Speedway Report

It was a beautiful but hot and steamy night of racing at the Marshalltown Speedway on Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange and Marshalltown Police Night. There was extra money on the line in both the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Hobby Stocks with 98 total cars checked in.

Kyle Strickler (IMCA Modifieds), Sam Wieben (IMCA Northern SportMods) and John Watson (IMCA Hobby Stocks) made their first visits to victory lane. Josh May (Mod Lites) and Michael Jaennette (IMCA Stock Cars) made a return visit.

Though short on cars in the Mod Lites, the action was exciting in the 15-lap feature event. Mike Morrill started inside row two by the end of lap one, Morrill was out front leading but that was short lived because Travis Stensland took the lead away on lap two. Stensland led until Morrill took the lead away again on lap five. Morrill spun around in turn four forcing the yellow to come out just after the completion of lap eight that gave the lead over to Josh May. May took full advantage and went on to take his fifth win at Motown. Stensland finished second, Randy Bryan was third, Morrill finished fourth and Jason Whitehead was fifth.

Jayme Duinink wrestled the lead away from Neil Follett on lap one in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature but short after the caution was displayed for Dakoda Sellers and Dan Drury in turn two. Duinink had Follett and Sam Wieben on his back bumper for the restart and Wieben was able to grab the lead away on lap three. Wieben and the field saw the caution come out again on laps five and six but Wieben was not fazed as he held off challenges from Jared Van Deest, Follett and Johnathan Logue. The caution came out again after laps nine, 10 and 12 but it was all Wieben’s race. Wieben held off challenges from Van Deest to take his first win at Marshalltown in 2015. Jenae Gustin ran third, Travis Peterson was fourth and Brandon Williams was fifth.

Thanks to Supreme Lawn & Landscape and Jamie Songer, the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks 15-lap feature paid $400 to win. Andy Hick and Tyson Overton redrew the front row, Hick grabbed the early lead and not even caution on lap two for Mitchell Thomas in turn two appeared to bother him. John Watson started sixth and worked his way from sixth starting spot and grabbed the lead away on lap ten. Watson held off Hick to take the win. Eric Stanton, Austin Luellen and Tyson Overton rounded out the top five.

Tyler Pickett led the first three laps of the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature before Michael Jaennette worked his way from sixth. Jaennette took the lead away on lap four appeared to be going to take the win but the cautions came out on laps 13 and 15 which allowed Donavon Smith to be right there behind him. Jaennette held off even a last turn challenge from Smith to take his 2nd win at Motown. Smith, Dave Atcher, Pickett and Steve Meyer was second through fifth respectively.

Final feature of the night was the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds Fast Shaft All-Star Invitational Qualifer 25-lap feature. California’s Ethan Dotson and North Carolina’s Kyle Strickler led the field to the green and it was Strickler taking the early lead. They were going three and four through out the field behind Strickler but the caution came oun lap two for Jake Strayer in turn four. Strickler did not let that caution or the pair of cautions on lap five bother him as he was able to get out to a commanding lead by the time the caution was displayed again on lap 12, 16 and 17. Strickler then had to hold off challenges from Jon Snyder and when the final caution came out on lap 22 setting up a three lap dash to finish it was Strickler holding on to the lead, Snyder slid up the track and fell back. Strickler went on to take the checkered flag first worth $1,000 ahead of Ronn Lauritzen, 11th place starter Tim Ward, 15th place starter Josh Gilman and 13th place starter Scott Simatovich.

Next Friday night is Rumours Bar & Grille Night at the Races. Spectator Eliminators also are on the card. Hot laps start at 6:50 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

Mark your calenders for August 14 and 21 as the IMCA Late Models will make a return to the high banks of Marshalltown for a night of weekly racing awarding state and national points.

Speedway Report

Mother Nature prepared an amazing track this week for Night 11 of IMCA Weekly Racing Series. The night sponsored by Central Iowa Farm Store as part of the Central Iowa Fair saw 69 cars signed in to tame the high-banked quarter-mile.

