Three first time winners at I-35 Speedway

imca_fi_weeklyBy Greg Grabianowski

MASON CITY, Iowa (Aug. 25) – In the last night of dirt track racing at I-35 Speedway before next week’s season championships, three different drivers earned their first feature victories of 2013 at the half-mile oval.

Jesse Brown outlasted John Campbell and Heath Tulp to grab his first-ever IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win. Brown took full advantage of his outside front row starting position. This is Brown’s se­cond season in the division and he had not placed in the top four previously at I-35 this season.

Campbell finished second with Tulp placing third; Chris Adams took fourth and point-leader Travis Shipman rounded out the top five.

Matt White survived a wild last lap, four-car battle to earn his first victory of the year in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Chanse Hollatz and White were door-to-door heading into the final lap when Weston Koop and Cory Gansen join the fight for the lead in turn number three. White and Hollatz touched a bit on the curve but White held his line and got good bite coming out of turn number four to earn the win.

Hollatz was the runner-up with Koop taking third; Gansen was fourth and Marvin Enabnit placed fifth.

The other first-time local winner was Mitch Balik in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts, in only his se­cond night at I-35 track. Ryan Bryant was second with Michael Riecks taking third.

Austin Schrage was the hard charger in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and won his se­cond feature of the season at the oval. He piloted his No. 14X rig from the inside of row four to take the checkers.

Ryan Hiscocks was the runner-up followed by Dan Tenold, Nate Chodur and Coby Bangusser.

Point leader Levi Nielsen won his sixth IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature of the sea­son, chased across the stripe by J.J. Wise and Shane Monson.