Quick and Schirm are First Time Winners
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Stuart, IA (August 14) – Finally! This was a word used many times on Sunday evening. The weather FINALLY cooled off, we FINALLY had a couple of races go caution free and the two drivers in those races FINALLY got their first feature wins! Adam Kralik, Mike Pruitt, Brandon Pruitt, Andy Forcht, Jamie Schirm and Alison Quick all picked up wins on Hawkeye Auto Salvage Night at the Races.
Brothers Jacob and point leader Jordan Peters led the IMCA Sport Compacts out for the first race of the night. Jordan Peters led lap number one but it would be all Adam Kralik from there as the #199 picked up the feature win. Jordan Peters crossed in second with Jodie Maben third and Jacob Peters fourth. Kralik was also the heat race winner. Jordan Peters will be the 2011 IMCA Sport Compact track champion as he has a 191 point lead over Kralik.
IMCA Northern Sportmods were next up with James Reichart and Austin Paul on the front row. After two cautions where the red flag was thrown just to clean up the cars and debris, Reichart led through lap five. Ty Luellen took over the top spot until lap ten when point leader Mike Pruitt moved past and went on to get the win. With David Schlicht finishing toward the back, this win all but sewed up Pruitt’s first-ever track championship. Pruitt’s point lead stands at 27 over Schlicht. Luellen was able to hang on for second with Casey Gruebel third, Nick Roberts fourth and Austin Paul fifth. Pruitt and Clinton Luellen were the heat race winners.
Nick Ginkens and Gina Gruebel brought out the IMCA Hobby Stocks next for their fifteen lap feature. Ed Mahlstedt led until spinning into the infield on lap five. That allowed Nathan Lange to take over the top spot and aim toward his first-ever feature win. Last week’s feature winner Michael Murphy and point leader Brandon Pruitt had other ideas and began to apply serious pressure to Lange on lap ten. Murphy and Lange had some slight contact on lap twelve and that was enough to allow Pruitt to slip by on the outside. Murphy had one shot at Pruitt, but it was not to be as Pruitt took the checkered flag. The win for Pruitt pushed his point lead to 48, wrapping up the first track championship of his career. The Pruitt family has been a big part of Stuart Speedway’s history with Terry, Brandon’s dad, being the only one to own a track title. Congratulations to Mike and Brandon for adding to the family’s legacy! Nyle Godwin slid around Murphy to finish second with Murphy hanging on for third, Bill Atcheson fourth and Lange rounding out the top five. Austin Luellen and Godwin were the heat race winners.
6 Cylinder FWD’s were next up with Jordan Peters and Andy Forcht on the front row. Forcht was able to take advantage of his starting spot to lead every lap of the caution free race and pick up the win. With rumors of the #17 car being illegal, Forcht wanted to put that to rest in his victory lane interview. “We did some work to the restrictor plate and that made all the difference!” Lukas Onstot finished in second with point leader Jim Britton third, Peters fourth and Jake Coughennower fifth. Peters was the heat race winner and is fourteen points behind Britton going into the last night.
Jamie Schirm and Kevin Godwin paced the IMCA Stock Cars for their twenty lap feature, and with $300 added to the purse by Hawkeye Auto Salvage this race would be an exciting one! Schirm took the point early with pressure from second running Bob Daniels. Jeremy Gettler took over second from Daniels on lap ten and set out to get his fourth straight win at the speedway. As Gettler inched closer to another win, Schirm was holding steady on the bottom. Even when Gettler would pass Schirm on the back straightaway, Schirm stayed the course and held to his bottom groove. That strategy would pay off with his first-ever IMCA Stock Car feature win in the caution free event. Gettler held on for second with Brian Blessington third, Daniels fourth and Steve Campbell fifth. Schirm and Gettler were the heat race winners. Marcus Fagan owns the smallest point advantage of any class at Stuart with a two point lead over Gettler.
The last feature race for the evening would be the IMCA Modifieds with Rex Parkison and Tony Hilgenberg on the front row for their twenty-five lap race. Stew Hansen Dodge City added $500 to the purse and Randy Donnelly added $50 to the winners envelope to add a bit of incentive to race hard and that’s exactly what the drivers did! Parkison held the low line and led early with Alison Quick close behind. Point leader Randy Havlik moved into third on lap four and began marching toward the front. Around lap ten Quick began to close on Parkison and Havlik started to fade. Quick made her move on lap sixteen on the top side and slowly pulled away from Parkison, staying smooth and fast up against the wall to pick up her first-ever IMCA Modified win in the caution free race. Parkison held on for second with Devon Havlik third, Hilgenberg fourth and Tyler Vandekamp fifth. Quick and R. Havlik were the heat race winners and R. Havlik maintains a slim four point advantage over Josh Gilman heading into next week’s season championship.
Last up for the night’s activities was the King of the Hill for IMCA Hobby Stocks. Michael Murphy and Nyle Godwin were the last two left and Murphy held the low line to take the win and the $100 bill. Godwin received $50 for his efforts.
Thanks to all of the drivers and fans who came out and supported the track on Sunday evening. Please join us next week for Gettler Dairy Farms Season Championships. The drivers will line up according to points and there will be feature races along with some Gambler’s races set up for the night so bring the family and help us celebrate the last event of our 50th anniversary season!