Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mueller Only Driver to Sweep "Memphis Spring Nationals"

Memphis, MO (Saturday, March 18, 2017) - Saturday night was the final night of the "Memphis Spring Nationals" at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri presented by J&J Ag. And with temperatures expected to fall in the 30's, the nights action was moved up an hour from the scheduled time. That move paid off with a fast paced show, as the first green flag waved at 5:55 PM and the final checkered flag falling at 8:20 pm.

The 14 lap Hobby Stock feature was the first to take to the track, with Scott Shull and Daniel Wauters drawing the front row. Wauters would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Ballard, who started 4th, and Shull. But his lead only last for 1 lap, as Ballard went to the very top of the track coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 2. Ballard then started to pull away, as Wauters, Shull and Damon Murty, who won Friday nights feature in Bill Bonnett's #19, battled for the runner up spot. Without a caution there was no catching Ballard, who cruised to an easy win. Shull won the battle for 2nd, Wauters held on for 3rd, Murty was 4th, with Mike Kincaid  coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 18 lap SportMod feature, with Jason McDaniel and Tyler Soppe leading the field to the drop of the green flag. McDaniel jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Soppe and Carter VanDenBerg. Just as McDaniel started to put some distance on the battle behind him, the first caution of the race appeared on lap 5. Brandon Symmonds would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart VanDenBerg slid up in front of McDaniel coming off turn 2 to grab the lead going down the backstretch. But third place runner Soppe would drive it hard into turn 3 on the bottom and slid up in front of VanDenBerg coming off turn 4 to take the lead. Three laps later, lap 9, the second and final caution of race came out for debris in turn 2.

Soppe moved back out front on the restart, while Brandon Lennox, who started 20th and used the bottom of the track to get to the front, over took VanDenBerg for second. Lennox then followed in Soppe's tire tracks over the next 5 laps, when he got sideways in turn 3 and fell back to 3rd. This would allow Soppe to pull away over the final 3 laps to pick up the $1,500 top prize. McDaniel was 2nd, Lennox was 3rd, VanDenBerg was 4th, with Brayton Carter, who won Friday night, rounding out the top 5.

Michael Larsen and Dustin Griffiths drew the front row for the 20 lap Stock Car feature, with Griffiths grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Jeff Mueller, who started 4th, and Damon Murty, who started 6th. Griffiths, who was working the top of the track, then held off Mueller, who was working the bottom, until lap 5 when Mueller slipped under him coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot. Just after the completion of lap 5 the first caution of the race appeared, as Cody Washburne spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mueller jumped back out front, as Murty and Mike Hughes went to the bottom of the track to get past Griffiths for second and third. While the lead trio worked the bottom of the track, Cayden Carter, who started 10th, worked the top of the track to move into fourth by the midway portion of the race.

The action up front was slowed for the second time, as Washburne spun in turn 4 on lap 12 to bring out his second involvement caution to end his night. Mueller once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Murty and Carter glued to his back bumper. Murty and Carter tried to get under Mueller over the next 4 laps, when the final caution appeared on lap 17 to set up a 3 lap shootout. This time Larsen would spin in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mueller moved back out front, with Carter slipping past Murty for the runner up spot. Despite several challenges from Carter over the final laps, Mueller was able to hold on to claim his second win of the weekend and the $1,500 top prize to go with it. Carter settled for 2nd, Murty was 3rd, Hughes was 4th, with Griffiths holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, with Brandon Lambert and Steven Struck leading the field to the drop of the green. Struck took advantage of his draw to jump out front on lap 1 over Brandon Lambert and Casey Lambert. While Struck worked the top of the track, with Brandon Lambert following in his tire tracks, Brandon Reu, who started 9th, was working his way towards the front by using the bottom of the track. On lap 8, Reu would slip under Brandon Lambert for the runner up spot and then went to work on Struck for the lead. Struck and Reu would come off turn 4 on lap 11 side-by-side, with Reu grabbing the top spot away from Struck on lap 12. Reu then held off Struck over the final 2 laps of the caution free race to pick up the win. But Reu was later disqualified in tech for a ported cylinder head. This would give Struck the win. Brandon Lambert held off Cody VanDusen, who started 8th, on the final lap to be moved up to 2nd. VanDusen was moved to 3rd, Luke Benischek was moved to 4th, with Levi Heath being moved to 5th after starting in 12th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap Modifieds, with Friday nights winner Hunter Marriott and Blake Woodruff drawing the front row. Marriott quickly shot out into the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Colt Mather and Cayden Carter close behind. While Marriott was setting a fast pace around the top of the track, Kyle Brown, who started 10th, was using the bottom of the track to work his way towards the front. Marriott started to enter lapped traffic on lap 10, which slowed his pace down. On lap 16, Brown worked his way into the runner up spot and then went to work on chasing down Marriott for the lead. Marriott and Brown came off turn 4 on lap 21 side-by-side, with Brown grabbing the top spot away on lap 22. Brown then held on over the final 3 laps of the caution free race to pick up the win and the $2,000 top prize. Marriott was 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Kelly Shryock was 4th, with Kurt Kile coming from 12th, for the second night in a row, to finish in 5th.

The Scotland County Speedway will now sit idol until Thursday, June 1st, when the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models take to the big wide 3/8th mile. Joining the Late Models will be the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods and Sport Compacts. Coming up this weekend, Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th, will be the 5th Annual "Spring Extravaganza" at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Check out the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com for more information.

Notes from SCS night 2: 23 Modifieds, 23 Stock Cars, 21 Sport Compacts, 20 SportMods, and 10 Hobby Stocks made up the 97 cars signed in for the final night of the "Memphis Spring Nationals"......Dylan Nelson started the Hobby Stock feature in 10th and finished 6th......Brian Efkamp finished 8th in the SportMod feature after starting in 11th....Scott Walker once again drove his son Ryan Walker's #9w car and finished 12th....Brandon Symmonds recovered from his spin on lap 5 to come back up to finish in 14th....Dakota Anderson had troubles after his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Kyle Frederick from Oconto, Wisconsin finished 7th in the Stock Car feature after starting in 11th....Nathan Wood came from 12th to finish in 8th....Jason Cook finished 9th after starting in 16th....Tyler Pickett passed 10 cars from his 22nd place starting spot to come home in 12th....Dean Kratzer started 23rd and finished 18th......Dustin Forbes started the Sport Compact feature in 14th and finished 8th....Travis Tedrow passed 10 cars from his 21st place starting spot to finish in 11th....Alvin Cooney finished 12th after starting in 16th....David Prim came from 17th to finish in 13th....Alyssa Steele started 19th and finished 14th....Cameron Poci had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Andrew Schroeder started the Modified feature in 11th and finished 6th....Tyler Droste charged from 22nd to finish in 8th....Jeff Waterman finished 9th after starting in 14th....Jason Murray passed 13 cars from his 23rd place starting spot to come home in 10th....Jardin Fuller started 16th and finished 12th....David Wietholder for the second night in a row had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Marriott, Mueller, Carter, Murty, and Barnes Score "Memphis Spring Nationals" Opening Night Wins

Memphis, MO (Friday, March 17, 2017) - St. Patrick's Day 2017 turned out to be the season kick-off for the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. As J&J Ag helped present  the "Memphis Spring Nationals", on what started out to be a decent night and turned into somewhat of a brisk cool evening.

