McGaha Dominates Red River Mod Tour at 281 Speedway

Josh McGaha Victory Lane

By Mike Spieker

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (May 28, 2018) – There was no catching Josh McGaha Monday night at 281 Speedway. The Abilene, Texas driver dominated round three of the IMCA Red River Modified Tour en route to becoming the third different winner in as many nights.

McGaha led all 25 trips around the quarter-mile clay oval after starting from the pole position. Eric Tomlinson and Sunday night’s winner at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Tyler Stevens, fought for the runner-up spot all race long.

The race was plagued by several cautions, but neither Tomlinson or Stevens had anything for McGaha on the restarts. Each time, McGaha opened up a comfortable advantage while running the preferred low groove around the speedway.

On lap five, Stevens briefly took the second spot from Tomlinson out of turn two, but Tomlinson came charging back to reclaim the position in turn three. With 12 laps in the books, Chris Bragg and William McGuire were racing for position inside the top five when the two made contact. Bragg was sent spinning in turn four, which brought out a caution and erased McGaha’s half-lap lead.

As the race resumed, McGaha quickly opened up another full straightaway cushion. With little pressure from behind in the closing laps, McGaha easily cruised to the win.

“[Sunday] night we had just a bunch of bad luck from catching on fire in the heat race to having to come from the back of the B-main. We really needed this tonight,” said McGaha in victory lane. “This is such an awesome event. The track was great tonight. It took a little rubber, but I didn’t mind.”

Tomlinson held off Stevens for second as Chris Elliott and 16th place starter, Clay Money, rounded out the top five.

Eric Tomlinson holds a slim two point lead over Tyler Stevens atop the Red River Modified Tour point standings. Chris Elliott, Jeffrey Abbey and Kevin Sustaire round out the top five.

RESULTS:

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 911-Josh McGaha, [1]; 2. 45T-Eric Tomlinson, [2]; 3. 2-Tyler Stevens, [3]; 4. 9E-Chris Elliott, [4]; 5. 7-Clay Money, [13]; 6. 71-Chad Melton, [11]; 7. 27D-Mark Carrell, [15]; 8. 9M-Pat McGuire, [17]; 9. 97J-Jeff Hoegh, [23]; 10. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [22]; 11. 9-Brint Hartwick, [16]; 12. 28-Cory Davis, [20]; 13. 87D-Dalton Knox, [18]; 14. 44-Fred Wojtek, [25]; 15. 11J-Justin Radcliff, [14]; 16. 19M-Mike Moore, [12]; 17. L8-Brian Schultz, [7]; 18. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [21]; 19. 5-Kevin Green, [5]; 20. 71K-Kevin Sustaire, [9]; 21. 4-Bo Day, [6]; 22. (DNF) 52-John Gober, [10]; 23. (DNF) 29-TJ Lackey, [24]; 24. (DNF) 24B-Chris Bragg, [8]; 25. (DNF) 130-Chase Allen, [19]

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 7-Clay Money, [1]; 2. 27-Rodney Twardeski, [17]; 3. 9M-Pat McGuire, [3]; 4. 130-Chase Allen, [5]; 5. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [4]; 6. 97J-Jeff Hoegh, [8]; 7. 50-Matt Guillaume, [11]; 8. 44-Fred Wojtek, [12]; 9. 15C-Chris Carroll, [13]; 10. 65-Erik Miles, [9]; 11. 52H-Jason Hunter, [6]; 12. 3C-Colin Deming, [7]; 13. 60-William Gould, [10]; 14. 37H-Garrett Higgins, [14]; 15. 184-Chance Brown, [15]; 16. 14-Travis Bragg, [16]; 17. 27D-Mark Carrell, [2]

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 11J-Justin Radcliff, [6]; 2. 9-Brint Hartwick, [5]; 3. 87D-Dalton Knox, [2]; 4. 28-Cory Davis, [10]; 5. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [12]; 6. 29-TJ Lackey, [9]; 7. 54-Cody Shoemaker, [7]; 8. 19-Robert McKinney, [11]; 9. (DNF) 703-Treven Geter, [8]; 10. (DNF) 7G-David Goode Jr, [13]; 11. (DNF) 260-Erik Thorne, [1]; 12. (DNF) 711-Larry Adams, [4]; 13. (DNF) 91-JP Dowell, [3]; 14. (DNF) 89T-Danny Turner, [14]; 15. (DNF) 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [15]; (DNS) 21R-Riley Simmons,

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. L8-Brian Schultz, [1]; 2. 71K-Kevin Sustaire, [7]; 3. 7-Clay Money, [6]; 4. 9M-Pat McGuire, [4]; 5. 52H-Jason Hunter, [2]; 6. 65-Erik Miles, [3]; 7. 44-Fred Wojtek, [8]; 8. 184-Chance Brown, [5]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9E-Chris Elliott, [3]; 2. 52-John Gober, [1]; 3. 27D-Mark Carrell, [2]; 4. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [8]; 5. 3C-Colin Deming, [5]; 6. 60-William Gould, [7]; 7. 15C-Chris Carroll, [6]; 8. 14-Travis Bragg, [4]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 21R-Riley Simmons, [1]; 2. 911-Josh McGaha, [3]; 3. 45T-Eric Tomlinson, [2]; 4. 130-Chase Allen, [7]; 5. 97J-Jeff Hoegh, [6]; 6. 50-Matt Guillaume, [5]; 7. 37H-Garrett Higgins, [8]; 8. 27-Rodney Twardeski, [4]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 5-Kevin Green, [3]; 2. 4-Bo Day, [2]; 3. 260-Erik Thorne, [1]; 4. 711-Larry Adams, [5]; 5. 54-Cody Shoemaker, [7]; 6. 28-Cory Davis, [4]; (DNS) 7G-David Goode Jr,

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Tyler Stevens, [5]; 2. 71-Chad Melton, [3]; 3. 87D-Dalton Knox, [2]; 4. 9-Brint Hartwick, [6]; 5. 703-Treven Geter, [4]; 6. 19-Robert McKinney, [7]; 7. 89T-Danny Turner, [1]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 19M-Mike Moore, [2]; 2. 24B-Chris Bragg, [4]; 3. 91-JP Dowell, [6]; 4. 11J-Justin Radcliff, [7]; 5. 29-TJ Lackey, [1]; 6. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [5]; 7. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [3]

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