By Jerry Mackey
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (June 11) – Friday night racing action at CJ Speedway saw one of the track’s most popular drivers break a long dry spell as Brandon Banks made his way to victory lane in the IMCA Modified feature.
Banks debuted a new car a week ago and the first night out was spent working the kinks out. Banks has now sent notice to the rest of the Modified drivers that he will be in contention for the win the rest of the 2021 season.
He shot out front early from a second row start and appeared to be on cruise control. That was certainly not the case as Jarrett Brown and Derrick Stewart worked through the field and pressured Banks in the late going. Brown was able to pull alongside Banks late in the race but Banks held off Brown and Stewart for the win.
Defending IMCA Sunoco Stock Car track champion Adam Bell raced to his first win of the 21 season. Bell used the entire track on his way to the front from a fifth row start and broke free from the pack as the race passed the midway point.
While Bell stretched his lead a furious battle was waged for second. A four-car bunch swapped positions every lap as the laps wound down. At the finish, second went to Shane Richardson just ahead of Stan O’Brian with Kirk Kinsley and Kenny O’Donnell rounding out the top five.
A stout 20-car field took the green flag in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. The main event was packed with action of all types. Logan Anderson shot to the front from a sixth row start and held off all challengers en route to the win. Trey Rock looked very impressive in scoring a hard-fought runner-up finish. Colton Livezey passed under the checkers in third ahead of Shane Paris.
Daniel Wauters continued his mastery of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. A mid-race caution saw leader Randy LaMar head to the pits with a tire down and on the ensuing restart, Wauters took control and went on to record the win. Jared Miller battled up front the entire race before settling for second ahead of Aaron Martin.
The Mach-1 Sport Compact feature saw Logan Clausen score his first CJ win. Clausen makes the tow down from Atkins and the tow was well worth it on Friday night. Clausen raced to the win ahead of Shane Barnes and Christian Grady.
Racing will continue Friday, June 18 with another action packed-night of racing in five classes. The CJ Speedway takes the first green flag at 7:15 pm with hot laps.