The 14 lap Sport Compact feature started the night off, with Brandon Reu and Levi Heath drawing the front row for the event. But it was fourth place starter Josh Barnes who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Reu and Brandon Lambert. Just after the completion of lap 1, Casey Lambert slowed to a stop in turn 1 to bring out the caution. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Reu and Brandon Lambert close behind. Three laps later, on lap 5, Brandon Lambert's night came to an abrupt stop. As he came to a stop in turn 3 with fire coming out of the rear of the car. Barnes once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Reu and now Jake Benischek, who started 14th, following close behind. Neither Reu nor Benischek could find away around Barnes, who held on to pick up the win. Reu settled for 2nd, Luke Benischek was 3rd, Heath was 4th, with Kenny Smith rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Stock Car feature, with Cayden Carter and Jeff Mueller drawing the front row. Mueller would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mike Hughes and John Oliver Jr. The action up front was slowed only 1 time, as Tyler Pickett spun in turn 4 on lap 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mueller jumped back out front, with Hughes and Carter following close behind. Hughes and Carter would follow in Mueller's tire tracks around the top of the speedway over the final 17 laps, and was waiting for him to make a mistake. But Mueller would hold them off to pick up the $1,000 top prize. Hughes was 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Damon Murty started 10th and finished 4th, with Todd Reitzler coming from 12th to finish in 5th.

The SportMod 18 lap feature was next to take to the track, with Brayton Carter using his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Tyler Soppe and Brandon Lennox. Just after the completion of lap 1, the caution would appear to slow the action down. As Jake Whittington and Kevin Dickey spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Lennox getting by Soppe for the runner up spot. Carter then started to pull away from the battle behind, when a second caution appeared on lap 7. This time Brian Efkamp spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Carter jumped out front on the restart, with Lennox and Carter VanDenBerg, who started 11th, moving into third. Two laps later, on lap 9, Jason McDaniel spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on.

Carter would grab the lead on the restart, with Lennox, VanDenBerg, Soppe, Austin Luellen battling for the runner up spot. With the battle going on behind him, Carter started to pull away. Carter's almost straight-away was erased on lap 13, when Jami Ritter spun in turn 1 and collected Whittington to bring out the final caution of the race. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Soppe going from fourth to second to get around Lennox and VanDenBerg. There was no catching Carter, as he pulled away over the final 7 laps to pick up the $1,000 top prize. Soppe held on for 2nd, Lennox was 3rd, VanDenBerg was 4th, with Luellen coming home in 5th.

Only 9 Hobby Stocks showed up for night 1, with Damon Murty, who was driving Bill Bonnett's #19 car, moving out front on the drop of the green flag in the 14 lap race. Just like the Stock Car feature, August Bach and Scott Shull followed in Murty's tire tracks around the top of the speedway and was waiting for him to make a mistake. But disaster would strike Bach on lap 12 when he got into the backstretch guardrail and rolled to bring out the red. Bach would climb from his car okay. On the restart Murty jumped back out front, with Shull and Mike Kincaid close behind. Murty would hold off a last lap challenge from Shull to claim the win. Shull settled for 2nd, Kincaid was 3rd, Dylan Nelson was 4th, with Daniel Wauters rounding out the top 5.

The 25 lap Modified feature was the last to take to the track, with Cayden Carter and Michael Dotson leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green flag waved the yellow light would come on, as David Snyder lost a drive shaft down the front stretch to bring out the caution. On the restart Carter would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Hunter Marriott and Shawn Ritter. Marriott would slid up in front of Carter coming off turn 4 to take the lead away on lap 2. The trio would then start to pull away from the rest of the field. Carter was able to get up beside Marriott for the top spot, as they entered lapped traffic on lap 13. But when Dotson spun in turn 4 on lap 14 that would slow the action down and bring the field back to the top two's back bumper.

On the restart Ritter spun in turn 1 and collected Johnny Wyman to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Marriott jump back out front, with Carter, Kelly Shryock, who started 9th, and Clint Luellen battling for the runner up spot. Just like before the caution appeared, Marriott and Carter started to pull away from the battle behind them. And once again they would enter lapped traffic on lap 22, which allowed Carter to get up beside Marriott. But Marriott was able to hold him off over the final lap to pick up the $1,000 check. Carter was 2nd, Luellen was 3rd, Kurt Kile started 12th and finished 4th, with Shryock coming home in 5th.

Notes from SCS night 1: 26 Modifieds, 26 Stock Cars, 23 Sport Compacts, 20 SportMods, and 9 Hobby Stocks made up the 104 cars signed in for competition......Travis Tedrow passed 12 cars from his 20th place starting spot in the Sport Compact feature to come home in 8th....Alyssa Steele started 13th and finished 9th....Ashton Blain came from 17th to finish 11th....Mike Hornung Jr. finished 12th after starting in 21st....Jaden DeLonjay came from 23rd to finish 15th....Jake Benischek was running 3rd when he pulled off on the last lap to finish 16th....Jeffrey DeLonjay was suppose to start 12th, but had troubles after the heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Dustin Griffith started the Stock Car feature in 11th and finished 6th....Kyle Frederick, who made the long pull down from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, finished 9th after starting in 15th....Tyler Pickett, who spun on lap 3 to bring out the caution, recovered to come home in 14th....Dallon Murty, Damon Murty's 13 year old son, raced his dads back-up car and elected to start from the rear. He would come up to finish in 15th....Chase Exline started 22nd and finished 16th....Odie Cook, Dan Gordon, and Greg Harsch all had troubles in the heat that forced them to scratch from the B-Main for a chance to move onto the feature......Brandon Dale finished 8th in the SportMod feature after starting in 12th....Scott Walker, who drove his son's Ryan Walker's #9w, started 18th and passed 9 cars to come home in 9th....Kevin Dickey recovered from being involved in the lap 1 caution to come back up to finish 10th....Colton Livezey, Andrew Swailes, and Austen Becerra all had troubles in their heat races that forced them to scratch from the feature......Colt Mather started the Modified feature in 11th and finished 7th....Jardin Fuller passed 10 cars from his 18th place starting spot to come home in 8th....Matt Fulton finished 10th after starting 13th....Blake Woodruff passed 9 cars from his 20th place starting spot to finish 9th....Zach Rawlins started 21st and finished 13th....Andrew Schroeder, who started 7th and was up to 3rd, pulled off under the lap 14 caution with right front troubles to end his night in 16th....Michael Long had engine troubles in hot laps and scratched for the night....David Wietholder also had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Look Back at 2016

