Schirm, Murray take Stuart checkers

By Josh Reynolds

STUART, Iowa (June 5) – Jamie Schirm and Jacob Murray were among the IMCA winners Sun­day at Stuart Speedway.

Matt Tiernan and Jamie Flugge-Smith started on the front row for the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Tiernan led lap one with the yellow coming out just before lap two was scored. Schirm moved to the front with another caution on lap three. Schirm got the green flag and showed the way over Jason Day and John Watson until Watson took over second on lap 11. Watson threw the book at him, but Schirm was too tough and went on to take the win. Watson finished second with Day third.

Todd Cooney led early in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event over Dylan Book and Jacob Murray. Murray moved to the high side, passed Book for second on lap three and Cooney for the lead on lap four. Murray got out to a dominating lead and looked to cruise to the easy win, but a spin by Josh Gilman on lap 18 off the front bumper of Ricky Thornton Jr. brought out the yellow flag and bunched up the field for a two-lap shootout. Murray was up to the task and went on to the win with Tim Ward second and Cooney third.

Josh Daniels and Robbie Merkle brought the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars out with Daniels leading a tight pack for the first four circuits. Mike Nichols saw everyone on the bottom side of the track so he went high and drove around the pack to take the lead on lap five. A couple cautions flew on laps six and seven and that was the only thing slowing down Nichols as he went on to take the win. Marcus Fagan battled through for a second place finish with Daniels third.

Bryce Allen and Blair Simmons brought the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods to the initial green but Simmons didn’t make it through turn one on the first lap as he pounded the outside wall.

Once the green flag waved again it was Dusty Masolini taking control with Bryce Allen and Jerry Hinton close behind. Adam Armstrong moved from fourth to second on lap five with Masolini continu­ing to lead until the caution came out on lap eight. Clint Luellen had an awesome restart and went from fourth to the lead on lap nine and looked to sail into the sunset, but Armstrong closed the gap as the laps wound down.

Luellen stayed consistent and went on to the win with Armstrong second and Masolini third.

David Coenen and Aaron Miller led the Mach-1 Sport Compact field to the green flag. Coenen led through some early cautions but first-timer Denny Berghahn from Plattsmouth, Neb., found the lead on lap five and went on to take the win. Coenen finished second with John Gill third.

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