Kollin Hibdon scored Friday's modified portion of the IMCA Winternationals. (IMCA Photo)

Hibdon Rules In Winternationals Modified Competition

SOMERTON, Ariz. — The seventh of eight race nights of the Winter Nationals at Cocopah Speedway had 218 cars in five IMCA divisions Friday night.  

The battles for the point championships remain very close in four divisions as only Northern sport mods leader Nathan Speten has a significant lead.

Modified main event action started their feature with a yellow flag but ran 25 laps non-stop after the restart.

Kollin Hibdon led all 25 circuits for his second win of the series. Tim Ward was second the entire race, almost getting past Hibdon several times, but lost ground the last few laps to finish second. A last-lap pass earned Chaz Baca third.

Northern sport mods were led by Cam Reimers for a dozen laps before a yellow gave Dylan Jones an opportunity and he used the bottom of turn two to take over.

Six laps later, Reimers and Jones made contact at the line and Jones wound up in a melee in turn one. That put the Bannister family in second and third, Tyler ahead of Jason, with seven laps remaining.

Reimers and Tyler Bannister traded sliders a few times and it came down to a two-lap finale. Reimers handled that for the win with Tyler Bannister and Nathan Speten next across the line. 

Zane DeVilbiss led the stock car main relatively easily the distance with restarts not causing any stress. Kevin Roberts made a late pass for second while Cameron Starry finished third.

A pair of Nebraska drivers, Dillon Richards and Morgan Olmstead, played bumper tag the closing laps of the hobby stock feature and Richards came out ahead to win over Olmstead while Jaeden Strandberg was a calmer third.

The sport compact winner was Oliver Monson. 

Saturday will be the eighth and final race night for the Winternationals and will decide the five champions, all of which will be broadcast live by SPEED SPORT affiliate