Sunday, March 22, 2015

Night 2 at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO Goes to Densberger, Murty, Luellen, Anderson and Grossman

Memphis, MO (Saturday, March 21, 2015) - Night 2 of the "Midwest Bottom Heavy Spring Nationals" at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO was held on Saturday, March 21st. The same five classes, Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Compacts, were back in action. But Mike Densberger (Modifieds), Damon Murty (Stock Cars), Clint Luellen (SportMods), Shannon Anderson (Hobby Stocks), and Michael Grossman (Sport Compacts) found there way to victory lane on this night.

The first feature to take to the track was the 12 lap Sport Compacts, with Josh Barnes and Billy Cain drawing the front row. Barnes would take advantage of his front row start to edge out Michael Grossman, who started 5th, at the line by inches to lead lap 1. But Grossman would slip under Barnes on lap 2 to take over the top spot. While Grossman pulled away from the field, Kimberly Abbott who started 9th, was working her way towards the front. For the second night in a row the Sport Compact feature went caution free, which allowed Grossman to cruise to an easy win. Barnes held on for 2nd, Abbott edged out 3rd on the final lap over Trent Orwig in 4th, with Travis DeMint coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Shannon Anderson and Ryan Grochala leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Anderson took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Austin Luellen, who started 5th, and Grochala. The lead for Anderson only lasted for 2 laps, as Luellen slipped under him on lap 3 to take over the top spot. But Anderson didn't give up easy, as he looked under Luellen over laps 4 and 5, only to have Luellen hold him off. But coming off turn 2 on lap 6 Anderson was able to make the pass of Luellen to grab the lead back. Anderson then led the final 8 laps to pick up the win. Luellen settled for 2nd, Bill Bonnett started 6th and finished 3rd, Adam Armstrong came from 7th to finish in 4th, with Dustin Griffith finishing in 5th after starting in 8th.

Abe Huls and Jason Cook drew the front row for the 18 lap Stock Car feature. But it was fourth place starter Damon Murty who made a through the middle pass to grab the lead on lap 1 over Huls and Cook. While Murty set a fast pace out front Huls, Cook, John Oliver Jr., Cayden Carter, who started 13th, Nathan Wood, and Michael Jaennette, who started 8th, had a great side-by-side battle going for second thru seventh. That was until lap 15 when Carter, who was running 5th, lost an engine going into turn 1 to bring out the first caution of the race. On the restart Murty jumped back out front over Cook and Huls. But two laps later. lap 17, Erick Knutsen would spin in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on and set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Murty once again grabbed the lead on the restart and held on to pick up the win. Cook was 2nd, Huls was 3rd, Jaennette was 4th, with Ryan Fullenkamp coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 18 lap SportMod feature, with Joey Gower and Jason McDaniel leading the field to green. Gower took the lead on lap 1 over Jim Gillenwater and Andrew Schroeder, who was driving Colten Livezey #29 car, and then held it until lap 2 when the first caution came out. Siraj Thomason would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front with Clint Luellen, who started 7th, glued to his back bumper. Luellen jumped to the outside of Gower coming off turn 4 on lap 4 to grab the top spot away at the line by inches. Luellen then started to pull away until a caution appeared on lap 15 to set up a green-white checkered over time finish. This time Austin Howes, who started 10th and was running 6th, dropped a drive shaft down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. The final restart saw Luellen move back out front, with Jenae Gustin, who started 9th, close behind in second. Gustin tried to stay with Luellen over the final 2 laps, but Luellen was able to hold her off to claim the win. Gustin settled for 2nd, Gower was 3rd, Austin Kaplan came from 11th to finish in 4th, with Brandon Dale rounding out the top 5.

The final feature of the night was the 20 lap Modifed, with Mike Densberger and Todd VanEaton drawing the front row. Densberger would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Richie Gustin and Hunter Marriott. The action up front was slowed on lap 2 when debris in turn 2 brought out the yellow. On the restart Densberger jumped back out front, with Marriott over taking Gustin for the second spot. Densberger, who ran the very top of the track, then worked to hold off Marriott, who went into the corners low an tried to slip in front of Densberger, over the next 9 laps. While Gustin, who ran the top of the track, worked to hold back Michael Long, who also tried to go into the corners low and slip up in front of Gustin. All this action was slowed for the second time on lap 10, when Kyle Graves spun in 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Densberger moved out front on the restart, with Marriott, Gustin and Long close behind. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 14, when Jacob Murray, who was running 5th, spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Densberger moved back out front on the restart, with Marriott looking under him for the lead. But Densberger would hold on over the final 6 laps to pick up the win. Marriott settled for 2nd, Gustin was 3rd, Long was 4th, with Jeff James coming from 10th to finish in 5th.

Notes from Memphis: For the second night in a row the Sport Compact feature went caution FREE!!!...Chuck Fullenkamp started 13th and finished 6th....Barry Taft came from 11th to finish in 7th....Brandon Lambert started 16th and finished 10th....Jeffrey DeLonjay suffered a left rear flat in the heat race and had to start the feature in 19th. He would then pass 8 cars to come home in 11th....Kevin Garrett started 18th and finished 13th....John Girdley was running 6th when he pulled of with troubles on lap 3 to end his night in 19th......The Hobby Stock feature went caution FREE!!!....Nick Ulin started 10th and finished 6th....Matt Smith had engine troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Jim Lynch started the Stock Car feature in 9th and finished 6th....Dalton Lynch came from 11th to finish in 8th....Les Blakley had troubles in his heat race that forced him to start the feature in 16th, He would then pass 6 cars to come home in 10th....Andrew Hustead made the jump from the Hobby Stock class to the Stock Car class for the 2015 season. He would make his first start on night two and finished in 13th....John Oliver Jr. was running 5th when he broke a gear on the final lap, which relegated him to a 15th place finish....Cayden Carter, who was running 5th after starting in 13th, broke a motor on lap 15 and finished in 16th......Colby Heishman suffered a right front flat in his heat race and had to start the SportMod feature in 20th. He would then pass 14 cars to bring home a 6th place finish....Austen Becerra passed 11th cars from his 18th place starting spot to finish in 7th....Brett Lowry once again drove Shawn Ritter's #7SR machine. He came from 15th to finish in 10th....Clint Baker started 22nd and passed 10 cars to come home in 12th....John Anderson started 21st and finished 14th....Austin Howes, who was running 6th after starting in 10th, dropped a drive shaft on the front stretch on lap 15 to end his night in 16th......Mike Densberger from Lincoln, Nebraska redeemed himself after night 1 of having to come from the rear from being disqualified from his heat race. He would draw the pole for the feature and held on for a flag-to-flag win....Cayden Carter started 12th and finished in 7th....Carter VanDenberg finally got the bugs worked out of his new car and finished 10th after starting in 14th....Scott Dickey suffered the same fate as Mike Densberger did in night 1 of his heat race, as Dickey was disqualified after taking the checkers in heat 1 and instead of exiting into the infield on the backstretch he made another lap. Dickey would start the feature in 22nd and then passed 11 cars to come home in 11th....Kyle Brown started 21st and finished 12th....Jacob Murray recovered from his spin on lap 14 to come back up to finish in 15th.

