Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Missouri, won the 2013 edition of the Duel in the Desert for IMCA Modifieds tonight at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tonight's victory marked his second consecutive Duel win and fourth overall. He once again collected $7,777.77 for his efforts.

Terry Phillips started the 40-lap feature from the pole position, flanked by Dominic Ursetta. Phillips jumped out to an early lead as Jeremy Payne moved past Ursetta for second place. Payne caught Phillips on lap 7 and the battle for the lead commenced as the pair pulled away from the pack. At the halfway point, Phillips continued his domination of the feature with Payne staying within striking distance. With 10 laps remaining, the leader encountered heavy lapped traffic, allowing Payne to close the gap. Payne made his move in Turn 2 and grabbed the lead from Phillips. Phillips refused to give up the fight and remained glued to Payne's rear bumper as Jeff Taylor, in third place, was catching the leaders. Payne collected the checkered flag, followed by Phillips and Taylor.

"That car was awesome. It's an awesome night," said Payne. "You always want to be pretty close to the leader when he gets into lapped traffic. I could get some runs on him early, then he'd get away. I settled down and found a groove and it was awesome."

The 16th annual Duel in the Desert attracted 246 IMCA Modified entries from 21 states and three Canadian provinces. The Sport Mod class set a new Duel record for entries with 74.

The 25-lap Sport Mod feature was won by Dean Abbey of Waco, Texas. Abbey started the feature race from the pole position, flanked by Chad Dolan. Abbey checked out on the field and left a four-car battle for second place in his wake. A caution flag on lap 8 bunched up the field but Abbey managed to pull away again. His romp was thwarted once again by a four-car accident on the back straightaway and resulting red flag on lap 9. Once again, Abbey motored away in the low groove, leaving Tyler Frye to try the high groove in second place. Jake Krone ran alone, a distant third. With just a handful of laps remaining, Frye successfully used the high groove to catch Abbey. Frye jumped the cushion in Turn 2 with two laps remaining. The miscue was costly as Abbey was given the breathing room he needed. Frye finished second and Krone was third. Krone's car later was disqualified after failing to pass post-race technical inspection, moving Chad Dolan up to third.

"This feels great," said Abbey. "We came out here last year with a new car and finished fourth. It feels good to come back out here and win a race. I figured he (Frye) was back there and I knew my motor was laying down. I was just gonna do the best I could and hold onto it and see what happened."

40-LAP, $7,777.77-TO-WIN IMCA MODIFIED A-FEATURE: 1. Jeremy Payne (Springfield, Mo.), 2. Terry Phillips (Beatrice, Nebr.), 3. Jeff Taylor (Cave City, Ark.), 4. Aaron Turnbull (Estevan, Sask., Can.), 5. Dominic Ursetta (Lakewood, Colo.), 6. Justin O'Brien (West Union, Iowa), 7. Benji LaCrosse (Green Bay, Wisc.), 8. Dylan Smith (Osceola, Nebr.), 9. Dustin Boney (Gower, Mo.), 10. Jordan Grabouski (Beatrice, Nebr.), 11. Tim Ward (Gilbert, Ariz.), 12. Justin Yeager (Green River, Wyo.), 13. Kyle Rohleder (Wakeeney, Kans.), 14. Zane Devilbiss (Farmington, New Mex.), 15. Cody Gearhart (Turpin, Okla.), 16. Jesse Stovall (Galena, Mo.), 17. Jared Hoefelman (Columbus, Nebr.), 18. Jay Marks (Bakersfield, Calif.), 19. Jeremy Frenier (Ft. Morgan, Colo.), 20. John Hansen (Brush, Colo.), 21. Will Brack (Mead, Colo.), 22. Jesse Sobbing (Glenwood, Iowa), 23. Paul Stone (Winton, Calif.), 24. Alex Stanford (Chowchilla, Calif.), 25. Scott Drake (Garden City, Kans.), 26. Bobby Hogge IV (Salinas, Calif.), 27. Tommy Fain (Abilene, Kans.), 28. Travis Sherfick (Wakeeney, Kans.).

25-lap SPORT MOD A-FEATURE: 1. Dean Abbey, 2. Tyler Frye, 3. Chad Dolan, 4. Robert Elliott, 5. Ben Kates, 6. Chuck Delp, 7. John Piker, 8. Shawn Harker, 9. Clay Money, 10. Kruz Griffith, 11. Ethan Dotson, 12. James Cecil, 13. Ryan Henley, 14. John Reid, 15. Danny Roe, 16. Tony Rost, 17. Matt Mueller, 18. Chad Reichenbach, 19. Wayne Dotson, 20. Jake Krone (disqualified).

First Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Tommy Fain (90.5) Abilene, Texas.
Second Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Bobby Hogge IV (2h) Salinas, Calif.
Third Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. John Hansen (8h) Brush, Colorado.
Fourth Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Cody Gearhart (1m) Turpin, Oklahoma.
Fifth Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Jared Hoefelman (15h) Columbus, Nebraska.
Sixth Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Will Brack (19) Mead, Colorado.
Seventh Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Scott Drake (12d) Garden City, Kansas.
Eighth Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Jeremy Frenier (17J) Fort Morgan, Colorado.
Ninth Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Jesse Sobbing (99) Glenwood, Iowa.
10th Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Jesse Stovall (00) Galena, Missouri.
11th Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Jay Marks (97) Bakersfield, Calif.
12th Modified Last-Chance Race: 1. Alex Stanford (98) Chowchilla, California.
IMCA Modified Young Guns Shootout: 1. Travis Hagen (Williston, North Dakota).
IMCA Modified Legends Race: 1. Steve Simpson Jr. (Kingman, Ariz.).
Wild West Modified Tour Showdown: 1. Justin Yeager (33Y) Green River, Wyoming.
First Sport Mod Last-Chance Race: 1. Tony Rost (69) Utica, Nebraska.
Second Sport Mod Last-Chance Race: 1. Ryan Wolla (7w) Williston, North Dakota.
Third Sport Mod Last-Chance Race: 1. Trenton Klewenow (13) Hays, Kansas.
Fourth Sport Mod Last-Chance Race: 1. Daniel Roe (03) Turlock, Calif.
Fifth Sport Mod Last-Chance Race: 1. Clay Money (7) Penokee, Kansas.
Sixth Sport Mod Last-Chance Race: 1. Matt Mueller (38) Abilene, Texas.

Nov. 8 -- Results from the second night of the 2013 Duel in the Desert:
IMCA MODIFIEDS:
First 8-lap heat race: 1. Travis Sherfick (66T) Wakeeney, Kansas.
Second 8-lap heat race: 1. Mike Mullen (99m) Suamico, Wisc.
Third 8-lap heat race: 1. Alex Stanford (98) Chowchilla, Calif.
Fourth 8-lap heat race: 1. Zane Devilbiss (18z) Farmington, New Mexico.
Fifth 8-lap heat race: Will Brack (19) Mead, Colo.
Sixth 8-lap heat race: 1. Jeremy Mills (10m) Garner, Iowa.
Seventh 8-lap heat race: 1. Jason Beaulieu (90) Campbell River, B.C., Canada.
Eighth 8-lap heat race: 1. Jeremy Frenier (17J) Fort Morgan, Colo.
Ninth 8-lap heat race: 1. Dustin Boney (22) Gower, Mo.
10th 8-lap heat race: 1. Jeremy Payne (96JP) Springfield, Mo.
11th 8-lap heat race: 1. Chet Reeves (9xxx) Bakersfield, Calif.
12th 8-lap heat race: 1. Shawn Anderson (1a) Minot, North Dakota.
13th 8-lap heat race: 1. Jay Sears (68) Reno, Nevada.
14th 8-lap heat race: 1. Travis Hagen (14T) Williston, North Dakota.
15th 8-lap heat race: 1. Chris Abelson (1x) Sioux City, Iowa.
16th 8-lap heat race: 1. Dominic Ursetta (6u) Lakewood, Colo.
17th 8-lap heat race: 1. Paul Stone (66p) Winton, California.
18th 8-lap heat race: 1. Joe Cleveland (2) Delphos, Kansas.
19th 8-lap heat race: 1. Ryan Ruter (555) Kanawha, Iowa.
20th 8-lap heat race: 1. Benji LaCrosse (54) Green Bay, Wisc.
First B-Feature: 1. Jared Hoefelman (15h) Columbus, Nebr.
Second B-Feature: 1. John Hansen (8h) Brush, Colo.
Third B-Feature: 1. Bob Moore (48) Sioux City, Iowa.
Fourth B-Feature: 1. Rob Sanders (10n) Bakersfield, Calif.
Fifth B-Feature: 1. Brad Pounds (15b) Bakersfield, Calif.
Sixth B-Feature: 1. Cody Gearhart (1m) Turpin, Okla.
Seventh B-Feature: 1. Kevin Larkins (4x) Malcolm, Nebr.
Eighth B-Feature: 1. Riley Simmons (21r) Susanville, Calif.
Ninth B-Feature: 1. Jake Donnelly (24JD) Rigby, Idaho.
10th B-Feature: 1. Kellen Chadwick (83) Oakley, Calif.

First 25-lap Modified A-Feature: 1. Jeremy Payne (96JP), 2. Dustin Boney (22), 3. Travis Sherfick (66T), 4. Zane Devilbiss (18z). First four cars transferred to Saturday's A-Feature.

