After breaking through to DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory Lane one week ago, Austen Becerra did it again Wednesday night at Adams County (IL) Speedway, using his track experience and weekly smarts to defeat the tour regulars.
Becerra, of nearby Carthage, IL, rode the bottom lane around the 1/4-mile to the lead on Lap 3 and never looked back, leading 18 of the 20 laps and holding off UMP Modified champions Michael Long and Kenny Wallace to bag the win.
“Last time we won here, it was right around the bottom, so I put the same setup I had on it last time and just kinda rolled around the bottom,” Becerra said.
He said it was nice to finally break through and get his first series win last week at Moberly Motorsports Park, but Wednesday night’s win was even sweeter, knowing the competition he defeated to get to Victory Lane.
“This one feels a little bit better, honestly,” Becerra said. “It’s close to home, and there’s a lot of good cars here.”
The DIRTcar Summit Modifieds continue Week 3 action with a visit to Benton Speedway in Benton, MO, on Thursday, July 29. Tickets will be sold at the gate; streaming is available on DIRTVision.
Feature (20 Laps): 1. 22-Austen Becerra; 2. 18L-Michael Long; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace; 4. 14C-Rick Conoyer; 5. 05-Dave Wietholder; 6. 8-Kyle Steffens; 7. 17V-Mike Vanderiet Jr; 8. 00S-Chris Spalding; 9. 7-Willie Gammill; 10. 25-Tyler Nicely; 11. 77D-Drake Stevenson; 12. 117-Frankie Wellman; 13. 54-Zachary Hawk; 14. 8C-Michael Claeys; 15. 733-Spencer Havermale; 16. 16-Shawn Deering; 17. (DNS) 77S-Rick Stevenson