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July 9, 2013

Ballou is tops in thriller at Kokomo Speedway

Hobbs nets win in Crowe Memorial.

Rocklin, Calif., sprint car standout Robert Ballou continued his mastery in 2013 on Sunday night at the Kokomo Speedway, getting by Chris Windom in the closing laps to earn his third victory of the season.

Running around the top of the track, Ballou took the lead from Jerry Coons on the sixth lap and appeared to have things well in control. Late in the race though, Ballou chose to drop to the bottom of the track which allowed Windom to take the top spot with just five laps left in the 25-lap event.

On the final lap, Ballou went back to the top and ran down and passed Windom, much to the delight of the large crowd on hand.

“When I was running out front I was pretty much just a sitting duck,” said Ballou. “I felt like the top was going away so I went down to the bottom, but the car started to get a little loose and Windom just blew by me on the high side.

“It says a lot about this car that you can run down a Jeff Walker race car, especially here at Kokomo. This is a chassis that a lot of teams say is junk but it’s been fast. This gives us a lot of momentum heading into Sprint Week. Maybe we can run off and win 15 or so races the rest of the way.”

Windom finished second with Coons taking third. Jeff Bland and defending track champion Scotty Weir rounded out the top five. Kokomo’s Parker Price-Miller (10th), Conner Donelson (11th) and Dustin Smith (15th) all made the feature.

In the rain make-up from May 26, Wes McIntire led from green to checkered to hold off Chad Boespflug’s repeated charges to secure the first win of his career at the local oval.

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