Ward secures victory in SMART Modified Tour at Caraway Speedway

Brandon Ward ended up with the trophy after the SMART Modified Tour feature Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Caraway Speedway)

SOPHIA – Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem bumped his way past Joey Coulter with eight laps remaining to take the victory in the Warrior 100, an event that was part of SMART Modified Tour, on Saturday night at Caraway Speedway.

Bobby Measmer Jr. placed third, followed by Jonathan Brown and Zach Brewer. Former NASCAR Cup Series standout Bobby Labonte placed 11th.

Measmer led qualifying with a lap at 16.171 seconds but the top-eight redraw put Tim Brown and Burt Myers on the front row.

In other open wheel action, Jeremy Gerstner stepped into the seat of the second Lowder Racing 602 Modified and took the measure of the field in the 40-lapper. Gerstner slipped past Justice Calabro on lap 25 and held off Jaxson Casper. Calabro took third.

In Mini Stocks, A.J. Sanders showed up late for practice but returned to his winning ways after 40 laps. Tyler Bush led the first four laps before Chuck Wall took over the top spot for four laps.

In the Challenger feature, Allen Vance made short work of the field while claiming his second win in as many weeks in the 40-lap race. Brodie Duggins notched his best Caraway Speedway finish in the runner-up slot.

In UCARs, Steven Collins fended off Ron Mock to take his second victory of 2023 with a wire-to-wire effort in the 15-lap race.

In Bootleggers, Jon Morton made it two victories in a row.

This Saturday, all regular divisions at the speedway will have twin features, including two 35-lappers for Late Models.

By Randolph Record