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Title chases heat up at midpoint of season at HC Speedway

Griffith captures second straight Late Model victory

June 19, 2012
By Nancy Kayser - For the DFJ ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

WEBSTER CITY - It was mid-season of weekly racing Saturday night at the Hamilton County Speedway; the point races for track championships are close and the competition on the track showed that.

Mark Elliott of Webster City holds the lead in the Modified division with J.D. Auringer of Evansdale only one point behind.

Multiple-time track champ Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown tops the Late Model division, with Ryan Griffith of Webster City five points back and Al Johnson of Story City six points from the top.

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DFJ photo by Nancy Kayser
Hamilton County Speedway officials threw the red light on the Stock Car feature when the No. 57 driven by Dennis Plain flipped end over end on Saturday. Pictured at the front of the stopped cars is eventual winner Jason Wagoner of Iowa Falls.

Another Webster City driver, Jim Mitchell, is first in the Stock Car division, followed by Ryan Leeman of Roland, who is nine points back.

Brandon Leeman of Roland and Joel Rust of Grundy Center share the top spot in Sport Mods, while Granger's Randy Embrey has an 11-point lead over Austin Wolfgram of Webster City in Hobby Stocks.

Jarid Kuchenreuther of Rockwell is 13 points ahead of Ryan Boland of Fort Dodge in the Sport Compacts.

Rust, in his No. 26J, finally made it to the winner's circle in the Sport Mods after several Top-10 finishes this season. Rust took the lead on the 12th lap after working forward from his fourth row start.

Cody Albers, No. 02A of Marshalltown, jumped to the lead at the start, but he lost speed on the back stretch and allowed Rust, Bob Sutherland in the No. 4ord of Blairsburg, and the No. 64 driven by Brandon Leeman of Roland to slip past.

Sutherland finished second, Leeman third, Dylan Book of Adel, driving the No. B00K, was fourth and Albers ended up fifth.

Two Webster City drivers took turns leading the Hobby Stock feature with Ty Griffith in the No. 56 at the front in the first half of the race until the top spot was taken over by the No. 8R of Corey Roe.

Last week's winner, David Rieks of Eldora, driving the No. 78, ran second behind Griffith until eventual winner Randy Embrey of Granger, No. 40, moved into second when Roe went to the lead.

The four cars stayed close and by the final lap Roe, Embrey and Griffith were side by side as they hustled to the checkers. Embrey claimed his third win of the season by inches; Roe was second, Griffith third, Rieks fourth and Webster City's Austin Wolfgram, No. 24, finished fifth.

Longtime Hamilton County Speedway racer Jason Wagoner of Iowa Falls in the No. 20 grabbed his first win of the season in the Stock Car feature. Wagoner took over the lead on the restart of lap No. 5 and held it to win.

The racing behind Wagoner was fast and placings continually changed. On lap No. 8, a mechanical failure on the No. 57 Stock Car driven by Dennis Plain of Webster City caused the race car to tumble end over end between turns one and two. Plain emerged from the car unhurt.

After trading spots for much of the race, John Campbell of Belmond in the No. 7J finished second, and Ryan Leeman, in his No. R32, was third.

Elliott gabbed the checkers for the first time this season in the Modified feature. Coming from a fourth row start, he managed to slide into the lead by lap six, increasing his lead with each lap.

Contending behind Elliott were second-place finisher Jacob Murray, No. 48J of Hartford, and third spot winner Scott Williams, No. 64, of Steamboat Rock.

Topping the Late Model class for the second straight week was the No. X car driven by Ryan Griffith of Webster City. Griffith, starting from Row No. 3, took over the lead from eventual second-place finisher Curt Schroeder of Des Moines in the No. 15C at mid-race.

Finishing in third was Darrel DeFrance, No. 99D of Marshalltown; fourth was Ben Nading of Ankeny in the No. 21, with Al Johnson, No. 8 out of Story City, in fifth.

Adam Strunk, No. 85S of Webster City, went to the front of the Sport Compact race on the second lap to garner his second win this season. Fort Dodge's Ryan Boland, No. 18, Justin Patterson in the No. 25 and Adam Graves in the No. 2X were second through fourth.

In the pits were 83 racers from 38 Iowa towns.

Casey's General Stores will be the sponsor of the June 23 races with Hot Laps set for 6 p.m. Racing will follow.



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