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Abelson, Ursetta win first night qualifiers at

record setting Duel In The Desert special


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 12) – Chris Abelson and Dominic Ursetta won

IMCA Modified qualifying features, on a record-setting opening night

for Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Duel In The Desert special.


The top four finishers from each qualifier earned starting spots on

the inside row of Saturday’s $7,777 to win main event. Bob Moore,

Terry Phillips and Jason Brees chased Abelson to the checkers;

Ursetta won in front of Jay Steffens, Vern Jackson and Eddie Belec.


All eight will draw during Friday’s program for respective starting

positions in the big show. The front eight on the outside wlll

qualify Friday, with the final 12 determined in last-chance races on



Abelson and Ursetta both won from the front row. Belec made his way

in from his “B” and passed 22 cars for fourth.


Two hundred and sixty-two Modifieds were entered in the season-ending

event, 41 more than last year’s high water mark. The top two

finishers from each of 20 heats and the top two from each of 10 “B”

features advanced to one of the two qualifiers.


Twenty-three states and three Canadian provinces are represented in

the Duel field. The winner also joins the ballot for the 2010 Fast

Shafts All-Star Invitational.


Both Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are on the Friday card,

along with the second round of qualifying for the Wild West Tour



Hot laps begin at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.


First qualifying feature –

1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa;

2. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa;

3. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.;

4. Jason Brees, Strasburg, Colo.;

5. Darrick Klima, Belleville, Kan.;

6. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.;

7. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.;

8. Nate Caruth, Ames, Iowa;

9. Scott Drake, Webb City, Mo.;

10. Jeremy Mills, Garner, Iowa;

11. Troy McElroy, Grand Junction, Colo.;

12. Reese Coffee, Hinton, Iowa;

13. Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif.;

14. Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.;

15. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.;

16. Richard Anderson, Shelly, Idaho;

17. Christy Georges, El Paso, Texas;

18. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.;

19. Travis Metz, Blackfoot, Idaho;

20. Brandon Carley, Farmington, N.M.;

21. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa;

22. Jim Graves, Liberal, Kan.;

23. Monte Bolton, Lubbock, Texas;

24. Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.;

25. Justin Schweitzer, Bakersfield, Calif.

26. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas;

27. Sherman Barnett. El Paso, Texas;

28. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz.;

29. Will Brack, Mead, Colo.;

30. Scott Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.;


2nd qualifying feature –

1. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.;

2. Jay Steffens, North Platte, Neb.;

3. Vern Jackson, Waterloo, Iowa;

4. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.;

5. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton, Iowa;

6. Jeff Taylor, Jonesboro, Ark.;

7. Clay Daly, Bakersfield, Calif.;

8. John Flory, Williston, N.D.;

9. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif.;

10. Chris Burk, Friend, Neb.;

11. Terry Belcher Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.;

12. Bryan Burnes, Lemoore, Calif.;

13. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.;

14. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.;

15. Levi Kiefer, Pahrump;

16. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.;

17. Anthony Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.;

18. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.;

19. Jerry Bailey, Pocatello, Idaho;

20. Kenny Kirkpatrick, Nipomo, Calif.;

21. Jason Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho;

22. Dennis Durmas, Whitewater, Colo.;

23. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.;

24. Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas;

25. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.;

26. Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas;

27. Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah;

28. Randy Hall, Olean, N.Y.;

29. Tim Czarneski, Denmark, Wis.;

30. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.



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