DONNELLSON — One hundred fifty-three drivers signed in for Night 2 of the 12th Annual Harvest Hustle at the Lee County Speedway Saturday.
After the final checkered flag waved two drivers (Brayton Carter, Tommy Elston) had swept the weekend, one driver (Bart Miller) made a return visit to victory lane, and four other drivers (Johnny Spaw, Ethan Braaksma, Daniel Wauters, Jeffery DeLonjay) scored their first wins of the season at the track.
The 20-lap Donnellson Tire & Service Stock Car feature was plagued with seven cautions but on every restart Kaden Reynolds was in the lead until disaster struck him on lap 17. He suffered a flat tire after getting into the guardrail in Turns 3 and 4 the lap before. Johnny Spaw inherited the lead and held off eighth-place starter Dustin Vis to claim his first win of the season at the track.
There were two cautions before a lap was scored complete in the 15-lap A.I.R.S. Cars feature. Doak Allen grabbed the lead on the third attempt of a start, with Bart Miller and Dennis Etten close behind. Miller tried the middle groove to work around Allen over the next six laps, but Allen was able to hold him off until Lap 8 when Miller took the top spot and held off Allen over the final half of the race to claim his second win of the season at the Lee County Speedway. Tyler Maschmann came back from his involvement in an earlier caution to finish third.
Carter VanDenBerg held the top spot until Lap 7 of the 20-lap Roberts Tire Center SportMod feature. That is when Brayton Carter went three wide coming off Turn 2 to grab the lead. Carter began to pull away from the battles going on behind him. Dylan VanWyk, who started 10th, and VanDenBerg tried to keep pace with Carter. It didn’t work. Carter was able to pull away to claim his second win of the weekend.
With Jesse Bodin close the whole race, Tommy Elston led the field to green, led the field to white and led the field when the checkered flag waved in the 25-lap Iowa Corn Growers Association Late Model feature. Vance Wilson charged through the field from 19th to place fifth.
Ethan Braaksma started 12th in the 20-lap J&J AG Auto and Truck Modified feature, but sliced his way through the field in just six laps to take the lead from Bill Roberts Jr. and Kurt Kile. From there Braaksma cruised to an easy win, which was his first of the season at the track. Matt Werner started eighth and finished second, Roberts Jr. was third.
Tom Killen Jr. would challenge third-place starter Daniel Wauters over the entire 16-lap Hobby Stock feature, which went caution free. But Wauters never surrendered his lead and captured first win of the season at the Lee County Speedway. Bradly Graham came from eighth to finish third.
The final feature to take to the track was the 15-lap Sonny’s Super Market Sport Compacts, with Barry Taft and Kimberly Abbott making up the front row. Abbott would edge out Taft at the line to lead Lap 1, with Taft edging Abbott out to take the lead on Lap 2, then it was Abbott again on Lap 3. Abbott, Taft and Jeffery DeLonjay battled three wide for the lead, with DeLonjay edging into the lead on Lap 6 and staying there over the final laps of a caution-free race to score his first win at the track.
Coming up next at the Lee County Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 28 will be the annual Shiverfest event, which happens to be the final show of the year. Stay tuned to the Lee County Speedway’s website and Facebook page within the next few weeks for more information to be released on this event.