Chandler, Morrill, Brinton, Luellen, Johnson and Gustin win on KMJ Peformance Night
Marshalltown, Iowa (April 20, 2012) -- Marshalltown Speedway finally opened its Wolf Seeds "Chase for the Championship" on Friday Night with 116 cars signed in to compete in 6 classes. Also on KMJ Performance Night at the Speedway the Micro Sprints were in attendance. The weather might have been a little chilly but the fans didn't come disappointed.
First feature of the night was the Micro Sprints 10 lap feature which had 11 cars on hand to race but before the race got going the caution would come out for Nathan Mills coming to a stop on the backstretch. When the race got going it was Brad Comegys taking the lead it looked as if Comegys would take the win. Kelly Buckellow would make the move and complete the pass on Comegys to take the win. Comegys got 2nd and Dan Beerends would finish 3rd.
IMCA Sport Compacts 10 lap feature and it was Merv Chandler taking the lead from his pole position. Chandler would see two cautions in the race on lap 3 and again on lap 10 but it wouldn't spoil Chandler's plan as Chandler would take the win. David Moorman, Jer Pedersen, Jordan Peters and Justin Tharp would round out the top 5.
In the O'Reilly Auto Parts Mod Lites 12 lap feature it was Mike Morrill taking the early race lead. Morrill would get several challenges from Joel Huggins, Andy Hennigar and Josh May. On lap 4 Huggins and Henigar would get together bring out the caution it wouldn't bother Morrill though. Morrill would hold off Josh May to take the win, Randy Bryan was 3rd, Andy Hennigar was 4th and Jason Whitehead was 5th.
Up next was the Toby K's Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks feature. Brandon Brinton would take the lead early and appeared to be cruising on to the win but then the caution came out with just 2 laps to go. Brinton would have to hold of challenges from Brandon Pruitt and Eric Knutson to take the win. Brinton took the win, Pruitt was 2nd, Knutson was 3rd, Scott Pippert was 4th and Eric Larson was 5th.
The Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA SportMods 15 lap feature saw Clint Luellen take the early race lead but then the first caution would come out on lap 3 for Doug Smith in turn 2. Luellen would remain out front but on lap 8 it was Jenae Gustin taking the top spot. Gustin's lead was short lived as Luellen would come back and take the lead on lap 11. Luellen would go on to the win but after that was unknown as Gustin, Eric Elliott and Shawn Simatovich would get together on the fronstretch after Luellen took the checkered flag. Racer Hulin would end up 2nd, Nick Roberts was 3rd, Joel Rust was 4th and Jared Van Deest was 5th.
In the Mike's Hard Lemonade IMCA Stock Cars feature, Damon Murty would take the lead but Sean Johnson would stay right there and give Murty several challenges and then the caution came out on lap 9 for Kevin Balmer coming to a stop on the frontstretch. On the restart, Murty would have to battle with Johnson and Johnson would make the pass for the lead on lap 12. Johnson would go on to take the win with Murty finishing 2nd. Rookie Michael Murphy finished 3rd, Steve Meyer was 4th and Matt Greiner was 5th.
The final feature of the night was the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel IMCA Modifieds 20 lap feature. Before 1 lap was completed the caution would come out for Tim Stevens, Joel Bushore and Duane Peterson got together on the front stretch. When the race got going it was Jimmy Gustin taking the lead and not look back. Gustin took the win with Adam Larson, Jon Snyder, Mike Wedelstedt and Tim Murty right behind rounding out the top 5.
Next Friday Night will be Kruse Family Night and Racers Against ALS Night. IMCA Sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts and Mod Lites racing every Friday Night. Hot Laps at 6:45 pm and Racing at 7:30 pm.
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