Race-car tangles, some of which looked serious, brought racing fans to their feet last Saturday as the 2014 racing season got under way at Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah. Luckily, no serious injuries to drivers have been reported, but the same can't be said about their machines.

The Mod Lites feature went to Den Werner of Rollingstone, who slipped across the line ahead of Curt Luhmann of Rushford and Caledonia's John Griffin. The field was full; there were 17 of the little machines in the points race.

Mabel's Eli Hershberger was seventh. Corey Whalen of Harmony took 13th, and Adam Rogich of Mabel was 15th.

Compact car fans were rewarded by eight Hornets in their feature race. The first checkered flag of the year fell to hometown driver Ryan Ayers. Cody Torkelson took second followed by Brandon Torkelson. Both hail from Elgin, Iowa. Breanna Lee of Mabel dusted off the General, taking 7th.

In the Hobby Stocks class, Scott Spilde of Cresco, IA scored the first win. Paul Seabrooke of Elgin took second followed by Chad Olson of Harmony. Spring Grove's Jeremy Oakes was fifth.

The ever-popular B-Mods class brought 21 cars to the track. Matt Jones of Waukon, Iowa won the feature followed by Kyle Anderson of Decorah, Iowa and Junior Boyer of Calmar, Iowa.

Spring Grove's Jon Van Minsel took seventh. Casey Knutson, also of Spring Grove, finished 12th. Caledonia's Taylor Skauge was 17th.

The big Stock Cars featured 14 entrants. Iowan Dillon Anderson took the feature flag while Decorah natives Mitch Hovden and Bryan Webb finished 2-3, respectively. Pete Solum of Spring Grove took ninth. Jake Lampert of Caledonia was 12th.