By Greg Grabianowski
ALGONA, Iowa (May 5) – Mother Nature derailed the opening night by one week but that did not stop 93 cars to visit the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona for the 2016 season opener on Thursday.
“We had to wait a week to get started with the rain and cold last week but it was worth the wait as the drivers put on a good show,” said track manager Ron Reefer. “Things went well. We had a decent car count and track was smooth and fast. Overall, it was a good evening of racing.”
The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature saw Tad Reutzel grab the early lead but a flat front right tire ended his night and Ricky Thornton Jr. took over the lead.
Thornton’s time out front lasted only three laps as he dropped his drive shaft on the back straightway and Dustin Smith took over the lead. Once out in clean air, Smith was never challenged and cruised to the victory.
Kelly Shryock finished second and Mike Jergens was third.
Kevin Opheim took the lead early from his outside pole position in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, never gave it up and held off a big challenge from Derek Green to win.
Ben Schultz held the outside pole position in the 24-car Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and once the green flag flew, Schultze dominated.
The 21-car IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature went green, white, checkered as Chanse Hollatz grabbed the lead early and went on to the victory after starting inside row two.
Jay DeVries drew the pole for the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature and held that for the entire race.