Oliver, Barnes win again at Lee County

By Brian Neal

DONNELLSON, Iowa (July 14, 2023) – John Oliver Jr. and Josh Barnes were both working on IMCA win streaks when the final checkers flew Friday at Lee County Speedway.

Oliver, who started outside row five, worked himself into the hunt for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car top spot by lap four and stayed close the next 10 times around the track, slipping under Derrick Agee for the runner-up spot and then going to work on Chad Krogmeier for the lead.

Coming to the white flag, Oliver got under Krogmeier for the top spot and then held him off to claim his second win in a row and fourth of the season at Donnellson. Agee was third.

Up next was the 15 lap Donnellson Tire & Service Sport Compact feature, with Blaine Lambert and Josh Barnes on the front row. Josh 

In contrast, Barnes grabbed the lead on lap one of the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact main and set a quick pace in a feature destined to run caution-free.

Barry Taft was finally able to break away from Dyllan Bonk for the second spot but without a late race caution to bunch the field up, there was no denying Barnes his second win in a row.

Other winners in front of the big crowd on hand for Kohlmorgan Hauling Free Grandstand Night presented by Pilot Grove Savings Bank were CJ Horn in the IMCA Sunoco Late Models, Austen Becerra in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and Jim Gillenwater in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods.

Coming up Saturday, July 22 will be the sixth of seven qualifying rounds for the Iowa Corn Growers Association IMCA Sunoco Late Model Drive For 5. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:15 p.m. and racing to follow.

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