By Brian Neal
DONNELLSON, Iowa (May 7) – Austen Becerra raced to his third Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature wins in as many Friday night starts this season at Lee County Speedway.
Ryan Moore and Brandon Lambert led the field to the drop of the green flag. Lambert paced lap one over Logan Cumby, who started sixth, and Jim Gillenwater, who started eighth. Gillenwater slid past on lap three to take over the top spot.
Sean Wyett slipped by Gillenwater to take the lead on lap five only to have Gillenwater get him back on lap seven. On a restart, Becerra charged around the top of Gillenwater to grab the lead and started to pull away.
The field was brought back to Becerra’s back bumper on lap 15 for the final restart of the race. The side-by-side battle for the runner-up spot allowed Becerra to go on to claim his third win of the season at the track in three weeks of racing. Gillenwater won the battle for second and Wyett was third.
Mark Burgtorf topped the IMCA Sunoco Late Models and Michael Long scored his second IMCA Modified win of the season at Donnellson. Jason Cook collected the IMCA Sunoco Stok Car checkers, his second of 2021, and Ashton Blain was promoted to the top of the podium when the apparent Mach-1 Sport Compact winner was disqualified in post-race tech.
Coming on Friday, May 14 will be the second round of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Hinkle Auto Sales Drive For 5 qualifying nights, presented by Ideal Ready Mix, Floyd’s Waste Systems, J.J. Nichting Company Case IH, Triple Seven Trucking, Woodworth Attorney at Law, Triple R Performance Engines, Old Barn Taxidermy, Mike Campbell’s Body Shop & Towing, Donnellson Tire & Service, KQ92, and Big Country 103.1. Late Models and Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win, with draw/redraw being used to determine the line-ups. The Modified feature is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.