DeFrance, Jenae Gustin take Marshalltown checkers

Marshalltown Speedway

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Aug. 11) – Darrel DeFrance and Jenae Gustin kept it in the family with Friday night wins at Marshalltown Speedway

Veteran Joe McBirnie, looked destined to go to victory lane after grabbing the lead on the opening lap and driving away from the IMCA Modified field.  Fifth row starter Jenae Gustin had something to say about that, however, putting her ride to the top of the track and setting sail.

Gustin gained ground each lap and by the halfway mark, had flown into the lead. It was Gustin who now pulled away from the pack, keeping the lead and scoring a resounding win.  McBirnie held on to second place and third was Jake Strayer.

Not to be outdone, Darrel DeFrance matched his niece Jenae’s win by scoring the victory in a close finish to the IMCA Late Model contest.  DeFrance held off a hard-charging Todd Cooney to take his turn in the winner’s circle. Joe Zrostlik came home in third.

Sam Wieben took the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature in a squeaker, as did Donavon Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

It was a tight race up front in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event.  Eric Stanton established the lead on lap one and soon had Jeff Anderson at his heels and by lap three, Anderson was captain of the ship.

Stanton didn’t go away and was soon joined in the chase by Shannon Anderson. It was Jeff Anderson’s night, though, and he took the flying checkers and the win, his first this season at Marshalltown. Stanton chased him closely across the line to finish second and Shannon Anderson was a close third.