It's Berry again for the win at Marshalltown Speedway
It was a beautiful night for racing at the Marshalltown Speedway on Friday for Triple E Insulator Night at the races. Two new winners stepped into victory lane for the first time this season, Nathan Ballard in the IMCA Hobby Stock Class, and Joel Huggins in the Mod Lite division. Two time winners were Curtis Glover in the IMCA Late Models, Dallon Murty in the IMCA Stock Cars, and Johnathon Logue in the IMCA Northern SportMods. Tom Berry continued his domination in the IMCA Modifieds, chalking up win number six.
Things kicked off with the Mod Lite 15 lap feature and Joel Huggins appeared to be a man on a mission! Huggins grabbed the early lead and then pulled away to a hefty lead and win the race that went flag to flag. Mike Morrill finished a distant second, with Randy Bryan a close third. Fourth went to Ben George and Travis Sensland was fifth. This was Huggins's first win at the track this season.
Johnathon Logue went home with the victory in the IMCA Northern SportMod 18-lap contest. Logue started tenth and took command on lap five. From there on he never looked back on his way to the checkers. Kyle Olson came from eighth starting spot to finish as the runner up. Osceola, Iowa's Garrett Nelson started eleventh and finished third. Travis Peterson and Ryan King rounded out the top five. This was Logue's second visit to the winner's circle at the speedway this year.
In the IMCA Hobby Stocks, it was Nathan Ballard winning for the first time ever at the track when he took the checkers. Ballard started on the outside front row and led all fifteen laps on his way to victory. Jacob Floyd chased Ballard the entire distance, but trailed a distant second. Braden Richards finished a close third, fourth went to eleventh place starter Solomon Bennett, and Tyler Ollendieck was fifth.
The IMCA Late Models went 20-laps for their feature event. Bobby Hansen held down the top spot through the first portion of the race until Curtis Glover snatched it away on lap seven. A couple of #99s duked it out for the second spot, with Luke Pestka finally laying claim to it as he finished in second place over Darrel DeFrance in third. Fourth went to Logan Duffy, and early leader Bobby Hansen came home in fifth. This was Glover's second feature win of the season.
Kenzie Ritter, fresh off of her recent first career win on a trip to South Dakota was looking strong in the IMCA Stock Car feature, taking the lead on lap two. Dallon Murty was quickly up to challenge her for the lead however, and at the halfway mark of the 18-lapper, Murty took command. He would then hold that top spot the remainder of the way to the checkers and the win. Damon Murty would follow his son across the finish line in second after a late race pass on Kinzie Ritter who finished third. Dave Atcher and Tyler Pickett completed the top five. Dallon Murty made his second trip to victory lane at the track this year.
Tom Berry, Jr. had another dominate win in the IMCA Modifieds as he won the 20-lap feature convincingly. Berry started eighth, had the lead at lap three, and then just drove off from the field. Only one caution would slow the race, that being on lap fifteen for debris. When the race restarted, Berry sailed off again, never to be contested on his way to the win. Tony Haufbauer finished in the runner up position, Tim Ward finished third, just getting by Ronn Lauritzen in fourth in the closing moments. Rounding out the top five was veteran racer Scott Simatovich. This was Berry's sixth win of the year.
Next Friday, August 7, is Shawn's Hay Grinding Night at the Races with Season Championship for the IMCA Late Models. All other classes will be in competition as well. The green flag drops at 7:30.
Article Credit: Joyce Eisele
Submitted By: Jerry Vansickel