Nelson, Nichols go back to back at Stuart 

By Josh Reynolds

STUART, Iowa (July 12) – Colton Nelson and Mike Nichols lit up the track on a night where the lights literally went out at Stuart Speedway.

A power outage before the features started created some drama for the night.

Brett Vanderheiden and Colton Nelson were on the front row for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. Nelson took the lead at the start with Arie Schouten in tow for the first two laps. Clint Luellen made it to second on lap three, but Nelson was already out to a sizeable lead.

That lead was erased on lap 12 as a caution came out, and the field lined up for a three-lap dash to the finish. Luellen made a move to the inside as the green flag flew, but Nelson was up to the task and got back into the lead with two to go. Nelson went on to take the win, his second in two weeks. Luellen finished second with Brandon Williams third.

Curtis Miller was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner and the lights came on just in time for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.

Bryan Snell and Andrew Knode started on the front row but it was the fifth starting Nichols who flew to the front to take the lead. Derrick Rohe ran second with Brian Blessington and Marcus Fagan battling for third, but there was no race for the lead on this night as Nichols went on to the commanding win. Rohe finished second with Blessington third.

Shannon Anderson won the caution-free IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Nick Roberts topped the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.

Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win in the John Wetzel Memorial next Sunday.

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