Kay takes Iowa Governor’s Cup crown
by Mike McGuire
DAVENPORT, Ia. (July 1, 2016) – The 24th running of the Iowa Governor’s Cup is now in the books. The official stock car championship of Iowa ended with a great night of racing on the Davenport Speedway quarter-mile oval.
After winning Thursday night on the half-mile track, Justin Kay of Wheatland, Iowa backed it up with a win on the Friday, making him the 2016 Iowa Governor’s Cup Champion. Kay started ninth and took the lead from Joe Zrostlik on lap eighteen of the thirty lap main.
Tyler Bruening moved steadily up from fifth starting spot to finish second. Joe Zrostlik held on to finish third. Matt Ryan and Rob Toland completed the top five.
Mitch Morris used his pole position to lead flag-to-flag in the Modified feature. Morris led all twenty-five laps. Darin Duffy started ninth and Tyler Droste tenth. The pair would finish second and third respectively. Greg Durbin finished fourth, just ahead of Justin Kay.
Thirty-three Modifieds were in the pits Friday. Four heats and two consis were needed to set the field for the feature.
Darin Duffy’s third on Thursday and second place finish on Friday, gave him the Governor’s Cup title.
In Street Stock action, Jesse Owen also led flag-to-flag for the feature win. A three-way battle for second eventually went to Joe Bonney, as he edged out Kevin Dickey and Rob Henry. Dickey took third, followed by Henry and Cary Brown.
The battle for the Iowa Governor’s Cup ended in a tie between Owen and Rob Henry. Both drivers had first and fourth place finishes. Owen claimed the title, as the tie-breaker was the highest finisher in Friday’s feature.
After a poor showing in his heat race, Tony Olson had to start near the tail of the field in SportMod feature. Olson quickly made his way to the top five, but could not take the lead from Andrew Burk until lap eight. Burk would finish second, ahead of Dalton Simonsen, Ben Chapman, and Mike Goben, in that order.
Olson’s two wins easily locked him in as the Governor’s Cup champion.
The Davenport Speedway returns to weekly point racing next Friday, July 8th. The guest class will be INEX Legend Cars and the added attraction is Powder Puff races.
July 1, 2016 –
IMCA Late Models
Heat #1: 1. Rob Toland; 2. Chuck Hanna; 3. Joe Zrostlik; 4. Andy Nezworski; 5. Luke Pestka;
Heat #2: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Thad Wilson; 3. Dan Shelliam; 4. Mike Zemo Jr.; 5. Andy Eckrich;
Heat #3: 1. Matt Ryan; 2. Spencer Diercks; 3. Jay Johnson; 4. Tyler Bruening; 5. Ray Guss Jr.;
Feature: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Tyler Bruening; 3. Joe Zrostlik; 4. Matt Ryan; 5. Rob Toland; 6. Spencer Diercks; 7. Brunson Behning; 8. Andy Nezworski; 9. Chuck Hanna; 10. Ray Guss Jr.; 11. Chad Holladay; 12. Jay Johnson; 13. Dan Shelliam; 14. Luke Pestka; 15. Gary Webb; 16. Jay Chenoweth; 17. Joe Ross; 18. Thad Wilson; 19. Andy Eckrich; 20. Stephan Kammerer; 21. Mike Zemo Jr.
2016 Iowa Governor’s Cup Champion: Justin Kay – Wheatland, IA
Heat #1: 1. Jarrod Struss; 2. Dakota Hayden; 3. Bruce Hanford; 4. Mike Guldenpfennig; 5. Brian Webb;
Heat #2: 1. Ray Cox Jr.; 2. Darin Duffy; 3. Mitch Morris; 4. Justin Kay; 5. Bryce Garnhart;
Heat #3: 1. Tyler Droste; 2. Matt Werner; 3. Rich Smith; 4. Terry Rentfro; 5. Rob Dominacki;
Heat #4: 1. Tony VonDresky; 2. Matt Stein; 3. Greg Durbin; 4. Craig Crawford; 5. Bob Dominacki;
Semi #1: 1. Brian Webb; 2. TJ Patz; 3. Dustin Smith; 4. George Spence III; 5. Rob Dominacki;
Semi #2: 1. Bryce Garnhart; 2. Bob Dominacki; 3. Brandon Durbin; 4. Eric Barnes; 5. Todd Dykema;
Feature: 1. Mitch Morris; 2. Darin Duffy; 3. Tyler Droste; 4. Greg Durbin; 5. Justin Kay; 6. Bruce Hanford; 7. Tony VonDresky; 8. Ray Cox Jr.; 9. Dakota Hayden; 10.Craig Crawford ; 11. Bryce Garnhart; 12. Bob Dominacki; 13. Matt Werner; 14. Brandon Durbin; 15. TJ Patz; 16. Eric Barnes; 17. Matt Stein; 18. Dustin Smith; 19. Terry Rentfro; 20. Brian Webb; 21. George Spence III; 22. Mike Guldenpfennig; 23. Rich Smith; 24. Jarrod Struss;
2016 Iowa Governor’s Cup Champion: Darin Duffy – Urbana, IA
Heat #1: 1. Cary Brown; 2. Keith Blum; 3. Joe Bonney; 4. Erick Turner; 5. Jimmy Comins;
Heat #2: 1. Jesse Owen; 2. Kevin Dickey; 3. Justin Yarolem; 4. Rob Henry; 5. Perry Gellerstedt;
Feature: 1. Jesse Owen; 2. Joe Bonney; 3. Kevin Dickey; 4. Rob Henry; 5. Cary Brown; 6. Keith Blum; 7. Perry Gellerstedt; 8. Jimmy Comins; 9. Justin Yarolem; 10. Bryan Ritter; 11. Jeff Struck Jr.; 12. Tom Riggs; 13. Gene Ehlers; 14. Erick Turner; (1- DNS);
2016 Iowa Governor’s Cup Champion: Jesse Owen – Colona, IL
Heat #1: 1. Dalton Simonsen; 2. Andrew Burk; 3. Jake Morris; 4. Mike Goben; 5. Rob Nylin;
Heat #2: 1. Mitch Manternach; 2. Dustin Schram; 3. Henry Carson; 4. Donnie Louck; 5. Mike Haines;
Heat #3: 1. Ben Chapman; 2. Doug Burkhead; 3. Aaron Hitt; 4. Cam Goben; 5. Jacob Arp;
Feature: 1. Tony Olson; 2. Andrew Burk; 3. Dalton Simonsen; 4. Ben Chapman; 5. Mike Goben; 6. Jake Morris; 7. Mitch Manternach; 8. Doug Burkhead; 9. Dan Anderson; 10. Henry Carson; 11. Rob Nylin; 12. Mike Haines; 13. Donnie Louck; 14. Jacob Arp; 15. Rance Powell; 16. Aaron Hitt; 17. Dawson Edwards; 18. Dustin Schram; 19. Darrell Ward; ( 2-DNS)
2016 Iowa Governor’s Cup Champion: Tony Olson – Cedar Rapids, IA