BRITT, Iowa (April 3) – The caution flag that waved late in Sunday’s Frost Buster for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds feature at Hancock County Speedway actually came out at the right time for leader Kyle Brown.Brown had pretty much checked out and was catching up with traffic running the same line before the yellow appeared with five circuits left in the 20-lapper.He stayed in front following the ensuing restart to take the $1,000 win a couple car lengths ahead of Kelly Shryock. Completing the top five were Jay Noteboom, Adam Larson and Tim Ward. Early leader Trent Loverude was sixth.“I was kind of glad we had that yellow. We were coming up on a group of cars in my line and I was trying to figure out how to get by them,” Brown said. “It can be easier for the second place car to pass you when you’re trying to get past lapped traffic.”Brown had started third and passed Loverude for the lead by the sixth lap. Following an early caution, the race stayed green and Brown sped away on a track that stayed slick around the bottom.The $1,000 checkers were the second for Brown, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, in five days.“We’ve had a pretty good start. We ran second at Donnellson (on March 26) and won at Oskaloosa (on March 30),” he said. “We started the season at Beatrice Spring Nationals and ran fifth the second night, which was just as good as a win in my book with 100-some Modifieds there.”Dan Mackenthun was the $750 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Five hundred dollar feature winners were Cody Nielsen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and George Nordman in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, respectively, while Cody Thompson took home $250 along with the Mach-1 Sport Compact trophy.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Kyle Brown, State Center; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 4. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 5. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 6. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 7. Aaron Benson, Clear Lake; 8. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 9. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 10. David Brown, Kellogg; 11. Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, Minn.; 12. J.J. Wise, Klemme; 13. Chase Ellingson, Iowa Falls; 14. Logan Brown, Clear Lake; 15. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; 16. Austin Wolf, Algona; 17. Gatlin Leytham, Ames; 18. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 19. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 20. Shawn Ritter, Keystone; 21. Colt Mather, Keswick; 22. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 23. Jeff James, Stanton; 24. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 25. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 26. Troy Swearingen, Forest City; 27. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.Stock Cars – 1. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 2. David Smith, Lake City; 3. Devin Smith, Lake City; 4. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 5. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 6. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 7. Matt Shauer, Arlington, Minn.; 8. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.; 9. Jesse Olson, Mayer, Minn.; 10. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 11. Blake Cole, Nashua; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 13. Chris Loewenhagen, Menasha, Wis.; 14. David Wickman, Emmetsburg; 15. Bryce Carey, Nashua; 16. Joey Penning, Algona; 17. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 18. Heath Tulp, Britt; 19. Dan Hanselman, Algona; 20. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 21. Calvin Lange, Humboldt; 22. Cody Frerichs, Bristow; 23. Nick Johansen, Tyler, Minn.; 24. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.; 25. Brian Mahlstedt, Ionia; 26. Curt Balmer, Baxter; 27. Craig Carlson, Madrid.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer; 2. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 3. Weston Koop, Rockwell; 4. Austin Hauswirth, Laurens; 5. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 6. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge; 7. Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn.; 8. Chris Hovden, Cresco; 9. Zac Smith, Mason City; 10. Neil Franzen, Sumner; 11. Blaine Hanson, Klemme; 12. Keith Burg, Adel; 13. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger; 14. Adam Laubenthal, Spencer; 15. Jacob Kofoot, Bode; 16. Cody Hubbell, Rolfe; 17. Cory Gansen, Clear Lake; 18. Tony Smidt, Britt; 19. Matt Olson, Morton, Minn.; 20. Scott Dobel, Manly; 21. Jay Sidles, Emmetsburg; 22. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 23. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 24. Daniel Smith, Lake City; 25. Raymond Fees, Des Moines.Northern SportMods – 1. George Nordman, Mason City; 2. Joey Schaefer, Waterloo; 3. Jared Boumeester, Waseca, Minn.; 4. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 5. Josh Appel, Mason City; 6. Randy Roberts, Boone; 7. Levi Chipp, Latimer; 8. Jeremy Grantham, Allison; 9. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 10. Jerid Ratzke, Williams; 11. Kyle Germundson, Mason City; 12. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills; 13. Colby Fett, Algona; 14. Mathew Hanson, Klemme; 15. Autum Anderson, Mason City; 16. Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; 17. Kris Zuhlsdorf, Danube, Minn.; 18. Alec Fett, Thompson; 19. George Gilliland, Lehigh; 20. Dan Melton, Rhinelander, Wis.; 21. Andrew Inman, Mason City; 22. Matt Looft, Swea City; 23. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 24. Dan Drury, EldoraSport Compacts – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 3. Andrew Harris, Dakota City, Neb.; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City; 5. Ryan Bryant, Mason City; 6. Bubba Brown, Jackson, Minn.; 7. Jack Burns, Algona; 8. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong; 9. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake.
The pros of standing out as the World Cup’s tallest player shine through when Devin Toner leads Ireland’s lineout, but the 6ft 11in lock felt the cons at Alton Towers. Press Association As Ireland giants like Paul O’Connell and Donnacha Ryan squeezed their frames into the theme park’s most daunting rides, Toner cut a frustrated bystander. Too tall to lord it on the majority of the attractions, Toner was left to watch on as Ryan and company scared themselves witless. “I won’t lie I didn’t really want to go to Alton Towers but I was roped into it, purely on the basis that I struggle to fit into any of the rides,” said Munster second row Ryan. “So it was more of a torture thing for me than anything else. Poor Devin Toner actually couldn’t go on hardly any of them. “But it was a good fun day out; there were some groggy heads that evening but it was good fun.” The Ireland squad split their day off last week between Alton Towers and golf at The Belfry, capitalising on their St George’s Park base to enjoy the very best in Midlands entertainment. Head coach Joe Schmidt’s side eased past Romania 44-10 at Wembley last weekend, moving from their relaxed Staffordshire set-up right into the World Cup throng. Ryan admitted it was exciting to get back into the hustle and bustle of the tournament and now expects more of the same in Sunday’s clash with Italy at London’s Olympic Stadium. “I’m loving the whole experience to be honest, this time round I’m really enjoying it all,” said Ryan. “It was quite calm at St George’s Park but when we came into Wembley the build-up was fantastic with all the fans were around. “It definitely gives you a lot more perspective if you miss out on the last while there.”