MOUNT VERNON — Ray Scoles of Butler took first place for the fastest time around the newly configured rough truck course at the Knox County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night.
“I’ve raced here probably 12 or 13 years, now,” said Scoles, who ran the course in a sizzling 39.56 seconds in the feature round after placing third in the preliminary. “They changed the track around and made it a lot longer this year. The jump is definitely big this year. We were getting some pretty good air off of that.”
Scoles’ run vaulted him past Steve Kash of Germantown, who finished second (39.80) and Jason Daniels of Elida, who wound up third (39.81).
“I felt a lot of pressure,” said Daniels of his run in the feature where he was seeded second. “The run felt good. Our motor wasn’t running as strong as it usually does, so that kind of worried me a bit. I tried to make a smoother run and tried to make up for it. Overall, I’m really happy with it.”
Daniels, last year’s winner, only missed second place by a hundredth of a second.