Speedway Report

A beautiful night for racing saw 111 cars signed in to tame the high banks of the Marshalltown Speedway on Rumours Sports Bar & Grill and KIX101.1 Night at the Races. Fans were treated to great three, four and sometimes five wide racing plus the IMCA Late Models for the second week in a row.

Richie Gustin (IMCA Late Models), Chris Abelson (IMCA Modifieds), Damon Murty (IMCA Stock Cars), Austin Luellen (IMCA Hobby Stocks) Josh May (Mod Lites) made the trip to victory lane again. Jake McBirnie (IMCA Northern SportMods) takes his 1st at Marshalltown.

Justin Rankin wrestled the lead away from Jason Whitehead in the Mod Lites 15 lap feature and just after lap one was completed the caution came out for Charlie Brown, Mike Morrill and David Simpson in turn two. Rankin saw Travis Stensland and Josh May in tow, May took the top spot away on lap three and not even the caution on lap eight was going to prevent May from taking his ninth win at Marshalltown in 2015. Stensland finished second, Joe Glick was third, Bryan Zehm was fourth and Brown was fifth.

Before a single lap was scored in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18 lap feature, the caution came out for a couple of incidents. On the restart, Jake McBirnie took the lead and looked comfortable out front until a pair of cautions on lap 10. McBirnie led the remaining eight laps to take his first win at Marshalltown this year. Jared Van Deest, Clint Luellen, Travis Peterson and Jenae Gustin rounded out the top five.

Bill Bonnett led the first four laps of the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks 15 lap feature in a borrowed race car from Greubel Farms. Austin Luellen started 7th but found himself taking the lead away on lap five. Luellen then saw Eric Stanton work his way to second. Luellen took his ninth checkered of the season at Motown. Stanton finished second which allowed him to clinch the 2015 track championship. Benji Irvine, Bonnett and Garrett Eilander finished third through fifth respectively.

In the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap feature, Casey Greubel took the top spot but Todd Reitzler grabbed it away on lap three. Jeff Wollam worked his way by to take the lead on lap four and a lap later, the caution came out for Russell Damme Jr. Wollam saw Reitzler and Tyler Pickett right behind him on the restart, however it was Damon Murty that worked his way from tenth to the lead on lap nine. Murty cruised on take his second win in as many weeks. Donavon Smith came across second with Michael Jaennette in third, Pickett in fourth and Wollam in fifth.

Tom Berry making the long trip from Oregon grabbed the lead early in the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds 20 lap feature but when the red flag came out on lap four for Tyler Gross rolling off the top of turn two. Berry saw Chris Abelson, who worked his way from tenth to the lead by lap five. Abelson saw the caution come out for the final time on lap 15. Great restarts by Abelson allowed him to go on to take his second win at Marshalltown. Jake Strayer managed to take second ahead of Ronn Lauritzen. Josh Gilman and Scott Simatovich was fourth and fifth.

Final feature of the night was the Rumours Sports Bar & Grill IMCA Late Models 20 lap feature. Before a lap was scored the caution came out for Al Johnson in turn two. Jason Hahne grabbed the top spot on the restart before a caution came out again. That allowed Richie Gustin to restart second and it was Gustin taking the lead away from Hahne. Not even the cautions on lap seven and 15 was going to deny Gustin from taking his second IMCA Late Model win at Marshalltown. Todd Cooney outdueled crowd favorite Darrel DeFrance for second. Hahne fell back to fourth and Chris Snyder was fifth.

Next Friday night is Minute Man Printing and Casey’s General Stores Night. It also was announced that the IMCA Late Models will return for the third week in a row. Also racing will be IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and Mod Lites. Hot laps start at 6:50 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

Speedway Report

A beautiful Friday night saw great two-, three- and four-wide racing on Central Iowa Snowmobile Club Night as Marshalltown Speedway welcomed the IMCA Late Models back to the high banks.

Todd Cooney grabbed the early lead in the Rumours Sports Bar & Grill IMCA Late Models 20-lap feature. Cooney had to contend with Paul Nagle and Richie Gustin after an early caution. Cooney and Gustin raced wheel-to-wheel for the lead, and Gustin completed the pass on lap 11. Cooney settled for second, Darren Ackerman took third from crowd favorite Darrel DeFrance. and Chad Holladay was fifth.

