The American Modified Series brought its usual cast of titans of the tear-off into Williamsburg, Ohio’s Moler Raceway Park on Friday, June 21 2013 to match wits and steel against Moler’s weekly stout field of Mods. An evening of thrilling action throughout the fields of four Heat Races, two B-Mains and thirty lap Feature Event were brought to a crescendo as a charging former Moler Champion ran down but couldn’t catch AMS stalwart and former AMS Moler winner Bryan Barber to claim the $1,500 prize.
Upon entry through the gates it didn’t take fans long to know that this event was worth braving the six and a half drops of rain that fell in three hours to witness the top shelf racing action featured weekly at the easily accessible quarter mile banked oval just east of Cincinnati, Ohio. The popular AMS series has been here before and it’s been outstanding every time, this time would be no different and at no extra charge along came more stellar action in the Late Model, Chevette and Compact Divisions.
Heat Race One was led to the first Green Flag for the modifieds by the man who set Fast Time at 13.975 and is a long time standout Bryan Barber. He was flanked by North Carolina resident Taylor Cook in the black and red #21 machine as the pair made up Row One. Matt Westfall brought the beautiful #54 in behind them next to equally eye catching #k9 Will Krup. Row Three featured local hot foot Matt Hamilton in 9H and strong running every time out Chris Stotts in the s8 machine. Jimmy Lennex Jr. sat inside Row Four driving the DRC.net #8 machine while Richard Gibson took the outside in #15. Brandon Ramsey got some extra space to plan his attack on the field as he had Row Five all to himself.
They fired at the drop of the green and a very promising evening would suffer a huge setback as Cook had right front issues and he rocketed up the track and flush into the wall which would lead to some serious wrench swinging until the Consolation Races would take to the track. The rest of the soon to be wiped out first lap proved to be that bell that signals lunch time at the local high schools with Barber, Krup and Westfall all pouring into Turn Three as one unit. Action was stalled for the ailing #21 car who’d get right to work with the help of his Crew Chief, who is in fact his Mother and he’d return for a very strong run in B-Main # 1 which he’d use to transfer to the A-Main by finishing second. While Cook would have to wait for his chance to make the big show now was the time for eight other racers.
Put away the Yellow Flag, bring out the Green and let the three wide racing commence. Barber low, Krup in the middle and Westfall high with all the momentum in the world and he’d use it to take the lead but it wouldn’t be so until he nipped the other two drivers at the line to start lap two. Fans always have a great seat as there isn’t a bad one in the place but for this battle Matt Hamilton could argue he had the prime spot as he rode the rear end bars of all three guys at some point during lap one and lap two just fixing to pounce on whoever took charge of the lead to fill the vacuum left behind.
Westfall would maintain the lead with action behind him dropping exactly zero percent. Barber saw the success the leader was enjoying high, took note, knew his car very well, and stepped half a groove down to peek on the Back Stretch. He loved what he saw and felt and proved it by rolling side by side with Westfall into and through Turns Three and Four nearly side by side and only being nosed out at the Start/Finish Line. Twenty feet later Westfall was running very well high by Barber was an eyelash better powering off of Turn Two and emerged with the lead by the time the duo were done with Turn Three. Barber eased off for the win as Westfall took Second with Will Krup barely beat out a charging Matt Hamilton at the line to receive the White Flag but after a huge run by the #9H on the Back Chute Krup would take the fourth and final transfer spot ahead of Lenex Jr.and Stotts who was the final car under power at the Checkered Flag.
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