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McIntosh Captures POWRi National Midget League Win; Erwin Prevails in Hubert Memorial

Cannon McIntosh

Cannon McIntosh

Megan Erwin

Megan Erwin

Mason Duncan

Mason Duncan

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

To quote the late, great Formula One racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio, “To finish first, you must first finish.” These words were never more appropriate to use as Cannon McIntosh, Megan Erwin, and Mason Duncan outlasted their competition to net feature wins in Saturday night’s racing program, presented by Livingston Stone Company, at the Fairbury Speedway.

mcintosh mi20 POWRi National Midget League competitors lined up for their 30-lap, $4,000 to win race. Points leader Brenham Crouch of Lubbock, Texas, raced into the lead at the start as Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Okla., and Gavan Boschele of Mooresville, N.C., followed. After a lap four caution, McIntosh wasted little time in overtaking Crouch for the lead. Following a lap 17 yellow flag, McIntosh led while Boschele and Crouch dueled for second. The red flag came out on the 19th lap for a pileup in turn two. The caution light again was displayed on laps 21 and 27, but McIntosh was able to turn back the competition in scoring his 10th win of the year. “It wasn’t the cleanest race,” spoke the Sooner State wheelman. “I really struggled there at the end. After that red flag, we weren’t able to get any air in the tires. I think we started losing air. All those yellow flags, I just couldn’t get them blown up. The curb was only getting bigger. It was a fight between me just getting around that curb at the end. You want to have as much ability to get around the race track. We struggled at the end to get it going. We had such short runs. I feel like we were good on the long runs. It opened the door for a couple of guys behind me, and I had to hold them off.” A late-race charge gave Mason City’s Karter Sarff the runner-up position while Dominic Gorden of Clovis, Calif., finished in third. Early contender Boschele was fourth, and 14th starter Tyler Baran of Wausau, Wis., finished in fifth. Hayden Reinbold, Taylor Reimer, David Camfield, Chance Crum, and Emilio Hoover completed the top ten. Crouch, Maria Cofer, and Boschele were the heat race victors.

erwin sc42 DIRTcar Stock Car drivers vied for a starting position in the 13th annual Earl J. Hubert Memorial race. Tanner Sullivan toured the track with a time of 15.248 seconds to lead Group A qualifiers. Megan Erwin’s time of 15.088 seconds led Group B. Sullivan, Jordan Smith, track champion Ian Keller, and Austin Hubbard won their respective heat races. Nick Miller and former Hubert winner AJ Meiferdt were the B-main winners. After two yellow flags waved on the opening lap of the 43-lap race, Sullivan, running the bottom, led Keller, Hubbard, Joe Brown, and Cody Clubb. On the fourth lap, Keller, running the top side, pulled alongside of Sullivan, but Sullivan rebutted Keller’s advancement by changing his line. After the red flag came out on the 10th lap, Sullivan showed his muscle by running the ragged edge of the track and built a 10-car length lead over Keller, Clubb, Hubbard, and Erwin. Erwin, looking to end her Fairbury drought, moved into third on the 16th lap. At the halfway mark, Sullivan held a straightaway lead over Keller, Erwin, Brown, and Clubb. It was heartache for Sullivan on the 25th lap as he slowed on the backstretch with a broken wheel. His crew made the repairs under caution and he joined the rear of the field. Keller led on the restart with Erwin, Brown, Clubb, and 14th starter Andy Zahnd following. The caution came out on lap 35 when Keller, the race leader, pulled into the infield with mechanical failure. Erwin inherited the lead on the restart and resisted the pressure from Brown. Erwin last enjoyed Fairbury’s victory lane on July 2nd. This win tasted a little sweeter as she beat many of the best drivers in the region and was rewarded with a check for $4,300. Ranked second in the latest DIRTcar Stock Car national point standings, Erwin commented from victory lane. “This is my third feature win at Fairbury, and it’s the best, no contest. It was really hard to pass on the racetrack. I hated to see some of the drivers drop out, but it made it easier on me.” Brown claimed second while 13th starter Nick Macklin finished in third. Zahnd was fourth and Sullivan made his way back to finish in fifth. 18th starter Meiferdt took a hard-fought sixth, with Clubb, Hubbard, RJ Akers, and Nick Miller completing the top ten.

duncan mdAustin Friedman, looking to end his sophomore slump, blistered the ¼ mile dirt oval in qualifying with a time of 14.089 seconds for the 25-lap Modified race. Friedman, Michael Ledford, and Jared Thomas came out ahead in their respective heat races. Following a caution period on the opening lap, Friedman raced out to the lead with Ledford, Mason Duncan, Bobby Stremme, and Thomas in tow. On the seventh lap, as Friedman entered turn two, he was caught in the Fairbury cushion allowing Ledford to sneak by into the lead. Ledford’s lead was short-lived. As the 2022 Farmer City and Fairbury track champion was going down the backstretch, he suddenly slowed with a broken driveshaft. Friedman led on the restart, with Duncan in his sights. On the 10th lap, as Friedman and Duncan ran the top side, Duncan found an opening and moved into the lead. Behind the duo, Stremme had to contend with Eric Vaughan and Levi Kissinger. Two back-to-back yellow flags came out with 13 laps to go. On the restart, Friedman looked under Duncan for the lead, but the “Mini Missile” was able to withstand the challenge. Kissinger got by Friedman and closed to within five-car lengths of Duncan, but with five laps to go, Kissinger suffered mechanical failure to end his night. After the track was cleared, Duncan led with Stremme, Friedman, Thomas, and Vaughan following in that order to the checkered flag as Duncan earned his first career Modified feature win. “Everything fell into place,” spoke the Metamora third generation driver. “The car and track conditions were perfect. I appreciate all my sponsors on the car. We have so much time and money in this car, and it is nice to reward them.” Stremme took second, followed by Friedman and Thomas. Vaughan briefly made his way to third but settled for a hard fought fifth place. Ethan Weber took sixth, with Caden McWhorter, Steve Mattingly, Roger Cavness, and Braiden Bohlmann rounding out the top ten.


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