Larson, Soppe, Mather, Simonsen, Zrostlik also win after delayed season start
By ROB HINCKLEY
DUBUQUE, IA (May 12) – He tried high and low.
The latter worked in the end for Jeremiah Hurst. The Dubuque ace slid by early leader Terry Neal after a caution and won the 25-lap Eichman’s Bar and Grill IMCA Late Model season opener Sunday evening at Dubuque Speedway.
“They (his crew) were down at the turn waving me to stay low and it worked,” Hurst said in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane. “The car was great. The track was great. It was a special night.”
The track, under new promoter Trackside Promotions, finally got the opener on the fifth try due to bad weather through April and first weekend of May.
Andy Nezworski also got by Neal for the runner up spot. Matt Ryan and Jeff Tharp rounded out the top five.
Jeff Larson weave his way through two and three wide groups to take the 20-lap Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modified feature. Early leader Jaden Fryer, a charging Tyler Madigan, Jed Freiburger and Austin Moyer came next.
Tyler Soppe launched from his P3 start and held off Gage Neal in a very competitive Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA SportMod finale. Wes Digman, Jason Roth and Jacob Ellithorpe came next.
Dakota Simonsen went to the front early and capped the Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stock 12-lap feature. Daniel Wauters, Quinton Miller, Brandon White and Roger Winkers were next.
Wauters took the Trackside Back Row Challenge, hoping to win a bonus for coming from the back to the win, but fell one position short.
Cole Mather beat Kyle Merkes and Reece Norton in the IMCA Stock Car 12-lap feature. Joe Zrostlik won the 4 Cylinder main over John Campbell, Robbie Harding, Jacob Welter and Rick Hempstead.
A total of 67 race teams hit the track on a chilly Mother’s Day evening to start the season under new promoter Trackside Promotions.
Action continues on the 3/8-mile, dirt oval this Sunday May 19 highlighted by the Eichman’s Bar and Grill IMCA Late Models, Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds, Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA SportMods, IMCA Stock Cars, Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stocks and 4 Cylinders.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are 5:30 with racing at 6 p.m.
Advance tickets are now available.
For more information, log on to tracksidepromotionsia.com, the track Facebook page or call 563-940-7841.
Following are results from stock car racing Sunday evening at Dubuque Speedway.
Eichman’s Bar and Grill IMCA Late Models
Feature (25 laps) – 1. 58 Jeremiah Hurst 2. 7 Andy Nezworski 3. 28 Terry Neal 4. 07 Matt Ryan 5. 10T Jeff Tharp 6. P7 Eric Pollard 7. 21 Lee Kinsella 8. 21M Luke Merfeld 9. 7 Jon Merfeld 10. 17 Ryan Hill 11. 44W David Webster 12. T22 Tegan Evans 13. 11 Lyle Klein 14. B.J. Jackson
1st Heat (10 laps) – 1. L. Merfeld 2. Nezworski 3. Kinsella 4. Jackson
2nd Heat (10 laps) – 1. Tharp 2. J. Merfeld 3. Hurst 4. Neal
Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds
Feature (20 laps) – 1. B1 Jeff Larson 2. 88 Jaden Fryer 3. 21M Tyler Madigan 4. 6 Jed Freiburger 5. 1M Austin Moyer 6. 12 Tyler Droste 7. 27M Mark Schulte 8. 3G Bryce Garnhart 9. 7M Matt Short 10. 9K Troy Bauer 11. 11 Ray Cox, Jr. 12. 2G Matt Gansen 13. 60F Jarrett Franzen 14. 19B Austin Blume 15. 15 Sean Rupp 16. 01 John Campbell 17. 80N Richard Nelson 18. 41P Keith Pittman 19. 7D Dustin Wilwert
Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA SportMods
Feature (15 laps) – 1. 3T Tyler Soppe 2. 12N Gage Neal 3. 42 Wes Digman 4. 31 Jason Roth 5. 72 Jacob Ellithorpe 6. 4 Jerry Miles 7. 6M Jake Murphy 8. 23 Dan Hahn 9. 32 T.J. Fortmann 10. 6R Rusty Deshaw 11. 7M Nate Miller 12. 15 Matt Stagman 13. 35JR Justin Becker 14. Travis Fecht 15. 77X Brandon Setser (Did Not Start – T34 Troy Ginther)
Trackside IMCA Stock Cars
Feature (12 laps) – 1. 74C Cole Mather 2. 8K Kyle Merkes 3. 63 Reece Norton
Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stocks
Feature (12 laps) – 1. 60 Dakota Simonsen 2. 09 Daniel Wauters 3. 73 Quinton Miller 4. 3B Brandon White 5. 59 Roger Winkers (Did Not Start – 58 Corey Cullen)
Trackside 4 Cylinders
Feature (12 laps) – 1. Z50 Joe Zrostlik 2. W1 John Campbell 3. 7X Robbie Harding 4. 83 Jacob Welter 5. 11 Rick Hempstead 6. 14N Curtis Nesteby 7. 47 Thomas Adams 8. 11H Justin Hempstead (Did Not Start – 18N Jake Bendixen)