Friday, July 29, 2016

Clanton Redeems His Self One Year Later at Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL (Thursday, July 28, 2016) - After watching the radar all day, and despite the radar showing a cell moving towards Quincy, I jumped into the car to head to the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois for the "2nd Annual Workforce 40" featuring the Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Models and the Neal Tire and Auto Service MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey's General Stores.

Thirty miles south into my trip I was beginning to second guess my decision, as the pavement was wet from the front that just moved through the area. But the sun never disappeared from the skies, as I continued down to Quincy. Once I started to drop down the hill and seen the big haulers lined halfway up the hill on the median to get into the pits, I knew I had made the right call.

The night started off with Paul Nienhiser setting fast time in the MOWA Sprint cars, with a time around the 1/4 mile bullring of 12.118. That was followed up with Brian Shirley setting fast time in the WoO Late Models, with a lap of 13.562.

Up next was the three 10 lap heat races for the MOWA Sprint Cars, with all cars going to the feature later in the night. Heat race one saw outside front row starter Brady Bacon jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Paul Nienhiser and AJ Bruns. Bacon would go on to lead all 10 laps to pick up the win. He was followed across the line by Nienhiser, Bruns, Chris Urish, Chris Windom, Logan Faucon, Steven Russell, and Levi Curry.... Heat race two was similar to heat one, as Zach Daum used his outside front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Joey Moughan and Joe B. Miller. Daum would hold off Moughan to claim the win. While Moughan had to work to hold off Miller, who was working the bottom, for second. Jacob Wilson, Robbie Standridge, Jeremy Standridge, Bobby Mincer, and Cory Bruns followed them across the line in 4th - 8th.... Parker Price-Miller used his pole position to grab the lead on lap 1 of heat three, with Jake Blackhurst and Jerrod Hull close behind. While Price-Miller worked the top of the track, Blackhurst would work the bottom to take the top spot away from Price-Miller on lap 3. Blackhurst then held on to pick up the win over Price-Miller and Hull. They were followed across the line by Kris Spitz, Spencer Bayston, Kameron Key, Mitchell Wormall, and John Schulz.

Following the MOWA Sprint heats were the three 10 lap WoO Late Model heats races, with the top 6 going to the feature and the remainder going to the last chance showdown. Heat race one saw outside front row starter Josh Richards grab the lead on lap 1 over Brian Shirley and Joey Coulter. Richards held off several challenges from Shirley to score the win. They were followed by Coulter, Jason Perry, Tyler Erb, and Brandon Overton in the final transfer spot.... Bobby Pierce took advantage of his pole position start in heat race two to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Shane Clanton and Frank Heckenast Jr. Despite Clanton trying to work under Pierce over the 10 lap race, Pierce would hold him off to pick up the win. Heckenast Jr., Eric Wells, Chase Junghans, and Denny Woodworth, who was involved in a three car battle for the transfer spot, rounded out the top 6 to transfer into the feature.... Rick Eckert shot out into the lead from his outside front row starting spot in heat race three, with Chub Frank and Steve Casebolt close behind. Both Frank and Casebolt would work the bottom of the track to try and work past Eckert for the top spot. But Eckert would use the top of the track to hold them off for the win. Broom Briggs, Michael Kloos and Mark Burgtorf, who edged out Morgan Bagley at the line by inches, rounded out the top 6 to transfer into the feature.... The final event to set the 24 car field for the WoO Late Models was the 10 lap last chance showdown, with the top 4 going to the feature. Billy Moyer Jr. took advantage of his pole position to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Dustin Griffin, Morgan Bagley and Clint Kirkham. While Moyer Jr. pulled away, the battle to watch was for second. With Griffin and Bagley working the bottom of the track, Kirkham decided to work the middle, as they raced two wide. Moyer Jr. would go on to score the win, while Kirkham winning the battle for second, Griffin was third, with Bagley rounding out the top four. Since all of the WoO Late Models who have earned points in 2016 made it into the feature, Justin Reed, who was fifth, and Vance Wilson, who was sixth, were giving the final two spots in the feature.

