MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Friday night the IMCA Weekly Racing Series Track points chase began at Marshalltown Speedway.
The pit area saw 130 cars sign in to do battle and they did exactly that as there was great two and three wide racing all night.
The first feature of the night was the IMCA Sport Compacts and it was John Gill and Travis Losenicky starting on the front row. Gill grabbed the lead on lap one, but Bill Whalen Jr. took the top spot away on lap two. Whalen went on to take the easy win, which he dedicated to Merv Chandler. David Moorman was second, Gill came home third, Aaron Miller was fourth and John Walker was fifth.
Up next was the Mod Lites 15-lap feature and before a lap was completed the caution came out when John Schuring had some mechanical issues on the backstretch. Travis Stensland grabbed the lead when the race finally started but it was short lived as Andy Hennigar worked his way from seventh to second only to grab the lead away on lap two. Shortly after the caution came out two more times. Hennigar cruised on to take the win over Stensland, Travis Brandt, Josh May and Joe Glick.
The IMCA Hobby Stock 12-lap feature also saw the caution come out before a lap was completed when Andy Hick spun in turn two and Jamie Songer had no where to go. Jason See grabbed the lead from his fourth-place starting spot on lap one. See and the field saw a caution come out after the completion of lap four when Riley Songer was facing the wrong way on the backstretch.
On the restart, See saw John Watson and Jake Nelson on his back bumper and See had a slip of the grip in turn two allowing Watson to grab the lead. Watson went on to take the win with Eric Stanton who worked his way up to second after starting 12th. Benji Irvine, Eric Larson and Nelson rounded out the top five.
Justin Medler and Jared VanDeest lead the field to the green flag in the 18-lap IMCA Sport Mod feature and it was VanDeest grabbing the lead. The caution came out after the completion of lap one when Darren Medler and Ryan Ashton got together in turn two. VanDeest would not let the caution bug him as he remained out front only to see the caution come out two more times over the first six laps.
VanDeest looked smooth, calm and collected out front as he pulled away only to see lap traffic late in the race. Lap traffic never became a problem as VanDeest went on to take the win. Doug Smith started eleventh and came home in the runner up spot. Clint Luellen, Justin Medler and Travis Peterson rounded out the top five.
The IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature saw Brian Irvine and Rookie Devin Smith start on the front row. Irvine took full advantage and grabbed the lead and pulled away until he encountered lap traffic and then the caution came out when John Emerson came to a rest in turn two. Irvine saw Trent Murphy and Smith on his back bumper but was able to hold them off on this restart and then again four laps later. Irvine went on to take the win, Murphy was second, Donavon Smith was third, Jay Schmidt was fourth and Devin Smith was fifth.
The final feature of the night was the IMCA Modifieds feature and it did not disappoint. Troy Cordes got crossed up in turn one and brought the caution before the completion of lap one. Luke Wanninger grabbed the lead on the restart, only to see the caution come out again after the completion of lap one. Another caution came out on lap four, this one would not be so easy for Wanninger as Ronn Lauritzen, who started nineth worked his way up to fourth.
Laurtizen got a great restart and two laps later found his way to the lead and began to pull away and saw lap traffic. Lauritzen was only two corners away from seeing the checkered only to see the caution come out forcing a green-white-checkered. Lauritzen held off any challenges to take the win over Adam Larson, Jimmy Gustin, Tyler Droste and Jon Snyder.