Monmouth, IL (Thursday, March 16, 2017) - For the many of you who know me, know how much I spend my time trying to make sure the sport we all enjoy survives for years to come. But during the 2016 racing season I discovered how hard it is to please everyone, and how much social media is going to kill off this sport.

Many times during 2016 I contemplated walking away from this sport that has been a part of my life for 30 years. I also found out who my true friends and supporters are through the good and bad times. Thanks to the many good people I have gotten to know through those 30 years, they showed me over the final three months of the season what great times can still be had.

My 2016 number came in with 80 race nights attended, with most of them coming at the three tracks I worked at during the season. The most being at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa with 17 nights, followed by another track I worked most the season at with 11, and then finishing off with 10 at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois. Coming in next was the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa with 6 nights. A track I returned to working at on Friday nights late in the season, and will be returning to again in 2017. Another track coming in with 6 nights was the Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa, where I attended the week long IMCA Super Nationals. The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa was next with 5 nights, and was followed by the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri with 4 nights. Also with 4 nights was the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where I attended the NASCAR weekend. Other tracks with multiple nights include the Dirt Track at Charlotte, North Carolina with 3 nights of the World Finals events, The Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa and the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, Iowa both with 2 nights. Then my final event of 2016 was taking in the two nights of racing inside the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Finally the tracks I went to on a single night included the West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois, the Knox County Fair race in Knoxville, Illinois, the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, and the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, Iowa. One last track that I made 1 visit to, which was also the first ever visit to this track, was the Beatrice Speedway in Beatrice, Nebraska.

The following subject matter may be controversial to some of you, but it is something that should be talked about. For several years the major sanctioning bodies have awarded national champions in each of their divisions. And each of those sanctioning bodies have a different way in determining who will be crowned national champions. Is there a correct way to go about determining these nationals champions? One can say yes, and another person may say no. But there is one sanctioning body that does it in a way to promote not only winning races, but winning track championships along the way. While another one awards bonus points to a competitor for the car counts they race against. One may ask why I bring this up, well let me fill you in.

Everybody knows the main reason why a racer takes to the track each night, and that is to hopefully end up in victory lane at the end of that night. The UMP DIRTcar Racing uses a driver's best 30 races towards earning points for the national points chase. And in 2016 Michael Long of Fowler, Illinois ended up in victory lane more than 30 times, which one would thought he would have maxed out his best 30 finishes in the national title. But unfortunately he didn't win the UMP National Championship, he came in a close second to Highland, Illinois native Mike Harrison. Harrison only ended up in victory lane 21 times, which was 9 less than what Long won towards the national title. One might ask how is that possible.

Well what made up the difference was the bonus points award for competing against 20 to 25+ cars in an event. Long, who punches a time clock at work, had to hope each weekend race that he showed up at had more than 20 cars to compete against. Unfortunately that wasn't the case many a times during the season. On the other hand Harrison, who is a farmer, was able to pick and choose the races he wanted to compete in during the season. As a result the majority of his wins came with 20 to 25+ cars to earn the maximum points towards the national championship. So one may ask is UMP set up for a weekend racer or for one who can travel throughout the season.

This Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th kicks off the 2017 racing season in my area, as the "Spring Nationals" takes place at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. The Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods will race Friday for $1,000 to win. Then if you raced on Friday the Modifieds will have a shot at $2,000 to win on Saturday, the Stock Cars and SportMods will have a chance at $1,500 to win. Otherwise if you can only race Saturday, the Modifieds, Stock Cars, and SportMods will race for $1,000 to win. Both nights will also feature racing in the Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts, with both shooting for a top prize of $300 to win each night. For more information about the "Spring Nationals" you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330, or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Scotland-County-Speedway-531042493650646/.

There is plenty of weekly and special events planned for the 2017 season, and to make it easy for one to plan there schedule you are encouraged to check out the calendar page on Positively Racing at http://www.positivelyracing.com/calendar.shtml. But we remind you that schedules are subject to change without notice, so make sure you call or check the tracks website before attending a race.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Long and Carter Sweep the "Memphis Fall Nationals"

Memphis, MO (Saturday, October 22, 2016) - The 2016 racing season at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri official came to a close on Saturday, October 22nd, with night 2 of the "Memphis Fall Nationals". Mother nature helped out tremendously by provide everyone with a beautiful night for late October. When the final checkered flag flew on Saturday, Michael Long (Modified) and Cayden Cater (Stock Car) were the only two drivers to repeat their Friday night wins.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 15 lap Hobby Stocks, with Randy Byerly and Mike Hughes leading the field to the green flag. Hughes would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Clint Nelson and Danny Thrasher. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when Kenser Ellis spun off turn 4 to bring out the caution. On the restart Hughes moved back out front, with Nelson and Thrasher working to hold off Dustin Griffiths for the runner up spot. But on lap 6 Griffiths was able to slip past both to take the second spot, and then went to work on chasing down Hughes for the top spot. He would be helped on lap 8, when the second and final caution of the race appeared. This time Tim Hoselton spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Hughes moved out front on the restart, with Griffiths and Nelson close behind. Hughes would go on to lead the finals laps to pick up the win. Griffiths was 2nd, Nelson was 3rd, Garrett Eilander started 9th and finished 4th, with Thrasher holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap SportMod feature, with Austin Paul and Tim Plummer drawing the front row. But it was third place starter Brandon Dale who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Plumer and Tony Dunker. Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 6th, would slip under Dale coming off turn 4 to take the top spot away on lap 7. Just as Van Der Wal started to pull away the first and only caution of the race came out on lap 19, to set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. On the restart Van Der Wal jumped back out front, with Plummer and Paul close behind. Going into turn 3 on the final lap Van Der Wal went low, while Plummer chose the middle. The two would come off turn 4 side-by-side, with Van Der Wal edging Plummer at the line by half a car length to claim the win and the $1,000 check. Plummer was 2nd, Paul was 3rd, Jim Gillenwater started 9th and finished 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg passing 12 cars from his 17th place starting spot to come home in 5th.

Curt Marks and Tommy Elston drew the front row for the 25 lap Late Model feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Todd Frank spun in turn 1 and collected Sam Halstead, who was driving Lynn Richards #26R. On the original restart Elston moved out front on lap 1 over Derek Liles and Marks. Elston set such a blistering pace, that when the checkered flag was waved he had lapped up to the second place car. Elston's win was worth $1,000 thanks to Dubuque Moving and Storage out of Dubuque, Iowa. Liles finished 2nd and was the only car left on the lead lap, Gunner Frank was 3rd, Dan Gordon was 4th, with Charles VanZante rounding out the top 5.

The 20 lap Stock Car feature was next to take to the track, with Kirk Kinsley and Jason Cook leading the field to the drop of the green. Kinsley took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Cook and Cayden Carter, who started 6th. The action was slowed for the first time just after the completion of lap 1, as Jeff Mueller, who was running 4th, spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dustin Griffiths, who just purchased a Stock Car from Roger Kelderman and was running 7th, spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Carter go to the top of the track to over take Kinsley for the top spot. A third caution of the race slowed the action on lap 7, as Kevin Koontz lost the rear end in turn 4 and collected Randy Exline to bring out the yellow. On the restart Johnny Spaw, who started 8th and was running 3rd, spun in turn 2 and collected Jason See, who was running 6th, Kinsley and Chris Wibbell to bring the yellow light back on. Carter would move out front on the next restart, with Mike Hughes, who started 12th, and John Oliver Jr. close behind. Hughes and Oliver Jr. followed in Carter's tire tracks over the next 8 laps, and was looking for Carter to make a mistake. When the final caution of the race came out on lap 16. This time Jason York went over the track in turns 3 and 4 to bring out the yellow. Carter once again grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on to pick up his second win of the weekend and another $1,000 top prize to go with it. Hughes was 2nd, Nathan Wood, who started 13th, over took Oliver Jr. late in the race to finish 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Tom Bowling Jr. coming home in 5th.

Barry Taft and Brandon Reu led the field to the green in the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, but it was third place starter Kimberly Abbott who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Reu and Taft. Abbott then had to work to hold them off, when the first and only caution of the race slowed the action on lap 3. Ryan Moore went over the track in turns 3 and 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Abbott moved back out front, with Jake Dietrich over taking Reu and Taft for the runner up spot. Reu was able to work back under Dietrich to reclaim the runner up spot on lap 5, and then went to work on Abbott for the lead. Over the final 5 laps Reu looked under Abbott coming off the corners. But Abbott was able to hold him off to claim the win. Reu was 2nd, Darin Smith over took Dietrich late to finish 3rd, Dietrich was 4th, with Taft holding on for 5th.

The 25 lap Modified feature was the final event to take to the track, with Shane DeMay and Cayden Carter drawing the front row. Carter took advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Dakota Hayden and Zack VanderBeek. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first and only caution of the race appeared, as Jared Fuller, who was running 5th, spun in turn 2 and collected Patrick Flannagan, who was running 8th, and Derrick Stewart to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with VanderBeek over taking Hayden for second. While Carter worked to hold back VanderBeek and Hayden, all eyes were on Michael Long. Long, who started 18th, used the top of the track to quickly work his way towards the front. On lap 10 Long would over take VanderBeek for the runner up spot and then went to work on chasing down Carter for the lead. Carter started to enter lapped traffic on lap 13, which allowed Long to close in on him. Long then used the lapped traffic to slip past Carter for the top spot on lap 17. Carter was able to stay close to Long thru heavy lapped traffic, but Long would go on to pick up his second win on the weekend and another $1,000 check to go with it. Carter settled for 2nd, VanderBeek was 3rd, Hayden was 4th, with Bruce Hanford coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

Notes from night 2: 41 SportMods, 30 Modifieds, 24 Stock Cars, 17 Hobby Stocks, 12 Sport Compacts, and 9 Late Models made up the 133 cars signed in......The night didn't get started off to well, as Rodger Caquelin climbed the backstretch guardrail and rolled a couple times to come to rest halfway down the backstretch to bring out the red. The back half of the car was ripped off, and it was great to see Rodger climb from the mangled mess a little dazed but otherwise okay......Rex Bonnett drove the #19 Hobby Stock that Bill Bonnett piloted most of the 2016 season and finished 6th in the feature....David Castellano started 16th and passed 7 cars to come home in 9th....Tim Hoselton recovered from his spin on lap 8 to come back up to finish 10th....Andrew Burg went up in flames during the heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Logan Anderson passed 8 cars from his 15th place starting spot to come home in 7th....John Oliver Jr. started 13th and finished 10th....Jake Sachau finished 12th after starting in 19th....Jacob Waterman started 18th and finished 13th....Mike Tanner started 20th and finished 17th....Donny Louck started 23rd and finished 19th....Jerry Hinton took the last qualifying spot in the second B Main. But suffered some damaged that forced him to scratch from the feature......Derrick Agee started the Stock Car feature in 9th and finished 6th....Todd Reitzler passed 14 cars from his 21st place starting spot to come home in 7th....Johnny Spaw recovered from his spin on lap 7 to come back up to finish 9th....Dustin Griffiths also recovered  from his spin on the lap 1 restart to come back up to finish 10th....Dean Kratzer started 14th and finished 11th....Travis Bunnell started 15th and finished 12th....Jason York recovered from his spin on lap 16 to come back up to finish 13th....Bob Lynch finished 14th after starting in 18th....Greg Harsch started 24th and finished 15th....Jim Lynch, who drove Brian Hoener's #66, suffered troubles in the heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Kurt Kile started the Modified feature in 14th and then passed 8 cars to come home in 6th....Jeff Waterman passed 11 cars from his 22nd place starting spot to come home in 11th....Milo Veloz started 17th and finished 12th....Donovan Lodge passed 11 cars from his 24th place starting spot to come home in 13th....Eric Barnes started 20th and finished 15th....Johnny Wyman started 21st and finished 17th.