The first feature to take to the track was the 25 lap MOWA Sprint Cars, with Parker Price-Miller and Joey Moughan leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Price-Miller would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Moughan and Jake Blackhurst. The action up front was slowed just after the completion of lap 1, as fourth place runner Brady Bacon spun in turn 1 and collected Logan Faucon to bring out the yellow. On the restart Price-Miller jumped back out front, with Moughan and Paul Nienhiser close behind. Price-Miller would start to pull away from the battle behind him, until lap 15 when he started to entire lapped traffic. This would allow Moughan to close to his back bumper, that was until he jumped the cushion in turn 2 on lap 16. Which allowed Nienhiser to slip by into the runner up spot. Two laps later, lap 18, disaster would strike Moughan, as he got tangled with a lapped car going into turn 3. The lapped car of Steven Russell would get upside down to bring out the red, with Moughan leaving the track on the wrecker with a broken front end. Once again Price-Miller moved back out front on the restart, with Nienhiser and Blackhurst now glued to his back bumper. Going into turn 3 to complete lap 20 Nienhiser used a slid job to grab the slight lead, as Price-Miller turned back under him coming off turn 4 to keep the lead at the line. Nienhiser would try the same move going into turn 3 on the final lap, but Price-Miller would use the momentum off the top of the track to pick up the win. Nienhiser would settle for 2nd, Blackhurst was 3rd, Joe B. Miller started 8th and finished 4th, with AJ Bruns rounding out the top 5.

Shane Clanton and Brian Shirley drew the front row for the 40 lap WoO Late Model feature, with Shirley grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Clanton and Josh Richards. The action up front was slowed on lap 2, as Michael Kloos spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Shirley jumped back out front, with Clanton and Richard close behind. Shirley, who was working the top, started to catch the back of the field on lap 9, which allowed Clanton, who was working the bottom, to get up beside Shirley. Clanton would edge out Shirley at the line to lead lap 10, as they sliced their way through heavy lapped traffic. The second caution of the race appeared on lap 18, as Eric Wells slowed to a stop in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. Clanton moved back out front on the restart, with Richards over taking Shirley for the runner up spot. A third caution of the event on lap 20 would slow the action, as Vance Wilson slowed with rear end troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Clanton jumped back out front, with Richards and Shirley battling for second. Disaster would strike Richards on lap 21, as he spun in turn 1 after trying to clear Shirley to bring out the yellow. Once again Clanton grabbed the lead on the restart, with Rick Eckert, who started 5th, over taking Shirley for the runner up spot. Just as it looked like Clanton would cruise to an easy win, his momentum was slowed on lap 32, as he tried to lap cars. This would allow Eckert to cut into Clanton's 1.5 second lead. But Eckert would run out of time, as Clanton, who lost last years event to Billy Moyer in lapped traffic, held on to score his sixth WoO Late Model win of the season. Eckert was 2nd, Shirley was 3rd, Bobby Pierce was 4th, with Steve Casebolt coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

Notes from Quincy: More notes and photos coming up.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pierce Continues to Roll on DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour With Win at Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL (Sunday, July 10, 2016) - When it comes to Sunday and the scheduled visit by the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois that usually means mother nature will intervene. And that was no different again this year, as just about 45 minutes before the scheduled hot laps was suppose to start a brief shower moved over the track. But Ken Dobson and his crew didn't throw in the towel right away. Just after the rains moved out the track crew went to work on getting the track in shape, with the start time only being an hour late.

After all the qualifying events were completed, the UMP DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 25 lap feature would take to the track first. Ray Bollinger and Kenny Wallace would lead the field to the green flag, with Bollinger grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Wallace and Ray Walsh. Wallace then tried to work past Bollinger for the lead over the next 10 laps, but Bollinger was able to hold him off each lap. That was until coming off turn 4 to complete lap 11, Wallace was able to slip under Bollinger to take over the top spot. One lap later, lap 12, Wallace started lapping cars. A lap car would be the disaster for Wallace, as he tried to get under one going into turn 1 on lap 14 and the two would make contact. Which resulted in Wallace coming to a stop in turn 2 with a broke right front to end his night and bringing out the one and only caution of the race. On the restart Bollinger would inherit the lead, with Michael Long, who started 6th, and Walsh glued to his back bumper. Long tried the low line in turns 1 & 2 and the high side in turns 3 & 4 to get past Bollinger. But Bollinger would hold him off over the final 10 laps to score his third win of the season on the series. Long was 2nd, Walsh was 3rd, Shawn Deering was 4th, with Donovan Lodge rounding out the top 5.
Kewanee, Illinois' Ray Bollinger won his third UMP DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals feature of the season on Sunday, July 10th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL.

