Ward rewarded with opening night win at Marshalltown

By Joyce Eisele

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 19) – Tim Ward saw his efforts rewarded with the opening night IMCA Modified feature win Friday at Marshalltown Speedway. 

Troy Cordes led the troops when lap one was scored, with Jimmy Gustin hot on his tail and Ward closing the gap quickly as well.

Ward made his way into the lead at lap six, kept it and pulled away in the closing laps to take the comfortable win. Gustin followed from a distance in second, and Cayden Carter came from start­ing 10th to score third place honors. 

Steve Meyer got the lead back from Jeff Mueller, then held off Ricky Thornton Jr. for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers.

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature went to Shannon Anderson, who knows victory lane very well at Marshalltown and beyond. Anderson started eighth and snatched the lead on lap six from Mike Kincaid. David Rieks started seventh and chased Anderson much of the distance to finish in se­cond. 

Jake McBirnie took home the trophy in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature.  McBirnie, who started sixth, passed Austin Schrage to be scored first at lap five.  McBirnie then put distance be­tween himself and the field to take the comfortable win.