SPEEDWAY REPORT: Dotson takes first win, Reynolds goes back-to-back
It was a full night of racing at the Marshalltown Speedway on Friday, where it was RBF Electric Night and the Hobby Stocks were running for $400 to win. Seven classes and 131 cars made for a lot of action on the track. Joining the five regular IMCA classes were the Outlaw Mini Mods, and the Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks.
Twenty-three Outlaw Mini Mods were on hand racing for the first time on the High Banks. Ben Kraus of Britt would dominate in their 15-lap feature. Kraus got the lead early and distanced himself from the rest of the field, taking the checkers easily over runner-up and 10th-place starter Logan Brown from Clear Lake. Third went to seventh-place starter Bobby Ruehlow of Mason City, fourth was Kelly Steele, who made the long haul down from International Falls, Minn., and rounding out the top five was Nathan Kilwine of Glenville, Minn.
Nine Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks made their second appearance of the year at Marshalltown. Dennis Plain led all but one lap of the 12-lap Main event, sailing home to his first win at the speedway. Rick Clark chased Plain the entire race but had to settle for second. Bryan Spangler finished third, followed by Jeff Johnson in fourth and Shonn Mapes in fifth. The race went caution-free.
Up next was 15 laps of IMCA STARS Mod Lite feature racing. Dillon Raffurty of Kansas City, Mo., raced for the first time this year at the track, led lap one, and never gave it up the rest of the way to the checkers. He finished far ahead of second place Josh May and third place Kaden Cochrun, who battled back-and-forth for position from lap five on. Garrett Stonum of Lawson, Mo., started well back in the field and finished fourth, and Cory Sonner finished fifth. This wasn’t Raffurty’s first trip to Victory Lane at Marshalltown. He won back on Sept. 17, 2020, at the 500th Deery Show and Dale DeFrance Memorial.
Kaylin Lopez led the opening circuits of the 18-lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature only to have it snatched away by high flying Brayton Carter on lap four. Carter never gave up that top spot and took the checkers for the third time this year. Johnathon Logue flew from 13th starting spot to finish as the runner-up. Thomas Egenberger finished third, fourth went to 10th-place starter Jenae Gustin, and Austin Schrage rounded out the top five.
Jeremiah Andrews started fifth in the 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock A main and had the lead at lap one. It didn’t take long until all eyes went to the No. 1 of Kaden Reynolds who was flying on the rim of the track. Reynolds came from 11th starting spot and had the lead at lap five. From there on out, it was all Reynolds’ race as he flew home to the flying checkers and the win — his second in a row. He finished well ahead of Eric Knutson. Braden Richards battled by Andrews in the closing moments, as they finished third and fourth respectively, and Solomon Bennett was fifth. This made five regular-season wins for Reynolds this season. The race went green to checkers.
Dallon Murty showed his expertise on the High Banks in the IMCA Stock Car 20-lap main event. Murty started sixth, ran down early leader Kyle Everts, and took over the top spot at lap five. It was all his race from there on out, taking regular season win No. 2. Dad Damon Murty came from 10th to finish in the second spot, Tyler Pickett finished third, fourth went to Austin Kaplan, and Dave Atcher was fifth.
Topping off the night’s racing was the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature. Tony Hofbauer was looking strong as he led the feature from the drop of the green all the way to just two laps remaining. That’s when a slip in turn two was his undoing. It caused him to drop several positions and allowed Ethan Dotson to take over the top spot. Dotson, who started 10th, was making his first appearance at the track this year and he hung on to the top spot to secure his first win of the year. Jake McBirnie, last week’s winner, was second, third went to Jared VanDeest, Ethan Braaksma was fourth, and rounding out the top five was Ronn Lauritzen.
This Friday is KMJ Performance Free Grandstand Night/Iowa Seamless Gutters VIP Night at the races. The green flag drops at 7:30 p.m.