Racing was hot and heavy on Johnny Ray’s Sports Bar & Grille Night as the final checkered flag was displayed just before the heavy rain came.
Bryan Zehm jumped out to the lead in the Mod Lites 15-lap feature event. Zehm pulled away only to see the caution come out on lap three for Steven Kennedy spinning in turn two. Zehm was not to be denied as he took the win over Josh May, Jimmy May, Charlie Brown and Joe Glick.
Up next was the 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stocks feature event, and it was Gary Pfantz grabbing the early lead. Pfantz led until the caution came out on lap six for Travis Merical in turn four, and Jamie Schirm and Garrett Eilander climbed to Pfantz’s back bumper. Schirm grabbed the lead by the exit of turn two on the restart and went on to take the victory. Eilander took second away from Pfantz, John Watson came in fourth and Travis Staley was fifth.
The Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature saw Tom Rawlins and Ryan Ashton lead the field to the green flag, and Ashton took the early lead. The caution came out on lap four when Rawlins slid off the top side of turn three. On the restart, Ashton saw Matt Lettow and Jayme Duinink right behind him and it was Lettow taking the lead away on lap seven. The caution came out on lap 12, too, and on this restart Clint Luellen jumped into the fray. Luellen eventually grabbed the lead away and scored his seventh win in weekly competiton at Motown in 2014. Lettow settled into second, Jenae Gustin was third, Johnathan Logue finished fourth and Sam Wieben was fifth.
Don Vis led the opening lap in the IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature event, but Donavon Smith worked his way through the field from the 11th starting spot to the lead on lap three. Smith saw the caution come out twice on lap four, but when racing resumed he pulled away undeterred by the challenges from Damon Murty. Steve Meyer, Robert Stofer and Michael Jaennette rounded out the top five.
The IMCA Modifieds feature was the final feature of the night, and it went green-to-checkered. The field went three-wide on lap one, but it was rookie Jake Strayer grabbing the top spot. Richie Gustin worked his way from ninth to second and then took the lead away on lap six, going on to take his fourth win of the season at Motown. Last week’s winner Racer Hulin was second, Jon Snyder was third, Strayer came home fourth and Ronn Lauritzen was fifth.
The Speedway roars back to life on Wednesday night as the stars from the United States Modified Touring Series will run a Casey’s Hunt Race along with the Iron Man Challenge series for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Hot laps start at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.
Then on Friday night it will be the North 3rd Ave. Dairy Queen Larry Wollam Season Championship Night. It will be the final night for track points. The top 12 in points will be locked into the feature, while all other cars will run a last-chance race for starting position. Also making a return visit to the quarter-mile will be the flat track quads. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
Heat 1: 69X Jon Snyder – 18J Jake Strayer – 26J Joel Rust
Heat 2: 19G Richie Gustin Jr. – 10K Ronn Lauritzen – 9E Eric Elliott
Feature: 1. 19G Richie Gustin Jr. (Gilman); 2. 505 Racer Hulin (Laurel); 3. 69X Jon Snyder (Ames); 4. 18J Jake Strayer (Newton); 5. 10K Ronn Lauritzen (Jesup); 6. 26J Joel Rust (Grundy Center); 7. 64ZC Brandon Leeman (Roland); 8. 12 Andrew Kinser (State Center); 9. 12X Trent Jackson (Marshalltown); 10. 40RC Rod Clement (Rhodes); 11. 9E Eric Elliott (Boone); 12. 19 Jimmy Gustin (Marshalltown); DQ/13. 43S Scott Simatovich (State Center)
