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June 18, 2013

Midgets heat up Speedway

Bell tops Larson in exciting feature.

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With Clauson riding the rim out front, Larson slipped by Ballou for second with just 10 laps remaining. Each lap Larson managed to whittle away at Clauson’s lead, finally getting alongside with less than five laps remaining.

Coming to the white flag, Larson made the right choice with lapped traffic as he split a pair of lapped cars while Clauson had to lift ever so slightly. That was all Larson needed to score the win.

“I sort of felt like this track owed me one,” said Larson. “When I was here with the World of Outlaws I think I should have won that one but I got tangled up with a lapped car when I was leading. Then the midget race earlier [Sunday]. To be honest, when I saw that Clauson was out front I didn’t really like our chances. He’s pretty much the man to beat when it comes to racing at Kokomo. But the track was great and there were three and four grooves to run in. I’m just fortunate that I chose the line I did on that white flag lap with the lapped cars.”

Shane Cottle turned in an impressive performance, finishing third with Ballou and quick-qualifier Wes McIntire trailing him in the top five. Coons was sixth, Scotty Weir seventh, Darland eighth, Logan Jarrett ninth and Jarrett Andretti 10th. Former track champion Dustin Smith was 17th.

A scary moment occurred on the fourth lap of the feature when Kokomo’s Josh Spencer took a nasty flip in turn one while battling for third. His Half Moon Restaurant and Brewerey/Colescott’s Mobil One No. 66J landed on top of McIntire’s car and sustained heavy damage. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Spencer posted on his Facebook page later that he was home, but suffered a concussion and was very sore.

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