Duffy does it again at Davenport
by Carrie Rouse
by Mike McGuire
DAVENPORT, Ia. (July 14, 2017) – One of the great things about racing is the possibility for Hollywood-type endings. While not quite that dramatic, the IMCA Mod Madness 50, Friday night at the Davenport Speedway did have its share of twists and turns. For Darin Duffy of Urbana, Iowa, the race ran the gambit.
Duffy almost missed the event, due to an accident on Interstate 80. Darin arrived just in time to start last in the final semi-feature. He had to pass local hero Ray Guss Jr. to lock in a spot in the main. Starting 22nd in a field of 24, Duffy was fourth when the caution flag flew on lap 25.
After the restart, 2015 Mod Madness champion Tyler Droste would take the lead from Jason Pershy on lap 28. Running on the high side, Duffy worked his way past Kurt Kile and Pershy, before setting his sights on Droste. Coming to the white flag, Duffy dove under Droste, leading the final two laps for the win. Droste finished a close second, with Jason Pershy holding on to third. Kurt Kile took fourth and Greg Durbin fifth.
Modified heat race wins went to Greg Durbin, Jeff Larson, Rob Toland, and Jason Pershy. Stephan Kammerer and Jordan Hicks won the semis.
In addition to the IMCA Mod Madness 50 trophy and the $2,000 top prize, Duffy also earned a guaranteed starting spot in the Iowa Governor’s Cup race on September 22nd. Duffy also became the first repeat winner of the Mod Madness race. His previous win came in 2013
In Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model action, Rob Toland captured his third feature win of the season. Toland shot from his second row starting spot in to the lead on the first lap. Matt Ryan gave chase throughout the race, but was unable to take the lead away. Ryan would finish second, followed by Chuck Hanna, Shawn Mulvany, and Mike Cothron, in that order. Gary Webb was the late model heat winner.
Jeff Struck Jr. continued his roll in the Koehler Electric Street Stock feature. Struck won his third straight feature and fourth win of the season. Struck was able to pass early race leader Gene Ehlers on the high side and just kept going. Ehlers would hang on to finish second. Nick Hixson, Jesse Owen, and Josh Neal were third through fifth respectively.
Keith Blum would not be denied in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Sport Mod main. Blum started third, but was in the lead by the time the field reached the first turn. Jared Waterman and Tony Olson were in the hunt for the lead. Waterman would take the lead for a couple of laps, but “the Pitbull” Blum roared back in the bottom groove and took the win. Waterman finished second and Olson third. Kelly Meyer and Chance Huston completed the top five.
Midwest Jalopies made their final appearance of the year at Davenport Speedway. Terry Mattly again dominated the class. Mattly won both his heat and the feature. Austin Honts finished second in the feature, followed by Rodney Haack.
Next Friday night at the Davenport Speedway, the chase for the 2017 track championship heats up as we are down to our final four races of the regular season. Our special attraction for the evening will be mechanic races.
July 14, 2017 –
Heat #1: 1. Greg Durbin; 2. Mitch Morris; 3. Bob Dominacki; 4. Bruce Hanford; 5. Stephan Kammerer;
Heat #2: 1. Jeff Larson; 2. Eric Barnes; 3. Cayden Carter; 4. Milo Veloz; 5. Jordan Hicks;
Heat #3: 1. Rob Toland; 2. Kevin Blum; 3. Rick Ratliff; 4. Matt Werner; 5. Steve Johnson;
Heat #4: 1. Jason Pershy; 2. Tyler Droste; 3. Kurt Kile; 4. Rick Hixson; 5. Bryce Garnhart;
Semi #1: 1. Stephan Kammerer; 2. Steve Johnson; 3. Josh Starr; 4. Chris Zogg; 5. Chris Lawrence;
Semi #2: 1. Jordan Hicks; 2. Bryce Garnhart; 3. Darin Duffy; 4. Doug Crampton; 5. Ray Guss Jr.;
Feature: 1. Darin Duffy; 2. Tyler Droste; 3. Jason Pershy; 4. Kurt Kile; 5. Greg Durbin; 6. Chris Zogg; 7. Bob Dominacki; 8. Mitch Morris; 9. Milo Veloz; 10. Bryce Garnhart; 11. Eric Barnes; 12. Rick Hixson; 13. Matt Werner; 14. Doug Crampton; 15. Josh Starr; 16. Stephan Kammerer; 17. Bruce Hanford; 18. Cayden Carter; 19. Steve Johnson; 20. Jeff Larson; 21. Kevin Blum; 22. Rick Ratliff; 23. Rob Toland; 24. Jordan Hicks;
IMCA Late Models
Heat #1: 1. Gary Webb; 2. Matt Ryan; 3. Mike Cothron; 4. Shawn Mulvany; 5. Rob Toland;
Feature: 1. Rob Toland; 2. Matt Ryan; 3. Chuck Hanna; 4. Mike Cothron; 5. Shawn Mulvany; 6. Dave Stichter; 7. Mike Guldenpfennig; 8. Gary Webb;
Heat #1: 1. Nick Hixson; 2. Josh Neal; 3. Gene Ehlers; 4. Nick Claussen; 5. Jeff Struck Jr.;
Heat #2: 1. Jesse Owen; 2. Brandon Setser; 3. Bryan Ritter; 4. Jacob Beal; 5. Randy Lamar;
Feature: 1. Jeff Struck Jr.; 2. Gene Ehlers; 3. Nick Hixson; 4. Jesse Owen; 5. Josh Neal; 6. Brandon Setset; 7. Cary Brown; 8. Dwayne Smith Jr.; 9. Nick Claussen; 10. Randy Lamar; 11. Nick Grubbs; 12. Bryan Ritter; 13. Jacob Beal; 14. Kori Murphy; 15. Austin Riggs;
Heat #1: 1. Tony Olson; 2. Brandon Jewell; 3. Mike Goben; 4. Kevin Dickey; 5. Chance Huston;
Heat #2: 1. Kelly Meyer; 2. Keith Blum; 3. Jared Waterman; 4. Rance Powell; 5. Joe Nemitz;
Heat #3: 1. Jake Morris; 2. Mike Haines; 3. Jake Whittington; 4. Trey Grimm; 5. Dave Engelkens;
Feature: 1. Keith Blum; 2. Jared Waterman; 3. Tony Olson; 4. Kelly Meyer; 5. Chance Huston; 6. David Norton; 7. Mike Goben; 8. Dave Engelkens; 9. Jake Morris; 10. Rance Powell; 11. Brandon Jewell; 12. Kevin Dickey; 13. Trey Grimm; 14. Joe Nemitz; 15. Randy Mienan; 16. Jeff Haines; 17. Justin Yarolem; 18. Mike Haines; 19. Jake Whittington;
Heat #1: 1. Tom Honts; 2. Mark Merfeld; 3. Pat Bailey; 4. Jeff Blunt; 5. Jim Thurston;
Heat #2: 1. Terry Mattly; 2. Rodney Haack; 3. Austin Honts; 4. Bob Mingst; 5. Dennis Blunt;
Feature: 1. Terry Mattly; 2. Austin Honts; 3. Rodney Haack; 4. Tom Honts; 5. Mark Merfeld; 6. Bob Mingst; 7. Jeff Blunt; 8. Dennis Blunt; 9. Jerry Cayler; 10. Jim Thurston; 11. Pat Bailey; 12. Art McDonald;
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