Long, Carter, Lennox, Ballard, and Reu Score Wins on Night 1 of the "Memphis Fall Nationals"

Memphis, MO (Friday, October 21, 2016) - Night 1 of the "Memphis Fall Nationals" kicked off on Friday, which also began the final weekend of racing during the 2016 racing season at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. Despite the cool evening temperatures, the action on track was enough to help keep the fans warm throughout the night.

The 20 lap Stock Car feature was the first to take to the track, with Todd Reitzler and Nathan Wood drawing the front row for the event. Reitzler would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mike Hughes, who started 6th, and Jeff Mueller, who started 5th. Hughes, who was working the top of the track, used the momentum to take the top spot away from Reitzler on lap 3. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 8, when Brian Derry spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hughes jumped back out front, with Mueller and Cayden Carter, who started 8th, battling for second. Carter would use the same move that Hughes used earlier to get the lead, by using the momentum off turn 4 to take the lead on lap 14. After Carter took the lead, Hughes moved from the bottom to the top of the track to follow Carter. Which allowed Mueller to work the bottom and make it a three car battle for the lead. Despite a few challenges over the final laps, Carter was able to hold on to pick up the win and the $1,000 check. Mueller was 2nd, Hughes was 3rd, Jason Cook came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Johnny Spaw rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, with Kenny Smith and Darin Smith leading them to the green flag. But it was fourth place starter Brandon Reu who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Smith and Barry Taft, who started 5th. Disaster would strike a few of the front runners on lap 5, when Eric Misner spun in front of the leaders in turn 4 and collected Smith, Brandon Lambert and Alyssa Steele to bring out the caution. On the restart Reu moved back out front, with Taft and Jake Dietrich following close behind. The final caution of the race appeared on lap 8, when Steele stopped down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Reu once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Taft and Dietrich close behind. Taft tried to get under Reu over the final laps, but Reu was able to hold him off to pick up the win. Taft settled for 2nd, Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th, nipped Dietrich at the line to finish in 3rd, Dietrich was 4th, with Casey Lambert finishing 5th after starting in 13th

Rob Wilsey and Dustin Griffiths lead the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Griffiths jumping out front on lap 1 over Nathan Ballard and Wilsey. The lead for Griffiths only lasted 1 lap, as Ballard slipped past him on lap 2 to take over the top spot. Just after lap 2 was scored complete the first and only caution of the race appeared. Debris in turn 2 would bring out the yellow. On the restart Ballard jumped back out front, with Mike Hughes, who started 6th, moving into the runner up spot. Hughes would challenge Ballard for the top spot over the final few laps. But Ballard was able to hold him off to claim the win. Hughes was 2nd, Mike Kincaid was 3rd, Clint Nelson started 7th and finished 4th, with Griffiths holding on for a 5th place finish.

Up next was the 20 lap SportMod feature, with Brandon Dale and Jerry Hinton drawing the front row. But it was fifth place starter Brayton Carter who quickly moved to the front to lead lap 1 over Dale and Curtis Van Der Wal. Disaster would strike the second and third place runners on the completion of lap 1, as Dale spun in turn 2 from contact from Van Der Wal. Dale would restart from the rear of the field, as Van Der Wal retied to the pits with brake problems. On the restart Jim Gillenwater, who started 11th, used the bottom of the track to grab the top spot away from Carter, as Brandon Lennox, who started 9th, moved into third. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 6, when Jami Ritter spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Gillenwater jumped back out front on the restart, with Carter and Lennox battling for second. Lennox worked the top of the track to grab second away from Carter on lap 7, and then went to work on Gillenwater for the lead. Coming off turn 4 on lap 12, Lennox used the momentum off the top to take the top spot away from Gillenwater. Gillenwater tried to work back under Lennox over the next 5 laps, when the final caution of the race appeared on lap 17. Mike Tanner came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox jumped back out front and then held off Gillenwater to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize. Gillenwater settled for 2nd, Logan Anderson came from 10th to finish in 3rd, Carter was 4th, with Tim Plummer finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Modifieds, with Rob Jennings and Kyle Brown leading the field to green. Brown, who was up top, edged out Zack VanderBeek, who was working the bottom, at the line by inches to lead lap 1, with Cayden Carter close behind in third. The battle up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, as Milo Veloz spun in turn 3 and Dugan Thye went over the track in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Donovan Lodge spun in turn 1 and collected Larry McConnell to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Michael Long, who started 10th, slip past Brown to grab the lead away. But Brown would slip back past Long on lap 4 to get the lead. The two would trade slid jobs over the next three laps, before Long took command of the race on lap 8. Long then pulled away to claim the win and the $1,000 check. Brown was 2nd, VanderBeek was 3rd, Andrew Schroeder finished 4th after starting in 12th, with Kurt Kile starting 9th and coming home in 5th.

Notes from night 1: 34 SportMods, 30 Modifieds, 20 Stock Cars, 13 Sport Compacts, and 11 Hobby Stocks made up the 108 cars signed in......John Oliver Jr. started the Stock Car feature in 20th after loosing a power steering belt in the heat race. He then passed 14 cars to bring home a 6th place finish....Dalton Lynch had troubles after the heat that forced him to scratch from the feature......Kevin Garrett started the Sport Compact feature in 10th and finished 7th....Trenton Molkenthin has troubles after the heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Calvin Dhondt finished 6th in the Hobby Stock feature after starting in 10th....Aaron Martin suffered a flat tire on lap 11 while running 6th, and was credited with an 8th place finish....Danny Thrasher, who was running 3rd, suffered a flat on the lap 10 restart and was credited with a 9th place finish......Carter VanDenBerg finished 6th in the SportMod feature, after starting in 14th....Tyler Soppe started 13th and finished 8th....Brandon Dale recovered from his spin on lap 1 to come back up to finish 9th....Jason Bass started 15th and finished 12th....Joe Beal started 16th and finished 13th....Dakota Simmons finished 15th after starting in 19th....Mike Goben started 21st and finished 16th....Justin Veloz started 22nd and finished 17th....John Oliver Jr. was suppose to start 3rd, but during the parade lap the left rear trailing arm bolt broke and forced him to the infield......Jeff Waterman started the Modified feature in 11th and finished 6th....Kelly Shryock came from 14th to finish in 8th....Jesse Hoeft passed 13 cars from his 22nd place starting spot to come home in 9th....Jared Fuller started 17th and finished 10th....Dakota Hayden passed 12 cars from his 23rd place starting spot to come home in 11th....Jardin Fuller started 19th and finished 12th....Shane DeMay suffered motor problems after qualifying thru the B Main, and was forced to scratch from the feature.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Gustin and May Sweep the "5th Annual Fall Extravaganza"

Donnellson, IA (Saturday, October 15, 2016) - What a difference a night makes. After Friday nights temperatures hoovered around the high 50's, Saturday nights temperatures never fell out of the 70's on night two of the "5th Annual Fall Extravaganza" at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Plus if you thought you seen some good racing action on Friday, well Saturday nights action was even better.

