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May 13, 2014

Darland nets win in thriller

Speedway's sprint car feature was action packed

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“That was a great race. To start alongside and fight with Clauson early on and then Stanbrough and Grant late, it had to be fun for the fans,” said Darland. “Jon showed me his nose just about every lap after the 10th lap, but I make my living up top and that’s where I was going to run.

“To win a race at Kokomo is big any time,” he continued. “But on a night like [Sunday], it makes it all the more special.”

Grant was pleased with his strong run as he talked with observers in the pits.

“Just about had that one,” he said. “It was so close I wasn’t really sure who did win. That was a fun race, I just came up a little short.”

Clauson finished fourth and Kevin Thomas Jr. fifth. Chad Boespflug, Shane Cottle, C.J. Leary, Logan Jarrett and Chris Gurley completed the top-10.

A pair of Kokomo drivers had bad luck in the main event as Josh Spencer, fighting power steering problems, was involved in an accident while running in the top-10 piloting his HalfMoon Restaurant and Brewery/Colescott’s Mobil 1 No. 66J. Parker Price-Miller ended 20th after a nasty flip just before the midway point aboard his No. 9P. Track officials noted that Miller was not transported to the hospital but was checked out immediately following the crash.

After coming up short in his bid to win the season-opener, Scott Hufford scored the Street Stock feature win in a wild finish that saw last week’s winner, Glen Gamblin, make a move from fifth to second coming to the checkered flag. Jarrod Krick was third, Lee Hobbs fourth and Ervin Turner fifth. Josh Gamblin was seventh.

In the Thunder Car feature veteran Dennis Freeland picked up an emotional Mothers Day win after early leader Eric Brown encountered an overheating problem at the midway point in the feature.

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