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After being washed out by rain last week, racing action at the Stuart Speedway resumed on Sunday, July 19.
Dylan Book of Adel, Larry Embrey of Granger and Patrick Pellman of Creston claimed heat races in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Book and Embrey paced the field for the A Main, with Embrey taking the early lead and Book lurking in second. Shannon Anderson of Atlantic dove down low and snaked his way through traffic to join the leaders by lap 4. The low groove proved to be the fastest as he stole the lead from Embrey on lap 6 and built a comfortable lead. At the checkers it was Anderson, Embrey, Book, and Aaron Rudolph of Grand Junction the top 4. Anderson currently sits atop the points, with Eric Stanton of Hartford second and Brandon Pruitt of Dexter just 3 points behind in third.
Jason Day of Stuart and Josh Daniels of Des Moines put on a driving clinic for the fans in the IMCA Stock Car A Main. The two raced side-by-side for the majority of the 20-lap event, with Day having the slight advantage. Daniels looked poised to make the pass with two to go, but lap traffic was the spoiler as he was unable to execute, allowing Day to pick up his second feature win of the season. Tim Feltner of Earlham took home a nice third place finish, and Cory Bushnell of Madrid rounded out the top four. Feltner and Daniels also picked up heat race wins. After 10 weeks of competition, Tim Bengard of Exira is the point leader, with Bryan Snell of Coon Rapids second and Cory Bushnell of Madrid third.
IMCA Modified heat race winners were Rex Parkison of Earlham and Randy Havlik of Waukee. Veteran driver Terry Pruitt of Dexter led early in the A Main over Josh Gilman of Earlham and Parkison. While the three battled for position, Nick Deal of Walnut was charging his way to the front from his last row starting position. Pruitt continued to troll the bottom, while Deal rim-riode the high side. Deal's diligence paid off as his momentum propelled him past Pruitt on lap 5. Current point leader Havlik quietly made his way through the pack to take second from Pruitt on lap 15 and set his sights on Deal. But, to no avail, as Deal held on for a return trip to victory lane. Havlik held on for second, with Gilman third and Pruitt fourth. The points are still anybody's game in the Modifieds as Havlik holds a slim 5-point lead over Gilman heading into next week.
Kevin Sather of Ankeny and Jeremy Embrey of Granger took home heat race wins in the IMCA Sport Mods. They continued their dominance in the A Main as they ran 1-2 for 11 laps. Jake Strayer of Newton moved past Embrey to take second on lap 12, but time ran out and Sather held on for the win. Embrey and Mike Pruitt of Redfield were third and fourth respectively. Paul Nagle of Nevada claimed the hardware in the Casey's General Stores Trophy Dash for the IMCA Sport Mods. Sather sits atop the points, with Pruitt second and Joel Bushore of Boone just one point behind in third.
Garrett Nelson of Osceola showed brother Colton Nelson how it's done as he held Colton off at the line to pick up the feature win for the IMCA Sport Compacts. Devan Stuve of Des Moines was third, Dan Cleaver of Logan fourth, and Larry Hansen of Exira fifth. Colton holds a comfortable point lead over Garrett, with Stuve just two points behind in third.
Johnny Mordock of Creston made it a clean sweep in the Dwarf Cars, picking up wins in both his heat and the A Main. Jimmy May of DeSoto celebrated his birthday with a nice second place finish, and Dusty Masolini of Des Moines was third. The family bragging rights are certainly up for grabs as Jimmy and Josh May are tied for the point lead, with Mordock just 9 points behind in third.