Top 10 locked in for Marshalltown’s King of the High Banks

April 11, 2024

By Joyce Eisele

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 11, 2024) – Drivers from all over the United States made their way to the fast quarter-mile Marshalltown Speedway for night one of the King of the High Banks show Thursday night. 

There were 150 cars in competition with 55 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars on hand to start qualifying for their $5,000 to win finale on Friday. Also on the docket were Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Stealth Racing IMCA STARS Mod Lites and Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts. 

Stock Cars ran two sets of heat races to earn passing points for their big 50-lap feature coming up Friday. The top 10 in locked in for that race are Kelly Shryock, Fertile; Dallon Murty, Chelsea; defending race winner Jeffrey Abbey of Boyd, Texas; Dylan Thornton, Keystone; Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan; Derek Green of Granada, Minn.; Cole Czarneski of Denmark, Wis.; Joel Rust, Grundy Center; Austin Kaplan, Collins; and Jake McBirnie, Boone.

Last-chance qualifying races will complete the starting field for the $5,000 to win race, which pays $500 to start. 

Feature racing kicked off with the STARS Mod Lites.

Jaedon McDowell of Murfreesboro, Tenn., made his run at the speedway pay off as he led all 15 laps on his way to victory. Riley Clem got by Josh May in the closing laps as they went second and third, respectively.

Northern SportMods ran 20 laps for their feature.

Dylan Van Wyk led through the first seven laps before a yellow flew. When the race restarted, he was suddenly off power on the backstretch, which handed the lead over to Cam Reimers.

It was all Reimers race from there on out as he led the remaining laps all the way to the flying checkers. Brayton Carter chased Reimers most of the race but on the final circuit, Logan Anderson, who started tenth, was able to make the pass to take second.

The Modifieds came to the track next for their 20-lap feature.

Tom Berry Jr. was piloting his own car this week, after winning last week’s Frostbuster in a borrowed car. He kept his winning ways, starting on the pole, and leading all laps to see $1,000 checkers for the second time in the early season at Marshalltown.

Berry pulled away as the race drew on and took the easy win. Tim Ward started seventh and took the runner up position. Cody Overton of Thomson, Ga., finished third.

It was 20 laps of feature racing for the Hobby Stocks.

Cody Williams took the lead as the race went green and held the top spot through lap 15 when a yellow flew. By this time, it was Nathan Ballard who was happy to see the caution fly as he had worked his way into second.

It took him a couple of laps as the race restarted, but Ballard was able to get the lead with just three laps remaining and keep it to the checkers. Williams held on to finish second with Dylan Nelson third.

The nightcap was 15 laps of Sport Compact racing.  

David Kimmel started on the pole and grabbed the lead as the green flag flew. He hung onto that top spot until lap 10 when Oliver Monson took command. He would hold onto the lead the rest of the laps to take the win.

Mitchell Bunch got around Kimmel on the final circuit as they finished second and third, respectively.

Friday’s races will also have complete shows for the Modifieds ($1,500 to win), SportMods ($1,000 to win), Hobby Stocks ($1,000 to win), Mod Lites ($750 to win) and Sport Compacts ($500 to win).

Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing to follow. 

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