Zehm, Smith, Carter, Irvine and Gustin Winners on Night #1 of the Havoc on the High Banks

Sep 28, 2011

After having 3 weeks off the Marshalltown Speedway roar to life with 158 race cars signed in to do battle on night number 1 of the 5th Annual Havoc on the High Banks. Of those 158 race cars there was 4 states represented and they were Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Calfornia.

First feature of the night was the O'Reilly Auto Parts Mod Lites 15 lapper. Bryan Zehm would take the early lead but he would have some pressure and Josh May would make the pass on lap 4. May would experience mechanical troubles a lap later on lap 5  and then the first race caution came out on lap 6. Zehm would be the leader once again and end up going on to the win despite a caution with 3 laps to go. Tim Hennigar would finish 2nd, Colby Oberembt came home 3rd,  Joel Huggins was 4th and James May in 5th.

In the Toby K's Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks feature it was Scott Pippert leading the first lap but then the first race caution came out stacking the field up. On the restart, Devin Smith would make the pass on Pippert and take the lead. Smith would start encountering lap traffic and then the yellow flew again on laps 10 and 12. Smith would cruise on to the win with Kevin Fee in 2nd,  Pippert in 3rd, Brandon Brinton in 4th and Austin Luellen in 5th.

Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA Sports Mods would have to use some heats and b mains to set the field. Cayden Carter would take the early race lead and not look back in the caution filled feature event. Austin Kaplan would finish 2nd, Doug Smith would start in 21st and end up in 3rd. Jenae Gustin started 14th and finish 4th and Tyler Droste would end up 5th.

Mike's Hard Lemonade IMCA Stock Cars feature would live up to the nickname of "Class To Tough To Tame" as there would be great door-to-door battle through out the 20 lapper. Before the event got started though the caution would come out forcing a complete restart. When the race got going there would be great racing up front between Brian Irvine and Damon Murty. Murty would take the lead early but would race side-by-side with Irvine every lap. Irvine would make a move and a pass of the lead on lap 11. Murty tried to come back but it fell short as Irvine would end up taking the win. Murty finished 2nd, Donavon Smith in 3rd, Jay Schmidt was 4th and Steve Meyer in 5th.

The final feature of the night was the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour IMCA Modifieds for 30 laps. Pole Sitter Richie Gustin would take the lead and seem impossible to take it from him even though 4 race cautions including 1 with 3 laps to go when 2nd place Jon Snyder would see his engine expire. Gustin would take the win with Ronn Lauritzen, Vern Jackson, Darin Duffy and Jacob Murray rounding out the top 5.

Racing action resumes tomorrow night at the Marshalltown Speedway with Night #2 of the 5th Annual Havoc on the High Banks as we will add the Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks and IMCA Sport Compacts to the card.