By Rob Hinckley
DUBUQUE, Iowa (June 2) – The track came to him.
That is what Jaden Fryer wanted Sunday evening at Dubuque Speedway.
The Freeport, Ill. pilot shot from the outside front row and held off track champion Bryce Garnhart and NASCAR and dirt legend Ken Schrader to win the Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modified 20-lap feature.
“This was really special,” Fryer said in C&W Trucking/Hoker Trucking/Kam Koncepts Victory Lane. “It was fun getting the win and we worked hard.”
Fryer and his team dedicated the win to a friend recently lost to cancer and had the car wrapped in her memory.
Garnhart shot off seventh and quickly moved to the high side, but could not run down Fryer. Chris Zogg and Matt Short rounded out the top five.
Luke Merfeld took off from the first row and paced all 25 laps to win the Eichmann’s Bar and Grill IMCA Late Model feature.
Jason Roth also paced every lap of the Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA Northern SportMod 15-lap finale.
Kyle Merkes held off the previously unbeaten Cole Mather to take the 12-lap K Motorsports IMCA Stock Car feature.
Daniel Wauters won the battle with Dakota Simonsen to top the Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stock 15-lapper.
Action continues on the 3/8-mile, dirt oval on Sunday, June 9 with the Smokey Rupp Memorial, featuring the Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.