California driver takes Modified Madness
by Mike McGuire
TIPTON, Ia. (August 16, 2019) – Bakersfield, California and Tipton, Iowa may be worlds apart, but don’t tell that to Ethan Dotson. The California racer put it to the local drivers at Modified Madness, held Friday at Cedar County Raceway.
The feature race started with Delhi, Iowa driver Mark Schulte taking the lead from the pole. Schulte held the lead through the first ten circuits and a rash of caution flags. Troy Cordes then took the point and held it for a handful of laps. Schulte regained the lead until the caution flag flew again with five laps to go.
On the restart, Dotson went to the high side and with three laps remaining, passed Schulte on the backstretch. Dotson led the rest of the way to the checkers and claimed the $2,000 top prize.
Schulte finished second, with Cordes third. Fellow California racer Cody Laney took fourth. Mike Burbridge completed the top five.
Cordes, Cory Bauer, and Jarrod Struss won the Modified heats.
Tyler Soppe led flag to flag in the SportMod portion of the program. Gage Neal made it a close race, getting to Soppe’s rear bumper. However Neal would have to settle for second, followed by Aaron Mitchell, Austin Heacock, and Jacob Arp in that order.
Joe Zrostlik, doing double-duty, won the stock car feature over Matt Picray and Chase Zaruba.
Steven Struck rolled to victory in the 4-Stock main. Zrostlik finished second. Cyle Hawkins, Ryan Havel, and Brandon Cruise finished third through fifth respectively.
Midwest Jalopies were the guest class for the evening. Chuck Gerard scored the feature win with a late race pass for the lead. Early race leader Jeff Blunt held on for second. Kurt Zimmerman was third.
Next up for DRT TRAK Racing is the Deery Brothers Summer Series at West Liberty Raceway, on Saturday, August 24th. Don’t miss the late models bringing high speed excitement back to the half-mile oval. Also racing will be Modifieds, SportMods, Stock Cars, and 4-Stocks.
Cedar County Raceway
August 16, 2019 –
Heat #1: 1. Cory Bauer; 2. Kory Meyer; 3. Darin Duffy; 4. David Brown;
Heat #2: 1. Troy Cordes; 2. Chad Holladay; 3 .Ethan Dotson; 4. Mike Burbridge;
Heat #3: 1. Jarrod Struss; 2. Kyle Brown; 3. Mark Schulte; 4. Mike Burbridge;
Feature: 1. Ethan Dotson; 2. Mark Schulte; 3. Troy Cordes; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Mike Burbridge; 6. Jim Sandusky; 7. Cody Bauer; 8. Kory Meyer; 9. Richard Nelson; 10. Jarrod Struss; 11. Kyle Montgomery; 12. Josh Starr; 13. Brad Dierks; 14. Darin Duffy; 15. David Brown; 16. Kyle Brown; 17. Chad Holladay;
Heat #1: 1. Shane Paris; 2. Justin Yarolem; 3. Austin Heacock; 4. Tyler Soppe;
Heat #2: 1. Jacob Arp; 2. Aaron Mitchell; 3. Gage Neal; 4. Aaron Hitt;
Feature: 1. Tyler Soppe; 2. Gage Neal; 3. Aaron Mitchell; 4. Austin Heacock; 5. Jacob Arp; 6. Kevin Goben; 7. Kolin King; 8. Justin Yarolem; 9. Shane Paris; 10. Aaron Hitt; 11. Rayce Mullen;
Heat #1: 1. Joe Zrostlik; 2. Chase Zaruba; 3. Matt Picray;
Feature: 1. Joe Zrostlik; 2. Matt Picray; 3. Chase Zaruba;
Heat #1: 1. Joe Zrostlik; 2. Ashley Reuman; 3. Cyle Hawkins; 4. Brandon Cruise;
Heat #2: 1. Ryan Havel; 2. Brent Marshall; 3. Steven Struck; 4. Austin Reuman;
Feature: 1. Steven Struck; 2. Joe Zrostlik; 3. Cyle Hawkins; 4. Ryan Havel; 5. Brandon Cruise; 6. Ashley Reuman; 7. Brent Marshall; 8. Cody Brewster; 9. Travis Hawkins; 10. Austin Reuman;
Heat #1: 1. Jeff Blunt; 2. Dennis Blunt; 3. Jerry Cayler;
Heat #2: 1. Mitch Way; 2. Chuck Gerard; 3. Tom Honts;
Feature: 1. Chuck Gerard; 2. Jeff Blunt; 3. Kurt Zimmerman; 4. Dennis Blunt; 5. Tom Honts; 6. Jim Thurston; 7. Pat Bailey; 8. Jerry Cayler; 9. Mark Marfeld; 10. Dennis Hundley; 11. Austin Honts; (1-DNS);