Strassheim, Boles earn first Lee County wins of season

Matt Strassheim scored his first IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature win of the season at Pepsi Lee County Speedway on Friday night. (Photo by MF Photography)

By Brian Neal

DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 7) – Matt Strassheim and Mitch Boles both raced to their first feature wins of the season Friday at Pepsi Lee County Speedway.

Strassheim and Ron Boyse made up the front row for the IMCA Sunoco Late Model main. Strass­heim took advantage of his starting spot by jumping out into the lead over Mark Burgtorf and Boyse.

Burgtorf overtook Boyse for the runner-up spot and went to work on Strassheim. Burgtorf followed in Strassheim’s tire tracks but wasn’t able to mount a challenge for the lead. Tommy Elston was third, Denny Woodworth was fourth with Boyse rounding out the top five.

Boles and Levi Smith led the IMCA Modified field to green with Boles taking the initial lead. On lap four, Daniel Fellows moved into the runner-up spot, and one lap later Michael Long, who started ninth, took over third.                                                                                            

Those two drivers chased Boles over the next 10 laps. Coming to the white flag, Long was able to get the runner-up spot from Fellows and then challenged Boles on the final lap. Boles held off Long to score his first win of the season at the track. Fellows was third, Dennis LaVeine came from 10th to finish fourth with Burgtorf rounding out the top five.

John Oliver Jr. was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and Austen Becerra paced the Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod main event. Jason Ash collected the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers.