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Cannon back in the winner’s circle at Illiana

2013-08-04T17:00:00Z 2013-08-05T18:07:14Z Cannon back in the winner’s circle at IllianaStan Kalwasinski Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 04, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | It had been about two years since Jeff Cannon visited victory lane at Illiana Motor Speedway.

Cannon, a three-time Illiana track champion, returned to familiar grounds Saturday night as he won the 35-lap Schepel Buick GMC Late Model Stock Car main event, which was part of the speedway’s annual Race Fest program.

Starting eighth in the 23-car field, Cannon took the lead from Mike White on lap 14 and held off a challenge by division points leader Paul Shafer Jr. of Portage. He finished with a 2.377-second margin over second-place finisher, Eddie Hoffman. Fastest qualifier Boris Jurkovic came from his 20th starting position to grab third. Shafer, White and Anthony Danta rounded out the top six.

“I didn’t think (the car) was going to be that good for the feature,” said Cannon, who raced sparingly in 2012. “The car turned real good. It got a little tight (wouldn’t turn) at the end. I’ll take the win. It’s the first one in a while. It was good night for us.”

Tim Cox of Park City, Ill., scored the victory in the 30-lap feature race for the visiting Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series (HOSS) winged sprint car competitors. Nailing down his first series victory of the season, Cox became the winningest HOSS driver at Illiana with his third career victory on the half-mile paved raceway. Cox bested Joe Swanson, Jerry Caryer and Hank Lower. Troy DeCaire of Tampa, Fla., was the fastest qualifier among HOSS drivers, roaring around the Illiana oval in 15.833 seconds.

Picking up his third win of the year, John Senerchia of New Lenox wheeled his Monte Carlo to victory in a rough-and-tumble 25-lap Turbo Stox feature on Illiana’s quarter-mile track. Senerchia defeated Eddie Wolf and last week’s feature winner, Chris Woodall. Chris King of Kouts continued his winning ways in the Legends division, taking the 25 lapper over Paul Shafer Sr. and Jacob Melvin.

Twenty-two cars started the 15-lap Pure Stock feature with Ricky Wilson of Frankfort, Ill., winning his first career feature race. Wilson and his four-cylinder 1986 Honda Prelude finished ahead of Alex Treptow and Ryan Lagestee. Cole Sutton of Griffith was the winner of the five-lap Bandoleros feature.

Shadyhill Speedway: Jesse Bitterling of Star City posted his third feature win of the season as he won the 20-lapper for DIRTcar United Midwestern Promoters Modified Stock Cars at the Medaryville quarter-mile dirt track. Bitterling finished ahead of Nick Allen and division points leader Tom Bell.

Travis Wolford of Winamac was the winner of the 20-lap UMP Stock Cars feature race with Eric Brown picking up his first win of the year in the 15-lap Pure Street division headliner. Gunning for a division title, Joey Iliff of Rensselaer picked up his seventh win of the season in Teen 4s feature action.

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