DUBUQUE, Iowa – The water flew and T.J. Fortmann reveled in the shower from his crew.
The Dubuque driver celebrated after he led all 15 laps of the Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA SportMod feature Sunday evening during Drew Cook & Sons Repair and Fluid Back to School Night at Dubuque Speedway.
“I can’t believe it. My first win in a stock car,” Fortmann said in C&W Trucking/Hoker Trucking/Kam Koncepts Victory Circle. “We continue the tradition of a Fortmann winning in the No. 32 at Dubuque.”
The hometown driver, who also serves in the military, took off from the front row and paced the green-to-checkered run.
“I got a thumbs up on the backstretch, so I knew I was clear on that final lap,” Fortmann added and laughed. “(I was) scared. I didn’t want to mess up.
Point leader Tyler Soppe and last week’s winner Jason Roth finally cleared traffic, but finished about a straightaway behind. Jake Murphy and Wes Digman rounded out the top five.
Point leader Bryce Garnhart launched from eighth, trusted the high groove and won the 20-lap Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modified main.
He took the lead on lap seven and held off several challenges and two-wide battles behind him with Matt Gansen, Timmy Current, a charging Tyler Madigan and Jason Schueller finishing next.
Several early top five drivers were victims of bad luck, including a late caution for Jed Freiburger and Mark Schulte.
Cole Mather took another K Motorsports IMCA Stock Car 12-lap main. Jarod Weepie, Jason Brimeyer, Chase Zaruba and Reece Norton followed.
Point leader Daniel Wauters passed Shane Oberbreckling about halfway through and won another Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stock 12-lap finale. Daryl Moss, Leah Wroten and Roger Winkers came next.
The teams of Austin Heacock/Justin Becker and Corey Rupp/Brandon Ehrisman put on a show in the visiting 2-Man Cruisers. The teams swapped the lead multiple times in the 12-lap feature, with Rupp/Ehrisman getting to the checkers first.
Kerry Davis/Cory Davis, Thomas Thompson/Dylan Elledge, and Justin Hansel/Paul Fleming completed the top five in an entertaining event.
Caleb Slouha visited from Newhall, Iowa for his first race in a year and won the 4 Cylinder feature. In only his second race ever on dirt, Slouha beat point leader Jacob Welter, visitor Rylie Mullin, Cody Brundage and Dylan Kuhl.
The event was called following the fifth caution in four laps for a Brundage rollover. Only three of the seven competitors made it to the finish line.
A total of 55 race teams hit the track for 15 total events, plus Back to School Night activities sponsored by Drew Cook & Sons Repair and Fluid at intermission.
Racing was completed about 9 p.m.