Shryock scores $2,000 Hobo Hustle checkers

Kelly Shryock’s second feature win Friday night saw him in victory lane after taking the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers at Hancock County Speedway’s Hobo Hustle. (Photo by Amy Koester)

By Chad Meyer

BRITT, Iowa (June 7, 2024) – Cloudy skies and early sprinkles did little to dampen the exciting action on Friday night at Hancock County Speedway, with IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars competing for a $2,000 Hobo Hustle top prize. Landus was the night’s title sponsor. 

Kelly Shryock hustled to the lead the early in the  feature and motored out to a sizeable advantage that he held throughout much of the race.

While he was leading, the action throughout the rest of the field was intense, as Colby Fett made a late-race run around the outside of the speedway to ultimately finish second. Troy Swearingen was in contention all night and finished third, ahead of Dan Mackenthun and Heath Tulp.

Shryock, already guaranteed a starting spot in the upcoming B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational, had prefaced that win with the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified checkers.

He built a lead of more than three seconds, however once Jeremy Mills got to the runner-up spot, it got interesting.

In the last handful of laps, Mills was erasing Shryock’s lead by a half second a lap at one point. On the last circuit, Mills pulled a big slider to briefly capture the lead, but Shryock’s crossover move was just enough to maintain the lead at the $1,000 checkers.

Jamie Anderson, Todd Steinhart and Chad Porter completed the top five. Shryock came into the night already  Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible.

Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods had Colby Fett dominate the feature.

Fett survived a late-race caution and Josh Appel’s repeated late attempts on the inside to capture his second win in as many days. Alec Fett finished third, while Brian Schrage raced back to fourth, ahead of Jacob Tachney. 

For 15 exciting laps, Steve Wickman held off the best that IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks have to offer in Northern Iowa. Wickman managed to keep all challengers behind him, holding off Brandon Nielsen, Lucas Smith, Drew Barglof and Cody Hubbell for the hard-earned win. 

Racing action resumes at 7 p.m. at Hancock County Speedway on Friday, June 14. 

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