Hamilton County Speedway packs 80 cars in for racing

WEBSTER CITY – An enthusiastic crowd was in the grandstand Saturday evening at the Hamilton County Speedway for weekly racing as the speedway continues to celebrate its 75th year of race events on the historic half-mile track.

Aaron Benson, No. 24 of Clear Lake, topped the 24-car Sport Mod Feature. Starting on the front row, he jumped to the lead and kept it through four restarts to take his first win here this season. The next four spots went to drivers who worked their way to the front during the 16-lap feature. The No. 21L driven by Matt Lettow of Roland was second. Another Roland driver, Brandon Leeman in the No. 64, was third with the No. 99 driven by Rocky Caudle of Ellsworth fourth and Webster City’s Brandon Toftee in the No. 85T in fifth.

The lead changed several times during the Hobby Stock feature with cars running three wide at times. Taking home the win for the first time this year was the No. 71M car driven by Jeremy Morriss of Clare. Myles Michehl, No. 21 of Fort Dodge, took second. In third was Webster City’s Craig Graham with Pat Zimmerman, No. 55Z of Greene, placing fourth. Matt Ring, No. 58 of Dows, was fifth.

Mark Elliott, No. 15 of Webster City, won the Stock Car feature for the second straight week. He started in the fifth row and took the lead by lap No. 10 for the win. Steve Meyer, No. 94 of Grundy Center, and Cody Frerichs, No. 46 of Bristow, duked it out behind Elliott over the last half of the race as they chased him for the top spot. Meyer scored in at second with Frerichs in third. Travis Prochaska, No. 21T of Iowa Falls, placed fourth with Jim Mitchell, No. M5 of Webster City, taking the fifth spot.

A field of 12 seasoned veterans hit the track for the Modified feature which went caution free the entire race. Ryan Ruter, No. 555 of Kanawha, jumped to the lead from his front row starting spot. He increased his lead with each lap for the win. The real battle was behind the winner as the Nos. 77, 1M and 64 cars contended for the next three positions. Josh Foster, No. 77 of Newton, garnered second with the No. 1M driven by Brett Meyer of Lytton third. Scott Williams, No. 64 of Steamboat Rock, was fourth and Tyler Prochaska, No. 22T of Iowa Falls, crossed the finish line in fifth.

Dustin Haggard, Humboldt, driving the No. 37 Sport Compact, won that feature for the second time this year. Webster City’s Adam Strunk, No. 85S, was second and No. 50K Kalan Guthrie of Fort Dodge was third.

Capping off the evening was the fast-paced Late Model feature with Ryan Griffith of Webster City in the No. 15X taking the win. Craig Jacobs, No. 95 of Des Moines, was second with the No. 8 piloted by Al Johnson of Story City in third.

There were 80 cars in competition in the six classes and they came from 43 Iowa towns and Tonganoxie, Kan. The Kansas driver is Ben Kates, a recent high school graduate who drives the No. 23K Sport Mod. Kates is spending the summer in Central Iowa in his quest for national IMCA championship points.

Weekly racing continues on Saturday at the historic track with hot laps at 6 p.m. Heat and feature races will follow.