By Jerry Mackey
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (June 16, 2023) – The weatherman provided another beautiful night Friday for racing action at the CJ Speedway, located on the Louisa County Fairgrounds in Columbus Junction.
The Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds took the green for their 18-lap feature with Kurt Kile splitting the front row starters, the Brau brothers, Kile took the lead that he would not relinquish. Outside fourth row starter Jarrett Brown worked to the front quickly and tried to catch the quick running Kile but although he was able to close on the leader, Brown was unable to mount a serious challenge for the lead.
Kile took the win ahead of Brown and visitor Zach Dockter from Norwich, N.D.
IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars never fail to provide great racing action and that was the case once again as the 16-lap main event saw plenty of wheel to wheel racing action.
Corey Strothman scored the win after leading flag-to-flag from his outside front row start. Strothman held off the constant challenges of Johnny Spaw and Jason See.
Those three aced in a tight pack as the wide track allowed great racing. At the checkers it was See taking second just ahead of Spaw and Matt Picray.
Logan Anderson made a return to CJ Speedway in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods. Anderson started ninth and was able to get to the front quickly and race on to the win ahead of a very tough racer in Shane Paris.
The checkers waved with Anderson and Paris finishing ahead of Trey Rock and Matt Mayo.
The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win went to Luke Phillips for the third week in a row.
Phillips has been riding the hot streak that has now reached four wins in a row with a Maquoketa Speedway win added to his three in a row at CJ. Tom Killen made the tow over from Des Moines and drove to a runner-up finish.
Preston McDonald turned in a fine run in taking third ahead of Tucker Richardson.
The Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts saw another Des Moines driver take the win. Kolby Sabin scored the win in the 10-lap main event and second was determined after the apparent second place finisher failed to pass tech inspection. The DQ moved Darin Smith into second ahead of Bob Hayes and Caleb Giese.
Weekly racing will continue on Friday, June 23with all five classes in action with hot laps at 7:15 p.m. followed by racing.