Cordes tops Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale, Brown earns IMCA Modified series title 

FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 19) ­– A season that’s seen its share of highs and lows saw another high spot Saturday for Troy Cordes.

Cordes topped the 30-lap Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. The win paid $2,000 and put him on the ballot for next September’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

“I’d started second but fell back to about fifth. The car was too tight at the beginning,” he said. “The track was slick, which was unbelievable for the amount of rain they’d had.”

Cordes got back to third following a lap 18 restart, then passed Jason Schueller and Kyle Brown for the lead and eventual checkers.

Brown hung on to the runner-up position and became the sixth different driver to win the tour title in as many years the series has been held.

He’d started the night with a four-point advantage over defending champion Mike Van Genderen, who finished 11th.

Schueller, Justin Kay and Matt Gansen rounded out the top five.

“This was definitely an up and down year for us, for sure,” said Cordes, who had won for the 100th time in his IMCA Modified career in May and clinched his sixth Benton County Speedway title with a top five finish on Sunday. “We struggled some early in the season and didn’t win as many as we’d have liked. The rainouts didn’t help, either.”

Different drivers won each of the eight HDT events held in 2015, making for a second consecutive season in which no driver could win more than once.

Feature results – 1. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 2. Kyle Brown, State Center; 3. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 4. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 5. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 6. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Chris Zogg, New Liberty; 8. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 9. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 11. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 12. Zach Less, Manchester; 13. Carter Van Den Berg, Oskaloosa; 14. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 15. Dan Roedl, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 16. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 17. Kyle Neels, Freeport, Ill.; 18. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 19. Brian Webb, Davenport; 20. Milo Veloz Jr., Colona, Ill.; 21. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 22. Jed Freiburger, Dubuque; 23. Tyler Madigan, Dubuque; 24. Brad Dierks, Clarence.