DeFRANCE NAMED DEERY BROTHERS TOUR WINNER AT HAWKEYE DOWNS
According to IMCA officials the car driven by Spaw was disqualified for “Unapproved alterations to the spec cylinder heads.”
Thirty IMCA Late Models signed in to battle the Hawkeye Downs half-mile with the field set via four heat races and a ‘B’ feature to set the 24 car starting field.
After the traditional four-wide parade lap the drivers got down to business with Darrell DeFrance, making his 328th start in the series, leading the field to the green flag. DeFrance maintained the point through the first five circuits but a fast moving Johnny Spaw moved to challenge for the lead by lap five after starting outside row three. Spaw, who was piloting a can owned by Dale Stolte, flew by DeFrance on the outside as the frontrunners maneuvered through turn three on the sixth lap and was never challenged in the green to checkers run.
The front five, consisting of Spaw, DeFrance, Matt Ryan, Terry Neal, and Jeff Aikey remained unchanged as the laps ticked off although Neal did challenge Ryanl briefly in the later stages of the race.
DeFrance, Ryan, Neal, Aikey, and Bryan Klein made up the revised top five following the DQ. Deery Brother Summer Series point leader Boone McGlaughlin finished in seventh.
This was the 16th visit for the series at Hawkeye Downs.
There was also racing in the regular IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Hobby Stock, IMCA SportMod, and Hornet divisions which run weekly at Hawkeye Downs. In addition, a few IMCA Modifieds were on hand to run a feature event.
Brian Franks posted a flag to flag
run in the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Cars with point leader Kurt Bohnsack
and Bob Ahrendsen right on his bumper as the trio crossed the stripe. Franks
held off a challenge from Bohnsack with eight laps remaining but was able to
fend him off. Mark Bolton finished fourth and
Gary Pfantz has owned the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stock division this season and Wednesday night was no exception as he racked up his eighth victory after starting in the third row. Dennis Klinsky led in the early going but had to settle for second once Pfantz gained control. Deb Mefford, Kandi Floyd, and Ed O’Brien all finished in the top five.
Scott Kositzky picked up his second win of the season in the IMCA SportMod feature, besting point leader Ryan Luedtke, Aric Becker, Jamie Huff, and Scott Grady to the checkered flag. Kositzky is in just his first season of oval track racing, previously competing in drag racing.
Shane Hanson survived a couple early cautions and racked up his first win of the season in the Sunline Hornets. While Hanson wasn’t seriously challenged the best battle on the track was between point leaders Jim Hanson and Derek Parrott as they slugged it out for position. Nathan Chandler finished second while Jim Hanson was third followed by Parrott and Jonny Williams.
Max Corporon started on the pole of the IMCA Modified feature and had little trouble in disposing of a short field of cars in that division. Eric VanDerPloeg, Patrick Flannagan, Tony Olson, and Tom Hanson crossed the finish line behind Corporon.
DEERY BROTHERS SUMMER SERIES
Heat 1- Brian Klein,
Heat 2- Tyler Bruenig,
Heat 3- Jeff Aikey,
waterloo, IA; 2. Stephan Kammerer,
Blue Grass, IA; 3. Terry Neal,
Heat 4- Tom Darbys
‘B’ FEATURE- 1. Zrostlik 2.
FEATURE- 1. DeFrance 2. Ryan 3. Neal 4. Aikey 5. Klein 6. McGlaughlin 7. Strassheim 8. Darbys
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA STOCK CARS
FEATURE- 1. Brian
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA HOBBY STOCKS
FEATURE- 1. Gary
FEATURE- 1. Shane hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Nathan
FEATURE- 1. Scott Kositzky,
FEATURE- 1. Max Corporon,