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Kaplan Wins 13th Annual Ron Little Memorial

Story by Josh Reynolds
Stuart, IA (May 26) – The rain clouds were all around, but someone used their pull up above and the weather held off for Stuart Speedway’s 13th annual running of the Ron Little Memorial. Winners for the night were Brad Comegys, Josh May, Matt Webb, Josh Daniels, Shannon Anderson and Beau Kaplan.
Every year at this time I’m reminded of a lot of things. Memorial Day is a time to remember our service men and women that have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom we have. For the last 13 years on this weekend the race fans at Stuart Speedway have celebrated the life and career of Ron Little. Ron passed away at the track 14 years ago, and as someone who was there that night I can tell you it was one of the most heart wrenching moments of my life. Ron was a larger than life character, and his spirit lives on year after year. Even those that have only HEARD of the man can tell that he was special, and the 120 cars in the pits was evidence of that! We at Stuart Speedway want to thank everyone who continue to make this our biggest event of the season and hope for it to continue for years to come.
The first feature on the speedway showcased the return of the Micro Sprints. These cars used to be a weekly feature at Stuart, but have been missing for a number of years. They came back in force with 23 cars making the call! Brad Comegys and Jake Galusha started on the front row with Comegys leading Galusha at the line for the first lap. Fourteen laps and three cautions later the front two crossed the same with Comegys picking up the win. Galusha was second with Cody Ledger third, Frank Galusha fourth and Eric Bridger fifth. Comegys, J. Galusha, F. Galusha and Ledger were the heat winners.
MADCRA Mod Lites were up next with Corbin Pickerill and Dusty Masolini out front. Pickerill had a good start, but it was sixth-starting Josh May first to the line for lap one. Three caution flags were the only thing to slow May on this night as he led every one of the twenty five laps to pick up the feature win. Chase Flatt was second with Masolini third, Randy Bryan fourth and Greg Rossell fifth. Mike Morrill, Flatt, Pickerill and Joel Huggins picked up the heat race wins.
Cole Ferguson and Matt Webb brought out the IMCA Northern Sportmod feature next with Webb taking the early lead. Seventh-starting Nick Roberts moved by Ferguson on lap six and set his sights on Webb. That chase would end on lap thirteen as Roberts spun to the infield, drawing a caution flag and setting up a green-white-checkered dash to end the race. Everything lined up for some drama at the end, but Webb would have none of that as he sped off to the win, his first at the Speedway and second in his career! Ferguson was second with Clinton Luellen third, Carter VanDenberg fourth and Jerry Hinton fifth. Webb and Hinton were the heat race winners.
IMCA Stock Cars were up next with Damon Murty and Marcus Fagan on the front row. Murty wasted little time in taking the top spot over Fagan with Josh Daniels moving by for second on lap four. Ben Walding went for a wild roll on lap fourteen to slow the field for the final time, setting up a six lap dash to the checkered flag. Walding was ok, but his car wasn’t as fortunate and he would be done for the night. Once the green was over the speedway again, the Chelsea Charger looked to pick up the win, but Daniels had something in store. After a little contact between the two in turn one, Daniels moved by to take the lead on lap seventeen and went on to the win. Murty finished a disappointing second with Jeff Joldersma third, Fagan fourth and Brian Blessington fifth. Fagan, Nyle Godwin, Bryan Trogdon and Ben Lucas were the heat race winners.
Jeff Fink and Garrett Eilander led the IMCA Hobby Stocks to the green flag, but it didn’t take long for the yellow to be displayed as the two along with Shannon Anderson got together in turn one. Eilander went to the rear as he was the caution and Anderson changed a tire, sending him to the tail for the restart. Once the race restarted it was Brandon Pruitt taking the lead with Jamie Songer in second. Mike Pruitt moved past Songer on lap four with Songer losing third on the next lap to none other than Anderson, who was literally bobbing and weaving his way through traffic. On lap eight Anderson moved past M. Pruitt and set his sights on the lead. That didn’t take long as he took over the top spot on lap eleven. B. Pruitt found a little faster line on the top and actually took the lead back on lap thirteen, but Anderson held true to the bottom and picked up the win on a yellow-checkered finish as Chad LeGere went over the wall in turn one. B. Pruitt finished second with M. Pruitt third, Andrew Burg fourth and Songer fifth. B. Pruitt and Anderson were the heat race winners.
