By Jerry Mackey
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Saturday, July 4th saw 111 race cars take part in the Independence Motor Speedway holiday special.
The headliner of the night was the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model main event. Eric Pollard shot to the high side of the speedway from his front row start and sailed to the win. Hometown favorite Curt Martin tried to reel in the quick running Pollard but was unable to mount a serious challenge in settling for second.
Twelfth starting Kolin Hibdon scored the win in the IMCA Modified feature. The 16-year-old from Nevada used every line on the track in making his way to the front. Hibdon overtook race leader Ronn Lauritzen near the midway point of the main and raced under the checkers ahead of Lauritzen and Jeff Aikey.
The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event treated fans with a fierce battle for the lead which featured a pack of five drivers. Cole Mather emerged from the pack to score his fourth win in a row. Saturday night marked exactly five years to the date for Mather’s first-ever Stock Car feature win at Independence.
History repeated itself with Mather’s win and it was very hard fought as Mather was able to hold off Jarrod Weepie and Chris Luloff at the finish line.
The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event turned into a battle of the Olson cousins. Tony Olson used a couple of late race slide jobs to hold off Kyle Olson for the win. Kip Siems ran a strong third.
The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event saw Kaden Reynolds continue his mastery of the IMS high banks. Reynolds worked to the front from a third row start and shot by early leader Aaron Rudolph on his way to the win. Rudolph took second ahead and Miciah Hidlebaugh finished third.