Mike Morrill (Mod Lites), Eric Stanton (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Donavon Smith (IMCA Stock Cars) all make return visits to winner circle meanwhile Corey Dripps (IMCA Modifieds) and Brandon Williams (IMCA SportMods) take first wins at Marshalltown in 2015. Youngster also got involved with bike races at Intermission. Central Iowa Fair Queen Shelby Sly and first Runner Up Tylia Kaisand was on hand for victory lane photos and pace truck duties.

Jason Whitehead led the first two laps of the Mod Lites 15 lap feature event but Charlie Brown worked by his brother Terry Brown and Joe Glick to take the lead away from Whitehead on lap three. Charlie Brown led until lap seven when Mike Morrill took the lead away just before a caution when Travis Stensland spun in turn two. Morrill held off Randy Bryan and Charlie Brown to take his 2nd win at Motown in 2015. Bryan was second, Brown was third, Glick was fourth and Josh May was fifth.

Frank Packer started outside row one in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18 lap feature and he took advantage by grabbing the lead. Packer continued to pave the away holding off Dusty Masolini and Sam Wieben but then Brandon Williams worked his way to second on lap seven and then just after the completion of lap eight the caution came out for Curt Hilmer in turn one. On the restart, Packer saw Williams battle for the lead and it was Williams taking the lead away on lap ten. Williams held on to take his first win at Motown ahead of Wieben, Packer, Jared Van Deest and Ryan King.

Toby’s K Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks 15 lap feature event went green-to-checkered but the action was exciting behind your leader. Jason Cox led the first four laps before Eric Stanton grabbed the lead away. Stanton went on take his fourth win meanwhile Eugene Nicklas settled into second ahead of Garrett Eilander, Tyson Overton and Jason Cox.

JD Kennedy grabbed the early lead in the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap feature but it was Robert Stofer taking the lead away on lap six. Stofer looked to be heading on to his second consecutive win but the only caution came out on lap 11 for Nick Thelen in turn three that allowed Donavon Smith to restart second. Stofer and Smith began to battle for the lead and it was Smith taking the lead away on lap 15. Smith went on to take his 5th win of the season. Stofer was second, Trent Murphy took third away from Tyler Pickett coming to the checkers. Michael Jaennette was fifth.

The caution came out just after the initial start in the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds feature when Rod Clement lost a driveshaft coming down the front-stretch. On the restart, Corey Dripps grabbed the top spot with Eric Elliott in tow. Dripps and Elliott battled for the lead until the caution came out on lap ten for Colby Heishman experiencing troubles exiting the track. Dripps got a great restart, Elliott however did not get a great restart as that allowed Josh Gilmand Jimmy Gustin to get by for second and third. Dripps went on to take his first win at Marshalltown meanwhile Gustin grabbed second away from Gilman on the last lap. Elliott and Ronn Lauritzen rounded out the top five.

Next Friday night is Fast Shafts and Marshalltown Police Night at the Races. Tough Truck Tug of War also will be taking place. Hot laps start at 6:50 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

Speedway Report

After Mother Nature won last week, it was back to normal business at the Marshalltown Speedway for Karl Performance and Casey’s General Stores Night. Eighty-seven cars signed in to tame the quarter-mile oval on Friday night.

Curt Hilmer (IMCA Northern SportMods), Robert Stofer (IMCA Stock Cars) and Brian Irvine (IMCA Modifieds) picked up their first wins at Marshalltown, while Josh May (Mod Lites) and Eric Stanton (IMCA Hobby Stocks) made return visits.

Jason Whitehead grabbed the early lead in the Mod Lites 15-lap feature event. Joe Glick took the lead away on lap three but that was shortlived as it was Charlie Brown leading lap four. Josh May worked his way from ninth to the lead on lap five just before a caution for Tanner Gottman in turn two. May held on to take the win over Travis Stensland, Randy Bryan, Cory Sauerman and Terry Brown.

