Soppe scores season opener at Dubuque Speedway

By Jerry Mackey

DUBUQUE, Iowa (April 17) – The 2016 racing season took the green flag on Sunday night as the Pioneer Rest Stop sponsored the opening nights action on the high banked 3/8 mile track located on the Dubuque County Fairgrounds.

Tyler Soppe took an emotional victory in the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod class. Soppe raced past leader Mike Mills late in the 20-lap race. Mills was racing with a heavy heart as this was his first race at his home track since losing his father just over a month ago.

In a very classy move Soppe brought Mills to the victory lane celebration and awarded Mills with the large first place trophy. Mills followed Soppe across the finish line in second ahead of Justin Becker.

Brandon Wilson took the win in the hotly contested Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modified division. Wilson found the low groove to his liking in taking the checkers ahead of Mark Schulte and Bryce Garnhart.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature saw defending track champion Jerry Miles start his 2016 season with an impressive win. Miles scored the victory ahead of Lucas Short and Tim Helle.

Racing action will continue in all four sanctioned classes with IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing points being awarded this Sunday, April 24. Hot laps at the Dubuque Speedway get under­way at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.