October 23, 2018

Ovation for Olson follows the Northern SportMod Nationals

Tony Olson took home the $2,500 top prize from Hancock County Speedway’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Nationals on July 10. (Photo by Katie Decker)

BRITT, Iowa (July 10) – Tony Olson didn’t get to see the end of an exciting Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Nationals main event but he did get to take home the $2,500 top prize.

Olson was running at the front of the field Tuesday at Hancock County Speedway when contact at the white flag between challengers Doug Smith and Jake McBirnie ended with the latter in the front stretch wall.

Damage to the wall was deemed too substantial to resume and conclude the race under green. McBirnie’s car kept moving and he was scored in second place; Jake Sachau, Smith and Matt Looft completed the top five.

Sachau and Olson had started on the front row of the scheduled 30-lapper and ran side-by-side in the early going, Sachau low and Olson at the very top. Olson got the edge in that duel and was running in front of Sachau, McBirnie, Smith and Johnathon Logue before a caution came with 11 laps left.

Several more yellows waved before the final caution with the white flag out.

McBirnie had started 22nd, Looft 20th in the MaxYield Seed-sponsored special. Forty-nine Northern SportMods were entered.

Ryan Ruter started 11th and dominated the second half of the IMCA Modified feature, earning $1,000 along with a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.

Derek Green dominated the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event and Cody Nielsen backed up his $1,000 feature win the previous Friday with another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory.

The Northern SportMod Nationals had been postponed from June because of inclement weather on the original race date.

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