A beautiful Friday night saw 91 cars sign in, including drivers from California and Australia. Racing got three-, four- and a sometimes five-wide on Clement Heating and Cooling and Wolf Seeds Night.
The youngsters were treated to a candy toss on the front stretch thanks to Clement Heating and Cooling.
The first feature of the night was the 15-lap Mod Lites, and it was Charlie Brown grabbing the early lead before a caution came out for Joel Huggins in turn 2. Brown continued to lead but was in an intense battle with Bryan Zehm. Zehm grabbed the lead on lap nine but Mike Morrill grabbed the lead away a lap later. Morrill went on to take his first win at Motown in 2015. Randy Bryan got by Zehm for second. Cory Sauerman and Josh May rounded out the top five.
Ryan King started outside front row of the IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature and he took advantage by grabbing the top spot. King saw the caution come out on lap two for multiple incidents, and again a lap later for debris. Brandon Williams grabbed the top spot away on the restart but Jared Van Deest worked his way up to take the lead away on lap six. After cautions on laps 11 and 12, Van Deest held off challenges from Jenae Gustin to take his third win of the season. Gustin finished second with Williams in third. Travis Peterson outdueled Clint Luellen for fourth.
Mitchell Thomas grabbed the lead early in the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stock feature event but the caution came out three times in the first two laps. Austin Luellen took the lead away on the restart, overcame two more yellows and lap traffic and captured his seventh win at Motown. Eric Stanton and Tyson Overton were second and third. Tim Barber and Garrett Eilander finished fourth and fifth.
Tim Fobian led the opening lap in the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Car feature but it was David Brandies taking the lead away on lap two. Two cautions came out, one on lap three and another with just two laps to go. Brandies held off a late challenge from Donavon Smith to take the win. Steve Meyer, Jay Schmidt and Michael Jaennette finished third through fifth.
Joel Bushore led the first five laps in the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds 20-lapper before a caution came out. Bushore saw Richie Gustin sneak by for the lead on the restart, but it wasn’t easy. Brian Irvine made several attempts to prevent the win for Gustin but his efforts were in vain. Josh Gilman, Adam Larso and Bushore rounded out the top five.
Next Friday night is Rumours Bar & Grille Night with all five weekly classes in action. Hot laps start at 6:50 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy Gustin (IMCA Modifieds), Donavon Smith (IMCA Stock Cars), Austin Luellen (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Jared Van Deest (IMCA Northern SportMods) made return visits to victory lane, while Joel Huggins picked up his first of the season in the Mod Lites in Friday’s Karl Performance Night at the Races at the Marshalltown Speedway.
The Mod Lites 15-lap feature event saw three wide racing on lap one but it was Randy Bryan grabbing the early lead. Bryan saw Joel Huggins work his way from eighth to second, Huggins took the lead away on lap three. Huggins bobbled in turn four on lap nine but he managed to hold off Travis Stensland, Mike Kennedy, Josh May and Bryan for the win.
Dusty Masolini started outside row one in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature and he took advantage by taking the lead after fending off Kevin Yearington, Colby Heishman and Ryan King. Masolin began to pull away until lap traffic slowed him down and others began to find a line that worked for them. Travis Peterson worked his way to the inside and took the lead away on lap 13. Peterson had Jared Van Deest, who took second away from Masolini and Masolini right there. Peterson liked the bottom meanwhile Jared Van Deest like the top side and they got into a battle the final laps and it was Van Deest making the return trek to victory lane. Peterson settled for second, Sam Wieben was third, Clint Luellen was fourth and Masolini fell back to fifth.
Travis Merical led the first lap in the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stock feature event but just after the 1st lap the caution came out for debris. Eric Stanton took the lead away on lap two just before another caution for debris. Stanton saw Austin Luellen worked his way through and it was Luellen taking the lead away. Luellen went on to take his 6th win of the season at Motown. Stanton came home second. Brice Udelhoven finished third, Gary Pfantz was fourth and Andy Hick was fifth.
