Marshalltown Speedway held Night #1 of the 11th Annual World Nationals on Friday night with full shows run in the IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern SportMod and IMCA Hobby Stock classes. The 59 IMCA Modifieds began their qualifying for tomorrow’s $10,000 to win show. Ten drivers locked themselves into the feature.
Andrew Borchardt took home a World National’s win in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. Borchardt, from Plymouth, Iowa led all twenty laps on his way to the $500 pay off. Eric Knutson finished as the runner up after starting sixth. Third went to fifth place starter, Justin Wacha, Mike Goldsberry from Runnels, was fourth and Chanse Hollatz completed the top five.
It was a $1,000 win for Jared VanDeest in the IMCA Northern SportMod class. VanDeest took command at lap two, only to have a hard charging Jake McBirnie begin his relentless pestering at lap five. McBirnie, who started eleventh and briefly took the lead with three laps remaining, only to have VanDeest surge back ahead on lap nineteen of the twenty lap feature. VanDeest was able to fend off McBirnie the rest of the way to the checkers and the win. McBirnie had to settle for second place, Sam Wieben started twenty-first and flew through the field to finish in third place, Tyler Soppe was fourth and pole sitter Austin Luellen finished fifth.
Damon Murty went home $1,000 richer by winning the IMCA Stock Car feature. A yellow with two laps remaining of the twenty lap feature, shuffled things up on the restart. Murty took advantage when then leader David Brandies and Cayden Carter got together as the race went green. Murty swung to the topside and made it to the checkers first to score the win. Todd Inman took advantage of the shuffling on the track and scooted across the line in second place. Third went to Travis VanStraten, and Paul Shepard was fourth.
The ten Modified drivers earning the top ten points are locked into tomorrow’s $10,000 to win World Nationals feature. They earned their way through two heat races. Those top ten drivers are Tyler Droste, Chris Abelson, Terry Phillips, Joel Rust, Jordan Grabouski, Kelly Shryock, Tim Ward, Kurt Kile, Cayden Carter, and Richie Gustin.
The IMCA Modifieds will complete their qualifying tomorrow to set the field for the grand finale run for the $10,000. Complete shows will also be run in the IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern SportMod, and IMCA Hobby Stock classes.
Terry Phillips takes 11th Annual World Nationals title
September 16, 2017
Night #2 of the World National’s at the Marshalltown Speedway had rain threats on Saturday night, but Mother Nature did not win this time. The racing went on as planned and with the bit of natural moisture that fell from the sky earlier, it was to the tracks benefit.
A full show was held for the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, and the IMCA Hobby Stocks and the IMCA Modifieds completed their qualifying with heats and a Final Four to fill in the 24 car starting field for the $10,000 grand finale.
The Hobby Stocks ran 20-laps for their main event. This one had some strange turn of events. Aaron Rudolph looked destined to earn the $500 prize money as he led from lap eight and pulled away to a substantial lead. A yellow flew at lap eighteen when second place runner Jeff Anderson went spinning in turn four, and brought out a yellow. This moved third place running Gene Nicklas into the runner up spot for the restart. However, before the race went green, leader Aaron Rudolph suddenly drove off the track and into the pits…his night was done. Now Gene Nicklas had inherited the lead for the green-white-checkered finish. Nicklas held on to that top spot and took the win. Chanse Hollatz claimed the runner up spot, after starting tenth. Third was early leader Jim Ball, fourth went to Mike Goldsberry and Andrew Burg rounded out the top five. Nicklas, a regular at the Marshalltown Speedway during the season, started fifteenth, and took it to victory lane.
Jared VanDeest doubled down and matched his win from Night #1 in the IMCA Northern SportMod feature. VanDeest started fourth and led the entire race on his way to the winner’s circle. Jake McBirnie started eighth and tried his hardest to reel in the leader, but had to settle for the runner up spot. Tyler Soppe took third after starting twelfth, Colby Fett came from nineteenth starting spot, to finish fourth, and Johnathon Logue was fifth. VanDeest took the $1,000 win for the second night in a row.
It was another thriller in the IMCA Stock Car main event. Jeff Mueller held down the top spot for much of the race, holding back The Chelsea Charger, Damon Murty. Mueller ran the bottom and Murty was motoring on the very top of the track. Murty made it work at lap eight, but his pass was only brief as Mueller gained back the lead the next lap. All eyes were on the two front runners, as Murty began again to reel in the #77M of Mueller. Murty was able to get that extra surge of momentum from his topside run and as they came out of turn four to the checkers, beat Mueller to the finish line, snatching the $1,000 win. Mueller had to settle for second place, Jay Schmidt had a good run to finish third after starting thirteenth, Paul Shepard came from twelfth, to finish fourth, and David Brandies was fifth. Murty also matched his win from the previous night.
The cream does rise to the top, and the 50 lap IMCA Modified feature showed just that as the fans were treated to some spectacular racing through the entire field. Veteran racer Terry Phillips from Springfield, Missouri showed his expertise on the track, and went home $10,000 richer with the win. Richie Gustin gave him a run for the money when he took the lead at lap twenty-one….only to have Phillips come right back and regain it the next lap. From then on, Phillips put distance between himself and Gustin, and took the comfortable win. Gustin had to be content with the runner up spot this night. Cayden Carter started ninth and finished third, fourth was Chris Abelson, and Joel Rust rounded out the top five.
The Marshalltown Speedway’s 2017 season has now come to end. Thanks to the drivers, and fans for making it a great one. See you in 2018!