Another Sunday night meant yet another trip north to the I-35 Speedway in Mason City. One of the reasons I enjoy attending Mason City is the quick, efficient show promoter Joe Ringsdorf puts on each and every week. Of the six times they have raced this year, I can't recall once racing past 9:15pm. That allows me plenty of time to get home (although it's over an hour trip) and type up my blog before dozing off to sleep to get up for work the next morning.
Feature action got kicked off with Lisa Cole winning the novice hornets while Amanda Kaltved made it an all-female victory lane in the "pro" hornets.
Jonathan Trunkhill took command of the IMCA hobby stock feature until lap three when Daniel Porter took it away using the inside groove. Mick Meyers and Chad Gentz closed in on Porter's lead and both found a way by to advance positions as Meyers took the helm. A caution bunched the field up, allowing Nick Meyer to slip under Porter for the third spot. With two laps to go, Chad Gentz made his move and made the winning pass on Mick Meyers. Mick Meyers settled for second, Nick Meyer third, Daniel Porter fourth, and Cody Knecht rounded out the top five.
George Nordman used his outside front row starting spot to leap out to the early lead of the IMCA sportmod feature. As the rest of the top five lined up single file behind Nordman, Dan Tenold decided to try the inside line and got by Alex Zwanziger for the runner up spot. Zwanziger would give up his third position to Adam Ackerman and Shane Swanson before suffering a flat tire. The field got spread out until a late caution closed them back up. The result would not be altered, however, as George Nordman took home the win followed by Dan Tenold, Adam Ackerman, Shane Swanson, and Nate Chodur.
The IMCA stock cars haven't had the best of car counts thus far at the I-35 Speedway, but Sunday saw a solid fourteen cars in attendance. Larry Portis and Travis Prochaska were side by side at the completion of the first lap for the top spot before Travis Shipman joined them to go three-wide exiting turn two on the next lap. Portis would get the advantage with Shipman and Prochaska in line behind. The entire field opted for the high side, making passing difficult with the exception of a Joe Willier pass on Chris Adams for the fifth spot with just a couple laps to go. Portis opened up a comfortable lead and never looked back in taking the win. Shipman was second, Prochaska third, Andrew Inman fourth, and Joe Willier fifth.
Eighteen IMCA modifieds checked in for battle Sunday night. Outside front row starter Dustin Brown, a rookie in the division, jumped to the early lead. Brown has had his share of bad luck, crashing hard his first night behind the wheel and sidelining him for a couple weeks. After an early caution, the field had their troubles with the double file restarts as the first full row made contact with each other on both attempts, causing yellow flags to wave almost instantly. When the green flag finally stayed out following a single file restart, things didn't last long as Shane Monson spun in front of JJ Wise, Alex Yohn, and Kurt Krauskopf. So with four laps down, the field comprised of eight cars saw Brown leading Ron Pope, Jeff Ignaszewski, Curt Badker, Andrew Timm, Terrance Prochaska, Christian Wagler, and Jeremy Mills. The final sixteen laps would be run clean and green while only Badker passing Ignaszewski for third was the only position change in the top four. Dustin Brown captured his first IMCA modified win as he pulled away from Ron Pope, Curt Badker, Jeff Ignaszewski, and Jeremy Mills.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, things keep moving at tracks promoted by Joe Ringsdorf. Despite all the issues the modifieds had that night, racing was still completed short of 9:00. For complete results and a look at the upcoming schedule, check out www.i-35speedway.com.
- Racing may be a hobby, but it's DEFINITELY addictive!!