Loverude tops IMCA Modifieds at Arlington

Trent Loverude enjoyed a long run at the front, leading 19 of 20 trips around the track in winning Saturday’s feature for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)

ARLINGTON, Minn. (May 25, 2024) – Trent Loverude led 19 of the 20 laps, including the most important one, in Saturday’s Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature at Arlington Raceway.

Loverude powered to the lead on the first circuit while Dan Menk and Todd Stinehart battled behind him. Stinehart who had started ninth, got around both cars on lap 15 but Loverude was able to regain the lead and go on to win the race. Menk finished third.

Another ninth place starter, Trevor Serbus, made his way to the front of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and led the last five laps, winning ahead of Hunter Hanson and Matt Johnson.

Matt Looft was the third different and the final leader in a pair of features, the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods and the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

Mat Hollerich and Jeff Lloyd took turns at the front of the SportMod field before Looft took charge on lap 10. Lloyd regained the lead and the front pair jockeyed back-and-forth before Looft took the checkers ahead of Lloyd and Hollerich.

Ken Tietz and then Dan Eckblad ran in front of the Stock Car field, with Eckblad setting the fast pace for 14 times around the track.

Eckblad took the white flag leading but going into turn two pulled into the infield with engine troubles. That gave the lead and win to Looft. Dan Mackenthun finished second and Curt Lund was third. 

After crashing last week, Scott Porter was back with a straightened car and led the first half of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature before the yellow was thrown for Brett McConnell as his engine expired on the front stretch.

As the race restarted, Chad Volk was inching closer to Porter but a couple laps later another yellow flag came out for Jonathan Schroeder as he hit an infield tire. The ensuing restart saw Cory Probst get by Porter and remain the leader for the rest of the race to win. Porter settled for second ahead of Dan Probst and Volk.

Gary Schumacher was the early leader in the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature. By the fourth time around the track, however, Nate Coopman was in command and won the non-stop event. Schumacher was able to hold on for second and Zach Vande Kieft took third.

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