Berry scores Sunday IMCA Modified win at Benton County

By Jerry Mackey 

VINTON, Iowa (July 19) – A beautiful July night greeted a nice crowd at the Benton County Speed­way, The Bullring Sunday night. Well over 100 cars took part in the fast-paced racing pro­gram that saw the final checkered of the night wave before 9:30 p.m.  

The IMCA Modifieds saw a 20-car starting field take the green flag. Ethan Braaksma took off from his pole position start and went on to lead the first half of the main event. Tom Berry Jr. worked to the front from his seventh position start and took over the point as the event passed halfway mark.

Berry went on to score another Bullring win over Braaksma and Mark Schulte.  

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars have turned into the Murty family show on Sunday nights. This week it was Damon Murty taking advantage of a great starting position on the outside front row, leading the race flag to flag. Son Dallon Murty was battling traffic en route to a second place finish af­ter starting shotgun on the field. 

The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods provided another action packed feature as Kyle Olson came from a third row start, chased down early leader Maguire DeJong and made the pass that sent him to victory lane. Brady Hilmer ran a very strong race in garnering a second place finish ahead of DeJong.  

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks ran their 15-lap feature with Nathan Ballard picking up his se­cond consecutive win. Ballard advanced from the 10th position start and rode the extreme high side to the front as racing three and four wide was the normal in the Hobby Stock main event. Brett Vanous also came from deep in the field to take second ahead of Jacob Floyd. 

Benton County Speedway will host another full program of racing on Sunday, July 26Hot laps will take to The Bullring at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.