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Fast start for Cody Thompson in 2022!

Harris Auto Racing’s Cody Thompson reined in his first IMCA Modified feature win of the season, and a $1,000 paycheck, at Central Arizona Speedway on Saturday evening. (Photo by BFP Racing Photos)

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Jan. 22) – Cody Thompson got his first win of 2022 while continuing his IMCA Modified education Saturday at Central Arizona Speedway.

The 2021 national and North Central Region rookie of the year motored from ninth starting to the lead just before midway, then outran Friday winner Zachary Madrid and hard charger Matt Aukland to the $1,000 checkers.

“I just kind of worked my way up there and made my passes in (turns) three and four,” said the Sioux City, Iowa, speedster, already eligible to qualify for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. “I restarted behind Zach – he’s pretty good – after a caution and did a slide job on him for the lead.”

Thompson made nine early-season starts in Arizona last year and had six IMCA.TV Winter Nationals outings under his belt before journeying to Case Grande this January.

“Central Arizona remind me of Park Jefferson Speedway,” said Thompson, broadening his horizons by helping at a friend’s horse ranch between his Arizona starts. “It takes the same gear and has tighter corners, but races the same as Park Jefferson does back home.”

“Every time I’m on the track I learn something I can do better next time,” he said. “I’ve already learned a ton this year.”