Inaugural Gil Short Memorial wraps up Maquoketa Speedway season

By Jerry Mackey

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (Sept. 23-24, 2022) – The 2022 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season at Maquoketa Speedway came to a close with two big nights of racing Friday and Saturday. 

The Friday night racing program was headlined by the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds. The 25-lap feature saw Spencer Diercks race to the front from his fourth starting position and go on to score a very impressive $1,200 win. 

Diercks took the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible win ahead of Kelly Shryock and Jason Schueller. The Modified feature saw a star studded field of 21 drivers take the initial green flag.  

Twenty-one Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods took the green flag in their main event. Former national champion Tyler Soppe set sail on the top side and scored the win ahead of Levi Laymon and Jarrett Franzen.  

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event was won by Daniel Wauters. A recently purchased car and the combination of Wauters skills proved to be successful. Kile Vohringer was also in an unfamiliar car and raced from a 10th position start to take second.  

And on Saturday, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars saw a photo finish with David Brandies taking the $750 win over local hot shoe Jacob Ellithorpe with the margin of victory of less than a foot. Brandies became B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational eligible with the win.