Nelson Picks Up First SportMod Win

Story by Josh Reynolds
Stuart, IA (July 5) – Colton Nelson picking up his first ever win in the IMCA Northern SportMod division highlighted a great night of racing to end the holiday weekend at Stuart Speedway. Frank Galusha, Jacob Reiter, Mike Nichols, Shannon Anderson, Josh Gilman and Todd Cooney were the rest of the winners on Karl Performance Night at the Races.
First up for features on the track were the Micro Sprints, making their first appearance at the speedway this season. This was a unique event as the Sprints ran two sets of heats to set the feature lineup. The first set of heats were won by Frank Galusha, Jake Galusha and Nathan Mills. The second set was taken by both Galushas again along with Eric Bridger. The Galushas took the front row starting spots and it would be Jake leading lap one with Frank taking over on lap two. Corey Forsythe, Bridger and Jayce Jenkins ran third through fifth, and unbelievably the top five would remain identical over the last nineteen laps of the caution free event!! Twenty two cars started the feature and nineteen finished. I tip my hat to these drivers for a great race!!
IMCA Northern SportMods came out next with Brett Vanderheiden and Colton Nelson on the front row. Nelson took the early lead over Vanderheiden and then Shawn Kralik with Chase Rudolf and Arie Schouten third and fourth. A caution flag flew on lap ten when Kendall Davis slammed the front stretch wall. Davis was ok, but his car was too damaged to continue. When the green flag flew Clint Luellen was able to take advantage and get his car from fourth to second, but no one was catching Nelson on this night as he took his first ever win in the class. Luellen settled for second with Kralik third, Rudolf fourth and Dusty Masolini fifth. Schouten and Nelson were the heat race winners.
Ralph Bunce and Curtis Miller brought out the IMCA Sport Compacts next with Miller leading lap one. Jacob Reiter took over on lap two and never looked back in taking the win. Miller finished second with Randy Rush third, Jacob Peters fourth and Bunce fifth. Rush was the heat race winner.
IMCA Stock Cars were up next with Mike Nichols and Bryan Snell on the front row. Nichols wasted no time and took to the high side of the track, pulling away quickly from Derrick Rohe and Josh Daniels. Marcus Fagan made it to second on lap nine, but no one was catching the reigning IMCA National Champion as he went on to the caution free win. Fagan finished second with Brandon Pruitt third, Daniels fourth and Brian Blessington fifth. Snell and Nichols were the heat race winners.
Korbin Nourse and Jordan Peters were the front row starters for the IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Nourse would lead over Peters for the first four laps. Shannon Anderson got past Peters on lap five and shot into the lead two laps later. Anderson would go on to the win over Buck Schafroth, John Watson, Cory Adams and Jamie Schirm. Watson and Anderson were the heat race winners.
IMCA Modifieds came out next with Bob Daniels and Scott Bash on the front row. Bash led through lap four until Jeff James snagged the lead on lap five. His lead lasted one more lap and was taken by Josh Gilman on lap seven. Gilman slowly pulled away, and the race was for second between James and Nick Roberts. Gilman went on to the win with Roberts taking second by less than a foot at the line. James came home third with Jeff Joldersma fourth and Bash fifth. Joldersma was the heat race winner.
The last race for the night was the IMCA Late Models with Allen Zeitner and Randy Faux on the front row. Zeitner led over Faux for the first three laps and Daulton Maassen for the next three. Todd Cooney made it to second on lap seven, and worked until lap ten to take over the top spot. The show was over from there as Cooney went on to take the win. Zeitner finished second with Curt Schroeder third, Maassen fourth and John Emerson fifth. Charles McKenna and Cooney were the heat race winners.
We’d like to thank all who came out to support the race track at our seventh event of the year. Next week will be National Investors Night at the Races. We will have the MADCRA Mod Lites in addition to our 5 regular IMCA classes and we can’t wait for another great night of side by side racing! See you then!


