Always popular with race fans, Dan Jones of Waterville, Iowa, has returned to the track this year with a hand-controlled stock car. He has moved up to third on the season points board in spite of being confined to a wheelchair after he broke his back last year in a logging accident.
Always popular with race fans, Dan Jones of Waterville, Iowa, has returned to the track this year with a hand-controlled stock car. He has moved up to third on the season points board in spite of being confined to a wheelchair after he broke his back last year in a logging accident.
Winning is great, but nothing racks up the points like running near the top of the pack week in - week out. Just ask Adam Cline of Decorah, Iowa.

When it comes to Hobby Stocks, Cline has won five of eight feature races held at Decorah's Upper Iowa Speedway (UIS) this season, earning 694 points. But as defending 2012 champion, he's currently fourth on the leader board behind Decorah driver Steve Larson (721 points), Steve Holthaus (715) of Cresco, Iowa, and Joshua Ludeking (695) of Decorah

Cline took sixth place last Saturday, so there are now seven drivers within 100 points of first in the tightly-contested class. That's what a single feature win earns.

Season points awarded drop off by just a few for each place. A tenth-place finish, for example, earns 72 points.

La Crosse, Wis., driver Steve Dwyer won the July 20 feature, his first UIS victory this season. He was followed across the line by Ludeking, Holthaus and Scott Spilde (also of Cresco). Larson took fifth. Chad Olson of Harmony was 12th while Adam Sveen of Lanesboro took 16th.

Mitch Hovden of Decorah won the Stock Car feature, his second straight checkered flag. Dillon Anderson of Rudd, Iowa, was second, followed by Dan Jones of Waterville, Iowa. Decorah driver Kyle Falck was fourth followed by Pete Solum of Spring Grove.

On the season, Anderson continues to lead with 722 points. He's followed by Hovden (648), and Jones (636), a driver who has returned from a 2012 logging accident to pilot a specially outfitted No. 25 car with hand controls. Jones has yet to win a feature this year, but has won heats and continues to push towards the front every week.

The B-Mods class was won by Troy Hovey of Decorah followed by Spring Grove's Jon VanMinsel. Dan Hovden and Kyle Anderson of Decorah took third and fourth, respectively. Casey Knutson of Spring Grove was seventh while Taylor Knutson of Caledonia took 12th. Cole Konkel of Caledonia was 15th.

Hovey holds first place on the leader board (744 points) followed by Hovden (690) and VanMinsel (675).

Four-cylinder Hornets driver Paul Seabrooke of Elgin, Iowa, also scored a victory in the feature. He leads the class with 751 points. John LeJeune of La Crosse was second on both the racetrack and on the leader board at 725. Third place in the feature went to Spring Grove's Luke Onstad.

Fifteen Mod Lites lined up for their feature, which was won by Joe Provinzino of Chanhassen. Bob Cisewski of Winona snagged second followed by John Griffin of Caledonia, David Benke of Winona, and Cole Denner of New Hampton, Iowa. Eli Hershberger of Mabel took eighth while Todd Kiehne of Harmony finished 13th.

Kiehne holds first on the leader board with 621 points. Second place is held by Griffin (610). Denner is third at 573.

Racing action is scheduled to return on Saturday, July 27, with hot laps at 6 p.m. and heats beginning at 6:30.

The quarter-mile clay oval track is located at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds, 900 E. Main St (1.8 miles east of U.S. Hwy 52 on State Route 9, and 1 mile northwest on Montgomery Street.)