Close and Exciting Finishes on Johnny Ray’s Night in Motown
Marshalltown, Iowa (July 27, 2012) – Finally with a little break in the weather with some temperatures about 20 degrees cooler than it was the past few weeks it definitely brought the best out as there would be close and exciting finishes in all the features.
The night also would see the kids replacing horsepower with peddle power as the annual kid races that got rescheduled from earlier in the season and at the end of the night it was the ever so popular fan favorite Spectator Eliminator Races.
Duayne Herb would lead the first 3 laps before Merv Chandler would find away around Herb to take the lead. Herb wouldn’t give up as he would continue to battle with Chandler but Chandler would hold off Herb and take win number 11 on Friday Nights at Marshalltown. Herb was 2nd and John Gill was unable to make the call for the feature.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Mod Lites feature would see Adam Larson from Ames take the early lead. Larson would hold on to the top spot until lap 6 when Josh May would get by for the lead. May would lead but his lead would be short lived as he would have a little trouble with a lap car and then have some mechanical issue forcing him to a stop in turn 4 on lap 10. That would give the lead back to Larson but it was Morrill making the pass for the lead on lap 12. Larson wouldn’t give up and would race side-by-side with Morrill but Morrill would take the win, his 5th of the season on Friday Nights and Larson would settle for 2nd. Mike Kennedy, Joel Huggins and Jeff Stensland rounded out the top 5.
The Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA SportMods saw Gatlin Leytham take the early lead but on lap 3 it was 14 year old Sam Wieben taking the lead away. Then a lap later the only race caution would fly for Shawn Albers coming to a stop on the back stretch. On the restart, Wieben would have Leytham, Jared VanDeest, Racer Hulin and Travis Peterson right behind him. Wieben would hold on to the lead until 9th place starter Racer Hulin would make the move on the outside to take lead away. Hulin would go on take his 3rd win of the season at Marshalltown. Jake Strayer would end up 2nd, Wieben was 3rd, Scott Davis was 4th and Joel Rust was 5th.
In Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks feature it was Matt Hudspeth taking the lead and it appeared it was going to be his race to lose until a few laps to go when Point Leader Scott Pippert, who started 12th had worked his way up to 2nd and began to battle for the lead. Pippert would fail until coming off turn 4 to the checkered as he would win at the line over Hudspeth, for Pippert it was win number 4 on Friday Nights. Finishing behind Pippert and Hudspeth was Brice Udelhoven, Eric Knutson and Eugene Nicklas.
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 once again. Jay Schmidt would lead the first few laps before it was Steve Meyer taking over the lead on lap 4. Meyer would cruise to the victory despite a race caution on lap 9. For Meyer it was win number 1 of the season at Marshalltown. Trent Murphy, Todd Reitzler, Tracy Gienger and Jay Schmidt completed out the top 5.
The final feature of the night was Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel IMCA Modifieds feature saw the original start called back but once the racing got going they were going 3 and 4 wide in the early going. Zack Rawlins would take the early lead and then the 2nd caution would come out for a couple cars going around on the front stretch. Rawlins wouldn’t let it bother him however Rawlins would get passed by Josh Truman. Truman would only lead 2 laps as Jimmy Gustin would get by on lap 8. Gustin would begin to pull away but then late in the race, Luke Wanninger would chase down Gustin and battle for the lead. Wanninger would make the pass on lap 18 and then the final race caution setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Wanninger would hold off the challenges from Gustin to take win number 4 of the season. Gustin would also get credit for the win which would be win number 5 at Marshalltown. Rawlins would finish 3rd, Truman was 4th and Scott Simatovich was 5th.
In the Spectator Eliminators it was Todd Schurr driving a 1985 Blue Chevrolet Corvette to the win over Speedway Promoter Toby Kruse, who replaced the 1929 Model A Rust driven by Brad Roorda which encounters some mechanical trouble.
Next Friday Night will start the month of August off as it will be Old Timers Lounge Night at the Races and also we will have a Sport Mod King of the Hill. 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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