Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Burgtorf Pulls Off "Scottie 41" Win at Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL (Sunday, May 17, 2015) - After rains that moved through Quincy, Illinois on Friday and Saturday racing on Sunday night at the Quincy Raceways was very much in doubt. The track crew arrived early Sunday morning to find a very wet grounds. But they didn't throw in the towel right away, even pushing back the start time by 1 hour in hopes of getting the place dried out. There persistence paid off with some very good racing.

The 18 lap IMCA SportMod feature was the first to take to the track, with Todd Reed and Jon Lear making up the front row. But it was third place starter Adam Birck who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Reed and Nathan Bringer. While Birck led the field, Tanner Klingele, who started 5th, moved into second on lap 4 and then set his sights on Birck for the lead. Two laps later, lap 6, Klingele would slipped under Birck coming off turn 2 to take over the top spot on lap 7. By lap 10 Klingele would enter some lapped traffic, which allowed Birck to close back in on Klingele's back bumper. Coming to complete lap 14, Birck would choose the bottom of the track to get around the lapped cars, while Klingele went to the top. Kilngele was held up long enough to give the lead back to Birck. But Klingele wouldn't give up, as he used the momentum off the top of the track in turn 4 on lap 16 to grab the top spot back. Klingele then held off Birck over the final 2 laps of a caution free race to pick up his second win of the season at the track. Birck settled for 2nd, Bringer was 3rd, Joey Gower started 8th and finished 4th, with Tony Dunker finishing 5th after starting in 9th.

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Michael Larsen and Taylor Lear leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Just as the green flag waved the caution would come out, as Lear and Trevor Hagerbaumer got together in turn 3. The result was Hagerbaumer spinning in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Lear would have front end damaged that sent him to the hot pits, which moved Troy Brierton up to the outside of the front row for the restart. On the restart Larsen jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Brierton and Jake Powers. While Larsen, who was on the bottom, and Brierton, who was up top, raced side-by-side for the top spot Abe Huls, who started 10th, and Jim Lynch, who started 9th, moved in to make it a 4 car battle on lap 10. The action up front was slowed on lap 13, when debris in turn 3 brought out the yellow. On the restart Powers spun down the front stretch to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Larsen move back out front over Brierton and Huls. Coming to complete lap 14 Huls looked under Larsen in turn 4 and got sideways, which caused Lynch to spin to avoid hitting Huls to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jerry Jansen spun in turn 3 and collected Powers to bring the caution light back on. Larsen once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Huls glued to his back bumper. Huls would look under Larsen over the final 4 laps. But Larsen was able to hold him off at the line to claim is first win of the season, after moving back to the Stock Car class after  running a Late Model in 2014. Huls settled for 2nd, Beau Taylor started 6th and finished 3rd, Jeremy Buss finished 4th after starting in 7th, with Lynch recovering from his spin on lap 14 to come back up to 5th.

Clint Kirkham was suppose to start the UMP Late Model "Scottie 41" from the pole, but elected the rear after suffering mechanical troubles in the heat. This would move Brian Diveley to the pole next to Daryn Klein. Klein would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Diveley and Mark Burgtorf. Klein, with Burgtorf in toe, started to pull away from the field. The two would enter lapped traffic by lap 6, which allowed Burtgorf to challenge Klein for the lead. Once clear of traffic, Klein put a little distance on Burgtorf. That was until lap 10, when he entered more lapped traffic. Again Burgtorf closed in on Klein. Coming off turn 4 on lap 16 Burgtorf was able to get under Klein, who drifted up into the wall down the front stretch. The contact with the wall ripped the right rear spoiler off Klein's car, which came to rest just past the flag stand to cause the one and only caution to appear. On the restart Klein moved back out front, with Burgtorf and Diveley close behind. Klein and Burgtorf once again started to pull away from the field. Klein worked the top of the track for the entire race, which forced Burgtorf to have to look under him for the lead over the next 16 laps. The two would enter lapped traffic on lap 27, which Klein cleared faster then Burgtorf to put a few cars lengths between the two. By lap 34 Burgtorf pulled back to Klein's back bumper. Then coming off turn 4 on lap 35 Klein bobbled a little, which allowed Burgtorf to scoot by for the top spot. Klein stayed glued to Burgtorf's back bumper over the final 6 laps. But Burgtorf would make no mistakes over those final laps to claim the "Scottie 41" and the $2,000 top prize to go with it. Klein settled for 2nd, Diveley was 3rd, Jim Moon passed 8 cars from his 12th place starting spot to finish 4th, with Jamie Wilson coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Since the program got started late and I had to be up real early Monday morning for work, I had to depart after the Late Model feature. But I see that Michael Long, who started on the pole of the 25 lap UMP Modified feature went flag-to-flag to pick up his fourth win in four starts at the track this year. David Wietholder crossed the line in 2nd, Steven DeLonjay was 3rd, Robbie Reed was 4th, with Brandon Roberts completing the top 5.

Then I read that Michael Grossman, who started the 15 lap IMCA Sport Compact feature in 9th, quickly moved to the front to over take Brandon Lambert for the lead on lap 4. Grossman then pulled away to claim his first win of the season at the track, and broke Kimberly Abbot's three race winning streak. Abbott started 8th and finished 2nd, Lambert was 3rd, Jeffrey DeLonjay was 4th, with Trent Orwig holding on for 5th with rear end damage.

Notes from Quincy: Austin Howes started the SportMod feature in 11th and finished 9th....Nathan Hayes finished 10th after starting in 13th....Darin Munzlinger started 14th and finished 12th....Jared Wiemelt finished 13th after starting in 16th......Jake Powers recovered from his spin on lap 13 and the crash on lap 14 to come back up to finish 7th in the Stock Car feature....Trevor Hagerbaumer recovered from his spin on the start to come back up to finish in 8th......Chuck Mitchell started the Late Model feature in 13th and finished 8th....Greg Kimmons passed 9 cars from his 18th place starting spot to come home in 9th....Trace Westling started 15th and finished 10th....Justin Reed, who broke a transmission in hot laps and missed time trials, spun in his heat race and then pulled off. He the started the feature in 21st and had worked his way to 5th by lap 21. But on lap 31 he would pull off the track with more troubles to end his night in 12th....Alan Westling started 19th and was credited with a 14th place finish....Ron Elbe, was suppose to start 11th, but elected to start from the rear. He would only make a few laps before pulling out and credited with 19th....Matt Santel was suppose to start 6th, but mechanical troubles after his heat forced him to scratch from the feature....Vance Wilson also scratched from the feature with troubles after his heat race......Shawn Deering started the Modified feature in 10th and finished 6th....Russ Coultas finished 8th after starting in 11th......Anthony Grossman started the Sport Compact feature in 12th and finished 9th.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ryan, VonDresky, and Olson Go Back-to-Back at Davenport

Davenport, IA (Friday, May 16, 2015) - After heavy rains moved out of the south and canceled the events at the track I work at every Friday night, I decided to climb in the car and make the trip north to the Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA. So far in 2015 mother nature seems to be the winner on the weekends, as this was only the second points night of the year at the track. At the end of the night there would be 3 repeat winners and 2 first time winners of the season standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Street Stocks, with Kevin Dickey and Keith Blum leading the field to the green flag. Blum would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dickey and Randy Lamar. The first caution of the event would appear on lap 2, when Erick Turner spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Blum jumped back out front over Dickey and Perry Gellerstedt, who started 7th. But just after the completion of lap 3, Lamar who was running 4th slowed in turn 3 to bring out the caution. Once again Blum grabbed the lead on the restart, while Gellerstedt over took Dickey for the runner up spot. Around the midway part of the race Gellerstedt would look under Blum off turn 2 for the lead, with Blum holding him off each lap. But going into turn 3 on the final lap Gellerstedt tried to use the high side to get around Blum for the win. The two would come off turn 4 side-by-side, with Blum edging out Gellerstedt by half a car length to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Gellerstedt settled for 2nd, Dickey held on for 3rd, Cord Williams was 4th, with Rob Henry passing 6 cars from his 11th place starting spot to come home in 5th.

Up next was the 15 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Jake Morris and David Norton making up the front row for the event. Morris used his front row staring spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Dalton Simonson and Dustin Crear. Crear's run up front came to an end on lap 3, when he spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. While running under caution something in the left rear of Morris' car broke, which sent him to the pits for repairs. On the restart Mike McGarry spun in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Simonson grab the lead over Joe Grant and Tony Olson, who quickly moved up from his 11th place starting spot. Two laps later, lap 5, Brandon Jewell stopped down the front stretch to bring out the caution. On the restart Kyle Eller stopped in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Morris get into the wall off turn 4 to bring the caution back out. A third attempt of a restart saw Olson jump to the top of the track to grab the lead over Simonson and Bryce Garnhart, who started 10th. Just as Olson started to pull away from the field, the final caution appeared on lap 10 to bring the field back to his back bumper. This time Jade Davis spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow, at the same time McGarry wowed the crowd with his two wheel action in turn 4. Olson grabbed the lead on the restart, with Garnhart and Henry Carson close behind. There was no stopping Olson on this night, as he pulled away over the final 5 laps to claim his second win in a row at the track. Garnhart was 2nd, Simonson was 3rd, Phil Anderson was 4th, with Carson rounding out the top 5.

Josh Riley and Brandon Setser led the field to the green in the 12 lap 4 Stock feature, with Riley grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Luke Benischek and Setser. While Riley set the pace out front, Zach Dahl, who started 6th, was working his way towards the front. Dahl would look under Riley on lap 10, only to have Riley hold him off. But coming to the white flag Dahl final slipped under Riley and then held on over the final lap to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Riley settled for 2nd, Luke Benischek was 3rd, Jake Benischek was 4th, with Setser coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap IMCA Modified feature, with Hunter Wilson and Kyle Montgomery making up the front row. Chris Lawrence, who started 5th, quickly moved to the front to lead lap 1 over Bruce Fosdyck Sr. and Wilson. Lawrence then started to put some distance between himself and the battle behind him, when the first caution appeared on lap 4. Debris in turn 4 would bring out the yellow. On the restart Doug Crampton, who started 7th, went to the top side to take the top spot away from Lawrence. But going down the backstretch on lap 5 Crampton lost a drive shaft and came to a stop in turn 3 to bring out the caution. Debris down the front stretch on the restart would bring the caution light back on. The following restart saw Lawrence jump back out front, but now had Tony VonDresky, who started 17th, glued to his back bumper. VonDresky would try the top of the track on laps 7 - 9, only to have Lawrence hold him off each lap. That was until lap 10, when VonDresky made the pass to take over the top spot. From there VonDresky would pull away to claim his second win in a row at the track. Lawrence settled for 2nd, Bruce Hanford passed 11 cars from his 14th place starting spot to come home in 3rd, Kelly Meyer started 10th and finished 4th, with Greg Durbin passing 17 cars from his 22nd place starting spot to round out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track was the 25 lap IMCA Late Models, with Joe Zrostlik and Jay Chenoweth drawing the front row. Zrostlik would take advantage of his draw to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mike Zemo Jr. and Chenoweth. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 4, as debris down the backstretch brought out the yellow. On the restart Zrostlik moved back out front over Brunson Behning, who started 5th, and Sam Halstead, who started 7th. By lap 8 Todd Malmstrom, who started 13th, and Matt Ryan, who started 10th, moved up to challenge Zrostlik and Behning for the top spot. Ryan would use the bottom and top of the track to clear the top 3 cars to take over the top spot on lap 14. Ryan then pulled away over the final 11 laps to cruise to his second win in a row at the track. Behning was 2nd, Malmstrom was 3rd, Zrostlik held on for 4th, with Halstead coming home in 5th.

