Speed Shift TV HIGHLIGHT: The Stock Car feature had plenty of excitement last night at Marshalltown Speedway. Three wide racing, an unfortunate wrong place wrong time rollover and Todd Reitzler going to the back after an early spin and making his way back up front to pick up the win!
Speed Shift TV HIGHLIGHT: First wins are always memorable but to do it while holding off the level of talent chasing you, while they race door to door sliding each other back and forth, it makes it extra special. Check out Travis Storjohanns first ever win from Marshalltown Speedway below.
"G Money" takes the money at Marshalltown, Storjohann and Rieks take first wins
July 7, 2018
There was a $1,000 on the line for the IMCA Modified winner on Friday night at the Marshalltown Speedway, and the guy known as "G Money" lived up to his name. Two new drivers visited Victory Lane, and one for his first career win, on a beautiful night for racing at the High Banks.
Mike Morrill made it look easy as he won the Mod Lite feature in easy fashion. He started sixth, and had the lead before lap one was in the books. From there on out, he stretched the lead and took the comfortable win, his fifth of the year. Finishing a distant runner up was ninth place starter, Travis Stensland, third went to Kaden Reynolds who had started tenth, fourth Charlie Brown, and last week's winner Joe Glick was fifth. The race went green to checkered.
The IMCA Hobby Stocks took to the track next for their main event. Eldora, Iowa's David Rieks wasted no time in getting his # 78XX machine to the lead. He started tenth, and had the lead by lap two, never to relinquish it. Shannon Anderson tucked into second place at lap four, chased Rieks the rest of the distance around the rim of the track, but had to be content with second place this night. Third went to Leah Wroten, and Gene Nicklas and Garrett Eilander completed the top five. This was the first time that Rieks had stepped into Victory Lane at Marshalltown.
Travis Storjohann began the 18-lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature from the outside front row, snatched the immediate lead only to have a yellow fly at lap two. Two more early yellows wouldn't deter Storjohann's race to the checkers however, as he hit his marks each and every lap and sealed his first career win. He held off a hard charging Joey Schaefer, who started fourteenth, took a couple of peeks low for the pass, but had to settle for the runner up spot. Third was Travis Peterson, fourth went to Adam Shelman, and Sam Wieben was fifth.
The IMCA Stock Cars never disappoint at Marshalltown. Their 18-lap feature was action packed from start to finish. Front row starters Todd Inman and Kyle Everts battled hard for the lead early. Everts got the advantage for the first handful of laps before Inman took command. By lap eight, Jeff Mueller had made his way into second place and was ready to challenge for the lead, as was Todd Reitzler who was hot on Meuller's bumper. Reitzler, who had brought out a yellow at lap three when he spun in turn four while attempting a pass for position, had to tag the field for the restart, and was now on a mission! Inman continued to lead then slipped off of turn two a few laps later, but returned to the track loosing several positions. This handed the lead over to Mueller, with Reitzler in hot pursuit. Mueller and Reitzler flirted with the devil at the top of the track as they ran the rim. At lap sixteen, Mueller suddenly slowed as they raced by the flagstand, Reitzler taking over the lead, and Tom Cannon, who had been running third, was caught up in the sudden off power situation, and he took a slow roll off of turn two, bringing out the caution. When the race restarted with two laps remaining, Reitzler was the captain of the ship, and he maintained the position to the flying checkers and the win. It was a close one at the line for second and third, with Todd Inman nipping Kye Everts. Fourth went to veteran Jeff Wollam and Dave Atcher was fifth. Reitzler visited the winner's circle at Marshalltown for the third time this year.
It was Todd Cooney for the IMCA Late Model 20-lap feature win once again. Cooney started eighth and had the lead by lap five. Home town boy Darrel DeFrance chased Cooney from lap six to the finish line, but finished a distant second. Tom Hurst, last week's winner finished a close third, fourth went to Paul Nagle and Curtis Clover was fifth. This was Cooney's fourth win in 2018.
The IMCA Modifieds were running for $1,000 to win in a draw/redraw format, and the driver known as "G Money", Richie Gustin, lived up to that title as he took home the prize. Gustin started tenth, over took then leader Racer Hulin at lap seven, and sailed off to the easy win. Todd Shute came from ninth starting spot, and finished as the runner up, followed closely by twelfth place starter, Ronn Lauritzen in third. Racer Hulin was fourth, and Jimmy Gustin came from twelfth, to finish fifth. Although Gustin has won in the past at the track, this was his first win at Marshalltown in several years.
Racing continues next Friday night, July 13, with racing in all six classes. The green flag drops at 7:30. ... See MoreSee Less