CALVERT CITY – Three times this season, Matt Mevert came to Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and won a high-paying race for open-wheel Modified stock cars.
Twice, on June 28 and July 19, the victories came at the expense of Nick Hoffman.
Saturday night, Hoffman got his turn in the spotlight, leading from start to finish in the 35-lap main event and claiming the $4,000 first-place prize money.
Mevert finished second. It was the first time the driver from Steeleville, Illinois, had come up short in races this season at the KLMS oval.
Other winners on the night’s program included Randy Sellars in Late Model, Benton’s Tait Davenport in Pro (Crate) Late Model and Mike Hodges in Stock Car.
Hoffman, a St. Louis-area native, now races out of Mooresville, North Carolina, as a developmental driver for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Carl Edwards.
Mevert’s streak of success started June 14, when he won the first of a pair of $3,000-to-win specials at KLMS. Hoffman did not compete in that one.
On June 28, Hoffman led the first 10 laps before Mevert caught up and engaged him in a door-to-door duel for the front.
After four laps of combat, Hoffman dropped to second and Mevert sped on to a $3,000 victory.
Only July 19, Mevert dodged a spin by another driver on the first start attempt , grabbed an early lead and outran Hoffman, who chased him all the way to the checkered flags.
On Satuday night, it was Mevert who did the fruitless chasing.
After two false start attempts, Hoffman took the lead from his outside front-row starting spot over Matt Cooper.
Mevert, who started on the inside of the third row, quickly moved up to third and passed Cooper for second place on lap 4.
But he could never get within challenging distance of Hoffman, who threaded his way through lapped traffic neatly and built as much as a 1.5-second lead.
Brian Shaw was third, Bryan Barber fourth and Trent Young fifth.
Forty-one cars were entered, and 30 started the main event.
Sellars, the popular veteran from Mayfield, won for the second week in a row and fourth time this year in the Late Model main.
He battled side-by-side with Jason Riggs in the early laps but gradually pulled away.
Palma’s Tim Brown was third, Jarryd Holshouser fourth and Charles LaPlant fifth.
Davenport got the jump from the outside of the front row over pole starter Jeff Walston and led all the way in the Crate main event to score his fifth victory of the season.
Jeff Glisson was second, followed by Walston, Ricky Waggoner and Credence Mott.
Hodges came from fifth starting spot in a five-car field, took the lead from Mike Lentz on the fifth lap and led the rest of the way for his fifth win of the year at KLMS. Kassidi Gibbs and Tya Cunningham were second and third, with Lentz fourth and Mike Watson fifth.
n At Paducah International Raceway on Friday night, Calvert City’s Troy English returned to victory lane with his fourth Crate Late Model feature win of the year.
Jeff Walston was second, followed by Ricky Waggoner, Credence Mott and Benton’s Tait Davenport.
In the Modified feature, Lucas Lee won for the third week in a row, with Jeff Elliott second. Justin Story of Benton was third, followed by Ron Wall and J.R. Mason.
Tony Cruse won the Street Stock main event, his second win of the season and first since he took the win on opening night April 18.
Dale Nelson and Kassidi Gibbs were second and third, with Gilbertsville’s Keaton Downing taking fourth place. Mike Hodges rounded out the top five.
Josh Hartman won for the second week in a row in the Oulaw Warrior four-cylinder class feature.
THIS WEEK: Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway will offer a $3,000 payoff to the winner of the Late Model feature and a $1,500 first-place prize to the Stock Car main event.
Modifieds and Crate Late Models will also be on the program, with practice scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m., qualiyfing at 6:30 and and racing at 7:30.
n PIR will present a driver appreciation night on Friday, with all drivers admitted to the pits free.
The regular program of racing in Modified, Crate, Street Stock and Warrior divisions will be offered.