Second 25-lap Modified A-Feature: 1. Dominic Ursetta (6u), 2. Benji LaCrosse (54), 3. Paul Stone (66p), 4. Tim Ward (4tw). First four cars transferred to Saturday's A-Feature.

SPORT MODS:
First 8-lap heat: 1. Jake Krone (21m) Beloit, Kans.
Second 8-lap heat: 1. Dean Abbey (26) Waco, Texas.
Third 8-lap heat: 1. Darren Thomas (14t) Atwater, Calif.
Fourth 8-lap heat: 1. Shawn Harker (40) Nebraska City, Nebr.
Fifth 8-lap heat: 1. Austin Theiss (7d) Hockley, Texas.
Sixth 8-lap heat: 1. Chad Dolan (87d) Gibbon, Nebr.
First B-Feature: Cruz Griffith (51) Taft, Calif.
Second B-Feature: 1. Daniel Gottschalk (3d) Ellis, Kans.
Third B-Feature: 1. Matt Mueller (38) Abilene, Texas.
20-lap A-Feature Qualifier: 1. Tyler Frye (55).

Nov. 7 -- Results from the first night of the 2013 Duel in the Desert:
IMCA MODIFIEDS:
First 8-lap heat race: 1. Kyle Brown (21k) Kellogg, Iowa.
Second 8-lap heat race: 1. Brandon Blochlinger (9) Concordia, Kansas.
Third 8-lap heat race: 1. Bobby Moore (48) Sioux City, Iowa.
Fourth 8-lap heat race: 1. Jared Hoefelman (15h) Columbus, Nebraska.
Fifth 8-lap heat race: 1. Jesse Stovall (00) Galena, Missouri.
Sixth 8-lap heat race: 1. Terry Phillips (75) Beatrice, Nebraska.
Seventh 8-lap heat race: 1. Scott Drake (12d) Joplin, Missouri.
Eighth 8-lap heat race: 1. Kyle Rohleder (0) Wakeeney, Kansas.
Ninth 8-lap heat race: 1. Tommy Fain (90.5) Abilene, Texas.
10th 8-lap heat race: 1. Justin Yeager (33Y) Green River, Wyoming.
11th 8-lap heat race: 1. Alan Sharpensteen (75) Amarillo, Texas.
12th 8-lap heat race: 1. Kyle Heckman (11) Bakersfield, Calif.
13th 8-lap heat race: 1. Justin O'Brien (12J) West Union, Iowa.
14th 8-lap heat race: 1. Jordan Grabouski (30G) Beatrice, Nebraska
15th 8-lap heat race: 1. John Hansen (8h) Brush, Colorado.
16th 8-lap heat race: 1. Cody Gearhart (1m) Turpin, Oklahoma.
17th 8-lap heat race: 1. Dylan Smith (95) Osceola, Nebraska.
18th 8-lap heat race: 1. Hunter Marriott (62) Brookfield, Missouri.
19th 8-lap heat race: 1. Alex Stanford (98) Chowchilla, Calif.
20th 8-lap heat race: 1. Aaron Turnbull (21x) Estevan, Sask., Canada)
First B-Feature: 1. Mike Mullen (99m), 2. Travis Sherfick (66t).
Second B-Feature: 1. Mike Densberger (81), 2. Jeremy Frenier (17).
Third B-Feature: 1. Eddie Belec (3), 2. Riley Emmel (12eh).
Fourth B-Feature: 1. Paul Stone (66p), 2. Mike Wadel (80m).
Fifth B-Feature: 1. Bobby Hogge (2b), 2. Dylan Sherfick (66d).
Sixth B-Feature: 1. Brian Foote (43), 2. Brad Pounds (15b).
Seventh B-Feature: 1. Ryan Heger (3h), 2. David Murray Jr. (97m)
Eighth B-Feature: 1. Dominic Ursetta (6u), 2. Kellen Chadwick (83).
Ninth B-Feature: 1. Chad Ayers (3d), 2. Dustin Anderson (8a).
10th B-Feature: 1. Jeremy Payne (96JP), 2. Robert Hellebust (9h).
First 25-lap A-Feature (30 cars - first four cars transferred to Saturday's $7,777-to-win A-Feature): 1. Terry Phillips (75), 2. Jeff Taylor (5), 3. Justen Yeager (33Y), 4. Kyle Rohleder (0).
Second 25-lap A-Feature (30 cars - first four cars transferred to Saturday's $7,777-to-win A-Feature): 1. Aaron Turnbull (21), 2. Dylan Smith (95), 3. Jordan Grabouski (30G), 4. Justen O'Brien (12J).
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