Long, Jaennette, Gustin, Luellen, and Abbott Start the 2015 Racing Season With Wins in Memphis, MO

Memphis, MO (Friday, March 20, 2015) - My 2015 racing season got kicked off on Friday, March 20th at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO, with the "Midwest Bottom Heavy Spring Nationals". In action on the night was the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Compacts. At the end of the night Michael Long (Modifieds), Michael Jaennette (Stock Cars), Jenae Gustin (SportMods), Austin Luellen (Hobby Stocks), and Kimberly Abbott (Sport Compacts) were all standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 12 lap Sport Compacts, with Kimberly Abbott and Travis DeMint drawing the front row for the event. Abbott would take advantage of her front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Josh Barnes, who started 5th, and Trent Orwig. While Abbott set a fast pace out front, Michael Grossman who started 8th was working his way towards the front. Grossman would over take Barnes for second on lap 10, and then tried to chase down Abbott for the lead. But without a caution Abbott was able to hold on to pick up her first win of the season. Grossman settled for 2nd, Orwig was 3rd, DeMint was 4th, with Seith Woodruff coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap SportMod feature, with Jim Gillenwater and Jenae Gustin leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Gillenwater would edge out Gustin at the line to lead lap 1. Those two driver would run the first few laps side-by-side, before Gillenwater would grab a little bid of an advantage. Gustin would try to get under Gillenwater coming off turn four on laps 10, 11, and 12. But Gillenwater would hold her off every time. That was until lap 13, when she slipped under him to grab the top spot away. Gillenwater would use the middle groove coming off turn 2 to grab the lead back on lap 14. Coming to the white flag Gustin would slip under Gillenwater to take the lead back and then held him off on the final lap to pick up the win. Gillenwater was 2nd, Austin Howes was 3rd, Joey Gower came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Brett Lowry finishing 5th after starting in 8th in Shawn Ritter's #7SR machine.

Dustin Griffith and Nick Ulin drew the front row for the 14 lap Hobby Stock feature. But it was fourth place starter Austin Luellen who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Ulin and Ryan Grochala, who started 5th. Ulin's run up front came to a stop early, as he lost a right rear wheel down the backstretch on lap 2 to bring out the one and only caution of the event. On the restart Luellen jumped back out front, but now had Shannon Anderson, who started 6th, and Mike Kincaid, who started 11th, glued to his back bumper. Despite Anderson staying close to Luellen over the final laps, Luellen was able to hold on to pick up the win. Anderson settled for 2nd, Kincaid was 3rd, Grochala was 4th, with Bill Bonnett passed 8 cars from his 13th place starting spot to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Modified feature, with Scott Dickey and Cayden Carter leading the field to green, after Jim Lynch, who was suppose to start second, scratched from the event with troubles. Carter would take advantage of his move from the fourth place starting spot to starting second to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dickey and Hunter Marriott, who started 6th. Just as Carter started to pull away from the battle behind him, the first caution of the race appeared on lap 5. Shane DeMey would slow in turns 1 and 2 with a right rear flat to bring out the yellow. On the restart Michael Long, who started 11th, slipped under Carter in turn 3 to grab the top spot away. Carter, who was running the bottom of the track, and Marriott, who was up top, ran side-by-side for the next several laps, until Marriott grabbed the spot away on lap 12. Just as Carter did earlier in the race, Long started to pull away from the battle behind him until the second caution of the race came out on lap 17. Dylan Hoover would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Long jumped back out front on the restart, with Carter over taking Marriott for the second spot. There was no catching Long on the final 3 laps, as he pulled away to pick up the win. Carter would edge out a 2nd place finish over Marriott in 3rd at the line by inches, Todd VanEaton came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Mike Densberger charging from 20th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 18 lap Stock Car, with Michael Jaennette and Erick Knutsen drawing the front row. Jaennette would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over John Oliver Jr. and Damon Murty, who started 6th. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when Tyler Pickett, who was running 4th, spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jaennette moved back out front over Oliver Jr. and Dalton Lynch, who started in 8th. Jaennette then started to pull away from second, when the second caution of the race appeared on lap 6. This time Knutsen would spin in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. Once again Jaennette grabbed the lead on the restart, with Murty and Dalton Lynch over taking Oliver Jr. for the second and third spots. Just when Jaennette started to put some distance between himself and Murty, the third and final caution came out on lap 11. Dalton Lynch, who was running 4th, spun in turn 4 and collected Ryan Fullenkamp, who was running 5th, to bring out the yellow. The final restart saw Jaennette jump back out front, with Murty and Jim Lynch, who started 11th, close behind. But there was no stopping Jaennette on this night, as he held on to claim the win. Murty was 2nd, Jim Lynch was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Abe Huls coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Notes from Memphis: The Sport Compact feature went caution FREE!!!....John Girdley started 9th and finished 7th....Kevin Garrett came from 10th to finish in 8th....Billy Cain started 11th and finished in 9th....Jordan O'Haver came from 12th to finish in 10th....Brandon Lambert passed 4 cars from his 15th place starting spot to finish in 11th....Josh Barnes, who was running 3rd, pulled off on lap 10 with a right front flat to end his night in 12th....William Michel had troubles after the heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......The SportMod feature also went caution FREE!!!....Clint Luellen, who had a flat in his heat race, passed 10 cars from his 17th place starting spot to come home in 7th....Jason McDaniel started 16th and finished in 13th......Adam Armstrong who made the pull over from Beatrice, Nebraska had a strong run going in the Hobby Stock feature, until troubles late in the race forced him to retire for a 10th place finish......Mike Densberger of Lincoln, Nebraska arrived at the track late. But called ahead to have someone draw for his heat race starting spot in the Modified division. He would start heat race 2 on the outside of the front row and then drove away to the win. But was disqualified after taking the checkered flag and driving past the exit into the infield in the middle of the backstretch and taking an extra lap. At the driver's meeting every driver was told if you did this exact thing you would be disqualified, as the next event is coming onto the track after the checkered flag waves in order to keep the program going. As a result Densberger started the feature in 20th and used the two cautions to come up to a 5th place finish....Jeff James started 12th and finished 6th....Tyler Groenendyk passed 8 cars from his 15th place starting spot to come home in 7th....Johnathan Huston was suppose to start the feature in 3rd, but during the parade lap he didn't like something and went pit side. He would pull out onto the track just as the green flag dropped and then climbed his way back up to a 11th place finish....Blake Woodruff started 21st and passed 8 cars to come home in 13th....Brian Woodruff, was suppose to start 5th, but elected to go to the rear. He would come home in 14th....Dylan Hoover finished 15th after spinning on lap 17 to bring out the caution....Jim Lynch was suppose to start 2nd in the feature but was a scratch after troubles in the heat race......Jerry Pilcher drove Mike McClure's #4M Stock Car and started the feature in 9th and finished in 6th....Tyler Picket, who spun on lap 2 while running 4th, recovered from that spin to come back up to 7th....Dalton Lynch recovered from his spin on lap 11 to come back up to finish in 8th....Ryan Fullenkamp also recovered from the spin on lap 11 to come back up to finish in 10th....Jason Cook arrived late and missed his heat race, which resulted in him starting 15th in the feature. He would climb his way up to 8th, before exiting on lap 8 with troubles to end his night in 15th.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Look Back at 2014, And A Look Ahead to 2015

Monmouth, IL (Tuesday, March 17, 2015) - With the 2015 racing season just around the corner, and it has been since October 2014 that I have updated my blog, I figured I better wipe the dust off my writing utensils. Today I will take a quick look back at my 2014 season, and look ahead to hopefully a busy 2015 season.

