Kyle Olson KO’s Friday foes at Marshalltown

Cousins Kaden Reynolds and Kyle Olson were Friday night feature winners at Marshalltown Speedway, in IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod divisions, respectively. (Photo by Jordan Hanisch)

By Joyce Eisele

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 20, 2022) – After a Wednesday night special, the Marshalltown Speedway was right back into action on Friday for night number two of regular weekly points racing.  

Dallon Murty topped the field in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, Kaden Reynolds was the winner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Kyle Olson made it two in a row in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod division, Eric Knutson paced the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Randy Bryan saw his first trip to victory lane in the IMCA STARS Mod Lites.

Bryan fought his way past Joel Huggins on lap eight of the 15-lap main event for the STARS Mod Lites, then held off the competition to score his first win at Marshalltown Speedway this year. Huggins was second after starting seventh. Austin Gray finished third.

Up next was the 20-lap Northern SportMod feature. Veteran Vern Jackson held down the top spot the first two laps but it was last week’s winner Olson taking over by lap four. He weathered four cautions but it was no issue as he pulled away each time and won going away at the checkers. Kaylin Lopez took second. Finishing third was Jenae Gustin.  

The Hobby Stocks put on quite a show for the fans in their 20-lap feature. Eric Stanton had the lead on lap one, John Watson nabbed it on lap two and then Stanton was right back in the lead a lap or so later.

At lap five, Knutson had thrown his hat into the ring and was pressuring Stanton. Then Seth Butler, who had started 12th, joined the fun. It was a tight battle up front, lap after lap, with Knutson keeping the upper hand and Butler making it a three-way battle. 

Stanton got to Knutson’s bumper, and knocked, knocked, knocked a few times, but Knutson held his ground and kept the lead. At the finish line, it was Knutson taking the win, Stanton held onto second and Butler was an ever-so-close third.

Stock Cars were next on the agenda for their 20-lap affair. It didn’t take long for Reynolds to be in command, taking his ride from sixth to the top spot by lap three. Flying through the field quickly as well was Dylan Thornton. He made his way from 10th to second with just a handful of laps in the books. Thornton threw a couple sliders at the leader in turn four, but Reynolds wasn’t fazed. 

In the closing laps, Reynolds pulled away and took the comfortable win. Thornton finished a distant second.  Steve Meyer was third.

The night’s racing action ended with the Modified 20-lap main. This one was led from start to finish by rookie to the class Dallon Murty. He had the field covered easily and won this one going away.  Jimmy Gustin got by Joel Rust in the closing laps as they finished second and third. respectively. 

Regular weekly racing continues Friday night, May 27, when it will be $500 on the line for the Northern SportMods and the Mod Lites will have one of their Corn Belt Clash events. The green flag drops at 7:30 p.m.