Logan Duffy is IMCA Late Model winner in Marshalltown opener

Logan Duffy paced a fast field of IMCA Sunoco Late Models on opening nigt at Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)

By Joyce Eisele

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 5) – Marshalltown Speedway held its long-awaited season opener Friday with 143 drivers on hand for racing action.

Logan Duffy found himself in the winner’s circle in taking the 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model main event.  Duffy led all laps on his way to the victory ahead of Curtis Glover.

Tom Berry Jr. made it look easy in the IMCA Modified headliner, taking command early, and pulling away from the field to take the checkered flag.  Jeff Aikey and rookie Jake McBirnie battled it out for position, but it was Aikey making it a runner-up finish.

In the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, it was Damon Murty at the front of the field.  Jeff Mueller was up to challenge quickly and then the two swapped the top spot back and forth several times.  Meanwhile, Steve Meyer had set his ride on the topside and was coming fast.

The final circuits saw all eyes on Meyers as he worked the rim, inching closer to leader Murty. His timing was perfect, gaining the upper hand with a lap to go, keeping it to the flying checkers and the win.

Austin Kaplan led every lap in topping the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main and Kaden Reynolds went home with the season-opening IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win. 

Next up at Marshalltown Speedway will be this Tuesday, June 9, for the Dale DeFrance Memorial and 500th and IMCA Summer Series race.  Also on tap is the Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights IMCA Modified Tour opener.  IMCA Stocks, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks will also be competition.  The green flag drops at 7:30 p.m.