Kelsey Rolls To Victory In Number One Speed Sportsman

By Tim Baltz

In the Number 1 Speed Equipment Sportsman Series it was Brent Kelsey taking the lead from the pole with Joel Hargrave, Jamy Begor, Brad Winters and Ryan Stabler completing the top 5 early on. Kelsey had a great race car and was on the charge looking to score his first career win. Through the field the battle for the point title was on the line as Johnathon Ferguson came into the evening 33 points in front of Kelsey but he had to come from 28th on the grid. Brent Kelsey was clearly dominant in the opening portion of the event leading the opening 6 laps before Brian Hudson slowed off turn 2 bringing out the yellow. When the green flew Brent Kelsey continued to lead but Ryan Stabler made a big move from 5th to 2nd with Jamy Begor, Joel Hargrave and Zack Arquiett completing the top 5. Ferguson had made up some ground as well as he finally made his way to the top 10 by lap 17 and was on his way forward. With 10 laps remaining Brent Kelsey held nearly a 10 car length lead as Ryan Stabler and Joel Hargrave could do nothing but hope they could catch a late caution and have a shot at the win. That came on lap 26 as Tommy Jock Jr., Billy Cook and Gabriel Cyr tangled off turn 2 and the caution was out. On the restart Ryan Stabler and Joel Hargrave did all they could but Brent Kelsey was too strong, after many season of being so close everything went his way as Brent Kelsey would charge to his first ever Sportsman win. Ryan Stabler would cross in 2nd with Joel Hargrave, Zack Arquiett and Johnathon Ferguson completing the top 5. With his 5th place finish Ferguson would claim the 2017 Sportsman track title.