Nezworski scores Maquoketa Late Model win

By Rob Hinckley

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (August 11) – The focus was driving to the front.

Andy Nezworski put all the national implications in the back of his mind Saturday evening at Maquo­keta Speedway. He slid by Jeremiah Hurst and then Terry Neal to win the 25-lap Andover Meat IMCA Late Model feature.

“We’re pretty much out of the national thing,” Nezworski said in victory lane. “We’re a ways back in the points and you have to win a track championship, which we won’t. So we just come out to win races. We’ve had some bad luck recently so this really feels good.”

Neal took the top spot from Marty Scheckel early before Hurst passed following a restart about halfway through. Nezworski then made his charge to the front for his third victory on the 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.

Matt Ryan passed Hurst late for second. Neal and Doug Nigh rounded out the top five.

IMCA national point leader Ryan started eighth, but spun early to cause a caution. He restarted at the rear and maneuvered back up to that runner up finish. Hurst runs second in the national stand­ings.

Bryce Garnhart used the high groove to get to the front and then to stay there en route to the IMCA Modified 20-lap feature win. He sped by Ray Cox Jr. with seven circuits left for his fifth Maquoketa win.

Tyler Soppe sped to the B&D Pit Stop IMCA SportMod 15-lap checkers after starting eighth. He held off point Gage Neal, Joe Grant, Brandon Setser and T.J. Fortmann.

Timmy Current raced to his fourth straight Ueland Auto IMCA Stock Car 15-lap win. After a hand­ful of restarts he was able to lengthen the advantage each time over a charging Greg Gill, Donnie Louck, Jimmy Comins and Tim Bader.

Daniel Wauters passed Roger Winkers on lap five and held off Randy Byerly for his seventh IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature victory. Shane Oberbroeckling, Dakota Simonsen and Wink­ers followed in the 12-lapper.