MASON CITY — It was about two years ago that the racetrack in Mason City just wasn’t appealing to Matt White.
The 26-year Hobby Stock driver from Nashua used to make the trip up here regularly to race for points, and then it just wasn’t worth it anymore.
“We used to race here every week when it was a flat track and it was just a lot of one lane around the bottom,” White said. “We ran for points here for a couple of years and just kind of went away from it because it was just the one lane around the bottom.”
All it took was a change of how the track raced to bring White back, and now that he’s back, he has rediscovered his love for the Mason City Motor Speedway.
In one race last year in Mason City, White took home ninth place.
In three races this season, White hasn’t finished worse than second place. He has won each of the last two features in Mason City and the only other race he took second in the season opener behind Chanse Hollataz, who was the runaway winner that time around.
On Sunday, White wasn’t even in the picture until a strong restart late in the race vaulted him to the lead after cruising around the bottom groove into Turns 1 and 2.
Now, White find himself atop of the standings and it has him feeling pretty good about where he’s at.
“It’s huge getting some momentum going at a track I haven’t raced at for a year or a year and a half,” he said. “It feels pretty good to get some things figured out and put a couple wins together.”
Of course it doesn’t hurt he’s beating some of the Hobby Stock regulars who have owned the series in the past such as Andrew Borchardt and Scott Dobel.
“There’s a lot of great guys up here who race real clean and it’s all solid competition,” White said.
MASTERING MASON CITY — Derek Green’s No. 32 Stock Car has seen less and less of Mason City over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean his love for the track has gone away.
And neither have the victories.
Like White, Green was the beneficiary of a late caution which he turned a likely second-place finish into a feature when.
In his past three appearances at the track, all three have been wins — one on June 29, 2016, one on July 8, 2016, and the one last Sunday.
“We used to race here for points but now we take Sunday’s off and spend it with family, but I still love this place,” Green said.
USMTS ROLLS INTO TOWN — The United States Modified Touring Series makes another stop in Mason City this Sunday and most of the stars should be out for the Second Annual Diamond Jo All-In 100.
The night will also feature USRA Stock Cars, B-Mods Hobby Stock and Rookies Rockin' Tuners with pits opening at 4 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
Adult general admission tickets are $20, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.
Fans can save $2 off adult general admission by picking up a discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clear Lake, Manly, Mason City, Nora Springs, Northwood, Osage, Sheffield and St. Ansgar.