It was a wild night at Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Friday night. With a great field of 93 cars on-hand, it was easily the best $5 entertainment you can buy!
In the USRA Tuner feature race, it was all in a day’s work for feature winner Mitch Balik. After getting home from work at 7:45 p.m. - 15 minutes after heat races started at FCS - Balik mad the 30-minute drive from his hometown of Lawler to the speedway where he started last in the field of 18 cars.
Balik worked his way through the field to take the lead around the halfway point of the 10-lap feature, but eventual runner-up finisher Brad Stahl of Castalia wouldn’t go down without a fight. Stahl, who started 8th on the field and made a strong charge himself, took the lead with a handful laps left, but Balik would regain the top spot and claim his second win of the season at the speedway.
A couple of other Balik brothers claimed the third and fourth spots as Mitch’s brother, Kyle, claimed third (up nine spots in the feature), while other brother, David, finished fourth after advancing four spots. Both Kyle and David heil from Fort Atkinson, Iowa. Jeremiah Anderson of La Crosse, Wis., took fifth.
In the USRA Hobby Stock main event, Hawkeye, Iowa’s Justin Hanson picked up his first win of the season as he held off Decorah’s Josh Ludeking. In an intense three-way battle for third, Fort Atkinson’s Jackson Vsetecka took the spot while B.J. Dahl of Calmar was fourth and Paul Seabrooke of Decorah was fifth. The hard-charger for the race - which paid an extra $100 for the every feature - was Caledonia, Minnesota, driver Levi Sand in seventh (started last in 19th).
Kyle Anderson of Decorah was the victor in the USRA B-Mod feature race as he capitalized on a late-race mechanical issue for early pace setter Justin O’Brien (West Union). O’Brien led the first 18 laps of the 20-lap feature, but appeared to experience an issue in the last few laps and finished third.
Trevor Fecht of Allison rebounded from a rollover last week at Deer Creek Speedway to take the runner-up spot, while Alex Zwanzinger of Walker took fourth. Troy Hover of Decorah was fifth.
The B-Mod hard charger for the night was Adam Meitzner of Crescor who started 18th and finished eighth.
The USRA Stock Car feature winner, for the second consecutive race, was Decorah’s Mitch Hovden. After working his way through the front of the field from his eighth-place starting spot, Hovden got around early-race leader Jake Lampert (Caledonia, Minn.), midway through the race. Lampert was able to finish second, while hard-charger Troy Hansmeier of Waukon took third. Kevin Donlan of Decorah was fourth, while Dan Jones of Waukon finished fifth.
Racing will return to Fayette County Speedway next Friday night for more weekly racing action featuring some of the best dirt track racers in the country!