DeFRANCE NAMED DEERY BROTHERS TOUR WINNER AT HAWKEYE DOWNS

 

(Cedar Rapids, IA 08/06/08)- The IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series made its yearly foray into the world of pavement racing on Wednesday night August 6 with Marshalltown driver Darrell DeFrance picking up the win in the 35-lap feature after the apparent winner, Johnny Spaw, was DQ’d in post-race inspection.

 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 Chad Siems was fifth.

 

            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, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Boone McGlaughlin, Mediapolis, IA; 3. Darrell DeFrance, Marshalltown, IA; 4. Al Johnson, Story City, IA; 5. Joe Zrostlick, Long Grove, IA; 6. Todd Cooney. Des Moines, IA; 7. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, IA; 8. Justin Reed, Quincy, IL

Heat 2- Tyler Bruenig, Decorah, IA; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, IA; 3. Johnny Spawe, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, IL; 5. Mike Garland, Dewitt, IA; 6. Craig Roberts, Des Moines, IA; 7. Dale Hackwell, JR., Washburn, IA; 8. Mitch Current, Maquoketa, IA

Heat 3- Jeff Aikey, waterloo, IA; 2. Stephan Kammerer, Blue Grass, IA; 3. Terry Neal, Ely, IA; 4. Charlie McKenna, Clear lake, IA; 5. TJ Criss, Oskaloosa, IA; 6. Kelly Tapper, Story City, IA; 7. Ben Nading, Ankeny, IA

Heat 4- Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, IA; 2. Matt Strassheim, West Burlington, IA; 3. Marty Diercks, Bettendorf, IA; 4. Mike Klinhammer, Jr., West Liberty, IA; 5. Bobby Hanson, Center Point, IA; 6. Rob Petsche, Peosta, IA; 7. Jill George, Cedar Falls, IA

‘B’ FEATURE- 1. Zrostlik  2. Garland  3. Criss  4. Cooney  5. Nezworski  6. Hanson  7. Roberts  8. Petsche  9. George  10. Reed  11. Hackwell, Jr. 12. Tapper  13. Nading  DNS- Current

FEATURE- 1. DeFrance  2. Ryan  3. Neal  4. Aikey  5. Klein  6. McGlaughlin  7. Strassheim  8. Darbyshire  9. Bruenig  10. Kammerer  11. Johnson  12. McKenna  13. Klinhammer, Jr.  14. Criss  15. Zrostlick  16. Hanson  17. Zezworski  18. Reed  19. Garland  20. Cooney  21. Diecks  22. Guss, Jr.  23. Nading

 

BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA STOCK CARS

FEATURE- 1. Brian Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA 2. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City, IA; 3. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA  4. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Chad Siems, Shellsburg, IA; 6. Dave Ballastaedt, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Rodney Grother, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Jim Kennedy, Wellsburg, IA; 9. Brian Beatty, Palo, IA; 10. Craig Stepanek, Cedar Rapids, IA; 11. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA

 

BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA HOBBY STOCKS

FEATURE- 1. Gary Pfantz, State Center, IA; 2. Dennis Klinsky, Ely, IA; 3. Deb Mefford, Marion, IA; 4. Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Ed O’Brien, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA; 7. Malena Betzer, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Steve Higham; 9. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Duayne Herb, Marion, IA; 11. Shawn Myers, Cedar Rapids, IA  DNS- Matt Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids, IA

 

SUNLINE HORNETS

FEATURE- 1. Shane hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Nathan Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Derek Parrott, Marion, IA; 5. Jonny Williams, Atkins, IA; 6. Jeff Selfridge, Marion, IA; 7. Brad Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Brad Chandler, Vinton, IA; 9. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Jasen Freeman, Cedar Rapids, IA; 11. Steve Dighton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 12. Bryce bailey, Cedar Rapids, IA; 13. Connie Binder, Clutier, IA; 14. Dan Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 15. Scott welsh, Cedar Rapids, IA; 16. Dallas Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 17. Jose deJesus, Cedar Rapids, IA

 

IMCA SPORTMODS

FEATURE- 1. Scott Kositzky, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Ryan Luedtke, Norway, IA; 3. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Jamie Huff, Center Point, IA; 5. Scott Grady, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Arnie Reif, Hiawatha, IA; 7. Brian Gibson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Mike Mitchell, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Jason Hard, Hiawatha, IA

 

IMCA MODIFIEDS

FEATURE- 1. Max Corporon, Marion, IA; 2. Eric Vanderploeg; 3. Patrick Flannagan, Marion, IA; 4. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Tom Hanson, Vinton, IA ;6. Buster Pate