Tiffany wins IMCA modified class

Bethka and Long also claim wins

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HAYDEN -- Doug Tiffany's celebration after winning the IMCA modified class included a spin out by the finish line and jumping on top of his car to point to the crowd.

The driver from Delta deserved it; his race was the closest Saturday night at the Hayden Speedway's Open Invitational.

Tiffany took the lead after the third of four yellow-flag restarts and held off charges from several cars for 10 laps.

On a night that had as much drama in the stands as on the track, the speedway had 48 cars compete in five main events.

Before the main events, a timber that holds tires in place for parking was dislodged by a car and landed on a fan.

The unidentified fan was taken to the hospital with chest injuries. Race officials said the fan's wife insisted they stay and watch the rest of the races, so officials hoped that was a sign the injuries weren't too serious.

After a 40-minute delay, the main events commenced.

In the sport stock class Steve Bethka of Olathe led from start to finish for the main event title.

Tim Long of Grand Junction dominated the other seven cars in street stock class in similar fashion to Bethka.

Officials combined super street and limited late models because of only two cars in supers. In the race, Troy Goodson and Gregg Kolbaba extended their unbeaten streaks in the super and limited classes respectively. They have both won the two main events this year. Goodson and Kolbaba were the only Craig racers to win titles.

They finished 1-2 in the race and were minimally challenged by other racers in their classes.

The speedway will have rare back-to-back races this month with the Pro Stock Powerhouse scheduled for next Saturday.

Results for the top three of every class and races will be available in Tuesday's Craig Daily Press.

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