Brandies ends pretty awesome weekend with Frost Out feature win

Bouncing back from a tough 2023 campaign, David Brandies was the winner in his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car start of 2024 Saturday at Bloomfield Speedway’s Southern Iowa Frost Out. (Photo by Carroll Hoover)

BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (March 30, 2024) – Fast on the track, David Brandies was equally quick to point out the positives of the start to his IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season.

Fourth in Friday’s Southern Iowa Frost Out lidlifter, the Wilton hotshoe led every lap of the Saturday feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars at Bloomfield Speedway, earning $1,250 and becoming eligible to qualify for the B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational.

“This was my first time ever racing at Bloomfield and Friday was just my second start in this car (a 2024 B & B). We made some changes to make it even faster Saturday,” Brandies said.

“I hate drawing the pole because you’re like a sitting duck out there, but the weekend turned out pretty awesome,” he continued. “Last year we didn’t win at all until May or June, then again in July and that was it. I’m already halfway to (equaling) last year.”

The Saturday checkers were Brandies’ career 74th in The Class Too Tough To Tame. Fifteenth starting Derrick Agee was second and Jason McDaniel was third.

Repeat winners were Ethan Braaksma in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, Brayton Carter in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods and Nathan Ballard in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Barry Taft paced the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature.

Braaksma’s second $1,250 win in as many nights came in front of Cayden Carter and Tim Ward. He’d started second and led the distance of a 20-lapper slowed by a single early caution.

“Getting through traffic was the main thing and I was able to do that,” he said. “We put in a lot of work in the off-season before racing in Arizona and Florida. It’s good to be able to come here and get a couple wins.”

Carter’s career 97th win came from the fourth starting spot. Maguire DeJong and Cam Reimers repeated second and third-place runs, respectively.

The winner from 12th starting on opening night, Ballard made his way to the front from seventh on night two.

“This is the first time I’ve been to Bloomfield and the track was racier on Saturday,” he said. “Guys were running fast that night all around the track. You could go high, low, middle and get around.”

“It feels pretty good to be able to start the season like this,” added Ballard. “There were a lot of good cars here.”

Nathan Ballard has a couple feature wins to show for his first visits to Bloomfield Speedway after sweeping Southern Iowa Frost Out features for the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. (Photo by Carroll Hoover)

Bradly Graham started 21st and finished second. Third was Keaton Gorden.

Taft motored from eighth starting to win the Sport Compact feature. James Haring was second and Friday winner Brandon Reu was third.

Both nights of the Southern Iowa Frost Out were broadcast by IMCA.TV.

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