Kunert is Grundy Co. Ace

Austin Kunert won the mid-season 50-lap championship for late-model production cars at Grundy County Speedway in Illinois on Friday night. (Photo Chris Goodaker)

MORRIS, Ill. — Grundy County Speedway held its Carter Memorial Mid-Season Championship stock car racing schedule on Friday night with Austin Kunert coming home as the winner of the 50-lap championship for late-model stock cars.

The event was held in honor of the Carter family, who have been involved in auto racing in the Grundy County area since the 1920s.

Making only his second start on the cobbled third mile oval, Kunert drove the No. 71 Chevrolet owned by Josh Nelms, sponsored by Lisa Thomas Salon/VanDoorn Racing Development/Wheaton Laundry, to victory – his second career win in as many starts. The first arrived last season.

Starting on pole from the 12-car field for the 50 laps, the Batavia, Illinois driver led all the way until with two laps to go he was sent into a spin after contact with Blake Brown. Brown, who had battled with Jim Weber and DJ Weltmeyer for positions, tapped, putting Kunert back in front for a two-lap drive to the finish.

Kunert took the checkered flag with a 0.367 second advantage over Weltmeyer, fast qualifier Larry Schuler, Eddie Hoffman, Scott Koerner and Weber.

Jeff Wakeman was the winner of the Midwest MASS Stock Car Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts sportsman to headline 35 laps. Wakeman edged out John McMahon, fast stopper David Einhaus, Kevin Murphy, Rickey Mathis Jr. and John Ventrello.

Winner for the third time this year, Scotty Gardner took top honors in the 30-lap street stock race against James Dean, Scott Gardner, Randy Weese and Darrell Gay.

Picking up his second win of the season, Trevor Starek took victory in the four-cylinder main event. Starek defeated Elijah Atkinson and last year’s division champion Cameron Preisler. Jacob Senerchia won the Super Cup Series headliner.

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