By Josh Reynolds
STUART, Iowa (Aug. 10) – The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods were missing their roofs, but none of their speed Sunday night at Stuart Speedway. Clint Luellen came out on top of the first annual Bones Memorial Topless SportMod 25-lap feature on Hawkeye Auto Salvage Night at the Races.
The drivers voted a few weeks ago to make the memorial a “topless” event where they had to remove their roofs and sail panels. The race paid tribute to fallen official Richard “Bones” Welch.
Josh Sink and Chase Rudolf got the lucky draw and led the field to green with Jenae Gustin coming through to lead lap one. Gustin held the top spot until Clint Luellen passed her on lap four.
Luellen held the lead through three cautions, but Gustin took the lead on lap 19. Luellen came around to take it back a lap later before one final caution flew for debris on lap 23. When racing resumed, Luellen held on to score the win.
Charlie McKenna inherited the lead in the IMCA Late Model feature when Bill Crimmins was sidelined with mechanical problems. Todd Cooney and Randy Foote challenged the leader, but McKenna was too strong and went on to take the win.
Brian Blessington ran the low side into the lead on lap eight of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. He drove away to earn the 200th Stock Car win of his career.
Cole Ferguson was pressured late by Josh Gilman in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main. Ferguson held on by half of a car-length to ex=scape with the narrow victory.
Austin Luellen drove to victory in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. He chased down Shannon Anderson on the 12th circuit to secure the win.
Jacob Reiter dominated the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Comapct feature to take the easy victory.