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FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2016) – The Texas World Dirt Track Championship capped off its tripleheader weekend with a photo finish in the Limited Modified feature Saturday evening at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. 

Polesitter Kevin Rowland of Rockwall edged out defending Texas World Dirt Track Championship Limited Modified champion Nick Clinkenbeard of Weatherford by 0.001 of a second for his first career victory at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. 

Rowland, who went wire-to-wire in the 40-lap event, held a comfortable lead throughout the feature until the final turn.  Clinkenbeard made a hard charge to the outside as the two were racing wheel-to-wheel coming off of Turn 4. Ultimately it didn’t prove to be enough as officials awarded the win to Rowland. 

“You throw everything you can to win this deal,” Rowland said of winning at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. “It’s just one of these prestigious races that everybody wants to win. I’m just glad we were the one on top this time.” 

Defending Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) champion Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas, captured his first victory of the season and first at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in the ASCS feature. 

Johnny Herrera held the advantage early in the race but it was Reutzel who was able to gain momentum on a restart to overtake Herrera and he never looked back. Reutzel would go on to win by 0.824 of a second. An excited Reutzel celebrated in Victory Lane, climbing on his No. 87 Sprint Car and waving to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track crowd. 

“I got him off that restart because he didn’t have any momentum yet and I was able to hit the top up there and get a run on him down the backstretch,” Reutzel said. “It played out perfectly. The top hung up there enough for me to get the lead and as soon as I took the lead I never went back up there and the rubber came in. The cards worked in our favor tonight.” 

Taylor Carver, of Lockesburg, Ark., successfully defended his title as Factory Stock champion. Carver, who won in last year’s Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track debut for the Factory Stock division, held on to defeat Jason Gore by 0.636 of a second. With the win, Carver remains the only Factory Stock driver to win at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. 

“Last year we kind of lucked into a victory,” Carver said. “This year the car was on a rail. We are happy we were able to pull it out again.”   

FINAL RESULTS – ASCS Sprint Car A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera [3]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [1]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn [4]; 5. 95-Matt Covington [5]; 6. 17W-Harli White [9]; 7. 2L-Logan Forler [2]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 9. 23-Seth Bergman [11]; 10. 17-Josh Baughman [10]; 11. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek [17]; 12. 28-Tommy Bryant [16]; 13. 02-Brandon Long [8]; 14. 29-Travis Rilat [18]; 15. 14-Channin Tankersley [19]; 16. 14K-Kyle Bellm [20]; 17. 11M-Jason McDougal [15]; 18. 91-Steven Russell [12]; 19. (DNF) 7-Kevin Ramey [21]; 20. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet [13]; 21. (DNF) 26M-Fred Mattox [23]; 22. (DNF) 2X-Tucker Doughty [14]; 23. (DNF) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [22]. 

FINAL RESULTS – Limited Modified (40 Laps): 1. 4R-Kevin Rowland [2]; 2. 66-Nick Clinkenbeard [9]; 3. 15-Dennie Gieber [11]; 4. 15X-Tracy Denby Jr. [15]; 5. 9-Shane Hebert [6]; 6. 86J-Travis Johnson [3]; 7. 17-Dean Abbey [6]; 8. 30-Joel Couvillion [7]; 9. 69-Derick Grigsby [1]; 10. 44-Kale Westover [19]; 11. 26G-J.J. Jennings [14]; 12. 90K-Dustin Butcher [P]; 13. 232-Joel Garcia [5]; 14. 5W-John O. Wittington [16]; 15. 18-David Phillips [8]; 16. 103-J C Howell [20]; 17. 88X-R J Stroman [18]; 18. 23M-Jimmy Day [17]; 19. 30D-JoJo Paige [P]; 20. 31-Cody Smith [10]; 21. 18C-Tim Clonch [21]; 22. 20-Chase Allen [13]; 23. 184-Rodney White [22]; 24. 4-Bo Day [12]. 

FINAL RESULTS – Factory Stock Feature (30 Laps): 1. 340 Taylor Carver [5]; 2. 721 Jason Gore [3]; 3. 16x Chris Henigan [2]; 4. 10 Bobby Jordan [7]; 5. 98 Chris Davis [8]; 6. 19 Randy Seals [17]; 7. 4 Bo Day [16]; 8. 31 Cody Smith [11]; 9. 22R Ralo Pilkington [1]; 10. 107 Dennis Bissonnette [13]; 11. 18 Craig Oakes [20]; 12. 6$ Chance Morris [10]; 13. 21M Michael Smith [14]; 14. 83 Chase Bresee [21]; 15. 71M Tommy Davis Jr. [18]; 16. 27 Casey Lyles [22]; 17. 21J Bubba Jones [12]; 18. 73 Jeff Sonntag [19]; 19. 66 David Bonham [6]; 20. 96 Trey Smitherman [9]; 21. 36j Justin Whitehead [15]; 22. 23m Jimmy Day [23]; 23. J27 Scotty Case [4]; 24. 21t Chad Cox [24].










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