MASON CITY — Last year’s Modified points winner Jason Cummins waited until the season finale last summer to snare his first win. This year’s wait was a little bit easier.
Starting from the second row in Sunday night’s feature at Mason City Motor Speedway, Cummins took an early lead and held on to break through for that early-season win he was lacking.
“It’s a new car for me so it took me a couple of weeks to get used to the car … if it was my driving style or whichever,” Cummins said. “After a few weeks I think we’ve got her rolling pretty good.”
Even with the win Cummins, who had a runner-up finish in the opening week this year, said he is nowhere near satisfied with the setup just yet for the new ride.
“We’ve still got some work to do and have always got some learning to do,” he said. “There a lot of competition here so every win is a good win.”
In the Hobby Stock feature, points leader Matt White went about his business a little differently.
White, who was buried in the middle of the pack for much of the race, took advantage of a late caution to spring himself into the lead and nab his second straight victory at MCMS.
“Everybody was up top all night and I just knew we didn’t have many laps left so I thought try to stick to the bottom and that’s where it worked,” White said. “I just had to try something where they weren’t.”
Earlier in the race, a lengthy red flag was brought out after Brandon Schaer took a scary ride in his No. 3 machine into the fence in Turn 3. Schaer got turned in traffic and his car went airborne before it settled on the fence with debris scattered all over the corner.
He was able to climb out of the car on his own, but was transported to Mercy Medical Center.
Cummins wasn’t the only one who made an early-race pass stick for the win Sunday night. In the B Modifieds feature, the eventual winner was able to show off just how far the track has come in a year and a half.
Ben Moudry made the high line work for him to near perfection. After losing the lead on early caution, he fought back on the second caution to pass Jared Boumeester, who was firmly planted on the bottom line.
Moudry rode that top line all the way to victory lane – his first at the track after placing fourth in each of his two appearances last year.
Derek Green got around Mitch Hovden and Steve Jackson late in a caution-filled Stock Car feature to secure his first victory at the track this year, and Devin Jones grabbed a Tuners feature victory.