Twenty-two Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) 410 sprint car teams signed in to do action in front of a capacity crowd at The Dodge County Fairgrounds. It was a night meant to Honor 2 great men, Harry Neitzel and Rick Schmidt. Although Mother Nature tried to end it early, Harry and Rick made sure the race went on.

Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Bill Balog set quick time on lap number one, then he would back the car into the fence on lap two forcing his team to make numerous repairs. Tony Stewart would claim 2nd quick followed by Kyle Marten. Jeremy Schultz would bring his 5j home in 4th followed by Mike Reinke.

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Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Jake Blackhurst take the early lead and hold onto it until the checkered fell. Behind him Schultz would work his way to 2nd and Austin McCarl was 3rd. Balog would come home in 4th and Phillip Mock rounded out the top 5.
Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 would see outside front row starter Justin Henderson take the early lead and eventually the checkered. Tony Stewart would drive from his 4th place starting position into 2nd and Mike Reinke followed in 3rd. Steve Meyer would come home in 4th and Scott Uttech was 5th.
DMI Racing/ R&H Enterprises Heat race 3 was won by Terry McCarl over Scotty Thiel in the Bob Hood Motorsports 64. Scotty Neitzel brought his 2w across in 3rd followed by Kyle Marten and Dave Uttech.

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The A main saw Terry McCarl utilize his 1st place invert draw to get the jump on the field. Schultz caught McCarl and slid him in turns 1 and 2 but Terry was able to drive back around Jeremy. Schultz was able to drive his 5j back to the Bumper of McCarl’s 24 on multiple occasions but could not find a line around him and when the dust settled it was Terry McCarl standing on the stage with the Neitzel and Schmidt families as the winner. Schultz would settle for 2nd ahead of Terry’s son Austin McCarl. Tony Stewart would bring his Rush Truck Centers Machine home in 4th and Scotty Neitzel would finish in 5th.

The IRA is back in action next Saturday and Sunday. Saturday 7/15 sees the series return to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Sunday 7/16 the IRA visits the Angell Park Speedway.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, Hoosier Tire, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, and Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies.

A Feature 1
1. 24-Terry McCarl, [1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [2]; 3. 17A-Austin McCarl, [4]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart, [7]; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [8]; 6. 59-Justin Henderson, [9]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog, [6]; 8. 99-Kyle Marten, [10]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel, [11]; 10. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [3]; 11. 02-Mike Reinke, [5]; 12. 85M-Steve Meyer, [12]; 13. 23-Russel Borland, [16]; 14. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [18]; 15. 1M-Phillip Mock, [14]; 16. 7-Scott Uttech, [13]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech, [15]; 18. (DNF) 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [17]; 19. (DNF) 41-Dennis Spitz, [19]; 20. (DNF) 12-Chris Gurley, [20]; (DNS) 7R-Billy Hafemann,; (DNS) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler,

Heat 1
1. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [1]; 2. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [3]; 3. 17A-Austin McCarl, [2]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock, [6]; 6. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [5]; 7. 12-Chris Gurley, [7]; (DNS) 7R-Billy Hafemann,

Heat 2
1. 59-Justin Henderson, [2]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart, [4]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke, [3]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer, [1]; 5. 7-Scott Uttech, [5]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandevere, [7]; 7. (DNF) 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, [6]

Heat 3
1. 24-Terry McCarl, [1]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, [2]; 3. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [3]; 4. 99-Kyle Marten, [4]; 5. 68-Dave Uttech, [6]; 6. 23-Russel Borland, [5]; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz, [7]

Qualifying 1
1. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:16.627[17]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart, 00:17.664[8]; 3. 99-Kyle Marten, 00:17.671[6]; 4. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:17.682[11]; 5. 02-Mike Reinke, 00:17.806[15]; 6. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:17.831[13]; 7. 17A-Austin McCarl, 00:17.887[16]; 8. 59-Justin Henderson, 00:17.970[18]; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:17.981[1]; 10. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:18.216[2]; 11. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:18.244[20]; 12. 24-Terry McCarl, 00:18.291[4]; 13. 7R-Billy Hafemann, 00:18.625[14]; 14. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:18.661[7]; 15. 23-Russel Borland, 00:18.677[9]; 16. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:18.791[19]; 17. 95A-Ken Jay Fiedler, 00:18.948[5]; 18. 68-Dave Uttech, 00:19.078[3]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:19.127[12]; 20. 10V-Matt Vandevere, 00:19.128[10]; 21. 41-Dennis Spitz, 00:19.783[21]; 22. 12-Chris Gurley, 00:20.016[22]

Photos by Leader Photography