My 2014 total races attended came in at 70, with 67 of those coming at dirt tracks and the other 3 at a asphalt event. Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL topped the list with 14 nights. Followed by 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA with 13, and Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA with 11. The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA was next with 5, followed by the Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, IA with 4. My 3 days of asphalt racing came in mid September during the NASCAR weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.

Two nights were spent at the following tracks: Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL; Boone Speedway in Boone, IA; Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA; Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO; LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL; and Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA. I then made one trip to the following tracks: Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, IA; Knox County Fair Race in Knoxville, IL; Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, IA; Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA; and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, IL. Then there were two tracks that I made my first ever visit to, and those were the Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN; and the Macon Speedway in Macon, IL.

Many of you that know me, know that I have or currently work at several midwest tracks, and that accounts for the double digit visits to the Davenport Speedway, 34 Raceway, and Quincy Raceways in 2014.

There are two things that stood out to me in 2014. The first of those being the 24 driver's who either won their career first feature, or first in the class they raced, or first at the track they raced at. Among the driver's who picked up there first career win are Mike Kincaid in a Hobby Stock at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA; Jimmy Halcomb in a Mod Lite at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA; Shane Watts in a Stock Car at 34 Raceway; Bradley Holtmeyer in a SportMod at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL; Devon Rouse in a Mod Lite at 34 Raceway; Cody Washburne in a Sport Compact at 34 Raceway; Tyler Glass in a Modified at 34 Raceway; Daniel Bergquist in a 305 Sprint at 34 Raceway; Nathan Hayes in a Stock Car at Quincy Raceways; Creston Williams in a SportMod at 34 Raceway; Cord Williams in a Street Stock at the Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA; Shane Quam in a 305 Sprint at 34 Raceway; Tanner Klingele in a SportMod at Quincy Raceways; and Derek Liles in a SportMod at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA. Those driver's who won their first features in the class they raced in 2014 include Joey Gower in a SportMod at Quincy Raceways; Mike Hughes in a Stock Car at Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, IA; Rob Henry in a Modified at the Davenport Speedway; Aaron Brocksieck in a SportMod at Quincy Raceways; Chad Krogmeier in a Stock Car at 34 Raceway; and Gordy Gundaker in a open Late Model at Quincy Raceways. Finally, those driver's who won their first features at the tracks they raced at include Kimberly Abbott in a Sport Compact at the Lee County Speedway and the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO; Kevin Dickey in a Street Stock at the Davenport Speedway; Jeff Kriz in a Modified at the Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, IA; and Scott Pippert in a Stock Car at the Independence Motor Speedway.

The second thing that stood out to me during the 2014 season was the season the Austen Becerra had. He picked up 39 feature wins in a Sport Compact, which helped him claim three track championships. Those coming at the Lee County Speedway, 34 Raceway, and Quincy Raceways. Austen would also finish 3rd in the IMCA National Title Chase, which helped him claim the Illinois State Championship in the IMCA Sport Compacts. He would finish out the season racing an SportMod to get ready for the switch to that class in 2015.

Before many tracks released there 2015 schedules, the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, IA and the Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, IA announced there would be no weekly racing at those two tracks for 2015. It's sad to see for those drivers and fans that have supported those tracks for many years in the past. But it just goes to show that each and every one of us needs to make sure we support this sport we love, and get out to any local track whenever possible. Or we could see many more of this in the years to come.

The first track in the Southeast Iowa, Northwest Missouri and West Central Illinois area to schedule races for the 2015 season is the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO. Those races are coming up this weekend on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st, with the "Midwest Bottom Heavy Spring Nationals". The track will roar back into action on Saturday, May 9th, when the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models roll into the speedway. That event will be followed up with the annual fair race on Thursday, July 9th. After that will be the 2nd Annual Fall Special on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th. The season will come to a close on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th with the annul running of the Fall Nationals. To stay up-to-date on all the events happening at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO are encourage to like their page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scotland-County-Speedway/531042493650646.

Up the following weekend, Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th will be the 3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA. The follow Friday, April 3rd the track will take the week off, as the Frostbusters will be taking place in the central and northern part of the state of Iowa. The first weekly points night will begin on Friday, April 10th and will continue through Friday, May 1st. Then on Thursday, May 7th the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will make the first of there two stops at the track in 2015. Weekly points racing will return for both Friday, May 15th and 22nd. Friday, May 29th the Sprint Invaders will make there first of two stops at the track for 2015. Followed by another weekly points night on Friday, June 5th. Then on the following Friday, June 12th the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models return for the second time. Another weekly points night will take place on Friday, June 19th, before the Thursday night Bud Special featuring the Hawkeye Dirt Tour Modifieds takes place on June 25th. That will be followed by another weekly points night on Friday, July 3rd. Then the following Friday, July 10th will be the Lee County Fair event. With a pit stop, with no races, taken place on Friday, July 17th. The track will return for two weekly points nights on Friday, July 24th and 31st., before taking two weeks off on Friday, August 7th and 14th. The Sprint Invaders will return for there second time on Friday, August 21st, following that event will be the season championship night on Friday, August 28th. After taking five weeks off the Lee County Speedway will finish off there season with the 4th Annual Fall Extravaganza on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th. Then the annual Shiverfest event will take place on Saturday, October 24th. To keep up with all the happenings at the Lee County Speedway be sure to check out there website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Another Friday night track set to kick off there 2015 season is the Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA. They will hold a practice on Friday, April 3rd, with another one scheduled for Thursday, April 9th. Then the season will kick off on Friday, April 10th with the "Rebel", featuring the IMCA Late Models battling for $5,000 to win. Friday, April 17th will feature the Cornbelt Clash / MARS Late Model Series on the 1/2 mile track. The regular points night will kick off on Friday, April 24th and again on Friday, May 1st. Those weeks will be followed up with the first ever visit by the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models on Friday, May 8th. Following that week will be another weekly points night on Friday, May 15th, before the Modified Madness takes over the track on Friday, May 22nd. A top prize of $2,000 is being offered for the IMCA Modifieds on that night. Two more weekly points night on Friday, May 29th and June 5th will be sandwiched in, before the SportMod Madness on Friday, June 12th. Where the IMCA SportMods will be battling for a top prize of $2,000. Another two weeks of points racing will held on Friday, June 19th and 26th, before the Street Stock 50 takes place on Friday, July 3rd. A top prize of $2,000 is being offered for the Street Stocks on that night. Three more weekly points night will be held on Friday, July 10th, 17th, and 24th, before the Mississippi Valley Fair takes over the grounds on Friday, July 31st and Friday, August 7th. After the fair on Friday, August 14th will be the 4 Stock Nationals, with the 4 Stocks shooting for a top prize of $2,000 to win. A weekly points night will be held on Friday, August 21st, before the season championships on Friday, August 28th. Then on Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th will be the 1st Annual Governor Cup. Friday nights show will be held on the 1/4 mile, while Saturday nights events will be held on both the 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile. The following Saturday, September 19th will be the Night of Destruction and Cheater's Night to round out the season. Make sure you check out there website at www.davenportspeedway.com to keep up with everything happening during the 2015 season.