Jake Strayer started inside row two of the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds 20-lap feature, but by the end of lap one Strayer found himself in the lead. Strayer held off several challenges from Joel Rust in first half of the feature but when the caution came out on lap 10, Chris Abelson took the lead away on the restart. He went on to take the win ahead of Jimmy Gustin, Strayer, Nick Deal and Ronn Lauritzen.

Matt Deaton led the first three laps of the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars feature but it was Damon Murty taking the lead away on lap four. Murty saw Tyler Pickett, Steve Meyer, Robert Stofer and Jeff Wollam battling for position behind him until a caution came out on lap nine. Murty held on to take the win. Steve Meyer edged out Michael Jaennette for second. Donavon Smith was fourth and Robert Stofer was fifth.

In the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks feature, Eric Stanton worked his way up to the top spot three laps in and went on to take win six at Motown. Austin Luellen held off Bill Bonnett for second. Gary Pfantz was fourth and Eugene Nicklas was fifth.

Ethan Braaksma and Bill Hildreth led the field to the green in the 18-lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Curt Hilmer took the top spot away just before a pair of cautions. Hilmer saw Jake McBirnie work his way to second and Sam Wieben to third by the time the caution came out on lap seven. Hilmer went on to take his second win at Motown. Brandon Williams, Austin Kaplan, Jared Van Deest and Dan Drury rounded out the top five.

In the Mod Lites 15-lap feature, Tim Gannon grabbed the lead on lap one but Travis Stensland took the lead away on lap two. Stensland continued to lead until Josh May worked his way up to take the lead away on lap seven just before a caution. May went on to take his 102nd career Mod Lite victory and eighth of the season at Motown. Stensland, Joe Glick, Mike Morrill and Joel Huggins finished second through fifth respectively.

Rumours Sports Bar & Grill is the sponsor next Friday night at the Speedway. It again will feature the IMCA Late Models racing for state and national points.

Speedway Report

Friday was a picture-perfect night at the Marshalltown Speedway sponsored by J & V Napa Auto Parts. Seventy cars checked in to tame the high banks.

Joel Rust (IMCA Modifieds) took his first win at Marshalltown. Donavon Smith (IMCA Stock Cars), Jared Van Deest (IMCA Northern SportMods), Eric Stanton (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Josh May (Mod Lites) make return visits to victory lane.

Justin Rankin grabbed the lead on lap one of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature but Joe Glick took the lead away on lap two just before a caution for Travis Stensland and Rankin getting together in turn four. With Glick out front the caution came out again on lap four, this time for Joel Huggins in turn two. Glick led until lap eight when Josh May worked his way by to take the lead. May when on to take his Career 100th win in the Mod Lites, the night before his wedding. Charlie Brown finished second, Glick was third, Mike Kennedy was fourth and Jason Whitehead was fifth.

Tom Rawlins and Scott Williams led the field to the green in the 18-lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature but by the end of lap one, Curt Hilmer found himself out front. Hilmer saw Brandon Williams and Sam Wieben right behind him when the caution came out on lap three. Wieben was able to make the pass for the lead on lap five. Wieben saw Jared Van Deest work his way to second on lap six. Wieben and Van Deest battled for the lead and it was Van Deest taking the lead away on lap 11. Van Deest went on to take his fifth of the season at Motown ahead of Wieben, Brandon Williams, Travis Peterson and Jake McBirnie.

Before the completion of lap one the caution came out when Justin Lovig went off the back-stretch in the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks feature. Tim Barber took the lead on the restart but on lap four, Eugene Nicklas took the lead away. Nicklas continued to lead until Eric Stanton made the move and took the top spot away on lap 10. Stanton went on to take win number five. Last week’s Winner Garrett Eilander finished second, Nicklas came home third, Barber fell back to fourth and Gary Pfantz was fifth.

Nick Thelen wrestled the lead away from Russell Damme Jr in the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature. Thelen saw Tyler Pickett take the lead away on lap four just before a caution flag. Pickett saw Donavon Smith take the lead away on lap six but Todd Reitzler followed suit and took it away from Smith. Reitzler saw the caution come when Kevin Balmer came to a stop in turn two. Reitzler held off Smith until lap 14 when Smith took the lead back. Smith took the win ahead of Todd Reitzler, Steve Meyer, Tyler Pickett and Robbie Merkle.