Notes from Davenport: 36 Modifieds, 23 SportMods, 21 Late Models, 20 Street Stocks and 12 4 Stocks made up the 112 cars signed in on the night......Donnie Louck started the Street Stock feature in 8th and finished 6th....Dwayne Smith Jr. came from 12th to finish in 7th....Nick Claussen started 13th and finished 8th....Erick Turner recovered from the caution on lap 2 to come back up to finish 11th....Tom Riggs started 15th and finished 13th....Rick Schriner started 19th and finished 14th....Jeremy Gustaf had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Randy Farrell passed 10 cars from his 17th place starting spot in the SportMod feature to come home in 7th....Andre LaPorte passed 12 cars from his 20th place starting spot to come home in 8th....Kyle Eller, who started 22nd, recovered from his caution on lap 5 to come back up to finish 11th....Gary Rentfro started 15th and finished 12th....Jade Davis, who started 19th, recovered from his spin in turn 4 on lap 10 to come back up to finish 13th....Rance Powell started 16th and finished 14th....Emily Gade had troubles after her heat race that forced her to scratch from the feature....Jared Miller had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch from both the heat and feature......Cody Neltner started the 4 Stock feature in 9th and finished 7th....Richard Dearborn started 11th and finished 8th......Brian Bushong passed 16 cars from his 23rd place starting spot in the Modified feature to come up to finish 7th....Ray Cox Jr. started 13th and finished 8th....Dave Hammond thought his night was over after finishing 7th in B Main number 2. But when a car scratched from the feature Hammond was awarded the 24th place starting spot. He then passed 15 cars to come home in 9th....Dakota Hayden started 21st and passed 11 cars to finish in 10th....Terry Rentfro started 20th and finished 13th....Milo Veloz Jr., who started 18th and was running 6th, pulled off on lap 7 with troubles to end his night in 16th....Jake Bowman, who started 9th and was running 4th, broke something on the right front on lap 5 to end his night in 19th....Bob Dominacki was suppose to start 12th, but troubles after the heat forced him to scratch from the feature....Scott Powell, Dusty Kraklio, Brian Webb, Casey Schram, Shelby Walsh, George Spence III, Crag Crawford, Paul Howard, Rich Smith, and Tim Arp were the drivers who didn't make it out of the B Mains......Andy Nezworski had to pit under the lap 4 caution in the Late Model feature for a flat tire. He would restart 16th and then climbed his way back up to finish 6th....Rick Wages started 11th and finished 8th....Stephan Kammerer, who was running 7th, broke a wheel on the final lap to be credited with 9th....Eric Sanders started 12th and finished 10th....Marty Scheckel started 15th and finished 11th....Both Ray Guss Jr. and Ryan Claeys had troubles in hot laps that forced them to scratch from the heat and feature.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ball Score First Career Sprint Invaders Win at Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, IA (Wednesday, May 6, 2015) - With the weather forecast for the weekend looking bleak, I figured I would take in the racing action on Wednesday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. All five weekly classes were in action on the night, along with the Spring Invaders.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 10 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, and despite only 5 cars signed in on the night the battle up front for all 10 laps was hotly contested. Curt Myers and John Whalen started on the front row, with Whalen grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Trent Orwig and Bill Whalen Jr. Bill Whalen Jr. and Chuck Fullenkamp, who started 5th, moved around Orwig for the runner up spot on lap 5 and then 1 lap later they made it a three car battle for the lead. John Whalen held the top spot coming to the white flag, as Fullenkamp slipped under Bill Whalen Jr. for second. Fullenkamp made one last attempt to slip under John Whalen coming off turn 4. But John Whalen held on to pick up the win. Fullenkamp then had to hold off Bill Whalen Jr. for the battle for 2nd, Orwig was 4th, with Myers coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Daniel Gordon and Donnie Pearson leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Pearson would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Brad Pinkerton and Zack VanderBeek, who started 6th. Pearson set the pace out front, as the top 10 cars raced single file around the top side of the 1/2 mile track. Around the midway point of the race VanderBeek would look under Pinkerton for the runner up spot and then went to work on Pearson for the lead. Using the bottom of the track going into turn 1 VanderBeek would slip up in front of Pearson off turn 2 to take over the top spot on lap 11. While VanderBeek started to pull away from the field the battle was going on behind between Pinkerton, Pearson, Gordon, Mike Hughes, who started 9th, Todd Reitzler, who started 7th, and Cayden Carter, who started 8th. Without a caution to catch VanderBeek, he would cruise to an easy win. Pinkerton won the battle for 2nd, Hughes was 3rd, Reitzler was 4th, with Carter rounding out the top 5.

Jarrod Schneiderman was suppose to start the 20 lap Sprint Invaders feature on the pole. But when he chose to go to the back, this would move Harold Pohren to the pole next to Tony Shilling. Shilling jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Pohren and Jamie Ball, and then set a fast pace out front. On lap 6 Shilling would come up on lapped traffic, which allowed Ball to close in quickly. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 7 Ball and Shilling made contact, with Shilling getting sideways and falling back to 5th. While Ball grabbed the top spot over Nate Van Haaften, who started 7th, and Terry McCarl, who started 9th. Ball continued to lead, while Russ Hall, who started 12th, and Jon Agan, who started 16th, were making their way towards the front. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 13, when Donnie Steward came to a stop in the middle of the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ball moved back out front, with Van Haaften looking under him in the corners to try and grab the lead away. This would go on until the final caution appeared on lap 15

Russ Hall and Jon Agan were battling for the fifth spot when the two got tangled together going into turn 1 and came to rest up against the wall to bring out the yellow. Then while sitting there, Dakota Hendrickson couldn't slow his machine down and slid into both cars. Ball once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Van Haaften and McCarl close behind. Over the final 5 laps Ball would make no mistakes and held on to claim his first career Sprint Invaders win and the $1,500 top prize to go with it. Van Haaften settled for 2nd, McCarl was 3rd, Joe Beaver was 4th, with Shilling holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Trent Brink and Jason McDaniel on the front row. McDaniel used his front row starting spot to grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Brink and Braydon Carter, who started 8th. With McDaniel setting a fast pace out front the battle for second was heating up, as Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 10th, was working on Carter for that spot. Van Der Wal was able to clear Carter for the runner up spot on lap 6, but by then McDaniel had built up a full straight-away lead. Without a caution there was no catching McDaniel who cruised to the win. Van Der Wal was 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Brink held on for 4th, with Brett Lowry coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

Jared Stephens and Aaron Martin made up the front row for the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Martin would use his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Bobby Greene and Mike Kincaid. Martin then held the top spot until lap 3, when Greene was able to slip under him for the lead. While Martin and Greene battled for the lead, Dustin Griffiths, who started 10th, quickly moved up towards the front using the middle of the speedway. On lap 5 Griffiths was able to slip under Greene to grab the top spot away. Just like the other three weekly class features, the Hobby Stock feature went caution free. So there was no catching Griffiths on this night, as he pulled away to an easy win. Greene settled for 2nd, Danny Thrasher moved up from 8th to finish in 3rd, Martin held on for 4th, with Dale Porter, driving Griffiths back up car, passing 9 cars from his 14th place starting spot to come home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 18 lap IMCA Modifieds, with Brandon Banks and Scott Dickey leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Dickey would grab the lead on lap 1 over Tyler Groenendyk and Cayden Carter. Dickey used the top of the speedway to start to pull away from Groenendyk and Carter, until late in the race. Groenendyk was able to pull up to Dickey's back bumper on lap 14, and then looked under him on laps 15 and 16. But Dickey would hold off all his challenges to go on to pick up the win in a caution free race. Groenenedyk was 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Carter VanDenBerg started 7th and finished 4th, with Andrew Schroeder rounding out the top 5.

