PARK CITY, Kan. — A force to be reckoned with, Ryan Timms was the fourth different driver to lead the way after charging through the field from 11th on Thursday night at 81 Speedway to claim his fourth career victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
It was the third victory of the week for Timms on night six of Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week presented by Smiley‘s Racing Products.
“We went out and walked the track during intermission, and the bottom was still pretty juiced up, so I figured I could probably use it on the start, and it worked, and just went from there,” commented Timms of the start.
Using restarts on lap 13 and 15 following an open red, Timms made it to third seven laps later. Chasing Colton Hardy and J.J. Hickle on a lap-21 restart, Hickle lost grip on the restart, giving the No. 41 a shot at a slide job in turns one and two. Taking the point, Hardy was not alone as Timms slipped into second.
Going after the Highline Clothing Co. No. 41, the pair began sliding each other at both ends of the 81 Speedway. Advantage Timms as the field raced under the white flag; Hardy threw a bomb into the first and second turns.
Making it to the cushion, Hardy busted through the cushion and slammed the wall, sending him flipping.
“I figured he was going to go for it and probably get the wall, but I didn‘t think he‘d flip,” Timms said. “There wasn‘t a whole lot up there to catch you, and when he bombed it off in there, I just turned down to get back under.”
Green-white-checkered to the finish, Timms was careful to hit his marks for fear that Hickle was going to slide him. Timms pulled away by 1.119 seconds.
Hickle held on for second, with Blake Hahn coming back to finish third after falling back as far as sixth. Matt Covington crossed fourth, with Brandon Anderson ending up fifth after leading the opening 10 laps.
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 5T-Ryan Timms; 2. 63-JJ Hickle; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 95-Matt Covington; 5. 55B-Brandon Anderson; 6. 10C-Jeremy Campbell; 7. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 8. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 9. 36-Jason Martin; 10. 115-Nick Parker; 11. 91T-Tyler Thomas; 12. 1X-Jake Bubak; 13. 77X-Alex Hill; 14. 9$-Kyle Clark; 15. 10P-Dylan Postier; 16. 91-Jeff Stasa; 17. 41-Colton Hardy; 18. 88-Travis Reber; 19. 1-Brenham Crouch; 20. 19-Colby Thornhill; 21. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 22. 18-Lorne Wofford; 23. 98-JD Johnson