Late Models - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 9 30    Todd Cooney    Des Moines, Ia  
2 1 76    Allen Zeitner    Bellevue , Ne  
3 7 15C    Curt Schroeder    Newton , Ia  
4 8 8D    Daulton Maassen    Avoca , Ia  
5 10 87    John Emerson    Waterloo , Ia  
6 5 22    Charles Mckenna    Clear Lake, Ia  
7 2 11    Randy Faux    Earlham , Ia  
8 11 05    Paul Nagle    Nevada , Ia  
9 3 66    Todd Johnson    Mitchellville , Ia  
10 4 23    Paul Conrad    Colo , Ia   DNF
11 6 32    Curtis Glover    Des Moines, Ia   DNS

Modifieds - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 7 83G    Josh Gilman    Earlham , Ia  
2 9 23JR    Nick Roberts    Des Moines, Ia  
3 6 71    Jeff James    Stanton , Ia  
4 8 66    Jeff Joldersma    Mcclelland , Ia  
5 2 14B    Scott Bash    Windsor Heights, Ia  
6 3 51X    Matthew Webb    Des Moines, Ia  
7 4 3F    Cole Ferguson    Dexter , Ia  
8 1 25D    Bob Daniels    Des Moines, Ia  
9 5 V31    Todd Vaneaton    Orient , Ia  

Stock Cars - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 1 63    Mike Nichols    Harlan , Ia  
2 8 1F    Marcus Fagan    Adair , Ia  
3 6 10B    Brandon Pruitt    Dexter , Ia  
4 5 25J    Josh Daniels    Carlisle , Ia  
5 7 92B    Brian Blessington    Breda , Ia  
6 10 44    Todd Fisher    Norwalk , Ia  
7 3 98    Derrick Rohe    Audubon , Ia  
8 9 83    Mike Harris    Avoca , Ia  
9 4 64    Casey Greubel    Lacona , Ia  
10 2 3S    Bryan Snell    Coon Rapids, Ia  
11 11 64B    Scott Bailey    Carlisle , Ia   DNS

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

Hobby Stocks - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 6 78    Shannon Anderson    Des Moines, Ia  
2 7 92    Buck Schafroth    Orient , Ia  
3 8 4W    John Watson    Des Moines, Ia  
4 5 27C    Cory Adams    Des Moines, Ia  
5 3 56    Jamie Schirm    Dexter , Ia  
6 14 3A    Austin Luellen    Minburn , Ia  
7 2 7P    Jordan Peters    Des Moines, Ia  
8 4 T56    Tim Barber    Story City, Ia  
9 13 224    Gina Greubel    Lacona , Ia  
10 11 7M    Matt Tiernan    Stuart , Ia  
11 9 12K    Steve Roberts    Ankeny , Ia  
12 1 12    Korbin Nourse    Dexter , Ia   DNF
13 10 23G    Greg Gilbert    Osceola , Ia   DNF
14 12 17    Andy Peck    Newton , Ia   DNF

Spt Compact - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown  
1 5 30X    Jacob Reiter    Des Moines, Ia  
2 2 411    Curtis Miller    Lewis , Ia  
3 3 54    Randy Rush    Atlantic , Ia  
4 4 18    Jacob Peters    Bondurant , Ia  
5 1 6GK    Ralph Bunce    Pleasant Hill, Ia  

Mini Sprint - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 12    Frank Galusha    Lincoln , Ne 0.00
2 1 15    Jake Galusha    Lincoln , Ne 0.00
3 5 49C    Corey Forsyth    Knoxville , Ia 0.00
4 4 81E    Eric Bridger    Winterset , Ia 0.00
5 3 33    Jayce Jenkins    Colfax , Ia 0.00
6 8 19    Alec Carberry    Omaha , Ne 0.00
7 6 24N    Nathan Mills    Bondurant , Ia 0.00
8 9 7S    Skylar Hunter    Afton , Ia 0.00
9 22 11B    Ben Woods    Newton , Ia 0.00
10 10 52J    Jeremiah Sillman    Alvo , Ne 0.00
11 16 9    Hunter Lane    Milo , Ia 0.00
12 7 92M    Ryan Mills    Des Moines, Ia 0.00
13 11 62F    Joel Fritz    Waverly , Ne 0.00
14 20 33T    Sam Platt    Denver , Ia 0.00
15 23 52S    Dylan Sillman    Alvo , Ne 0.00
16 13 99H    Landon Hansen    Newton , Ia 0.00
17 15 24    Kendall Higday    Pleasant Hill, Ia 0.00
18 21 7A    Lex Mills    Bondurant , Ia 0.00
19 14 3A    Chuck Alexander    Chariton , Ia 0.00
20 19 71    Brandon Worthington    Indianola , Ia 0.00 DNF
21 17 48    D.j. Palmer Jr.    Des Moines, Ia 0.00 DNF
22 12 23T    Travis Rewerts    Des Moines, Ia 0.00 DNF
23 18 23K    Rob Kubli    Milo , Ia 0.00 DNS
24 24 7K    Shane Hunter    Afton , Ia 0.00 DQ