Algona fair race feature winners receive six-foot trophies

By Greg Grabianowski

ALGONA, Iowa (Aug. 3, 2023) – On a night when the feature winners all earn six-foot trophies, a solid car count competed in front of nice crowd in the grandstand Thursday in the Kossuth County Fair race.  Algona Plumbing & Heating added a little extra money to each class at a mystery position by drawing of $200 at the end of their features.

The four IMCA divisions racing for a $1,000 first place check all went green-white-checkered.

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature went caution free as national and track point leader Mike Smith led all 12 laps of the race.

The young Lake City driver started on the inside of row one and took the lead immediately off the drop of the green flag and went onto his sixth feature win of the season at the track.

Brandon Nielsen was the runner-up as Cody Hubbell took third with James Burns finishing fourth and Josh Sidles rounded out the top five. Sidles was the winner of the $200 mystery draw.

Brian Schrage and Alec Fett brought the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod field to the flag-stand and Fett jumped out to the early advantage.

He led the first four laps before older brother Colby took over the lead on the fifth lap and went onto his second feature victory of the season at the track as that feature also went green, white, checkered.

Alec Fett finished second as Matt Looft was third. Schrage took fourth and Jake Simpson rounded out the top five. Greg Kramer won the $200 mystery draw.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was also a green, white, checkered race as Zayne Feaster grabbed the early lead before Donavon Smith took over the top spot on lap four.

Smith never gave up the lead once out front to earn his second feature victory of the season and became eligible to qualify for the B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational.

The fracas behind him was intense with Kevin Opheim, McCain Jennings, Chad Palmer, Zane DeVilbliss, Bruce Wickman and Feaster all battling for second place with Jennings finally winning that spot.

Opheim took third followed by DeVilbliss and Feaster. Bruce Wickman heard his name announced as winner of the $200 mystery position drawing. DeVilbliss and Smith won the two stock car heat races.

The other non-stop feature was the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds as last week’s victor Todd Stinehart led 16 of the 20-lap feature only to see Jeremy Mills got past him with four laps to go to earn his seventh feature win of the season in Algona.

Mills was already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible. Nick Meyer placed second with Stinehart third, Cody Knecht fourth and DeVilbliss fifth.

Mike Jensen won the $200 mystery drawing.

The Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature event began with a complete restart before Brandon Hartmann grabbed the early lead at the end of the first lap. The yellow flag appeared on lap four and again two laps later when six cars got tangled up with Lucas Parsons’ no. 38 ride ending up on its top.

After the race resumed, Hartman held the top spot for his second win of the year. Ryan Bryant took second as Brooke Osler was third, Oliver Monson finished fourth and Charles Prime was fifth.

Bubba Brown was the $200 mystery draw position winner.

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