Oenning drives to first IMCA Late Model win at Donnellson

Jason Oenning, pictured with promoter Brian Gaylord, scored his first career IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature win on Friday, June 2 at Lee County Speedway. (Photo by MF Photography)

By Brian Neal

DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 2, 2023) – A busy night of IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing took place at the Lee County Speedway on Friday with Darkside Tint & Graphix helping to bring all the action. When the final checkered flag waved at 10:10 p.m., one driver had claimed his first career win, two drivers earned their first of the season at Donnellson and two more were repeat winners.

The 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature saw Ed Hollenbeck and Blaire Barton lead the field to green. Hollenback led on lap one over Ray Raker and Sam Halstead. As Hollenbeck worked the bottom, Raker went to the top to try and get by.

On lap eight, Raker used the momentum off the top of turn four to grab the top spot away from Hollenbeck. Action was slowed on lap 15 when CJ Horn spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart, Raker jumped back out front, with Jason Oenning and Jeremy Pundt close behind.

Just after the lap was scored complete, Frank Mason spun to bring out another yellow. On the restart, Oenning grabbed the top spot away from Raker and then held on over the final laps to score his first career win.

Pundt was second, with Tommy Elston, Dennis Woodworth and Raker completing the top five.

Austen Becerra raced to his fourth local Friesen Performance IMCA Modified win of the season while Derrick Agee held off all challenges to claim his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win of 2023 at Lee County.

A week after getting career win number 100 in the Stock Car, John Oliver Jr. won for the first time since 2017 in a Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod and Brandon Reu motored to his first Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact victory of the season at Donnellson.

Coming up Friday, June 9, Lomont Molding will help bring the fourth of seven qualifying rounds of the Iowa Corn Growers Association IMCA Late Model Drive For 5, presented by Floyd’s Waste Systems, JJ Nichting Company Case IH Company, Ideal Ready Mix, Triple 777 Trucking, Woodworth Attorney at Law, Triple R Performance Engines, B&B Propane, Budweiser, Conrad Trucking, Donnellson Tire & Service, KQ92 and Big Country 103.1.

Also in action will be sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with and racing to follow.

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