Storjohann motors to Marshalltown victory

Travis Storjohann was the Friday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner at Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Chuck Stowe)

By Joyce Eisele 

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 7) – Travis Storjohann put his no. 12R machine across the finish line first in scoring the victory in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod 18-lap event Friday at Mar­shalltown Speedway.  He finished just ahead of eighth starting Jake McBirnie.

Joel Rust set his hot rod on the top of the track and sailed to the win in the IMCA Modified 20-lap­per.  Tim Ward finished in the runner up spot, Cody Laney was a hard charger, coming from the 17th starting spot, to finish in third.

Ethan Braaksma made his debut in the division, moving up from the SportMods, and took fourth after starting 12th. Randy Havlik charged through the field from starting 18th and was fifth. 

Rust came from ninth to score his third victory of the year.

The 20-lap IMCA Late Model contest went to Jeff Aikey.  Aikey, piloting the car of Rick Dralle, took the lead from Todd Cooney on lap three, and never gave it up.

Shawn Ritter led the 18-lap IMCA Stock Car main event from flag to flag in a race that went cau­tion free.  Ritter grabbed the lead immediately from his outside front row starting spot and was never seriously threatened on his way the checkered flag. 

The 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature saw a familiar face back in victory lane as Shan­non Anderson ran down early leader Leah Wroten and never relinquished the top spot.