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Keith Powell Kicks Off SUPRS 15th Season with First Harvest of Speed Win at LaPorte Speedway

October 2, 2018 – LaPorte, IN Carrollton, Ohio’s Keith Powell battled back to the front late in the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), Harvest of Speed Tuesday night at LaPorte Speedway after catching leader and defending race winner Bob Gangwer by surprise in traffic with 13 laps to go in the 75 lap feature.

“To win this race, the first race of SUPRS fifteenth year, this means a lot,” explained Powell. “I want to dedicate this to my wife and my son because they’ve been going through a lot lately.”

Powell’s win in his Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports supermodified propels him to an early , but slight lead in the hunt for his first SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship title and sets the tone for what already looks to be a very competitive year of supermodified sim racing. The win also places him on top of the season long Indyana Supermod Challenge.

SEE SUPRS Gold Crest Points Standings

Two drivers that had never before sat in a supermodified, adapted very well to the radically offset beasts and proved to the SUPRS regulars that they should not be taken lightly. Craig “RookiesRock” Malkow and perennial HeatFinder.net winner Speedyman, made their SUPRS debuts memorable, running competitive laps and consistent lines.

Malkow qualified into the Fast Four and finished third in the Fast Car Dash which was won by Rob Warren. He then held held off many of the SUPRS regulars before fading to sixth place at the half-way point.

The late arriving Speedyman had only his Time Trial run to take notes on before strapping in for his heat which he won. He then set sail from the back of the starting field and carved his way up to a fine third place finish in his first SUPRS feature. He also set the fastest lap of the race and received the SUPRSCharger Award for advancing the most spots from his starting place.

Former SUPRS Member Jeff Bivens returned to action and gave the fans of the live broadcast plenty to be excited about. Biven's had plenty of reasons to be "Grumpy" after pounding the turn three wall and nearly going out and over the fence, but left with a smile on his face and none to worse for the wear.

Earlier in the evening, defending Harvest of Speed winner Bob Gangwer set fast time at 12.782 seconds.

The SUPRS racers head south next week for the Bluegrass 50 on Tuesday, October 9 at Redball Raceway in Coyote Junction, KY. Practice gets going at 8:00pm for the first rFactor supermodified race of the season at the track that SUPRS hasn’t visited since 2016. Qualifying is set for 8:30pm with the green flag dropping on racing action at 9:05pm.

Watch for full results, video link, and full post race report of the SUPRS Harvest of Speed coming soon to SUPRS.net.

Learn more about the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series by visiting www.SUPRS.net, “Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+, Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and Viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.

RACE RESULTS

15th Annual Harvest of Speed
Race 1 of 46
October 2, 2018
SUPRS NASCAR Heat W v6 mod
LaPorte Speedway
75 Laps

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Supermodified Time Trials (showing place, car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, best lap underlined, , top four eligible for Fast Car Dash)

1. 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; B&G Racing Photos, RW Woodworking: 12.794, 12.782
2. 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 13.193, 12.853
3. 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 12.860, 12.880
4. 48-Craig Malkow; None: 13.096, 13.044
5. 11-Speedyman; None; 13.249, 13.090
6. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; Stoneham, MA; Star Speedway: 13.188, 13.413
7. 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Walker’s Cleaners & Tuxedo Rental, Disturbed Motorsports: 16.686, 16.552
8. 15-Jeff Bivens; Fort Mill, SC; Carolina Panthers, Dunkin Donuts: 13.909, 14.504
9. 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 15.714, 15.427
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Supermodified Fast Car Dash-8 Laps (showing place, car number, driver name)

1. 35-Rob Warren
2. 25-Bob Gangwer
3. 48-Craig Malkow
4. 41-Keith Powell
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Supermodified Heat Race-13 Laps (showing place, car number, driver name)
1. 11-Speedyman
2. 7-Nelson Rodrigues
3. 38-Kyle Clark
4. 42-Carl Becker
5. 15-Jeff Bivens
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Feature – 75 Laps (showing place, car number, driver name, bonus, starting place/best lap time/distance behind winner)

1. 41-Keith Powell; * / P6 / 12.717
2. 25-Bob Gangwer; * / P2 / 12.718 / +0.244
3. 11-Speedyman; ! / ^ / P9 / 12.658 / +5.401
4. 35-Rob Warren; * / ** / P1 / 12.707 / +11.005
5. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; P4 / 12.835 / +1 Lap
6. 38-Kyle Clark; P5 / 12.871 / +2 Laps
7. 48-Craig Malkow; P8 / 12.866 / +3 Laps
8. 15-Jeff Bivens; P7 / 13.472 / +14 Laps
9. 42-Carl Becker; P6 / 13.568 / DNF

Time of Race: 18:21.359

* Denotes Lap Led
** Denotes Most Laps Led
! Denotes Fastest Lap of Race
^ Denotes SUPRSCharger

Photo credit: lepage71 / NASCAR Heat Racing League
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