It was the first 1-2 finish for the Jonesborough drivers at the 4/10-mile Bulls Gap dirt track this season.
Tyler Smith and Byrd started on the front row, but Smith slid up the track as the cars went into the turn. It left an opening for Ford to dive below both of them and to take over the top spot.
Ford, driving a Chevrolet for Elizabethton car owner Michael Whitehead, stayed out front the rest of the 25-lap feature. He was pressured throughout the race by Byrd, a three-time track champion.
With the race slowed once for caution, Ford powered ahead of Byrd on the restart and kept his No. 83 car in the lead for his second win of the season.
Byrd stayed in his tire tracks and finished second. Rusty Ballenger, Jason Welshan and Trevor Sise rounded out the top five.
Tim Maupin of Johnson City was 15th and another Jonesborough racer, Bobby Mays, finished 18th. With his runner-up finish, Byrd passed Maupin for fourth place in the track championship standings.
Kip Sawyer of Knoxville won the Sportsman Late Model feature, while the Steel Head Late Model class wasn't in action. It meant twin features for the Modified Street class with Morristown drivers Chris Rickett and Shannon Emery winning races.
Other winners were Lee Merritt of Knoxville in Classic and Rex Coffey of Morristown in the 602 Street division.
Another night of weekly championship racing is scheduled for Saturday night.
LOCAL IHRA WINNERS
Local racers were among the big winners at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular bracket race at Wilkesboro (N.C.) Dragway last weekend.
William Daniels of Newland, N.C., matched his 7.02 dial-in to become the $5,000-to-win race winner, while Scotty Johnson of Roan Mountain finished runner-up.
Macey Oxentine of Mountain City took home both a $700 Junior Dragster winner's purse and a $250 bonus for being a IHRA Summit SuperSeries member.
Gale Lumpkins was the Pro winner and Billy Turner was the No Box winner last Saturday at the IHRA-sanctioned Cherokee Raceway Park in Rogersville.
Bristol Dragway will host the BTE World Footbrake Challenge with three days of high dollar bracket racing this week.
With three separate Triple 10s races Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the winners take home $10,000 each day.
The action begins Thursday with a Test n' Tune session followed by a $3,000-to-win Gambler's Race to get racers tuned up for the bigger money the next three days. Time permitting, another Gambler's Race will take place after the action winds down on Friday.
MORE WEEKLY ACTION
It is a busy weekend of local racing scheduled with Kingsport Speedway hosting a full night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing on Friday night followed by. Besides the dirt track and drag racing action on Saturday, local motocross racers get back on track with a Hot Summer Nights Supercross series event at I-81 Raceway Park.