By Jerry Mackey
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 6) – The Independence Motor Speedway held racing action on Saturday with fans in the stands for the first time in 2020. With the Governor of Iowa easing the Covid-19 restrictions, a great crowd turned out to see 130 race car drivers put on an excellent show on a beautiful night for racing.
The IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature saw veterans Curt Martin and Jeff Aikey occupy the front row and battle early before Aikey was able to move out to the race lead. A caution with 10 laps to go brought Martin back to Aikey’s rear bumper, setting up another battle.
Aikey was again able to hold back Martin on the restart as Darren Ackerman was able to hold the bottom line and race under Martin into second. At the checkers it was Aikey, Ackerman and the youngster Logan Duffy.
The IMCA Modifieds saw several drivers take their turns at holding the lead. Early it was Chris Snyder before Josh Foster took over the point, meanwhile Aikey was steadily marching forward from a fifth row start. Aikey took the lead before half of the laps were complete and went on to record the win ahead of a hard-charging Troy Cordes.
Cole Mather took advantage of a front row start in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and went on to record the win on his birthday. Mather took the win ahead of Damon Murty.
Kaden Reynolds has been a terror early in the 2020 season and Saturday night he advanced from the 11th starting position start to score the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event win.
The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event saw past national champion Tony Olson come from the fifth row to take the checkers ahead of a strong running Kyle Bentley.