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Pruitt Starts Year Off With Two Straight

Stuart, IA (May 20) – The wind was blowing and the engines were roaring as Stuart Speedway opened the gates for the second night of the 2012 season. Jordan Peters, David Schlicht, Jim Britton, Brandon Pruitt, Jeff Joldersma, Luke Wanninger, Todd Cooney and the Cruiser car duo of Andy Hick and Clinton Luellen took home the wins on Lincoln’s Lounge Night at the Races.

IMCA Sport Compacts were first on the grid with Adam Kralik and Jordan Peters on the front row. Kralik took command and held the lead for every lap. Every lap, that is, until the last when Peters got under Kralik coming out of turn four. The two made contact and Peters went on to take the win. Kralik ended in second with Jordan Androy third. Kralik took the heat race win.

The next race up would be the IMCA Northern Sportmods with Cole Ferguson and Casey Gruebel setting the pace. Ferguson led early with seventh starting Josh Pruitt giving chase. Pruitt moved past Ferguson on lap five and looked like he would be headed for his first ever win in the class. A lap seven caution erased any lead and brought up David Schlicht to the bumper of Pruitt and set up quite a race to the finish. Pruitt held steady and actually increased the lead a bit, but as the laps wound down Schlicht tightened the gap. At the white flag Schlicht was nearly hooked to Pruitt’s bumper. Pruitt stayed low entering turn three and opened the door for Schlicht on the outside. As the cars came to the checkered flag Schlicht pulled ahead and took the win by less than half a car length! Pruitt took second by about a half a car length over Nick Roberts. Austin Kaplan and Mike Pruitt rounded out the top five with J. Pruitt, M. Pruitt and Schlicht the heat race winners.

6 Cylinder FWD’s came out next with Jim Britton on the pole and Adam Kralik alongside. Unlike the last race, there would be no drama as Britton led flag to flag in picking up the win. Kralik finished second with Jordan Peters and Christina Powell rounding out the top four. Britton made it a clean sweep with the heat race win earlier in the evening.

Lee Farmer and Nathan Lange brought the IMCA Hobby Stocks to green with Farmer leading the first two laps. Early cautions took their toll on the field with Farmer, John Watson and Shannon Anderson victims of flat tires. With only two laps in the books, seventh starting Austin Luellen inherited the lead with ninth starting Brandon Pruitt right behind. Through three more cautions the two stayed in formation with Pruitt following Luellen’s every move. On the thirteenth lap, as if Pruitt saw it coming, Luellen drifted high in turn two with Pruitt choosing the low side. Luellen lost all of his momentum and Pruitt took advantage to snag the lead and the win, his second straight to start the year. Luellen finished in second with Watson making a very nice recovery from the early flat to take home third. Bill Atcheson and Jason Kohl finished up the top five with Eric Stanton and Anderson the heat race winners.

The IMCA Stock Cars entered the track next with Bob Daniels and Jamie Schirm bringing the field to life. Schirm led the first two laps until Daniels took over the top spot on lap three. Daniels held the lead until fifth starting Jeff Joldersma powered by on lap eleven. Joldersma stretched his lead until a lap eighteen caution tightened the field and brought veteran Brian Blessington to the bumper of the 66. Blessington looked to make a run at the lead, but Joldersma was too strong and went on to the win. Blessington finished second with Marcus Fagan third, Daniels fourth and Steve Campbell fifth. Jeff Anderson, Daniels and Schirm were the heat race winners.

Luke Wanninger and Devon Havlik showed the way for the IMCA Modifieds for their twenty lap feature. Wanninger held the lead early with Randy Havlik giving chase through two yellow flags. After an early spin in week one, Wanninger looked to avenge last week’s mistake, and avenge he did by leading all twenty laps to pick up the win. R. Havlik ended in second with Alison Davidson third, Todd Shute fourth and Kent Croskey fifth. Wanninger and R. Havlik were the heat race winners.

The next race was a history maker for Stuart Speedway as the IMCA Late Models took to the track for the first time in over twenty five years! Chad Cooney and Kevin Sather brought the field to life from the front row. It would be third starting Todd Cooney that led the first lap. The #30 would not only lead lap one but would go on to lead all twenty caution free laps! T. Cooney, the heat race winner, picked up the win over Darrell DeFrance, C. Cooney, Randy Faux and Sather.

Last up for the night was the 2 Man Cruisers with the team of Andy Hick and Clinton Luellen going up against Dean Hawxby and his partner who I do not have the name of. Hick/Luellen easily took the feature win just as they did the in the heat race.

We’d like to thank all who came out to support the race track on a breezy Sunday evening. Please join us next week for the 12th annual Ron Little Memorial. Modifieds will fly around the clay oval to take home the top prize of $1000! See you there!

