Matt Ryan scores hometown victory in REBEL 5K
by Carrie Rouse
by Mike McGuire
DAVENPORT, Ia. (, 2017) – Matt Ryan captured a big win at his hometown track Friday. The veteran late model racer won the REBEL 5K at the Davenport Speedway and took home a check for $5,000.
Ryan started ninth in the field of twenty-four car IMCA Late Models, but would not see the lead until lap thirty-two. Matt used the bottom of the racetrack to pass Jesse Sobbing of Malvern, Iowa. The pair would swap the lead back and forth for a couple of laps before Ryan secured the lead for good on lap 36.
Sobbing would hold on to finish second with early race leader Nick Marolf taking third. Justin Kay and Cayden Carter completed the top five.
Thirty Late Models were on hand for the event. Heat race wins went to Rob Toland, Jesse Sobbing, Chad Holladay, and Justin Kay. Joe Ross and Cayden Carter won the semi-features.
In Modified racing action, Justin Kay dominated the twenty lap main. Kay took the lead from Rob Toland on lap five and never looked back. Cayden Carter raced from a sixth row starting spot to finish second. Toland finished third, ahead of Bryce Garnhart and Stephan Kammerer.
Kay, Carter, and Steve Stewart won the Modified heat races.
Joe Bonney survived a competitive Street Stock feature to visit victory lane. Bonney held the lead at three different times during the race, including the most important, at the checkerd flag. Dwayne Smith Jr., Randy Lamar, Jeff Struck Jr., and Brandon Setser also saw laps at the front of the pack.
Setser finished second, with Lamar taking third. Rob Henrry and Jimmy Comins finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Tyler Soppe topped a large field of SportMods to take home the trophy. Soppe took the lead from Brandt Cole midway through the feature and drove away for the win. Gage Neal made a late race charge to finish second. Brandt Cole took third, while Keith Blum and Austen Beccerra rounded out the top five. Thirty-three drivers from four states made up the SportMod field for Friday’s races.
The Midwest Sanction Showdown returns to the Davenport Speedway next Friday, April 14th. It is the only half-mile race on the 2017 schedule for Davenport. The event will put the stars of the
Mars DirtCar Series against the top guns of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series.
Past winners of the Midwest Sanction Showdown include Jason Feger, Chad Simpson, and ‘the Iceman’ Jimmy Mars. Also racing will be Modifieds, Street Stocks, and SportMods.
April 7, 2017 –
IMCA Late Models
Heat #1: 1. Rob Toland; 2. Nick Marolf; 3. Jeremiah Hurst; 4. Tyler Bruening; 5. Luke Pestka;
Heat #2: 1. Jesse Sobbing; 2. Joe Zrostlik; 3. Matt Ryan; 4. Andy Eckrich; 5. Cayden Carter;
Heat #3: 1. Chad Holladay; 2. Richie Gustin; 3. Kyle Hinrichs; 4. Darrell DeFrance; 5. Joe Ross;
Heat #4: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Spencer Diercks; 3. Denny Eckrich; 4. Jeff Aikey; 5. Jay Johnson;
Semi #1: 1. Joe Ross; 2. Troy Hovey; 3. Brunson Behning; 4. Luke Pestka; 5. Kip Siems;
Semi #2: 1. Cayden Carter; 2. Chuck Hanna; 3. Todd Malmstrom; 4. Scott Fitzptrick; 5. Jon Poll;
Feature: 1. Matt Ryan; 2. Jesse Sobbing; 3. Nick Marolf; 4. Justin Kay; 5. Cayden Carter; 6. Jeremiah Hurst; 7. Tyler Bruening; 8. Rob Toland; 9. Troy Hovey; 10. Joe Ross; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick; 12. Joe Zrostlik; 13. Spencer Diercks; 14. Darrell DeFrance; 15. Luke Pestka; 16. Brunson Behning; 17. Andy Eckrich; 18. Chad Holladay; 19. Richie Gustin; 20. Denny Eckrich; 21. Kyle Hinrichs; 22. Jeff Aikey; 23. Chuck Hanna; 24. Todd Holladay.
Heat #1: 1. Steve Stewart; 2. Jeff Larson; 3. Eric Barnes; 4. Ron McMahill; 5. Mike Garland;
Heat #2: 1. Cayden Carter; 2. Bryce Garnhart; 3. Rob Toland; 4. Rick Hixson; 5. Dan Helm;
Heat #3: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Stephan Kammerer; 3. Matt Werner; 4. Bob Dominacki; 5. Jeff Classen;
Feature: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Cayden Carter; 3. Rob Toland; 4. Bryce Garnhart; 5. Stephan Kammerer; 6. Steve Stewart; 7. Ron McMahill; 8. Matt Werner; 9. Eric Barnes; 10. Rick Hixson; 11. Dan Helm; 12. Bob Dominacki; 13. George Spence III; 14. Derek Wilson; 15. Jeff Classen; 16. Mike Fluegel; 17. Jeff Larson; 18. Mike Garland; 19. Milo Veloz;
Heat #1: 1. Joe Bonney; 2. Brandon Setser; 3. Jeff Struck Jr.; 4. Brandon Loos; 5. Kori Murphy;
Heat #2: 1. Cary Brown; 2. Randy Lamar; 3. Chuck Fox; 4. Dwayne Smith Jr.; 5. Gene Ehlers;
Heat #3: 1. Nick Hixson; 2. Jimmy Comins; 3. Bryan Ritter; 4. Nick Grubbs; 5. Eric Sanders;
Feature: 1. Joe Bonney; 2. Brandon Setser; 3. Randy Lamar; 4. Rob Henry; 5. Jimmy Comins; 6. Chuck Fox; 7. Bryan Ritter; 8. Nick Grubbs; 9. Jeff Struck; 10. Gene Ehlers; 11. Cary Brown; 12. Eric Sanders; 13. Austin Riggs; 14. Brandon Loos; 15. Dwayne Smith Jr.; 16. Kori Murphy; 17. Nick Hixson;
Heat #1: 1. Brant Cole; 2. Dalton Simonsen; 3. Keith Blum; 4. Tony Olson; 5. Justin Becker;
Heat #2: 1. Gage Neal; 2. Kevin Dickey; 3. Jeremy Gustaf; 4. CaseyWages; 5. Jeff Gear;
Heat #3: 1. Tyler Soppe; 2. Kevin Goben; 3. Tim Sorn; 4. Austen Beccerra; 5. Astin Howes;
Heat #4: 1. Brayton Carter; 2. Doug Burkhead; 3. Jacob Arp; 4. Rance Powell; 5. Jeff Schmuhl;
Semi #1: 1. Jake Ellithorpe; 2. Astin Howes; 3. Jake Murphy; 4. Justin Becker; 5. Joe Emitz;
Semi #2: 1. Jeff Schmuhl; 2. Jeff Gear; 3. Trent Jochimsen; 4. Jake Whittington; 5. Nick Groth;
Feature: 1. Tyler Soppe; 2. Gage Neal; 3. Brandt Cole; 4. Keith Blum; 5. Austen Beccerra; 6. Tony Olson; 7. Tm Sorn; 8. Jeff Schmuhl; 9. Kevin Goben; 10. Jake Murphy; 11. Jeff Gear; 12. Trent Jochimsen; 13. Rance Powell; 14. Jake Ellithorpe ; 15. Jeremy Gustaf; 16. Justin Becker; 17. Casey Wages; 18. Brayton Carter; 19. Dalton Simonsen; 20. Jake Whittington; 21. Jacob Arp; 22. Astin Howes; 23. Kevin Dickey; 24. Doug Burkhead;
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