34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA, which host weekly racing on every Saturday, is set to kick off there 2015 season this coming weekend. On Saturday, March 21st they will be holding a car show at Heartland Harley Davidson on Roosevelt Ave in Burlington, IA from 11 am - 2 pm. Then at 6 pm at Roederer's Pit Stop they will be holding a kick off party. The following Saturday, March 28th will be a practice day from 12 pm until 3 pm. That will be followed by the season opener for the Sprint Invaders on Saturday, April 4th. The National Sprint League will make there inaugural debut on Saturday, April 11th. Next up is an event everyone looks forward to every year, the "Slocum 50". Which will be held on Saturday, April 18th featuring the open Late Models for the second year in a row. Weekly racing will then be held on Saturday April 25th, May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th and May 23rd. Then the Sprint Invaders returns for a Sunday night show on May 24th. The first quads, bikes and side by side racing will be held on Saturday, May 30th. That will be followed up by some more weekly racing on Saturday, June 6th, June 13th, and June 20th. Another event everyone looks forward to is the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, which makes a stop at 34 Raceway on Friday, June 25th. More weekly racing will be held on Saturday, July 4th, July 11th, July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, and August 8th. There will be no races held on Saturday, August 15th. But then the Sprint Invaders return for there third appearance on Saturday, August 22nd. The final points night will be held on Saturday, August 29th. Following that will be a Labor Day weekend event on Saturday, September 5th. With the quads, bikes, side by sides returning on Saturday, September 12th. Then on Saturday, September 19th the Sprint Invaders will hold there Season Championship, with Saturday, September 26th set aside in case of a rain-out on September 19th. The final event to be held at 34 Raceway in 2015 will be another quad, bikes, side by side event on Saturday, October 3rd. To stay up to date on all the events happening at 34 Raceway, please check out there website at www.34raceway.com.

Last Chance Promotions, for the second year in a row, will be running the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL for the 2015 season. Sunday, April 12th is the date set to kick off there season. Which will be followed up by races on April 19th, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, and May 17th. Then on Sunday, May 24th the MOWA Sprint Cars make there first of three stops at the track. Another Sunday night race will be held on May 31st, before the POWRi Midgets return to the track once again in 2015 on Thursday, June 4th. Two more weekly nights will be held on Sunday, June 7th and 14th. Then the UMP Summernationals for Late Models invades the track on Sunday, June 21st. Weekly races on Sunday, June 28th, July 5th, July 12th, and July 19th will be held. One of the biggest announcements made a few months ago was that the World of Outlaw Late Models would make there first ever stop at the Quincy Raceways on Thursday, July 23rd. They will be joined by the MOWA Sprint Cars. The following Sunday, July 26th the track will be off, with no races being held. Weekly action will return on Sunday, August 2nd, August 9th, and August 16th. Then on Sunday, August 23rd the Sprint Invaders will make a stop at the track. Three more weekly races will be held on Sunday, August 30th, September 6th, September 13th, before Season Championship night on Sunday, September 20th. On Sunday, September 27th the MOWA Sprint Cars will close out the 2015 season at Quincy Raceways. Make sure you check out there website at www.quincyraceways.com to stay up to date on there 2015 plans.

As I mentioned above, it is very vital for everyone who LOVE'S dirt track racing to get out and support your local track as often as you can. Without everyone's support it is very impossible for any track to survive each week and year. I for one hate to see any track have to announce they will no longer be operating on a weekly basis. So if you every see me out and about at your local track, which is very likely if you attend races in Southeast Iowa, make sure you stop me and introduce yourself.

Looks like my 2015 season is going to kick off this weekend, Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO. Maybe I will see a lot of you there!!!! Depending on what weather website you look at the weather looks to be just fine for RACING!!! The following is what Intellicast is saying the weather will be like for Memphis, MO this weekend!!! LET'S GO RACING!!!!

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Sunny skies. High 62F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
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A mostly clear sky. Low near 40F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Sunny skies. High 62F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
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Clear to partly cloudy. Low 34F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Carter Claims Two Win at "Shiverfest"

Donnellson, IA (Saturday, October 25, 2014) - What a great way to put an end to the 2014 racing season in the state of Iowa, with the annual "Shiverfest" event at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA. Not only did mother nature co-operate, with temps hoovering around the low 70's by race time. But the drivers turned out to support this event, with 172 cars signed in on the night from 5 states.

After 20 heat races, and 8 B-Mains, the twenty-four car fields were set in the Modified, Stock Car, SportMod, Hobby Stock, and Sport Compact divisions.

The first feature to take to the track was the 22 lap SportMod, with Brayton Carter and Joey Gower drawing the front row for the event. Gower would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Carter and Austin Howes, who started 5th. While Gower set a fast pace out front, Richie Gustin, who started 13th in the Shawn Ritter #7SR machine, and Jenae Gustin, who started 11th, were making their way towards the front. Richie Gustin would take over the runner up spot on lap 6, while Jenae slipped into 4th. But by that time Gower had built up a straight-away lead, even while battling lapped traffic. It looked like there was no hope in catching Gower, that was until the first caution of the race appeared on lap 17. A tire was clipped and thrown onto the racing surface in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front, leaving Jenae and Richie Gustin to battle each other side-by-side for the runner up spot. But the action up front was slowed for the second and final time on lap 18, when Sean Wyett spun in turn 4 and collected Logan Anderson to bring out the yellow. Gower once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jenae and Richie Gustin close behind. Coming to the white flag Jenae Gustin, who was using the top in turns 1 and 2 and the middle of turns 3 and 4, was able to get up beside Gower going into turn 3. But Gower, who was glued to the bottom, was able to hold her off at the line to pick up the win. Jenae Gustin settled for 2nd, Richie Gustin was 3rd, Brett Lowry was 4th, with Howes coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Brett Vanous and Dustin Griffiths drawing the front row for the event. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Quinton Miller and Bobby Greene slowed to a stop down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Waylan Raines spun in turn 2 to bring the caution light back on. A third attempt of a start saw Griffiths jump out front to lead lap 1 over Vanous and Travis Bunnell. One lap in the books produced another caution, as Sierra Wilsey spun in turn 4 on lap 2 to bring out the yellow. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jacob Keiser, who started 7th, moving into the runner up spot. Another lap completed, lap 3, only meant another caution, as Gina Gruebel spun in turn 2 from contact from Tim Gebel to bring out the yellow. On the restart Griffiths moved back out front, with Keiser, Bunnell, Justin Wacha, who started 5th, and August Bach, who started 12th, battling for the runner up spot. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 6, when Raines spun in turn 4 for his second solo caution to end his night. Griffiths once again jumped out front on the restart, with Wacha over taking Keiser for the runner up spot. While Griffiths paced the field out front, Wacha, Keiser, Bach and Bunnell battle two and event three wide at times for the runner up spot. Despite a few attempts by Wacha to slip under Griffiths over the final laps, Griffiths was able to hold on to claim the win. Keiser over took Wacha on the final lap to finish in 2nd, Justin Lichty passed 12 cars from his 16th place starting spot to finish in 4th, with Bunnell rounding out the top 5.

