John Griffin of Caledonia, left, goes head-to-head with Matt Kiehne during Mod Lites action earlier this summer. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
John Griffin of Caledonia, left, goes head-to-head with Matt Kiehne during Mod Lites action earlier this summer.

The next two race dates at Decorah, Iowa's, Upper Iowa Speedway will be for all the marbles. Only one more weekly race date is left on the UIS series local calendar, and competition in the Hobby Stocks class continues to be tight. Adam Cline of Decorah took the checkered flag on Aug. 25, closing to within 12 points of series leader Steve Larson.

Larson is also from Decorah. He finished in seventh place (78 points) last Saturday behind Cline (100 points), Nate Lerch of West Union, Iowa, Robert Anderson of Decorah, Steve Dwyer of La Crosse, Wis., Joshua Ludeking of Decorah, and Steve Holthaus of Cresco, Iowa, in that order. Chad Olson of Harmony took ninth, followed by Adam Sveen of Lanesboro.

The season totals are 1084 for Larson, 1072 for Cline, and 1044 for Ludeking.

The Mod Lites class continues to draw more and more drivers to the track with 36 entrants having now earned points during 12 race dates. Rushford native Curt Luhmann triumphed last weekend followed by Harmony's Todd Kiehne, John Griffin of Caledonia, Christopher Eide of Peterson, and Mason Schwake of Sumner, Iowa. Eli Hershberger of Mabel took sixth.

Kiehne leads for the year with 992, followed by Griffin (941), and Cole Denner of New Hampton, Iowa (899).

In the Four-Cylinder Hornets feature, Paul Seabrooke of Elgin, Iowa led wire-to-wire. He was followed across the line by John LeJeune of La Crosse, Ryan Ayers of Decorah, Iowan Steve McAllen, and Brandon Torkelson of Elgin. David Lenz of Harmony took seventh followed by Breanna Lee of Mabel, Luke Onstad of Spring Grove, and Harmony driver Jay Mensink.

Seabrooke has the top spot in total points, at 1132. LeJeune is second at 1093 while Ayers holds third (991).

The Stock Car feature was captured by Mitch Hovden of Decorah followed by Kevin Dolan of the same home town. Dan Jones of Waterville, Iowa, took third, followed by Derek Dettmann of Monona, Iowa, and Spring Grove's Pete Solum.

Iowan Dillon Anderson leads the series with 1074 points. Hovden is now in second at 1043, followed by Jones (978).

In the B-Mods feature, three Decorah drivers led the way. Troy Hovey took first followed by Dan Hovden and Kyle Anderson. Junior Boyer of Calmar, Iowa took fourth while Spring Grove's Jon VanMinsel finished fifth. Casey Knutson of Spring Grove was 11th while Caledonia natives Taylor Knutson and Greg Skauge took the 15th and 16th spots, respectively.

Hovey holds first on the leader board with 1126 points. Hovden is second with 1063 with VanMinsel third at 1022.

Aug. 31 is the final local series date, but on Sept. 28, the United States Racing Association comes to UIS for another regional championship race. The USRA Iron Man Series Championships for Stock Cars and B-Mods runs at tracks from Kansas City to Minnesota, wrapping up in Decorah. Support classes include Hobby Stocks and 600 Modlites. As always, hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 6:30.