Notes from Osky: 25 360 Sprint Cars signed in on the night....Ryan Jamison was leading heat race 2, when late in the race he lost the engine that forced him to scratch for the remainder of the night....John Greenwood, Rob Weuve, Alan Zoutte, and Dave Getchell joined Jamison in watching the feature from the trailer......Derrick Agee started the Stock Car feature in 11th and finished 8th....Jerry Pilcher finished 11th after starting in 14th....Mike Brown started 18th and finished 15th....Shane Paris, who started 12th, was running 10th before pulling off on lap 15 with over heating troubles to end his night in 16th....Carl Yaw and Bill Fox both had troubles in hot laps that forced them to scratch for the night......Chris Martin started the Sprint feature in 10th and finished 6th....John Schulz, driving Jimmy Davies #99 Sprinter, passed 6 cars from his 13th place starting spot to come home in 7th....Josh Schneiderman started 11th and finished 8th....Mike Philben passed 5 cars from his 15th place starting spot to come home in 10th....Tim Moore passed 7 cars from his 19th place starting spot to finish in 12th......Derek Hodges started the Hobby Stock feature in 12th and finished 7th....Travis Bunnell started 11th and finished 8th....Steve Allen passed 6 cars from his 16th place starting spot to come home in 10th....Jared Stephens and Mike Kincaid, who were battling for 6th, came to rest in the turn 4 guardrail on the final lap to end there nights in 13th and 14th......Barndon Banks, who was running 4th in the Modified feature, pulled off on lap 3 to end his night in 9th......All five weekly classes that race at the Southern Iowa Speedway on Wednesday nights saw there feature races go caution free. That is 77 (Sport Compacts 10, Stock Car 18, SportMod 16, Hobby Stock 15, and Modifieds 18) laps of feature racing!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Long and Abbott Repeat at Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL (Sunday, April 26, 2015) - Rains on Friday night and all day Saturday played havoc on the crew at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois on Sunday. The crew got to the track early Sunday morning and would have to make a choice to cancel due to wet grounds, or try and work the pits into shape to get race car haulers into the pits. With the sun shining and a strong wind out of the north, the decision was made to race.

The first feature to take to the track was the 18 lap IMCA SportMods, with Austin Howes and Jon Lear leading the field to the green. Howes would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Bringer and Joey Gower. Bringer would slip under Howes coming off turn 4 on lap 2 to take over the top spot, with Gower using the same groove 1 lap later to move into the second spot. Then on lap 6 Gower got under Bringer coming off turn 4, as the two raced side-by-side down the front stretch, with Bringer still scored as the leader. Gower wouldn't give up on the bottom, as he finally cleared Bringer on lap 7 to grab the lead. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 9, when Cody Henderson spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front, with Brandon Dale, who started 6th, over taking Bringer for the second spot. Dale tried to work under Gower over the next 3 laps, when the second and final caution slowed the race. This time Mike Goodwin spun in turn 2 and collected Jared Wiemelt to bring out the yellow. Gower once again moved back out front on the restart, with Tony Dunker, who started 8th, over taking Dale for second. While Dunker tried to work around Gower for the lead, Bobby Anders, who started 12th, was working the top of the track to work his way into third by lap 15. There was no getting around Gower on this night, as he held on to pick up his first win of the season at the track and second on the weekend with his win Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Dunker was 2nd, Anders was 3rd, Bobby Six came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Tanner Klingele finishing 5th after starting in 9th.

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jake Powers and Andrew Hustead on the front row. Hustead took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Powers and William Dahl. After the completion of lap 1 Trevor Hagerbaumer and Troy Brierton collided in turn 1 to bring out the caution. On the restart Hustead, Powers and Jerry Jansen, who started 6th, went three wide off 4 for the lead, with Hustead scored as the leader of lap 2. Hustead then held the top spot until lap 4, when Jim Lynch, who started 9th, slipped under him to grab the lead away. The action up front was slowed on lap 9 when Jansen, Dahl and Brierton collided in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Lynch would grab the lead on the restart, with Abe Huls, who started 8th, over taking Hustead for the second spot. Huls was able to get under Lynch coming off turn 4 on laps 12 & 13, only to have Lynch edge him at the line to keep the lead. But disaster would strike Lynch on lap 13, when he spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Derek Sammons spun in turn 2 to bring the caution light back on. The following restart saw Huls inherit the lead over Hustead and Hagerbaumer, who recovered from his spin on lap 1. Disaster would strike Hustead on lap 16, as he spun in turn 4 to bring out the caution. On the restart Taylor Lear spun in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The next restart saw Huls jump back out front and then lead the final 2 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track and his second on the weekend, as he picked up the win Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Powers was 2nd, Jansen recovered from the spin on lap 9 to come back up to finish 3rd, Hustead recovered from his spin on lap 16 to come back up to 4th, with Jeremy Buss coming from 10th to finish in 5th.

Mark Burgtorf and Jamie Wilson led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 25 lap UMP Late Model feature, with Burgtorf grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Justin Reed and Wilson. Reed would try to work under Burgtorf over the next 6 laps, when the first and only caution waved. Bobby Regot spun down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Burgtorf jumped back out front, while Denny Woodworth over took Reed for the runner up spot. With Woodworth and Reed battling for second, Burgtorf started to pull away. Lapped traffic late in the race allowed Reed to close in on Burgtorf. But Burgtorf held on to pick up his first win of the season in the Rick Frankel owned machine. Reed settled for 2nd, Keith Pratt started 6th and made a late pass to get to 3rd, Woodworth was 4th, with Brian Diveley rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 25 lap UMP Modified feature, with Michael Long and David Wietholder on the front row. Long used his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Wietholder and Robbie Reed. Long then pulled away to a straightaway lead by lap 6 and then almost had disaster strike him on lap 13, as Frankie Wellman spun in front of him to bring out the caution. On the restart Kale Foster spun in turn 1 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Long move back out front, with Wietholder working to hold back Steven DeLonjay, who started 7th, for the second spot. While the battle was going on behind him, Long would pull away. Long was slowed two more times, once on lap 18 and again on lap 22. But nothing was going to keep Long from victory lane on this night, as he cruised to his second win in a row at the track. Rick Conoyer started 15th and grabbed 2nd on the final restart, DeLonjay edged out Wietholder on the final lap to finish 3rd, with Shawn Deering coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 15 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with Mike Hornung Jr. and Spencer Coats on the front row. Coats would edge out Seith Woodruff, who started 6th, at the line by inches to lead lap 1. But Woodruff would slip under Coats on lap 2 to edge him out at the line to lead lap 2. The two would race side-by-side for the next 2 laps, when the first and only caution waved on lap 4. Jerry Bown came to a stop in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th, went to the top of the track to edge out Woodruff at the line to lead lap 5. Woodruff tried to work under Abbott over the final 10 laps, as Brandon Lambert moved in late to make it a three car battle for the lead. Coming to the checkered flag Woodruff made one more attempt to get under Abbott off turn 4. But she would hold on to pick up her second win in a row at the track. Woodruff settled for 2nd, Lambert was 3rd, John Girdley was 4th, with Darin Weisinger Jr. rounding out the top 5.