The 15 lap Mod Lite / Micro Mod feature was the first to take to the track, with Josh May and Jason Masengarb drawing the front row for the event. May would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Masengarb and Kevin Blum. While May set a fast pace out front, Blum went to the top of the track to over take Masengarb for the runner up spot on lap 7. Blum then tried to track down May for the top spot. But without a caution May would go on to pick up his second win of the weekend at the track. Blum settled for 2nd, Jason Bahrs started 6th and finished 3rd, Masengarb was 4th, with Darrick Knutsen coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Stock Car feature, with Jason Cook and John Oliver Jr. leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Cook used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Oliver Jr. and Johnny Spaw. But Cook's lead only lasted for 1 lap, as Oliver Jr. went to the top of the track coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 2. Oliver Jr. then went to the bottom of the track, which forced Mike Hughes, who started 5th, to go to the top to try and get by him for the lead. Hughes would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 to grab the lead away from Oliver Jr. on lap 8. But Oliver Jr. would come back on the bottom to grab the top spot back on lap 9. Once again Hughes used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to get the lead back from Oliver Jr. on lap 10. Hughes then went to the bottom of the track to try and slow down Oliver Jr. But coming off turn 4 to complete lap 13 Oliver Jr. was able to slip under Hughes to grab the lead back. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 14. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Hughes working to hold off Cayden Carter, who started 11th, for the runner up spot. Carter who used the top of the track to work himself up from 11th, used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to edge out Oliver Jr. at the line to lead lap 17. Coming off turn 2 Oliver Jr., on the bottom, Hughes, in the middle, and Carter, up top, went three wide down the backstretch and into turn 3. Hughes would slip up into Carter, which allowed Spaw to join the battle for the lead. Then coming off turn 2 on the final lap Hughes tried to get under Oliver Jr., as the two got hooked together going down the backstretch. This would allow Spaw to enter turn 3 in the middle of the track next to Oliver Jr., but he would slid to high coming off turn 4. Which allowed Oliver Jr. to go on to claim his first win of the season at the track and the $1,000 top prize.

Gunner Frank was suppose to lead the field to the green flag in the 25 lap Late Model feature, but mechanical troubles forced him to the pits on the parade lap. This would move Brian Harris, who was driving Lynn Richard's #26R, to the pole next to Richie Gustin, who was once again driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing. Gustin would jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Harris, and Jeremiah Hurst. Disaster would strike Harris on lap 4, as he spun from the second spot in turn 2 and collects Chad Holladay to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gustin moved back out front, with Tommy Elston, who started 8th, over taking Hurst for the second spot. Gustin then had to try and hold off Elston over the next 4 laps, as the two drivers used different grooves around the track. But coming off turn 4 on lap 9, Elston was able to slip under Gustin to take over the top spot. Only to have Gustin come back on the top of the track off turn 4 on lap 10 to get the lead back. Despite a few more challenges from Elston over the final 15 laps, Gustin was able to hold on to claim his second win in a row and another $1,000 top prize. Elston was 2nd, Sam Halstead started 10th and finished 3rd, Hurst was 4th, with Jeff Guengerich finishing 5th after starting in 12th.

The 12 lap Hobby Stock feature was up next, with Dustin Griffiths and Jacob Keiser leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green flag waved the caution light came on, as Kenser Ellis spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Griffiths jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Nick Ulin and Aaron Martin. But debris in turn 3 on the completion of lap 1 would slow the action for the second time. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Ulin and Martin close behind. Ulin, who worked the bottom of the track, was able to slip under Griffiths, who was working the top of the track, coming off turn 2 to take over the top spot on lap 6. The two would race side-by-side over the next 4 laps, with Griffiths grabbing the lead back on lap 10. Coming out of turn 4 on the final lap Ulin would clip a tire and almost rolled, but ended up spinning. Which allowed Griffiths to go on to claim the win and the $500 prize to go with it. Martin was 2nd, Keiser was 3rd, Randy Byerly was 4th, with Rob Wilsey completing the top 5.

