By ALISON WATSON
DELMAR, DE – Jordan Watson reeled in race leader Dale Hawkins after starting 10th in the caution-free, 25-lap Hurlock Auto and Speed Big Block Modified feature event, to record his second victory of the season.
Jordan, who has been defeated by younger brother, Joseph, the last two events laughed in victory lane, “This week he (Joseph) will be scooping me ice cream,” as the friendly competition has carried over into Sunday night family dinner responsibilities.
It was the father and son combination of Dale and Matt Hawkins who jumped to early control of the main event, with father, Dale, stretching out a nearly straightaway lead by halfway.
Jordan Watson had navigated from mid-pack to challenge M. Hawkins for the second position, completing the pass on lap 16.
With less than 10 laps to go, Watson went to work on finding the fastest groove on the speedway and manipulating lapped traffic to overcome the deficit.
With five laps remaining, Watson had raced to the rear bumper of D. Hawkins, diving to the bottom of the racetrack in turns one and two to dethrone D. Hawkins from the top position.
Jordan Watson would take the checkered over D. Hawkins, Joseph Watson, Matt Hawkins, and Jim Britt.
“We have been struggling when the track gets some bite in it, but we made an adjustment tonight that I think we can fine-tune and be in good shape,” said Watson in victory lane.
Greg Humlhanz continued his dominating season in the AC Delco Crate Modified division, capturing his fifth victory of the season. It was Trent Willey who appeared to be a contender to overcome Humlhanz, who began gradually slowing with mechanical issues as the race progressed. Humlhanz ultimately passed Willey with three laps remaining to collect the win. Willey, David Jenkins, Jason Rush, and Adam White rounded out the top five.
Aaron VanVorst was two laps shy of holding off James Hill for the Modified Lite feature event. Tim White, VanVorst, Jerry Barker, and Curt Miles, Sr., completed the top five.
Hurlock Auto and Speed Big Block Modified Feature Finish: JORDAN WATSON, Dale Hawkins, Joseph Watson, Matt Hawkins, Jim Britt, Richie Pratt, Jr., Howard O’Neal, Jordn Justice, HJ Bunting, Bobby Watkins, Scott VanGorder, Kevin Sockriter, Robert Dutton, Brad Trice, Westley Smith, Mike White
AC Delco Crate Modified Feature Finish: GREG HUMLHANZ, Trent Willey, David Jenkins, Jason Rush, Adam White, John Stevenson, Jon Calloway, Sean Metz, Nick Alberti, Jeff Marker, Ryan Riddle, Danny Smack, Rodney Cordrey, Tommy Wilkins
Modified Lite Feature Finish: JAMES HILL, Tim White, Aaron VanVorst, Jerry Barker, Curt Miles, Sr., Wesley Smack, Curt Miles, Jr., Jake Nelson