Notes from Quincy: Brandon Lennox started the SportMod feature in 14th and passed 5 cars to finish in 9th....Austen Becerra passed 8 cars from his 19th place starting spot to come home in 11th....Charles VanZandt started 17th and finished 12th....Mike Goodwin recovered from the spin on lap 13 to come back up to finish in 13th....Jared Wiemelt also recovered from the spin on lap 13 to come back up to finish 14th....Jon Lear, who started outside the front row, slipped over the track in turn 3 and fell to the back. He recovered to come home in 15th....Todd Reed had rear end troubles in the heat that forced him to scratch from the feature......Troy Brierton recovered from a spin on lap 1 and 9 in the Stock Car feature to come back up to finish 6th....Derek Sammons recovered from his spin on lap 13 to come back up to finish 7th....Jim Lynch, who was battling for the lead early, cut a right rear tire and pulled off on lap 15. He would get the tire changed under the lap 16 caution and came back out 1 lap down to be credited with 9th....Beau Taylor, who started 7th and had worked his way to 2nd, pulled off on lap 6 with a right rear flat to end his night in 12th......Mike Hammerle started the Late Model feature in 10th and finished 8th....John Ketterer had troubles in time trials that forced him to scratch for the night......Russ Coultas started the Modified feature in 12th and finished 7th....Cory Brown came from 14th to finish in 10th....Charles Baker started 13th and finished 11th....Steven Grotz came from 16th to finish in 12th....Gary Bentley and Spencer Havermale had troubles after there heat races that forced them to scratch from the feature......Brandon Baze started the Sport Compact feature in 10th and finished 7th.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

VanDenBerg Scores Career First IMCA Modified Feature Win at the Lee County Speedway

Donnellson, IA (Friday, April 24, 2015) - The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA played beat mother nature, for what seemed like the third time in four races so far in 2015, as rains covered most of the area. But everything would hold off long enough to get Friday nights races put in the books. At the end of the night there would be four two new winners and one repeat winner standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 15 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with John Whalen and Barry Taft leading the field to the green flag. Taft would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Michael Grossman and Whalen. Josh Barnes, who started 12th, quickly worked his way to the front, as Taft, Grossman and Barnes raced three wide for the lead going into turn 3 on lap 6. Taft was able to hold onto the lead each lap, until lap 8, when Barnes slipped under him to grab the top spot away. While Barnes set a fast pace out front, Grossman and Taft would race side-by-side for second on lap 10. The action up front was slowed for the first time on the completion of lap 10, as Colton Keck lost a right front wheel in turn 4 to bring out the caution. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Travis DeMint, who started 11th, and William Michel, who started 6th, moved into second and third. Debris in turn 1 on the completion of lap 11, slowed the field down for the second time. Barnes once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with DeMint and Michel close behind. DeMint and Barnes came off turn 4 to the white flag side-by-side, with DeMint edging out front at the line to grab the lead. Barnes car slowed going into turn 1, which allowed DeMint to pull away for his first win of the season at the track and breaking Barnes' two week winning streak. Kimberly Abbott started 9th and took second on the last lap, Chuck Fullenkamp started 10th and finished a close 3rd, Michel held on for 4th, with Grossman rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Leah Wroten and Brandon Symmonds making up the front row for the event. But it was fourth place starter Dane Blozovich who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Dustin Griffiths and Wroten. Then going into turn 1 on the completion of lap 1 disaster would strike, as Griffiths got into the back of Blozovich and spun him to bring out the caution. Blozovich had to much damage to continue, while Griffiths was sent to the pits for rough driving. On the restart Wroten would inherit the lead over Garrett Eilander, who started 5th, and Symmonds. Eilander would slip under Wroten on lap 3 to grab the lead, and then was slowed on the completion of that lap. As Calvin Dhondt spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. Eilander moved back out front on the restart, with Symmonds and Wroten close behind. While Eilander worked the bottom of the track, Symmonds would work the middle, as the two raced side-by-side for the lead on laps 9 thru 10. Coming out of turn 4 on lap 12 Symmonds was able to edge Eilander at the line to grab the lead. But Eilander wouldn't give up, as the two raced side-by-side for the final two laps. Symmonds was able to edge out Eilander at the line by a half a car length to pick up his first career IMCA Hobby Stock win and his first since back in the outlaw days in 2012. Eilander finished a close 2nd, Dhondt recovered from his spin on lap 3 to come back up to 3rd, Wroten was 4th, with Kevin Koontz coming home in 5th.

Austin Howes and Austen Becerra led the field to the green flag in the 20 lap IMCA SportMod feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would appear, as debris down the backstretch brought out the yellow. On the restart Becerra grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Bringer and Howes. After the completion of lap 1 Dan Keltner would spin in turn 4 and collected Colton Livezey to bring out the yellow. Becerra moved back out front on the restart, but now had Adam Birck, who started 7th, and Brandon Dale glued to his back bumper. Birck would slip under Becerra on lap 4 to take over the top spot and then was slowed after the completion of that lap. As Brandon Ruffcorn spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Bobby Six spun in turn 2 and collected Bringer, Phillip Cossel, Ashton Johnson, Colton Bowman and Ruffcorn to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Birck jump back out front, with Becerra and Dale battling for second. Birck then started to pull away from the battle behind him, until a caution on lap 9 brought the field back to his back bumper. Dale, who was running 6th, spun in turn 3 and collected Tony Olson, who started 11th and was running 7th, to bring out the yellow. Birck once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Becerra working to hold back Dakota Simmons, who started 9th, for the runner up spot. Shawn Ritter, who started 10th and was running 6th, spun in turn 4 on lap 13 to bring out the final caution of the race. On the restart Birck moved back out front, with Becerra and Joey Gower, who started 13th, battling for second. Birck would pull away over the final 7 laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Becerra held on for 2nd, Gower was 3rd, Simmons was 4th, with Olson recovering from his involvement in the lap 9 caution to come back up to finish 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jake Wenig and Jeremy Pundt on the front row. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Andrew Hustead spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jason Cook, who started 3rd, grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Wenig and Pundt. While Cook worked the bottom of the track, Abe Huls, who started 6th, went to the top of track to take over the top spot on lap 4. The action up front was slowed on lap 6, when debris in turn 4 brought out the yellow. On the restart a tire was clipped in turn 4 and pushed onto the track to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Huls move back out front, with Cook working to hold off John Oliver Jr., who started 8th, for the second spot. Just as Huls started to pull away from the field, the final caution appeared on lap 10. Another tire in turn 2 was clipped and pushed out onto the track to bring out the yellow. Once again Huls jumped back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. over taking Cook for second. Oliver Jr. was able to challenge Huls for the top spot for a couple of laps, before Huls pulled away to pick up his second win in a row at the track. Oliver Jr. settled for 2nd, Cook was 3rd, Ray Raker was 4th, with Nathan Wood coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap IMCA Modifieds, with AJ Johnson and Dustin Smith leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Todd Cramer spun in turn 1 and Brandon Rothzen spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Smith spun in front of the field and collected Dugan Thye to bring the caution light back on. The following restart saw Carter VanDenBerg, who started 6th, edge out Johnson at the line to lead lap 1 by inches. After the completion of lap 1 Johnson would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. VanDenBerg jumped back out front on the restart, with Bill Roberts Jr. and Tyler Groenendyk close behind. When VanDenBerg drifted high in turn 4 on lap 3, Roberts Jr. would slip under him to grab the lead away. The battle up front was slowed on lap 7, when Jeff Waterman, who was running 7th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Roberts Jr. moved back out front, with VanDenBerg working to hold off Kyle Brown, who started 12th, for the second spot. Roberts Jr., who was running the bottom, and VanDenBerg, who was running the top, raced laps 8 and 9 side-by-side, with VanDenBerg edging Roberts Jr. out at the line to lead lap 9. The final caution of the event appeared on lap 12, when Smith spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. VanDenBerg jumped back out front on the restart, with Roberts Jr. working to hold back Brown for second. While the battle went on for second, VanDenBerg would pull away to claim his first career IMCA Modified feature win. Roberts Jr. won the battle for 2nd, Brown was 3rd, Groenendyk was 4th, with Andrew Schroeder coming from 8th to round out the top 5.

