In the Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Southern Division’s return to Angola, Indiana, the series added a new name to its list of winners.
Trei Deubel took advantage of the series’ special “madhouse” restarts and held off Danny Jackson to win The Genuine Broaster Chicken 50 Presented by Top Speed Fabrication at Angola MotorSport Speedway, the first of rookie Deubel’s career.
Jackson held onto second, with Bud Adams and cousins Brian and Josh Nester rounding out the top five.
Jeremy Wallen drove from 17th to finish in sixth after winning the night’s last chance qualifier, with Darwin Wolfe, Nyle Weiler, Dan Loughan, and Damon Breedlove making up the rest of the top 10.
Breedlove piloted his No. 3X Indy Aerial Equipment/Breedlove Motorsports modified past 14 competitors from the last starting position to take the All-Star Performance Ultra Hard Charger award.
Josh Nester drew the pole for the evening after putting down the second-quickest time in qualifying as part of an eight-car inversion redraw. Nester’s cousin Brian Nester set quick time for the evening with a 14.493-second lap around the 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked paved oval, but drew the seventh starting position.
After putting up the 17th-quickest time in qualifying, Wallen led a 17-car field to the green flag in the Last Chance Qualifier. Wallen would lead wire-to-wire to win the qualifier and advance to the feature. Zach Henderson, Jonathan Gatton, Stephen Klinect, Steven Pelky, Scott Moyer, Jason Parish, and Breedlove took the remaining seven transfer spots to fill the 24-car field. 9 drivers failed to advance.
Josh Nester led six of the opening seven laps of the 50-lap feature from the pole, surrendering only lap four to Brad Springer following the race’s first restart.
Meanwhile, Deubel worked his way from the sixth starting position up into the fourth. When the top three drivers elected to stay on the bottom for the lap seven restart, Deubel jumped up into the outside lane to move into second. The Holt, MI, native worked his way around Nester to take the lead on the ensuing restart.
With Deubel driving off in the lead, 2014 ARCA Truck Series champion Jackson worked his way through the field to move into second. Jackson slowly reeled Deubel in, catching him with 10 laps remaining.
Jackson would spend the final 10 circuits attempting to work his way around Deubel for the lead. The two were side-by-side for more than two laps, but Deubel would ultimately prevail in his No. 331 J.R. Neely Home Improvement/Engine Machine Service modified.
Jackson would settle for the runner-up position in his No. 5 Redbank Transport/Lykins Energy Solutions modified.
“I had a really good car,” Jackson told Speed51.com powered by JEGs. “I was good in places (Deubel) wasn’t, and he was good in places I wasn’t. It just turned out to where we were side-by-side, door-by-door off the corner. I was pushing him up off the corner or spinning the tires.”
With Jackson mounting a fierce challenge, Deubel admitted to feeling some pressure.
“It was a big challenge,” said Deubel, a rookie of the year candidate. “I was winding down the laps. I knew (Jackson) was there. I could tell he was faster going into the corner. I just knew I had more speed off.
“I was just maintaining. I thought we had a good car. I just wanted to save the tires on it and we ended up finishing where we wanted.”
Jackson was left regretting an early-race decision.
“At the beginning of the race, I knew I had a good car,” said Jackson, “My guys wanted me to take the top side on the first restart, and I sure wish I would’ve done it, because I had a really good car. I’m not sure (Deubel) would’ve caught me.
“I didn’t know how this car was going to react up there – this is only my second race in an open wheel car – so I took the bottom, and a couple guys got by me on the outside, including [Deubel]. I spent the rest of the race trying to play catch-up.”
The field was slowed four times in the 50-lap feature for cautions, including two spins from 26-year-old Stephen Klinect on laps two and 24, a hard hit on the backstretch on lap seven by the Waterloo, Indiana’s Zach Henderson that forced a red flag, and a three-car pileup on lap 26 involving Steven Pelky, Don Skaggs and Dave Dobbins.
Following their top-five showings, Baer Field Speedway winner Brian Nester and Adams are tied for the Southern Division point standings with 285 points. Deubel’s win moved up four positions to third, 15 points behind the leaders.
While Deubel took the win, it was Jackson that summed up the night’s race best.
“I had more fun tonight than I’ve had in a long time in a race car, and I can’t wait to come back,” said Jackson, an enthusiastic smile crossing his face.
The Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Southern Division will return to action on Friday, June 26, when the field heads to Toledo Speedway for the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness 50 Presented by Lakeshore Utility Trailer.
-By Aaron Bearden, Speed51.com Correspondent
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
- 331 Trei Deubel
- 5J Danny Jackson
- 47 Bud Adams
- 11N Brian Nester
- 12N Josh Nester
- 70 Jeremy Wallen
- 9 Darwin Wolfe
- 27 Nyle Weiler
- 72 Dan Loughan
- 3X Damon Breedlove
- 89 Johnathan Gatton
- 53 Dave Dobbins
- 26 Jason Drew
- 09 Don Skaggs
- 75 Steven Klinect
- 62 Steven Pelky
- 05 Greg Fullarton
- 31 Jason Parish
- 61 Brad Springer
- 77 Scott Moyer
- 12 Tim Burkett
- 7 Matt Dimit
- 5 Shawn Grace
- 129 Zach Henderson