MASON CITY — Every so often, Mason City Motor Speedway will pull in guys from all over the country just looking for new places to race. Sunday night brought in Logan Robertson from Shamrock, Texas.
Robertson started on the pole and led throughout Sunday’s Modified feature to claim a win during his first appearance up in Mason City.
“We’re just trying to find race tracks; we’re race track hunting,” Robertson said. “We decided to go to Winston, Missouri (Saturday night) but we wanted to go to Deer Creek (Minnesota) to race up there.
“But this is a blast. It’s a very fast racetrack, but I just didn’t know what to expect. I threw some stuff at the car that I wouldn’t know would work.”
Late in the race, Ryan Ruter and Jason Cummins, who were battling for second place for most of the show, began to close in on Robertson.
With three to go, Ruter separated from Cummins and did his best to give Robertson a run for his money but ran out of time as Robertson beat him to the checkers.
“I was trying to hit the marks,” Robertson said. “I didn’t feel very good in 1 and 2 but it worked out perfect
“We’ve been pretty good lately. We were sixth Friday night, second (Saturday) and a win (Sunday) helps a lot.”
In the Hobby Stocks, Andrew Borchardt, who started eighth, drove his way through traffic on the way to his third feature win in Mason City over the past four races.
Borchardt used a pass in Turn 2 with four laps to go to get around Zac Smith for the lead and drove away for the victory.
“Luck has been on our side,” Borchardt said. “We were really fast at the beginning of the year and just couldn’t seem to find any luck. Now the car has been working awesome and we’ve just been getting lucky.”
In the strangest result of the night, Josh Appel was handed a feature win in the B-Modifieds after race winner Dan Hovden was disqualified.
Hovden had worked his way all the way to the front, took a few laps to make a pass around Nate Whitehurst stick, and was first to cross the finish line. But with his car running hot, Hovden darted for the pits for water (there is none on the infield) resulting in an automatic disqualification.
Appel, who had finished second, strolled into victory lane happily accepting the win.
“We’ll take it any way we can get it,” Appel said. “The few that I’ve won it just seems pretty simple and easy.”
Appel did have a fast car on this night as well.
After winning on opening night and getting second the next week, luck has been hard to come by for the 65J team. But the car was humming and Appel was hitting his marks Sunday after starting on the pole. The only thing that held him back were restarts.
“The cautions never helped,” Appel said. “The bottom, I thought, was there, but it just took me a few laps each time we’d go back green to get it figured out so I’d always lose one spot and then gain it back.”
Mitch Hovden strolled to a feature win in the Stock Cars and Mitch Balik outlasted his brother Kyle to win the Tuners feature.
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Bloomquist in Mason City: Dirt track racing legend Scott Bloomquist was in Mason City early Monday morning to run a few test laps in his Late Models rides at the Mason City Motor Speedway.
Bloomquist was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2002, and is the reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion.