Dubuque Late Model opener goes to Merfeld 

By Jerry Mackey

DUBUQUE, Iowa (April 24) – The 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season got underway Sunday night at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway. The racing action was very good and an added bonus, the final checkered flag of the night waved at approximately 8:30 p.m., allowing fans plenty of time to get home for a good night’s rest before starting the work week.

The Out Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model feature ran 25 very fast, caution-free laps with Dubuque racer Luke Merfeld taking his new Trackstar chassis to a very impressive win. Merfeld ran away from the field in scoring the win ahead of Jason Rauen and Luke Goedert.

The Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds also ran a caution-free race with Matt Gansen taking the checkers. Gansen was pressured for the majority of the 20-lap race by Jeremiah Hurst, who was waiting for Gansen to make a mistake that did not happen.

Tyler Soppe scored his second consecutive feature win in the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA North­ern SportMod main event. Soppe took the top spot from Tim Current as the feature passed the halfway mark. Current finished second ahead of Austin Schrage.

Greg Gill made the long tow from Muscatine pay off in scoring the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car 15-lap fea­ture. Jerry Miles crossed under the checkers in second.

On Sunday, May 1, the Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway will present a Modified special event, with extra money on the line for both the Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds and the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMods. The Stock Cars will also have bonus money available. The Late Models have the night off.

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