Matt Ryan Charges To Davenport Score

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Matt Ryan raced from eighth on the grid to grab his third IMCA late model victory of the season Friday night at Davenport Speedway.

The “real deal” Joe Beal led the first 15 laps of the race, after starting in the front row. Ryan dove inside of Beal on lap sixteen, to take the point.

In his first visit to the track this season, Chad Holladay finished second. Chuck Hanna finished third, ahead of Rob Toland and Jeremiah Hurst. Beal would finish sixth.

Rob Toland recorded his second Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature win of the season. Toland led all twenty laps of the main, despite a late race caution that set up a three-lap shootout to the finish.

Bruce Hanford survived a fierce battle for second, with Bob Dominacki taking third. Mitch Morris and Kurt Kile completed the top five.

Jeff Struck Jr. made it two in a row and three victories for the season in Koehler Electric Street Stock action. Struck took the lead on an inside pass of Brandon Setser on lap eleven and never looked back. Setser held on to finish second, while Gene Ehlers put together a late race charge to take third. Nick Hixson and Cary Brown were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Jared Waterman did one position better than last week as he captured his first Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod feature of the season. Waterman started sixteenth and three-wheeled his way past Keith Blum on lap eleven. Jared led the rest of the way to the checkers for the win.

After the race, Waterman’s car was protested, but passed post-race inspection as well.

Blum finished second, followed by Jake Morris, Brandon Jewell, and Dave Engelkens, in that order.

The American Iron Racing Series was also racing Friday night at the Davenport Speedway. It was a clean sweep for Tim Arp as he won his heat race and feature. Bart Miller would finish second in the main. Jeff Struck Jr. was third and Bruce Yoerger fourth. First heat winner Jeff Walker finished fifth.