The ICAR All-Star Modified Tour took to Baer Field Motorsports Park Sunday afternoon for the first ever Crown Jewel of Modifieds, a unique event with no guaranteed qualifying format and a race format comprised of two $10,000-to-win features on both of Baer Field’s track layouts.
It was a weekend to remember for two drivers; one a touring modified star, another a local Baer Field driver rising through the ranks.
Travis Eddy dominated most of the first 100-lap feature on the half-mile track, only swapping the lead with Bud Adams after navigating through the invert. Eddy led 90 laps on his way to becoming the inaugural Crown Jewel winner and $10,000 richer.
“After qualifying we knew we had a pretty good car, after the heats we saw we could maneuver and pass well,” Eddy told Speed51. “Our plan turned into getting to the front as quick as we could for the lead and only go as fast as we had to and hope our tires lasted long enough.”
Teams were given the opportunity to switch their setups over for the 3/8-mile track during the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour feature. Drivers would run another 100 laps in the same cars, and those that suffered damage in the first feature could make repairs and return for the second feature, which also paid $10,000 to win.
Matt Dimit, who has his roots at Baer Field, dominated the second 100-lap feature much like Eddy had earlier in the day. Dimit staved off several challenges on restarts, eventually leading over 90 laps and taking home the second $10,000 check of the day.
Dimit was happy for the win but lamented at a missed opportunity to double down on the half-mile.
“We were a better car on the three-eighths track than the half-mile. We made some changes that really played into our favor. Car was pretty good, but I wish we didn’t have quite as many cautions. I think we have a little bit more work to do since we finished fifth in the first race. Gotta win them both”
Over 40 Modifieds made the trip to Baer Field for their chance at $20,000 on the half-mile and 3/8-mile track configurations, with qualifying lining up the six heat races. No drivers transferred from qualifying, and only the top three locked in from each heat. The B-Main allowed 11 more drivers into the show, with the last spot going to the LCQ winner. Each 100-lap feature paid $10,000 to win.
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The ICAR All-Star Modified Tour rolls on to their next scheduled race at Birch Run Speedway on July 26 before shifting to Winchester Speedway over Labor Day weekend.
-Story by: Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Regional Editor
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