Repeat Winners abound at Davenport Speedway
by Mike McGuire
DAVENPORT, Ia. (August 18, 2017) – Just one week before the 2017 Season Championships, the racing action was intense at the Davenport Speedway Friday night. Wrecked racecars and last lap passes kept fans on the edge of their seats all night long.
Matt Ryan drew the pole for the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature and drove out to a sizeable lead. However in lapped traffic, Spencer Diercks was able to run down the leader. Diercks was able to drive around Ryan on the highside on lap 22. In the final corner, Ryan pulled a massive slide job to retake the lead. Diercks tried to crossover, but could not complete the move soon enough.
The win was Ryan’s fifth of the season and third straight. Second went to Spencer Diercks, ahead of Jonathan Brauns in third. Andy Nezworski and Chuck Hanna rounded out the top five.
Hanna and Brauns were late model heat winners.
Rob Toland outlasted the field in the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature. Toland started on the pole and led all twenty laps, despite a heavy dose of caution flags. Point leader Bryce Garnhart ran second the entire race. Eric Barnes raced to a third place finish. Milo Veloz was fourth, but was light at the scales, giving that position to Greg Durbin. Doug Crampton was credited with fifth. The victory was Toland’s fourth modified win of the season at Davenport and third straight.
Modified heat winners were Stephan Kammerer, Eric Barnes, and Milo Veloz Jr.
Yellow fever gripped the Koehler Electric Street Stock main. Several multi-car incidents trimmed the field to only six cars that reached the checkered flag. Nick Hixson held the early lead until he brought out the caution flag just after midway. On the restart, Jesse Owen took the lead. Owen would lead until the final lap, when Jeff Struck Jr. dove to the inside in turn one and came out of two with the lead. Struck would win by a fender with Owen a close second. Nick Hisxon fought back from his miscue to take third. Gene Ehlers and Brian Wiseman were fourth and fifth respectively.
Gage Neal led the first ten laps of the Hawkeye Auto SportMod feature. However a lap eleven restart allowed Dustin Schram to take the lead. Two laps later Neal went back in front. On the following lap, contact between Schram and Neal would end both drivers race. That gave the race lead to Tony Olson. Olson managed to hold off Kelly Meyer in the final two laps for his seventh feature win this season and third straight. Meyer took second with Keith Blum third. Doug Burkhead recovered from an early caution to finish fourth. Jake Morris completed the first five.
Next Friday, August 25th will be Season Championship night at the Davenport Speedway. Track titles will be on the line in all four weekly classes. The American Iron Racing Series will also be racing that night. Time permitting, we will also have Mechanic Races.
August 18, 2017 –
IMCA Late Models
Heat #1: 1. Chuck Hanna; 2. Spencer Diercks; 3. Andy Nezworski; 4. Travis Denning; 5. Matt Ryan;
Heat #2: 1. Jonathan Brauns; 2. Terry Neal; 3. Mike Zemo Jr.; 4. Mike Garland; 5. Rob Toland;
Feature: 1. Matt Ryan; 2. Spencer Diercks; 3. Jonathan Brauns; 4. Andy Nezworski; 5. Chuck Hanna; 6. Terry Neal; 7. Mike Garland; 8. Rob Toland; 9. Joe Beal; 10. Mike Cothron; 11. Gary Webb; 12. Travis Denning; 13. Mike Zemo Jr.; 14. Eric Sanders; 15. Chad Coyne; 16. LeRoy Brenner; 17. Luke Merfeld;
Heat #1: 1. Stephan Kammerer; 2. Brad Montgomery; 3. Bruce Fosdyck; 4. Jordan Hicks; 5. Kyle Montgomery;
Heat #2: 1. Eric Barnes; 2. Bryce Garnhart; 3. Jason Pershy; 4. Mitch Morris; 5. Greg Durbin;
Heat #3: 1. Milo Veloz Jr.; 2. Rob Toland; 3. Bob Dominacki; 4. Doug Crampton; 5. Craig Crawford;
Feature: 1. Rob Toland; 2. Bryce Garnhart; 3. Eric Barnes; 4. Greg Durbin; 5. Doug Crampton; 6. Jason Pershy; 7. Craig Crawford; 8. Rick Ratliff; 9. Derek Wilson; 10. Mitch Morris; 11. Brad Montgomery; 12. Rick Hixson; 13. Jordan Hicks; 14. Stephan Kammerer; 15. Troy Rentfro; 16. Kyle Montgomery; 17. Rick Wages; 18. Bruce Fosdyck; 19. Mike Hirst; 20. Shelby Walsh; 21. Casey Franks; 22. Bob Dominacki; (1-DQ, 1-DNS)
Heat #1: 1. Randy Lamar; 2. Jeff Struck Jr.; 3. Jesse Owen; 4. Gene Ehlers; 5. Tony Baker;
Heat #2: 1. Nick Hixson; 2. Brandon Setser; 3. Bryan Ritter; 4. Brian Wiseman; 5. Erick Turner;
Feature: 1. Jeff Struck Jr.; 2. Jesse Owen; 3. Nick Hixson; 4. Gene Ehlers; 5. Brian Wiseman; 6. Erick Turner; 7. Brandon Setser; 8. Tommy Skaggs; 9. Cary Brown; 10. Bryan Ritter; 11. Randy Lamar; 12. Tony Baker; 13. Austin Riggs;
Heat #1: 1. Jake Morris; 2. Gage Neal; 3. Ben Chapman; 4. Mike Haines; 5. Mike Goben;
Heat #2: 1. Kelly Meyer; 2. Jacob Arp; 3. Jared Waterman; 4. Nick Groth; 5. Max Nimick;
Heat #3: 1. Brandon Jewell; 2. Dustin Schram; 3. Tony Olson; 4. Keith Blum; 5. Doug Burkhead;
Feature: 1. Tony Olson; 2. Kelly Meyer; 3. Keith Blum; 4. Doug Burkhead; 5. Jake Morris; 6. Randy Lamar; 7. Nick Groth; 8. Dave Engelkens; 9. Jacob Arp; 10. Brandon Jewell; 11. Mike Goben; 12. Jake Whittington; 13. Rance Powell; 14. Jeff Haines; 15. Gage Neal; 16. Mike Haines; 17. Ben Chapman; 18. Joe Nemitz; 19. Max Nimick; 20. Jared Waterman; 21. Christian Jordan; 22. Nick McCrady; (1-DQ)