 3C-Colin Deming, [4]; 5. 61-Michael Ables, [7]; 6. 18M-Mitchell Clements, [6]; 7. 14X-Rusty Belcher, [3]