Gilman scores after fast start at Stuart

Josh Gilman motored to the Wednesday night Friesen Performance IMCA Modified checkers at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Jared Bailey Photography)

By Josh Reynolds

STUART, Iowa (June 21, 2023) – Multi-time and defending track champion Josh Gllman was the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified driver no one could catch Wednesday at Karl Chevrolet of Stuart International Speedway.

Gilman led Drew Janssen and Martin Bennett over the first half of the race. Bennett faded as Canadian driver Isaiah Geisel got to third with five laps to go but there was no touching Gilman as he sailed to the 3.5 second win. Janssen finished second with Geisel third.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars saw Jeff Mueller use his front row start to rocket out to the lead. Buck Schafroth gave chase for the entire 20 laps but there was no catching Mueller on this night as he cruised to the feature win. Schafroth finished second with third going to Miciah Hidlebaugh.

Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts saw Jeremiah Downing firing off from the pole. Anthony Clark and Kolby Sabin worked their way through the field with Sabin getting the advantage early on. Clark worked the back bumper and rear quarter panel of Sabin, but the race would end cleanly with Sabin taking the win. Clark finished second with Owen Richards third.

Mike Dullard and David Schwartz brought the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods to the track and it was Schwartz taking control from the drop of the green flag

Eighth starting and national points leader Cam Reimers methodically picked off six of the seven cars in front of him and by lap five all he had left was the leader. Schwartz ran a smooth line, but Reimers was faster on the bottom and slid by on lap 12 to take over the lead. 

There were a couple of close calls with lapped traffic but Reimers maintained the top spot and went on to take the win. Schwartz held on to second over Mitchell Morris with Matt Avila fourth and Dullard fifth.

Rick Reiter and Jared Smith led the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks to the green flag and it was Smith showing the way in the early going.

Skylar Pruitt ran second for most of the race until a yellow flag on lap 10 stacked the field up for a restart. This was exactly what Pruitt needed as he took the lead on the outside of Smith and never looked back in taking the win.

Smith finished second with Rusty Bates third.

Thursday, June 29 will see the Ron Little Memorial and the Midwest Madness Tour finale at Stuart with all regular classes battling for prizes and prestige on the quarter-mile bullring.

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