Neil Follett started inside row two but by the end of lap one in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature, Follett found the lead. Just after the caution came out for debris in turn two. Follett continued to lead despite challenges from Jayme Duinink and Sam Wieben. Jared Van Deest started ninth and moved into second on lap eight. Van Deest chase down Follett took the lead away just before the final race caution on lap 10. Van Deest was now in store for an intense side-by-side battle with Curt Hilmer. Hilmer nosed to the lead on lap 13 and took the win with Van Deest finishing second, Brandon Williams worked his way back up to finish third. Travis Peterson and Follett rounded out the top five.

After a pair of cautions before a single lap was completed in the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks 15-lap feature event, it was Leah Wroten leading the opening lap. Garrett Eilander took the lead away on lap two but Eric Stanton worked his way through field and found himself in the lead by lap four. The caution came out on lap four and five for debris but it was Stanton pacing the way. Stanton went on to take his third win at Motown. Justin Wacha moved up 10 spots to finish second. Austin Luellen finished third, Dustin Elliott was fourth and Eilander fifth.

Robert Stofer started on the pole of the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature and not even caution flags could slow him down or deny him the victory, Stofer had several challenges from Tyler Pickett and Steve Meyer. Stofer took the win ahead of Meyer, Trent Murphy, Dave Atcher and Michael Jaennette.

Joel Bushore led the first two laps in the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds feature before a caution came out twice on lap two. On the restart, Brian Irvine got a great restart and manage to take the lead away on lap three. Irvine built up a large lead and went on to take the easy win over Jimmy Gustin, Scott Simatovich, Josh Gilman and Ronn Laurtizen.

Next Friday night it will be Central Iowa Farm Stores Night at the Central Iowa Fair. All five weekly classes will be in competition, plus kids are reminded to bring their bicycles for Bike Races. Hot laps start at 6:50 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s Results

Coors Light IMCA Modifieds

Feature: 1. 26 Brian Irvine (Oelwein); 2. 19 Jimmy Gustin (Marshalltown); 3. 43S Scott Simatovich (State Center); 4. 83G Josh Gilman (Earlham); 5. 10K Ronn Laurtizen (Jesup); 6. 9E Eric Elliott (Boone); 7. 12X Trent Jackson (Marshalltown); 8. 64ZC Brandon Leeman (Roland); 9. 40RC Rod Clement (Rhodes); 10. 3B Brad Tyler (Wilton); 11. 17R Derek Reimer (St. Anthony); 12. 68 Tysus Pattee (Vinton); 13. 3W Chris Webb (McCallsburg); 14. K1 Kyle Krampe (Baxter); 15. 87 Joel Bushore (Boone): 16. 18J Jake Strayer (Newton); DNS/17. 31 Corey Dripps (Waterloo)

Heat 1: 1. Elliott; 2. Gilman; 3. Dripps; 4. Laurtizen; 5. Leeman; 6. Jackson; 7. Webb; 8. Krampe; 9. Clement

Heat 2: 1. Strayer; 2. Bushore; 3. Irvine; 4. Gustin; 5. Simatovich; 6. Tyler; 7. Reimer; 8. Pattee

Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars

Feature: 1. 50 Robert Stofer (Jefferson); 2. 94 Steve Meyer (Grundy Center); 3. 25 Trent Murphy (Scranton); 4. 2 Dave Atcher (Marshalltown); 5. 93 Michael Jaennette (Newton); 6. 35 Donavon Smith (Lake City); 7. 5A Tyler Pickett (Boxholm): 8. 22D Jared Daggett (Marshalltown); 9. 22R Todd Reitzler (Grinnell); 10. 15 Norman Chesmore (Rowley); 11. 3W Jeff Wollam (Marshalltown); 12. 45 Matt Deaton (Newton); 13. 6C Caleb Crenshaw (Fort Worth, TX); 14. 50X Kevin Balmer (Garwin); 15. 16 Nick Thelen (Kellogg); 16. 71Z Ronnie Christopher (Forrey, TX); 17. 33J Joe Luethje (Nevada); 18. 21K JD Kennedy (Ackley)

Heat 1: 1. Stofer; 2. Daggett; 3. Meyer; 4. Wollam; 5. Crenshaw; 6. Thelen

Heat 2: 1. Atcher; 2. Murphy; 3. Deaton; 4. Christopher; 5. Balmer; 6. Luethje

Heat 3: 1. Smith; 2. Jaennette; 3. Pickett; 4. Chesmore; 5. Reitzler; 6. Kennedy

Karl Chevrolet IMCA Northern

SportMods

Feature: 1. 22H Curt Hilmer (Dysart); 2. 80J Jared Van Deest (Holland); 3. 67X Brandon Williams (Des Moines); 4. 25 Travis Peterson (Gladbroook); 5. 32N Neil Follett (Conrad); 6. 777 Jayme Duinink (Pella); 7. 57R Ryan King (Montour); 8. 8 Dusty Masolini (Des Moines); 9. 9 Scott Williams (Atkins); 10. 198 Sam Wieben (Dysart); 11. 16 Austin Schuring (Newton); 12. 02 James Lewis (Rochester Hills, MI); 13. 00 Shawn Weatherly (Eldora); 14. 7A KCA Ansel (Dubuque); 15. 9X Nick Duncan (Iowa City); 16. 98 Bill Hildreth (Marshalltown)

Heat 1: 1. Wieben; 2. Williams; 3. Duinink; 4. Williams; 5. Ansel; 7. Hildreth; 8. King; 9. Weatherly

Heat 2: 1. Hilmer; 2. Van Deest; 3. Masolini; 4. Peterson; 5. Peterson; 6. Duncan; 7. Lewis; 8. Schuring.

Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks

Feature: 1. 7B Eric Stanton (Carlisle); 2. 3A Austin Luellen (Minburn); 3. 45 Justin Wacha (Vinton); 4. 19D Dustin Elliott (Marshalltown); 5. 500 Garrett Eilander (Newton); 6. 14C Leah Wroten (Independence); 7. 78B Andrew Burg (Adel); 8. 14T Mitchell Thomas (Marshalltown); 9. T56 Tim Barber (Story City); 10. 717 Zach Swanson (Waterloo); 11. 88 CJ Dall (Marshalltown); 12. 17 Andy Peck (Newton); 13. 42Z Brandon Pitts (Ames); 14. 85M Dillon MIllion (Marshalltown); 15. 4X Gary Pfantz (State Center); 16. 83 Eugene Nicklas (Grinnell); 17. 69 Calvin Dhondt (Kellogg); 18. 18D Kevin Derry (Indianola); 19. 81M Travis Merical (Marshalltown); 20. 42T Tyson Overton (Carlisle); 21. 3X Austin Lovig (Clemons)

Heat 1: 1. Wroten; 2. Overton; 3. Wacha; 4. Elliott; 5. Thomas; 6. Dhondt; 7. Peck; 8. Lovig

Heat 2: 1. Luellen; 2. Burg; 3. Nicklas; 4. Barber; 5. Merical; 6. Pitts; 7. Derry

Heat 3: 1.Eilander; 2. Stanton; 3. Ball; 4. Pfantz; 5. Swanson; 6. Million, Cox

Mod Lites

Feature: 1. 99 Josh May (De Soto); 2. 89 Travis Stensland (Nevada); 3. 64 Randy Bryan (Ames); 4. 17 Cory Sauerman (Grimes); 5. 28 Terry Brown (Nevada); 6. 6 Mike Morrill (Altoona); 7. 23N Dalton Moulton (Carterville); 8. 11R Jason Whitehead (Nevada); 9. 3G Joe Glick (Des Moines); 10. 88 Justin Rankin (Madrid); 11. 4M David Simpson (Nevada); 12. 11M Terry Moulton (Carrier Mills, IL); 13. 17T Tanner Gottman (Grimes); 14. 82 Charlie Brown (Nevada)

Heat 1: 1. Sauerman; 2. Morrill; 3. May; 4. Glick; 5. Rankin; 6. Moulten; 7. Gottman

Heat 2: 1. Stensland; 2. Whitehead; 3. Charlie Brown; 4. Terry Brown; 5. Bryan; 6. Dustin Moulton; 7. David Simpson