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Competitors and fans at the Stuart Speedway endured heat indexes of 100º+ on Sunday, August 2, but were treated to great track conditions and top notch racing.
IMCA Sport Mod competition saw Kent Croskey of Polk City and Kevin Sather of Ankeny picking up heat race wins. Croskey and Sather picked up where they left off in the main, with Croskey taking the early lead while Sather worked his way through the field to take the lead on lap 5. The battled continued, with Croskey choosing the low groove and Sather up high. At the checkers, it was Sather picking up his 20th feature win of the 2008 season and Croskey second. Joel Bushore of Boone and Michael Pruitt of Redfield rounded out the top four. Kevin Sather holds a slim 4-point lead over Joel Bushore going into next week’s competition, with just 12 points separating first through fifth.
A good field of IMCA Hobby Stocks were on hand for two heat races, a trophy dash and a 15-lap feature. Shannon Anderson of Atlantic and Jamie Schirm of Dexter claimed heat race wins, while Nyle Godwin of Redfield took home the hardware in the Casey’s General Stores Trophy Dash. Anderson made a big move on the low side of the track on the start of the main to gain several spots and wasted no time getting to the front as he passed Godwin for the lead on lap 2. Godwin did everything possible to try to reclaim the lead, but to no avail as Anderson picked up another feature win. An impressive run by Brandon Pruitt of Dexter brought him home third, with Steve Roberts of Ankeny fourth. Anderson’s victory opened up his point lead to 64 points over Mike Hansen of Brayton. Just 11 points separate positions two through four.
IMCA Stock Car action saw Steve Hill of Des Moines pick up his first heat race win of the season at the Speedway in heat race #1, with Mike Nichols of Harlan taking the checkers in heat race #2. Three-wide racing was the norm in the main as Hill commanded the field early on, with Rick Houseman of Winterset, Josh Daniels of Des Moines and Tim Bengard of Exira not far behind. Bengard took the lead on lap 4, while Daniels slowly picked them off to challenge Bengard for the lead on lap 6. Daniels and Bengard continued to duel it out for the remainder of the 20-lap event. At the line, it was Bengard the victor, Daniels second, Nichols third, and Bryan Snell of Bayard coming from the tail to claim fourth. Nichols is the current point leader, just two points ahead of Josh Daniels. Only 11 points separate positions one through five.
Todd Shute and Randy Havlik, the top two in IMCA Modified points going into the evening’s action, claimed their respective heat races. Terry Pruitt of Dexter and Chris Pruitt of Stuart were looking for their first feature wins of the season in the main as they exchanged leads for the first 12 laps of the main. A spin early in the race relegated Shute to the tail of the field, but it was not enough to stop him as he worked his way back to the front to take the lead from Chris Pruitt on lap 13. Despite a tremendous run by Chris Pruitt, he was unable to stop Shute as he made another trip to victory lane. Josh Gilman of Earlham and Terry Pruitt were third and fourth respectively. Shute holds an 8-point advantage over Gilman heading into next week’s action. Havlik’s early departure in the main due to mechanical failure dropped him to third in points, with only 9 points separating first through third.
The micro sprints made their third appearance at the Speedway, with 12 cars competing in two heat races and a 15-lap main event. Bryan Wanner of Agency picked up the feature win, with Tim Dhenbacher of Hospers and Brunson Behning of Callamus rounding out the top three.
A new limited Dwarf Car class made an exhibition appearance at the Speedway, with Mike Thomas, Jr. of Des Moines, Brad Talbert of Madrid and Bob Morgan of Madrid competing in a 10-lap main event. Thomas was the winner, Talbert second, and Morgan unable to start.
--11G Nyle Godwin
Heat 1. 55x Steve Hill Des Moines, IA
Heat 2. 63 Mike Nichols Harlan, IA
19B Tim Bengard Exira, IA
25J Josh Daniels Des Moines, IA
63 Mike Nichols Harlan, IA
3s Bryan Snell Bayard, IA
23H Rick Houseman Winterset, IA
55x Steve Hill Des Moines, IA
23 Jeremy Gettler Adair, IA
55 Cory Bushnell Madrid, IA
92b Brian Blessington Breda, IA
10x John Wilson Winterset, IA
02 Mike Goldsberry Runnells, IA
11 Steve Campbell Des Moines, IA
6j Jamie Morey Earlham, IA
76 Norman Belew Redfield, IA
32t Tim Feltner Earlham, IA
1F Marcus Fagan Adair, IA
711 Michael Walrod DeSoto, IA
Heat 1. 12c Kent Croskey Polk City, IA
Heat 2. Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA
3 Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA
12c Kent Croskey Polk City, IA
87 Joel Bushore Boone, IA
92 Michael Pruitt Redfield, IA
77 Jack Myer Ankeny, IA
19 David Schlicht Adel, IA
20 Shay Woods Humeston, IA
99 Josh May DeSoto, IA
Heat 1. 5 Todd Shute Des Moines, IA
Heat 2. 3z Randy Havlik Waukee, IA
5 Todd Shute Des Moines, IA
22 Chris Pruitt Stuart, IA
83g Josh Gilman Earlham, IA
78 Terry Pruitt Dexter, IA
31r Rex Parkison Earlham, IA
46 Tyler VandeKamp Knoxville, IA
14B Scott Bash Creston, IA
3z Randy Havlik Waukee, IA
14 Ron Bash Stuart, IA
131s Ed Seibert Dexter, IA