By Brian Neal
DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 14) – Austen Becerra raced to Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod win number seven of the season at Pepsi Lee County Speedway Friday night.
The evening’s finale saw Brandon Dale grab the early lead over Adam Birck and Becerra. The top three battled over the next three laps before Becerra emerged with the lead.
Just as Becerra started to enter traffic on lap eight, the second caution of the race appeared. On the restart, Becerra jumped back out front with Dale, Birck, Brayton Carter, Sean Wyett, Dylan Van Wyk and Jim Gillenwater battling two and three-wide for positions behind him.
Just when it looked like Becerra would pull away, the final caution slowed him on lap 15 as Carter and Van Wyk got together.
Once again, Becerra grabbed the lead on the restart, with Birck and Dale close behind. Becerra held off a last-lap challenge from Birck to score his seventh win in 11 starts this season at the track.
Michael Long was the IMCA Modified winner and John Oliver Jr. ruled the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Jason Ash topped the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.
Coming up Friday, Aug. 21 will be the final qualifying night for the Shottenkirk Parts Express Drive For 5 for IMCA Sunoco Late Models presented by Ideal Ready Mix, Floyd’s Waste Systems, J.J. Nichting Company Case IH, Woodworth Attorney at Law, Triple Seven Trucking, Triple R Performance Engines, KQ92, and Big Country 103.1.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing to follow.