VINTON, Iowa (Aug. 9) – The Benton County Speedway hosted 114 race teams on a warm and sultry night that saw a great crowd witness a wildly entertaining night of racing.
John Oliver Jr. broke the stranglehold of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field by the Murty family. Oliver held both Dallon and Damon Murty at bay in recording the win. Oliver took the lead when the green flag waved from his outside front row start and led flag to flag in recording the win ahead of Dallon and Damon Murty.
The IMCA Modifieds saw 21 drivers take the initial green flag with Austin Kuehl from Cave Creek, Ariz., leading several laps before BCS regular Troy Cordes took over the top spot. Cordes’ lead was short lived as one of Iowa’s hottest Modified drivers took over the top spot. Tom Berry Jr. advanced from a ninth position start and took the lead just past the midway point and went on to score the a hard fought win over Cordes and Kuehl.
Another 21 car starting field took the green flag in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on Sunday night. Kyle Olson led early from his outside front row starting spot before giving way to Ben Chapman. The 1JR of Chapman has been a frontrunner all year but Sunday night was his first win of the season. Joe Docekal, who also was recorded as the leader during the main event, settled for second ahead of Tony Olson.
The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event win went to 18-year-old Kaden Reynolds on Sunday night. Reynolds found the extreme high side of the multi-grooved track to his liking in sailing to the win. Reynolds took the lead away from birthday celebrant Joren Fisher and went on to hold off several challenges by Nathan Ballard in scoring the win.
Sunday, Aug. 16 will be another full night of racing at The Bullring on kids’ “Back To School Night.” Backpacks loaded with back to school supplies will be among the many giveaways for the kids plus Power Wheel races will return for the second time this season. Hot laps will take to the track at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.