Berry Three-Peats in IMCA Dakota Classic
Tom Berry Jr. receives applause from the grandstand after his third straight Friesen Performance IMCA Modified victory in Monday’s Dakota Classic Tour event at Williston Basin Speedway. (Photo by Byron Fisher)
WILLISTON, ND — Tom Berry Jr. went back to back when the Corral Sales IMCA Dakota Classic Tour hit Williston Basin Speedway on Monday night.
Berry picked up a third $2,000 win on the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature in as many tour starts.
Entries again topped 90 with 13 states and Canada represented in the modified main event.
Veterans Ed Turnbull and Hank Berry started at No. 1 in the modified feature. Turnbull led from the initial green flag as Lucas Lambreries, Ricky Alvarado and Berry battled to within three behind him.
Using the high line around the speedway, Berry took second and quickly caught Turnbull. He took the lead on lap nine and pulled away from the pack, dominating from there to win ahead of Alvarado, Eddie Belec, Turnbull and Lamberies.
2014 tour and three-time Williston track champion Dalton Flory took the lead in the Stock Car feature and did his best to pull away, but as the laps came to an end, Matt Speckman and his fellow Minnesota Dan Mackenthun began to bring him back.
Flory struggled to negotiate the slower traffic, which allowed Speckman to pass him. However, Flory changed course and regained the lead on the next lap.
Lap traffic remained an issue for Flory and with two laps to go Speckman flew on the outside for the win.
“It was pretty good. We were a bit quicker than Dalton and we managed it in loop traffic,” said Speckman, who started following the circuit in 2013 and recently won at Nodak Speedway there. three years old. “We’ve been on this tour for so long that we know a lot of people and just love coming here and hanging out with them. The racing is the bonus.”
Flory, Mackenthun, Trent Grager and Randy Klein, winner of the first two events on the circuit, complete the top five.
Round four takes the IMCA Dakota Classic Tour to Southwest Speedway in Dickinson on Tuesday night with Dacotah Speedway in Mandan hosting the July 13-14 programs. All tour events are broadcast by SPEED SPORT TV affiliate IMCA.TV.