John Oliver Jr. and Logan Anderson drew the front row for the 20 lap SportMod feature, with Oliver Jr. leading lap 1 over Anderson and Carter VanDenBerg. Anderson would use the bottom of the track to take the top spot away from Oliver Jr. on lap 5. Then the action was slowed for the first time on lap 9, as Mike Goben stopped down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jason Riegel spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Anderson jump back out front, with Brayton Carter over taking Oliver Jr. for the runner up spot. Austen Becerra would spin in turn 4 on lap 14 to slow the action down for the third time. Anderson once again grabbed the lead on the restart, only to have another caution come out one lap later. This time Jared Boumeester, who started 9th and was going for 3rd, slid up in front of Oliver Jr. in turn 4 and then spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart Anderson jumped back out front, but was slowed for the final time one lap later. As John Brandies and Becerra collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Anderson moved back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. getting back around Carter for second. Coming off turn 4 on the final lap Oliver Jr. tried to use the momentum off the top of the track to get the win. But Anderson would hold him off to pick up the win and the $1,000 prize to go with it. Oliver Jr. settled for 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Tim Plummer passed 12 cars from his 16th place starting spot to come home in 4th, with Tyler Soppe finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 15 lap Sport Compact feature, with Nathan Chandler and Dan Schmidt making up the front row. Schmidt would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Chandler and Barry Taft. Taft would use the momentum off the top of the track in turn 2 to take the top spot away from Schmidt on lap 6. While Taft paced the field out front, Schmidt, Kimberly Abbott, Brandon Reu, and Darin Weisinger Jr., who started 7th, were all looking for racing room to get to Taft. The action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 11, when Adam Gates spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Taft moved back out front, with Weisinger Jr. over taking Schmidt for the runner up spot. As the battle for second raged on Taft would pull away over the final laps to claim the win and the $300 top prize to go with it. Weisinger Jr. won the battle for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Reu was 4th, with Schmidt holding on for 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap Modifieds, with Kyle Brown and Jason Murray leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Brown would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Murray and Michael Long. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution of the race appeared, as Bruce Hanford slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Brown jumped back out front, with Long over taking Murray for second. While Brown set the pace out front, Jenae Gustin, who started 7th, used the bottom of the track to work under Long for second on lap 4. Gustin then tried to track down Brown for the lead, when the second caution of the race slowed the action on lap 10. Shawn Ritter would spin in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Once again Brown grabbed the lead on the restart, with Long getting back around Gustin for second. Three laps later another caution appeared, as Patrick Flannagan spun in turn 2 on lap 14 to bring out the yellow. Brown jumped back out front on the restart, only for the caution to come back out one lap later. This time Milo Veloz, who was running 5th, slowed to a stop in turn 4 with front end troubles to bring out the yellow. The final restart saw Brown jump back out front, with Gustin getting back by Long for second. Long, who was working the top of the track, over took Gustin for second on lap 17 and then went to work on Brown, who was working the bottom, for the lead. But Brown would hold on to pick up the win and the $1,000 check to go with it. Long settled for 2nd, Jenae Gustin was 3rd, Richie Gustin started 13th in the #15k Justin Kay Racing Modified and finished 4th, with Cayden Carter finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

Notes from Night 2: 35 Modifieds, 30 SportMods, 23 Stock Cars, 18 Sport Compacts, 13 Late Models, 11 Mod Lites / Micro Mods, and 8 Hobby Stocks made up the 138 cars signed in for night number 2......Jason See started the Stock Car feature in 10th and finished 7th....Abe Huls came from 14th to finish in 11th....Tom Bowling Jr. finished 12th after starting in 20th....Jeremy Pundt finished 13th after starting in 16th....Tony VonDreskey drove Randy Exline's #89. He started 22nd and finished 19th......Brian Harris who spun on lap 4 of the Late Model feature, came back up to finish 7th......Sean Wyett passed 10 cars from his 17th place starting spot in the SportMod feature to come home in 7th....Richie Gustin, who drove Shawn Ritter's #5JR, started 12th and finished 9th....Kyle Hill finished 11th after starting in 15th....Aric Becker passed 10 cars from his 22nd place starting spot to come home in 12th....Dakota Simmons started 21st and finished 14th....Jeremy Mayfield started 20th and finished 15th....John Brandies, who started 24th, recovered from his spin on lap 16 to come back up to finish 16th....Tony Olson crashed in hot laps and had to much damage to fix the car, which resulted in him scratching for the night......Brandon Lambert started the Sport Compact feature in 12th and finished 7th....Travis DeMint finished 11th after starting in 16th....Ben Hollis had troubles in his heat that forced him to scratch from the feature......Kurt Kile started the Modified feature in 10th and finished 6th....Eric Barnes finished 7th after starting in 16th....Bruce Hanford recovered from bringing out the caution on lap 1 to come back up to finish 8th....Ryan Maitland started 19th and finished 10th....Shawn Ritter, who started 22nd, recovered from his spin on lap 10 to come back up to finish 12th....Bill Roberts Jr. started 21st and finished 14th....Ronn Lauritzen started 23rd and finished 15th.

Gustin, Long, Carter, Boumeester, May, Lichty, and Barnes Open 5th Annual Fall Extravaganza With Wins

Donnellson, IA (Friday, October 14, 2016) - Friday was a brisk and cool night, but the on track action was hot enough to heat you up. As the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa opened the "5th Annual Fall Extravaganza".

The rained out SportMod feature from August 19th was the first event to take to the track on the night, with 3 laps complete. Jim Gillenwater resumed the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag, with John Oliver Jr. and Joey Gower following. While Oliver Jr. try to keep pace with Gillenwater, the battle was for third between Gower, Tony Dunker, and Brandon Lennox, who restarted in 7th. But without a caution there was no catching Gillenwater, as went on to win his third feature of the season at the track. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Lennox won the battle for 3rd, Dunker was 4th, with Gower rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Mod Lite / Micro Mod feature, with Jason Bahrs and Josh May leading the field to the green flag. May would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Bahrs and Don Erger, who started 5th. The action was slowed only one time, as Darrick Knutsen stopped down the backstretch on lap 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart May jumped back out front, with Erger and Bahrs battling for second. May though would pull away over the final laps to pick up the win. Erger was 2nd, Jason Masengarb came from 7th to finish 3rd, Devon Rouse finished 4th after starting in 8th, with Joel Huggins coming from 11th to come home in 5th.

Luke Merfeld and Chad Holladay drew the front row for the 25 lap Late Model feature, with Merfeld using his front row advantage to grab the lead on lap 1 over Holladay and Richie Gustin, who was driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing. Merfeld then held the top spot until lap 4, when disaster would strike him. Something appeared to break on the right front that resulted in him hitting the guardrail in turn 4 and bringing out the caution. On the restart Gustin would take over the top spot, with Holladay and Tommy Elston, who started 7th, battling for the runner up spot. The action was slowed for the second and final time on lap 13, when Blake Woodruff spun into the guardrail in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Gustin once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Elston over taking Holladay for second. Elston then held off Holladay until lap 19, when a lapped car forced Elston high coming off turn 4 and allowed Holladay to slip back under him for second. But on this night there was no catching Gustin, who pulled away to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Holladay settled for 2nd, Elston was 3rd, Jeremiah Hurst, who started 9th in the Roberts Motorsports #58, finished 4th, with Todd Frank coming from 12th to round out the top 5.

