By Joyce Eisele
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 3) – Kyle Olson made his first visit to Marshalltown Speedway’s victory lane on Cliff Chambers Memorial Friday night.
The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods ran 18 laps and in the end it was Olson weathering the yellow flags to take home the win. Olson started sixth but had command of the race by the time lap three was scored.
From there on he remained as captain of the ship, capturing his first win ever at the speedway. Brayton Carter had a good showing as he finished as the runner-up after starting back in 16th.
The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event went flag to flag with David Rieks leading all but that opening lap on his way to victory. Rieks pulled away as the race wound down, leaving Shannon Anderson to finish a distant runner-up.
Another first time win at Marshalltown came in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature as Shawn Ritter led the 18-lap event from flag to flag. Ritter weathered several cautions during the race but was never seriously threatened. Steve Meyer, who won the season opener, made great headway to finish as runner-up after starting 14th.
The IMCA Late Models opened up their season at the speedway for 2019 and in their 20-lap main event it was Justin Kay taking all the marbles. Kay jumped to the immediate lead and led all 20 laps to take the easy victory going away. The most interesting battle of the race was between Joel Callahan and Todd Cooney as they fought tooth and nail for position. It was Callahan winning the fight to take second place over Cooney in third.
The evening ended with the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature. Ronn Lauritzen started on the outside of the front row and shot to the lead when the race went green. He soon had Jimmy Gustin hot on his tail and Joel Rust was coming fast.
After a restart for a caution at lap four, Rust took off like a rocket and sailed to the top spot by the time lap five was in the books. From there on, Rust ran away and hid from his competition, and flew under the checkers to take the win. Tim Ward took the runner-up position, getting around Gustin on the final lap.