John Oliver Jr. and Michael Peterson let the field to the drop of the green flag in the 24 lap Stock Car feature, with Oliver Jr. grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Abe Huls and David Brandies.The battle up front was slowed for the first time on lap 3, when Jason See spun in turn 1 and collected Brian Mahlstedt and Jake Powers to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Huls and Brandies continuing their battle for the runner up spot. While Oliver Jr. worked to hold back Huls and Brandies for the top spot, Cayden Carter, who started 11th, moved in to the battle. Carter used the top of the track to slip past Brandies and Huls for the second spot on lap 10, and then went to work on Oliver Jr. for the lead. But the second and final caution of the race on lap 12, slowed the action up front. This time debris in turns 3 and 4 brought out the yellow. On the restart Carter went to the bottom of the track to slip under Oliver Jr. for the top spot, leaving Oliver Jr. to battle with Brandies for second. While all eyes were on the battle up front, Jason Cook, who started 9th, was slowly creeping his way into the battle. On lap 22 Cook was able to slip under Brandies for second and then went to work on Carter for the lead. Coming to the white flag lap Cook was able to get up beside Cater off turn 4, only to have Carter use the momentum off the top of the track to keep the lead. But going into turn 3 Cook went to the bottom, while Carter went to the high side. Cook then held off Carter at the line to pick up the win, that was until post race inspection. Cook was found to have illegal cylinder heads and the wrong carburetor / motor combination, which resulted in him being disqualified. This would give Carter the win. Brandies was moved up to 2nd, Oliver Jr. was moved up to 3rd, Todd Reitzler was moved up to 4th, with Andy Aultenburg, who made the trip down from Minnesota, getting moved up to finish 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, with Bryan Shipley and Brandon Lambert drawing the front row for the event. Shipley took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Michael Grossman and Lambert. Grossman would use the bottom of the track to slip past Shipley for the top spot on lap 2. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 4, when Eric Lambert spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Grossman moved back out front, with Adam Gates, who started 8th, moving into the runner up spot. Gates, who was running the top of the track, was able to grab the lead away from Grossman on lap 6 and then started to pull away from the field. But a caution on lap 12, for spin in turn 4 by Eric Lambert that brought out his second solo caution of the race, would bring the field to his back bumper. On the restart tight racing down the backstretch sent John Whalen rolling into turn 3 to bring out the red. He climbed from his car okay. The following restart saw Grossman use the bottom of the track to slip under Gates to move back out front and then held on over the final lap to pick up the win. David Helenthal came from 6th to finish in 2nd, Brandon Rue passed 9 cars from his 12th place starting spot to come home in 3rd, Gates held on for 4th, with Kimberly Abbott rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap Modifieds, with Richie Gustin, in Shawn Ritter's #7SR SportMod, and Levi Nelson leading the field to the green flag. Richie Gustin would use his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jimmy Gustin, who started 5th, and Nelson. While Richie Gustin paced the field out front, Kelly Shryock, who started 7th, and Cayden Carter, who started 11th, were using the top of the track to move towards the front. Shryock took over second on lap 10, while Carter moved into fourth. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 14, when Ryan Maitland spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Richie Gustin moved back out front, while Carter went thru the middle off turn 4 to slip past Shryock for the runner up spot. Two laps later, lap 17, Carter used the top of the track to edge Richie Gustin at the line by inches to take over the top spot. Carter then held on over the final 8 laps to pick up his second win of the night and third straight at the track. Shryock was 2nd, Richie Gustin held on for 3rd, Bruce Hanford was 4th, with Tony VonDresky coming home in 5th.

Notes from LCS: When I arrived at the track at around 4:30 pm the cars were heading to the front stretch to do trick-or-treating with the kids. Meanwhile there were trucks and trailers circling the pits, and even sitting on pit road clear to the road looking for a spot to pit. So I jumped into action and helped the Lee County crew clear a path to get to the north pit wall in order to accommodate the 172 cars, including 44 Modifieds, 38 SportMods, 34 Sport Compacts, 32 Stock Cars and 24 Hobby Stocks, signed in for action on the night. Those drivers came from 5 states, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and even Nebraska to compete for a spot in the 24 car features......Tony Olson started the SportMod feature in 16th and passed 10 cars to finish in 6th....Tanner Klingele passed 11 cars from his 18th place starting spot to finish in 7th....Derek St. Clair came from 19th to finish in 10th....Kyle Anderson passed 11 cars from his 22nd place starting spot to come home in 11th....Trevor Fecht finished 13th after starting in 20th....Jason Doyle came from 24th to finish in 15th....Sean Wyett recovered from his spin on lap 18 to come back up to finish 17th......August Bach started the Hobby Stock feature in 12th and finished 6th....Quinton Miller recovered from his left rear flat on the start of the feature to come back up to finish 7th....Randy Byerly finished 10th after starting in 13th....Gina Greubel, who started 19th and got spun on lap 3 to bring out a caution, recovered to finish in 11th....Sierra Wilsey also recovered from a spin on lap 2 to come back up to finish in 12th....Brian Bries passed 9 cars from his 23rd place starting spot to come up to finish in 14th....Richard Pahlka Jr came from 21st to finish in 16th....Kevin Koontz started 24th and finished 17th......Jim Lynch passed 15 cars from his 21st place starting spot to come home in 6th....Bob Lynch started 19th and finished 9th....Jerry Pilcher came from 15th to finish in 10th....Doug Sylvester passed 12 cars from his 23rd place starting spot to come home in 11th....Dane Fenton finished 12th after starting in 22nd....Jason See recovered from his spin on lap 3 to come back up to finish in 15th....Chad Krogmeier started 24th and finished 16th......Wayne Noble started the Sport Compact feature in 18th and passed 12 cars to finish in 6th....Ryan Moore came from 22nd to finish in 12th....Dustan Fenton Jr. passed 10 cars from his 23rd place starting spot to come home in 13th....Spencer Coats started 21st and finished 16th......Patrick Flannagan started the Modified feature in 24th and passed 17 cars to come home in 7th....Robbie Reed came from 14th to finish in 8th....Jeff Waterman passed 9 cars from his 18th place starting spot to finish in 9th....Shawn Deering started 19th and finished 13th....Scott Simatovich finished 14th after starting in 21st....Dennis Betzer came from 22nd to finish in 15th....Mike Fluegel started 20th and finished 16th....Ryan Maitland recovered from his spin on lap 14 to come back up to finish in 17th....Andrew Schroder, who started 15th and had worked his way to 8th pulled off under the lap 14 caution with left front damage after clipping a tire a few laps before to finish in 21st.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

VanderBeek, Van Der Wal and Hughes Sweep Memphis Fall Nationals

Memphis, MO (Saturday, October 18, 2014) - WOW, what a difference a day or night makes. As the crew was able to get on the track after the final checkers fell on Friday night and all day Saturday to produce a great surface for Saturday night's finale at the 8th Annual Memphis Fall Nationals at the Scotland County in Memphis, Missouri. All that paid off with 136 cars signed in from 6 states, including 34 Modifieds, 31 SportMods, 30 Stock Cars, 23 Hobby Stocks and 18 Sport Compacts.

The first feature up on the night was the 14 lap Sport Compacts, with Kimberly Abbott and Adam Gates leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Abbott would take advantage of her front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Gates and Matt Moore. While Abbott worked to hold off Gates over the next 6 laps, Michael Grossman who started 18th was working his way towards the front. The field was slowed for the first and only time on lap 7, as two cars got together in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Abbott moved back out front, with Gates glued to her back bumper. Gates would try to work the low and top side of the track over the final 7 laps to get around Abbott. But Abbott held on to pick up the win and the $500 top prize. Gates settled for 2nd, John Whalen came from 6th to finish in 3rd, Grossman climbed his way to 4th, with Darin Smith coming from 8th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap SportMod feature, with Curtis Van Der Wal and Carter VanDenBerg making up the front row for the event. Van Der Wal grabbed the lead on the drop of the green over VanDenBerg and Jason McDaniel. Everybody would have thought that with Van Der Wal out front he would check out on the field, but that was far from the truth. He started to enter lapped traffic on lap 10, which allowed McDaniel to close in on him fast. While Van Der Wal worked the bottom of the track, McDaniel used the very top of the track to pull up along side Van Der Wal late in the race. But Van Der Wal was able to use some lapped traffic to his advantage to claim his second win of the weekend in a caution free race, and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. McDaniel settled for 2nd, Brett Lowry started 5th and finished 3rd, Brayton Carter was 4th after starting in 6th, with VanDenBerg holding on for 5th.

Cayden Carter and David Brandies led the field to the green in the 22 lap Stock Car feature, with Carter grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Brandies and Jeff Mueller, who was driving Don Fenton's #3 machine. Carter then started to pull away from the battle behind him, until the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 4. Tim Kraber spun in turn 2 and collected Todd Inman to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Mueller slipping under Brandies to grab the second spot. Once again Carter started to pull away from the battle going on behind him between Mueller, Brandies, John Oliver Jr. and Zack VanderBeek, who started 8th. VanderBeek used the bottom of the speedway to slip into second late in the race. But there was no chasing down Carter, who cruised to the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. VanderBeek settled for 2nd, Mueller was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Brandies in 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Dustin Griffiths and Tim Dawson leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Dawson took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 by inches, as he and Mike Hughes, who was on the bottom, crossed the line side-by-side. Hughes then slipped under Dawson to take the top spot away on lap 2. The battle behind Hughes was heating up, that was until lap 4. Nick Ulin, who was running 4th, got into Griffiths, who was running 3rd, in turn 4, which caused Griffiths to do a complete 360. Griffiths tried to get his machine fired back up, but was unable to as the caution waved. On the restart Hughes moved back out front, with Jacob Keiser working under Dawson to take over second. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 10, as a car spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Hughes once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Keiser and Dawson continuing there battle for second. Just as Hughes took the white flag, the final caution of the race appeared to set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. This time Tim Pettibone spun in turn 3 and collected Andrew Hustead to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hughes jumped back out front and held on for his second win on the weekend and took home the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Keiser won the battle for 2nd, August Bach started 6th and finished 3rd, Dawson was 4th, with Steve Allen coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 24 lap Modifieds, with Kelly Shryock and Zack VanderBeek on the front row. Shryock would use his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over VanderBeek and Michael Long. But VanderBeek, who was using the top of the track, went around Shryock coming off turn 4 to take the top spot away on lap 2. VanderBeek then started to pull away from the field, even entering lapped traffic on lap 9. Cayden Carter, who started 9th, worked his way into second on lap 15, but was still over a straight-away behind VanderBeek. That was until the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 18. Carter VanDenBerg, who was running 8th, slowed to a stop in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart VanderBeek jumped back out front, but now had Carter glued to his back bumper. Despite Carter getting beside VanderBeek on lap 19. VanderBeek would hold on to claim his second win on the weekend and another $1,000 to go with it. Carter settled for 2nd, Shryock was 3rd, Tyler Droste came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Andrew Schroeder rounding out the top 5.

My final race of the 2014 season will most likely come next weekend, as the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA hosts their annual "Shiverfest" event on Saturday, October 25th. This event will get started with hay rack rides thru the pits at 3:00 pm, followed by trick-or-treating with the drivers at 4:30 pm. That will be followed up with box car races at 5:00 pm, and then the racing gets going with hot laps at 5:30 pm. The Modifieds will be racing for $500 to win, the Stock Cars and SportMods are racing for $400 to win, the Hobby Stocks are gunning for $250 to win, with the Sport Compacts racing for $200 to win. For more information about this event, please check out the Lee County Speedway's website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

VanderBeek Doubles Up On Night 1 of the Memphis Fall Nationals

Memphis, MO (Friday, October 17, 2014) - Sometimes people expect the track and racing to be the same as the races held there on previous events, but what they don't understand is that is impossible mostly due to mother nature. That was the case on Friday night at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. Yeah, the track was dusty and no they weren't racing 6 wide. But what people forgot was that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mother nature dumped over 2 inches of rain onto the grounds, which wouldn't allow the crew to get onto the surface until late Thursday night. Even then they couldn't get enough water into the surface to keep the dust down, plus the gusty winds didn't help things out either. With all that being said the racing went on and the surface held up nicely, and the drivers produced some great two wide racing.

