MARSHALLTOWN — Strong northerly winds caused a lot of issues and concerns to track officials but the track made up as there was a strong multi-grooved racing surface that produced some close finishes.
Adam Gates jumped to the lead on lap one in the I.M.C.A. Sport Compacts feature. Gates and Merv Chandler raced wheel to wheel with Chandler grabbing the lead on lap two. Gates didn’t give up, as he grabbed the lead back on lap three and went on to take his fourth win of the season. Chandler finished second, John Gill came home third, Travis Losenicky was fourth and Chad Larson in fifth.
In the Toby K’s Hideaway Mod Lite feature, it was Dusty Masolini grabbing the early lead. Masolini led until lap five when Mike Morrill and Andy Hennigar sneaked by Masolini. Morrill and Andy Hennigar battled for the lead until Hennigar was able to grab the top spot on lap ten. Hennigar went on to take his fourth win. Morrill, Josh May, Randy Bryan and Mike Kennedy rounded out the top five.
The Big 8 Tyre Center I.M.C.A. SportMods feature saw Bill Hildreth grab the early lead. Just after the completion of lap one the caution waved when Paul Nagle lost a rear spring in turn two. Hildreth held on to the lead until the next caution on lap two when a handful of cars got together in turn four. Brandon Williams sneaked by Hildreth on the restart and went on to take the win despite a late race caution on lap 15. Ben Kates came home as the runner-up, Ryan Ashton in third, Geoff Olson was fourth and Jared Van Deest in fifth.
Eric Stanton grabbed the lead in the Mike’s Hard Lemonade I.M.C.A. Hobby Stock feature, and despite a caution on laps one and four, he appeared to be heading for the win until Nick Murty chased him down. Stanton and Murty raced wheel to wheel the last four laps, but it was Stanton holding off until the last lap. Murty made the pass on the last lap to take the win and Stanton finished second. Garrett Eilander, Eric Larson and Austin Luellen rounded out the top five.
Amsoil I.M.C.A. Stock Car Feature saw Derek Reimer grab the lead from the second row, outside starting position. He appeared to be cruising on to the win before the caution waved on lap seven. On the restart, Jay Schmidt grabbed the lead and had to deal with four more cautions on laps 10, 13, 15 and 16. Schmidt was able to hold off challengers. Meyer got second, Reimer was third, Tracy Gienger was fourth and Eric Knutson was fifth.
The final feature of the night was the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel I.M.C.A. Modifieds feautre, and it was Scott Simatovich grabbing the early lead. Simatovich led until Ronn Lauritzen worked his way through the field from his eighth place starting position to grab the lead on lap six. The only thing that slowed down Lauritzen was the caution on lap seven. Lauritzen went on to take his second win of the season at MoTown. Racer Hulin worked his way from seventh to second. Zach Rawlins, Kyle Brown and Jon Snyder finished third through fifth.
Next week will be a busy week of racing at the Marshalltown Speedway as Tuesday Night is The Big Ticket Clash Stock Car Shootout. Also racing I.M.C.A. SportMods, I.M.C.A. Hobby Stocks and I.M.C.A. Sport Compacts. Grandstand seats are $12 for Adults, Children 11 and under is $5. Hot Laps at 7 p.m. and racing to Follow.
Then next Friday night, the weekly racing returns with KMJ Performance and Bud Night at the Races.
Youngsters are reminded to bring out there bicycles as the annual Kid Bike Races will take place at intermission. Grandstands are $9 for Adults, Children 11 and under is $2. Hot Laps at 7 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.
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