MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 10) – Marshalltown Speedway welcomed back the IMCA Late Models Friday, for the second time this week, following up the Deery Brothers Summer Series held on Tuesday.
Darrel DeFrance went home with a win on his hometown track, leading all 25 laps. DeFrance set sail and was never challenged on his way to victory. Jerry King chased DeFrance for much of the race to finish as the runner-up. Third place went to Paul Nagel, Justin Mitchell started 10th and finished fourth, and Curtis Glover rounded out the top five. This was the first of eight Late Model races to be held at the High Banks this year.
Tim Ward, the visiting Arizonian, won for the first time in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, as did Travis Peterson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Damon Murty won his first regular season race at Marshalltown in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars while Eric Stanton remains perfect in the Hobby Stocks for the 2016 season.
Ward, who is calling Harcourt, Iowa home this racing season, started 12th and had to pass a lot of stout competition. Eric Elliott led much of the first portion of the 20-lap feature but Ward took command at the halfway mark and walked away in the closing portion to take a comfortable win. Twelfth starting Richie Gustin, driving Shawn Ritter’s car, finished in second, third went to Tom Berry, Elliott was fourth and Jacob Murray finished fifth.
Murty was the winner when the Stock Cars ran during the Tuesday program and won for the second time in a week at Marshalltown, this time for a regular points show. Murty started 10th, took over the lead at lap 13 from Steve Meyer and pulled away at the end for the easy win. Meyer took the runner-up spot, Tyler Pickett started 12th and finished third, fourth went to Jeff Wollam, and Donavon Smith finished fifth after starting 14th.
Peterson finally got that elusive first win in the Northern SportMods. Peterson grabbed the lead from his fifth place starting position at lap three, and led to the checkers. Sam Wieben just got by Cory Rose at the finish line, as they were scored second and third in that order. Fourth place was Jared VanDeest and Ethan Braaksma completed the top five.
In the Hobby Stock feature, Stanton was looking to keep his perfect season going as he debuted his new car. Stanton started eighth and battled his way to third place by lap seven. However, he had visiting driver Ryan Grochala and August Bach to contend with if he was going to keep the streak alive.
He swung his ride to the topside and as the three raced to the checkers, Stanton got the momentum out of corner four, beating both to the finish line for the win. Grochala was second over Bach, Gary Pfantz took fourth and Dustin Graham was fifth. This was Stanton’s seventh win of the regular season at Marshalltown.