By Joyce Eisele
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 25) – Three new faces visited victory lane this season on a fast-paced KMJ Performance Free Grandstand Night and Iowa Seamless Gutter VIP Night Friday at Marshalltown Speedway.
New winners were Paul Nagle in the IMCA Modifieds, Jay Schmidt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Vern Jackson in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.
Jacob Murray and Nagle led the IMCA Modified field to green. Nagle immediately grabbed the lead as Murray settled into second. Ronn Lauritzen started eighth and took over second from Murray with just three laps remaining in the contest. In the closing circuits, Nagle pulled away and took the easy win, with Lauritzen trailing a good distance to take the runner-up spot. Murray held on to finish third.
Scott Rice took the lead from his outside front row starting spot in the Stock Car main but it didn’t last long as Kyle Everts took over at lap two, with Jason Hall following in third. When the race restarted following a lap seven caution, it was still Everts at the helm, Hall in second, and Rice in third.
Schmidt had been throwing his hat into the ring early on as well, moving from seventh starting, and by the halfway mark was running fourth. Moments later, he had taken over the lead, getting around Everts. Schmidt then drove off to secure the win comfortably over second place Everts. Jeff Wollam started eighth and finished third.
The Northern SportMod feature went 18 caution-free laps and was led the distance by the veteran Jackson. A big slide out of corner four looking at the checkers by 10th place starter Johnathon Logue came up short and he had to settle for second place. Third went to Kalin Lopez.
Kaden Reynolds made it three in a row in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Dillon Raffurty matched his win from last week in the IMCA STARS Mod Lites.
Weather was a question all day but the show was hurried along and was completed shortly after 9 p.m., a win over Mother Nature this time.