Hobscheidt Wins 23rd Ron Little Memorial
Karl Chevrolet of Stuart International Speedway saw 137 cars in the pits for the Ron Little Memorial/finale to the Midwest Madness tour on Thursday night. Feature winners were Tyler Fiebelkorn, Ben Kraus, Izac Mallicoat, Devin Smith, Brandon Cox and Jacob Hobscheidt.
The first feature on the track was the IMCA Sport Compacts with Elijah Hoyt leading the first 4 laps. Tyler Fiebelkorn came calling on lap 5 and built a sizable lead, but Kolby Sabin got to second place as the white flag flew and threw everything he had at the win. Sabin would get alongside for the lead in turn 3, but coming out of 4 it was Fiebelkorn on the bottom side taking the win. Sabin finished in second with Caine Mahlberg third, Ryan Brown fourth and Trent Reed fifth. Hoyt had finished third but was disqualified in post-race tech.
Outlaw Mini Mods were up next and Kamdyn Haggard showed the way for the first 4 circuits. Ben Kraus took over on lap 5 and sailed to the easy win. Carlos Vergara finished second with Lucas Daniels third, Bobby Daniels fourth and Haggard fifth.
IMCA Northern SportMods came out next and Izac Mallicoat was on cruise control until a lap 15 yellow brought Dylan VanWyk and Cam Reimers up behind for a 5 lap shootout. VanWyk had looked great coming through the field but didn’t have enough left in the tank as Mallicoat drove on to the win. VanWyk settled for second with Reimers third, Tyler Inman fourth and Dale Ricks Jr fifth.
Devin Smith took advantage of his 2nd starting position to jump out to an early lead for the IMCA Stock Cars. Yellows on laps 2, 13 and 19 were the only things holding Smith back as he lead every lap and took the win. Damon Murty had the most adventurous race as he was sent to the rear early and passed all but the leader to bring home second place. Todd VanEaton finished third with Dallon Murty fourth and Johnathon Logue fifth.
Arizona driver Zack Tate controlled the IMCA Hobby Stocks for the first 8 laps with Brandon Cox and Eric Stanton duking it out for second behind him. Cox made the right moves and took the lead on lap 9, holding it to the end to take the win in the caution free event. Stanton finished second with Tate third, Skylar Pruitt fourth and Luke Ramsey fifth.
The last race of the night was the IMCA Modifieds and the 23rd running of the Ron Little Memorial. Josh Gilman and Shane DeMey set the pace until a caution came out on lap 3. DeMey and Gilman swapped the lead with Gilman coming out on top until Tom Berry Jr took over on lap 9. Berry Jr looked to head to victory lane as he stretched his lead, but Cayden Carter got to second on lap 25 and began to track down the leader. Carter took the top spot on lap 28, but as the leaders got the white flag there was contact between them resulting in a double spin in turn 1. Berry Jr headed pit side and Carter followed suit with a flat left front tire. Jacob Hobscheidt was the recipient of some good fortune and he capitalized on the 2 lap shootout to take the $2500 win. Gilman swung around the top side to take second with Jarrett Brown third, Ethan Braaksma fourth and Chris Abelson fifth.
Champions for the Midwest Madness tour were as follows – Kyle Brown, IMCA Modifieds – Damon Murty, IMCA Stock Cars – Carter Vandenberg, IMCA Northern SportMods – Zack Tate, IMCA Hobby Stocks – Tyler Fiebelkorn, IMCA Sport Compacts.
We’d like to thank all who came out to support the race track at our eighth event of the year. July 11 & 12 will see the XR Super Late Model Series come to town. Some of the best dirt Late Model drivers in the country will be in attendance and you won’t want to miss it. See you then!
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Article Credit: Josh Reynolds