OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Second to the IMCA Modified checkers, Richie Gustin took home the winner’s $1,000 paycheck from Wednesday’s Frostbuster special at Southern Iowa Speedway.
Gustin chased Andrew Schroeder to the finish, then was promoted to first when the rookie failed post-race tech inspection. Already a candidate for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Gustin was scored ahead of Kyle Strickler, Mark Elliott and Lance Arneson.
Schroeder started on the pole and led all 20 laps in his first Modified start. The front four cars ran together before Schroeder put some distance on Gustin. NASCAR visitor Ken Schrader was sixth.
The first IMCA special held at Oskaloosa since 2003, the Frostbuster brought 124 entries – 48 of them Modifieds – to town from eight states and Canada. The longest tows came from Wyoming, Texas and North Carolina.
Two winners were from out of state, as Wisconsin’s John Heinz was fastest in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and defending national champion Bryan LaRiviere was equally dominant in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main.
Shannon Anderson, a three-time national champ, topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.
Heinz led all the way in the Stock show, challenged before midway by Texan J.C. Howell.
The current national points leader, Howell made his way up from seventh but couldn’t maintain the pace. Justin Jacobsen was second and Kyle Harwood took third from Howell on the last lap.
LaRiviere checked out on everybody in capturing the Northern SportMod main. Clint Luellen, “B” winner Ty Luellen and Racer Hulin followed.
Bill Bonnett led most of the way before Anderson got the Hobby Stock lead for good. The top two drivers in career wins in the class had run virtually side-by-side before Anderson took charge with five laps to go.
Eric Stanton and Danny Thrasher completed the top four.BREAKING NEWS: SPEED SPORT is back in print with a new monthly format! Subscribe for just $24.95. Special offer for former subscribers.