Marshalltown, Iowa (August 21st, 2015) – Beautiful night for racing saw 111 cars signed in to tame the high banks of the Marshalltown Speedway on Rumours Sports Bar & Grill and KIX101.1 Night at the Races. Fans were treated to great three, four and sometimes five wide racing plus the IMCA Late Models for the second week in a row.
Richie Gustin (IMCA Late Models), Chris Abelson (IMCA Modifieds), Damon Murty (IMCA Stock Cars), Austin Luellen (IMCA Hobby Stocks) Josh May (Mod Lites) made the trip to victory lane again. Jake McBirnie (IMCA Northern SportMods) takes his 1st at Marshalltown.
Justin Rankin wrestled the lead away from Jason Whitehead in the Mod Lites 15 lap feature and just after lap one was completed the caution came out for Charlie Brown, Mike Morrill and David Simpson in turn two. Rankin saw Travis Stensland and Josh May in tow, May took the top spot away on lap three and not even the caution on lap eight was going to prevent May from take his 9th win at Marshalltown in 2015. Stensland finished second, Joe Glick was third, Bryan Zehm was fourth and Brown was fifth.
Before a single lap was scored in the IMCA Northern SportMods 18 lap feature, the caution came out for a couple of incidents. On the restart, Jake McBirnie took the lead and looked comfortable out front until a pair of cautions on lap 10. McBirnie led the remaining eight laps to take his first win at Marshalltown this year. Jared Van Deest, Clint Luellen, Travis Peterson and Jenae Gustin rounded out the top five.
Bill Bonnett led the first four laps of the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stocks 15 lap feature in a borrowed race car from Greubel Farms. Austin Luellen started 7th but found himself taking the lead away on lap five. Luellen then saw Eric Stanton work his way to second. Luellen took his 9th checkered of the season at Motown. Stanton finished second which allowed him to clinch the 2015 track championship. Benji Irvine, Bonnett and Garrett Eilander finished third through fifth respectively.
In the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap feature, Casey Greubel took the top spot but Todd Reitzler grabbed in away on lap three. Jeff Wollam worked his way by to take the lead on lap four and a lap later, the caution came out for Russell Damme Jr. Wollam saw Reitzler and Tyler Pickett right behind him on the restart, however it was Damon Murty that worked his way from tenth to the lead on lap nine. Murty cruised on take his second win in as many weeks. Donavon Smith came across second with Michael Jaennette in third, Pickett in fourth and Wollam in fifth.
Tom Berry making the long trip from Oregon grabbed the lead early in the Coors Light IMCA Modifieds 20 lap feature but when the red flag came out on lap four for Tyler Gross rolling off the top of turn two. Berry saw Chris Abelson, who worked his way from tenth to the lead by lap five. Abelson saw the caution come out for the final time on lap 15. Great restarts by Abelson allowed him to go on to take his second win at Marshalltown. Jake Strayer managed to take second ahead of Ronn Lauritzen. Josh Gilman and Scott Simatovich was fourth and fifth.
Final feature of the night was the Rumours Sports Bar & Grill IMCA Late Models 20 lap feature. Before a lap was scored the caution came out for Al Johnson in turn two. Jason Hahne grabbed the top spot on the restart before a caution came out again. That allowed Richie Gustin to restart second and it was Gustin taking the lead away from Hahne. Not even the cautions on lap seven and 15 was going to deny Gustin from taking his second IMCA Late Model win at Marshalltown. Todd Cooney outdueled crowd favorite Darrel DeFrance for second. Hahne fell back to fourth and Chris Snyder was fifth.
Next Friday Night is Minute Man Printing and Casey’s General Stores Night. It was also announced that the IMCA Late Models will return for the third week in a row. Also Racing IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and Mod Lites. Hot Laps at 6:50pm and Racing at 7:30pm.
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