Braaksma is best in Modified main as IMCA returns to Bloomfield

Ethan Braaksma was the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified winner, on opening night of Bloomfield Speedway’s Southern Iowa Frost Out. (Photo by Carroll Hoover)

BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (March 29, 2024) – Ethan Braaksma was told Bloomfield Speedway was “a cool place to race.”

After winning the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature on opening night of the season-opening Southern Iowa Frost Out at the Davis County Fairgrounds venue, he couldn’t have agreed more.

“Bloomfield doesn’t exactly compare to anywhere else I’ve raced before,” Braaksma said after taking Friday’s $1,250 checkers. “One of my buddies, Drew Janssen, said it was a pretty cool place to race. Plus it’s close to home, only an hour and 20 minutes or so.”

Braaksma started the 20-lapper from fourth and took advantage of an early caution before going to the top of the track and outrunning Cayden Carter and Chris Zogg for his home state win of 2024.

“We had another restart with about five laps to go. I didn’t see anyone after that and just concentrated on hitting my marks,” said Braaksma, already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible after two January wins during Cocopah Speedway’s IMCA.TV Winter Nationals. “It was a lot of fun.”

Bloomfield crowned its last IMCA track champions in 2005. Friday night’s Frost Out show was the first of nine sanctioned events scheduled at the Mike Van Genderen-promoted speed plant this year.

John Oliver Jr. and Brayton Carter both took different routes to $1,250 feature wins of their own, in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods, respectively.

Oliver is already B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible and didn’t let a 12th place start hinder him in racing to career win number 111 in The Class Too Tough To Tame .

He’s now 22nd all-time in the wins department for that division – and beat 11th starting Michael Jaennette and Dustin Griffiths to the stripe.

Carter, meanwhile, started second and continued his Bloomfield success with Northern SportMod career win number 96.

“You don’t always draw front row so when you do, you have to take advantage of it,” he said. “This is my third year in this car (a 2015 LG 2 Chassis). It’s an old car but it gets the job done.”

Maguire DeJong raced from 12th to second and Cam Reimers took third.

Nathan Ballard was also fast from the outside row six start, winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature in front of Briar Kriegel and Peyton Stephens.

Eighth starting Brandon Reu was the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact winner with Matt Moore second and Luke Fraise third.

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