Forster Doubles Up At Cocopah; Ward And West Also Winners

Forster Doubles Up At Cocopah; Ward And West Also Winners

Forster Doubles Up At Cocopah; Ward And West Also Winners

By Ben Deatherage

Somerton, Arizona-

Once more three Speedway Motors IMCA Weekly Racing classes were in competition at Cocopah Speedway on Saturday, February 20th. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mods, and IMCA STARS Mod Lites complimented the card of the final night of the Western States Dwarf Car Nationals at the ⅜-mile track. For the IMCA Modified main event, Yuma’s Marvin Mueller got the front on the drop of the initial green flag. He did his best to keep his car ahead of the competition but would be overtaken on lap three by Jerry Flippo. Flippo, of Bakersfield, California, steered his vessel ahead of the rest of the pack but was eventually caught. Tim Ward, originally from Chandler but currently residing in Harcourt, Iowa, overtook Jerry Flippo on lap fourteen. Ward was by no means out of the woods as he had to deal with some thick lapped traffic. Seventh starting Ward held on to capture his first win of the 2021 campaign in the caution-free affair to become the eleventh different winner in the national scene and the sixth driver to have won at Cocopah. Tim is also the tenth different driver to have won once in KMJ Performance Arizona State competition and the eleventh Shaw Race Cars Western Region feature victor. Jerry Flippo ended the night second with Mesa’s Chaz Baca Jr., in third. Russell Allen, from Brawley, California, earned fourth over fifth finishing Imperial, California veteran Lance Mari. Mari and Flippo were the two heat race winners. In the IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mods feature, Markus Frazier showed the way for much of the race. The Santa Maria, California based racer, of Frazier, did face a barrage of challengers at which point were three drivers looking to overtake him. Markus lost the top spot around lap fifteen to Daniel West, from Bakersfield, California. Just two cautions slowed the field down and took out the factor of lapped traffic in the closing stages. West again had to hold back some contenders but ended the evening atop the rest of the field for his first win of the year. West is the ninth different IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mod winner at Cocopah Speedway in 2021. Chris Toth, of Holtville, California, rallied to second after spinning earlier while third was Yuma’s Miles Morris. The rest of the top five was made up of Jimmy Davy, also of Yuma, and Rock Springs, Wyoming chauffeur David Pitt. Heat race wins earlier in the program went to David Pitt and Daniel West. In the IMCA STARS Mod Lites, Richard Kemp, of Phoenix, took control of the front of the field on the initial start. Bakersfield, California’s Cade Lewis was quick to get around him and lead the pack for the second circuit. Six cautions took place in the main event and two late stoppages set things up for a close finish. With just two laps to go Zac Forster, also from Bakersfield, California, overtook his nephew, of Lewis, to gain the point. Forster held on to win for the second time of the season and now has the most IMCA STARS Mod Lite wins in the state of Arizona and is tied for most in the country. Bakersfield, California pilot Kaden Cochrun made a late pass for second with Cade Lewis settling in third. The balance of the top five comprised of A.J. Whisler, from Anthem, and Chandler’s Collin Bender in fourth and fifth. Zac Forster, Cade Lewis, and Kaden Cochrun won their respective heats and picked up the Yoshimura podium bonus as well given out from the aftermarket high performance exhaust manufacturer

Photo Credit: Bobby McMorris

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