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Billy Knippenberg scores Late Model win at Grundy Speedway

MORRIS — Billy Knippenberg and Eddie Hoffman were well ahead of the rest of the field Friday night in the 30-lap Late Model feature at the Grundy County Speedway.

The two finished nearly five seconds ahead of the rest of the field, and Knippenberg took the checkered flag, 1.760 seconds ahead of Hoffman.

Tommy Knippenberg was in third place, 6.028 seconds off the lead, followed by James Gregait and Jim Weber. Rounding out the top 10 were Scott Koerner, Keith Toff, Brandon Clubb, Garrett Schwartz and John Ventrello.

In the 25-lap Mid-American feature race, Aaron Shelton cruised to a 2.777-second margin of victory over Matt Clemens. Kenny Benson was in third place, 3.945 seconds off the pace, followed by Cody Clubb and Jeremy Clubb. Making up the remainder of the top 10 were Luke Baldwin, Kevin Gentile, Jim Kachel, Cody Clougherty and Marqus Hoover.

Bill Serviss finished in the top spot in the 25-lap Street Stock feature, 1.629 seconds ahead of runner-up Chad Bayuk. Randy Weese was next, followed by John Senerchia and Tim Stewart. Making up the top 10 were Rita Fields, Cheryl Hyrn, Eddie Ligue, Mike Wienc and Dallas Frueh.

The 15-lap 4-Cylinder feature provided the tightest finish of the night, with four cars battling for the top spot on the final lap. Katie Hocking led the quartet, crossing the finish line .230 seconds ahead of James Dean. Cirk Lindemuth was .587 seconds behind the leader in third place and Scott Ingram was fourth, .793 seconds back. Making up the rest of the top 10 were Kristi Odom, Trevor Starek, Bryce Leake, Kyle Royster, Dan Schmeissing and Michael Tobuch.

Racing continues this Friday night at the Grundy County Speedway, located one mile north of Morris on Route 47 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds. There will be a full program of racing, featuring Late Model, Mid-American, Street Stock and 4-Cylinder classes. Friday night is Police, Fire Fighters and First Responders Night. The stands open at 5:30 p.m., with qualifying at 6:45 and the first race at 8. Cost of admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 12-17 and kids 11 and under are free.

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