Mulvany first to East Moline IMCA Late Model checkers

By Rob Hinckley

EAST MOLINE, Ill. (June 13) – The car tiptoed off turn four and all could feel Shawn Mulvany’s sigh of relief.

Mulvany paced all 25 laps of the IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature Sunday evening at East Moline Speedway.  

“We almost stayed home,” Mulvany said in the winner’s circle. “We haven’t had much luck lately, struggling with little stuff.”

B.J. Jackson showed his nose a couple times, but Mulvany stayed the course on the bottom groove.

“This is great to finally get one at my home track. I think we finally found something. We haven’t been able to get forward so this is great.”

The race went without a caution. Gary Webb, Jacob Waterman and Andy Nezworski started to close on the front battle and finished in that order behind Mulvany’s seventh career Late Model win, but first in a while.

Travis Denning moved out front early and stopped Jeff Larson’s win streak at three in the IMCA Modified finale. Larson, Nezworski, Brandon Durbin and Doug Lenth followed.

Jarett Franzen took the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main for his fourth victory. Logan Veloz, Dustin Schram, Brandon Jewell and Jacob Copley were next.

Mike Zemo Jr. raced from the back to the IMCA STARS Mod Lite 15-lap win. Mike Morrow, Jon Padilla, Michael Dominguez and Anthony Guss followed. 

The season continues on the quarter-mile dirt oval this Sunday, June 20 with The Salute to Gary Webb IMCA Late Model special with guest Kenny Schrader. Late Models will run for $2,000 in honor of the 17-time track champ. All other regular classes also in action. Gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 with racing to follow.