Schulte, Docekal dash to first wins of season at Benton County Speedway

Mark Schulte was the Sunday night IMCA Modified feature winner at Benton County Speedway. (Photo by Jim Wittke)

By Jerry Mackey

VINTON, Iowa (June 28) – Mark Schulte and Joe Docekal scored first local wins of the season on the night Benton County Speedway hosted the world’s largest candy dash. 

Mark Schulte took the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature win ahead of two of the most accomplished drivers to ever strap into a Modified. Greg Kastli had a great night with a heat win and a second place finish in the main. Troy Cordes followed Kastli under the checkers in third.  

Joe Docekal has been a frontrunner in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod division this season but the wins have eluded the Dysart driver. Docekal was not to be denied on Sunday night however as he took the lead from early leader Kyle Olson and went on to score the feature win ahead of Brady Hilmer and Jason Doyle. 

Damon Murty found the extreme high side to his liking on Sunday night in scoring the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win. Murty advanced from the third row and took the win over Shawn Ritter as the young Murty, Dallon, took third.

Brett Vanous was another high side runner on Sunday night as the no. 357 car flirted with the lip of the track lap after lap in scoring the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory. Nathan Ballard ran a very close second with Michael Kimm crossing the line in third. 

With Christine Rublack in charge of collecting candy contributions, kids collected more than 1,300 pounds of candy in eight minutes during the Sunday dash at The Bullring.