Cordes Claims Benton County Frostbuster

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VINTON, Iowa – The finish to Thursday’s Frostbuster feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Benton County Speedway was so close Troy Cordes didn’t know for sure he was the winner until he heard it over his one-way radio.

Cordes led most of the 25-lapper after passing Todd Shute following an early restart. He couldn’t find a way around two cars at the back of the field, however, and both Shute and Hunter Marriott caught up in a hurry.

Shute was scored just ahead on lap 22 but Cordes was back in front the next time around. He’d take the checkers not much more than the width of his bumper ahead of Shute, with Marriott right behind.

“It got a little hairy,” Cordes said following the $1,000 victory, which came in front of a large and appreciative crowd. “I’ve won races this close before and I’ve lost them this close before. It goes both ways. This is the better way.”

Jason Wolla, winner of the Wednesday Frostbuster at Southern Iowa Speedway, and Tyler Droste completed the top five.

A dozen states and Canada were represented by the 123 IMCA entries, including 48 Modifieds and 40 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, at Vinton.

Cordes, now the winner of 98 career sanctioned Modified features, was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. NASCAR visitor Ken Schrader did not qualify for the main event.

Damon Murty won his second Frostbuster feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars in as many nights. Sam Wieben topped the Northern SportMods and Benji Irvine ruled the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Nathan Wood was fast up front but two cautions before midway kept the Stock Cars close in their 20-lapper. Murty took the lead on lap 12; Brett Koehler passed Wood for second three laps later but had nothing for Murty, who took the win by half a straightaway.

Three early cautions slowed the Northern SportMod main. Wieben led the last 17 of 18 laps, beating Wednesday Frostbuster winner Lucas Lamberies to the stripe by a couple car lengths. Tony Olson rounded out the top three.

Irvine led every circuit in the Hobby Stock contest but a caution with three to go erased his big lead. Austin Luellen was second, three car lengths off the pace, and Nathan Ballard was third.