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More than 100 cars packed the pits at the Stuart Speedway for the 10th Annual running of the Ron Little Memorial. Three and four-wide racing was the norm rather than the exception throughout the night as the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Modified and the Dwarf Cars thrilled the overflow crowd.
The IMCA Stock Cars opened the show, with Jason Day of Stuart and Rick Houseman of Winterset picking up heat race wins. Bryan Snell of Coon Rapids looked to be the man to beat in the A Main as he jumped to the early lead, with Day, Tim Bengard of Exira and Jeremy Gettler of Adair battling three and four wide. Josh Daniels of Des Moines joined the battle on lap 13 as Gettler began to fade. Bengard stole the lead from Snell on lap 14 and never look back as he claimed the victory, with Snell, Day, and Daniels rounding out the top four.
The IMCA Sport Mods saw three heat races, with Geoff Olson of Ames, Paul Nagle of Nevada and Kent Croskey of Polk City taking the top spots. Nagle, Shay Woods of Humeston, Olson and Joel Bushore of Boone swapped positions for the first six laps, while Luke Wanninger of Jefferson, and David Schlicht of Des Moines made their way through the field. Olson moved to the lead on lap 10 and held off Bushore, Nagle and Wanninger for the win.
A good field of IMCA Hobby Stocks then took to the track for three heat races, with Steve Clair of Des Moines, Devin Smith of Lake City and Shannon Anderson of Atlantic taking the wins. Anderson’s redraw gave him a front-row starting position and he wasted no time opening up a nice lead over the field. Justin Maschke of Des Moines, Steve Roberts of Ankeny and Kenny Hansen had a good battle for second through fourth as they dueled door-to-door for the entire event. At the checkers, it was current point leader Shannon Anderson continuing his domination at the Stuart Speedway with the win, Roberts second, Kenny Hansen of Audubon third, and Smith fourth.
Jer Pederson of Grand Junction and Dustin Poldberg of Kimballton claimed heat race wins in the IMCA Sport Compact division. Colton Nelson of Osceola lead all 12 laps of the A-Main, with Blake Barrett of Granger running second. Garrett Nelson made a last-lap charge past Barrett to come home second, with Barrett third and Poldberg rounding out the top four.
The Dwarf Cars also had two heat races, with Mike Morrill of Des Moines and Josh May of DeSoto taking the wins. May was able to hold off Morrill, Joel Huggins of Pleasant Hill, and Jimmy May in the A Main to pick up his first win of the season at the Stuart Speedway.
The feature event of the night was the $1,000 to win IMCA Modifieds. Paced by the actual modified driven by Ron Little at the time of his death, the 21-car field paraded four abreast in a beautiful tribute to Ron. When the green flag dropped, Dennis Pittman of Jamaica jumped to the lead, with Rex Parkison of Earlham, Josh Gilman of Earlham and Todd Shute of Des Moines in a four-way battle for the lead. The entire field put on a driving clinic for the fans as there were three and four-wide battles for all positions for the entire 20-lap event. Shute took the lead on lap 10 and held off Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Randy Havlik of Waukee and Rex Parkison to take home the Ron Little Memorial hardware.
Heat 1: Steve Clair, Des Moines
Heat 2: Devin Smith, Lake City
Heat 3: Shannon Anderson, Atlantic
Heat 1: Jason Day, Stuart
Heat 2: Rick Houseman, Winterset
Heat 1: Geoff Olson, Ames
Heat 2: Paul Nagle, Nevada
Heat 3: Kent Croskey, Polk City
Heat 1: Nate Caruth, Ames
Heat 2: Kyle Krampe, Baxter
Heat 3: Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown
Heat 1: Dusty Masolini, Des Moines
Heat 2: Josh May, DeSoto
Heat 1: Jer Pederson, Grand Junction
Heat 2: Dustin Poldberg, Kimballton