A new era began for the NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Raceway. Under new ownership, the series kicked off its 2017 season during the Cabin Fever Championships at the famed .686-mile Indianapolis oval.
Michigan driver Blake Rowe rebounded from a penalty to win the race and lock himself into the A-Main at the U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN).
“It was frustrating, they felt that I jumped the start. The 30 (Jonathan Martin) took off and I got a really awesome start,” Rowe told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I just had to be patient, ride it off. I knew we had a good piece, we just needed a good long run to get around these guys; really couldn’t get worked up with it, there was still 20 to go, so we were in good shape.”
Doug Meyer battled near the front all race long before finishing second. He was satisfied overall with his result in the first race of the season.
“This race every year is kinda whoever’s good the final ten to fifteen laps. We started off loose but we got good there at the end,” Meyer explained. “Just the restarts, you’re on the bottom and you can’t get going and I kept getting stuck. We’ll take it. Car’s in one piece and it’s a good way to start off the season.”
By winning Sunday’s 40-lap race, Rowe became the first NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour driver to lock himself into the tour’s race at Bristol in May.
“Oh, it’s awesome. Lucas Oil’s the biggest place we’ve ever been to; it’s definitely a sweet environment to say the least. And to be locked into Bristol is cool,” Rowe said after the race. “We planned on qualifying in, but now if we have some unfortunate event, we’re in anyways. We’re looking forward to it and getting ready for it.”
The NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour returns to action next on Saturday, April 8 as they make their first ever trip to the tough bullring of Anderson Speedway (IN).
On-demand Trackside Now coverage of Sunday’s Cabin Fever Championships can be found by clicking here.
-By Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
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NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour Unofficial Results
Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) – April 2, 2017