IMCA Stock Cars
Heat 1: 50 Robert Stofer – 59 Tracy Gienger – 94 Steve Meyer
Heat 2: 99D Damon Murty – 93 Michael Jaennette – 54 Robbie Merkle
Feature: 1. 35 Donavon Smith (Lake City); 2. 99D Damon Murty (Chelsea); 3. 94 Steve Meyer (Grundy Center); 4. 50 Robert Stofer (Jefferson); 5. 93 Michael Jaennette (Newton); 6. 59 Tracy Gienger (Newton); 7. 22K Kevin Rose (Waterloo): 8. 54 Robbie Merkle (Des Moines); 9. 042 Doug Russell (Conrad); 10. 04 Don Vis (Marshalltown); 11. 43X Nate Thelen (Newton); 12. 199 Nick Thelen (Kellogg); 13. 50X Kevin Balmer (Garwin); 14. 196K Kyle Rhoads (Grinnell); 15. 25 Trent Murphy (Scranton); DNS/16. 22R Todd Reitzler (Grinnell); DNS/17. 8 Mitch Evens (Independence); DNS/18. 3W Jeff Wollam (Marshalltown)
IMCA Northern SportMods
Heat 1: 3L Clint Luellen – 19J Jenae Gustin – 21L Matt Lettow
Heat 2: 69JR Johnathan Logue – 98 Bill Hildreth – T17 Tom Rawlins
Heat 3: 7R Ryan Ashton – 777 Jayme Duinink – 198 Sam Wieben
Heat 4: 7SR Shawn Ritter – 82 Jake McBirnie – 63 Matt McCahen
Feature: 1. 3L Clint Luellen (Minburn); 2. 21L Matt Lettow (Roland); 3. 19J Jenae Gustin (Marshalltown); 4. 69JR Johnathan Logue (Boone); 5. 198 Sam Wieben (Dysart); 6. 80J Jared Van Deest (Holland); 7. 777 Jayme Duinink (Pella); 8. 7SR Shawn Ritter (Keystone); 9. 98 Bill Hildreth (Marshalltown); 10. 3S Adam Shelman (Ames); 11. 57R Ryan King (Montour); 12. 99B Jim Bonschmit (Clemons); 13. 7R Ryan Ashton (Beaman); 14. 6K Mike McNeal (Van Horne); 15. 55V Jared Vandewalle (LeGrand); 16. 82 Jake McBirnie (Boone); 17. 9 Scott Williams (Atkins); 18. 16 Austin Schuring (Newton); 19. 71 Glenn Gladson Jr. (Des Moines); 20. 32N Neil Follett (Conrad); 21. 406 Shawn Weatherly (Eldora); 22. 25 Travis Peterson (Gladbrook); 23. 63 Matt McCahen (Waterloo); 24. 7V Jesse VanderWal (McCallsburg); 25. T17 Tom Rawlins (Kellogg)
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Heat 1: 56 Jamie Schirm – 7B Eric Stanton – 500 Garrett Eilander
Heat 2: 14T Mitchell Thomas – 82 Jennifer Hulin – 5A Tyler Pickett
Heat 3: 4X Gary Pfantz – 3A Austin Luellen – 25 Brice Udelhoven
Feature: 1. 56 Jamie Schirm (Dexter); 2. 500 Garrett Eilander (Newton); 3. 4X Gary Pfantz (State Center); 4. 4W John Watson (Des Moines); 5. 121 Travis Staley (Hampton); 6. 5H Andy Hick (Adel); 7. 82 Jennifer Hulin (Marshalltown); 8. 7B Eric Stanton (Carlisle); 9. 20X Calvin Dhondt (Kellogg); 10. 3X Steve Fricke (Marshalltown); 11. 81M Travis Merical (Marshalltown); 12. 17 Andy Peck (Newton); 13. 85M Dillon Million (Marshalltown); 14. 3A Austin Luellen (Minburn); 15. 42T Tyson Overton (Carlisle); 16. 52 Josh Saunders (Newton); 17. 5A Tyler Pickett (Boxholm); 18. 14T Mitchell Thomas (Marshalltown); 19. 26 Brice Udelhoven (Newton)
Heat 1: 46Z Bryan Zehm – 64 Randy Bryan – 66F Eric Hendrickson
Heat 2: 89 Travis Stensland – 3G Joe Glick – 5J Jimmy May
Feature: 1. 46Z Bryan Zehm (Ames); 2. 99 Josh May (De Soto); 3. 5J Jimmy May (De Soto); 4. 82 Charlie Brown (Nevada); 5. 3G Joe Glick (Des Moines); 6. 15 Andy Hennigar (Ankeny); 7. 6 Mike Morrill (Altoona); 8. 64 Randy Bryan (Ames); 9. 17 Cory Sauerman (Grimes); 10. 4 Travis Brandt (Des Moines); 11. 01 DJ Schmalzried (Nevada); 12. 4L Larry Sorenson (Ames); 13. 95K Steven Kennedy (Boone); 14. 12 Amber Coffman (Nevada): 15. 11R Jason Whitehead (Nevada); 16. 8 Dusty Masolini (Des Moines); 17. 57 Tim Hennigar (Clarion); 18. 89 Travis Stensland (Nevada); 19. 66F Eric Hendrickson (Ankeny)
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.
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.