Tyler Erb and Bobby Pierce made up the front row for the 40 lap UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model feature, with Pierce grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Ryan Unzicker and Erb. While Pierce worked the bottom of the track, Erb went to the top to work around Unzicker for the runner up spot on lap 2 and then went to work on Pierce for the lead. Erb was able to get up beside Pierce a few times, when the first caution appeared on lap 13 to slow the action up front. Bo Brockway would spin in turn 1, after contact with a lapped car, to bring out the yellow. On the restart Pierce jumped back out front, with Erb and Michael Kloos close behind. With Pierce setting the pace out front, Erb, Kloos and Unzicker battled two and even three wide at times for the runner up spot. The action was slowed for the second and final time on lap 20, as Gordy Gundaker slowed in turn 4 with troubles to bring out the yellow. Pierce once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Kloos and Erb continuing their battle for the runner up spot. Even with Pierce entering lapped traffic on lap 31 there was no catching him, as he pulled away over the final 20 laps to score his 10th win in 19 starts on the tour. Erb won the battle for 2nd, Kloos was 3rd, Unzicker was 4th, with Dustin Griffin finishing 5th after starting in 7th.
Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Illinois claimed his 10th win in 19 starts on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model Tour at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, July 10th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 18 lap IMCA SportMods, with Spencer Coats and Michael Goodwin on the front row. But it was third place starter Justin Ebbing who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Goodwin and Austen Becerra. Just after the completion of lap 1 Glen Wiley would spin in turn 1 to bring out the caution. On the restart Coats spun down the front stretch to bring the yellow light back on. A third attempt of a restart resulted in another caution, as Brandon Lennox spun in turn 4 and collected Todd Reed and Justin Bartz to bring back out the yellow. Ebbing would grab the lead on the following restart, with Goodwin working to hold off Becerra for second. With another lap scored complete Levi Long, Austin Howes, who took the back row challenge and was battling for 5th, and Nathan Bringer collided in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Ebbing moved back out front, with Becerra over taking Goodwin for second. Becerra tried to work the top side of the track to take the lead away from Ebbing over the next 5 laps. When another caution appeared on lap 7, as Coats spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Ebbing again moved out into the lead on the restart, with Becerra trying to hold off Lennox, who started 12th and recovered from the spin on lap 1, in the battle for the runner up spot. While Ebbing set the pace out front, Lennox would try the high line to get by Becerra, and when he had no luck he would switch to the low line with 5 laps to go. The battle for second would allow Ebbing to go on to pick up his first career SportMod feature. Becerra won the battle for 2nd, Lennox was 3rd, Patrick Phillips came from 9th to finish 4th, with Bringer, who started 10th, recovering from his involvement in the lap 2 caution to come back up to finish 5th.
Justin Ebbing of Quincy, Illinois picked up his first career IMCA SportMod feature on Sunday, July 10th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL.

Notes from Quincy: Sunday night was the first night that racing action was held at the Quincy Raceways since several area racers and crew members helped take some banking out of the corners and then added some fresh clay to the entire racing surface. The track would hold up nicely throughout the night, with the bottom being the preferred line most of the night. But knowing the crew at Quincy they will continue to work on the track to get several grooves of racing for the drivers to use......Kevin Blackburn started the Modified feature in 14th and passed 5 cars to come home in 9th....Russ Coultas came from 18th to finish 13th....Kenny Wallace's run into a lapped car while leading resulted in a 16th place finish for him....Joey Gower took the spoiler off his back up SportMod and raced it with the Modifieds. He would make a few laps in the feature and pulled off to finish 17th......Jason Feger lived up to his nickname, "The Highside Hustler", as he used the top of the track to pass 10 cars from his 16th place starting spot to finish 6th....Mark Burgtorf started 14th and finished 9th....Bo Brockway, who started 17th, recovered from his spin on lap 13 to come back up to finish 12th......Todd Reed recovered from his involvement in the lap 1 caution to finish 7th in the SportMod feature....Wesley Mayfield passed 9 cars from his 17th place starting spot to come home in 8th....Kenneth Bringer started 18th and finished 10th....Glen Wiley started 15th and recovered from his spin on lap 1 to come back up to finish 11th.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Gustin Wins Exciting "Hogan Memorial" Modified Feature

Vinton, IA (Sunday, July 3, 2016) - Sunday was not my first ever visit to the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa, but it was my first time taking in the Hogan Memorial. Which was the 22nd Annual event, that featured racing in the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Micro Mods.

