Meyer adds to Sport Compact lead in Park Jefferson standings 

By Bob Coney

JEFFERSON, S.D. (May 29) – A quick evening of spectacular driving highlighted the Memorial Day weekend for IMCA race fans Sunday at Raceway Park.

The first feature of the evening was in the KISS 107 IMCA Sport Compact division where point leader Ramsey Meyer took advantage of a mechanical glitch in the car of early leader Luke Jackson to move into the lead on the fifth lap. While Jake Newsom kept the pressure on to the checkers, Meyer held on for the win followed by Newsom and Tyler Thompson.

The Car Quest Hobby Stock division ran its 14-lap feature clean from the drop of the green flag to the checkered. The early laps saw a fantastic side-by-side duel between Brody Spreng and Dave Riley, with Riley taking control of the lead coming out of the fourth turn on the ninth lap. From there to the checkers it was all Riley. Spreng held on for second followed by Gavin Gilbertson.

The MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature was next on tap. The start of the race saw a fantastic move by Rusty Montagne through the middle coming out of the second turn to take the lead from his third row starting spot. After a caution with 12 to go for debris, Montagne held off a charging Karl Brewer to the checkered flag for the win, followed by point leader Todd Boulware.

The Casey’s General Store IMCA Stock Car feature was an up and down, yo-yo ride for many drivers. Jason Ward charged on the low side into the lead in the early laps only to drop out due to mechanical troubles with 11 laps remaining.

At around the same time, point leader Chris Mills pulled into the pits with a flat tire, putting him to the rear of the field for the restart. Mel Elsberry held the field at bay as the feature progressed, but as he was controlling the feature, Mills had worked his way back through the field to second when a caution flew for a spinning car with two laps remaining.

On the restart, Elsberry held off a wild pack consisting of Mills and Travis Barker the rest of the way to the checkers.

The final race of the evening was a 20-lapper for the Total Motors IMCA Modifieds. Jim Cole shot by the front row starters by lap two to take the lead, closely followed by Jason Schneiders, Ricky Stephan, Bob Moore and Jim Thies.

A crash on the back stretch on a restart with 12 laps remaining took Moore, Dan Loggins and Sean Barragan out of contention. The race to the checkers went to Cole, who picked up his first win of the season followed by point leader Stephan who came from an outside fifth row start. Schneiders was third.

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