Race results and recap from Marshalltown Speedway from June 3, 2016.

Two drivers, Ricky Thornton, Jr. in the Modified division, and Jeff Wollam in Stock Cars, scored first wins of the 2016 season at the Marshalltown Speedway on Fridaynight. Sam Wieben scored his second SportMod feature win, and Mike Morrill won for the second time in the Mod Lite class. The man who has been unstoppable in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Eric Stanton, kept his perfect season going by winning for the sixth time in a row.

Ricky Thornton, Jr., the Candler, Arizona driver who is calling Iowa home for the summer, made his presence known in the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature. Thornton started thirteenth and grabbed the lead away from last week's winner Eric Elliott at lap nine. From there on, Thornton took his ride to the topside and never looked back on his way to the checkers. Jake Murray finished second from starting ninth, and third went to eleventh place starter Jimmy Gustin with a late race charge. Kyle Brown finished fourth after starting seventh, and Ronn Lauritzen came from tenth starting spot, to round out the top five. Thornton has had several wins at various tracks, but this was his first victory at Marshalltown this season.

Veteran racer Jeff Wollam returned to victory lane in the IMCA Stock Car division. Wollam, who had run in the top three all night long, made the last lap pass on the back stretch, slipping under Donavon Smith and beating him to the checkers for the win. Smith, had to settle for the runner up spot, third went to Tyler Pickett, fourth to tenth place starter Austin Evens, and Steve Meyer started eighth and finished fifth. Wollam had not won at Marshalltown since August of 2011.

Young Ethan Braaskma led the pack of IMCA Northern SportMods in their 18-lap feature through the first eleven laps. The caution at lap eleven was Braaksma's nemesis and Sam Wieben's good fortune. On the restart, Wieben got the jump on Braaksma and flew to the lead. Wieben held the top spot to the checkers and the win. Last week's winner Jared VanDeest came from twelfth starting spot to finish second and Braaksma held third. It was a tight finish for fourth and fifth, with Cory Rose just beating out Travis Peterson. Wieben won for the second time at the track this year.

Eric Stanton has been unstoppable in the IMCA Hobby Stock division and it was no different on Friday night. He took the win for the sixth straight time, making for a perfect regular season. Stanton started ninth and was in the lead at lap four, keeping it the remaining eleven laps to the checkers flying. Gene Nicklas finished as the runner up, third went to Dustin Graham, Gary Pfantz was fourth and lady racer Leah Wroten was fifth.

Mike Morrill made it back to back feature wins in the Mod Lite class. Morrill led all fifteen laps on the way to victory in the caution free race. Josh May finished second, over Randy Bryan in third, Joel Glick was fourth and Eric Turner rounded out the top five.

Next Up: The IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series and Hawkeye Dirt Tour visit the Marshalltown Speedway on Tuesday, June 7 (read more).

MARSHALLTOWN SPEEDWAY
WEEKLY RACING SERIES
MARSHALLTOWN, IA
JUNE 3, 2016

FinishHOBBY STOCKHometown
1Eric StantonCarlisle , Ia
2Eugene NicklasGrinnell , Ia
3Dustin GrahamBoone , Ia
4Gary PfantzState Center, Ia
5Leah WrotenIndependence , Ia
6Brandon PittsAmes , Ia
7Riley SongerAnkeny , Ia
8Mitchell ThomasMarshalltown , Ia
9Eric KnutsonGrimes , Ia
10Andy PeckNewton , Ia
11Craig LovigMarshalltown , Ia
12Gregg AndersonPerry , Ia
13Preston MericalCollins , Ia
14Allen FleenerAltoona , Ia
15Travis MericalMarshalltown , Ia
16David SimpsonAnkeny , Ia
FinishMOD LITEHometown
1Mike MorrillAltoona , Ia
2Josh MayDe Soto, Ia
3Randy BryanAmes , Ia
4Joe GlickDes Moines, Ia
5Erin TurnerNewton , Ia
6Kevin GrishamOgden , Ia
7Larry SorensonAmes , Ia
FinishSPORT MODHometown
1Sam WiebenDysart , Ia
2Jared VandeestHolland , Ia
3Ethan BraaksmaNewton , Ia
4Cory RoseBoone , Ia
5Travis PetersonGladbrook , Ia
6Randy RobertsBoone , Ia
7Neil FollettConrad , Ia
8Curt HilmerDysart , Ia
9Eric LarsonHolland , Ia
10Logan RogersFreeport , Il
11Andy EdwardsParkersberg , Ia
12Dakota SellersVinton , Ia
13Shawn HunterZearing , Ia
14Tom RawlinsKellogg , Ia
15Ryan KingMontour , Ia
16Jami RitterKeystone , Ia
17Jake McbirnieBoone , Ia
18Blair SimmonsDes Moines, Ia
19Kevin YearingtonDes Moines, Ia
20Shawn CooneyDes Moines, Ia
FinishSTOCK CARHometown
1Jeff WollamMarshalltown , Ia
2Donavon SmithLake City, Ia
3Tyler PickettBoxhom , Ia
4Austin EvensIndependence , Ia
5Steve MeyerGrundy Center, Ia
6Kyle EvertsHolland , Ia
7Chris WilseHuxley , Ia
8Jon BraathunStory City, Ia
9Kevin BalmerGarwin , Ia
10Curt BalmerGreen Mountain, Ia
11Dave AtcherLaurel , Ia
12Matt DeatonNewton , Ia
FinishMODIFIEDHometown
1Ricky Thorton JrChandler , Az
2Jacob MurrayHartford , Ia
3Jimmy GustinMarshalltown , Ia
4Kyle BrownKellogg , Ia
5Ronn LauritzenJesup , Ia
6Racer HulinLaurel , Ia
7Adam LarsonAmes , Ia
8Brian IrvineOelwein , Ia
9Joel RustGrundy Center, Ia
10Jon SnyderAmes , Ia
11Tim WardMesa , Az
12Scott SimatovichState Center, Ia
13Tyler GrossAnkeny , Ia
14Tony CoxBoone , Ia
15Andrew KinserMarshalltown , Ia
16Derek ReimerSt Anthony, Ia
17Shawn RitterKeystone , Ia
18Austin EmryKellogg , Ia
19Jake StrayerNewton , Ia
20Eric ElliottBoone , Ia
21David BrownKellogg , Ia
22Trent JacksonMarshalltown , Ia
23Zach RawlinsNewton , Ia
24Jenae GustinMarshalltown , Ia