Aikey Earns Iowa Governor’s Cup

Jeff Aiken at Davenport Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Jeff Aikey captured his first Iowa Governor’s Cup title, Saturday night at the Davenport Speedway.

The Super Late Model Racing Hoker Trucking East Series was the featured class at the 27th running of the stock car championship of Iowa.

Aikey took the lead from Richie Gustin on lap 14 of the 40-lap main and quickly pulled away to a straightaway lead. Aikey would go unchallenged the remainder of the race. Series point leader Tad Pospisil took second with Gustin holding on for third. Matt Ryan was credited with fourth and Jeff Tharp fifth.

In modified action, Spencer Diercks continued his winning ways. Diercks came from seventh starting position to claim victory. Eric Barnes finished second with Bryce Garnhart third. Eleventh place starter Ryan Duhme came home fourth, just ahead of Brandon Durbin in fifth.

Kyle Olson dominated the SportMod feature. The Cedar Rapids racer led every lap of the race. Shane Paris rode the high side to a second place finish with Logan Veloz right behind. Tyler Soppe and Tony Olson rounded out the top five.

The caution-riddled Street Stock feature belonged to Jeff Struck. Tony VonDresky was able to pass Struck early in the race, but Struck returned the favor a lap later. VonDresky held on to second, followed by Robert Cottom, Cary Brown, and Jeffrey Peterson, in that order.

Cyle Hawkins chalked up another win in 4-Stock competition. Tommy Staggs finished second and Dustin Forbes was third. Tim Sibley and Shawn McDermott completed the first five finishers.

Bruce Yoerger captured the American Iron Racing Series feature.

The finish:

  1. Jeff Aikey; 2. Tad Pospisil; 3. Richie Gustin; 4. Matt Ryan; 5. Jeff Tharp; 6. Chad Simpson; 7. Andy Ecckrich; 8. Justin Kay; 9. Andrew Kosiski; 10. Spencer Diercks; 11. Dave Eckrich; 12. Nick Marolf; 13. Ray Guss Jr.; 14. Andy Nezworski; 15. Charlie McKenna; 16. Jason Hahne; 17. Jason Rauen; 18. Darrel DeFrance; 19. Chad Holladay; 20. Joel Callahan; 21. Jill George; (1-DQ)