ALGONA (KCS) – It was memorable night for McCain Jennings as the Algona driver picked career feature win number one on Thursday, June 3 to highlight an exciting night of dirt track racing at the Kossuth County Speedway.
Jennings started on the outside of the third row before working his way to front and holding off a challenge of three veteran drivers in Derek Green, Donovan Smith and Kelly Shryock to win the stock car feature.
Kevin Opheim was the early leader in the feature as the yellow flag came out on the second lap. Loren Pesicka became the new leader after the restart and held that spot until Jennings took over the lead on lap number four and refused to give it up for career win number one.
Shryock ended up second with Green placing third as Smith took fourth and Calvin Lange rounded out the top five finishers. Point leader Shryock improved eight spots as the feature’s hard charger with Loren Pesicka and Green wining stock heat races.
The evening drew a total of 81 cars at the track, including 11 vintage cars with the stock cars having the biggest car count of the night with 17 closely followed by the sport mods with 16.
The sport mods feature was another entertaining race as Matthew Hanson was the early lead only to see Alex Smith take over the top spot on lap number three.
Point leader Matt Looft patiently weaved his way through the 16-car field to close in behind Smith with seven laps to go. The two drivers battled for the next five laps but Smith would give up the lead.
Finally with just over a lap remaining, Looft eased past Smith and went onto the feature win. Smith held on to the runner-up spot as George Nordman took third followed by Hanson and Alec Fett.
Looft moved up seven positions as the feature’s hard charger while the two winners of the sport mods heat races earlier in the evening were Justin Raymond and Looft.
Just 10 modifeds made an appearance at the track on Thursday as the feature started with a complete restart as last week’s winner Cody Knecht spun out in turn number one.
Off the restart, Rob Hughes was the early leader and held the lead for a while with Ben Schultze lurking right on his back bumper. Jeremy Mills and Shryock joined the battle for the lead but Hughes refused to give away the top spot.
Shryock tried high and low before finally getting past Hughes with three laps to go and went onto the feature victory. Mills came home in second place with Hughes taking third place.
Schultze ended up in fourth place and Zach Dockter rounded out the top five cars. Shryock came for the outside of the fourth row as the feature’s hard charger while the winners of the two modified heat races were Jeff Feaster and Schultze.
Darin Johnson and James Burns led the 12-car hobby stock field to flag-stand for the green flag as Johnson was the early leader. The caution flag appeared on laps number two and four with Johnson still out front before Josh Sidles took the lead off the second restart and went onto the win.
Johnson held onto the runner-up slot as season point leader Brandon Nielsen was third followed by Steve Wickman and week one winner Carter Koop was fifth.
Nielsen went from ninth to third as the feature’s hard charger as the winners of the two hobby stock heat races earlier in the show were Wickman and Johnson.
Week number three at the track brought the same outcome in the sport compacts class as Kaytee Devries continued to dominate the class with her third straight feature win.
Lucas Parsons was the early lead before Devries took the lead at the race’s halfway point. Jade Lange finished second with Parsons taking third as Charles Prime was fourth and Brayton Kajewski placed fifth. Parsons was the victor in the lone sport compacts’ heat race.
The cruiser saw one new but familiar car at the track as the duo of Ryan Hudson and Molly Mills came from the back of the five car field for a feature victory. Chris and Joe Heyes had a nice run to place second in the feature with point leaders Peg Lewis and Heather Pesicka finished third as the lone cruiser heat race went to Lewis and Pesicka.
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(Photo by Greg Grabianowski)
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