By Brian Neal
DONNELLSON, Iowa (July 15, 2022) – For the past several weeks it has been a habit for Mother Nature to try and put a damper on the races scheduled at Lee County Speedway. That was no different on Friday as early morning showers were just enough to keep the track crew from watering the track all day long.
The first feature to take to the track was the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, with David Brandies and Josh Foster leading the field to green. Foster edged Brandies to grab the lead on lap one with Dustin Vis looking for a way around the front pair.
Vis got by Brandies on lap five and then two laps later slipped past Foster for the top spot. Vis had pulled away before the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 17. Vis then held off John Oliver Jr. to become the first repeat winner in the class this year at Donnellson. Foster was third.
Up next was the 18-lap Friesen Performance MCA Modified feature, with Daniel Fellows and Jerad Fuller making up the front row and fourth starter Spencer Diercks taking the early lead.
The action slowed on lap two and on the restart Fellows inherited the lead as sparks were coming off Diercks’ car. Fellows had Chris Zogg and Matt Werner close behind. Zogg tried to get around Fellows for the top spot over the next seven laps but Fellows was able to hold him off each time.
Finally on lap 12, Zogg slid past Fellows to take the lead. Three laps later, Werner moved into the runner-up spot. Zogg was able to hold him off for his second win of the season at Lee County. Fellows was third.
Dakota Girard and Jim Gillenwater led the field to green in the 18-lap Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature, with Girard grabbing the initial lead over Brayton Carter and Gillenwater.
Coming off turn two to complete lap three, Carter went three-wide through the middle to emerge with the top spot. While Carter set a fast pace out front, Girard, Gillenwater, Sean Wyett, Dylan Van Wyk and Adam Birck battled for positions behind him.
On lap 11, Van Wyk finally worked himself into the runner-up spot and went to work on chasing down Carter. Despite heavy lapped traffic, Carter went on to win his fourth local feature of the season at the track. Van Wyk was second, Gillenwater third.
The final feature to take to the track was the 15-lap Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts, with Barry Taft and Luke Fraise making up the front row. Taft, in a car borrowed from Chuck Fullenkamp, grabbed the lead over Fraise and Adam Christy.
As Taft paced the field out front, Jason Ash was working his way forward. At the halfway mark Ash moved into the runner-up spot and then went to work on Taft for the top spot. Ash tried to work under Taft over the next six laps, with Taft holding him off each lap.
Coming to the white flag, Ash went to the top to edge ahead, then held off Taft’s last-lap challenge from Taft to score his second win of the season. Third went to Christy.