By Joyce Eisele
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (July 10) – Joel Rust was the $1,000 IMCA Modified winner Friday at Marshalltown Speedway.
Tim Ward wasted no time in getting to the front from his second row starting position, sweeping to the lead by lap three after going topside.
Ward continued his run at the front of the pack and stretched his lead. However, a caution at lap 10 tightened the field and by this time the 12th starting Rust had made his way into second.
When the race restarted, it was a close fought battle between the two until Rust, the defending Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational winner, took command at lap 15. From there on it was Rust out in front the rest of the way to the checkers and the win.
Ward had to be content with the runner-up spot. Tom Berry Jr. came from 17th to finish third, fourth was Kollin Hibdon and Ethan Braaksma hard-charged from starting 22nd to complete the top five.
Brayton Carter won going away in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Young Dallon Murty put on quite a show for the fans when he won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Kaden Reynolds continues with his perfect season in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks but under strange circumstances.
Unbeaten so far this season, Reynolds started last in 24-car Hobby Stock field and crossed in third place. Neither the apparent winner or runner-up passed post-race tech, however, giving Reynolds his fifth win in as many starts this season.
Racing continues Friday night, July 17 when the green flag drops at 7:30 p.m.