Murty & Gustin Defend Home Turf
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods invaded the high banks of the Marshalltown Speedway on Wednesday night, but it was two regulars who defended their home turf.
In the USRA B-Mod main event, Dan Wheeler, who came into Wednesday’s action as the Iron Man points leader, started on the front row.
Wheeler jumped out to an early lead in the feature, but his lead was quickly erased with an early caution. As the field started to sort itself out, Jenae Gustin found herself battling alongside Wheeler for the top spot.
Gustin, the younger sister of two-time USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin, wiggled her way through the field and took over the lead with six laps complete.
Winning by more than a straight-away, Gustin claimed the checkers and $600 winner’s share of the purse on her home dirt followed by Jacob Bleess, Joey Schaefer, Jared Van Deest and Cory Crapser. Wheeler held on for sixth.
The USRA Stock Cars saw a clash of titans Wednesday night. Starting on pole for the feature event was the “Chelsea Charger,” Damon Murty. What looked as if Murty would run away with the win, a mid-race caution brought the field back together.
This opened the door for title contender Mitch Hovden to take over the top spot. On the restart, Murty was able to drive away from Hovden and the rest of the field.
Leading every lap of the feature, Murty took the $750 top prize. Hovden, Steve Meyer, Tom Schmitt and Dillon Anderson rounded out the top five.