Kemper, Madden, Wyett score big CJ wins

Austin Kemper ended a lengthy absence from victory lane at CJ Speedway with his Friday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win. (Photo by Carroll Hoover Racing Photos)

by Jerry Mackey

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (May 17, 2024) – Mother Nature provided a perfect evening for dirt track racing at CJ Speedway Friday evening.

The night started off with the conclusion of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event that was suspended one week earlier by rains that fell with five laps scored. The main event picked up on lap six with Luke Phillips leading the pack to the green on the restart.

Phillips went on to lead the final seven laps for the win while a whole lot of racing went on for the runner-up spot. At the checkers it was a family affair as Shane Richardson took second ahead of John Richardson with Jason Shutterle crossing under the checkers in fourth. 

Following the conclusion of that feature, racing continued as CJ Speedway hosted a full program of racing on Extreme Rentals Night at the races.

Austin Kemper scored the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win in his new B & B Racing Chassis car. It had been six years since Kemper had made his way to victory lane at his hometown CJ Speedway.

Kemper found the top side of the smooth slick track to his liking and hit his marks every lap in route to the win. John Oliver Jr. advanced from the fifth row to apply pressure to Kemper late in the race but Kemper proved to be up for the challenge. Norman Bean followed Oliver across the finish line in third. 

Another driving breaking a dry spell was Kyle Madden who drove to the win in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified division. Madden also found the top side to his liking as he drove to the win over defending track champion Jarrett Brown, who advanced seven spots to take the runner-up honors.

Madden stated in victory lane, “Tonight was all about being patient and hitting my marks.” Brandon Banks followed Brown across the line in third. 

Sean Wyett started the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod main event in the 10th position and quickly worked to the front, taking the lead on lap three and went on to score the win.

With Wyett out front and lapped traffic coming in to play late in the race Colton Livezey was able to get under the checkers in second, a lane change coming to the checkers earned Nick Aupperle a strong third place finish. 

The scheduled IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event saw pole sitter Ryan Havel take his no. 0 car to the win. Havel raced to the 12 lap feature win over Billy Stanford and Kale Hemsley. 

Friday, May 24 will be Holmes Highway Service and Jamie Lynn’s Coffee House night at CJ Speedway. Hot laps will take to the track at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. 

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