Notes from LCS: 24 Sport Compacts, 20 Modifieds, 20 SportMods, 18 Stock Cars, and 7 Hobby Stocks, made up the 89 cars signed in this iffy night of racing......Brandon Lambert started the Sport Compact feature in 14th and finished 11th,...Josh Barnes' car slowed in turn 1 on the final lap and he limped around to finished 12th, after leading until the last lap....John Girdley started 19th and finished 14th....Alyssa Steele passed 7 cars from her 22nd place starting spot to finish in 15th....Kevin Garrett started 18th and finished 16th....Kyle Hamelton came from 21st to finish in 17th....Antonio Jacobs started 23rd and finished 18th....Will Calhoun started 24th and finished 20th......Colton Livezey passed 11 cars from his 17th place starting spot in the SportMod feature, plus recovered from his involvement in the caution on lap 1, to came back up to finish in 6th....Bobby Six recovered from his spin on lap 4 to come back up to finish in 8th....Brandon Dale also recovered from his spin on lap 9 to come back up to finish in 9th....Dan Keltner, who started 16th and spun on lap 1, recovered from his spin to climb back up to finish in 11th....Robert Gould who scratched from his heat race, started 20th and passed 8 cars to come home in 12th....Ashton Johnson started 19th and finished 15th......Donovan Nunnikoven started the Stock Car feature in 12th and finished 6th....Andrew Hustead, who started 15th and spun before the start, recovered from his spin to come back up to finish 7th....Randy Killen passed 8 cars from his 16th place starting spot to finish in 8th....Devon Timmerman started 13th and finished 9th....Michael Bilyeu started 17th and finished 14th....Jake Wenig, who was running 5th, pulled off under the caution on lap 6 with troubles to end his night in 16th....Jim Redmann was suppose to start 5th, but troubles after his heat race forced him to scratch from the feature......Scott Hogan started the Modified feature in 10th and finished 6th....AJ Johnson recovered from his spin on lap 1 to come back up to finish 7th....Brandon Rothzen also recovered from his spin on the start to come back up to finish in 8th....Blake Woodruff started 14th and finished 9th....Dylan Hoover started 17th and finished 11th....Scott Simatovich finished 13th after starting in 15th....Derek Reimer came from 18th to finish in 14th....Larry McConnell started 19th and finished 16th.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Unzicker Makes Last Lap Pass to Win "Slocum 50"

West Burlington, IA (Saturday, April 18, 2015) - Back in 2005 Brent Slocum was taking from the racing community at a young age in a pit road accident at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. In 2009 his close friends and family went to work to put together an annual event to honor their fallen angel. With all their hard work, this event has grown to one in which everyone pencils in on there schedule each year to attend.

Last year was the first year the event was run with the open type rules for the Late Models, and was also co-sanctioned by the Corn Belt Clash (CBC), MARS Dirtcar (MARS), and American Late Model Series (ALMS). It was also the first year the race paid $10,555 to win. 2015 wasn't any different, as the event was co-sanctioned by the Corn Belt Clash, MARS Dirt Car, and American Late Model Series. Plus the event once again paid $10,555 to the winner.

Thirty-eight Late Models from 9 states, including Wisconsin, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas and South Dakota, signed in in hopes of taking home the $10,555 top prize. Those 38 drivers drew a number after they signed in to determine what group they would be put into for time trials. Each driver would be given 2 laps within their group to determine where they would start in their heat race. Mike Fryer of Freeport, IL, Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, IL, Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA, Spencer Diercks of Davenport, IA and Chad Simpson of Mt. Vernon, IA set fast times in their groups to start the five 10 lap heat races from the pole. The young Diercks was also the overall quickest time, with a lap around the 3/8th mile oval of 15.461 seconds.

The top 3 out of the 5 heat races would move directly into the "Slocum 50", with the remainder going into one of the 2 B Mains. Heat race 1 saw Mike Fryer grab the lead and hold off Mark Burgtorf of Quincy, IL and Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO to earn spots into the A Main. Heat race 2 went to Ryan Unzicker. He was followed across the line by Justin Reed of Camp Point, IL and Denny Woodworth of Mendon, IL. Heat race 3 went to Marshalltown, Iowa's Ryan Gustin. With Chris Simpson and Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, IL following behind him. Heat race 4 went to Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, MO. He was followed across the line by Spencer Diercks and Jason Utter of Columbus Junction, IA. Heat race 5, which was stacked, was won by Batesville, Arkansas' Billy Moyer. Chad Simpson and Rodney Sanders from Happy, TX would follow Moyer across the line in 2nd and 3rd.

Two 12 lap B Mains would hit the track, with the top 3 out of both of those moving on into the A Main. B Main number 1 saw Tim Manville of St. Jacob, IL pick up the win. Rich Bell of Sheffield, IL was 2nd, with Garrett Alberson of Shreveport, LA holding off Moorsburg, Tennessee's Scott Bloomquist to earn the final transfer spot. Mitch McGrath of Waukesha, WI claim the win in B Main number 2. Jesse Stovall of Billings, MO started 5th and finished 2nd, with Dave Eckrich of Oxford, IA taking the third and final transfer spot. Bloomquist earned the ALM provisional, with Justin Asplin of Birch Tree, MO giving the MARS provisional. Jay Johnson of West Burlington, IA earned the track provisional, with Mark Rose of Elcho, WI giving the CBC provisional. With the 25 car field set for the 50 lap "Slocum 50", it was time to go feature racing!

