Starting on the pole position of the 20-lap DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature, defending track champion Jeremiah Shingledecker of Polk, Pa., marched to his fourth consecutive opening night win at Tri-City. Driving his Village Auto/Steve’s Teez Bicknell No. 37MD, Shingledecker earned his 17th career win at Tri-City, which ties him for fifth on the all-time win list with four-time track champion Brian Swartzlander.
“I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to my mother and mother-in-law, and all the moms out there,” said Shingledecker. “I want to thank all the fans for coming out on such a cold night. This is a new car and our first win this year. It’s a little more loose than the last car, and I think we are finally getting the hang of it.”
Shingledecker led every lap of the race and was hardly challenged the distance. Dean Pearson ran second at the start and held off Mike Turner over the first half. After the lone caution waved on the ninth circuit, Shingledecker continued to pace the field while Rex King dove under Turner for third. King continued to hound Pearson before taking over second with five laps remaining, but Shingledecker was gone in the distance. At the finish, Shingledecker was the winner over King, Pearson, Brad Rapp and Turner.