It was great to see the racers and fans come out on the holiday weekend to support the hard work the Hogan family does to put on this event. They went out and got many sponsors to step up to help put extra money on the line, without requiring the drivers to pay an entry fee. All of their efforts paid off with 133 drivers signed in for competition on the night, in front of a standing room only crowd. After the 21 qualifying races were complete, it was time to move into the feature events.

The standing room only crowd showed up on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa to support the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial".

The first feature to take to the track was the 12 lap Micro Mods, with Josh Havlik and Cole McNeal leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was sixth place starter Don Erger who shot to the front to lead lap 1 over McNeal and Havlik. While Erger set a fast pace out front, the remaining drivers battled for positions behind him. With no caution to slow the pace, Erger would cruise to an easy win. McNeal was 2nd, Havlik was 3rd, Matt Post came from 7th to finish 4th, with Scott Beaty rounding out the top 5.
Don Erger cruised to an easy win in the Micro Mod feature on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, IA. Which was also part of the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial".

Up next was the 14 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Benji Irvine and Dustin Graham drawing the front row. Just as the green flag was dropped, the caution light would come on. As Kyle Dulin, who started 3rd, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Irvine grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Ballard and Bill Bonnett. After the completion of lap 2 another caution came out, as David Simpson spun in turn 3 and collected Chad Siems to bring out the yellow. Irvine moved back out front on the restart, with Ballard and Leah Wroten, who started 9th, close behind. Ballard would look under Irvine over the next 5 laps, until the final caution of the race appeared on lap 8 to slow the action. This time August Bach spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Irvine moved back out front, with Ballard and Bonnett, who over took Wroten for third, glued to his back bumper. Once again Ballard tried to work under Irvine for the top spot over the final 5 laps. But Irvine would hold him off to pick up the win and the $750 top prize to go with it. Ballard settled for 2nd, Bonnett was 3rd, Wroten was 4th, with Justin Wacha passing 15 cars from his 20th place starting spot to finish 5th.
The IMCA Hobby Stock portion of the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial" at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa on Sunday, July 3rd was won by Benji Irvine.

Ben Chapman and Cory Pestotnik drew the front row for the 18 lap IMCA SportMod feature. But just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as Pestotnik spun in turn 2 and collected Kurt Hogan to bring out the yellow. On the restart Chapman jumped out into the lead over Matt Petrzelka and Taylor Musselman. Petrzelka would use the topside momentum off turn 4 to take the top spot away from Chapman on lap 2. Only to have Chapman come back on the bottom to regain the lead on lap 6. While Chapman and Petrzelka battled for the lead, Tony Olson, who started 12th, worked his way into third on lap 7. The action up front was slowed on lap 8, when Andy Edwards clipped a tire in turn 4 and spun to bring out the yellow.  Chapman grabbed the lead on the restart, with Petrzelka working to hold off Olson for the runner up spot. On lap 12 smoke started to appear from Chapman's engine compartment. Then on lap 14 the final caution of the event appeared, as Kyle Bentley stopped in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Chapman moved back out front. with Olson over taking Petrzelka for second. Coming to the white flag the smoke on Chapman's car got heavier, as Olson was working to get under him. But Chapman would hold on to claim the win and the $1,000 top prize. Olson settled for 2nd, Petrzelka was 3rd, Danny Dvorak came from 13th to finish 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg finishing 5th after starting in 9th.
Ben Chapman took home the $1,000 to win "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial" IMCA SportMod feature on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.

