Duffy Beats The Rain At Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — Track officials pushed the show along Saturday night with rain approaching Independence Motor Speedway, running 14 heats in 59 minutes, then quickly bringing out the IMCA late model field to start main events.  

Logan Duffy used his front row start to lead all 20 laps while keeping control on a gradually wetter track. Sean Johnson and Brandon David completed the top three.

Nineteen-year-old Duffy won his 10th late model main in his fourth year in the division.

Five IMCA divisions plus one added class drew 108 cars to the quarter-mile.

Brandon Tharp led the first three laps of the Northern sport mod main until Jarett Franzen drove around Tharp in turn two for the lead.  

Tony Olson used the bottom of turn four to squeeze past Franzen with three laps remaining and held off Franzen to take the win. Franzen was second and Tharp retained third.

The stock cars had an entertaining main as Dru Kueker led with Kaden Reynolds applying pressure until things got a bit aggressive.

Reynolds pushed Keuker up the track in turn four resulting in a Keuker spin and trip to the rear and a two-position penalty on Reynolds.

Tom Schmitt became the new leader and held off Cole Mather for the win. Mather came from the tail after an early yellow sent him to 20th starting position. Jason Hocken finished third.

Chad Mannion led the hobby stock finale until Zach McNeese used the bottom of turn four to take over.  McNeese was pushed by Calvin Dhondt for many laps but the pass was not completed and Dhondt was second ahead of Tyler Oliendieck.

Modified action took a dramatic turn on a restart with nine laps remaining. Jonathan Timmesch was in control when a yellow flew. On the restart he slid up the track in turn two and lost many places.

Jerry King jumped on the opportunity and led the final laps while Troy Cordes settled for second after trying every move for a pass. Dirk Hamilton was third in a photo finish.

The sport compact win went to Colton Stewart and Calvin Dhondt won the visiting cruiser division.