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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

2020 Fair AMX Races rocks the Grandstands

 

August 5, 2020

Tyson Jones completed his heat race desipte having to make this turn with a wheel issue. Photo by Pierre Bibbs.

Though they didn't get to race under the lights at the Phillips County Fair, the Dodson AMX Speedway brought plenty of thrills and a few spills last Saturday Night at the 105th Annual Phillips County Fair.

The races alternated with the Crash for Cash Demolition Derby. The co-event drew the largest crowd amongst grandstand events at the fair. There was a total of 24 cars running in AMX.

"I thought the crowd was awesome," Dodson AMX Prresident Keith Cowan said. "I felt the car count was down but still good for the circumstances and things went really smoothly."

Cowan said that he hopes to run side by side with the Demolition Derby in next year's fair.

The AMX A Main Stock Class was won by Lewistown's Dustin McKinney who has now won the event in the last four years at the PC Fair (2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.)

"It feels good," McKinney said. "I just come here to have fun, put on a show for the fans, and make friends at the track. That's what it's all about.

McKinney's run to his four-peat featured less drama this year than in his previous wins, as he led from start to finish in his 1975 Chevy Camaro.

"I started in front during the heat race and in the main," McKinney said. "I got out front and stayed out there. I ran a clean race, didn't make any mistakes, and used my head."

Tony Bibeau of Havre took second in the A Main Stock Championship. Tyson Jones took third place, Gerome Lamb took fourth place, and Jeremy Jessen was fifth.

The Super Main was won by Lewistown's Nick Nowak. Nowak started the race with the lead and then was passed by Jamie Jaynes. Jaynes built a nice lead, leading the race in the second lap to the fifth lap before he encountered engine issues that dropped him out of the race. Nowak led the last few laps. Frank Kindle took second and Jaynes took third. McKinney opted to compete in the superclass and completed the race.

The B Main Stock was won by Lewistown's Dave McCoy, who led throughout the race.

"I got out in front, looked in the mirror and was like, there is no one here, so I don't have to race, I just have to drive," McCoy said.

McCoy was asked how he felt about being able to race at the PC Fair given many fairs have stopped running in 2020.

"It was good," McCoy said. "I am glad I came. It was a good race, fun day, and all good. I love it here. It's a great crowd, a beautiful venue and I'm glad they are doing this fair."

Despite his win in the B Main, McCoy opted not to go up to the A Main event.

"To go up, you had to give up the money," McCoy said. "I figured that I'm here and I am going to keep the money."

Frank Williams clawed back from fifth place and took home the second place trophy in the B Main. Jeremy Jessen of Grass Range took third place, Travis Anderson of Dodson was fourth, Malta's Troy Manoukian was fifth, Turner's Keith Kowan was sixth, Mike Plouffe was seventh and Justin Lamb was eighth.

Malta's David Jaynes won the C Main race, which was comprised mostly of drivers from Malta. Those drivers included Robert Kindle who placed second, Bill Simanton who was third, Luke Brown who placed fourth, and Gage Abrahamson who was fifth. Abrahamson had a bit of hard luck, flipping his car during the fourth heat of races.

Jalen Lamb won the Pitman Race, fending off the aggressive driving efforts of Jerey McEwen who was runner up in the race. Cody Welch took third, Wes Lundstrom was fourth and Cody Morris was fifth.

Rae Bibeau won the Podwerpuff Race, after passing Maria Brown on the second lap of the race. Brown took second in the race and Justin Lamb finished third.

 

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