111 race teams pack Maquoketa Speedway

By Jerry Mackey

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (May 21, 2022) – Saturday night saw a season-high 111 race teams take part in an action packed night of racing on the Jackson County Fairgrounds’ ¼-mile dirt Maquoketa Speedway.  

The headliner of the night was the 20 lap Friesen Performance IMCA Modified main event, a race that went non-stop with Travis Denning capturing his second feature win of the young season. Denning battled with Spencer Diercks for several laps before breaking away to score the win with a comfortable margin.

Diercks ran a strong second in getting to the checkers ahead of the previous week’s feature winner Ryan Duhme. 

The action-packed IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win went to David Brandies. Kyle and Lane Vohringer started on the front row making for an all-Maquoketa front row. Lane Vohringer’s lead was short lived as Tim Bader took over the point but the ninth-starting Brandies emerged from a group of frontrunners and went on to score the win over a strong running Dustin Vis. Justin Kay made his first appearance of the season and ran third.  

The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods saw a strong field of competitors take the green for their 15-lap feature. Dan Carpenter led in the early going before Shane Paris took over. A week ago, Paris won in a three-wide finish at the checkers; this week, Paris was able to take the lead early and sail on to the win ahead of Carpenter and Jacob Arp. 

Jarrett Franzen celebrated his birthday by finishing fourth.

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win went to a first time visitor to victory lane for the season. Sheldon Hunter has made a return to racing following a nine-year hiatus. Hunter is prepping the car to turn it over to his son, after the win that may be a little harder for Hunter to do, but the plan is still in place. Andrew Burke ran second to Hunter on Saturday night.