Mills tunes up with IMCA Modified checkers at Park Jeff

Chris Mills tuned up for this weekend’s Iron Cup with the Saturday night IMCA Modified feature win at Park Jefferson Speedway.

JEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 1) – A beautiful blue sky greeted drivers and fans as Park Jefferson driver warmed up for Aug. 7-8 and the Iron Cup with a great fast night of racing at Park Jefferson Speedway on Turner Plumbing Night.

In the IMCA Modifieds, it was Chris Mills who took the top spot after a handful of cautions slowed the 20-lap affair. Mills was able to come from mid-pack to run away with the checkers. 2019 cham­pion Bob Moore showed well as he was a strong second and Sean Barragan rushed in straight from a wedding to take third.

In the IMCA RaceSaver Sprints, it was Colin Smith returning to the site of two track champion­ships to whip the rest of the field. Smith has ventured around the area this year and took a comforta­ble win with Danny Nekoite second and Jesse Lindberg third.

Veterans Travis Barker and Ryan Harris put on a show for the fans in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. The two longtime Siouxland combatants raced nose to tail with Bo Lundquist mixing it up the entire way.

Harris finally got the jump on Barker in the waning laps and took the win while Barker lost the top groove and ended up 10th. Lundquist roared back for second and Greg Taylor picked up third.

Cody Thompson parked n victory lane following the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Thompson came from mid-pack to pick up the win over Rusty Montagne and John Foreman. Monta­gne has been working on a new setup and it will be interesting to see who can take the Iron Cup.

In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Andy Hoffman returned to victory lane. Hoffman who had a challenging night a few weeks ago, was able to utilize the front row starting spot to win over a strong running Blake Arends and Jay Devries.

And in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts, it was Connor Brown showing the way for a good win over William Reed and Kaytee DeVries.

The seventh annual running of the famed Iron Cup is Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8. IMCA Modifieds will be running for $7,000 to win and a 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth in Saturdays feature with their Friday heats being used to set the lineup. The rest of the divisions will run complete shows with Sport Compacts only running Friday and Sprint Cars only on Satur­day.

Gates open at 5 p.m. both days with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow.