Pruitt Takes Exciting Win In Season Opener

Story by Josh Reynolds

Stuart, IA (May 18) – Mother Nature took the checkered flag each of the first three nights, but she provided a beautiful night to open season number 53 at Stuart Speedway! Matt Webb, Cody Cleghorn, Mike Nichols, Dean Richards, Mike Pruitt and Todd Shute were the feature winners on Ruby’s Pub Night at the Races.
Once heat races were completed, the IMCA Northern SportMods came out for the first feature of the night. Brandon Williams and Arie Schouten brought the field to green, but it wouldn’t last long as Schouten pounded the outside wall in turn 4. Schouten was ok, but his night was over. A couple more quick yellows slowed the field, but once they got going on lap five Matt Webb was in control. Clint Luellen gave chase high and low, but Webb was too strong and went on to take the win. Luellen settled for second with Williams third, rookie and last-starting Kendall Davis fourth and Jerry Hinton fifth. Webb and Luellen were the heat race winners.
Next up was the IMCA Sport Compacts with Cody Cleghorn and Jordan Androy showing the way. Jeff Dvorak led the first two laps until Cleghorn took over. Dvorak did all he could, but Cleghorn took the win. Dvorak crossed in second with Dean Richards third, Logan Richards fourth and Androy fifth. Cleghorn made it a perfect night with the heat race win.
Brian Blessington and Mike Nichols brought out the IMCA Stock Cars for their 20 lap feature, and the pair took off with Nichols getting the jump into the lead. While those two were sailing off into the sunset, last-starting Chris Pruitt was moving forward. Pruitt made it to sixth by lap two, but back up front Nichols was holding strong over Blessington. As the laps wound down, Blessington closed the gap as lap traffic came into sight with two laps to go. When the two came out of turn four to take the checkered flag, Nichols went under a lap car with Blessington going high. Nichols took the win by a car length over Blessington and Marcus Fagan. Pruitt took fourth after a spirited battle with his uncle Terry, who came home fifth. Chris Pruitt and Nichols were the heat race winners.
6 Cylinder FWD’s came out next with Dean Richards and Korbin Nourse on the front row. Richards led right away with Nourse in second and Cody Cleghorn third. Cleghorn passed Nourse going into turn three, but Nourse put the bumper to him, sending Cleghorn for a spin in turn three. Cleghorn would get going and Nourse got the black flag for the spin. Meanwhile, Richards kept the lead all the way to the checkered flag. Cleghorn finished second with Nourse third. Cleghorn was the heat race winner.
Next up was the IMCA Hobby Stocks with Andrew Burg and Tyson Overton at the point. Burg took the lead with Overton in second. From there back it was any one of five drivers vying for the third spot. Mike Pruitt, Shannon Anderson, Eric Stanton, Chad LeGere and Jamie Songer took turns in the third position as cars were bobbing and weaving all over the track! Cars were four wide at times and almost five wide once, and all the while Burg continued to lead. Pruitt took his car to the top side on lap ten and rocketed into the lead with Burg moving up behind him in second. Pruitt would go on to take the win in the caution free event with Burg second, Stanton third, Anderson fourth and LeGere fifth. Stanton and Austin Luellen were the heat race winners. I have to say, that Hobby Stock race was one of the best races I’ve seen at in my 18 years of attending shows at Stuart Speedway. Every driver in that race needs to be commended on an excellent job of driving!
Last but not least was the IMCA Modifieds with Todd Shute and Cole Ferguson leading the field to the green flag. Shute took command right away with Ferguson and Jimmy Gustin in tow. Gustin would make the pass on Ferguson on lap seven and set out to track down Shute. A caution on lap ten erased the lead and bunched the cars up for a restart. Shute continued to lead until a spin by Brandon Pruitt brought out the yellow for one last time. As the green flag flew, Josh Gilman made a move to get into second place. As Shute continued to lead, Gustin moved back into second on lap nineteen. Shute went on to take the win over Gustin in second, Gilman third, Randy Havlik fourth and Luke Wanninger fifth. Shute and Havlik were the heat race winners.
We’d like to thank all who came out to support the race track at our first event of the year. Next week is the 14th annual Ron Little Memorial presented by Interstate Chevrolet. This is one of our crown jewels for the season and one you won’t want to miss. We will have our regular classes along with Mod Lites and Micro Sprints. See you then!

