Marshalltown, Iowa (September 19th, 2015) – Thanks to mother nature washing Friday Night out, it meant the Marshalltown Speedway was in stote for an action packed Saturday Afternoon and Evening and it was exactly that nobody went home disappointed.
152 cars signed in to race both shows on Saturday from Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oregon, Missouri, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska , Oklahoma, Michigan and Kansas.
In the Afternoon show it was Shannon Anderson (IMCA Hobby Stocks), Jake McBirnie (IMCA SportMods) and Greg Wichman (IMCA Stock Cars) taking feature wins. Ricky Thornton Jr (Modifieds), Anderson (IMCA Hobby Stocks), Clint Luellen (IMCA SportMods) and Travis Van Straten (IMCA Stock Cars) took wins in the night cap.
Modifieds ran qualifying heats during the afternoon and the winners in round one was Todd Shute, Brian Mullen, Kyle Strickler, Adam Larson, Corey Dripps, Kelly Shyrock and Jacob Murray. Round two heats went to Jerry Wilinski, Matt Werner, Strickler, Ricky Thornton Jr, Kyle Kudick, Jordan Grabouski and Hunter Marriott.
Seth Janssen and Nick Ulin started on the front row in the first IMCA Hobby Stocks feature and it was Janssen wrestling the lead away but the caution out just after the completion of lap two. Benji Irvine worked his way from fifth to third but manage to take the lead away before the caution on lap three. Shannon Anderson started 11th but on lap nine, Anderson took the lead from Irvine. Anderson appeared to be heading on to the win but the caution came out forcing a green-white-checkered finish. Anderson held off Adam Armstrong, driving Gina Greubel’s car, to take the win. Weston Koop, Jamie Songer and Bill Bonnett finished third through fifth.
In the first of two IMCA Northern SportMods feature, Jake McBirnie took the lead early and not even a caution on lap six or 12 denied him the win. Tracy Wassenberg started 5th and came home 2nd. Travis Peterson, 8th place finisher Tyler Frye and Jared Van Deest rounded out the top five.
Greg Wichman grabbed the lead in the IMCA Stock Cars first feature meanwhile Damon Murty was working his way through the field. Murty battled with Wichman for the lead and grabbed the top spot away on lap 11. Wichman did not give up as he managed to beating Murty to the checkered flag. Johnny Spaw was third, Randy Brands was fourth and Mike Schmidt was fifth.
After the afternoon show was completed, Speedway officials reworked the track for the evening show. Another complete show for SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Stock Cars. Last Chance Races, Dash and A Main for the Modifieds was on tap.
Ricky Thornton Jr was tenth in points after the heat races but was given the lead when Kyle Strickler drew the invert of ten for the TiLube ten lap Dash. Thornton took full advantage of that as he lead from start-to-finish.
Weston Koop lead the first four laps of the second IMCA Hobby Stock feature of the day as they were going two and three wide on lap one. Adam Armstrong started sixth but by the end of lap five, Armstrong was in the lead. Armstrong held on to the lead after a pair of cautions on lap six and ten. Shannon Anderson again got a bad redraw as he started 12th but worked his way up to take the lead away from Armstrong on lap 12. Anderson held off challenges from Armstrong and Benji Irvine to take his second win of the day. Irvine beats Armstrong for second. Dustin Elliott and Nick Ulin finished fourth and fifth.
Next up on the speedway was the 20 lap Modified Final Four race, top four finishers advance on to the 50 lap World Nationals feature. Jordan Grabouski grabbed the lead right away but just after one lap was completed the caution came out for Eric Elliott in turn three. Grabouski got a great restart and pulled away to take the win. 2013 Winner Jacob Murray finished second, Jake Hartung finished third and Jerry Wilinski was fourth.
Joel Rust destroyed his Modified a few weeks ago but Marty Rouse offered his IMCA SportMod up to Rust to race, Rust accepted. Rust wrestled the lead away from Jayme Duinink in the IMCA Northern SportMods 20 lap feature event. Rust was out to a big lead but Clint Luellen worked his way from sixth and strated to reel in Rust by lap eight. Luellen managed to take the lead away on lap 12 and would go on to take the win ahead of Rust. National Points Leader Tyler Frye from Kansas moved up nine spots to finished third, Tracy Wassenberg was fourth and Vince Engebregtsen was fifth.
Damon Murty wrestled the lead away from Donavon Smith in the IMCA Stock Cars feature event but just after the completion on lap one, the only race caution came out for Johnny Spaw, Steve Meyer and Jared Daggett getting together. Murty got a great restart but Travis Van Straten took second away from Donavon Smith and chase down Murty. Murty and Van Straten battled for the lead and it was Van Straten out dueling Murty for the win. Smith, Randy Brands and Wayne Gifford rounded out the top five.
Final feature of the day was the $10,000 to win World Nationals 50 lapper for the Modifieds, Ricky Thornton Jr and Todd Shute lead the field to the green flag. They were going three and four wide off the start of the race behind Thornton, who took the lead early. Just after the completion of lap two, the only race caution came out for Brandon Rothzen smacking the wall hard on the front stretch. Thornton was not going to let that bother him however by the time he began to encounter lap traffic on lap 30, 2014 World Nationals Winner Benji LaCrosse worked his way from 17th to second. Thornton sliced his way through the lap traffic and held off a hard charging LaCrosse to take $10,000 back to Arizona. Terry Phillips came from 13th to 3rd. Kyle Strickler finish 4th and Shute was fifth.
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