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KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 28, 2015) – White Lightning Motorsports recorded its first career 1-2 finish last Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in the 305ci class.
Devin Kline claimed the feature victory, which marked his fourth official triumph of the season during eight races, with teammate Jamie Ball posting a second-place result during his first 305 start since 2011.
“We couldn’t have wrote the script any better,” Kline said. “To be able to do that shows how strong our program is. It was a great night.”
Kline kicked off the event by qualifying third quickest. He then advanced from sixth to second place during a heat race before pulling the No. 2 during the feature redraw to earn a starting spot on the outside of the front row for the 12-lap feature.
“We’ve been lucky with the redraw all year,” he said. “We started second and shot out to the lead. The car was perfect. There was a good bottom so we were stuck to that. The only way I’ve been slowing down all year is in lapped traffic and I told myself I wasn’t going to do that. Under a caution I saw Jamie was in second. It was fun being able to race with him. I knew I just had to hit my marks.”
Kline did just that as he held off Ball for the win.
“My car owner started piecing together a 305 earlier this year that he wanted me to run for him,” Ball said. “Things went a little slower than we anticipated so I didn’t get to run it for the first time until Saturday.”
Ball qualified second quickest and finished fifth in a heat race. The feature redraw lined him up on the outside of the third row, but it didn’t take long for him to join his teammate near the front. Ball powered into the runner-up position on Lap 5 and maintained a close pace with Kline until the checkered flag.
“We were both making the same moves through the bottom,” Ball said. “I never really lost, but never really gained. The new motor hadn’t been fueled very well. It had some smaller nozzles and it didn’t take off on a late-race restart. I had the pedal matted to the floor, but it didn’t get going until the flag stand.”
Ball also competed in the 360ci class at the half-mile oval, where he timed in 13th quickest during qualifying before ending second in a heat race. That lined him up on the outside of the sixth row for the main event.
“I moved up pretty quickly,” he said. “Within the first three laps we were up to ninth. The car was real good. It was one of the better cars we’ve had this year. Starting 12th it makes it hard to get by those guys and pass most of them because the level of competition is just phenomenal. I’m definitely happy with going forward.”
Ball will return to action this Thursday at the Dubuque County Fair Race in Dubuque, Iowa, and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway.
QUICK RESULTS –
July 25 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa (360 class) – Qualifying: 13; Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 8 (12).
July 25 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa (305 class) – Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 2 (6).
July 25 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa – Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 2 (6); Feature: 1 (2).
SEASON STATS –
JAMIE BALL – 21 races, 1 win, 4 top fives, 9 top 10s, 14 top 15s, 20 top 20s
DEVIN KLINE – 8 races, 4 wins, 4 top fives, 5 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 8 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Thursday at Dubuque County Fair in Dubuque, Iowa, with the Sprint Invaders and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
MEDIA LINKS –
Jamie Ball Website: http://www.JamieBall.com
Devin Kline Website: http://www.DevinKline.com
Jamie Ball Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieBall5j
Devin Kline Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DevinKline5j
Here is a link to highlights of Kline’s first win of the season at Knoxville Raceway on May 9: https://youtu.be/ErMdMcbuxjQ
Here is a link to highlights of Kline’s second win of the season at Knoxville Raceway on May 23: https://youtu.be/3BbJfIPVbqc
White Lightning Motorsports has t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase at their race trailers in the infield of each sprint car event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Ostrich Racing Engines
Ostrich Racing Engines offers performance 305ci, 360ci and 410ci engines. Along with being a dealer for many of the top product manufacturers, Ostrich also offers a complete machine shop service and dyno facility for the do-it-yourself racers. For more information, visit http://www.OstrichRacingEngines.com.
“We have been utilizing Ostrich power since we started our race team,” Jamie Ball said. “Lee and the crew at Ostrich build a great engine and provide great service. At Knoxville Raceway you must have a great engine and Ostrich has been providing us with some of the fastest engines in the country. All of our cars are consistently top qualifiers and top runners and we credit that to our Ostrich Racing Engines.”
White Lightning Motorsports would also like to thank Matt Jones Trucking, Jerry & Kelly Johnston, Housby, JJ Kane Auctioneers, BCP Weddings, Timber Line Tree Service, The Hearing Clinic, Sweet Manufacturing, Bell Helmets, Driver Websites, Iowa State Savings Bank, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Hoosier Tire, MPD Racing, Champion Oil, Wingdance Graphics, Shell Shock and Hooker Harness for their continued support.
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