Luellen Wins a Thriller on Midwest Liquid Systems Salute to Military Night


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May 24, 2014


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Marshalltown, Iowa (May 23rd, 2014) –  Finally if felt like May on Friday Night at the Marshalltown Speedway but the racing action seemed more like July and August. One driver picked up his first win in five years, another one picked up his third in a row and four others picked up their second win of the season.

The feature of the night was the 18 lap IMCA Northern SportMods main event. Neil Follett led the first two laps before the caution came out for debris in turn three, which turned out to be a spring that came off Follett's car. Follett pulled to the infield after oil was leaking from his car that handed the lead over to Jenae Gustin. Gustin continued to lead until the caution came out on lap eight. This put Carter VanDenBerg and Clint Luellen on the back side of Gustin, those three battled it out for the lead. Gustin and the field again saw the caution be displayed on lap 11. The last seven laps saw amazing three car dog fight involving Gustin, VanDenBerg and Luellen. Luellen grabbed the lead away on lap 13 by running the high side but Gustin powered back on lap 14. Gustin and VanDenBerg battled the bottom meanwhile Luellen again powered back on the outside to take the lead coming to the white flag. Luellen edged out VanDenBerg at the line for his second consective win meanwhile VanDenberg finished 2nd, Gustin was 3rd, Jared VanDeest was 4th and Travis Peterson was fifth.

Jimmy May led the first couple of laps in the Mod Lites feature before Andy Hennigar took the top spot away on lap three. The only thing that kept Hennigar on his toes was the cautions on lap nine and 13. Hennigar held off the challenges from Josh May to take the win. Mike Morril was third, Charlie Brown was fourth and Jimmy May was fifth.

In the IMCA Hobby Stocks 12 lap feature, it was Dustin Elliott grabbing the lead and despite a pair of cautions on lap three nothing seemed to be denying Elliott the win. The win would be Elliott's first win since April 24th, 2009. Jennifer Hulin had her best finish with a second place. Tyson Overton, Brice Udelhoven and Austin Luellen rounded out the top five.

The "Class To Tough To Tame" IMCA Stock Cars saw Michael Jaennette take the lead on lap one in the 18 lap feature event. Right after though the caution came out when Chuck Davis spun around in turn four. Jaennette began to pull away but behind there was some great battles involving several cars. Jaennette and the field saw the caution come out twice on lap 12 setting up a shootout to the finish and it would be that as Donavon Smith, Jay Schmidt, Steve Meyer, Trent Murphy and Jeff Wollam was all right there. Smith and Jaennette made contact on lap 15 which allowed him to take the lead away. Smith went on to take his third consective win at MoTown. Jaennette came home 2nd, Murphy finished 3rd, Schmidt was 4th and Meyer in 5th.

Joel Bushore led the first two laps in the 20 lap IMCA Modified feature before the caution came out for Brandon Leeman in turn two. On the restart, Bushore saw Luke Wanninger take the lead away. Wanninger led through the catuion on lap six to take his second win of the season. Adam Larson moved up eight spots to finish second. Ronn Lauritzen worked his way up from 12th to third, Kyle Brown was fourth and Joel Rust was fifth.

David Moorman returned to victory lane by leading all eight laps in the IMCA Sport Compacts feature. Aaron Miller ran second the entire way meanwhile John Gill was third and 14 year old Jacob Reiter ended home in fourth after he experience transmission problems early in the race.

Next Friday Night, the race track wraps up May with Minute Man Printing Night at the races. Hot Laps at 6:45 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.

Then on Tuesday Night June 3rd, it will be the return of the USMTS and Iron Man Challenge Series for Stock Cars and B-Mods. Hot Laps at seven p.m. and Racing to Follow.

For additional information and to follow the season at the Marshalltown Speedway, log on at: http://www.marshalltownspeedway.com/, or follow Marshalltown Speedway on Facebook and Twitter, or call the speedway office at 515-231-5444. Home of the World Nationals September 18th through 20th.