By Joyce Eisele
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 18, 2022) – Two IMCA drivers with a knack for coming up big when bigger checks are on the line did so again during a rare Wednesday night show at Marshalltown Speedway.
Tom Berry and Chanse Hollatz both took rich checkers during Castrol FloRacing Night in America at the fabled High Banks.
Berry’s Friesen Performance IMCA Modified victory was his fourth $1,000 victory since April 10; Hollatz has now banked $1,000 following six of his 2022 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car wins.
Richie Gustin looked to be poised to take the checkers in the 20-lap Modified feature, leading from the drop of the green as he out distanced Berry and Cayden Carter. They reeled in Gustin and on lap 15 Carter, piloting the 30M machine of Maguire DeJong, took the top spot.
His lead would be brief, however, as Berry claimed the number one spot with three laps to go and sailed home to take the checkers and the win. Already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, Berry won ahead of Carter, Gustin, Jake McBirnie and Tim Ward.
Hollatz never looked back after getting around early leader Dave Atcher on lap three in the 20-lap Stock Car feature.
It wasn’t like he didn’t have heavy hitters knocking at the door, however, as Kaden Reynolds, Dallon Murty and Jeff Mueller fought tooth and nail to catch the leader.
It wasn’t to be on this night, however. Hollatz, already eligible to qualify for the B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational, methodically hit his mark every lap and claimed the trip to victory lane.
Kaden Reynolds, in just his first year in the division after moving up from the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, was second, just beating out Dallon Murty in third and Jeff Mueller in fourth. Marshalltown’s own Jeff Wollam had a good run to round out the top five.
Friday night will see Marshalltown Speedway back in action for their regular Friday night weekly program. It will be Midwest Liquid Systems Night at the Races, with the Outlaw Mini Mods joining the regular classes for the night’s action. The green flag drops at 7:30 p.m.