Rookie takes second win at speedway

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— Either H.D. Craig is a good teacher or Nick Craig is a naturally talented driver.

It's probably a little bit of both.

Nick, the younger brother of Hayden Speedway veteran and track champion, H.D., won his second IMCA Modified main event race Saturday night during the Street Stock Mayhem race night.

It was only the fourth race of his career.

"I taught him everything he knows," H.D. joked after the race.

If that is the case, H.D. taught Nick to have patience and not get rattled early in a race.

On the fourth lap, Nick was sandwiched between Nate Hitz and Brent Bloom in a four-car accident. Hitz and Bloom had to leave the track with disabled cars. Nick stayed on the track with minimal damage.

"I was lucky because they hit me in my doors and didn't do very much damage," he said. "Sometimes you get the breaks like that."

Nick and his No. 23 car moved its way up the pack during the race that had six yellow flags and a red flag after the pile up.

He took the lead after the final restart with six laps left.

"I knew it was close to the end, but I had no idea how close," Nick said. "There were definitely more laps than I thought. I didn't see this win coming until late."

Nick pulled away after the final yellow, and it left his brother in a race with No. 27 Scott Aibner for second. Aibner held of H.D. for second place.

In the featured race of the night, it looked like Street Stock driver Jaceson VanGrandt had the best car on the track through the first half of the race.

With seven laps remaining, VanGrandt's No. 8 car suffered a flat tire during a yellow-flagged lap. He raced off the track, but his return from the pit was less than a minute too late. The race had started, and he could only watch.

Jason Musser, who was in second before the flat tire, took the lead and opened up a half-lap lead.

"It would have been tough to stay with Jaceson if he'd made it back," Musser said. "It was a good, clean and fun race."

Musser won in Vernal, Utah, last week.

"It's been a good two weeks," he said. "About as good as it can get."

Musser said he had difficulties controlling his car during the heat and trophy races, but when the track tacked up, it was "about the best I've seen it."

Despite having just three cars in the class, the Super Streets provided some of the most exciting racing. Samantha Johnston, Dean Dare and Troy Goodson were within five car lengths of one another early in the race. Several times, Johnston and Dare did some bumping. Dare lost his front and rear bumpers in separate collisions.

Goodson left the track after eight laps, leaving the two racers that had been rubbing for first.

Dare led until eight laps remained. John----ston passed him on the inside. After John--ston made the pass, she opened up the lead and held it to the checkered flag.

Sport stock class results were unavailable by press time.

The next race at the speedway is the Super Street Challenge on June 24. Gates open at 6 p.m., and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

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