By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (Aug. 28) – The weekly Friday night racing season at CJ Speedway came to a close with a great night of racing on the perfectly prepared multi-groove race track on the Louisa County Fairgrounds. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars put on their usual side-by-side thrilling racing with the winner in doubt until the checkers waved in the 20 lap main event. David Brandies scored a hard-fought win over track champion, Adam Bell. Brandies led the entire race but was hounded by Jason See and Bell and all three drivers had a shot at the win as they took the white flag in tightly bunched pack. Bell took to the outside in turn four coming to the checkers but came up less than half a car length short at the checkers with See in third right on Brandies bumper. Cody Staley had a season for the record books in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Staley took the win on Friday night, which was his eighth in a row at the [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (Aug. 21) – The largest crowd of the year came out on Friday night to cheer on their favorite drivers on a near perfect weather night at the CJ Speedway. Mincer Ford of Columbus Junction sponsored the season championship races. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature took the green with Howard Gordon Jr. setting sail from his outside front row starting position. Gordon led the first half of the race while a fierce battle was waged by a pack of contenders for second. Tenth starting Damon Murty broke out of the pack just past the midway point to take control of second. A lap 13 caution bunched the field on the restart the battle was on for the lead. Murty used both the high side and the bottom before shooting past Gordon and into the lead on lap 16. Adam Bell, who has been a late race charger all year finished strong by taking second and stamped his name in the record books by becoming the track champion. Cody [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (Aug. 7) – Friday night the CJ Speedway fans were treated to another outstanding night of racing under near perfect weather conditions. Fans have come accustomed to seeing the very best in IMCA Sunoco Stock Car racing and Friday night was another excellent race. Twenty of Eastern Iowa’s very best IMCA Stock Car drivers took the green for their 20-lap feature with veteran Tom Cannon leading the way in the early going. A lot of position shuffling was going on behind Cannon as the CJ Speedway hot shoes were making their way to the front. Scott Jordan took the lead as the race neared halfway but had his hands full with a pack of drivers hounding him, among them Shane Richardson, Dustin Griffiths, Adam Bell and Jason See Jordan held the pack at bay in scoring his first-ever CJ Speedway IMCA Stock feature win. Richardson and Griffiths raced under the checkered flag in second and third, respectively. The Mach-1 Sport Compact division saw Cody Staley stretch his winning streak [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 31) – The month of July came to a close with another outstanding night of racing at CJ Speedway. Mark Burgtorf of Quincy, Ill., has amassed a career that includes hundreds of wins but Friday saw Burgtorf score his first-ever win at Columbus Junction. Burgtorf took advantage of a front row start to lead the IMCA Modified feature flag to flag. Derrick Stewart challenged Burgtorf late in the main before settling for second. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars never disappoint at CJ and Friday night’s main was another outstanding feature event. Jim Redman led early while 16th starting Jason See was steadily making his way to the front. Two-, three- and sometimes four-wide racing thrilled the fans throughout the feature. See caught Redman late in the race and made the winning pass to continue his winning streak. Redman held on for second ahead of Adam Bell. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature took the green with Dan Brockert taking the point position. Fifth row starter Logan Anderson chased down [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 24) – Races on Friday at the CJ Speedway were the 2020 Louisa County Fair Races and took place on a beautiful night on another perfectly prepared track. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars never disappoint and the main event saw Jason See win for the second consecutive week, this time in very dramatic fashion. Howard Gordon Jr. led for several laps early before the lead pack swelled to five drivers. At the midway point at least four drivers had a legitimate shot at scoring the win. See advanced from his fifth position start and was holding the lead while Adam Bell was closing. See and Bell took the white flag in a dead heat for the lead. The two raced down the back chute with See out front but Bell was going to make one last charge. Coming out of turn four, Bell was on the outside of See, the two raced under the checkers with See scoring the win by approximately one foot. Cody Staley scored his [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 17) – CJ Speedway fans were treated to a classic battle in Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock main event. Twenty drivers took the green flag with young Austin Kemper setting the pace for the first half of the main event. While Kemper led, a fierce battle was being waged behind him. Jason See, who had advanced from the seventh position start, was able to break out of the pack of contenders and into second before moving by Kemper on lap 11. See went on to score the win over a hard-charging Adam Bell, who was looking to become a repeat winner at CJ Speedway. Bell was able to get beside See on several occasions before setting for second as Johnny Spaw battled to the front from 11th. Cody Staley captured the mach-1 Sport Compact feature over Brad Havel and William Michel.
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 10) – A great field of drivers packed the infield at CJ Speedway on a beautiful Friday night for racing on July 10. The racing action was excellent all night on a perfectly prepared race track thanks to Larry Richardson. Twenty-one drivers took the green in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and the Stock Cars lived up to their nickname of The Class Too Tough To Tame as fans were treated to three- and four-wide racing throughout the feature. Howard Gordon Jr. led early before Shane Richardson was able to break out of a pack of contenders to take the lead. Richardson held off the constant challenges by David Brandies in the late going to score the win by a slim margin. Brandies took second ahead of Jason Cook. Cody Staley led the caution-free Mach-1 Sport Compact feature flag to flag. Staley held off one of Eastern Iowa’s strongest 4-cylinder drivers in Jake Benischek for the win. Alex Hayes came under the checkers in third. Racing will continue on [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 3) – After a two week hiatus due to weather cancellations, racing returned to the CJ Speedway with an outstanding night of racing which saw 80 cars pack the infield. The grand finale of the night that saw everything that a race track could offer was the IMCA Modified main event. Twenty drivers took the green flag and veteran Steve Johnson ran out front until Jeff Larson was able to wrestle the lead away. Front row starter Denny Eckrich ran in the lead pack the entire race, found the perfectly prepared track to his liking and made a late-race charge to take the lead from Larson as the laps wound down. Another driver on a late race charge was Derrick Stewart. When the checkers flew it was Eckrich taking the win with a slight margin over Stewart and Larson. Jason See drew the pole for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and appeared to be en route to the win. It was not to be, however, as Adam [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa – Corey Strothman prevailed in a classic when The Class Too Tough To Tame took to the track Friday at CJ Speedway. The 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature took the green with Brandon Jay leading before fourth starting Strothman took over the point position. Strothman and Jason See went on to race side-by-side for the majority of the race, and with slide jobs and diamond corner moves taking place neither driver was able to take control of the race. Strothman finally took the win half a car length ahead of See with a fast-closing Adam Bell crossing under the checkers in third. “We touched once on the back chute but Jason and I race together a lot and I feel comfortable racing like that with him,” Strothman said from victory lane. The Mach-1 Sport Compacts saw pole sitter Codey Staley lead the caution-free 12-lap feature flag to flag. Staley cruised to the impressive win ahead of Brad Havel and William Michel.
By Jerry Mackey COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (June 5) – The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars provided the fans with door to door racing the entire 20 laps of their main event Friday at CJ Speedway. Early in the race, a four-car pack raced for the lead before Jason Cook was able to break out of the pack and secure the top spot. Cook held off several challenges by Adam Bell to score the hard-fought win. Kirk Kinsley ran up front the entire 20 laps before settling for third. Steve Struck shot into the lead from his outside front row start in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature and went on to record the win. Struck led the caution-free race flag-to-flag in taking the win over Darin Smith. Due to the Iowa Governor easing Covid-19 restrictions on Speedway’s the CJ Speedway hosted fans for the first time in 2020 on Friday and racing action was outstanding on a perfectly prepared smooth race track. Racing will continue on June 12 with hot laps slated to [Read More]