Wieben posts first win of the season, all others repeat
June 15, 2018
It was Karl Performance and Casey's General Stores night on Friday at the Marshalltown Speedway with racing in all six regular divisions. Only one new winner for the season found victory lane, while all others repeated their wins from earlier in the year.
The Mod Lites kicked off the night's feature racing. Mike Morrill dominated in taking the win in the 15-lap feature. He started seventh and took command at lap two and never looked back on his way to the checkers. Morrill finished well ahead of second place finisher Joe Glick. Travis Stensland came from deep in the starting field to finish third, fourth went to Randy Bryan and Charlie Brown completed the top five. The race went caution free. Morrill, who also won last week, now has a total of four wins for the season at the speedway. This win also marked his 210th career feature win in his 22 years of racing.
Sam Wieben visited the winner's circle for the first time in 2018 in the IMCA Northern SportMods. Wieben passed Ryan King at lap seven after a spirited battle, and then was able to distance himself from the rest of the pack and take the comfortable win. Last week's winner Ethan Braaksma ran out of time to reel in the leader, and finished as the runner up. Jack Housley ran at the front of the pack all night and scored a third place finish, fourth went to Adam Shelman, and Tyler Inman was fifth.
Dylan Nelson started sixth and claimed the lead on lap two of the 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature. He had to hold off second place finisher Shannon Anderson the last handful of laps, and a close third went to Leah Wroten. Fourth went to Matt Smith, and Eric Knutson came from sixteenth starting spot, to capture fifth place. Nelson took his second win at Marshalltown this season.
The IMCA 18-lap Stock Car feature was another dandy. Todd Reitzler took to the top lane and got to the lead on lap five. He had a lot of company in Damon Murty and Jeff Mueller who were tailing him around the track. Reitzler however, never gave them an opportunity to find a way around, and sailed home to the win, his second this year. Murty, last week's winner, threw everything but the kitchen sink at Reitzler, but had to settle for second this week. Jeff Mueller was a close third, Michael Jaennette rallied from an early spin out to finish fourth, and Kurt Hook was fifth.
Darrel DeFrance started sixth in the 20-lap IMCA Late Model feature, and by lap two, was leading. Then Todd Cooney began his march to the front, reeling in leader DeFrance and then taking the top spot at lap seven. Cooney then pulled away to take the feature win by over half a lap. Jeremiah Hurst finished as the runner up, DeFrance was third, fourth went to Kurt Hinrichs, and pole sitter Bobby Hansen, was fifth. It was two in a row for Cooney and his third win over all. The race went flag to flag.
Capping off the night was 20-laps of IMCA Modified feature racing. Veteran racer from Oskaloosa, Iowa, Ron VerBeek looked strong in the early portion as he led the troops around the high banks. However, at lap three, Joel Rust was nipping at his heels. Rust, who had started ninth, pestered VerBeek for a couple of laps before taking over the top spot at lap six. From there on, he kept it the remaining distance to the checkers. VerBeek finished a distance behind in second, Tim Ward came from tenth starting position, to finish third, Racer Hulin was a close fourth, and Trent Jackson rounded out the top five. Rust has two regular season wins and also won the Highbank Hustle special.
Regular season racing continues next Friday night at the Marshalltown Speedway with racing in all six regular classes. The green flag drops at 7:30.
Caseys General Stores Karl Performance 6/15/2018 Results - All Classes
IMCA Hobby Stocks A-Feature
Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Dylan Nelson 13N Adel, Ia. 2. Shannon Anderson 78 Des Moines, Ia. 3. Leah Wroten 14C Independence, Ia. 4. Matt Smith 74 Des Moines, Ia. 5. Eric Knutson 12K Slater, Ia. 6. Gary Pfantz 4X State Center, Ia. 7. Daren Dezwarte 47T Knoxville, Ia. 8. Todd Fisher 44 Carlisle, Ia. 9. Luke Bird 88 Winthrop, Ia. 10. Ray Fees 47 Des Moines, Ia. 11. David Rieks 78XX Eldora, Ia. 12. Bradly Graham 4 Vinton, Ia. 13. Mitchell Thomas 14T Marshalltown, Ia. 14. Justin Lovig 22J Clemons, Ia. 15. Travis Merical 81M Marshalltown, Ia. 16. Ryan Wells 89R Runnells, Ia. 17. Andy Peck 17 Newton, Ia. 18. Eugene Nicklas 83 Grinnell, Ia. 19. Jamie Coady 56J Colfax, Ia. 20. Mike Kincaid 12 Cincinati, Ia. 21. Jeremiah Andrews 37G Union, Ia. 22. Craig Lovig 22c Marshalltown, Ia. 23. Kenze Ritter 121 Keystone, Ia. 24. Derrick Thra 707 Grundy Center, Ia. 25. Ben Newhouse 17x State Center, Ia.
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