Two drivers took their first wins at Marshalltown in 2014 on Friday night, while three others returned to the winner's circle. Racing action was exciting and intense all night along on J&V Napa Auto Parts Night at the Races.
The first feature of the night was the Flat Track Quads, but the initial start was called back because Richard Blom was still sitting at the start line. Travis Brandt jumped to the lead and appeared as if nothing was going to slow him down until the last lap. Something mechanical coming off four delayed Brandt and allowed Mike Rupe to sneak across the finish line in first. Brandt finished second, Jordan Brown was third, Mark Johnson was fourth and Brandon Gillette was fifth.
The Mod Lites were out next for their 15-lap feature event. Travis Stensland started on the outside front row and he grabbed the lead early. In fact, he led all the laps to take his first-ever win at Marshalltown. They were battling two- and three-wide behind him at times, and Terry Brown took runner-up honors as his brother Charlie Brown got upside-down in turn four come to the checkered. Tim Hennigar, Mike Morrill and Jimmy May were third through fifth.
Tyson Overton led the opening circuit in the 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stocks feature, but it was Gary Pfantz taking it away on lap two. Shortly thereafter, the caution came out when Garrett Eilander took a sharp right off the top in turn one. Pfantz held on to the lead until lap four when Tyler Pickett took it away. Pickett saw the caution come out on lap eight, and on the restart it was Austin Luellen working a different lane. Luellen grabbed the lead away and led the remaining laps to take his seventh win at Motown in 2014. Eric Stanton was second, Pickett third, Kyle Parizek fourth and Brice Udelhoven fifth.
It seemed like same story, different week in the Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature as Jenae Gustin grabbed the early lead. Not even a pair of early cautions bothered Gustin, but when she caught lap traffic, Logan Scott took the lead on lap 15. A lapped car slowed Scott down and something broke in the rear end, giving the lead back to Gustin on lap 16. Gustin went on to take her third in a row and fifth of the season at Motown. Sam Wieben worked his way up to finished second, Keagan Scott was third, Clint Luellen was fourth and Brett Lowry fifth.
Robert Stofer led the first lap in the IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature, but Jeff Wollam took it on lap two. Wollam grabbed the lead and held on through a pair of cautions, but Don Vis' power plant expired, dumping oil on the track. Donavon Smith saw the spill and went to the high side, taking the lead away with two to go. Smith took the win over Wollam, Trent Murphy, Stofer and Jay Schmidt.
Heat 1: 40RC Rod Clement - 43S Scott Simatovich - 26J Joel Rust
Heat 2: 18J Jake Strayer - 10K Ronn Lauritzen - 505 Racer Hulin
Feature: 1. 18J Jake Strayer (Newton); 2. 26J Joel Rust (Grundy Center); 3. 10K Ronn Lauritzen (Jesup); 4. 40RC Rod Clement (Rhodes); 5. 43S Scott Simatovich (State Center); 6. 69 John Logue Jr. (Boone); 7. 17R Derek Reimer (St. Anthony); 8. 1J Jeff Streeter (Madrea, Calif.); 9. 12 Andrew Kinser (State Center); 10. 12X Trent Jackson (Marshalltown); 11. 505 Racer Hulin (Laurel); 12. 02A Coty Albers (Wellsburg); 13. 2Z Zack Rawlins (Newton)
IMCA Stock Cars
Heat 1: 3W Jeff Wollam - 35 Donavon Smith - 19J Jay Schmidt
Heat 2: 93 Michael Jaennette - 47 Scott Pippert - 2 Dave Atcher
Heat 3: 50 Robert Stofer - 94 Steve Meyer - 25 Trent Murphy
Feature: 1. 35 Donavon Smith (Lake City); 2. 3W Jeff Wollam (Marshalltown); 3. 25 Trent Murphy (Scranton); 4. 50 Robert Stofer (Jefferson); 5. 19J Jay Schmidt (Tama); 6. 24 Eric Brown (Boone); 7. 94 Steve Meyer (Grundy Center); 8. 22K Kevin Rose (Boone); 9. R31 Ryan Leeman (Roland); 10. 87A Aaron Matthias (Fairbank); 11. 43X Nate Thelen (Newton); 12. 46 Trent Barker (Floris); 13. 50X Kevin Balmer (Garwin); 14. 04 Don Vis (Marshalltown); 15. 2 Dave Atcher (Marshalltown); 16. 93 Michael Jaennette (Newton); 17. 47 Scott Pippert (Elberon); 18. 042 Doug Russell (Conrad); 19. 196 Chuck Davis (Conrad); 20. 3 Scooter Dulin (Cedar Rapids); 21. 45 Matt Deaton (Newton)
