Jennings holds off heavyweights for first IMCA Stock Car feature win

McCain Jennings held off a field full of much-accomplished drivers in winning his career first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature Thursday at Kossuth County Speedway. (Photo by Icon Images)

By Greg Grabianowski

ALGONA, Iowa (June 3) – It was a memorable night for McCain Jennings as the Algona driver picked up IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career feature win number one on June 3 to highlight an exciting night of dirt track racing at the Kossuth County Speedway.

Jennings started on the outside of the third row before working his way to the front and holding off a challenge of three much accomplished drivers in Derek Green, Donovan Smith and Kelly Shryock to win the main event.

Kevin Opheim was the early leader in the feature as the yellow flag came out on the second lap. Loren Pesicka became the new leader after the restart and held that spot until Jennings took over the lead on lap number four and refused to give it up for career win number one.

Shryock ended up second with Green placing third as Smith took fourth and Calvin Lange rounded out the top five.

The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature was another entertaining race as Matthew Hanson was the early leader only to see Alex Smith take over the top spot on lap number three.

Matt Looft patiently weaved his way through the 16-car field to close in behind Smith with seven laps to go. The two drivers battled for the next five laps but Smith refused to give up the lead.

Finally, with just over a lap remaining, Looft eased past Smith and went onto the feature win. Smith held on to the runner-up spot as George Nordman took third followed by Hanson and Alec Fett.

Rob Hughes was the early IMCA Modified leader and held the lead for a while with Ben Schultze lurking right on his back bumper. Jeremy Mills and Shryock joined the battle for the lead but Hughes refused to give away the top spot.

Shryock tried high and low before finally getting past Hughes with three laps to go and went onto the feature victory. Mills came home in second place with Hughes taking third place. Schultze ended up in fourth place and Zach Dockter rounded out the top five.

Darin Johnson and James Burns led the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field to flag-stand for the green flag as Johnson was the early leader. The caution flag appeared on laps number two and four with Johnson still out front before Josh Sidles took the lead off the second restart and went onto the win. 

Johnson held onto the runner-up spot as Brandon Nielsen was third followed by Steve Wickman and Carter Koop. 

Week number three at the track brought the same outcome in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts as Kaytee DeVries continued to dominate with her third straight feature win.

Lucas Parsons was the early lead before DeVries took the lead at halfway. Jade Lange finished second with Parsons taking third as Charles Prime was fourth and Brayton Kajewski placed fifth.