July 8, 2011 in Sports

Behar, 13, challenges for points lead in Fever 4

Doug Pace
 

Nicole Behar has been on a roll in the Stateline Speedway Wednesday Night Fever program behind the wheel of her No. 38 Ford Mustang. With a solid start to her rookie season in the Fever 4 class, 13-year-old Behar came into the evening trailing KC Garber for the overall points lead while leading the rookie points standings.

When the dust settled, Behar had a dominant performance and inched closer to the top of the championship ladder. Behar won her trophy dash, grabbed the checkered flag in the heat race and set herself up for a strong run in the main event.

Rusty Webb, who has been running Wednesday evenings in his Fever 4 when not racing late models, set fast time and appeared to be Behar’s strongest challenger. Also looking to have a solid run in the main event was Kahlen Koch in his No. 23 Ford.

Koch pulled out to an early lead and held the position for the race’s first 22 laps. Electrical problems forced Koch to stop on the track, bringing out the red flag. With his car unable to start for the final three laps, Koch retired to the pit area, giving Behar the lead after she’d powered her way to the front of the pack. Pressure from Webb over the final three laps proved to motivate Behar as she moved to a lead of five car lengths that she held en route to the victory.

Bryce Ruppert, Travis Allen and Jason Dearinger rounded out the top five running order.

In the Road Runner division, Brittany Ruppert continued her high-flying season with a near clean sweep of the evening’s events. Only the fast time award escaped Ruppert, who picked up wins in the trophy dash, heat race and 20-lap main event. Roxanne Cox finished second in the main event, followed by Dan Martin, Mason Husk and Josh Biehl.

With the win, Ruppert extended her points lead into the chase for the championship. Biehl holds down second place overall and Cox advanced to third place.

In a mild upset, Dylan Kane powered his way to the front and scored the main event victory over Joey Murfin in the Road Runner Pro division 20-lap finale. Kane was victorious in the heat race while gaining points on overall championship leader Eric Chaney, who finished fourth in the main event.

Stateline Speedway returns to action Saturday night with the ASA NSRA Winged Sprint Carts and their Super Show Showdown with the Northwest Early Stocks providing the support show.

Matt Hein rides into the Inland Empire fresh off a victory at Evergreen Speedway in the sixth annual Rory Price Memorial. Hot on Hein’s tail were a pair of NSRA veterans, Justin Mack and Andy Alberding, who both figure to challenge Hein for Stateline dominance this weekend. Sierra Jackson, who has been one of the top female racers in the region, and Reece Goetz should also factor in Saturday night’s outcome.

For more information regarding the NSRA Super Shoe event call the racers hotline at (208) 773-5019.

Sunset debuts new class

Sunset Speedway returns to action Saturday night with the debut of a new racing class for youngsters ages 11-15. Patterned after the Junior I Clone engine division, a Junior II class with up to seven new drivers will take to the clay oval and be eligible to race for a season championship.

Junior I Clone, Adult Clone, Adult Modifieds and Junior II Animals will also be in action.

Current points leaders heading into Saturday night’s action include Daniel Watkins (Jr. I Clone), Corey McGuire (Jr. II Animal), Dan Watkins (Adult Clone) and Larry Christen (Adult Modifieds).

McGuire and Jared Storer are the closest competitors for a driver’s championship as four points separate the pair with weekend racing on the horizon.

Admission is free to the spectator’s grandstands, with qualifying set for 6 p.m. and racing at 7. For more information log onto www.sunsetspeedway.org

Story suggestions or racing news can be directed to Doug Pace, The Spokesman-Review’s Motorsports Correspondent, at racingnewssource@gmail.com


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