DELMAR, Del — After spinning two laps into Saturday night’s 15-lap feature event, sophomore AC Delco PSC Modified driver Devin Dodson rebounded to record his fifth straight top five finish to start the season in the 602 Sportsman division at Delaware International Speedway.
Following a win in his heat race, Dodson started the feature from fifth position, and right from the initial start appeared poised for another successful showing.
With two laps complete, Dodson found himself running third with veterans Kevin Sockriter and Jordn Justice on the rear bumper of his No. 23 K-Coast/Will Brown’s Truck Repair modified.
During the battle, Sockriter’s modified jumped to the high side, and running beside Dodson the two made slight contact that hooked the 16-year-old, Bishopville, Maryland native out into the weeds at the entrance to turn three.
However, Dodson managed to avoid damage to the race car and was able to continue on, shocking both the crowd and himself.
“I do not know how we saved that racecar, but we got really lucky,” Dodson explained. “I guess we kept it going, and with how the rules are setup, if you keep the car going, you get your spot back in the lineup.”
“So, I was extremely glad to be able to return to the front and get back up there — allowing us at least a chance at another win.”
Sockriter, who is competing on a part-time basis in the AC Delco Modified this season, apologized to Dodson following the checkered flag for the unintended contact.
Once returning to the field, per Delaware’s rule book, Dodson was able to return to his position in running order — which had been third before the contact. From there, the 2015 Rookie of the Year sliced back through the field and into second, behind the No. 1RX of Dwayne Crockett.
After multiple cautions slowed the middle portion of the event, Dodson used a green flag stretch with seven laps to go to duke it out with Crockett, a long-time AC Delco Modified competitor at the speedway.
On the final circuit, Dodson got to the rear bumper of Crockett’s machine, but the difference proved to be too much and despite a last-corner effort, Dodson fell short — earning his fourth podium and fifth top five finish of the year.
“We could just not get passed Dwayne (Crockett) there,” Dodson added. “He is a really good competitor here — him and Jordn (Justice). They are going to be fun contending with for the remainder of the season. But, overall, solid night for our team. We just have to keep our head focused.”
While the result was not his intended one, Dodson still left the event second in the championship battle, just 10 markers behind points leader Justice heading into the 44th annual Camp Barnes Benefit Race on Tuesday, a non-points event.
“It is not going to be stressful, considering points are not on the line,” Dodson said. “It will be just laid back and fun. We will probably try a few things that we would not try on a normal points night. I imagine a win is our expectations.”
“I really do want to win the Camp Barnes event, that would be pretty cool. That would be a really neat event to find, especially since it is for a good cause.”
Tuesday’s Camp Barnes night is set to begin at 5 p.m., with racing starting at 7 p.m. Last season, Dodson finished 12th in the event.
CREDIT: Devin Dodson Racing