Griffith collects first Sport Mod feature win at HC Speedway

WEBSTER CITY – The water trucks kept rolling Saturday night at the Hamilton County Speedway as the rains when elsewhere. But heavy showers in other sections of the state forced several tracks to cancel and left their usual drivers looking for a dry surface.

Newcomers from Sioux City to Farley came to the local track to give the historic half-mile a try. A total of 94 drivers from 45 Iowa towns filled the pit area.

Ty Griffith, a former Hobby Stock driver who moved up to the Sport Mod class this season, used several restarts to make his way to the lead at the midway point of the feature. He was chased by Blairsburg’s Bob Sutherland and Holland’s Jared VanDeest.

Griffith, a Webster City driver, managed to hold off VanDeest to gain his first ever Sport Mod win. Sutherland took third.

Des Moines resident Todd Cooney chalked up career win No. 192 to take home the Late Model honors for the evening. The national points leader hopes to make it to 200 victories before the month ends.

Second-place finisher Jeremy Grady of Roland led the first half of the race, but surrendered the top spot on a caution restart. Ryan Griffith, last week’s winner driving out of Webster City, placed third.

Three drivers shared the lead during the Stock Car feature, but it was Steve Meyer, Grundy Center, who prevailed after he took control at the halfway point to cross the line with a commanding lead.

In second was Jason Minnehan – the Churdan driver who won the previous two feature races. Webster City’s Mark Elliott ended in third in just his second night of Stock Car racing this season.

Danny Sassman, Jr. of Fort Dodge celebrated his birthday with a full field win in the Sport Compact class. Beaman’s David Moorman placed second, while Tyler Thompson of Sioux City ran in third.

Thompson stands fourth in national Sports Compact points.

Todd Shute, coming off a Friday Modified victory at the Iowa State Fairgrounds track, went flag to flag to make his first appearance in victory lane at the Webster City track.

Battling it out for second were Scott Olson, Blairsburg, and last week’s victor Adam Larson of Ankeny. Olson claimed the second spot.

Hobby Stock driver Randy Embrey, Granger, won for the third time this season. Runner-up Myles Michehl of Fort Dodge had his car on Embrey’s bumper over the last half of the race.

Matt Mundt, Callendar, finished well back in third.

The race season will reach the midpoint this weekend. Track championships are still in contention as fewer than 20 points separate the top runners in each class.

Hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening with races to follow.