Ward dominant at Stuart’s Stevens Memorial

By Josh Reynolds

STUART, Iowa (April 27, 2022) – One hundred and twenty-eight cars were in attendance for the regular season opener at Karl Chevrolet of Stuart International Speedway and racers from all around were on hand to honor Tim and Tammy Stevens, an unforgettable driver/race official duo who have both passed on in recent years. 

IMCA feature winners for the night were Tyler Fiebelkorn, Brayton Carter, Buck Schafroth, Brandon Cox and Tim Ward.

Ward and Dennis Pittman led the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds out for the nightcap with Ward taking control early. A lap two caution was all that stood in Ward’s way as he checked out on the field to take the win. Drew Janssen finished second with Dallon Murty third. 

IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks came out with Cox and Steven Crees on the front row. Dylan Nelson shot into the lead on lap one with Cox taking over on lap two. The two veterans of the division traded the lead until lap 10 when Cox took over for good, driving off to the win. Nelson finished second with Luke Ramsey third.

Miciah Hidlebaugh and Bryan Snell led 27 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars into turn one with Hidlebaugh out front early. Austin Bouzek found his way into the lead on lap four and held it until Schafroth rocketed by on the top side on lap 11. Bouzek tried his best, but he would have to settle for second as Schafroth went on to the win. Troy Jerovetz finished third.

The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature started with Colton Nelson and Cody Yaw on the front row. Nelson held the lead until Cam Reimers stormed to the front on lap four. What might’ve seemed like a Reimers runaway was erased by hard-charging Carter on lap seven. 

A caution on lap 12 was the only thing slowing Carter down as he cruised to the feature win. Reimers settled for second with Tyler Inman third. 

The Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts started with Fiebelkorn and Michael Hotze out front. Hotze had the top spot for the first lap, but it was all Fiebelkorn after that as he sailed to the win. Kolby Sabin stayed close but faded late to finish second with Zak Sickles third.