By Mike McGuire
DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 23, 2021) – Friday was Koehler Electric Season Opener at the Davenport Speedway. With extra money on the line in two divisions, the competition was intense.
The IMCA Sunoco Late Models provided the closest finish of the evening. Their 25-lap feature started with Andy Nezworski grabbing the early lead from the pole. Nezworski built up a lead until the caution flags started to fly on lap eight.
Chuck Hanna used the race’s final restart to propel himself up to second and then used the high side to reel in Nezworski. As the leaders encountered lapped traffic, Hanna drew alongside the leader.
At the checkers, it was Nezworski by mere inches over Hanna. Justin Kay fended off Matt Ryan for a third place finish. Fred Remley was a distant fifth.
Spencer Diercks led flag-to-flag in the IMCA Modified main. Diercks started on the outside pole and went directly to the top of the racetrack. The only thing to slow Spencer down was the four caution flags.
Five different drivers took a turn at the runner-up spot. Mitch Morris had second early in the race, fell back a few spots, but rallied back to finish second. Kurt Kile and Travis Denning traded positions several times, before finishing third and fourth respectively. Joe Beal rounded out the top five.
Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Spencer Diercks raced to Friday’s $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers at Davenport Speedway. (Photo by Simply Modified)
Tyler Soppe dominated the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main, leading all 15 laps. While Soppe drove away from the field, Jacob Arp moved up two positions from his fourth starting spot. Jarrett Franzen held second for a time, but would have to settle for third. Phil Anderson started seventh and finished fourth. Cam Reimers ran top five throughout the race, before finishing fifth.
Thirty-eight SportMods were in the pit area Friday.