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Daily Dirt 03/31/2023 15:05:17

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August 5
Marshalltown Speedway,
Marshalltown, IA
Sanction: Hoker Trucking Series (Dale DeFrance Memorial) - $4,400
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 6, 6:24 pm)
Neal outruns Goedert for $4,400 at Marshalltown
Dale DeFrance Memorial
  1. Jake Neal
  2. Luke Goedert
  3. Andy Eckrich
  4. Joel Callahan
  5. Jeff Tharp
  6. Charlie McKenna
  7. Bill Leighton Jr.
  8. Tad Pospisil
  9. Justin Kay
  10. Matt Ryan
  11. Jason Hahne
  12. Dave Eckrich
  13. Corey Zeitner
  14. Curt Schroeder
  15. Darrel DeFrance
  16. Todd Cooney
  17. Logan Duffy
  18. Curtis Glover
  19. Ben Schaller
  20. Chris Spieker
  21. Ron Boyse
  22. Derrick Stewart
  23. Luke Pestka
  24. J.C. Wyman
  25. Jeff Aikey
  26. Jeff Larson
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Jake Neal wins Friday's $4,400 Dale DeFrance Memorial at Marshalltown Speedway.
What won the race: Utilizing the high line Friday at Marshalltown Speedway, Jake Neal of Omaha, Neb., took the lead for good on lap 41 and paced the final four circuits, topping the Hoker Trucking Series field and winning the fifth annual Dale DeFrance Memorial. The $4,400 victory marked the third of Neal's career on the series.
Quotable: "I could see that he was closing in on me, but all of the lapped cars were down there and the top was so treacherous," Neal said. "If I could get a good run on it, it was good, but the chances of me getting a good run was difficult. I about exited the park down here and I was on two wheels, one wheel and I was just glad to see the checkered flag when it came out."
Key notes: Neal led a total of two times for 30 laps (laps 13 through 39 and laps 41 through 44). ... Running primarily on the low-line, Luke Goedert of Guttenburg, Iowa, took the lead briefly and led laps 39 and 40, before Neal moved back around Goedert and beat him to the line by 2.153 seconds. ... Andy Eckrich of Iowa City, Iowa, moved into third place on lap 30 and finished there. ... Eleventh-starting Joel Callahan of Dubuque, Iowa, advanced seven positions and finished fourth. ... Bill Leighton Jr. of LaVista, Neb., started 12th and advanced five positions, finishing seventh. ... Tad Pospisil of Norfolk, Neb., led the first 12 laps before fading to finish eighth. ... After winning the DeFrance Memorial in 2020, Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls, Iowa, completed only 10 laps and finished 25th. ... Friday's feature, twice-postponed due to inclement weather, was slowed by two cautions and lasted 19 minutes, with 14 competitors completing 44 laps.
On the move: Last year's Dale DeFrance Memorial winner Justin Kay of Wheatland, Iowa, started 18th and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Neal’s Swartz Race Car has a KS Engineering engine and sponsorship from All Makes Collision, H&H Racing, Beard Vet Coffee, I-80 Farms, Precision Performance, Diamond J Custom Services, Lajoie Seats, Hooker Harnesses, Hess Technology Designs, Prevost Racing, Downtown Recycling, Channel Seed, Midwest Outlaw Garage, Schoenfeld Headers, Wehr’s Machine and SSS Motorsports.
Points chase: After Marshalltown: 1. Justin Kay (1,904); 2. Luke Goedert (1,880); 3. Jason Hahne (1,818); 4. Andy Eckrich (1,812); 5. Charlie McKenna (1,802).
Current weather: Clear, 75°F
Car count: 39
Fast qualifier: Andy Eckrich
Time: 14.561 seconds
Polesitter: Tad Pospisil
Heat race winners: Joel Callahan, Ben Schaller, Bill Leighton Jr., Corey Zeitner
Consolation race winners: Matt Ryan, Justin Kay
Provisional starters: Logan Duffy, Curt Schroeder, Darrel DeFrance, Chris Spieker, Curtis Glover, Ron Boyse
Next series race: August 6, Independence Motor Speedway (Independence, IA) $7,200
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Pospisil, Tharp
Row 2: Neal, Hahne
Row 3: Goedert, A. Eckrich
Row 4: Pestka, McKenna
Row 5: Aikey, Wyman
Row 6: Callahan, Leighton Jr.
Row 7: Schaller, C. Zeitner
Row 8: Stewart, J. Larson
Row 9: Ryan, Kay
Row 10: Cooney, D. Eckrich
Row 11: Duffy, Schroeder
Row 12: DeFrance, Spieker
Row 13: Glover, Boyse
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