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Baker benefits again in late-model feature at Grundy County Speedway

MORRIS – For the second consecutive week Friday, Plainfield’s Ricky Baker took advantage of a late mishap involving cars in front of him to win the late-model feature in the stock-car racing program at Grundy County Speedway.

Front-runners John Nutley and Brett Sontag collided in Turn 4 as they approached the white flag, and Baker finished with his sixth win of the season.

Baker, who also was the fast qualifier, won by 0.324 seconds over Dave Gentile. Eddie Hoffman, Billy Knippenberg, Scott Koerner, Mark Sontag Jr., Brandon Clubb, Chris Cooling, Larry Schuler and David Einhaus rounded out the top 10.

Sontag passed Nutley on the final lap to win the first heat. Erik Pierce was first and James Gregait second in the second heat.

Matt Clemens took the lead from Kevin Murphy on Lap 19 and went on to win his first Mid-American feature of the season. Points leader Tom Knippenberg was second, followed by Murphy, Joe Vinachi, Kevin Gentile, Luke Baldwin, John Ventrello, Vince Cooper, Chuck Yuris and Cody Clubb.

Knippenberg had the fast time. Cooper and Ventrello finished 1-2 in the first heat. Jim Kachel won the second heat ahead of Jeremy Clubb.

In Street Stocks, fast qualifier John Senerchia won the feature, with points leader Eddie League second.

Then came Rita Fields, Billy Rud, Jake Bradley, Rob Scamen, Bob Davis, Tim Stewart, Craig Matteson and Darrell Gay.

Don O’Leary won the first heat, with Fields second. Scamen beat Rud to the finish line in the second heat.

Spencer Leake had the fast time and won the pure stocks feature. Justin Mikel was second. Zach Sontag, Austin Blackwell, Will Shepherd, Alex Clubb, Brian Clubb, Cirk Lindemuth, Dan Schmeissing and Trevor Martin completed the top 10.

Sontag and Blackwell finished 1-2 in the first heat, Clubb and Michael in the second and Steve Hespen and Eric Davis in third.

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