Miles scores first career win at Maquoketa 

By Jerry Mackey 

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (July 22, 2023) – Following a week of no racing as the Jackson County Fairgrounds hosted a large dog competition show the racing action returned on Saturday night with 121 teams putting on an exciting show as the races were hurried along to beat the approaching rain storm.

It is always special to see a driver win his first-ever main event and on Saturday night that was the case in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Jordan Miles, one of the many racing Miles brothers and one of three Miles’ that were racing Saturday night scored his first of what will be many feature wins. Miles held off the one of the best in Hobby Stock racing, Randy LaMar in scoring the win.

The 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature saw veteran driver Andy Nezworski drive his no. 7 very patiently to the front from his eighth position start and overtake Jaden Fryer late in the main to go on and score the win. Fryer had a strong run in taking second ahead of Steve Johnson. 

Charlie Mohr is riding a hot streak at Maquoketa in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified division. Mohr was the third leader in the feature but he was out front when the checkers flew taking the 20-lap win ahead of Jeff Larson and Ryan Duhme. 

Larson scored a win of his own by taking the checkers in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Jacob Ellithorpe threw a slider at Larson on the final lap but Larson was able to cross under Ellithorpe for the win. Jerry Miles was also able to get by Ellithorpe, who finished third. 

A strong field of Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods put on their usual action-packed feature with three- and four-wide racing throughout the main event. Jason Roth brought his no. 31 SportMod to Maquoketa and finished up the night with a trip to Oly’s Garage Victory Lane. Roth scored the win ahead of Levi Gaunt and Tyler Soppe. 

The Jackson County Fair will be in full swing this week and Stock Car Racing will take center stage at the Fair on Wednesday, July 26, getting underway at 6:30 p.m. 

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