The first feature to take to the track was the 20 lap SportMods, with Brandon Dale and Brayton Carter drawing the front row. Carter took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dale and Brett Lowry. Disaster would strike Dale on the completion of lap 1, when he spun in turn 1 to bring out the first and only caution of the event. On the restart Carter jumped back out front over Logan Anderson, who started 6th, and Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 11th. One lap later, lap 3, Van Der Wal slipped under Anderson to move into second and then went to work on Carter for the lead. But Carter, who was running the top of the track, was able to use his momentum off the top to hold off Van Der Wal, who was glued to the bottom, over the next 14 laps. On lap 17, as these two pulled away from the battle for third, they started to enter heavy lapped traffic, which allowed Van Der Wal to pull even with Carter in the turns. Coming to the white flag Van Der Wal drove it hard into turn 1 and was able to pull ahead of Carter coming off turn 2. But when Carter tried to use the momentum off the top the two made contact, with Carter's left front breaking. This allowed Van Der Wal to go on to pick up the win and the $500 top prize. The lead the two had built up allowed Carter to limp his broken car around to hold on for 2nd, Jared VanDeest came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Anderson held on for 4th, with Jenae Gustin coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, with Nick VanHemert and Steven Struck leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green was wave the caution light would come on, as Richard Bank spun in turn 1 to bring out the caution. On the restart Bank once again spun in turn 1 and collects Alyssa Steele to bring the yellow light back on. The third restart saw Matt Moore, who started 5th, grab the lead on lap 1 over Trent Orwig, who started 7th, and Kimberly Abbott. Moore, who was running the middle of the track, had Orwig slip under him off turn 4 as the two crossed the line side-by-side, with Orwig leading that lap by inches. Just after the completion of the lap, Barry Taft came to a stop down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Orwig would jump out into the lead on the restart, only to have Moore move to his outside to lead lap 4. But Orwig slipped back under Moore on lap 5 to grab the top spot back, with Abbott following him into second one lap later. Abbott tried to work under Orwig over the final 8 laps, but Orwig was able to hold on to claim the win and the $250 top prize. Abbott settled for 2nd, John Whalen came from 9th to finish in 3rd, Moore was 4th, with Travis DeMint coming home in 5th.

Kelly Shryock and Ken Schrader, yes the former NASCAR competitor, drew the front row for the 22 lap Modified feature, with Shryock grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Schrader and Jake Griffin. Shryock then started to pull away from the battle going on behind him, that was until lap 7 when Griffin, who was using the very top of the track, pulled even with Shryock. But the action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 8 when Michael Long, who was battling hard with Schrader for 6th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Zack VanderBeek, who started 9th, used the low side of turns 1 and 2 and then shot to the top in turns 3 and 4 to grab the lead away from Shryock. VanderBeek then started to pull away from the battle for second between Shyrock, Griffin and Cayden Carter, who started 8th, when the second caution of the race appeared on lap 17. Shyrock, who was running third, slowed to a stop in turn 4 with a right front flat to bring out the caution. On the restart Brandon Banks, who started 20th and had climbed his way into the top 10, slowed off turn 4 with troubles and collected Kyle Brown, Joel Rust, and Danny Crane to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw VanderBeek move back out front, with Carter using the bottom to go from 5th to 2nd and Schrader following behind him. Meanwhile Griffin, who was battling for second, suffered a left rear flat on the restart and faded to the back, before pull off one lap later. VanderBeek would go on to lead the final 5 laps to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize. Carter settled for 2nd, Schrader was 3rd, Bruce Hanford came from 7th to finish in 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg passing 9 cars from his 14th place starting spot to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 16 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Steve Allen and Tim Dawson leading the field to the green. Dawson would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dustin Griffiths and Allen. But the action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when Derek Sammons spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mike Hughes, who started 8th, slipped under Dawson to grab the top spot away. But Dawson wouldn't give up easy, as he tried to get back by Hughes on the top side of the track over the next 11 laps. When the second and final caution of the event on lap 14 slowed the action up front. This time Greg Gilbert spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Hughes would jump back out front on the restart and then held on to claim the win and the $400 top prize. Dawson settled for 2nd, Griffiths was 3rd, Clayton Crump was 4th, with Nick Ulin coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Stock Cars, with Zack VanderBeek and Doug Sylvester on the front row. VanderBeek took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Wood and Derrick Agee. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 2, when Tyler Pickett, who was starting in his first Stock Car race after competing all year in a Hobby Stock, spun in turn 4 and collected Jimmy Comins and Greg Harsch to bring out the yellow. On the restart VanderBeek moved back out front, with Wood, Agee and John Oliver Jr., who started 8th, battling for the runner up spot. There was no catching VanderBeek on this night as he pulled away to pick up his second win of the night and another $1,000 top prize thanks to 79s See Racing. Wood won the battle for 2nd, Oliver Jr was 3rd, Agee was 4th, with Michael Peterson coming from 12th to finish in 5th.

118 cars, including 33 Modifieds, 28 Stock Cars, 27 SportMods, 15 Hobby Stocks and 15 Sport Compacts,  from 6 states signed in to compete on Night 1 of the 8th Annual Memphis Fall Nationals.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

One Streak Ends, While Two More Continue On Night 2 of the Fall Extravaganza

Donnellson, IA (Saturday, October 11, 2014) - The 3rd Annual Fall Extravaganza at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa came to a close on Saturday night, with the second and final night being put into the books. When the final checkers fell one winning streak came to a end, while two other winning streaks continued on to the next weekends action.

The 22 lap SportMod feature was the first to take to the track, with Carter VanDenBerg and Brandon Dale drawing the front row for the event. Dale would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over VanDenBerg and Bobby Anders. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution would appear, as David Cloke, Michael Guthrie and Jake Wenig spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dale jumped back out front, with Anders over taking VanDenBerg for the runner up spot. Another lap complete produced another caution, as Cloke, Robert Gould and Guthrie spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Dale once again moved out front on the restart, with VanDenBerg grabbing the second spot back from Anders. Two laps later, lap 4, Cloke would spin in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Under that caution Curtis Van Der Wal, who has won the last 5 fall specials and started 12th, went to the pits with right rear damage after getting into the turn 2 wall from contact while battling for 9th to end his winning streak. Once again Dale jumped out front on the restart, with Anders slipping back by VanDenBerg for the second spot. While Dale paced the field out front, Tony Dunker, who started 7th, and Joey Gower, who started 11th, were working their way towards the front. Dale's lead over the battle behind him was erased on lap 8, when Ethan Allen spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution.

On the restart Dale moved back out front, with Gower slipping under Dunker to take over the second spot. Gower then tried to work under Dale over the next 4 laps, when a caution for Gould's spin in turn 2 slowed the action. Gower was able to slip under Dale in turn 2 on the restart to grab the lead away, leaving Dale to try and work on holding off Dunker for second. While Gower continued to lead, all eyes were on Jenae Gustin, who started 4th and at one time had slipped back to 8th, who jumped to the top of the track to work herself into second on lap 17. She would quickly close in on Gower coming to the white flag. But she wasn't able to make the pass, as Gower held on to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize. Gustin settled for 2nd, Dunker was 3rd, Dale was 4th, with Brett Lowry coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Brandon Symmonds and Derek Hodges leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Hodges used his front row starting spot to his advantage, as he jumped out front on lap 1 over Justin Wacha and Symmonds. While Hodges worked to hold back Wacha, Dustin Griffiths, who started 8th, worked his way up to make it a three car battle up front. Wacha and Griffiths raced side-by-side for second several times, with Wacha able to hold him off at the line on every lap. Those two tried everything possible to get around Hodges over the 16 lap caution free race. But Hodges was able to hold them off to claim his first win at the Lee County Speedway and the $500 top prize to go with it. Wacha held on for 2nd, Griffiths was 3rd, Jacob Keiser came from 7th to finish in 4th, with Dale Porter passing 5 cars from his 10th place starting spot to finish in 5th.

