Abelson Takes the Big Money at Marshalltown
Marshalltown, Iowa (July 20, 2012) – With the Harris Clash the night before in Knoxville, the Marshalltown Speedway decided to throw some extra money for the Modifieds and SportMods. There was also bonus money to the winner of the Modifieds if the winner qualified for the Harris Clash feature the night before.
The racing action was fantastic all night and there was a lot of close and exciting finish. There were 8 different states and a province in Canada represented at Marshalltown on Friday Night. The states represented were Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Nebraska, Kansas, California, Missouri and Texas with Saskatchewan in Canada represented.
Duayne Herb would lead the first 2 laps before Merv Chandler would find away around Neil Nabholz for 2nd and then Herb for the lead. Chandler would lead the remaining 6 laps to take his 10th feature win on Friday Nights at Marshalltown. Herb was 2nd, Travis Losenicky was 3rd, John Gill was 4th and Neil Nabholz was 5th.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Mod Lites feature would see Joel Huggins jump to the race lead just like did one week before and it appeared Huggins was going to win but the lap traffic would slow him down and that allowed Josh May and Mike Morrill to chase him down but Morrill would be slowed just a bit which allow May to take the lead on the top side on lap 9. May would go on and lead the remaining laps to take his 5th win on Friday Nights. Morrill finished 2nd with Huggins, Randy Bryan and Jason Whitehead rounding out the top 5.
The Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA SportMods would need 4 heats and b-feature to settle the field down to 24 and after that was all completed it was time for the feature. In the feature it was Jenae Gustin leading the first lap but it was Clint Luellen getting by for the lead on lap 2. A lap later the caution would come out for Brett Lowry in turn 2 but on the restart it was Luellen continuing to lead. Another race caution would come out on lap 8 when Tom Rawlins would get together with Lowry in turn 4. Luellen wouldn’t let it bother him but on lap 13 it was Brad Iverson, driving Jason Hall’s car taking the lead away from Luellen. Iverson would go on and cross the line in first but was disqualified in post race tech inspection handing the win over to Luellen. Tyler Frye from Kansas was 2nd, Nick Roberts was 3rd, Racer Hulin was 4th and Sam Wieben was 5th.
In Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks feature it was again Garrett Eilander taking the lead and it appeared Eilander was going to take the win but then 11th place starter Scott Pippert would catch up to Eilander and make the move to take the lead on lap 11. Pippert would take the 3rd win in as many weeks at Marshalltown. Eric Knutson would get by Eilander for 2nd, moving Eilander back to 3rd. Kevin Fee was 4th and Gary Pfantz was 5th.
The Mike’s Hard Lemonade IMCA Stock Cars would see some fantastic racing as they would go 3 and 4 wide in the early going. Trent Murphy would jump to the lead despite several challenges by his brother Michael Murphy and Jay Schmidt. The only race caution on lap 5 when Kevin Balmer, Damon Murty and Trevor Titus would get together in turn 2 even wouldn’t bother Trent. Trent Murphy would take his 2nd in a row. Michael Murphy, Jay Schmidt, Steve Meyer and Tracy Gienger completed out the top 5.
The final feature of the night was Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel IMCA Modifieds feature saw Chris Abelson lead the first lap before Luke Wanninger would get by on lap 2 and take the lead. Wanninger would begin to pull away meanwhile behind they were 2, 3 and 4 wide. Just as Wanninger was getting through lap traffic it appear he had some trouble as he would pull off on the last lap which set up for the exciting finish off turn 4. Abelson and Jimmy Gustin raced each other hard, Gustin would try to slide up and take the win but Abelson would sneak to the bottom and win at the line. Gustin finished close 2nd. Adam Larson was 3rd, Kyle Brown was 4th and Ricky Stephan from Nebraska was 5th.
Next Friday Night will be Johnny Ray’s Sports Bar & Grille of Grundy Center Night at the Races also we will have $100 to win Spectator Eliminator Races and Kid Bike Races. Remember the speedway features IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Mod Lites and IMCA Sport Compacts. Hot Laps at 7 pm and Racing to Follow at 7:30 pm.
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