Canton, IL — (September 14, 2013) — For the first time since 1996 one driver swept the sprint car and midget features, at the Tom Knowles Memorial, Saturday, when Christopher Bell won at Spoon River Speedway.
The MOWA sprint car portion of the event went to Bell, after he won every race he was in during the night holding off Jerrod Hull.
Hull, who had won the last two Tom Knowles Memorials under the MOWA banner, ran the top of the track early in the event, and actually passed Bell on a re-start early in the race only to have a caution come out and take the pass away.
Bell did not let the same thing happen on the next re-start, as he made the bottom side of the racetrack work to perfection. In fact, Hull would eventually move to the bottom of the racetrack hoping Bell would make a mistake.
“He ran the bottom as good as you could run it,” Hull said of Bell on the front stretch after the feature.
Paul Nienhiser would finish in the third as he continues his hot streak of late. The youngster, from chapin, Ill., has moved to third in MOWA points with strong finishes over the last five nights of MOWA action. In fact, Nienhiser has not finished outside the top 10 during the that streak.
Kevin Doty, in 1996, was the last driver to win both the midget feature and sprint car feature at the Tom Knowles Memorial. The event was celebrating its 29th year, in 2013.
Jake Blackhurst, a midget regular from Farmington, Ill., made his first career 410 winged sprint car start, winning his heat. He slipped a bit as the track slicked off, but finished seventh in the dash and 10th in the feature event. His only prior winged sprint car experience was in a 360 sprint car two years ago.
Jim Moughan, who started 10th, finished fourth, while Joey Moughan, who started 16th, was fifth when the checker flag fell.
Action continues with the MOWA series, Oct. 4, when it again doubles up with POWRi during the Friday night festivities for the Gold Crown Nationals, at Tri-City Speedway, Pontoon Beach, Ill.
The season concludes with a two-day weekend Oct. 11 and Oct. 12. Friday, Oct. 11, Lincoln Speedway, Lincoln, Ill., hosts the MOWA series, before the season championship, Saturday, Oct. 12, at Jacksonville Speedway.