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Stewart, Huls Score First Wins of the year

Aug 29, 2017

By Brian Neal, 34 Raceway


West Burlington — Another beautiful night for racing greeted the fans and drivers on Saturday, August 26 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington as it was the Prelude to Season Championship Night. Extra money was added to the purse thanks to Pitside Parts and Roberts Tire Center. At the end of the nights action two drivers scored their first wins of the season at the track, while five others picked up multiple wins at the track.

The 15-lap Casebine Credit Union IMCA SportMod feature was the first to take to the track on this night, with Colton Livezey and Kyle Hill drawing the front row. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light came on, as Hill, Tom Lathrop, and Andrew Burk spun off the track in turn one to bring out the yellow.

While under caution, Livezey had to pit for a right rear flat, which moved Brandon Lennox and Austen Becerra to the front row for the original restart. On the restart Lennox jumped out into the lead on lap one over Becerra and Justin Veloz, who started eighth. Then just after lap one was scored complete Randy LaMar spun in turn two to bring out the yellow. Lennox grabbed the lead on the restart, with Becerra and Veloz close behind. Two laps later, lap three, Jeffrey DeLonjay and Hill spun in turn two to bring out the third caution of the race. Once again Lennox jumped back out front on the restart, with Becerra and Austin Howes, who started 7th, following.

While Lennox worked the top of the track, Becerra would try the bottom to get the lead away from Lennox over the next 6 laps. But Lennox was able to hold him off on each lap at the line to keep the lead. The action up front was slowed for the fourth and final time on lap 9, when Lathrop spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox moved back out front, with Becerra and Howes close behind. Coming off turn two to complete lap 11 Becerra was able to make the bottom groove work to slip under Lennox for the top spot. Lennox tried to work back by Becerra over the final four laps, but Becerra was able to hold him off to claim his seventh win of the season at the track and second of the weekend. As he also picked up the win Friday night in Donnellson. Lennox was second, Howes was thirrd, Hill came back from the rear twice to finish in fourth, with Sean Wyett finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 12 lap Deery Brothers IMRA Midget feature, with Adam Taylor and Dillon Morely leading the field to the green. Taylor used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap one over Morley and Kurt Mueller. Morley would follow in Taylor’s tire tracks over the entire 12 laps, but wasn’t able to mount a challenge on Taylor for the lead. As Taylor held on to pick up his third win of the season at 34 Raceway. Morley was second, Jacob Sollenberger was third, Mueller was fourth, with Chris Bolander coming home in fifth.

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