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August 26, 2013

Darland pockets huge payday in Smackdown finale

Kokomo ace leads wire to wire.

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Darland, by winning on both Friday and Saturday night, pushed his career total to 49 non-wing sprint car feature wins at the track, eclipsing Tony Elliott’s old mark of 48.

“I never would have thought when I started out that one day I would have the most wins,” Darland said. “But a lot of credit goes to Steve and Carla Phillips and the crew for giving me a fast race car all three nights. To have two wins and a second says a lot about the work this team put in.”

Darland went on to thank all those who came on board over the weekend to help the team out in the biggest weekend of the year. He also dedicated the race to a long-time fan who succumbed to cancer earlier in the day.

“This one goes to “Morty” [Randy Mortland]. He is from St. Louis and has been a friend of the family for years and he passed away earlier [Saturday]. This one is for him.”

Stockon continued his solid weekend by claiming third with Chris Windom taking fourth and Bacon fifth. Defending track champion Scotty Weir was seventh and Jerry Coons eighth aboard the Edison Motorsports No. 10E, after blowing up a motor on Friday night. Coons’ run earned him the “Hard Charger” Award for the feature. Kokomo’s Logan Jarrett made the star-studded feature, finishing 21st. Also on hand was Kokomo’s Josh Spencer, however the Taylor High School teacher came up short of transferring through the B-Main.

In the Thunder Car feature, Jeremy VanNess patiently stalked race-long leader Kory Glassburn, falling back to third late in the 15-lap event when Eric Brown took second away from him.

For the final three laps, Brown worked the bottom, nibbling away at Glassburn’s lead. On the final lap, Glassburn and Brown were door to door exiting the fourth corner when VanNess snuck by down low to score his first win of the season in thrilling fashion.

Glassburn ended up second while Brown took third.

The track will close its regular season Sunday night with the annual running of the Vince Osman Memorial. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. while the grandstand opens an hour later.

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