IMCA Northern SportMods
Heat 1: 13T Taylor Musselman - 7R Ryan Ashton - 7 Carter VanDenBerg
Heat 2: 6T Siraj Thomason - 69JR Johnathan Logue - 198 Sam Wieben
Heat 3: 21L Matt Lettow - 38X Logan Scott - 57R Ryan King
Heat 4: 19J Jenae Gustin - 25 Travis Peterson - 83 Keagan Scott
Feature: 1. 19J Jenae Gustin (Marshalltown); 2. 198 Sam Wieben (Dysart); 3. 83 Keagan Scott (Odebolt); 4. 3L Clint Luellen (Minburn); 5. 72 Brett Lowry (Montezuma); 6. 80J Jared Van Deest (Holland); 7. 69JR Johnathan Logue (Boone); 8. 7 Carter VanDenBerg (Oskaloosa); 9. 82 Jake McBirnie (Boone); 10. 32N Neil Follett (Conrad); 11. 80 Duane Van Deest (Grundy Center); 12. 3S Adam Shelman (Ames); 13. 98 Bill Hildreth (Marshalltown); 14. 26B Bryan Johnson (Roland); 15. 6T Siraj Thomason (Montezuma); 16. 38X Logan Scott (Odebolt); 17. 16 Austin Schuring (Newton); 18. 55V Jared Vandewalle (LeGrand); 19. 33R DJ Robinson (Ankeny); 20. 57R Ryan King (Montour); 21. 25 Travis Peterson (Gladbook); 22. 21L Matt Lettow (Roland); 23. 7R Ryan Ashton (Beaman); 24. 13T Taylor Musselman (Norwalk); 25. T17 Tom Rawlins (Kellogg); 26. 7SR Shawn Ritter (Keystone); 27. 7V Jesse VanderWal (McCallsburg); 28. 406 Shawn Weatherly (Eldora)
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Heat 1: 7B Eric Stanton - 3A Austin Luellen - 82 Jennifer Hulin
Heat 2: 42T Tyson Overton - 20E Eric Larson - 500 Garrett Eilander
Feature: 1. 3A Austin Luellen (Minburn); 2. 7B Eric Stanton (Carlisle); 3. 5A Tyler Pickett (Boxholm); 4. 17K Kyle Parizek (Belle Plaine); 5. 26 Brice Udelhoven (Newton); 6. 4X Gary Pfantz (State Center); 7. 4W John Watson (Des Moines); 8. 88 Mike Leffler (Ankeny); 9. 3X Steve Fricke (Marshalltown); 10. 81M Travis Merical (Marshalltown); 11. 82 Jennifer Hulin (Marshalltown); 12. 17 Andy Peck (Newton); 13. 42T Tyson Overton (Carlisle); 14. 20E Eric Larson (Holland); 15. 85M Dillon Million (Marshalltown); 16. 500 Garrett Eilander (Newton); 17. 14T Mitchell Thomas (Marshalltown); 18. 18D Kevin Deery (Boone)
Heat 1: 15 Andy Hennigar - 28 Terry Brown - 5J Jimmy May
Heat 2: 82 Charlie Brown - 57 Tim Hennigar - 6 Mike Morrill
Feature: 1. 89 Travis Stensland (Nevada); 2. 28 Terry Brown (Nevada); 3. 57 Tim Hennigar (Clarion); 4. 94 Dustin Marshall (Prairie City); 5. 6 Mike Morrill (Altoona); 6. 5J Jimmy May (DeSoto); 7. 15 Andy Hennigar (Ankeny); 8. 01 DJ Schmalzried (Nevada); 9. 64 Randy Bryan (Ames); 10. 8 Dusty Masolini (Des Moines); 11. 4 Travis Brandt (Des Moines); 12. 13 Ryan McCrory (Pleasant Hill); 13. 4L Larry Sorenson (Ames); 14. 12 Amber Coffman (Nevada); 15. 3G Joe Glick (Des Moines); 16. 82 Charlie Brown (Nevada); 17. 95 Mike Kennedy (Boone); 18. 46Z Bryan Zehm (Ames)
Flat Track Quads
Heat 1: 4 Travis Brandt - 69 Doug Sylvester - 20 David Petithory
Heat 2: 08 Mike Rupe - 47 Jordan Brown - 22 Vance Misel
Feature: 1. 08 Mike Rupe; 2. 4 Travis Brandt; 3. 47 Jordan Brown; 4. 45 Mark Johnson; 5. 57 Brandon Gillette; 6. 00 Richard Blom; 7. 8y Justin Sutherlin; 8. 3 Shane Houston; 9. 69 Doug Sylvester; 10. 22Vance Misel; 11. 2 Brian Eley; 12. 96 Rich Hesseltine; 13. 20 David Petithory
The final feature of the night was the 20-lap IMCA Modifieds feature. This week's feature was different from last week's as this one went green-to-checkered. They went four-wide on lap one and when it all settled coming across the line it was Jake Strayer out front. Strayer led the remaining laps and held challenges from Ronn Lauritzen and Joel Rust to take his first win at Motown in 2014. Rust grabbed second away from Lauritzen, while Rod Clement was fourth and Scott Simatovich finished fifth.
Next Friday will be Old Timers Lounge and Witten's Warriors Night. Hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.