tow for Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener pays off for Wolla
VINTON, Iowa (May 19) – Rain in
North Dakota was bad news for drivers in Iowa Tuesday night
at Benton County Speedway.
Jason Wolla made a last-minute decision to travel
14-plus hours from his hometown of Ray, in western North Dakota,
for the opening event in IMCA’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour.
He started 11th, took the lead from Mark Elliott
following a 13th circuit restart and outran defending champion
Mike Van Genderen in traffic late in the 40-lapper.
The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified win paid $1,000.
“We made a last-second decision to come here
and it paid off,” said Wolla, who’d finished fourth
at Vinton en route to the Frostbuster Series crown in early
April. “We rained out last week everywhere in North
Dakota and had the trailer loaded up and ready to go. We had
another car to pick up from Justin O’Brien (at Rage
Chassis) in West Union and here we are.”
Van Genderen started ninth and made up ground on
Wolla before running out of laps. J.D. Auringer raced from
12th starting to third, Hunter Marriott was fourth and Joe
Docekal made his way from 17th to fifth.
Elliott led the first 12 laps and ran ahead of David
Brown and Brian Irvine, who fell out of contention after getting
together in the first set of turns.
Wolla was in second and Docekal was already up to
fifth when the caution came out. Wolla drove around Elliott,
with Van Genderen taking over second following the third and
final restart, on lap 22.
Auringer moved into third on lap 28 but couldn’t
muster a challenge to Van Genderen or Wolla.
“To come here with the dogs and run with them,
man, that was fun,” Wolla said before heading north
on Highway 150 to West Union. “We knew we were good
on the bottom and that we’d be tough to pass. This car
is like putting a glove on.”
Wolla was already on the ballot for the 2015 Fast
Shafts All-Star Invitational.
Round two of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is on Memorial
Day, Monday, May 25 at I-35 Speedway. That main event also
pays $1,000 to win.
Other winners Tuesday at Vinton included Damon Murty
in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Colby Heishman in the Karl
Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Benji Irvine in the IMCA
Sunoco Hobby Stocks.
Murty made his successful charge back to the front
after getting sideways and restarting at the rear. Heishman’s
victory was his career first.
Modifieds – 1. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 2. Mike Van
Genderen, Newton; 3. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; 4. Hunter Marriott,
Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Mark Elliott,
Webster City; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Cayden Carter,
Oskaloosa; 9. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 10. Kyle Brown, Kellogg;
11. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 12. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids;
13. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 14. Ryan Maitland, Denver; 15.
Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 16. Dennis Betzer, Central City;
17. Cole Ferguson, Dexter; 18. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 19.
Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 20. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 21.
Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 23.
Zach Less, Manchester; 24. David Brown, Kellogg.