Last up for the evening was the headline event, the twenty lap Ron Little Memorial for IMCA Modifieds. Todd Shute and Beau Kaplan drew the front row for the event and after a four wide parade lap and a missing pole parade lap the stage was set for the coveted trophy and the $1000 check that comes with it. As the green flag flew, the field would be slowed when Shay Woods came to a stop in turn one. The second attempt at a clean start was marred when pole starter Shute hit the gas out of turn four and broke. As he turned to the infield, Jimmy Gustin was on the inside and spun to avoid Shute, bringing out the caution again. This brought Josh Gilman to the pole and he sped to the lead with Beau Kaplan in tow. Gilman would lead until lap three when Richie Gustin made contact racing for the lead coming out of turn two. The yellow would fly, R. Gustin was done for the evening and Gilman changed a tire and restarted at the rear. Kaplan inherited the lead and the second year driver set out in search of his first ever win in the class with rookie driver Racer Hulin in second. The top two drivers stayed the same with veterans Jason Murray, Russ Dickerson and J. Gustin racing it out for the top five positions. Kaplan would go on to the win with Hulin second, Dickerson third, Murray fourth and J. Gustin fifth. J. Gustin, Hulin and R. Gustin were the heat race winners.
We’d like to thank all who came out to support the race track for event number two for the year. Next week is Roy Sargent Building, Inc. Night at the Races. We will have all of our regular classes racing for fame on the fastest bullring in the state. See you then!


Modifieds - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 2 11    Beau Kaplan    Boone , Ia  
2 7 505    Racer Hulin    Laurel , Ia  
3 4 28R    Russ Dickerson    Boone , Ia  
4 8 149    Jason Murray    Hartford , Ia  
5 3 19    Jimmy Gustin    Marshalltown , Ia  
6 5 83G    Josh Gilman    Earlham , Ia  
7 12 31R    Rex Parkison    Earlham , Ia  
8 19 5M    Matthew Meinecke    Madrid , Ia  
9 14 37    Alison Davidson    Redding , Ia  
10 17 14B    Scott Bash    Windsor Heights, Ia  
11 11 131S    Ed Seibert    Dexter , Ia  
12 16 4    Tony Hilgenberg    Waukee , Ia  
13 6 19G    Richie Gustin    Gilman , Ia  
14 18 88    Sean Barragan    Sioux City, Ia  
15 15 12C    Kent Croskey    Polk City, Ia  
16 10 71    Jeff James    Stanton , Ia  
17 1 5    Todd Shute    Des Moines, Ia  
18 9 20W    Shay Woods    Humeston , Ia  
19 13 18    Jake Durbin    Perry , Ia  
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Stock Cars - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 5 25J    Josh Daniels    Des Moines, Ia  
2 1 99D    Damon Murty    Chelsea , Ia  
3 12 66    Jeff Joldersma    Mcclelland , Ia  
4 2 1F    Marcus Fagan    Adair , Ia  
5 14 92B    Brian Blessington    Breda , Ia  
6 17 27S    Doug Seidl    Grimes , Ia  
7 3 11G    Nyle Godwin    Redfield , Ia  
8 16 78    Jeff Anderson    Atlantic , Ia  
9 10 12    Bryan Trogdon    West Des, Ia  
10 7 18    Kris Walker    Oskaloosa , Ia  
11 18 22    Chris Pruitt    Stuart , Ia  
12 8 7L    Ben Lucas    Willow Park, Tx  
13 20 25    Bob Daniels    Des Moines, Ia  
14 6 711    Michael Walrod    Desoto , Ia  
15 15 5    Ross Marshall    Johnston , Ia  
16 19 02    Mike Goldsberry    Runnells , Ia  
17 13 7H    Adam Hensel    Atlantic , Ia  
18 9 64A    Aaron Parmer    Humeston , Ia  
19 21 3S    Bryan Snell    Coon Rapids, Ia  
20 4 52    Ben Walding    Des Moines, Ia  
21 23 56    Jamie Schirm    Dexter , Ia  
22 11 98    Derrick Rohe    Audubon , Ia  
23 22 4D    Shawn Lee    Spickard , Mo   DNS
