Speedway tags mid-season champs; loses a racing class

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

HUMBOLDT — Mid-season points championships were determined Friday at Humboldt Speedway. Two of the racing classes were down to the wire.
Justin Folk edged out brother Jesse Folk Jr. for the mid-way top spot in the modified division. Paden Phillips took the competitive B-Mod mid-season title with Jerry Kustanborter in second place.
Scott Stuart has a sizeable points lead in the factory stock division.
But maybe the biggest news out of the Speedway Friday was the discontinuation of the street stock division. Johnny Green had earned the mid-season points championship in that class.
“We were averaging about seven cars a night in the street stock division,” said Rhenda Whitworth. She and her husband Ron, own and operate Humboldt Speedway.
“We told the drivers we needed needed a better turnout of cars to keep the class going. We had two cars on Friday.”
Street stock is a second-level division at the local track. Whitworth said the Speedway struggled through a low-turnout season in 2008.
“All the area tracks are struggling with street stock car races,” Whitworth said.
The two street stock drivers — Tyler James and Dusty Marvin — on Friday had a choice. They could get their money back or run a “dash-for-cash” race at a lower payout.
James won the dash-for-cash and Marvin picked up the second-place play. That was the final street stock race at the Speedway.
In the other feature races Friday, Justin Folk out ran his brother, Jesse Folk Jr., to win the modified race. John Allen finished third followed by Rodney Sigg and Brian McGowen to round out the top five.
Jay Lamons Jr. fended off Levi McGowen to capture the victory in the B-Mod feature race. Phillips ran third to solidify his mid-season top spot in the division.
Rick Aiello was fourth and Mike Letterman took fifth place.
Stuart didn’t get a wire-to-wire win in the factory stock feature race. Jeremy Wilson led early then Stuart caught up and took the lead for good. J. Wilson settled for second and Derrek Wilson was third. Brandon Tindle ran fourth and Patrick Kay was fifth.
This Friday the Speedway will see some late model stock car racing along with the regular classes.
Admission is $10, which is $1 more than normal.
“We’re going to try to bring in other special classes to fill that race time. We’re checking with the sprint cars to see if they’d want to come one week,” Whitworth said.