Marshalltown Speedway welcomed back the IMCA Late Models Friday, for the second time this week, following up the Deery Brothers Summer Series held on Tuesday. Darrel DeFrance went home with a win on his hometown track in the Late Models, Tim Ward, the visiting Arizonian, won for the first time in the Modifieds, as did Travis Peterson in the IMCA Northern SportMod division. Damon Murty won his first regular season race at Marshalltown in the Stock Cars, Joel Glick captured his second win of the season in the Mod Lites, and Eric Stanton remains perfect in the Hobby Stocks for the 2016 season.
Hometown boy, Darrel DeFrance led all 25 laps in the IMCA Late Model feature. DeFrance set sail and was never challenged on his way to victory. Jerry King chased DeFrance for much of the race to finish as the runner up. Third place went to sixth place starter, Paul Nagel, Justin Mitchell started tenth and finished in fourth place, and Curtis Glover rounded out the top five. This was the first of eight Late Model races to be held at the High Banks this year.
Tim Ward, snagged his first win at Marshalltown this year in the IMCA Modified class. The young man from Arizona who is calling Harcourt, Iowa home this Iowa racing season, didn’t have it easy in doing so. Ward started twelfth and had to pass a lot of stout competition. Eric Elliott led much of the first portion of the 20-lap feature, but Ward took command at the halfway mark and walked away in the closing portion to take a comfortable win. Twelfth place starter, Richie Gustin, driving Shawn Ritter’s car, finished in second, third went to Tom Berry who started seventh, early leader Elliott was fourth, and Jacob Murray finished fifth from starting eighth.
The IMCA Stock Cars ran as a support class on Tuesday for the Deery Brothers Late Model and Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader. Damon Murty took home the win then. Tonight, he won for the second time in a week, this time for a regular points show. Murty started tenth, took over the lead at lap thirteen from then leader Steve Meyer, and pulled away at the end for the easy win. Meyer took the runner up spot, Tyler Pickett started twelfth and finished in third place, fourth went to sixth place starter, Jeff Wollam, and Donavon Smith finished fifth after starting fourteenth.
Travis Peterson finally got that elusive first win in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod class. Peterson grabbed the lead from his fifth place starting position at lap three, and led the rest of the way to the checkers. Sam Wieben just got by Cory Rose at the finish line, as they were scored second and third in that order. Fourth place finisher was Jared VanDeest and Ethan Braaksma completed the top five.
In the IMCA Hobby Stock feature, Eric Stanton was looking to keep his perfect season going, as he debuted his new car. Stanton started eighth and battled his way to third place by lap seven. However, he had visiting driver Ryan Grochala and August Bach to contend with if he was going to keep the streak alive. He swung his ride to the topside and as the three raced to the checkers, Stanton was able to get the momentum out of corner four, beating both to the finish line for the win. Grochala was second over Bach in third, Gary Pfantz took fourth place and Dustin Graham was fifth. This was Stanton’s seventh win of the regular season at Marshalltown.
Joe Glick won for the second time this season in the Mod Lite class. Glick took command at lap three of the 12-lap feature, and kept it the remaining distance to the win. Mike Morrill finished in second, Randy Bryan was third, fourth went to Joel Huggins, and Kevin Grisham was fifth.
Weekly racing continues next Friday night, June 17, with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30.