Hot Night of Racing on KMJ Performance and Budweiser Night at Marshalltown

Jul 7, 2012

Marshalltown, Iowa (July 6, 2012) –  With temperatures soaring near 100 degrees the speedway staff was determined to go racing after getting rained out last Friday night. The racing fans that braved the heat didn’t go home disappointed.


Merv Chandler would lead the IMCA Sport Compact feature from start to finish and take his 8th feature win on Friday nights. Craig Stepanek finishing 2nd, Neil Nabholz was 3rd and John Gill was 4th.


O’Reilly Auto Parts Mod Lites feature would see Mike Morrill jump to the early lead and not look back despite a caution on lap 5. Morrill would take the win 4th win of the season at Marshalltown. Josh May came home in 2nd with Mike Kennedy, Dusty Masolini and Eric Hendrickson rounding out the top 5.


The Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA SportMods feature it would be Travis Peterson leading lap 1. On lap 2 it was 14 year old Sam Wieben taking the lead but just after 3 laps the caution would fly and this would allow Gatlin Leytham to get by on the restart. Leytham then would lose the lead to Nick Roberts. Roberts would have to deal with Scott Davis after a caution on lap 14 and would hold off Davis all but the last lap as Davis would get by Roberts and take the win. Joel Rust was 3rd, Eric Flander was 4th and Jayme Duinink was 5th.


In Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks feature it was Brice Udelhoven taking the early lead which he would hold on too through a caution on lap 2. Udelhoven would then have to deal with Donavon Nunnikhoven, Kevin Fee, Eric Larson and Scott Pippert. Larson would make the pass on Udelhoven on lap 6 and it appeared it was Larson’s but on the last lap Pippert would sneak by and take the win. Larson settled for 2nd, Fee was 3rd, Udelhoven was 4th and Nunnikhoven was 5th.


The Mike’s Hard Lemonade IMCA Stock Cars would see Derek Reimer lead the 1st lap but it was Trent Murphy getting by on lap 2. Murphy would see the yellow come out on lap 4 for a couple of cars getting together in turn 1 and on the restart Murphy would have to battle with his younger brother Michael. Michael Murphy would make the pass on his brother Trent on lap 7 and hold off several challenges to take the win. Finishing behind the Michael and Trent Murphy was Brian Irvine, Damon Murty and Tracy Gienger.


The final feature of the night was Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel IMCA Modifieds feature saw Cayden Carter lead the first 3 laps but then a couple of cautions on lap 3. On the restart, Carter would be passed by Luke Wanninger. Wanninger would continue to lead through the caution on lap 6 and go on and take the win. Wanninger running an experimental crate engine so Jimmy Gustin, who was 2nd will get first place points. Ronn Lauritzen was 3rd, Cayden Carter was 4th and Josh Truman was 5th.


Next Friday Night will be Central Iowa Farm Store Night at the Races which will also be the Central Iowa Fair Races. Hot Laps at 7:05 pm and racing at 7:30 pm.


Then on Sunday Afternoon the Go-Karts, Quads and Motorcycles will take to the speedway for the Motor Madness at the Central Iowa Fair with racing starting at 1 pm.


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