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Hunter Marriott was the $3,500 IMCA Modified feature winner at Hancock County Speedway’s 24th annual Night of 1,000 Stars special. (Photo by Chad Meyer)BRITT, Iowa (Aug. 9) – Hunter Marriott starred on a different night Thursday at Hancock County Speedway.Marriott battled Cayden Carter and Kyle Strickler before taking charge late in Thursday’s 24th annual Night of 1,000 Stars main event at Britt, earning $3,500 for the 50-lap IMCA Modified victory.“I was patient and when I had opportunities I took advantage of them,” Marriott said following his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying win. “I got to second right away after the break and passed for the lead with about eight laps to go.”Last year’s event runner-up as well as the two-time defending Night of 10,000 Stars winner, Marriott had worked his way toward the front from the 12th starting spot as early leader Strickler gave way to Carter following a restart.Carter was dominant to the mandatory pit stop on lap 25, pocketing $1,000 for leading at halfway.Marriott was up to third at that point and soon in pursuit of Strickler after the race went back to green.The last 25 laps ran caution-free and Strickler, Marriott and Carter battled back and forth the last 10 times around the oval.Strickler and Marriott touched twice racing for the lead before Marriott was able to work his way through lapped traffic and pull ahead by a couple car lengths.Carter, Strickler, Mike Mashl and Jeff Aikey completed the top five. Kelly Shryock started 19th and finished sixth.George Nordman won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and $750. The $600 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win went to Jake Masters and Cody Nielsen topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for a $500 check.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Cayden Carter; 3. Kyle Strickler; 4. Mike Mashl; 5. Jeff Aikey; 6. Kelly Shryock; 7. Benji LaCrosse; 8. Ethan Dotson; 9. Tim Ward; 10. Todd Van Eaton; 11. Joel Rust; 12. Jeremy Mills; 13. Clay Money; 14. Mike Mullen; 15. Corey Dripps; 16. Josh Long; 17. Tom Berry Jr.; 18. Aaron Benson; 19. Randy Foote; 20. Jason Wolla; 21. Kody Scholpp; 22. Kollin Hibdon; 23. Nick Meyer; 24. Stacey Mills; 25. Troy Swearingen; 26. Jay Noteboom; 27. Mark Noble; 28. Richie Gustin; 29. Jesse Hoeft; 30. Jimmy Gustin; 31. Ryan Ruter.Stock Cars – 1. Jake Masters; 2. Craig Berhow; 3. Heath Tulp; 4. Randy Brands; 5. Cody Frerichs; 6. Pete Alexander; 7. Kody Scholpp; 8. Scott Yale; 9. Derek Moede; 10. Jeff Dolphin; 11. Parker Slagle; 12. Andrew Borchardt; 13. Buck Schafroth.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen; 2. Chanse Hollatz; 3. Drew Barglof; 4. Scott Dobel; 5. Tony Smidt; 6. Blaine Hanson; 7. Ben Peterson; 8. Tommy Beekman; 9. Kenzie Ritter.Northern SportMods – 1. George Nordman; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Mathew Hanson; 4. Johnathon Logue; 5. Colby Fett; 6. Andrew Inman; 7. Ryan Hiscocks; 8. Ethan Braaksma; 9. Nate Whitehurst; 10. Brady Joynt; 11. Brett Meyer; 12. Autumn Anderson; 13. Tyler Bragg; 14. Gerald Curry; 15. Nate VanSchepen; 16. Thomas Nelson; 17. Jeremiah LaDue; 18. Greg Magsam.
1 Aston Villa came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Villa Park, as Alan Hutton’s first league goal for the club condemned the Foxes to their tenth game without a win.The Foxes took the lead with Leonardo Ulloa’s instinctive close-range finish, but were pegged back before half time when Ciaran Clark responded for the hosts.Alan Hutton’s strike fifteen minutes from time proved to be enough for Villa to secure all three points, moving Paul Lambert’s side up to 11th position in the table.Meanwhile, problems continue to mount for Nigel Pearson’s side – who had Paul Konchesky sent off late on – as the Foxes end a turbulent week at the foot of the Premier League table, four points adrift of safety.The Villains dictated the tempo of the opening stages with Christian Benteke’s dipping volley coming close to breaking the deadlock, but the visitors responded immediately with their first attack of the game, aided by an inexplicable error from Brad Guzan.The American goalkeeper fumbled an innocuous shot from Riyad Mahrez, allowing Ulloa a simple chance from close-range and the striker made no mistake, poking in his sixth league goal of the season – his first for ten matches.However Villa’s positive start was soon rewarded with an equaliser, when Clark stooped low to head past Kasper Schmeichel on 17 minutes – the defender evaded his marker with a piercing run before converting Ashley Westwood’s perfectly-weighted free-kick.The Foxes were soon appealing for a spot-kick when Guzan’s untidy challenge on Jamie Vardy inside the area sent the former Fleetwood striker tumbling to the ground, after Esteban Cambiasso’s clipped pass dissected the Villa defence.Another direct run from Mahrez down the right caused confusion among the Villa defence, but his tame strike failed to trouble Guzan.Both sides traded chances after the break with Tom Cleverley first firing well over for the hosts, before Jeffrey Schlupp failed to capitalise on an inventive one-two between David Nugent and Vardy.Benteke almost prospered from some hazardous Leicester defending, but Schmeichel stayed on his feet to deny the Belgium international with a fine stop.And the Danish keeper then kept out Gabriel Agbonlahor’s low drive with a smart save, after the Villa captain’s penetrating drive into the area.A moment of brilliance from Nugent reignited the match after a scrappy period, as the former Preston man produced a stunning volley from range forcing a back-peddling Guzan to tip the ball over in dramatic style.But Villa were soon ahead with a sweeping attack from left to right as Benteke’s floated pass found Hutton in an advanced position down the right, and the full-back showed similar composure to that of his Belgian team-mate, calmly guiding the ball past Schmeichel.Benteke should have added Villa’s third moments later but was twice denied by stunning reaction saves from Schmeichel.The visitors’ task of clinching a late equaliser was dealt a damaging blow when Konchesky was sent off after an altercation with Alan Hutton.And Villa were almost out of site after a goalmouth scramble but Schmeichel came to the rescue again – cancelling out Jack Grealish’s instinctive effort with a superb diving save.Chris Wood’s first-time strike flashed agonisingly wide as Leicester’s final chance went begging, as the Foxes remain winless since their 5-3 win against Manchester United in September. Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton