May, Gilman and Murty Take Home the Cash

Story by Josh Reynolds

Stuart, IA (September 21) – Mother Nature had it out for Stuart Speedway in season #53, and there was no exception when it came to our season ending special. The Night Before the Nationals was postponed until September 20th, and then pushed back one more day due to 2 ½” of rain, but the skies would clear and a great field of cars showed up for one last night of action at the bullring! Jimmy May, Clint Luellen, Damon Murty, Josh Gilman and John Watson were the big winners on the 12th and final night of the season.
After heat races were completed the Mod Lites made their way to the track for the Clint Walrod Memorial. Clint passed away twelve years ago and is remembered fondly by friends and family. He was an avid Dwarf Car (now Mod Lite) fan and his father, Michael “Wombat” Walrod, is a huge supporter of dirt track racing in Central Iowa. Wombat has made this event bigger every year and we hope to help continue this race for years to come. Dusty Masolini and Dillon Raffurty brought the field to green with Raffurty leading lap one. Masolini followed close behind with Josh May in third, but May didn’t stay there for long. The #99 moved into second on lap four and took over the lead on lap six. Jimmy May made it a family affair as he moved into second on lap eleven, and the two proceeded to check out. Jimmy made the pass on lap fifteen with Josh running second and Raffurty third. Josh May’s engine gave up on lap nineteen, leaving his dad out front for the final six laps. Jimmy needed no help as he would go on to take the win, the $1000 and the Regional Stars Event. Masolini finished in second with Cory Sauerman third, Raffurty fourth and Tim Hennigar fifth after starting nineteenth. Both of the May’s and Masolini were the heat race winners.

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