By Josh Reynolds
STUART, Iowa (May 31) – Dallon Murty brought home the bacon Monday night, with the $5,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win at Stuart Speedway’s inaugural Whole Hog 50.
The big win carried with it an automatic starting spot in the B & B Chassis All-Star race at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and came ahead of Johnathon Logue and 10th starting Kelly Shryock.
Sunday qualifying winners Murty and Luke Lemmens led the field to green for their 50-lap main event, with Murty and Lemmens running 1-2 over the first 14 laps.
A caution bunched the field and Logue took advantage to jump into second as Murty continued to lead. Lap 16 saw Jeff Mueller and Chanse Hollatz having a tangle in turn three that led to a light rollover by Todd Reitzler. Reitzler was OK but his night was over.
Once the green flag flew it was Murty regaining control through a few cautions to dominate the race and lead all 50 laps to take the $5,000 win. Tom Berry Jr. was fourth and Damon Murty fifth.
Monday was night two of the Whole Hog and brought 148 race teams to Stuart.
Todd Shute was the $1,500 IMCA Modified winner while Logan Anderson topped the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature and Daniel Wauters ruled in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.
Matthew Meinecke and Jeff James were on the front row for the Modified headliner. Meinecke led through a couple yellows until Shute came calling on lap nine. Tim Ward made it to second two laps later and set out in search of a win.
Ward came close, even drawing up to the left rear of Shute, but Shute, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate, was too strong and went on to the win. Ward finished second with Cayden Carter third, Meinecke fourth and Shryock fifth.
Izac Mallicoat and Miles Morris started on the front row for the Northern SportMods. Mallicoat led until Anderson used a caution to work into the top spot on lap nine. Two final yellows just before the white flag flew bunched the field and gave everyone a shot at Anderson but it was not to be as the no. 53 car pulled off the sweep of the event and took the win.
Brayton Carter finished second with Mallicoat third, Dylan VanWyk fourth and Miles Morris fifth.
And Wauters, Luke Ramsey and Tom Killen Jr started out the three-wide, 10 deep field for the Hobby Stocks and their feature. Wauters took the lead early and never looked back as he went on to the $1,000 win. Killen finished in second with Jason Kohl third, Eric Stanton fourth and Matt McAtee fifth.
Joining Dallon Murty, Lemmens and Anderson as Sunday winners at Stuart were Joel Rust in the Modifieds, Justin Kinderknecht in the IMCA STARS Mod Lites and Curtis Masterson in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.
Rust, also on the Fast Shafts ballot, was a $1,000 winner.