WEBSTER CITY - Drivers are eager to get their race cars back on the dirt track at the Hamilton County Speedway and they'll get their chance on Saturday after last week's program was cancelled because of the soggy conditions in the pits.
With only two weeks left in the points season, the racers are keen to better their standings.
Multi-time track champion Todd Cooney of Des Moines and Webster City favorite Ryan Griffith are tied at the top of the Late Model standings with 320 points. Griffith won the track championship a season ago.
DFJ photo by Nancy Kayser
Racing will resume at the Hamilton County Speedway on Saturday, as only two weeks remain in the points season. The Sport Mod class (above) is led by Oskaloosa resident Carter VanDenberg; Holland’s Jared Van Deest is just nine points back.
DFJ photo by Nancy Kayser
Webster City Modified driver Mark Elliott (right) leads that class by 19 points over Des Moines driver Nick Roberts at the Hamilton County Speedway.
Fewer than 10 points separate the top two drivers in the Stock Car, Sport Mod and Hobby Stock classes. Champions in all three divisions will also be decided in the final races.
Saturday's racing will begin with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Heat and feature races will follow.
The Hamilton County Fair is set to kick off on July 22 and will showcase four racing events.
Hamilton County Speedway
Top 5 Only
IMCA Late Model
115XRyan GriffithWebster City320
230Todd CooneyWebster City320
376Jason HahneWebster City307
443Jeremy GradyStory City306
112Mark ElliottWebster City302
223JRNick RobertsDes Moines283
347Greg ElliottWebster City279
55DDevon HavlikIowa Falls256
IMCA Sport Mod
280JJared Van DeestHolland283
556Ty GriffithWebster City251
IMCA Hobby Stock
213GCraig GrahamWebster City291
321Myles MichehlFort Dodge279
44DDanny AyersWebster City256
IMCA Sport Compact
110Danny Sassman JrFort Dodge282
23TTommy BeekmanFort Dodge251
4M13MacKenzie OberhelmanFort Dodge233
513Matt OberhelmanFort Dodge206
122XLance DealFort Dodge290
3M5Jim MitchellWebster City269
494Steve MeyerGrundy Center265
The traditional Thursday Night Thunder will be held on July 24. The event's large payout always brings in top-notch drivers from across the state.
In front of the grandstand on Friday, July 25, fairgoers will be entertained by the fast-paced Trailer Race, followed by the Hound and Hare pursuit. A fireworks display will top off the evening.
The final night of the racing season will take place on Saturday, July 26 with the Fair Classic featuring race car rides, goodie bags and giveaways for kids. The Hamilton County Speedway Racing Association will induct the 2014 Hall of Fame class that includes Bill Haglund, Dick Hahne, Whit Hemingway and John Hemingway. Due to all of the scheduled activities, hot laps will begin at 6 p.m.
Closing out "Wheels Week" at the fair will be the Demolition Derby, which is slated to begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.