ALGONA, Iowa (July 6, 2023) – Go ahead and cross the Bumble Bee Nationals off Oliver Monson’s races to win bucket list.
Monson raced all the way from 11th starting to win Kossuth County Speedway’s 4-cylinder special Thursday night, topping a who’s who type field of Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact drivers.
The win was good for $1,000. The feeling of accomplishment that came with those checkers was worth more.
“We just put the car up top and let it go,” said Monson, who had the lead seven circuits into the 25-lapper and handled half a dozen restarts and some lapped traffic before crossing the stripe ahead of 10th starting Mick Rykhus and 14th starting Nate Coopman.
“And obviously everything ended pretty well.”
Michigan visitor Trever Cronick and Kaytee DeVries rounded out the top five. Drivers from four states filled the 22-car main event grid.
“This win was huge,” said Monson. “I’ve been trying for it for a long time. There are a couple more big races to win (most notably the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s) and now we’ll look forward to those.”
Jeremy Mills was the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified winner Thursday at Algona. Kevin Opheim topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Mike Smith charged to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers and Matthew Looft led the way for the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods.