Larson’s IMCA Modified win is grand at Maquoketa

By Rob Hinckley

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (June 8) – The pill draw was key for Jeff Larson Saturday at Maquoketa Speed­way.

The Freeport, Ill. ace drew the number one after his heat and fended off a crazy finish to win the IMCA Modified 25-lap special and the $1,000 top prize, as well as a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. 

Larson led all but two laps that a high-side charging Ray Cox Jr. paced. A caution as the white flag was about to fly bunched the field for a two-lap dash.

Cox broke on the restart to bring out another yellow. Larson ran the low groove early in the event, switched high to try and run down Cox and then finished high to outrun Timmy Current. Matt Short, Mike Fryer and Jarrett Franzen followed. 

Andy Nezworski’s string of two straight Andover Meat IMCA Late Model wins came to an end. Todd Malmstrom started fifth, moved to the point early and held off Justin Kay to win the 25-lap feature. 

Justin Becker ended an even bigger win streak by taking the 15-lap B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMod final. Tyler Soppe had won all four points races heading into the evening. 

Terry Dulin worked the low groove to perfection, worked his way to the front and held off Kyle Merkes by a bumper at the GRE/REV Chassis IMCA Stock Car checkers.

Randy Lamar started out front and stayed there the entire 15-lap Shawn’s Auto Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature.

There is no racing this Saturday June 15. Action continues on the 3/8-mile, dirt oval Tuesday June 18 highlighted by the Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models event rained out earlier this season. The winner of the 50-lap feature takes home at least $2,000.