Weder captures first Late Model win at Enid
ENID, Okla. (July 4) — Modified ace and home-track driver Tommy Weder Jr. of Woodward, Okla., led all the way Wednesday at Enid Speedway to capture his first career Late Model feature victory. The National Championship Racing Association triumph was worth $2,000.
Weder took the checkers ahead of polesitter and fellow front-row starter Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., while Matt Johnson of Archie, Mo., was third for his second straight top-three finish in NCRA action. Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., was fourth and home-state driver Gary Christian of Broken Bow rounded out the top five.
Cautions appeared when Damian Patocka climbed the turn-one wall early in the race, and when Cliff Morrow stopped in turn three on the sixth lap.
Notes: Weder’s No. 02 is sponsored by Tara Apartments and Edge Services. ... Weder also won his first career United State Modified Touring Series victory at Enid. ... Besides runner-up Ricky Thornton Jr. of Arizona, three other Western drivers were in the top 10: Garrett Alberson of Las Cruces, N.M. (seventh), Clay Daly of Watsonville, Calif. (eighth) and Jeep Berry of Grand Junction, Colo. (ninth). ... NCRA drivers return to action July 14 at Mid-Nebraska Speedway in Doniphan.
NCRA @ Enid: (1) Tommy Weder Jr., (2) Ricky Thornton Jr., (3) Matt Johnson, (4) Tony Jackson Jr., (5) Gary Christian, (6) Gary Gorby, (7) Garrett Alberson, (8) Clay Daly, (9) Jeep Berry, (10) Andrew Kosiski, (11) Chris Kratzer, (12) Ronnie Warman, (13) Brad Wagoner, (14) Jay Sale, (15) Cliff Morrow, (16) Mark Brill, (17) Eric Brill, (18) Damian Patocka, (19) Dan Battaglia, (20) Steve Johnson. Heat race winners (among 20 cars): Thornton, Jackson, Weder.