Gustin Saves His Best For Last


MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – An eventful Friday night of racing at Marshalltown (Iowa) Speedway included some dominant performances, and ended just before rain swept over the track.

Bryan Zehm jumped out to the lead in the Mod Lites 15-lap feature event. Zehm was not to be denied, as he took the win over Josh May, Jimmy May, Charlie Brown and Joe Glick.

The 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stocks feature event saw Gary Pfantz grabbing the early lead. Pfantz continued to lead until the caution came out on lap six for Travis Merical in turn four. Pfantz saw Jamie Schirm and Garrett Eilander on his back bumper. It was Schirm grabbing the lead by the exit of turn two on the restart. Schirm went on to take the victory meanwhile Eilander took second away from Pfantz.

John Watson came home fourth and Travis Staley was fifth.

The Big 8 Tyre Center IMCA Northern SportMods 18-lap feature saw Tom Rawlins lead the field to green, but it was Ryan Ashton grabbing the lead.

The caution came out on lap four when Rawlins slid off the top side of turn three. Ashton saw Matt Lettow and Jayme Duinink right behind it him and it was Lettow taking the lead away on lap seven. Shortly after the caution came out on lap eight when Neil Follett, Glenn Gladson and Adam Shelman got together in turn two. Lettow got a great restart but then the caution came out again on lap 12. On this restart, Letttow had to contend with Clint Luellen. Luellen grabbed the lead away and although there was a pair of cautions on lap 15 it was Luellen taking his seventh win. Lettow settled into second. Jenae Gustin was third meanwhile Johnathan Logue and Sam Wieben was fourth and fifth respectively.

Don Vis lead the opening lap in the IMCA Stock Cars 18-lap feature event. Vis held on to the lead on lap two but it was Donavon Smith, who worked his way through the field from 11th starting spot to the lead on lap three. Smith saw the caution come out twice on lap four but went racing resumed he pulled away underterred by challenges from Damon Murty. Steve Meyer, Robert Stofer and Michael Jaennette rounded out the top five.

The IMCA Modifieds feature was the final feature of the night. The field went three-wide on lap one but it was rookie Jake Strayer grabbing the top spot. Strayer held on to the lead until Richie Gustin worked his way from ninth to second. Gustin took the lead away on lap six and went on to take his fourth win of the season at Motown.

Racer Hulin was second, Jon Snyder was third, Strayer came home fourth and Ronn Lauritzen was fifth.

The finish:

Richie Gustin Jr., Racer Hulin, Jon Snyder, Jake Strayer, Ronn Lauritzen, Joel Rust, Brandon Leeman, Andrew Kinser, Trent Jackson, Rod Clement, Eric Elliott, Jimmy Gustin, Scott Simatovich