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SportMods - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 2 51X    Matt Webb    Des Moines, Ia  
2 1 3F    Cole Ferguson    Dexter , Ia  
3 8 3L    Clinton Luellen    Minburn , Ia  
4 9 7    Carter Vandenberg    Oskaloosa , Ia  
5 5 34    Jerry Hinton    Adel , Ia  
6 14 0B    Colby Oberembt    Adel , Ia  
7 4 13T    Taylor Musselman    Norwalk , Ia  
8 10 32L    Ty Luellen    Minburn , Ia  
9 11 20    Curt Ganoe    Stuart , Ia  
10 3 28    James Reichart    Newton , Ia  
11 15 16W    Daniel Woodle     -  
12 6 99RE    Arie Schouten    Blair , Ne  
13 7 23JR    Nick Roberts    Des Moines, Ia  
14 12 2    Nick Meyer    Whittemoore , Ia  
15 13 68M    Nick Minar    Lemars , Ia   DNS
16 16 4A    Dan Swank    Madrid , Ia   DNS
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Hobby Stocks - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 3 78    Shannon Anderson    Urbandale , Ia  
2 4 10B    Brandon Pruitt    Dexter , Ia  
3 8 92P    Michael Pruitt    Redfield , Ia  
4 9 78B    Andrew Burg    Adel , Ia  
5 5 96R    Jamie Songer    Johnston , Ia  
6 7 3    Kenny Champ    Clarinda , Ia  
7 2 500    Garrett Eilander    Newton , Ia  
8 1 01F    Jeff Fink    Denison , Ia  
9 6 18Z    Zac Smith    Mason City, Ia  
10 13 99    Erick Knutsen    Cedar Rapids, Ia  
11 10 60M    Mike Powell    Norwalk , Ia  
12 14 7C    Chad Legere    Des Moines, Ia  
13 11 42    Riley Songer    Lorimor , Ia  
14 12 224    Gina Greubel    Lacona , Ia  
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Dwarf Cars - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 6 99    Josh May    Desoto , Ia  
2 4 08    Chase Flatt    Monmouth , Il  
3 2 8    Dusty Masolini    Des Moines, Ia  
4 3 64    Randy Bryan    Ames , Ia  
5 17 77    Greg Rossell    Knoxville , Il  
6 10 6    Mike Morrill    Pleasant Hill, Ia  
7 9 57    Tim Hennigar    Clarion , Ia  
8 7 66F    Eric Hendrickson    Ankeny , Ia  
9 11 28    Terry Brown    Nevada , Ia  
10 1 83    Corbin Pickerill    Salina , Ks  
11 15 89    Travis Stensland    Nevada , Ia  
12 8 95    Mike Kennedy    Boone , Ia  
13 13 87    Blake Woodruff    Galesburg , Il  
14 16 4L    Larry Sorenson    Ames , Ia  
15 22 3C    Duane Coffman    Grimes , Ia  
16 25 11    Mike Stoker    Des Moines, Ia  
17 5 X50    Joel Huggins    Pleasant Hill, Ia  
18 18 11S    Gary Snyder    Monmouth , Il  
19 19 98    Brad Talbert    Madrid , Ia  
20 14 9    Rick Taylor    Ames , Ia  
21 12 82    Charlie Brown    Nevada , Ia  
22 21 33    Gale Worthington    Des Moines, Ia  
23 23 14S    Perry Strable    Des Moines, Ia  
24 20 08L    Ben Larson    Panora , Ia    
25 24 15    Andy Hennigar    Ankeny , Ia    
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Mini Sprint - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 76    Brad Comegys    Bondurant , Ia
2 2 44K    Jake Galusha    Lincoln , Ne
3 4 99    Cody Ledger    Omaha , Ia
4 3 12    Frank Galusha    Lincoln , Ne
5 5 81E    Eric Bridger    Winterset , Ia
6 7 11B    Ben Woods    Newton , Ia
7 8 24N    Nathan Mills    Bondurant , Ia
8 15 71    Brandon Worthington    Indianola , Ia
9 14 1K    Kolby Watt    Adel , Ia
10 12 80X    Cody Sage    Osceola , Ia
11 9 41    Dan Henning    Columbia , Ia
12 13 9    Hunter Lane    Milo , Ia
13 16 7S    Skylar Hunter    Afton , Ia
14 10 49    Corey Forsyth    Knoxville , Ia
15 11 62    Joel Fritz    Waverly , Ne
16 22 99H    Landon Hansen    Newton , Ia
17 20 7A    Lex Mills    Bondurant , Ia
18 17 23T    Travis Rewerts    Des Moines, Ia
19 6 19    Alec Carberry    Omaha , Ne
20 19 3A    Chuck Alexander    Chariton , Ia
21 18 16    Dan Beerends    Norwalk , Ia
22 21 17M    Tony Mccarthy    Lacona , In
23 23 22    Ryan Leavitt    Knoxville , Ia