Locals excel on Upper Iowa Speedway
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 12:13 PM
For the final time in the 2014 season, the Upper Iowa Speedway hosted both Season Championship Night and also welcomed the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.
In the USRA Hobby Stock feature, points leader Steve Holthaus (Cresco) came into Saturday night’s event with a comfortable lead of 46 points over Scott Spilde (Cresco). The main event started off with a rocky start when multiple cars were collected in corners 1-2, bringing out the first of three cautions.
On the restart, Jake Ludeking, Decorah, took over the top spot and began to work the low groove of the track. However, at the mid-race point, Adam Cline, Decorah, had worked his way up the field and started to challenge for the lead. Cline also brought Spilde and Holthaus with him. Cline was able to take over the top spot until his machine broke, handing the lead over to Holthaus.
A late-race caution with three laps to go set up a showdown for the final time in the 2014 season. Holthaus crossed first followed by Spilde, Ludeking, Jesse Holzer (Decorah) and Brady Link (Waukon) for the final time in 2014.
Holthaus, who added his 163rd career feature win feather to his hat, was also crowned track champion.
In the USRA B-Mod class, only 11 points separated track points leader Matt Jones, Waukon, and Dan Hovden, Decorah. Junior Boyer (Calmar) made a rare visit to the Upper Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. He started on the front row of the feature and was quickly into a duel with Jones. Jones eventually took over the lead position near the mid-race point.
D. Hovden, who started eighth, worked his way up through the field and found himself sitting in second with a late-race caution. D. Hovden took the lead from Jones on the restart and that was all D. Hovden needed. He escaped the Upper Iowa Speedway with another victory to close out his 2014 season at the track.
D. Hovden was followed by Jones-the 2014 track points champion-in second. Chris Roney (Ridgeway), Chris Weigert (New Hampton) and Boyer.
Decorah’s Kevin Donlan started his 2014 season on the lid of his USRA Stock Car on opening night at the Upper Iowa Speedway, but he finished his 2014 campaign in victory lane. Donlan started in the front row for the USRA Stock Car main event and led every lap of the race.
Going into Season Championship Night, Mitch Hovden (Decorah) led Kyle Falck (Decorah) by a mere two tallies. Falck went down mid-race with a mechanical problem and was unable to get his machine back onto the track. M. Hovden took home second place, followed by Dan Jones (Waterville), Tom Schmitt (Independecne) and Dillon Anderson (Decorah).
Donlan claimed his first victory at the Upper Iowa Speedway in nearly two years, and it was his first Iron Man Challenge win of the season too. M. Hovden was crowned track champion on Saturday night.
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