Nelson and Nichols go Back to Back

Story by Josh Reynolds

Stuart, IA (July 12) – Colton Nelson and Mike Nichols lit up the track on a night where the lights literally went out at Stuart Speedway! Nelson, Nichols, Mike Morrill, Curtis Miller, Shannon Anderson and Nick Roberts were the feature winners on National Investors Night at the Races.
A power outage before the features started created some drama for the night, and the MADCRA Mod Lites came onto the track first with Jason Whitehead and Larry Fox on the front row. Whitehead led lap one with Justin Rankin coming from fourth to lead lap two. Mike Morrill charged through the pack to take the lead on lap three with Josh May hot on his heels, and the two would pull away from the field lap by lap. May went high and low through lap traffic looking for a mistake, but there would not be one as Morrill went on to take the feature win. May finished second with Travis Stensland third, Rankin fourth and Joe Glick fifth. Morrill and Stensland were the heat race winners.
IMCA SportMods came out next with Brett Vanderheiden and Colton Nelson on the front row. Nelson took the lead at the start with Arie Schouten in tow for the first two laps. Clint Luellen made it to second on lap three, but Nelson was already out to a sizeable lead. That lead was erased on lap twelve as a caution came out, and the field lined up for a three lap dash to the finish. Luellen made a move to the inside as the green flag flew, but Nelson was up to the task and got back into the lead with two to go. Nelson would go on to take the win, his second in two weeks. Luellen finished second with Brandon Williams third, Schouten fourth and Shawn Cooney fifth. Luellen and Cooney were the heat race winners.
As the sun was setting, the IMCA Sport Compacts came out with Ralph Bunce and Curtis Miller on the front row. Miller took command and led all the way to the checkered flag to take the win. Jacob Reiter finished second with Bunce third and Randy Rush fourth. Miller was also the heat race winner.
At this point it was going to be too dark to continue, but just as we were ready to throw in the towel the lights came back on! Bryan Snell and Andrew Knode started on the front row for the IMCA Stock Cars, but it was fifth starting Mike Nichols that flew to the front to take the lead on lap one. Derrick Rohe ran second with Brian Blessington and Marcus Fagan battling for third, but there was no race for the lead on this night as Nichols went on to the commanding win. Rohe finished second with Blessington third, Fagan fourth and Josh Daniels fifth. Nichols and Brandon Pruitt were the heat race winners.
IMCA Hobby Stocks came out next with Korbin Nourse and Matt Tiernan on the front row. Tiernan led the first two laps until Shannon Anderson got by on lap three. Jamie Schirm made it into second a lap later and got to Anderson’s bumper, but that would be as close as anyone would get as Anderson stretched the lead and went on to the caution free win. Schirm finished second with Austin Luellen third, Greg Gilbert fourth and Buck Schafroth fifth. Anderson and Luellen were the heat race winners.
Bob Daniels and Matt Webb brought out the IMCA Modifieds next, and even though they were the last ones out the racing was awesome all the way to the end! Todd VanEaton came from third to lead lap one with Nick Roberts and Daniels in tow. VanEaton and Roberts ran 1-2 for the remainder of the event with Jeff Joldersma making it to third, and as the laps dwindled Roberts made a move for the lead. As the cars took the green high, Roberts went low and snagged the top spot coming out of turn two. VanEaton pushed his car to the limit, but it wasn’t to be as Roberts went on to the win. VanEaton finished second with Joldersma third, Jeff James fourth and Daniels fifth. Matt Webb was the heat race winner.
We’d like to thank all who came out to support the race track at our eighth event of the year. Next week will be Jirak Plumbing Night at the Races. We will have our 5 regular IMCA classes and the Hobby Stocks will be running for $1000 to win in the John Wetzel Memorial! See you then!


Modifieds - Feature

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 5 23JR    Nick Roberts    Des Moines, Ia  
2 3 V31    Todd Vaneaton    Orient , Ia  
3 6 66    Jeff Joldersma    Mcclelland , Ia  
4 4 71    Jeff James    Stanton , Ia  
5 1 25D    Bob Daniels    Des Moines, Ia  
6 7 14B    Scott Bash    Windsor Heights, Ia  
7 2 51X    Matthew Webb    Des Moines, Ia   DNF

Stock Cars - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 5 63    Mike Nichols    Harlan , Ia  
2 4 98    Derrick Rohe    Audubon , Ia  
3 7 92B    Brian Blessington    Breda , Ia  
4 9 1F    Marcus Fagan    Adair , Ia  
5 6 25J    Josh Daniels    Carlisle , Ia  
6 3 22    Chris Pruitt    Stuart , Ia  
7 1 3S    Bryan Snell    Coon Rapids, Ia  
8 2 7K    Andrew Knode    Adel , Ia  
9 10 M36    Clay Mercer    Corning , Ia  
10 8 10B    Brandon Pruitt    Dexter , Ia  

SportMods - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 4 93N    Colton Nelson    Osceola , Ia  
2 10 3L    Clint Luellen    Minburn , Ia  
3 13 67X    Brandon Williams    Des Moines, Ia  
4 3 99RE    Arie Schouten    Blair , Ne  
5 5 30    Shawn Cooney    Des Moines, Ia  
6 6 8R    Chase Rudolf    Prole , Ia  
7 8 99K    Kody Havens    Wiota , Ia  
8 9 8    Dusty Masolini    Des Moines, Ia  
9 2 3A    Austin Luellen    Minburn , Ia  
10 7 0    Shawn Kralik    Creston , Ia  
11 1 29V    Brett Vanderheiden    Winterset , Ia  
12 11 99W    Hunter Weber    Council Bluffs, Ia  
13 12 39    Larry Embrey    Madrid , Ia  

Hobby Stocks - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 7 78    Shannon Anderson    Des Moines, Ia  
2 5 56    Jamie Schirm    Dexter , Ia  
3 8 3A    Austin Luellen    Minburn , Ia  
4 3 23G    Greg Gilbert    Osceola , Ia  
5 9 92    Buck Schafroth    Orient , Ia  
6 10 4W    John Watson    Des Moines, Ia  
7 2 7M    Matt Tiernan    Stuart , Ia  
8 1 12    Korbin Nourse    Dexter , Ia  
9 4 14B    Keith Burg    Adel , Ia  
10 6 27C    Cory Adams    Des Moines, Ia   DNF

Spt Compact - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 2 411    Curtis Miller    Lewis , Ia  
2 4 30X    Jacob Reiter    Des Moines, Ia  
3 1 6GK    Ralph Bunce    Pleasant Hill, Ia  
4 3 54    Randy Rush    Atlantic , Ia  

Mod Lites - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 6 6    Mike Morrill    Altoona , Ia
2 5 99    Joshua May    Des Moines, Ia
3 9 89    Travis Stensland    Nevada , Ia
4 4 88    Justin Rankin    Madrid , Ia
5 3 3G    Joe Glick    Des Moines, Ia
6 8 54N    Scott Naggatz    Carter Lake, Ia
7 1 11R    Jason Whitehead    Nevada , Ia
8 7 4M    David Simpson    Ankeny , Ia
9 2 70    Larry Fox    Aurora , Ne
10 10 73T    Ted Jensen    Portsmouth , Ia
11 11 95    Mike Kennedy    Boone , Ia