Hardy fans endured an appropriately named Marshalltown Speedway Frostbuster on Friday night, but the racing was nothing short of hot action. 120 drivers competed in the five classes.
Feature action began with the Mod Lite division, where it was Josh May picking up where he left off last season in snatching up the decisive win. Randy Bryan finished as the runner up, Mike Morrill was third, followed by Charlie Brown and Bryan Zehm in fourth and fifth.
In the IMCA SportMod 20-lap feature, it was Randy Roberts with the victory. He out dueled Sam Wieben who finished in second place. Third went to Tyler Soppe, seventh place starter, Carter VandenBerg was fourth and Jake McBirnie came from tenth starting spot, to finish fifth.
The 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock ran next. It saw Dustin Elliott take the lead from Nathan Ballard by lap six and from there on, held that lead to the flying checkers. A futile attempt by Eric Stanton on the final lap fell short, and he had to settle for second. Fifth place starter Benji Irvine went home with a third place finish over seventh place starter Derek Hodges, and John Watson came from thirteenth starting spot, to round out the top five.
The 20-lap IMCA Stock Car finish was decided at the line, with Donavon Smith winning the battle over Damon Murty. Murty led much of the race and when a yellow flew at lap sixteen, Smith had worked his way to second from starting in eleventh place, and eager for the restart. Murty held his lead until the final charge to the checkers when Smith won the tussle and took the victory. Following second place Murty to finish in third was thirteenth place starter, Steve Meyer. Fourth went to Tyler Pickett who had started seventh, and Jay Schmidt completed the top five.
Kyle Brown, who has been on a winning streak as of late, took home the $1,000 win and another Fast Shafts qualifier, leading the 25-lapper from start to finish. Josh Gilman finished in second place, ahead of eighth place starter, David Brown. Arizona racer, Tim Ward, came from eighteenth starting spot, to take home a fourth place finish, and Ronn Lauritzen raced his way from eleventh place to a top five finish.
Next Friday night at the Marshalltown Speedway will be the season opener. Hot laps are 7, with racing at 7:30.