TONY OLSON PICKS UP WIN IN INAUGURAL IMCA SPORTMOD FEATURE AT HAWKEYE DOWNS
The newest division
in competition at Hawkeye Downs, the IMCA Sportmods,
may not be large in numbers yet but the racing is intense already. Tony Olson of
Olson secured the lead with 3 laps remaining and finished ahead of Arnie Reif and Jim Buhlman.
Another first time
winner Friday night was Doug Otto of
What’s notable about
the win for Otto is that last fall he was involved in a racing accident in
Tim Plummer started his quest for a fourth straight championship in the Miller Time Modified division by nabbing a feature win Friday night. Plummer, by the luck of the opening night draw, started on the front row, survived a caution with eleven laps remaining and kept Arlo Becker out of reach for the remainder of the race.
Becker, who’s starting his 49th season of racing, finished second while Shawn Stinger crossed the stripe in third.
Back to the quarter-mile, Rodney Grother, who lives just a stones throw from the track, started the defense of his Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stock on the right foot as he held off Gary Pfantz and Tim Dains in that 20-lap feature for that division.
Grother, running the outside groove, passed Tim Dains on lap 14 to secure the lead although he and others had a bit of a scare from lapped traffic with just a few laps remaining.
Deb Mefford, who had a sizable lead in the early going, was forced from the race with an overheating problem.
The Sunline Hornets picked right up where they left off last season and put on another entertaining race with Brian Beaty holding the checkers at the end of the race. Jeff Selfridge finished second and Shawn Myers was third.
Andy Duggan used a restart with 9 laps to go to his advantage making a bold move to the outside of Dave McCalla and into the lead to bring home a victory in the Budweiser Sportsmen feature. Duggan, who started fourth, then held off McCalla, who is the defending champion over the remaining laps to collect the win.
McCalla finished second while Martin Ballard crossed the line in third.
Weekly racing continues Friday night May 4th with All Season Equipment Night. The Performance Concepts Late Models are scheduled to make their first appearance of the season and will be joined the Miller Time Modifieds, Budweiser Sportsmen, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Cars, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks, Sunline Hornets, and IMCA Sportmods.
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA STOCK CARS
(20 laps) 1. Doug Otto,
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA HOBBY STOCKS
( 20 laps) 1. Rodney Grother,
( 15 laps) 1. Brian Beaty,
FEATURE (15 laps) 1. Tony Olson,
MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS
FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Tim Plummer,
FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Andy Duggan, Marion; 2.