By Joyce Eisele
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Aug. 21) – Marshalltown Speedway was back in action Friday night, missing only one week of racing due to the area’s devastating derecho. The lights taken down during the storm were replaced with two BOSS LTG Stadium Light Towers and the show went on with KMJ Performance Free Grandstand Night.
Tom Berry put on another dominating performance, winning for the eighth time this season in the IMCA Modifieds. Dallon Murty is mastering the High Banks in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, taking his third trip to victory lane. Johnathon Logue took the checkers for the third race in a row in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Braden Richards went back to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.
Logue took the easy win in the 18-lap feature event for Northern SportMods. He had to fight past Dylan Van Wyk, Austin Schrage, and Brayton Carter, who were doing battle in front him. He got the job done at lap six and from there on never looked back, finishing comfortably ahead of second place Carter.
Richards, led all but the opening lap of the Hobby Stock main. He held back Aaron Martin and Kaden Reynolds who finished second and third, respectively.
First Shawn Ritter, then Tyler Pickett led the early portion of the Stock Car show but they were no match for Murty, who came flying on the top shelf and took command with three laps remaining. Pickett was a close second and Ritter finished third.
With one lap down in the Modified feature, the yellow flew. On the restart, a quagmire of cars piled up in turn four, bringing out another yellow, and eliminating a handful of cars with damage. When the race got back underway, all eyes were on the 11X of Berry who flew to the topside and was coming with a full head of steam.
By lap three he was in the lead and then it was all Berry’s race. He pulled away to finish a half lap ahead of the field to take the checkers. Ethan Braaksma made his way from ninth starting spot to finish as the runner-up. Jared VanDeest, Ronn Lauritzen, and Zack Rawlins completed the top five.