Nicklas ends Stanton’s win streak at Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 17) – Gene Nicklas won Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, ending Eric Stanton’s perfect season at Marshalltown Speedway.

Nicklas took command from David Simpson at lap four, and led all the remaining laps to the finish. His comfortable lead vanished when a caution came out on lap 13 for debris and bunched the field.

On the restart, Stanton passed two cars, going from fourth to second and was looking for another miraculous win to keep his streak alive but it wasn’t to be, and he had to settle for second. This ended his perfect season at seven wins in a row.

Leah Wroten, Gary Pfantz, and Simpson completed the top five.

Adam Larson went home with the win in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Donavon Smith won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and Sam Wieben was the winner in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods

Larson used the top side of the track to take home his first win of the season in the 20-lap Modified feature. Larson started eighth and was leading by lap seven. He put distance between himself and the pack until the closing laps when Joel Rust reeled him in.

Rust’s attempt for more failed and he had to be content with a second place finish. Third went to Trent Jackson, fourth was Jacob Murray and Jon Snyder rounded out the top five.

Jayme Duinink led the early portion of the Northern SportMod main and was soon having to hold back the fast-charging Wieben.

Wieben bothered Duinink relentlessly until finally making the pass on the top side and taking the lead at lap seven. Wieben still led when a yellow flew at lap 14 but was able to hold the lead on the restart, and kept it to the checkers.

Randy Roberts was second, Jared VanDeest finished third and Jake McBirnie and Curt Hilmer were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Smith started ninth in the 20-lap Stock Car main and powered his way methodically to the front. He had to work his way by Michael Jaennette and Dave Atcher to take the lead at lap nine. From there on, he kept charge to the finish and the win.

Damon Murty, last week’s winner, raced his way from 13th to finish as the runner-up. Third went to Austin Evens, fourth was Jaennette and Todd Reitzler was fifth.