Modifieds - Feature

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 5    Todd Shute    Des Moines, Ia 40.00
2 4 19    Jimmy Gustin    Marshalltown , Ia 39.00
3 10 83G    Josh Gilman    Earlham , Ia 38.00
4 3 3Z    Randy Havlik    Madrid , Ia 37.00
5 7 20    Luke Wanninger    Minburn , Ia 36.00
6 5 5D    Devon Havlik    Iowa Falls, Ia 35.00
7 12 4    Tony Hilgenberg    Waukee , Ia 34.00
8 14 14B    Scott Bash    Windsor Heights, Ia 33.00
9 15 10B    Brandon Pruitt    Dexter , Ia 32.00
10 9 12C    Kent Croskey    Polk City, Ia 31.00
11 13 131S    Ed Seibert    Dexter , Ia 30.00
12 11 31R    Rex Parkison    Earlham , Ia 29.00
13 8 1F    Marcus Fagan    Adair , Ia 28.00 DNF
14 2 3F    Cole Ferguson    Dexter , Ia 27.00 DNF
15 6 23JR    Nick Roberts    Des Moines, Ia 26.00 DNF

Stock Cars - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 63    Mike Nichols    Harlan , Ia 40.00
2 1 92B    Brian Blessington    Breda , Ia 39.00
3 3 1F    Marcus Fagan    Adair , Ia 38.00
4 10 22    Chris Pruitt    Stuart , Ia 37.00
5 4 78P    Terry Pruitt    Dexter , Ia 36.00
6 5 11G    Nyle Godwin    Redfield , Ia 35.00
7 9 98    Derrick Rohe    Audubon , Ia 34.00
8 7 64    Scott Bailey    Carlisle , Ia 33.00
9 6 55    Cory Bushnell    Madrid , Ia 32.00 DNF
10 8 33D    Rusty Gyles    St. Charles, Ia 31.00 DNF

SportMods - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 51X    Matt Webb    Des Moines, Ia 40.00
2 6 3L    Clint Luellen    Minburn , Ia 39.00
3 1 67X    Brandon Williams    Des Moines, Ia 38.00
4 12 1    Kendall Davis    Des Moines, Ia 37.00
5 7 34    Jerry Hinton    Adel , Ia 36.00
6 11 30    Shawn Cooney    Des Moines, Ia 35.00
7 8 8CR    Chase Rudolf    Prole , Ia 34.00
8 9 14    Daniel Latture    Omaha , Ne 33.00
9 10 39    Larry Embrey    Madrid , Ia 32.00 DNF
10 5 32L    Ty Luellen    Minburn , Ia 31.00 DNF
11 2 99RE    Arie Schouten    Blair , Ne 30.00 DNF
12 3 93N    Colton Nelson    Osceola , Ia 29.00 DNS

Hobby Stocks - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 92P    Michael Pruitt    Redfield , Ia 40.00
2 1 78B    Andrew Burg    Adel , Ia 39.00
3 6 7B    Eric Stanton    Hartford , Ia 38.00
4 4 78    Shannon Anderson    Urbandale , Ia 37.00
5 8 7C    Chad Legere    Des Moines, Ia 36.00
6 2 42T    Tyson Overton    Carlisle , Ia 35.00
7 10 96R    Jamie Songer    Ankeny , Ia 34.00
8 9 3A    Austin Luellen    Minburn , Ia 33.00
9 5 5    Dustin Lynch    Boone , Ia 32.00
10 12 21    Ross Marshall    Johnston , Ia 31.00
11 7 7P    Jordan Peters    Des Moines, Ia 30.00
12 15 56    Jamie Schirm    Dexter , Ia 29.00
13 14 5H    Andy Hick    Adel , Ia 28.00
14 11 66P    Troy Phillips    Prole , Ia 27.00
15 13 38R    Aaron Rudolph    Grand Junction, Ia 26.00 DNF
16 16 42    Riley Songer    Ankeny , Ia 25.00 DNS

Spt Compact - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 21ZC    Cody Cleghorn    Des Moines, Ia 37.00
2 3 8R    Jeff Dvorak    Des Moines, Ia 36.00
3 4 69X    Dean Richards    Creston , Ia 35.00
4 7 97    Logan Richards    Creston , Ia 34.00
5 2 00    Jordan Androy    Elk Horn, Ia 33.00
6 6 21    Adam Smith    Red Oak, Ia 32.00 DNF
7 5 87    Taylor Griffin    Portsmouth , Ia 31.00 DNF

6 cyl. FWD - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 69X    Dean Richards    Creston , Ia 34.00
2 4 21ZC    Cody Cleghorn    Des Moines, Ia 33.00
3 2 12    Korbin Nourse    Dexter , Ia 32.00 DNF
4 3 21    Adam Smith    Red Oak, Ia 31.00 DNS