Dialed in, Speckman scores at Arlington

Matt Speckman led green to checkers in winning the Saturday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)

ARLINGTON, Minn. (May 22) – Matt Speckman was dialed in for the IMCA Stock Sunoco Car feature as he led the entire race to win his first feature of the year Saturday at Arlington Raceway.

The Ford-powered no. 87 of Brent Uecker, who had started 15th, was fast on the track as he was contending with Speckman by lap 14 but had to settle for second and Dan Mackenthun took third ahead of Josh Larsen. 

The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature saw Mike Stien lead the entire race to win his second trophy of the season. Trevor Serbus was wheeling his car quickly around the track to gain on Stien but on lap 11 going into the turn two he wheelhopped a lapped car and ended up rolling up against the wall and ending his night. On the restart, Stien again took the lead with Bill Johnson holding off Justin Allen to take second.

Three different leaders and close racing throughout highlighted a caution-free IMCA Modified feature.

Josh Ruby held the lead for two laps until Chad Porter drove from the third row to battle with him and by lap three, he had command of the race. For the next nine laps, Porter led as Clint Hatlestad was moving through the field. 

With only a few laps left, Porter had to contend with lapped traffic and Hatlestad was able to take the lead away from him to win the race. Porter held on for second and Trent Loverude took third.

J.J. Reimers had a great start to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature, leading the first nine laps before a yellow flag was thrown. On the restart, Matt Looft got around Reimers to take the lead and go onto win the race. Zac Davis, who had started alongside Looft in the 11th position, was working to gain on Looft but Eric Larson had also gotten around Reimers to join the party. Looft finished first and Davis took second just ahead of Larson. 

Marshall Robinson led the last six laps and took the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkered ahead of Alan Lahr and Austin Fredrich.