By PAM BAKER
MARBLE, PA – Rex King, Jr. had a flawless night for the first time to ever race at the 1/3 mile clay oval at Hummingbird Speedway, winning his heat race, the feature and the 2020 BRP Modified Tour Championship title.
There were 29 BRP Modifieds filling the crowded pit area at Hummingbird Speedway for the first ever visit to the track. Before the feature ever started, the fans were given to the chance to see the top 19 drivers that had perfect attendance do a reverse draw for the 2021X Bicknell chassis, sponsored by Pete Bicknell, Randy Williamson and Bob Slack of Bicknell Racing Products out of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It came down to the final two of Rex King, Jr. and Rodney Beltz and Rodney Beltz ended up the winner of the brand new chassis. This chassis was worth approximately $5,600.
The 26 car starting field of ground pounding Modifieds took to the speedway for their 35-lap feature event with Garrett Krummert and Rex King, Jr. by the luck of the redraw that also took place in front of the crowd at Hummingbird Speedway on the front row. Rex King, Jr. jumped out into the lead at the drop of the green flag and the first caution flag waved after the completion of lap one when Dillon Barr got into the outside guardrail in turn two.
On the restart, King, Jr. once again got the jump over Krummert and brought the field around with Krummert in second, Chad Brachmann third and Chris Rudolph fourth. A couple caution periods slowed the action, but King, Jr. used lapped traffic successfully and by the end of the feature had a 10 car length lead over second place Brachmann. Rex King, Sr. who started seventh worked his way into third over Krummert on the twenty-eighth lap and last weeks winner at Tri City Raceway Park, Jim Rasey advanced from his ninth starting position into fifth by the end.
At the checkers, Rex King, Jr. won over Chad Brachmann, Rex King, Sr., Garrett Krummert and Jim Rasey. Paul Kot came from the eleventh starting position to finish sixth over Ryan Susice, Chris Rudolph, Phil Vigneri, III and Kyle Fink.
Heats were won by Dave Murdick, Garrett Krummert, Rex King, Jr. and Jim Rasey. The B-Main was won by JR McGinley. Brad Rapp was sidelined from the nights activities with ignition problems.
Rex King, Jr. also picked up his fourth BRP Modified Tour Championship and his third Championship in a row. He collected championship titles in 2014, 2018, 2019 and now in 2020. Unofficially Rex King, Jr. won with 438 points, a 19 point difference from second place Garrett Krummert with 419 points. Third in the points went to Rex King, Sr. with 416 and fourth was Jim Rasey with 413 points. Fifth in points went to Chad Brachmann with 396 points. Sixth through tenth in points went to Rick Regalski, Dave Murdick, Paul Kot, Brad Rapp and Phil Vigneri, III.
The 2020 BRP Modified Tour Racing Series has now come to a close, and we would like to thank all our drivers, fans and sponsors for having the best season that we could despite everything that is going in the world this year.
We will not be having a banquet this year, due to the COVID -19 restrictions that are in place right now, but we will send the drivers their point fund money the first part of November. The point fund will be determined once we determine the total of the money we have collected this season from our races and our wonderful sponsors.
The BRP Modified Tour will be starting our 24th season in 2021 and are working on plans to make our 25th season in 2022 on our biggest and best seasons ever. We hope this world gets back to somewhat normal, and that our 2021 season will be a good for us. We have started negations with race tracks for 2021 and as soon as we have commitments from speedways we will pass the word on to you all through emails, Facebook and our website which can be found at www.themodifiedtourinc.com.
Thank you so very much to everyone, drivers, race tracks, sponsors and our loyal fans that made this crazy season a successful one, and Congratulations to our 2020 Season Champion Rex King, Jr.
Feature Finish: Rex King, Jr., Chad Brachmann, Rex King, Sr., Garrett Krummert, Jim Rasey, Paul Kot, Ryan Susice, Chris Rudolph, Phil Vigneri, III, Kyle Fink, Tom Glenn, JR McGinley, Shawn Kozar, Mark Frankhouser, Steve Slater, Greg Martin, Rick Reglaksi, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Kevin Hoffman, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Skip Moore, Dave Murdick, Eric Gabany, Travis Shingledecker, Dillon Barr, Steve Barr DNQ: Rodney Beltz, Ryan Riffe, DNS: Brad Rapp
The BRP Modified Tour racing series is a non-profit organization established to give Big Block Modifieds in the Western Pennsylvania/ Eastern Ohio area a chance to compete with one another for a higher purse structure and for a point fund for the scheduled events. Started in 1998 by Tim Engles, Lon and Pam Baker and Randy Myers. The BRP Modified Tour has had great success at bringing regional cars together at various speedways in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia and Canada. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of our organization and we sure couldn’t do this without them. Bicknell Racing Products, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Bazell Race Fuels/Sunoco, BCR Racing Supplies, Big Daddy’s Speed Center, Colonial Metal Products/Colonial Slitting Industries, Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking, Frankland Racing Supply, Hall’s Safety Equipment, K. Hoffman Door, King Bros., Lakeview Fertilizer, McCandless Ford, McCool’s Signs and Graphics, Moore’s Auto Body, Racequip Safety Equipment, Rockhouse Bar and Grill, Slippery Rock Sportswear, Wrisco Industries, and X Factor Race Bodies, Franklin, PA