Becerra breaks Brown win streak at CJ Speedway 

By Jerry Mackey

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (May 19, 2023) – IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing was held on a blustery mid-May Friday night at the 4/10-mile dirt track, CJ Speedway. A solid field of drivers were on hand to provide another entertaining night of racing in five IMCA divisions. 

The Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds saw CJ Speedway regular Jarrett Brown have his recent win streak come to an end at the hands of Carthage, Ill., driver Austin Becerra. Brown took the lead early but could not hold off Becerra, who had started the feature in the 10th position. Becerra took the win ahead of Brown and Dakota Simmons. 

Matt Lundry led the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature for several laps before ninth starting Logan Anderson took over the top spot. Anderson held the point for a few laps before 12th starting Dylan VanWyk shot into the lead with a slick move off of turn two.

VanWyk has been a frequent visitor to the FOCO Victory Lane in 2023. VanWyk scored the win ahead of Anderson and Shane Paris.

Unfortunately the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner was determined in the tech area. Apparent winner Matt Picray was DQ’d after post-race inspection found an illegal shock on the right rear of the car. Dustin Griffiths was awarded the win with Nathan Ballard and Michael Jaennette rounding out the top three. 

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks put on their usual two- and three-wide racing feature. When the checkered flag flew it was Calvin Dhondt making his way to FOCO Victory Lane for the second consecutive week. 

Dhondt got to the front early and held off eighth starting Eric Knutson for the win. Knutson was able to catch Dhondt on several occasions but settled for second at the finish line. 

Kolby Sabin has been a regular at CJ Speedway in 2023, racing in the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact class. Sabin makes the tow from Des Moines and has been a front runner on several nights. Sabin visited victory lane after racing to the checkers ahead of late-closing Christian Grady. 

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