October 14, 2023….. Anderson, CA .…. Scott Winters of Tracy took the lead away from Kylei Keown of Redwood Valley on the ninth lap of the 60 lap main event, and fought off the challenges of Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah the remaining distance to win his fifth season victory and claim his fourth championship in the North State Modified Series. Winters’ other championships with the Ferrari-Kramer Racing Team came in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Tellstrom claimed the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts fastest qualifier award with a 16.285 second lap, followed by Winters at 16.392, Lakeport’s Charlie Collins at 16.426, Keown at 16.463 and Klamath Falls, Oregon driver Rich Cobb. With the exception of Rick Avila from Pleasanton, who chose to start at the back, the field was completely inverted in the main event.
Before NSMS starter Johnny Miskill could even throw the green flag, outside pole sitter Simi Tour from Potter Valley turned his car side-way and drove into Sacramento’s Eric Price II, causing damage to both cars. Price pitted for repairs, but Tour’s car had to be towed to the pits, ending his run.
This moved Keown up to the front row for the start where she instantly stole the lead away from Jordan Smith of Sacramento. The outside row forged ahead and by lap five it was Keown, Winters, Smith, Tellstrom and Cobb. Four rounds later Winters moved to the high side and drove around Keown to take over the number one spot. Tellstrom followed his line, dropping Keown to third.
Price dropped out on lap11 as Charlie Collins was moving forward. At the half way marker Winters and Tellstrom had a half a lap lead over Keown, Cobb, Collins, Smith, Calvin Hegje and Avila.
After a long green-flag run, the yellow flew on lap 43 when Collins tagged the back of Keown’s car, causing her to spin on the front stretch. With both cars restarting in the rear, Smith and Hegje moved up to third and fourth, but both Keown and Collins were on a mission back to the front, with Collins finally passing Keown for third on lap 50.
The final 10 circuits saw Tellstrom slowing slightly, allowing Collins to catch up. But Tellstrom kept him behind, and at the Sunoco checkered flag it was Winters the $1500 winners followed by Tellstrom, Collins, Keown, Cobb, Smith, Hegje and Avila. Mark and Sharon Baldwin, along with Doyce Eaton, donated to the driver’s puse for a good payout for all.
Hegje won the $100 O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Dash for Cash with Tellstrom a $50 second. Both were also presented with the Scriber jugs.
The event concluded a 10-year run for the North State Modified Series as promoters Jeff Stephens, Bob Strauss and Nadine Strauss have officially retired and turned the open-comp modified shows over the individual race tracks for 2024.
The North State Modified Series would like to thank all of its 2023 partners and sponsors including Sunoco Race Fuels, Racer Bling, Mark & Sharon Baldwin, Doyce Eaton, Scribner Plastics, McMurray & Sons Roofing, Frank’s Radios and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. Also many thanks to our participating race tracks: Shasta Speedway, Redwood Acres Raceway, Lakeport Speeday, Stockton 99 Speedway, Madera Speedway, All American Speedway, Ukiah Speeday and Douglas County Speedway.