The old adage states that it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good.

When a driver is already one of the best around and catches a huge break, well that spells bad news for everyone else.

That was the case Saturday night in the midget portion of the second running of the Kokomo Klash as Jerry Coons Jr. was the beneficiary of Brad Sweet’s bad luck in scoring the feature win.

Sweet, still basking in the glow from a USAC Mopar National Midget Series win a week ago, had things well in hand the first 21 laps. At one point the Kasey Kahne Racing/Mopar/Open Joist No. 49 driver from California had pulled out to more than a straightaway lead.

Misfortune struck Sweet, however, on the 22nd circuit when the backmarker of Gary Bradley pulled directly in front of him exiting the second corner. Sweet climbed Bradley’s right rear and caromed hard into the wall, ending his night and handing the lead over to Coons.

The remainder of the 25-lap event saw Tracy Hines valiantly try to work past Coons, but to no avail as the current USAC Mopar National Midget Series point leader had to settle for second place.

“It’s just a blast to race around here (Kokomo),” said Coons. “I love the new configuration of this track and it’s a great place to race at. Truthfully though, tonight was a gift. We had absolutely nothing for Brad. I thought at best we might have had a third-place car.

“It’s nice to get a little luck like this every now and then,” he continued. “I’ve lost some races because of lapped traffic and tonight I was fortunate enough to win one because of lapped traffic. It’s good to take one home.”

Brad Kuhn followed Coons and Hines to the checkered flag to finish third while Dakoda Armstrong was fourth. Dave Darland overcame a mechanical problem that forced him to the tail of the field to finish fifth.

Shawn Toczek breezed to the 25-lap victory in the Late Model feature, leading from green to checkered.

After two starts were aborted, one which eliminated potential favorite Rusty Schlenk, Toczek checked out on the rest of the field, easily outdistancing runner-up Jim Moon.

Eric Kwasigroh was third, Terry Sroufe fourth and Bob Franklin fifth.

Arguably the best feature of the night was staged by the Street Stock division as David Hurst survived while the frontrunners fell by the wayside to top a stellar field of cars.

Jeff Babcock and James Headley put on a show battling for the lead the opening 10 laps. Both drivers used the extreme top of the track with all four wheels over the cushion lap after lap, scraping the wall repeatedly looking for the fastest way around.

After contact exiting the fourth corner, Headley claimed the top spot on the 11th lap. That contact apparently put a hole in Headley’s radiator though, as he pulled off the track a lap later giving the lead back to Babcock.

On the 15th lap, Babcock’s luck took a turn for the worse as he, like Headley, was forced from the race with mechanical woes which gave the lead to Hurst. The Kamp Motor Speedway standout then held off Ben Williams and Mike Pace the remainder of the race.

Darrin Kohler was fourth and Shane Landis fifth. Billy Wicker was sixth and 2008 Kokomo track champion Glen Gamblin took seventh. Nate Kroll, Dustin Shoulders and Randy Shoulders completed the top 10. Kokomo regular Perry Shelton was 11th.

Babcock may have used all his good fortune up earlier in the night when he picked up the Modified feature win after early leader Scott Orr encountered problems.

Orr was clearly the class of the field in the opening laps, opening a huge lead until getting into the rear of a lapped car on the eighth lap. The contact flattened his left front tire and gave the lead to Babcock.

A lap later Kevin Weaver used a stout move to take the top spot and held it until Babcock got back by again with just 10 laps remaining.

Weaver finished second and Derek Losh third. Matt Bex and Tim Reynolds were fourth and fifth, respectively.

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