VINTON, Iowa – Richie Gustin worked the high side past Dan Chapman, then held off persistent challenges from Chapman and Jerry Luloff to drive to the IMCA Modified win in the 18th annual Hogan Memorial Sunday at Benton County Speedway.
For his efforts, Gustin earned $1,250 for winning the race, in addition to $250 for leading at halfway and $1,650 in lap money for the 33 circuits he led. In total, Gustin pocketed $3,150 on the night.
Polesitter Chapman led the 27-car field to green while Gustin worked the high groove into contention from a fifth row starting spot. A trio of cautions over the first five laps allowed Gustin to remain close before making his bid for the lead exiting turn four on lap seven.
Once out front, Gustin was unable to shake Chapman while defending race winner Jerry Luloff closed in on the leaders. The top three ran in that formation until a mandatory pit stop on lap 20 when drivers were allowed five minutes to make adjustments to their cars.
When racing resumed for the final 20 laps, Gustin and Chapman went to work on the high side while Luloff continued to challenge from the low groove. Luloff pulled even with Gustin and led at the stripe at the completion of lap 28, however Gustin proved to be too strong on the top side as he drove to the win. Chapman ran the high groove to second a short distance ahead of Luloff.
It was Gustin’s first career win in the Hogan Memorial, which has now seen six straight different winners.
Pointsracing was held for the four other weekly divisions. John Emerson held off heavy pressure from Andy Bryant and Norman Chesmore to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature while Tyler Droste raced from the fifth row to take top honors in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.
Scott Pippert won for the eighth time on the Vinton oval this year in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division and Steve Miedke took the checkers in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.