Junghans Adapts Quick In Kansas
PARK CITY, Kan. – In only his fourth start ever behind the wheel of a late model, Chase Junghans took the lead and never looked back in winning his first career National Championship Racing Ass’n late model feature at 81 Speedway Tuesday night.
Matt Johnson started on the pole for the 25-lap feature with Gary Christian along side. Johnson quickly used the top of the three-eighths oval to take the lead at the start while third starting Junghans disposed of Christian to take the runner up position.
Johnson maintained a three car length lead over Junghans, who was working the bottom of the track while Christian had his hands full with fifth starting Gary Gorby.
The leaders would reach lapped traffic on lap seven with Johnson still maintaining a three to five car length advantage while behind them, Christian, Gorby, Delbert Smith, Tommy Weder, Jr. and Clay Daly had their own little battle for positions three through seventh. This battle would wage all race long throughout the caution free feature event.
Just past the half way point Junghans would make his move for the lead. Junghans drove low entering turns one and two on lap 13 and would slide up in front of Johnson to take the lead heading down the backstretch.
From that point on not even more lapped traffic could slow down the leader as Junghans cruised to take the $2,000 victory.
“I have to thank my crew as the car ran perfect all night,” said Junghans. “We were set up to run the bottom and I just took my time and waited for the opportunity to make my move. I kept telling my Dad I wanted to put a car together and finally I just started building one on my own. These cars are a lot of fun to drive but I am not completely done driving my modified.”
Christian would hold on to third while Gorby survived race long battles with Smith, Weder, Jr. and Daly to finish fourth.
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