Berry unstoppable at Marshalltown, three in a row for Logue
The Marshalltown Speedway was back in action on Friday night, missing only one week of racing due to the area's devastating derecho. The lights taken down during the storm were replaced with two BOSS LTG Stadium Light Towers, and the show went on! It was KMJ Performance Free Grandstand Night at the races, with two added attractions in exhibition...the North Iowa Vintage Cars, and 2-person Cruisers.
Tom Berry put on another dominating performance, winning for the eighth time this season in the IMCA Modifieds. Young Dallon Murty is mastering the High Banks in the IMCA Stock Cars, taking his third trip to victory lane. Johnathon Logue took the checkers for the third race in a row in the IMCA Northern SportMods, and Braden Richards went back to the winner's circle in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Travis Stensland won his first of the season in the Mod Lite division.
Cody Yaw led the opening laps of the 15 lap Mod Lite feature. Travis Stensland hustled through the pack from his eighth starting spot, ran down the leader, and took over the top spot at lap eleven. From there on he pulled away and took the win well ahead of second place finisher Mike Morrill. Joel Huggins took third place, Bryan Zehm came from tenth to take fourth spot, and Randy Bryan completed the top five, in the caution free race. This was Stensland's first trip to victory lane this year at the speedway.
Johnathon Logue took the easy win in the 18-lap feature event for the IMCA Northern SportMods. He had to fight past Dylan VanWyk, Austin Schrage, and Brayton Carter who were doing battle in front him. He got the job done at lap six, and from there on, never looked back, finishing comfortably ahead of second place Brayton Carter. Austin Schrage took third place, Jenae Gustin was fourth, and Dylan VanWyk finished fifth. This marked the third win in a row for Logue, and his fourth over all in 2020 at the track.
Braden Richards, led all but the opening lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock 15 lap A main as he took the checkers. He held back Aaron Martin and Kaden Reynolds who finished second and third respectively. Twelfth place starter Eric Knutson finished fourth, and William Klosterman was fifth. This was Richards second feature win of the year.
First Shawn Ritter, then Tyler Pickett led the early portion of the 18 laps for the IMCA Stock Cars. But they were no match for Dallon Murty. Murty came flying on the top shelf, took command with three laps remaining and then took the flying checkers...Pickett taking a close runner up spot. Shawn Ritter finished third, Leah Wroten fourth, and last week's winner, Jeff Mueller rounded out the top five.
With one lap down in the IMCA Modified 20 lap feature, and Dylan Thornton leading the race, the yellow flew. On the restart, a quagmire of cars piled up in turn four, bringing out another yellow, and eliminating a handful of cars with damage. When the race got back underway, all eyes were on the 11X of Tom Berry who flew to the topside and was coming with a full head of steam. By lap three he passed Thornton, and then it was all Berry's race as he pulled away to finish a half lap ahead of the field. Ethan Braaksma made his way from ninth starting spot to finish as the runner up. Jared VanDeest, Ron Lauritzen, and Zack Rawlins completed the top five.
Next Friday, August 28 is North 3rd Avenue Dairy Queen Larry Wollam Season Championship night, when five more track champions will be crowned. Hot laps 6:50, racing at 7:30.
Article Credit: Joyce Eisele
Submitted By: Jerry Vansickel