Final feature of the night was the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds 20-lap feature and it was Brandon Leeman leading lap one. Rod Clement grabbed the lead on lap two but Jake Strayer took it away on lap three. Strayer looked comfortable out front but Joel Rust was working the top side of the season and worked his way up to take the lead away on lap 16. Strayer powered back on lap 17 but Rust did not give up as he took the lead back with two laps to go. Rust went on take his first win at Marshalltown. Strayer, Scott Simatovich, Leeman and Trent Jackson round out the top five.

Next Friday night is one of the long await nights at the Marshalltown Speedway as the IMCA Late Models return to the high banks for a night of weekly racing awarding State and National Points. Night will be sponsored by the Central Iowa Snowmobile Club. Hot laps start at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. Grandstands will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and over) and children 10-and-under are free. Pit passes is $22.

Late Models also will return to Marshalltown on August 21.

Speedway Report

Mother Nature continued to throw curveballs at Marshalltown Speedway officials, but everything came together for exciting three- and four-wide racing throughout Friday’s race docket as 85 drivers checked in, including nine Open Flat Track Quads.

Donavon Smith (IMCA Stock Cars), Jared Van Deest (IMCA Northern SportMods) and Josh May (Mod Lites) all made a return trip to Victory Lane at Marshalltown. Jon Snyder (IMCA Modifieds) and Garrett Eilander (IMCA Hobby Stocks) made their first visits there, and George Hood captured the Quad feature.

May started outside row two of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature, but by the end of lap one he was out front. Charlie Brown wrestled second away from Justin Rankin, while Mike Morrill followed to third. Rankin spun on lap two to bring out the only caution. May led the remaining laps to take his fifth win of the season at Motown ahead of Travis Stensland, Morrill, Bryan Zehm and Brown.

Bill Hildreth took the early lead in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature event, but after the completion of lap two the caution came out for Tom Rawlins. On the restart, Hildreth held off Sam Wieben and Frank Packer. Shortly thereafter, Scott Williams exited to the infield and caught fire but climbed from his car. Wieben took the lead away by lap six and appeared to be heading to the win, but a caution came out on lap 10 for Nick Duncan. Wieben had Hildreth, Jared Van Deest and Brandon Williams in tow, and Van Deest wrestled the lead away from Wieben on lap 15, leading the remaining laps to take his fourth win of the season. Travis Peterson took second away from Wieben, Brandon Williams was fourth and Hildreth fifth.

Jason Cox and Brandon Pitts led the field to the green in the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks 15-lap event, but it was Tim Barber taking the early lead. Garrett Eilander finally found a way to take it from him on lap seven, and he held on to take the checkers. Austin Luellen, last week’s feature winner Gary Pfantz, Barber and Eugene Nicklas rounded out the top five.

Tyler Pickett grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting spot and held off early challenges from Robert Stofer in the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature. But by lap five, Donavon Smith had entered the picture. Smith took the lead away on lap seven, just before a pair of mid-race cautions, and went on to take win number six at Marshalltown. Michael Jaennette, Jay Schmidt, Steve Meyer and Pickett rounded out the top five.

Jon Snyder jumped out to the early lead in the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds 20-lap feature, holding off challenges from Jake Strayer. Josh Gilman nearly went for a wild ride off turn two on the third lap but kept it going. The final race caution came out on lap nine for Joel Rust going off the top of turn four, though he was able to continue. Snyder held on to take his first at Marshalltown in 2015 ahead of Brian Irvine. Strayer, Ronn Lauritzen and Jimmy Gustin rounded out the top five.

The final feature of the night was the Flat Track Open Quads and it was George Hood getting the wholeshot victory by leading from start-to-finish in the 10-lapper. Adam Streeter, David Petithory, Tyler Owens and Dannon Daleske finished second through fifth.

Next Friday night will be J & V Napa Auto Parts Night at the Races. Hot laps start at 6:50 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

The IMCA Late Models return to Marshalltown on Aug. 14 and 21 for a night of weekly racing awarding state and national points.