Phillips claims B-Mod feature

HUMBOLDT — Vindication came for Paden Phillips. He had won the race last week but lost a post race weigh-in for his car, disqualifying him.
Not so Friday night. Phillips led wire-to-wire to win the Humboldt Speedway’s B-Mod feature race. Nathan Ellison was able to winning the battle for second with Jerry Kustanborder.
Jim Daniels ran in fourth place. Jay Lamons Jr., who was back on the track with a new car Friday, took fifth.
Scott Stuart has a firm hold on the early season points lead in factory stock.
Stuart won his fifth factory stock feature race of the young 2009 season at the Speedway Friday. He took the lead four laps into the race and fought off a challenge by Zack Simmons.
Simmons had to settle for second followed by Jeremy Wilson. Derrek Wilson placed fourth and Freddy Partida Jr. was fifth.
Jesse Folk Jr. didn’t mind having to start the modified feature from the third-row inside spot. He just drove through the field and was in front at the finish line Friday night.
John Allen ran second. Justin Folk, who finished third, avoided a crash by getting around Ryan Whitworth’s powerless car in the race. Dan Daniels rolled across the finish line in fifth place.
Chance Knight notched his second street stock victory of the season. Knight held off Johnny Green down the stretch. Tyler James was third followed by Dusty Marvin and Jed Rice.
Nino Villalpando, known as Humboldt Speedway’s jack of all trades, died Friday at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. He was 47, losing his battle with heart disease.
Villalpando was featured in the Register’s 2007 Humboldt Speedway special section. He worked for Whitworth Construction Company of Chanute.
Ron and Rhenda Whitworth, owners and operators of Humboldt Speedway, told the Register then Villalpando was “Ron’s right-hand man” in doing almost everything at the track.