MASON CITY — Mother Nature couldn’t wait about 20 more minutes before it let loose Sunday at the Mason City Motor Speedway.
Three laps in to the track’s first special, the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Diamond Jo Casino All-In 77 feature, the sky opened up and started to pour. A few minutes later and the race was called off.
The race featured four of the top five drivers in the USMTS Northern Region points standings.
Sunday’s cancelation moves the feature to Aug. 13 when the track will run a USMTS double feature. The makeup race will run first followed by the full program for the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup.
Everything else Sunday night went off without a hitch.
Jason Schlangen opened up the night with a feature win in the B-Modifieds – his first since taking the opening two shows last year at MCMS.
“We’ve been struggling this year,” Schlangen said. “We’ve been running OK, it’s just we can’t seem to get the thing to run right. The gas kind of stumbles and it doesn’t want to take off. It didn’t matter much tonight but I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on with it.”
Schlangen, a Cresco resident, is back to running mostly full time in Mason City after a broken hand sustained early last season kept him off the track.
In Sunday’s feature, Schlangen started fourth, took an early lead, and ran away with the victory.
“It was just a good track. It was wide open up top and that’s the kind of tracks I like – where you can just drive, not look and hammer it in there. That’s kind of what fits me usually,” he said.
Dustin Kruse came in second behind Schlagen while Nate Chodur was third.
Later in the evening, Lynn Panos held off the field to win the Stock Car feature – his first of the year in Mason City. Panos held off a hard-charging Luke Sathoff, who finished second.
In the Tuners class, Clear Lake’s Devin Jones won his third feature in four races.
Coming Friday in Lead Lap – A veteran of the speedway in Mason City, Zac Smith finally broke through for his first Hobby Stock feature win, which ended up being the highlight of Sunday night’s show.