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Hensel Takes First Hobby Win

Story by Josh Reynolds

Stuart, IA (May 15) – A windy and cool evening gave way to terrific racing and some repeat winners at Stuart Speedway! Josh May, Mike Nichols, Jake Benischek, Austin Luellen, Adam Hensel and Ricky Thornton Jr. took the wins on T&T Siding & Scott Concrete Night at the Races.

Mike Morrill and Josh May brought the MADCRA Mod Lites out for their feature with Morrill taking control on the top side. May followed suit for the first six laps and then switched it to the bottom. That was the turning point in the race as May moved into the lead on lap eight. May would go on to take the win over Morrill, Randy Bryan, Cory Sauerman and Erin Turner. Morrill was the heat race winner.

IMCA Stock Cars were next up with Derrick Rohe and Josh Daniels on the front row. Third starting Brandon Pruitt moved to the front on lap one with Marcus Fagan and Daniels in tow. Week one winner Mike Nichols moved into third on lap five, second on lap eight and to the lead as he rocketed by Pruitt on the top side on lap nine. The battle was on for second after that between Fagan, Pruitt and Brian Blessington, but Nichols was too much for the field as he took the win – his 14th in a row to start 2016!!! Fagan won out in the battle for second with Pruitt third, Robert Merkle fourth and Blessington fifth. Daniels and Pruitt were the heat race winners.

Aaron Miller and Ralph Bunce were on the front row for the IMCA Sport Compacts, but it was fourth starting Jake Benischek taking the lead on lap one. Benischeck rode off into the sunset to take his second win in as many starts. John Gill came home second with Jacob Reiter third, Levi Heath fourth and Curtis Miller fifth. Reiter was the heat race winner.

IMCA Northern SportMods came out next with Dusty Masolini and Jerry Hinton on the front row. Kody Havens led lap one with Austin Luellen and Hinton close behind. Luellen used the bottom side of the track to take the lead on lap six with a caution slowing the field a lap later. Once the cars fired back up it was Luellen out front and Clint Luellen getting past Havens on lap eight. Austin would go on to take the win with Clint finishing second, Jake McBirnie third, Havens fourth and Justin Addison fifth. Chase Rudolf, Austin Luellen and Havens were the heat race winners.

Keith Burg and David Simpson brought out the IMCA Hobby Stocks next, and after three caution flags before a lap was completed it was Jamie Songer leading lap one with Adam Hensel and Burg in tow. Songer looked to go the distance, but on lap twelve took the bottom side around a lap car. Hensel pounced on the top side and took over the lead. Hensel went on to take his first ever Hobby Stock win with John Watson second, Jamie Schirm third, Burg fourth and Songer fifth. Simpson and Aaron Rudolph were the heat race winners.

Last but not least, IMCA Modifieds came to the track with Shane Demey and Dylan Book on the front row. Demey led lap one, but Ricky Thornton Jr powered to the front on lap two. Demey and Tim Ward took turns in the second spot, but no one was stopping Thornton Jr on this night as he went on to take the win. Demey finished second with Kyle Brown third, Jesse Hoeft fourth and Ward fifth. Demey, Josh Gilman and Jacob Murray were the heat race winners.

We’d like to thank all who came out to support the race track at our second event of the year. Next week will be Casey's General Stores & Luellen Farms Night at the Races. We will have our 5 regular IMCA classes and the Heartland Micro Sprints will be back in town! See you then!


Modifieds - Feature

1. 20RT    Ricky Thornton Jr

2. 15M    Shane Demey

3. 21K    Kyle Brown

4. 21    Jesse Hoeft

5. 4TW    Tim Ward

6. 83G    Josh Gilman

7. 21D    Dave Brown

8. 23JR    Nick Roberts

9. V31    Todd Vaneaton

10. 5    Todd Shute

11. 51X    Matthew Webb

12. 71    Jeff James

13. 43S    Scott Simatovich

14. 4    Tony Hilgenberg

15. 25D    Bob Daniels

16. 14B    Scott Bash

17. 45H    Jason Hickingbottom

18. 19    Jimmy Gustin

19. B00K    Dylan Book

20. 48J    Jacob Murray



Stock Cars - Feature

1. 63    Mike Nichols

2. 1F    Marcus Fagan

3. 10B    Brandon Pruitt

4. 54    Robbie Merkle

5. 92B    Brian Blessington

6. 28    Greg Gill

7. 98    Derrick Rohe

8. 5    Keith Simmons

9. B17    Steve Byers

10. 12    Adam Hagen

11. 22    Chris Pruitt

12. 25J    Josh Daniels



SportMods - Feature


1. 3A    Austin Luellen

2. 3L    Clinton Luellen

3. 82    Jake Mcbirnie

4. 99K    Kody Havens

5. 26J    Justin Addison

6. 6A    Adam Armstrong

7. 34    Jerry Hinton

8. 57    Lynn Brockett

9. 30    Shawn Cooney

10. 8    Dusty Masolini

11. 33R    D.j. Robinson

12. 13M    Matthew Munyon

13. 6B    Daniel Baudler

14. 93    Hunter Longnecker

15. 29V    Brett Vanderheiden

16. 32S    Blair Simmons

17. 8R    Chase Rudolf

18. 39    Paul Chumos



Hobby Stocks - Feature

1. 7H    Adam Hensel

2. 4W    John Watson

3. 56    Jamie Schirm

4. 14    Jason Day

5. 96R    Jamie Songer

6. 14B    Keith Burg

7. 38R    Aaron Rudolph

8. 23G    Greg Gilbert

9. 9H    Kenny Hay

10. 12    Korbin Nourse

11. 3J    Jamie Flugge-smith

12. 3A    Gregg Anderson

13. 7    David Simpson

14. 77G    Ryan Grochala

15. 78    Shannon Anderson

16. 92    Buck Schafroth



Spt Compact - Feature

1. 3    Jake Benischek

2. 2    John Gill

3. 30X    Jacob Reiter

4. 9H    Levi Heath

5. 411    Curtis Miller

6. 15V    Bryan Vannausdle

7. 1    Aaron Miller

8. 6G    Ralph Bunce



Mod Lites - Feature

Finish Car Driver

1. 99    Joshua May

2. 6    Mike Morrill

3. 64    Randy Bryan

4. 17    Cory Sauerman

5. 7    Erin Turner

6. 88    Justin Rankin


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