David Smith, Jr.
NCRA Public Relations
Kennedys Long Drive from Iowa Pays Off for NCRA Mod Lite Victory!
Park City, Kansas – September 2, 2017 - Mike Kennedy made the long-tow from his Boone, Iowa home worth the drive as he claimed his first career National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products mod-lite feature victory Saturday night at 81 Speedway in Park City.
Trace Ayers and Kinderknecht started on the front row for the twenty-lap feature with Kinderknecht grabbing the lead as the green flag fell. Sixth starting Dustin Forsberg made his way up into the third position on the opening lap and passed Ayers for the runner-up position on lap three. Three laps later Ayers would reclaim the runner-up position while current point leader Kindeknecht had opened a sizeable lead over the rest of the field.
Ayers would experience mechanical gremlins coming down the front stretch on lap nine and would exit the race track with Forsberg reclaiming the second position.
Kennedy, who started fifth, got past Forsberg for the runner-up position at the races midway point before the first and only caution of the feature would fall on lap fourteen when Cody Kretchmar spun in turn four.
The final restart was Kinderknechts undoing as Kennedy would get a run on the leader coming down the front stretch on lap fifteen and would cruise the rest of the way to pick up the victory.
Kinderknecht settled for second while Briley Goodwin, Randy Bryan and Charlie Brown rounded out the top five.
The two, eight lap heat races for the sixteen-car field were won by Ayers and Kinderknecht.
Next up for the NCRA Mod-Lite division will be on Saturday night, September 9, at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta.
81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
September 2, 2017
1st Heat (8 Laps): 1) 6-Trace Ayers, ; 2) 60-Cody Kretchmar, ; 3) 64-Randy Bryan, ; 4) 95-Mike Kennedy, ; 5) 22-Alex Loveless, ; 6) 7Zane Hansen, ; 7) 15B-Tyler Bradshaw, ; 8) 1-John Miranda, 
2nd Heat (8 Laps): 1) 1JR-Justin Kinderknecht, ; 2) 3D-Dustin Forsberg, ; 3) 19A-Ryan Ayers, ; 4) 2-Briley Goodwin, ; 5) 82-Charlie Brown, ; 6) 91-Jason Roe, ; 7) 66-Jeremy Heim, ; 8) 23-Abby Morris, 
A Feature (20 Laps): 1) 95-Mike Kennedy, ; 2) 1JR-Justin Kinderknecht, ; 3) 2-Briley Goodwin, ; 4) 64-Randy Bryan, ; 5) 82-Charlie Brown, ; 6) 3D-Dustin Forsberg, ; 7) 22-Alex Loveless, ; 8) 66-Jeremy Heim, ; 9) 15B-Tyler Bradshaw, ; 10) 7-Zane Hansen, ; 11) (DNF) 23-Abby Morris, ; 12) (DNF) 60-Cody Kretchmar, ; 13) (DNF) 6-Trace Ayers, ; 14) (DNF) 91-Jason Roe, ; 15) (DNF) 19A-Ryan Ayers, ; (DNS) 1-John Miranda
Lap leaders: Kinderknecht 1-14; Kennedy 15-20