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Hovden, Chisholm collect Iron Man Challenge laurels at Deer Creek Speedway

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.–Mitch Hovden and Jim Chisholm shared the spotlight Saturday night as the Iron Man Challenge charged into the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 16th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge.
Hovden-a four-time national champion in the Holley USRA Stock Car division-enjoyed a belated victory celebration when apparent winner Kyle Falck was disqualified during post-race technical inspections and the $725 winner’s check was transferred from one Decorah, Iowa, driver to another.

Defending Iron Man Challenge champ Derek Green advanced to the runner-up spot while Shawn Peter, polesitter Brayden Gjere and 17th-starting Dillon Anderson completed the top five.

In Out-Pace USRA B-Mod action, Jim Chisholm of Osage, Iowa, earned a $1,000 payday for topping the other 46 competitors on hand and winning the main event on the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval.

Dan Hovden, who started tenth, worked his way forward to finish second and jumped up three positions to grab the points lead.

Polesitter A.J. Zvorak, 17th-starting Alex Williamson and Sam Wieben were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mitch Hovden won the Holley USRA Stock Car main event.
On Sunday, the 11th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005. Jason Hughes, Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here, and Johnny Scott has made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah, Iowa (900 E Main St, Decorah, IA 52101). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit online.

To learn more about the USRA, visit or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at, follow on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at

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