By Matt Davis
Heading to the Kokomo Speedway this past Sunday I kept my eye on the radar, curious if we would be rained out for racing. We dodged a Mother Nature bullet when the storms moved south and the sun finally peaked out of the clouds for the race fans.
The exciting sprint cars were first up this evening with their qualifying action. Following the sprint cars were the drivers from the UMRA hot lapping to get their cars dialed into the track. Driver Jake Moore had some maintenance trouble while hot lapping. He was quickly called off the track when his belly pan under his car started dragging.
In the first heat race Jason Goff and his #96 car pulled ahead very quickly. Kevin Blue had a promising night starting in the pole position, and hanging close behind the leader. Eric Fehrman who is Goff’s teammate and UMRA Rookie Devin Fairchild battled for third and fourth places. It was lap number six when things changed for the leader when he caused the first and only caution of the race. Jason Goff’s car suffered substantial rear end damage and was forced to pull into the infield. This allowed Fehrman to pull ahead of the pack and hold on two more laps for the victory at Kokomo Speedway. Kevin Blue racing out of Franklin Indiana finished in second place, and Devin Fairchild got a third place finish.
The second heat race included six UMRA drivers. Rookie Tristan Maggart had the pole position, but had a very hungry pack of veteran racers behind him wanting his spot. The Rookie only held his position for three of the eight laps. The Goff Racing Team of Terry Goff and Trent Henderson both started in row three, and it did not take them both long to move up the pack. Terry Goff passed Maggart, and never looked back cruising to another victory in his extensive racing resume. Trent Henderson stayed behind his car owner finishing in second place. Robbie Roland racing out of Carthage Indiana kept his car in check, and finished in third place. The Rookie Maggart crossed the finish line in fourth place.
The feature race included 12 racers and 20 laps of excitement for the fans of the Kokomo Speedway. Terry Goff did not race in the feature; he decided to let his son Jason take the reins of the #15 TQ midget car. Eric Fehrman and his #19 midget had the pole and were out to a very early lead. Robbie Roland moved into second place on lap two, when Ron Hamm spun out in turn two. On lap three there was another caution when Jason Goff spun out in turn two, and Doug Sininger had nowhere to go but into Goff. Both cars could not return to the race. Goff was very upset because he started in last place and was climbing the pack very quickly. Kevin Blue and his #5 car pulled into the pits half way through the race. Eric Fehrman could not be caught and finished the feature race in victory lane with his second victory of the night. A proud car owner and driver happily accepted the feature trophy and checker flag on a beautiful night for racing. Robbie Roland and his #78 midget car finished in a respectable second place, and it was Trent Henderson who crossed the finish line in third place.