Marriott makes it two wins in three nights with BVR Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights checkers

Hunter Marriott won for the second time in three Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour outings, topping Wednesday’s IMCA Modified main event at Buena Vista Raceway. (Photo by Jim Stef­fens)

ALTA, Iowa (July 25) – Wednesday’s night’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour rubber match went to Hunter Marriott.

Marriott led every lap from the pole in winning the IMCA Modified main event at Buena Vista Race­way. The $2,000 tour victory was his second in three days, the first coming Monday at Park Jefferson Speedway.

Kyle Strickler, winner of the Tuesday tour event at Hancock County Speedway, was a distant se­cond.

“It seems like we had gone on a dry streak there for a while, then we got a couple wins on the Dakota Tour so we knew we could still do it,” said Marriott, who’d put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot Monday. “We’ve won three of five career starts at Alta and a couple Dirt Knights features now, and that always feels good.”

Strickler fell back as far as fifth before working his way back to the runner-up spot. Joel Rust, defend­ing BVR race winner Chris Abelson and Kyle Brown finished third through fifth, respec­tively, in the 25-lapper.

Marriott may have taken the big check and top spot in the tour point standings, but the big winner of the night was previous point leader Ricky Thornton Jr.

Thornton was at the track prior to hot laps Wednesday, booked it for home before the races started and became a father in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday.

The seventh and final Dirt Knights Tour event of the season is Monday, Aug. 6 at Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, hometown of tour title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply.

That event will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Marriott has won both tour events held at Spencer, in 2016 and last year.

Other winners Wednesday at Alta were Dustin Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Shannon Anderson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Cody Thompson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Jarad Gross in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Feature results – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Kyle Strickler, Troutman, N.C.; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 5. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 6. Craig Reetz, Dun­lap; 7. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 8. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 10. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 11. Josh Most, Red Oak; 12. Shane DeMey, Denison; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 14. Bob Moore, Sioux City; 15. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 16. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 17. Todd Boulware, Jefferson, S.D.; 18. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 19. Stacey Mills, Webb; 20. Jeremy Thornton, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 21. Harvey Vande Weerd, Alton; 22. Mike Albertsen, Audubon; 23. Ron Beckstrom, Pierson; 24. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 25. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 26. Justin Sackett, Pierson; 27. Brent Mack, Newell.