Matt Ryan Avoids Maquoketa Rush


MAQUOKETA, Iowa — There was a lot of dodging raindrops Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway.

Matt Ryan just wiped his visor and barely had to dodge any traffic.

“Lapped traffic was getting a little bit dicey.”

Ryan stormed by Kelly Pestka on lap three and cruised to the Andover Meat IMCA Late Model feature win on Night.

The winner did not hit lapped traffic until past the halfway point of the 25-lapper.

“I was searching around looking to maybe find another way around and thought, man, maybe I better get back down where I was at. I figured the 7 (Andy Nezworski) and 58 (Jeremiah Hurst) were right on me.”

The 2017 track champion was exactly right. Nezworski and Hurst were next in line. Pestka and Don Pataska rounded out the top five on a three-eighths-mile dirt surface that surprised the Davenport veteran.

“I was expecting the track to be a lot heavier with all the rain we’ve had this week. It was a lot drier than it’s been. I watched Donnie Louck win that Hobby Stock feature and saw part of that SportMod race and I thought about how dry it was getting. So we needed to change the setup a bit.”

It was Ryan’s second straight win at the track and fifth in less than a month overall.

Jeff Larson and Bryce Garnhart had combined for all six IMCA Modified wins – until this night.

Justin Kay broke that streak with an impressive 20-lap win, leading just the final circuit thanks to a slide job on race long leader Timmy Current.

Jordan Hicks, Mitch Morris and Tyler Madigan followed.

A total of 21 B&D Pit Stop IMCA SportMods took the green flag for the 15-lap finale.

Seventeen different drivers ran in the top 10 during the event.

Tyler Soppe had the upper hand and won again. Point leader Gage Neal, Brandon Setser, Joe Grant and Wisconsin’s Jason Roth were next in line.

Louck beat an impressive field of Ueland Auto IMCA Stock cars and topped the 15-lap feature.

Greg Gill, Tom Cannon, Jimmy Comins and Terry Dulin were next. Current looked as if he also would win this one, but his Monte Carlo pulled up lame late in the race.

IMCA Hobby Stocks kept up the ultra competitiveness with several cars within range of the win. But Daniel Wauters took it first to the checkers again for his fifth straight 12-lap victory.

Dakota Simonsen led most of the way. Wauters was sent to the tail after an early race incident, but climbed his way back through the field.

Shane Oberbreckling, Kile Vohringer and Lane Vohringer also fell to Wauters.

Hometowner Andy Wagener made just his third Obie’s Bar and Restaurant/B&D Liquors 4 Cylinders start, but two have now been wins.

He wheeled from near the rear to beat Tyler Shady, Ohio visitors Wayne Newbury and Wes Staley. Point leader Brett Marshall was fifth.

The Junkies made their 2018 debut. Steve Sheppard won the 10-lap feature in an entertaining event.