Berry repeats, young Murty wins Family Feud at Benton County Speedway

Tom Berry Jr. repeated his IMCA Modified winning ways Sunday at Benton County Speedway. (Photo by Jim Wittke)

By Jerry Mackey  

VINTON, Iowa (June 21) – Sunday night racing action was held at the Benton County Speedway despite afternoon showers that threatened the racing program. The rains stayed to the north allow­ing the racing to be held and a very fast program was held with the final checkered flag of the night waving at 7:52 pm. 

Tom Berry Jr. scored his second win of the season at The Bullring by topping a strong field of IMCA Modifieds in their 20-lap feature. Mark Schulte led the first half of the race until Berry was able to slide inside of him in turn four on lap 11. Berry cruised on to the win with Schulte holding off Ryan Duhme at the finish line.  

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature saw plenty of fireworks as the main event turned into a fam­ily battle between Dallon Murty and his dad Damon. The younger Murty took the lead near the halfway point of the race but was not able to shake several other contenders which included his dad. 

Damon got inside of his son in turn four coming to the white flag but contact was made sending the younger Murty into a spin. Officials ruled the contact initiated by the elder Murty as rough driv­ing sending him to the back for a green, white, checkered restart. Dallon went on to record the win over Jay Schmidt and Dustin Vis.  

Tony Olson drove to the front from the starting 13th position in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event. Olson took the lead from his cousin Kyle, who later retired with an overheat­ing engine. Olson went on to record the win ahead of Dylan VanWyk and Ben Chapman.

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks saw another classic battle between Kaden Reynolds, Nathan Ballard and Brett Vanous. Reynolds got to the front first and went on to record the 15-lap feature win.  

Sunday, June 28 will see another full night of racing at the Benton County Speedway plus kids will be treated to the World’s largest candy scramble with over 1,100 pounds of candy available for the grabbing. Hot laps will get underway at 4:30 p.m. with racing to follow.