Gustin Rules Hawkeye Dirt Tour

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Richie Gustin
Richie Gustin
Richie Gustin

DONNELLSON, Iowa — After the long green flag run that ended the night, Richie Gustin drove home from Thursday’s IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Lee County Speedway with the biggest share of the green.

Gustin was scored first every time around the track in the 30-lapper for Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. The $1,000 victory was his series career-leading eighth and first this season.

Bill Roberts Jr. drew the pole but it was Gustin quickly into the lead from his outside front row starting spot. Kyle Brown came up from fourth and slipped past Gustin briefly on lap six, but Gustin got the front spot back for good by the time the circuit was scored.

Five cautions slowed the first half of the feature, which concluded with 14 green flag laps. Making the most of the fast top line, Gustin was five car lengths ahead of Brown at the checkers.

Troy Cordes raced from 10th starting to third, just ahead of Todd Shute. Andrew Schroeder was fifth while defending champion and current point leader Mike Van Genderen took sixth.

Other winners were Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Joey Gower in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Josh Barnes in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

The finish:

Richie Gustin, Kyle Brown, Troy Cordes, Todd Shute, Andrew Schroeder, Mike Van Genderen, Kurt Kile, Jeff Waterman, Bill Roberts Jr., Nick Roberts, Brandon Rothzen, Brandon Banks, Mitchell Morris, Ed Thomas, Ryan Maitland, Tyler Cale, Scott Hogan, David Brown, Ronn Lauritzen, Jared Fuller, Tyler Groenendyk, Lonnie Heap, Cayden Carter, Patrick Flannagan.