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Randy Wachter and Jake Wenig drawing the front row. Wenig would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Wachter and Jason Cook. Just after the completion of lap 1 the caution would come out, as Dane Fenton and Brad Egbert collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Wenig jumped back out front, with John Oliver Jr. over taking Wachter for the runner up spot. While Wenig stayed out front, the battle for second was between Wachter, Tom Bowling Jr., and Oliver Jr. The action up front was slowed for the second time during the race on lap 8, as Shane Watts, who was running 6th, spun in turn 2 and collected Ryan Fullenkamp, who started 12th and was running 8th, to bring out the yellow. Once again Wenig moved out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. and Cook close behind. But just after the completion of lap 9 the caution light came on, as a tire was pushed onto the track in turn 4 to bring out the yellow.

On the restart Wenig grabbed the lead, with Oliver Jr. and Bowling Jr. battling for second. With Wenig out front and Oliver Jr. and Bowling Jr. battling for second, all eyes were on Andrew Hustead, who started 15th and had worked his way into 4th. The fourth caution of the race appeared on lap 12, when Chase Klenk spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Another lap complete produced the fifth and final caution of the race on lap 13, to set up a 2 lap dash to the finish. This time Derek Schwandt spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Wenig jumped back out front, with Bowling Jr., Oliver Jr. and Hustead battling it out for second. Wenig would hold on over the final 2 laps to pick up the win. Oliver Jr. won the battle for 2nd, Bowling Jr. was 3rd, Hustead was 4th, with Abe Huls rounding out the top 5.

Mike Fryer and Ryan Unzicker lead the field to the drop of the green flag in the 50 lap "Slocum 50" Late Model feature, with Unzicker grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Tony Jackson Jr. and Fryer. While Unzicker and Jackson Jr. worked the top of the track, Billy Moyer was working the bottom. Moyer would use the bottom to clear Unzicker for the top spot on lap 6. Then just after the completion of lap 6 the first caution would appear to slow the pace down. Scott Bloomquist and Jay Johnson would collide in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Moyer moved back out front, with Unzicker and Jackson Jr. battling for second. While Moyer started to pull away from the field, Mark Burgtorf would over take Jackson Jr. for third on lap 13 and then went to work on Unzicker for second. The field was brought back to Moyer's back bumper on lap 17, when Rich Bell spun down the backstretch with rear end troubles to bring out the yellow. Once again Moyer grabbed the lead on the restart, with Burgtorf over taking Unzicker for the runner up spot. Unzicker was able to grab the second spot back from Burgtorf on lap 20 and the set his sights on Moyer for the lead.

Moyer's lead was wiped away on lap 26, when Mitch McGrath spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Fryer would spin in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Moyer jump back out front, with Unzicker working to hold back Chris Simpson, who started 8th, and was now running third. Moyer then started to put some distance on Unzicker by using the middle groove in turns 1 and 2, and then going to the bottom in turns 3 and 4. But Unzicker, who was using the bottom in both sets of corners, started reeling in Moyer with about 10 laps to go. On lap 46, Unzicker was able to get up beside Moyer exciting turn 2. But Moyer was able to hold him off going into turn 3. Two laps later, lap 48, Unzicker was once again able to get up beside Moyer coming off turn 2. Just like the last time Moyer was able to hold him off coming to the white flag. Unzicker shot to the bottom to get under Moyer in turn 1, with Moyer holding him off coming out of turn 2. With Moyer going low into turn 3, Unzicker decided to go to the top of the track. Unzicker would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 coming to the checkered flag to edge out Moyer at the line to claim the win and the $10,555 top prize. Moyer settled for 2nd, Chris Sipmson was 3rd, Jason Utter passed 10 cars from his 14th place starting spot to come home in 4th, with Chad Simpson coming from 10th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap 305 Sprints, with Nathan Murders and John Schulz drawing the front row.Schulz would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Cody Wehrle and Donnie Steward, who started 8th and quickly moved up to 3rd. Just after the completion of lap 1 the caution light would come on. Dustin Clark, who showed up just before the Late Model B Mains after coming from a rained out Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Schulz moved back out front, with Werhle holding off Steward for second. The action up front was slowed on lap 4, when Shane Quam spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Schulz once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with both Steward and Justin Newberry over taking Wehrle for second and third. Steward, who was using the top of the track, would power around Schulz to grab the top spot away on lap 7. The fast pace that Steward was setting was slowed on lap 9, when Murders spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow.

On the restart Steward jumped back out front, only to be slowed one lap later with another caution. Quam would spin in turn 2 for his second solo caution to end his night. Steward once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Schulz working to hold off Clark, who recovered from his spin on lap 1 to work himself back up to 3rd, for the second spot. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 14, when Evan Epperson, who came out of the Mod Lites and returned to racing after taking a year off, spun off turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Steward moved back out front, with Schulz, Newberry, who faded to 6th at one point, Wehrle, and Clark battled for the runner up spot. While the battle was going on for second, Steward would pull away over the final 6 laps to pick up the win. Newberry won the battle for 2nd, Clark was 3rd, Schulz was 4th, with Wehrle coming home in 5th.

Notes from 34: Dane Fenton recovered from his spin on lap 1 of the Stock Car feature to come back up to finish in 6th....Ray Raker came from the rear to finish in 8th....Shane Watts recovered from his spin on lap 8 to come back up to finish in 10th....Devon Timmerman started 20th and finished 11th....Tyler McClure started 16th and finished 12th......Garrett Alberson started the Late Model feature in 20th and passed 12 cars to finish in 8th....Dave Eckrich passed 11 cars from his 21st place starting spot to finish in 10th....Tim Manville started 16th and finished 11th....Justin Asplin passed 11 cars from his 23rd place starting spot to come home in 12th....Mitch McGrath recovered from his spin on lap 26 to come back up to finish in 13th....Mark Rose passed 10 cars from his 25th place starting spot to finish in 15th....Jason Rauen suffered engine troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from his B Main......Jacob Glasgow started the Sprint feature in 12th and would come home in 6th....Andy Krieger started 10th and finished 7th....Nick Guernsey started 13th and finished 9th....Brandyn Martin, Austin Sears, Heath Bundy, and Blaine Jamison all had troubles that forced them to scratch from the feature......All throughout the even the large crowd on hand would keep their eyes on the skies and the weather radar on their cell phones. As just when the 5 Late Model heat races were taking to the track, the skies started to darken to the north, west and south of the facilities. There was even some lighting strikes in those dark clouds, which lead everyone to believe there was no way of getting the complete show in. But with only a few sprinkles falling on the track on a couple of occasions, it would lead me and perhaps everyone else that a certain angel was looking over 34 Raceway on this night!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Schroeder, Huls, and Gower Become New Winners at the Lee County Speedway