The 20 lap Stock Car feature was up next, with Cayden Carter and Jeff Mueller leading the field to the green flag. Carter took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mueller and Mike Hughes. While Carter set the pace out front, Mueller and Hughes would battle for the runner up spot. Until the first caution of the race appeared on lap 10 for Randy Exline's spin in turn 3. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Mueller and Hughes continuing their battle for second. But the second and final caution of the race came out on lap 13 to slow the action, as Exline spun in turn 3 to end his night with a second solo caution. Carter again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Hughes finally getting around Mueller for second. Despite a few challenges from Hughes and Mueller over the final laps, Carter would hold on to pick up the $1,000 top prize. Hughes was 2nd, Mueller was 3rd, John Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Kirk Kinsley rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Bill Bonnett and Neal Miller making up the front row for the event. Bonnett would use his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Miller and Justin Lichty, who started 5th. A couple of laps later Lichty and Nick Ulin, who started 6th, would over take Miller to move into second and third. Bonnett, who was working the top of the track, then had to work to hold off Lichty over the next several laps, as Ulin was waiting for an opening. Going into turn 3 on the final lap Bonnett entered low to try and slow down Lichty's momentum, but would drift high coming off turn 4. This would allow Lichty to pull even with Bonnett coming off turn 4, as the two crossed the line side-by-side. Lichty was awarded the win by inches, which was worth $500. Bonnett settled for 2nd, Ulin was 3rd, Miller was 4th, with Mike Kincaid coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

Michael Long and Ronn Lauritzen drew the front row for the Modified feature, with Long grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Lauritzen and Cayden Carter, who started 6th. Debris in turn 2 on the completion of lap 1 slowed the action for the first time. On the restart Long moved back out front, with Carter over taking Lauritzen for second. But the second caution of the race appeared after the completion of lap 2, as Scott Dickey and Jason Murray ended up in the guardrail at the end of the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Long once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Carter and Lauritzen close behind. Just as Long started to pull away from the battle behind him, the third and final caution of the race came out on lap 13. This time Patrick Flannagan slowed to a stop in turn 1 with motor troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Long jumped back out front, with Richie Gustin, who was driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing, and Dave Wietholder, who started 9th, slipped past Carter, who slid high in turn 2 and fell back to 8th. Gustin tried to work under Long over the final laps, but Long would hold him off to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize. Richie Gustin was 2nd, Bill Roberts Jr., who started 12th, slipped past Wietholder late to finish 3rd, with Wietholder 4th, and Jenae Gustin finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 15 lap Sport Compact feature, with Darin Weisinger Jr. and Josh Barnes leading the field to the green flag. Barnes took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Darin Smith and Jake Dietrich. While Barnes set the pace out front, there was several side-by-side battles going on behind. But that action came to a halt on lap 13, when Dietrich, Ron Kibbe, and William Michel collided in turn 2 to bring out the one and only caution of the race. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Kimberly Abbott, who started 6th, and Barry Taft, who started 7th, glued to his back bumper. Barnes, who was working the middle of the track, had Abbott, who was on the bottom, looking under him coming to the white flag. The two would come off turn 4 side-by-side on the final lap, with Barnes claiming the win by a half a car length to pick up the $300 top prize. Abbott settled for 2nd, Taft was 3rd, Smith was 4th, with Nathan Chandler coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap SportMods, with Brayton Carter and Brandon Lennox drawing the front row. But just as the green flag was waved the red light would come on, as Jason McDaniel, Creston Williams and Paul Howard collided in turn 4. Howard's car work turn over on it's side when Carter VanDenBerg clipped him trying to avoid the wreck. All drivers would climb from their cars okay. On the original restart Carter moved out front to lead lap 1 over Lennox and Dakota Simmons. Just after the completion of lap 1 the second caution of the race appeared, as Jim Gillenwater, Tony Olson and Curtis Van Der Wal collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Lennox would slip past Carter on the restart to grab the top spot away, as Jared Boumeester, who started 5th, moved into to challenge. Coming off turn 5 to complete lap 5, Boumeester slipped under Lennox to take over the lead. Boumeester then started to pull away, when the third and final caution appeared on lap 9. This time Austen Becerra slowed in turn 4 with troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Boumeester jumped back out front, with John Oliver Jr., who started 10th, over taking Lennox for the runner up spot. Oliver Jr. tried to stay with Boumeester over the final 10 laps, but Boumeester would pull away to pick up the win and the $1,000 check to go with it. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Lennox crossed the line in 3rd. But a illegal MSD box was found on Lennox's car in post race inspection, which resulted in him being disqualified. This would move Richie Gustin, who was driving Shawn Ritter's #5JR, up to 3rd after he started 14th, Tyler Soppe was moved up to 5th after starting in 9th, with Logan Anderson being moved up to finish in 5th.

Notes from Night 1: 34 Modifieds, 33 Sport Mods, 26 Sport Compacts, 24 Stock Cars, 17 Late Models, 12 Mod Lites / Micro Mods, and 11 Hobby Stocks made up the 157 cars signed in for action on night 1......Kevin Grisham started the Mod Lite / Micro Mod feature in 9th and finished 6th....Justin Willits finished 9th after starting in 12th......Charles VanZandt passed 5 cars from his 14th place starting spot in the Late Model feature to come home in 9th......Todd Reitzler finished 6th in the Stock Car feature, after starting in 11th....Jason See passed 12 cars from his 24th place starting spot to come home in 12th....Abe Huls started 21st and finished 13th....Austin Kemper, who is in his first year of racing in the Stock Car class, started his first race at Lee County in 23rd and stayed out of troubles to come home in 20th......Kenser Ellis made the long pull down from Spencer, Iowa to compete in only his second race in the Hobby Stock class. He would bring home a 9th place finish......Bruce Hanford started the Modified feature in 11th and finished 7th....Kyle Brown, who pitted under an early caution, came back up to finish 9th....Jesse Hoeft passed 13 cars from his 24th place starting spot to come home in 11th....Matt Bodman started 18th and finished 12th....Gatlin Leytham finished 13th after starting in 20th....Ryan Maitland came from 22nd to finish 14th....Brandon Maitland finished 15th after starting in 19th....Rob Jennings came from 23rd to finish in 19th......Alyssa Steele started the Sport Compact feature in 26th and passed 16 cars to come home in 10th....Travis DeMint came from 22nd to finish in 11th....Levi Heath started 17th and finished 13th....Casey Lambert finished 15th after starting in 20th......AJ Johnson passed 10 cars from his 17th place starting spot in the SportMod feature to come home in 7th....Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 12th, recovered from the lap 1 crash to come back up to finish in 8th....Joey Gower passed 14 cars from his 24th place starting spot to come home in 10th....Tony Olson also recovered from the lap 1 crash to come back up to finish 11th....John Brandies finished 12th after starting in 21st....Wesley Mayfield started 19th and finished 14th....Tom Lathrop finished 15th after starting in 23rd.