Smith Wins a Thriller and Luellen Brothers Double Up on Old Timers Lounge Night

May 17, 2014

Marshalltown, Iowa (May 16th, 2014) –  It felt like early April and not like the middle of May on Friday Night at the Marshalltown Speedway. That did not stop a 106 race cars to sign in to do battle on Casey's General Stores and Old Timers Lounge Night.

The feature of the night was the no surprise but the Class to Tough To Tame also known as the IMCA Stock Cars. Nate Thelen and Robbie Merkle led the first two laps but just after the completion of lap two, Merkle spun in turn two collecting a few other cars. Don Vis inherited the lead but it was short lived as Steve Meyer took the lead away on lap three. Meyer bobbled and that allowed Michael Jaennette to sneak by. Jaennette began to pull away only to see the caution come out just after the completion of lap nine. Jaennette had to contend with Brian Irvine and Meyer but it was Donavon Smith taking the lead away on lap 13. Smith led until lap 16 when Irvine got by but Irvine slipped up and let Smith get back by to take the win. Meyer also got by Irvine for second at the line, Trent Murphy was fourth and Scott Pippert was fifth.

Jake Strayer led the first two laps in the IMCA Modifieds feature before Racer Hulin took the top spot away. Hulin looked to be cruising to the easy win despite the battle behind him for the rest of the top ten spots. On lap nine the caution came out for Strayer sitting in turn two and Zack Rawlins sitting off the top of turn three after his drive train experiencing issues. Hulin had to try to hold off Luke Wanninger and Richie Gustin, Gustin took the lead away and never looked back in route to the win. Hulin came across in second, Adam Larson worked his way to third, Wanninger fell back to fourth and Rookie Joel Rust was fifth.

Before a lap was completed in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18 lapper, the caution came out. On the restart, it was Neil Follett taking the lead. Follett led until the caution came out again on lap four, Clint Luellen took the lead away on the restart and began to pull away only to see the caution come out four more times on laps nine, 13 and 14. Luellen took the win over Travis Peterson, Carter VanDenBerg, Jared Van Deest and Ryan Ashton.

The Mod Lites saw Terry Brown lead the first lap in the 15 lap feature. Brown had his hands full as the father son team of Josh May and Jimmy May along with Charlie Brown made it a four car battle for the lead. Josh May took the lead away and about the only thing slowing him down was the lap traffic as this feature went green-to-checkered. Charlie Brown, Terry Brown, Joe Glick and Travis Brandt rounded out the top five.

In the IMCA Hobby Stocks 12 lap feature it was Matt Pohlman leading the first four laps before Eric Stanton took it away. Stanton and the field saw the only caution come out just after the halfway point on lap six. Stanton had to battle with Austin Luellen and Matt Pohlman. Stanton left the door open on lap ten which allowed Luellen to sneak on by for the lead. Luellen held on to take the win over Stanton, Pohlman, Brice Udelhoven and John Watson.

John Gill started right where he left off the week before in the IMCA Sport Compacts feature and that was out front. Gill would lead all eight laps to take his second win of the season. David Moorman took the second and Aaron Miller was third.

Next Friday Night, we kick off the Memorial Day Weekend with Midwest Liquid Systems and Salute to Military Night at the Races. It all gets underway with Hot Laps at 6:45 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.

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