Donnellson, IA (Friday, April 17, 2015) - What a beautiful night for racing on a Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. After the final checkered fell on the night there would be three new winners standing in victory lane, and two repeat winners.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with William Michel and Matt Moore leading the twenty-two car field to the green flag. Michel would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Trent Orwig, and Josh Barnes, who quickly moved up from his 9th place starting spot. Barnes would over take Orwig for second on lap 2 and then went to work on Michel for the top spot. Michel, who was running the top of the track, and Barnes, who was working the bottom, came off turn 4 on lap 7 side-by-side, with Barnes coming out on top on lap 8 to grab the lead. After the completion of lap 9 the red flag was thrown, as Kenny Smith who was sitting in the infield in turn 2 needed medical attention. On the restart Barnes jumped back out front, but now had Travis DeMint, who started 11th, and Michael Grossman, who started 8th, glued to his back bumper. DeMint tried to work under Barnes over the next 4 laps, when the caution light came on on lap 13. Colton Keck would loose a right front tire in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Brandon Lambert would loose a right front tire in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart had Barnes grab the lead, with DeMint looking under him for the lead going into turn 1. But Barnes would hold off DeMint over the final 2 laps to pick up his second win in a row at the track. DeMint settled for 2nd, Michel was 3rd, Chuck Fullenkamp came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Orwig rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Nick Ulin and Dustin Griffiths making up the front row. Griffiths used his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Ulin and Brandon Symmonds. Just like last weeks feature, Ulin looked under Griffiths several time over the 14 lap event. But he had Symmonds breathing down his back if he made any mistakes trying to get around Griffiths for the lead. Griffiths wouldn't make any mistakes, as he held on to claim his second win in a row at the track. Ulin was 2nd, Symmonds was 3rd, Leah Wroten was 4th, with John Irwin coming home in 5th.

Austen Becerra was scheduled to start on the pole of the 20 lap IMCA SportMod feature, but had motor troubles that forced his to scratch from the event. This would move Robert Gould to the pole, with Nathan Bringer to his outside. On the drop of the green flag fifth place starter Brandon Dale moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Bringer and Gould, who crossed the line side-by-side. Bringer's run up front came to an end on lap 2, as he spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dale jumped back out front, with Joey Gower, who started 7th, over taking Gould for the second spot. Gower, who was working the bottom of the track, would slip under Dale on lap 4 to take over the top spot and then started to pull away. But debris down the backstretch on lap 8 would slow Gower's pace down and bring the field back to his back bumper. On the restart Gower moved back out front, with Dale working to hold back Adam Birck, who started 9th, for the runner up spot. Gower would pull away over the final 12 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Birck was 2nd, Gould would cross the line in 3rd but was disqualified for being 10 pounds light at the scales, Tom Lathrop, who started 11th would cross the line in 4th and was also disqualified for being 10 pounds light on the scales, this would move Bob Cowman, who started 10th up to finish in 3rd, Dale, who was running 2 on lap 15 and pulled off with over heating troubles was moved up to 4th, with Bobby Anders, who was running 4th on lap 15 and pulled off with over heating troubles, was moved up to a 5th place finish.

Up next was the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Fullenkamp and Jason Cook leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Cook, Fullenkamp, and Abe Huls went into turn 3 three wide, with Cook using the momentum off the top of the track to grab the lead on lap 1. Cook, who was running the top of the track, and Abe Huls, who was running the bottom, crossed the line on laps 6 and 7 side-by-side for the lead, with Cook edging Huls at the line each lap to keep the lead. But Huls was able to slip under Cook coming off turn 4 on lap 8 to grab the top spot away. While Huls and Cook battled for the top spot, Nathan Wood, who started 9th, Michael Peterson, Jeremy Pundt, John Oliver Jr., Corey Strothman, Jim Redmann, and Zack VanDerBeek raced two and three wide for spots three thru ninth. Pundt's run up in the top 5 would come to an end on lap 16 when he clipped a tire in turn 2 and pushed it onto the track to bring out the yellow. The damage to Pundt's front end would force him to the pits. On the restart Huls moved back out front, with Cook working to hold back Wood for the second spot. While Cook and Wood battled side-by-side for second, Huls would pull away over the final 4 laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Wood won the battle for 2nd, Cook was 3rd, Peterson was 4th, with Strothman rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap IMCA Modifieds, with AJ Johnson and Bill Roberts Jr. making up the front row. But it was third place starter Andrew Schroeder who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman. Schroeder would set a fast pace out front, while Waterman, Brandon Rothzen, who started 7th, Roberts Jr., and Scott Hogan, who started 9th, battled two wide for the second spot. Hogan, who was running the bottom, slipped under Waterman for the runner up spot on lap 18 and would look to chase down Schroeder for the top spot. But without the help of a caution and Schroeder a straight-away ahead, there was no catching Schroeder who would claim his first win of the season at the track. Hogan settled for 2nd, Waterman was 3rd, Rothzen was 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg coming home in 5th.

Notes from LCS: Kimberly Abbott finished 7th in the Sport Compact feature after starting in 14th....Mike Reu came from 18th to finish in 8th....John Girdley started 17th and finished 10th....Kevin Garrett came from 16th to finish in 12th....Barry Taft, who was running 8th, pulled off on the restart on lap 13 with motor troubles to end his night in 14th....Michael Grossman, who started 8th and had worked his way to 3rd by lap 10, pulled off under the lap 13 caution with troubles to end his night in 16th....Colton Keck, who started 21st, lost a right front wheel on lap 13 to end his night in 17th....John Whalen, who was suppose to start 3rd, was forced to scratch from the event after troubles in his heat race....Jeffrey DeLonjay also had troubles after his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Colton Bowman started the SportMod feature in 12th and finished 6th....Kyle Hill, who started 13th, was running 5th when he pulled off on lap 11 with over heating troubles to end his night in 7th....Both Austen Becerra and Phillip Cossel has troubles after there heat races that forced them to scratch from the feature......John Oliver Jr. started the Stock Car feature in 10th and would finished 6th....Zack VanderBeek came from 12th to finish in 7th....Jake Wenig started 15th and finished 11th......Rich Smith started the Modified feature in 11th and would finish 8th....Steve Stewart came from 16th to finish in 10th....Dugan Thye started 17th and finished 14th.