Late Models - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 5 30 Todd Cooney Des Moines, Ia 35.00
2 4 99D Darrell Defrance - 34.00
3 1 31 Chad Cooney Des Moines, Ia 33.00
4 3 11 Randy Faux - 32.00
5 2 3 Kevin Sather , Ia 31.00

Modifieds - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 20 Luke Wanninger Jefferson , Ia 40.00
2 3 3z Randy Havlik Madrid , Ia 39.00
3 4 37 Alison Davidson Redding , Ia 38.00
4 9 5 Todd Shute Des Moines, Ia 37.00
5 6 12C Kent Croskey Polk City, Ia 36.00
6 2 5D Devon Havlik Iowa Falls, Ia 35.00
7 15 71 Jeff James Stanton , Ia 34.00
8 8 83G Josh Gilman Earlham , Ia 33.00
9 10 55D Nick Deal Walnut , Ia 32.00
10 12 4 Tony Hilgenberg Waukee , Ia 31.00
11 11 131S Ed Seibert Dexter , Ia 30.00
12 7 19 Jimmy Gustin Marshalltown , Ia 29.00
13 13 14B Scott Bash Windsor Heights, Ia 28.00
14 5 31R Rex Parkison Earlham , Ia 27.00
15 14 14 Ron Bash Stuart , Ia 26.00

Stock Cars - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 5 66 Jeff Joldersma Mcclelland , Ia 40.00
2 9 92B Brian Blessington Breda , Ia 39.00
3 8 1F Marcus Fagan Adair , Ia 38.00
4 1 25 Bob Daniels Des Moines, Ia 37.00
5 7 11 Steve Campbell Des Moines, Ia 36.00
6 2 56 Jamie Schirm Dexter , Ia 35.00
7 11 25M Michael Murphy Jefferson , Ia 34.00
8 14 3 Joe Zadina Corning , Ia 33.00
9 4 3S Bryan Snell Coon Rapids, Ia 32.00
10 6 11G Nyle Godwin Redfield , Ia 31.00
11 10 23A Jeremy Gettler Adair , Ia 30.00
12 13 711 Michael Walrod Desoto , Ia 29.00
13 15 76 Norman Belew Granger , Ia 28.00
14 17 33 Matthew Gray Des Moines, Ia 27.00
15 12 6 Adam Hilgenberg Waukee , Ia 26.00
16 3 78 Jeff Anderson Atlantic , Ia 25.00
17 16 23H Rick Houseman Winterset , Ia 24.00
18 18 4 Ron Godwin Earlham , Ia 23.00
19 19 64 Scott Bailey Carlisle , Ia 22.00

SportMods - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 19 David Schlicht Grand Junction, Ia 40.00
2 7 8.0 Josh Pruitt Stuart , Ia 39.00
3 8 23JR Nick Roberts Des Moines, Ia 38.00
4 9 1 Austin Kaplan , Ia 37.00
5 5 92P Michael Pruitt Redfield , Ia 36.00
6 4 34J Jerry Hinton Adel , Ia 35.00
7 12 32P Jeremy Pitsenbarger - 34.00
8 1 3F Cole Ferguson Dexter , Ia 33.00
9 10 23X Dustin Poldberg Kimballton , Ia 32.00
10 17 14S Casey Schroff - 31.00
11 13 56 Joe Simbro Swan , Ia 30.00
12 16 42 Matt Hays Panora , Ia 29.00
13 18 39 Larry Embrey Madrid , Ia 28.00
14 6 3L Clinton Luellen Minburn , Ia 27.00
15 11 32L Ty Luellen Minburn , Ia 26.00
16 14 A5 Austin Paul Monroe , Ia 25.00
17 2 64 Casey Gruebel Lacona , Ia 24.00
18 15 30 Matthew Pinegar , Ia 23.00

Hobby Stocks - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 9 10B Brandon Pruitt Dexter , Ia 40.00
2 7 3A Austin Luellen Minburn , Ia 39.00
3 8 4W John Watson Des Moines, Ia 38.00
4 5 32 Bill Atcheson Waukee , Ia 37.00
5 13 27 Jason Kohl Missouri Valley, Ia 36.00
6 1 17F Lee Farmer Bethany , Mo 35.00
7 2 17 Nathan Lange Dexter , Ia 34.00
8 10 27c Cory Adams Des Moines, Ia 33.00
9 4 67 Ed Mahlstedt Bagley , Ia 32.00
10 12 66 Andy Mahlstedt Bagley , Ia 31.00
11 16 224 Gina Gruebel Lacona , Ia 30.00
12 18 199 Mike Powell Norwalk , Ia 29.00
13 15 11B Solomon Bennett Perry , Ia 28.00
14 3 7B Eric Stanton Hartford , Ia 27.00
15 14 42T Tyson Overton - 26.00
16 6 78 Shannon Anderson Urbandale , Ia 25.00
17 11 7C Chad Legere Des Moines, Ia 24.00
18 17 11 David Castellano Des Moines, Ia 23.00

Spt Compact - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 18 Jordan Peters Des Moines, Ia 33.00
2 1 199 Adam Kralik Orient , Ia 32.00
3 3 00 Jordan Androy - 31.00

6 cyl. FWD - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 51B James Britton Indianola , Ia 35.00
2 4 199 Adam Kralik Orient , Ia 34.00
3 3 18 Jordan Peters Des Moines, Ia 33.00
4 5 U81 Christina Powell Norwalk , Ia 32.00
5 2 17 Andy Forcht Stuart , Ia 31.00

Cruisers - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 3 Andy Hick - 32.00
2 2 11 Dean Hawxby - 31.00