Spaw celebrates birthday with CJ Speedway win

By Jerry Mackey

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (May 3, 2024) – The 2024 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season got underway on Friday night at the CJ Speedway on a nice night for racing. 

The headliner of the night was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event with a stellar field of drivers set for the 16-lap feature. Kirk Kinsley led in the early going before sixth starting Johnny Spaw was able to put his no. 00 out front.

With Spaw out front, Corey Strothman and Dustin Griffiths joined in a three-car breakaway battling for the lead. Spaw took the win and Strothman crossed under the checkers in second but failed post-race inspection giving second to Griffiths. John Oliver Jr. came on strong in the late going to take third. 

The Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature saw Washington driver Brandon Banks score the win. 

Banks shot into the lead from the outside front row start but was quickly challenged by CJ Speedway hot shoes Kurt Kile and Jarrett Brown. The three put on quite a race for the lead but as the laps wound down it was Banks holding off a late-race charge by Brown to score the win. Jadin Fuller was able to just get by Kile in taking third at the checkers. 

The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod main event was another good race to the finish as Shaun Slaughter outdueled Colton Livezey for the win.

Livezey led early before Slaughter was able to take the point. Slaughter went on to record the opening night win ahead of Livezey and Dylan VanWyk. 

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature field took the green with Jason Schutterle leading lap number one before a caution for Ryan Havel, who had come to a stop on the back chute.

On the restart, third starting Luke Phillips took over the lead and went on to record the win despite a late-race charge by Preston McDonald who turned in a great opening night run in taking second ahead of Shane Richardson. 

Racing will continue at CJ Speedway on Friday, May 8 with Superior Steering Wheels and Graphics Night at the races. Hot laps will get underway at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. 

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