Scott Hogan and Andrew Schroeder drew the front row for the 25 lap Modified feature, with Hogan grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Cayden Carter and Bill Roberts Jr. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 3, as Mike Joski and Tyler Hackett spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter jumped to the top of the track to over take Hogan for the lead, while Michael Long followed him up top to move into third. Carter then started to pull away from the battle behind him, when the caution came out on lap 10. This time Ben Kates, who was running 8th, got into the wall in turn 4 and slowed to a stop to bring out the yellow. On the restart Brad Lautenbach, who was running 8th, got sideways in turn 2 and collected Jimmy Gustin, who started 16th and worked his way to 9th, to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Carter jumped back out front, with Hogan and Schroeder battling for second. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 13, when Joski and Hackett spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Carter once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Hogan and Schroeder going back to there battle for second. There was no catching Carter over the final 12 laps, as he went on to claim his second win in a row and another $1,000 in doing so. Hogan won the battle for 2nd, Roberts Jr. was 3rd, Jeff Waterman came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Schroder holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, with Mike Reu and Michael Grossman leading the field to the green. Grossman jumped out front on lap 1 over Reu and Kimberly Abbott, and then held it until the first caution appeared on lap 3. Debris on fire in turn 1 would bring out the yellow. On the restart Josh Barnes, who was running 4th, jumped the start to bring out the yellow and was sent to the back for the following restart. The following restart saw Brandon Lambert get into Cody Cleghorn, who started 19th and was battling for 5th, causing Cleghorn to spin in turn 2 and collect Jerrod Nichols, Austin Kaplan, Dustan Fenton, and Barnes to bring the yellow light back on. On the next restart Grossman moved back out front, with Abbott and Trent Orwig, who started 13th, close behind. Abbott worked under Grossman on lap 5 to take over the top spot and then was slowed on the completion of that lap. As Alex Costigan lost and engine in turn 4 and slowed to a stop. On the restart Abbott moved back out front. with Grossman working to hold back Orwig for second. On lap later, lap 6, debris in turn 1 would slow the action up front for the final time. Once again Abbott jumped back out front on the restart, with Grossman and Brandon Reu, who started 10th, close behind. Grossman tried to work under Abbott over the final 7 laps, but Abbott would hold him off to pick up her second win at the track and in a row to take home another $300 for her efforts. Grossman settled for 2nd, Brandon Reu was 3rd, Barry Taft came from 7th to finish in 4th, with Darin Smith passing 19 cars from his 24th place starting spot to to come home in 5th.

The 24 lap Stock Car feature was the final one to take to the track on the night, with David Atcher and Bob Lynch making up the front row for the event. Atcher used his front row start to jump out front on lap 1 over John Oliver Jr. and Lynch. Just after the completion of lap 1 the caution would come out, as Jim Lynch slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Atcher moved back out front, with Bob Lynch over taking Oliver Jr. for the runner up spot. Atcher, who was working the middle of the track, Jeff Mueller, who started 6th and was working the bottom, and Cayden Carter, who started 11th and was working the top, came out of turn 4 three wide on lap 11, with Mueller edging out front at the line. The battle out front was slowed for the final time on lap 14, when Jake Wenig spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Mueller grabbed the lead on the restart, with Carter and Jason Cook, who started 9th, close behind. With Mueller glued to the bottom of the track, Carter tried a different approach to get around Mueller over the next 9 laps. He would enter turn 1 high and then cut to the bottom of turn 2 to get a run at Mueller down the backstretch. Mueller was able to hod off Carter until the white flag lap, when Carter was able to get under Mueller in turn 2 to grab the lead down the backstretch. But Carter left to much room on the bottom going into turn 3. Which allowed Mueller to slip under him coming off turn 4 to grab the win and the $1,000 top prize. Carter settled for 2nd, Cook was 3rd, Atcher was 4th, with Todd Reitzler rounding out the top 5.

Notes from LCS: One Hundred and twenty-four cars signed in on night 2, including 34 Modifieds, 27 SportMods, 26 Sport Compacts, 21 Stock Cars and 16 Hobby Stocks......Ryan Fullenkamp came from 13th in the SportMod feature to finish in 8th....Logan Anderson passed 9 cars from his 17th place starting spot to finish in 9th....Alex Zwanziger finished 10th after starting in 15th....Rich Vogt came from 16th to finish in 11th....Bradley Holtmeyer passed 8 cars from his 20th place starting spot to finish in 12th....Austen Becerra came from 18th to finish in 13th....Michael Guthrie, who started 22nd, recovered from his involvement in the lap 2 caution to come back up to finish in 15th....Dakota Simmons, who won the semi feature, broke something in the rear end after the checkered flag in that semi. They were able to make the changes good enough for him to start and make one lap......August Bach, Randy Byerly, Randy Stalder all hat troubles in there heat races that forced them to scratch from the Hobby Stock feature......Ronn Lauritzen started 11th in the Modified feature and finished 6th....Tyler Droste came from 12th to finish in 7th....Brandon Banks passed 11 cars from his 19th place starting spot to finish in 8th....Joel Rust also passed 11 cars from his 20th place starting spot to finish in 9th....Lance Arneson, who made the pull down from Abrams, Wisconsin, started 18th and finished 11th....Tyler Groenendyk passed 12 cars from his 24th place starting spot to come home in 12th....Scott Simatovich came from 22nd to finish in 13th....Kyle Brown started 23rd and finished 16th....Michael Long, who was running 6th on lap 16, got into the guardrail in turn 2 and pulled into the pits with left side damage to end his night in 18th......Casey Lambert started the Sport Compact feature in 9th and finished 6th....Chuck Fullenkamp came from 11th to finish in 7th....Shawn Baker passed 7 cars from his 15th place starting spot to come home in 8th....John Whalen started 12th and finished 9th....Austin Kaplan recovered from the crash on lap 3 to come back up to finish in 10th....Josh Barnes recovered from jumping the restart on lap 3 to come back up to finish in 12th....Ron Kibbe passed 12 cars from his 25th place starting spot to come home in 13th....William Michel finished 14th after starting in 18th....Jerrod Nichols, who started 21st, recovered from the crash on lap 3 to come back up to finish in 15th....Justin Stevenson passed 7 cars from his 23rd place starting spot to finish in 16th....Trent Orwig, who started 13th and had worked his way to 3 by lap 4, lost power on the 6 restart and pulled into the infield to end his night in 19th......Shane Paris started the Stock Car feature in 12th and finished in 6th....Doug Sylvester came from 15th to finish in 8th...Michael Peterson finished 10th after starting in 13th....Jesse Brown came from 14th to finish in 11th....Ray Raker started 16th and finished 12th....Jason See came from 17th to finish in 13th....Jerry Jansen finished 14th after starting in 20th....Jerry Pilcher lost an engine in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature.

Just when everybody thinks the 2014 season has come to a close in Southeast Iowa and West Central Missouri, well you are sadly mistaken. The 8th Annual Memphis Fall Nationals takes place next Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO. Ken Schrader will be in action both nights with his Modified. Friday nights action gets underway with hot laps at 7:00 pm, while Saturday night will start one hour earlier at 6:00 pm.