Conway navigates through cautions to win on opening night

The IMCA sport modifieds A-main race took all the time allotted to finish up during opening night Sunday at the Nodak Speedway.

Cautions littered the 20-lap race as nine of the 24 racers didn’t even complete the race.

Robbie Conway – a Westhope native – led wire-to-wire, topping seven-time track champion Nathan Burke to claim this year’s first A-main race title.

And it wasn’t even close.

After a first-lap caution dictated a complete restart, Conway quickly staked himself to a sizable lead on Burke – who finished second.

Conway held the advantage amid numerous cautions by having strong restarts each and every time out.

The race gained some momentum and flow after a caution with 13 laps to go. Conway built nearly a 10-car edge and logged a 71-MPH lap when another yellow flag flew with just four laps to go.

If Burke – from Minot – wanted a chance snatch victory, this was his best opportunity.

But like all the other restarts, Conway left little doubt as to who was going to be driving down victory lane.

The race was completed on a green-white-checkered.

Zach Dockter took home third after holding that position for much of the latter half of the race. Eric Laudenschlager (Surrey) placed fourth while Robby Rosselli (Minot) finished fifth after starting in the third position.

Minot native Brock Beeter – who came one point shy of the hobby stocks title last season – was lapped and finished 17th.

Hobby stocks, modifieds and stock cars also raced on Sunday.

Races continue next weekend with 6 p.m. start times all the way through the end of May. Sprint cars come to Nodak Speedway on May 22.

John Denega covers Minot High athletics, Minot State softball and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @JohnDenega_MDN.