By Joyce Eisele
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 2, 2023) – It was the Dirty 30 Topless Two-Fer presented by Capital Sign Company at the Marshalltown Speedway Friday night so Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods shed their tops for a night of racing topless.
The Modified winner was Todd Shute while Kyle Olson went to victory lane in the SportMods.
The IMCA Modifieds presented by Tire Demon by Love Tap ran a 30 lapper. Johnathon Logue started on the pole and jumped to the immediate lead, as Joel Rust who had started on the outside front row, tucked in to run second.
Rust had the lead by lap six but by then it was ninth place starter Shute and Dallon Murty joining in challenging Logue and leader Rust in a real dogfight.
Shute made the pass down low on Rust at lap 12 and took the lead with Murty and then Drew Janssen giving him chase. The closing laps saw Murty try his darndest to get by Shute, throwing a last ditch slider out of turn four as they raced to the checkers.
It was all for naught as Shute threw off that challenge and took the checkers first, Murty taking the runner-up spot. Janssen ran at the front of the field all night long and took third. Ethan Braaksma and Rust completed the top five. Shute, who also won the season opener at Boone and was already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, took home the $1,200 payday.
The IMCA Northern SportMods presented by Rugged Radios 30-lap main event was plagued with yellow flags, but once Olson found his way to the front of the pack by the halfway mark of the race, it was his the rest of the way to the checkers and the $1,000 payday.
Olson started fifth and worked his way by early leader Cam Reimers to take the top spot. The two ran side-by-side down the front stretch for several laps before Olson established the lead for good.
Visiting driver from Colorado Springs, Colo., Danny Concelman hard charged his way from starting 10th to second place with a good late-race run. Reimers took third, fourth went to Willy Kirk and rounding out the top five was 11th place starter Jenae Gustin, in a borrowed car.
The Class Too Tough To Tame, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars presented by Drury Automotive, ran 20 laps for their main event.
Taylor Kuehl led the pack through the opening laps of the race, but was suddenly off power on the back stretch, which handed the lead over to Scott Rice. Tripp Gaylord of Lakewood, Colo., and hometown veteran racer Jeff Wollam threw their hats in the ring by that time and were hounding Rice.
By lap 10, Wollam had taken over the top spot. He would then take his Dilly Bar Special home to the win. Finishing a close second was seventh place starter Austin Kaplan, Rice was third, fourth went to Gaylord and Steve Meyer got in the mix late in the race and finished fifth.
The race went caution-free.
The Stealth Racing IMCA STARS Mod Lites, presented by Knight Sanitation ran 20 laps in their main and it was Colona, Ill.’s R.J. Gonzales coming from sixth starting spot into the lead by lap one.
Gonzales maintained that lead until two-time defending national champion Dillon Raffurty of Kansas City, Mo., made the pass for the lead with just five laps remaining and would go on to take the win.
Gonzales took the runner-up position, eighth place starter and last week’s winner Jon Padilla of Silvis, Ill., was third. Fourth went to Jason Massengarb of Colona, Ill., and Josh May was the only Iowan in the top five.
The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks presented by Big 8 Tyre Center also ran a 20-lap feature. Jake Nelson led this from start to finish. He had pressure in the last half of the race the entire time from Eric Knutson, but he could do no better than second place. Bradly Graham worked his way from 11th starting to take third. It was Luke Ramsey in fourth, and Solomon Bennett rounded out the top five.
This Friday night, June 9 is P & D Welding Night at the races. The IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 plus $500 for a Structural Shoot-Out contest. Sanctioned Stock Cars, Northern SportMods, Hobby Stocks, Mod Lites and Sport Compacts will be in IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing action as well.
Hot laps are 6:55 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m.