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Five Straight For Ethan Dotson

SOMERTON, Ariz. — Looking for a fifth win in a row. Ethan Dotson was slightly delayed in the modified main on Friday night. 

Starting inside row two proved to be a minor issue for the California driver and his fifth $1,000 victory also raised his Devilbiss Racing Chassis bonus to $1,000.

Jeremy Mills led initially from the pole for a lap before front row outside starter. Mike McKinney used a top line drive out of turn four to take over.  The first 11 laps were intense with Ethan Dotson in third until the track seemed to get slick and the charge began.

Dotson used the bottom of turn four on lap six to get to second and raced side by side with McKinney until getting the lead on the bottom of turn two.

Once ahead Dotson pulled away to complete his five straight win streak with McKinney finishing second and Kollin Hobdin third.

Stock cars gridded a 25-car field with one provisional and two-time winner Chanse Hollatz on the pole for the 20-lap main.  

Hollatz quickly established a comfortable lead while tenth starting Steve Sluka and Jim Horejsi raced for second.

A yellow with seven laps remaining erased the Hollatz lead and Sluka stayed with the leader for a couple laps until Hollatz was out of reach.  Hollatz earned his third win of the series while Sluka was second and Jim Horejsi took third.

Northern sport mods had their most competitive main with sliders and multi-groove racing leading to side-by-side action the final five laps.

Miles Morris led four laps before Ryan Peery ran the top in turn four to lead until spinning after leading five laps.  Morris again led until Chase Alves used turn four’s top line to take over.

Alves and Morris ran the last five laps side by side with Alves winning by three feet with Andrew Peckham third.

Alves kept the engine running in victory lane as it was running hot.  During the interview his crew worked on the car prior to tech and Alves was disqualified.

Morris became the winner with Peckham second and Chris Toth moved into third.

The hobby stock main had Bobby Horton and Dillon Richards racing each other for the win with multiple lead changes before Richards pulled away to record the win.  Thomas Daffern started 22nd and finished second, just edging Horton at the line.

The mod lite winner was Zac Forster.  A 196-car field of five IMCA sanctioned divisions filled the pits.

The finale of the Winter Nationals on Saturday will feature the same five divisions. The event will be livestreamed on SPEED SPORT Network affiliate


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