Drake Troutman in victory lane at Davenport Speedway. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

Troutman Collects MARS Payday At Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Eighteen year-old Drake Troutman scored one of the biggest wins of his young career Tuesday At Davenport Speedway. Troutman led every lap en route to the win the Hoker 50 for the MARS Championship Late Model Series.

For his efforts, Troutman was awarded the $10,000 winner’s check. The Hyndman, Pennsylvania racer showed plenty of emotion as he exited his racecar in victory lane.

Troutman started second and immediately found the high side of the race track to his liking. Every time Troutman would start to extend his lead, the caution flag would wave again. The final restart on lap 39 gave Garrett Alberson one last chance to take a shot at the lead. Alberson went to the bottom of the race track and was able to get side-by-side with Troutman, but could not advance any further.

Bob Gardner crossed the stripe in third, but was later disqualified in post-race inspection when his race car failed the deck height. That moved Jeff “Bone” Larson up to third. Fourth went to Frank Heckenast Jr. with Justin Kay completing the top five.

Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified action saw Brad Dierks in celebrating victory lane. Dierks started eighth and slowly worked his way to the front. The early race lead belonged to polesitter Charlie Mohr. Mohr led the first 17 laps of the 20-lap main. A lap-17 restart brought the field to Mohr’s rear bumper. Dierks used the low line to grab the lead and go on to victory.

Chris Zogg and Matt Werner also passed Mohr in the final laps to finish second and third, respectively. Mohr held on to a fourth place finish. Scotte Lemke recovered from a mid-race caution to finish fifth.

Jeff Struck Jr. posted the win in the Koehler Electric Outlaw Street Stocks. Tony VonDresky shot out to the early lead and held the top spot for the first six laps. Nick Hixson was closing fast and popped into the lead on lap seven. One lap later, Struck would take the lead. Hixson would pull off a couple laps later. A late race caution would provide a green, white, checkered finish. Struck held serve to score the victory.

VonDresky held on for second with Landen Chrestensen third. Joe Bonney and Cary Brown rounded out the top five.

Feature Finish 

1. Drake Troutman; 2. Garrett Alberson; 3. Jeff Larson; 4. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 5. Justin Kay; 6. Rich Bell; 7. Clayton Stuckey; 8. Tim Simpson; 9. Matt Furman; 10. Chris Simpson; 11. Justin Duty; 12. Jonathan Brauns; 13. Jake Rainey; 14. Ryan Unzicker; 15. Brandon Queen; 16. Blaze Burwell; 17.  Jason Feger; 18. Justin White; 19. Spencer Diercks; 20. Jake Little; 21. Gary Webb; (2-DNS, 1-DQ)