MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — The much anticipated event roared to life on Friday Night after mother nature washed the practice, the schedule was modified a little. There was 193 cars from nine different states and Canada represented on opening night of the seventh annual World Nationals.
After eight heats and four B-features settled the field down to 24 cars it was time for the 20 lap IMCA Sport Mod feature.
Track Champion Eric Elliott jumped to the early lead in the feature meanwhile they were going two and three wide behind him racing for position. Elliott saw Carter VanDenBerg sneak by on lap five, VanDenBerg then checked out from the field until the caution waived on lap 16 for debris in turn four and then on the restart when several cars made contact together in turn two. VanDenBerg got a great restart and tried to pull away only to see the yellow fly two more times forcing a green-white-checkered finish.
On the final restart, VanDenBerg had to battle with Tim Current and coming to the checkered those two made contact on the exit of turn four. VanDenBerg took the win with Current coming across in second however in post-race tech inspection he was disqualifed for illegal tires. Travis Peterson was then credit with second, Doug Smith started 21st and found his way in the third place finish. Brian Efkamp and North Dakota’s Justin Medler rounded out the top five.
Eric Stanton grabbed the early lead in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature but it was Devin Smith grabbing the lead away on lap three after working his way through the field from his fifth starting spot. Smith continued to lead after a caution on lap six and lap 10.
However, Smith was noticed to have a rear shock not working as he had Stanton and Jamie Songer on his back bumper. When the caution waived on lap 12 for Randy Embrey, Jason Kohl and Eugene Nicklas getting together on the front stretch. This time, Smith’s rear shock caused him problems and that allowed Jamie Songer to sneak by and grabbed the lead just before the caution on lap 13. Songer held on to win with Stanton in the runner up spot. John Watson worked his way from eleventh to third, Benji Irvine finish fourth and Smith fell back to fifth.
In the IMCA Stock Cars feature it was Todd Retizler grabbing the lead but just after the completion one lap the caution flew when John Heinz and Curt Hook got together on the front stretch. Reitzler continued to lead and just lap two was scored the caution waived, this time Reitzler experience an issue and took it back to the work area that handed the lead over to Robert Stofer.
Stofer was only able to hold to the lead until lap four, Donavon Smith worked his way from ninth to grabbing the lead on lap four. Smith checked out and grabbed the win over Jordan Grabouski, Brian Irvine, Kyle Vanover and Damon Murty.
Modifieds ran two sets of heat races on Friday Night with the top ten in points from the heat finishes being locked in to the feature for Saturday Night. Round one heat winners were Jon Snyder, Brian Mullen, Jacob Murray, Adam Larson, Mike Mullen, Shawn Kilgore, Chris Abelson and Justin O’Brien.
Round two heat winners were Dustin Smith, Richie Gustin, Kyle Brown, Kurt Kile, Troy Cordes, Ryan Ruter and Benji LaCrosse.