McKinney, Hess, Nowak big winners in first BGM races

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Racers get a green flag to start a heat during the first BGM racing of the summer. The races were held on Saturday, June 25. More great BGM racing will take place on Saturday, July 30, during the Central Montana Fair.                                                                                                                                           Photos by Doreen Heintz

Ken Jorgenson (right) enjoys a slight lead in this heat of super stock competition. Jorgenson went on to capture first place in the B Main Super Stock race at the BGM races in June.

BGM racing personnel check out Seth Hamilton after he rolled his car during a heat of the super-modifies. Hamilton was not injured in the rollover.

Although some of the early heats provided some exciting roll-overs during the first BGM races on Saturday, June 25 at the Fergus County Fairgrounds, the first-place winners in the races included Dustin McKinney in A Main Super Stock, Trent Hess in A Main Modified and Nick Nowak in Mini-Stock. Ken Jorgenson won the B Main Super Stock, while Tyler Stidham won the B Main Modified.
Finishing second in the A Main Super Stock was Frank Williams and Brian Pearce was third. Behind Jorgenson in the B Main Super Stock was Frank Williams in second and Curtis Pace in third.
Finishing behind Hess in the A Main Modified was Paul Granot in second and Hank Slinning in third. Jerime “Worm” Granot finished second in the B Main Modified and Seth Hamilton was third.
Finishing second behind Nowak in the mini stock championship race was PJ Granot in second and Neal Tucek in third.
The BGM fans were hardly in their seats at the Grandstands when the first rollover of the day occurred. In the first heat featuring four-cylinder mini stock, Vince Pace rolled his vehicle causing a three-car pileup on the far turn of the track. Two of the vehicles were able to continue the race, but Pace was out of the competition. Nowak ended up winning this first heat.
The second heat of the late afternoon featured six super-stock cars racing six laps. Dustin McKinney took the lead on the second lap and crossed the finish line after the six laps.
In the second heat of the superstocks, only three cars finished the race, with Dave McCoy winning the heat.
The next three heats of competition were the modified cars. Another pile up of four cars in the first lap saw the race having to be restarted. Slinning ended up winning the heat by a solid margin. According to Joe Toller, announcer during the competition, the second heat of modified had “some serious horse power in this one.” In a rather uneventful competition, “Sweet” William Jones won the heat. The third heat saw another roll-over in the far turn of the track. This time it was Seth Hamilton who finished on his top. Trent Hess and Larry Glidewell battled back-and-forth for the lead in this heat with Hess finally getting the checkered flag.
After the preliminary heats were run, candy was handed out to the kids and a 50-50 drawing was held, it was time for the excitement of the championship races. 
Anyone who missed this first opportunity to see the exciting BGM competition will have another chance during the Central Montana Fair. On Saturday, July 30, the afternoon will be filled with more BGM racing. Following the BGM competition, a demolition derby will be held Saturday evening.



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