Jason Kohl (outside) eked out a win as the IMCA hobby stocks crossed the line three-wide. He beat out Jason Fusselman (middle) and Eric Stanton (inside) for the victory. The thriller occurred during the Tiny Lund Memorial weekend, on night No. 2, at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, Iowa.
The three hobby stock drivers battled side-by-side, often three-wide, for several laps. After the race, the officials reviewed a variety of evidence to determine the winner.
“The official on the ground declared me as the winner,” Kohl, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, said. “The booth said that Eric [Stanton] was the winner. MyRacePass had me as the winner [and] a photo backed that up. After tech, they announced that I won by .032 of a second. That was amazing.”
Both Eric Stanton and Jason Fusselman congratulated Jason Kohl after officials declared him the victor.
“I’ve raced both of them for many years,” said Kohl. “We all agreed that the race was a crazy and a lot of fun. It was a very intense race. We went back and forth, nosing each other out on the last lap.”
The race remembers DeWayne Louis Lund, more commonly known as Tiny Lund. He earned the ironic nickname of “Tiny ” from his 6’5″, 270-lb. frame. The Harlan, Iowa, native made his mark in racing lore by winning the 1963 Daytona 500. He won five races total in what would become the NASCAR Cup Series. Sadly, Lund died at age 45 in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. This year marked the 29th running of the Tiny Lund Memorial weekend at Shelby County Speedway. Jason Kohl picked up $1,000 for the hard-fought win.
“The finish definitely was like [how] old-school stock car racing is described,” Kohl said. “I never saw Tiny Lund race, but I’m sure he would like to have been out there with us.”
This year marks the Outside Groove Director of Photography’s 51st year of covering auto racing. Adaskaveg got his start working for track photographer Lloyd Burnham at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway in 1970. Since then, he’s been a columnist, writer, and photographer, in racing and in mainstream media, for several outlets, including the Journal Inquirer, Boston Herald, Stock Car Racing, and Speedway Illustrated. Among Adaskaveg’s many awards are the 1992 Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Ace Lane Photographer of the Year and the 2019 National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) George Cunningham Writer of the Year.