Feature Results Kyle Robinson started 14th and finished second. Butler, Chase Vineyard and 21st starting Tyler Bragg rounded out the top five. “I got a good draw and got out to a good lead early,” he said. “Dean showed me his now with five or six to go. I moved down and held him off.” Dean Abbey regained the lead following a late restart and went on to win the Saturday Corona Kicker feature for Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Modifieds – 1. R.C. Whitwell; 2. Ethan Braaksma; 3. Matt Guillaume; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Chris Elliott; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Ken Schrader; 8. Chris Bragg; 9. Mike Hansen; 10. Glen Hibbard; 11. Jon White Jr.; 12. Kelsie Foley; 13. Ashton Wilkey; 14. Jeffrey Abbey; 15. Wesley Veal; 16. Travis Mosley; 17. Larry Adams; 18. Josh Cain; 19. Tyler Stevens; 20. P.J. Egbert; 21. Justin Whitehead; 22. Mark Adams; 23. Curtis Allen; 24. Tanner Blac And after leading start to finish of the main event at Southern Oklahoma Speedway, the Tucson, Ariz., driver collected a $1,250 check for his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. More than 140 IMCA drivers ran at Ardmore with Saturday wins going to Jeffrey Abbey in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Dean Abbey in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. R.C. Whitwell led every lap in winning Friday’s Corona Kicker feature for IMCA Modifieds at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Jeffrey Abbey, a former Modified track champion at Ardmore, was back on the track for the first time in most of two months and held off his older brother in getting the Stock Car win. William Gould, the 19th starting Guillaume and Ryan Powers were next across the stripe. ARDMORE, Okla. (May 1-2) – After winning his heat race, R.C. Whitwell knew he’d be going into Friday’s Corona Kicker IMCA Modified feature with a fast car. “The car was pretty decent in the heat race handling-wise. We didn’t make any changes for the feature,” said Whitwell, who’d made just two previous starts at Southern Oklahoma, in 2017 and last year. “Our setup was good, we had a fast car and it ended up working pretty good for us.” And Dean Abbey got the lead back from Tate Butler after a restart after running second most of the 20-lap feature for the Southern SportMods, which also saw 50-plus entries. “It was a good feeling to get back to racing,” said Abbey, who plans to be a regular at Ardmore this season. “It was good to get back to a little normalcy.” Matt Guillaume, Josh McGaha and Chris Elliott completed the top five. Hard charger Jeff Taylor started 16th and ended in sixth. Fifty-six Modifieds contested at the opening night show in Ardmore and nine states were represented in the evening’s headline event. Pole starter Whitwell ran the bottom most of the 20-lapper, going to the top in the second set of turns to work through lapped traffic and outrunning Ethan Braaksma to the checkers. Stock Cars – 1. Jeffrey Abbey; 2. Dean Abbey; 3. William Gould; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Ryan Powers; 6. Tommy Fain; 7. Dennis Bissonnette; 8. Cary White; 9. A.J. Dancer; 10. Aaron benedict; 11. Dustin White; 12. Todd Decker; 13. Rob Moseley; 14. Jeramey Bradley; 15. Kenny Merritt; 16. Sam Spadaro Jr.; 17. John Hobbs; 18. Troy Burkhart; 19. Marcus Hahn; 20. Shelby Williams; 21. Erik Miles; 22. Bobby Miller; 23. Jason Batt; 24. Landon Mattox. Saturday Corona Kicker checkers flew for IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner Jeffrey Abbey. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Kyle Robinson; 3. Tate Butler; 4. Chase Vineyard; 5. Tyler Bragg; 6. Matthew Day; 7. Kaden Honeycutt; 8. Blaine Shives; 9. Tommy Dove; 10. Trevor Foley; 11. Casey Brunson; 12. Ryan Thomas; 13. Matt Beasley; 14. Cullen Hill; 15. Shawn Graham; 16. Zack Oliva; 17. Trey Willoughby; 18. Austin Bonner; 19. Justin Cox; 20. Brandon Watson; 21. Jared Baird; 22. Shelby Williams; 23. Tyler Honeywell; 24. Chase Raymond.
Further defensive grit from the hosts kept their line intact, as Devin Toner was held up short after a Brendan Macken break from deep had set up a frantic 13 phases. Connacht also won a late scrum penalty, five metres from their own whitewash, and Darragh Leader was narrowly wide with a monster penalty attempt on the resumption. The second half remained scoreless until Marmion’s magical score in the 56th minute as he broke past Madigan from a ruck and stepped inside Rob Kearney to touch down to the left of the posts. Carty converted to edge Connacht in front for the first time and Leinster struggled to respond – they leaked possession at a close-in lineout maul and Kearney was unable to control a Reddan chip through near the right corner. Gopperth ran out of space to try a drop goal late on and Connacht – with centre David McSharry putting in hit after hit – forced a final knock-on to seal the deal. Press Association Kieran Marmion’s early contender for try of the season saw the westerners take the spoils and make a bit of history in the process – this is the first time ever that they have begun a league campaign with three successive wins. Connacht fell foul of referee John Lacey’s whistle early on, allowing Leinster to take a 9-3 half-time lead with Ian Madigan successful with three of his four penalty attempts. Jack Carty kicked the hosts’ lone reply and having kept Leinster scoreless while captain John Muldoon was in the sin-bin, a superb solo try from scrum-half Marmion had Connacht leading by the 55th minute. With their scrum turning the tables on Leinster, Pat Lam’s young side showed great fortitude in defence to see out a nail-biting victory and repeat the province’s September 2012 success against the Blues. Madigan kicked the visitors into a third minute lead, rewarding his pack for an encouraging first scrum. Carty’s first attempt at goal – a difficult long range penalty – fell wide. Leinster were eager to take advantage of the wind at their backs and Madigan landed the second of two penalty attempts outside the 10-metre line. An over eager Muldoon then infringed at a ruck for his side’s fifth penalty concession of the opening quarter hour, and Madigan split the posts for a 9-0 scoreline. The home crowd finally had something to shout about when Marmion’s one-handed flick set prop Nathan White free down the left wing. Matt Healy also tested the Leinster defence before a well-struck Carty penalty opened their account in the 21st minute. The loss of Muldoon, who was carded for side-entry at a ruck, allowed Leinster advance into try-scoring range and only a forward pass from Eoin Reddan prevented Madigan from running in the game’s first try. Fourteen-man Connacht stood up to the task though, their efforts typified by man-and-ball tackles by Niyi Adeolokun and Robbie Henshaw as the rain came down from the dark Galway sky. The Sportsground erupted at the finish as Connacht held on to defeat defending Guinness PRO12 champions Leinster 10-9 and end their 11-match losing streak in Irish interprovincial derbies.