Reynolds doubles up on double feature night, Simonsen and Everts score first career wins
There was plenty of racing to be seen at the Marshalltown Speedway on Friday evening. The cancelled portion of the June 12 show due to electrical problems and the rained out show from last week, left fans and drivers alike hungry for action. The evening started off with make up features from June 12, then the regular nights program was run in its entirety.
Two drivers would earn their first ever wins, Dalton Simonsen in the IMCA Late Models, and Kyle Everts in the IMCA Stock Cars. Kaden Reynolds would double up in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Make up features were also won by Darrel DeFrance, IMCA Late Model, Joel Rust in the IMCA Modifieds, and Brian Schrage in the IMCA Northern SportMods. Other winners from the regular night's racing went to Tom Berry, Jr., IMCA Modified, Jeff Mueller in the IMCA Stock Cars, Kyle Olson in a thriller for the IMCA Northern SportMods, and Joe Glick took home the honors in the Mod Lite feature.
The first of the make up features was the IMCA Northern SportMod event. This one would be led from start to finish by Brian Schrage in a dominating performance. The winner's son, Austin Schrage came from eighth starting position to finish in the runner up spot. Third went to Kyle Olson, Jenae Gustin started fifteenth and took fourth, and twenty-fourth place starter, Brady Hilmer rounded out the top five.
The regular night's feature for the IMCA Northern SportMods was a hard fought battle between cousins. Tony Olson led most of the race but it wasn't an easy task holding back cousin Kyle Olson who was hot on his tail much of the contest. In the closing laps, Travis Petersen also joined in the hunt. The final circuits were nip and tuck and just after the white flag flew, Petersen got squeezed out allowing Kyle Olson to seize his chance and fly into the lead. He then held off cousin Tony Olson to take the win. Third went to Austin Kaplan, Austin Schrage came from eleventh to finish fourth, and Johnathon Logue was fifth.
The IMCA Hobby Stock make up feature came next. Kaden Reynolds chased early leader Christian Huffman until a rolled tire put him out of the contest, putting Reynolds to the point. From there on he held the top spot the rest of the way to the checkers and the win. Solomon Bennett was second, third went to Ben Newhouse, Austin Mehmen started tenth and finished fourth, and Mike Kincaid came from twelfth to finish fifth.
Kaden Reynolds, took his second feature win of the night, snapping up the regular night's main event. He finished comfortably ahead of second place runner Braden Richards. Third went to veteran racer Bill Bonnett, fourth was Austin Mehmen who started eleventh, and Michael Kimm was fifth. Reynolds came from twelfth starting spot to double up on the night.
The IMCA Late Model make up feature win was a popular one with the fans as hometown boy Darrel DeFrance took the checkers. Jill George followed in second place, third went to Shawn Cooney, and Colton Leal and Michael Leal from Pacific Junction were fourth and fifth.
The regular Late Model feature of the night found a driver stepping into victory lane for the very first time....that being Dalton Simonsen from Fairfax, Iowa. Simonsen got past early leader Darrel DeFrance on lap five and from there on, pulled away to secure his first ever win. Darrel DeFrance finished second, just holding off Logan Duffy in third. A close fourth was Curtis Glover, and Michael Leal was fifth.
Another first time winner was Kyle Everts when he won the IMCA Stock Car make up feature. Jason Hall led from the drop of the green and was poised for a win until he slipped up in turn one, allowing Everts to take over the number one spot. The finals laps saw Damon Murty make his usual hard charge through the field, coming from eleventh starting spot, but he would fall just short and finish second. Third went to Todd Reitzler, Jason Hall was fourth and Scott Rice was fifth.
Jeff Mueller would take home the trophy in the regular feature for the IMCA Stock Cars. Mueller caught early leader Dusty Vis and took command on lap thirteen never to look back. The "Chelsea Charger" Damon Murty once again came from eleventh to finish second, Dusty Vis was third, fourth went to ninth place starter Dallon Murty, and Shawn Ritter rounded out the top five.
It was Joel Rust taking the make up feature for the IMCA Modifieds. Rust had to throw off the challenges of Tom Berry, Jr. much of the race, but was able to do so and secure his first win at the speedway this year. Berry started near the back of the starting grid, and hustled through the field to finish as the runner up, third went to Ethan Braaskma, pole sitter Ron Lauritzen finished fourth and Jared VanDeest was fifth.
After a strong performance in the make up feature, Tom Berry made it one position better and got the feature win in the regular night's A main for the IMCA Modifieds. Berry started eleventh and worked his way through the pack, catching then leader Kollin Hibdon with four laps remaining and then going on to take the checkers. Following second place Hibdon was Tim Ward in third, fourth went to Sam Wieben, and Joel Rust was fifth.
The only class running one feature was the Mod Lites. They got their feature completed on June 12, that being won by Cory Sonner with his first ever career win.
Friday night's Mod Lite feature went to Joe Glick. Glick was chased across the line by early leader Charlie Brown, Randy Bryan was third, fourth went to Bryan Zehm, and Terry Brown rounded out the top five.
Racing continues next Friday night, July 3, when it will be Wolf Seeds night at the speedway. The green flag drops at 7:30.
Article Credit: Joyce Eisele