Nick Thelen wrestled the lead away from JD Kennedy in the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Car feature. Thelen lead until lap four when Donavon Smith worked his way from eighth to the lead. Smith was not fazed by the caution as he went on to take his 4th win at Motown. Michael Jaennette, Dave Atcher, Trent Murphy and Steve Meyer rounded out the top five.
The final feature of the night was the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds feature and it was Adam Larson, who started inside row two taking early race lead. Larson looked comfortable out front however shortly after he jumped the cushion opening the door just as the 1st race caution came out on lap eight. Larson lead but it was Jimmy Gustin taking it away with ten laps to go. Another caution came out on lap 11 when Joel Rust was sitting in the exit of turn two. Gustin looked comfortable but the battle was excitng behind him with Larson, Richie Gustin and Ronn Laurtizen racing for position. Jimmy Gustin held on to take the win with Lauritzen, Larson, Richie Gustin and Jon Snyder finished second through fifth respectully.
Racing action continues again next Friday Night with hot laps at 6:50 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
Marshalltown Speedway hosted the Deery Brothers Summer Series on Tuesday night for the annual visit to the high banks, sponsored by H & F Distributing and Rumours Bar & Grill. About 100 cars signed in to battle, including 31 Late Models.
Taking checkers on Tuesday were Jason Rauen (Late Models), Josh May (Mod Lites), Justin Comer (INEX Legends) and Curtis Van Der Wal (SportMods). Jeff Aikey won the Late Model Australian Pursuit.
Tim Hennigar and Randy Bryan led the field to the green flag in the 20-lap Stars Heartland West Series Race for the Mod Lites, and it was Hennigar taking advantage. After just two laps, the caution came out for Mike Stoker and David Simpson in turn one.
Hennigar continued to lead through the caution on lap five for Tanner Gottman and lap eight for Simpson again. Hennigar appeared to be heading to the win, but when a caution came out with two laps to go, Josh May took advantage of the green-white-checkered finish to take the victory in front of Hennigar, Bryan, Jimmy May and Jeff Stensland.
Brayton Carter grabbed the lead on lap one in the IMCA Northern SportMods 20-lap feature before the caution came out for Daniel Tasler, Matt Petrzelka, Tom Rawlins and Kendall Davis getting together in turn one.
Carter saw Sam Wieben and Curtis VanDerWal, who worked his way up from the 17th starting spot, right behind him and on lap 12 it was VanDerWal taking the lead away. Wieben took second on lap 14 and when a caution came out on lap 17 for Joey Schaefer in turn two, Wieben got by VanDerWal. With Wieben on the bottom and VanDerWal on the high side, they dueled it out to the checkers with VanDerWal taking $1,000 back to Oskaloosa. Wieben finished second, Carter was third, Jared Van Deest fourth and Clint Luellen fifth.
Making its first-ever visit to Marshalltown was the INEX Legend Cars Racing for a Cause, and it was NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s dad Nelson Stewart taking the lead early in the 25-lapper. Tim Brockhouse took the lead away on an early restart, but Justin Comer got by following a caution. Not even cautions on lap 14 or 16 would denied Comer the victory. Brockhouse, Dave Comer, Vince Bartolotta and Stewart rounded out the top five.
The final feature of the night was the Miller Lite 50 for Deery Brothers Summer Series presented by H & F Distributing and Rumours Bar & Grill. Scott Fitzpatrick and Tyler Droste redrew the pole during the Casey’s General Stores Redraw. Fitzpatrick led the first lap but it was Droste taking the lead away on lap two. Droste encountered lap traffic on lap 17, allowing Jason Rauen to chase himdown, and all-time Deery Series wins leader Jeff Aikey caught them both. It was a three-car fight up front with Droste holding off Rauen and Aikey until lap 41 when Rauen took the lead away. Droste tried several times to get it back but it was Rauen clinging to the win over Droste, Aikey, Scott Kirkpatrick and Justin Kay.
It’s back to business again at the Speedway Friday as it is State Center Night at the Races. All five weekly divisions will be in competition. Hot laps start at 6:50 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.