Up next was the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jared Daggett and Kevin Rose leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Daggett took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Rose and Jeff Mueller, who started 5th. Rose's run up front came to an end on lap 3, as he spun in turn 2 and collected Lon Mercer to bring out the one and only yellow of the race. On the restart Daggett jumped back out front, with Mueller and Damon Murty, who started 8th, now glued to his back bumper. Coming out of turn 2 on lap 6 Mueller, who was on the bottom, Daggert, who was in the middle, and Murty who was up top, raced three wide down the backstretch and into turn 3. The same trio raced that way coming out of turn 4 to complete lap 7, with Murty scored as the new leader. While Murty worked to hold off Mueller for the top spot, Kyle Brown, who was driving Murty's back up car and started 11th, had worked his way into the battle for the top spot. The bottom of the speedway seemed to be the preferred line, as Mueller tried to get under Murty for the lead, while Brown looked under Mueller for the runner up spot. But Murty would make no mistakes over the final laps, as he held on to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Mueller held on for 2nd, Brown was 3rd, Daggett was 4th, with Scooter Dulin coming home in 5th.
The IMCA Stock Car portion of the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial" at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa on Sunday, July 3rd was won by Damon Murty.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 50 lap IMCA Modifieds, with Richie Gustin and Mike Jergens drawing the front row. Gustin would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Jergens and Todd Shute. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 12, Shute was able to slip under Gustin to take over the top spot. The 1/4 mile track provided the fans with some great racing, as several grooves were being used by the drivers to battle for positions throughout the 26 car starting field. The lead cars would work into lapped traffic by lap 19. With the first caution of the race appearing on lap 20, to slow the action down. Jergens, who was running 3rd, slowed in turn 1 with front end troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gustin used the bottom of the track to over take Shute for the lead, while Corey Dripps, who started 12th, moved into the battle for the top spot. With Gustin working the bottom of the track, Shute went to the top and used the momentum off turn 4 to grab the lead back on lap 22. Shute then held it until the caution on lap 25, which was the halfway point in the race. All cars were brought to a stop on the front stretch for a 5 minute pit stop. Shute was scored the leader at this point, with Gustin 2nd, Dripps was 3rd, Cody Laney from Torrance, California was 4th, with J.D. Auringer, who started 13th, completing the top 5.

On the restart Shute moved back out front, with Dripps over taking Gustin for the runner up spot. With Shute choosing to run the bottom of the track, Dripps would go to the top. Dripps then used the momentum off turn 4 to take the top spot away from Shute on lap 33. The battle up front was slowed on lap 39, when debris in turn 4 and down the front stretch brought out the yellow. Once again Dripps grabbed the lead on the restart, with Gustin and Shute battling for second. Two laps later, lap 41, Troy Cordes would spin in turn 1 to bring out the caution. Gustin would slip under Dripps on the restart to take the top spot away. A few laps later Dripps got his right rear over the edge of the track in turn 4, which allowed Shute, Auringer, and Joel Rust, who charged from 19th, to all slip past him. Rust's run to the front would come to an end on lap 48, when he clipped a tire in turn 4 while trying to work under Auringer for 3rd. As a result Rust spun to bring out the caution, and set up a two later dash to the checkered flag. Gustin grabbed the lead on the restart, with Shute and Hunter Marriott, who started 21st, looking for a way around Gustin. But Gustin would hold on to claim his second "Hogan Memorial" race win and the $3,100 top prize. Shute held on for 2nd, Marriott was 3rd, Auringer was 4th, with Dripps coming home in 5th.

Richie Gustin topped an exciting IMCA Modified feature to score his second Hogan Memorial win on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.
Second place finisher in the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial" IMCA Modified feature on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa was Todd Shute.
Hunter Marriott started 21st and finished 3rd during the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial" IMCA Modified feature on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.
J.D Auringer started 13th and finished 4th during the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial" IMCA Modified feature on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.
Corey Dripps settled for 5th, after starting 12th and leading some laps, during the "22nd Annual Hogan Memorial" IMCA Modified feature on Sunday, July 3rd at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.

Notes from BCS: 47 Modifieds, 37 SportMods, 21 Hobby Stocks, 19 Stock Cars and 9 Micro Mods made up the 133 cars signed in on the night......Russ Olson started the Micro Mod feature in 9th and passed 3 cars to come home in 6th......Matt Pohlman finished 7th in the Hobby Stock feature after starting in 11th....Justin Hansen started 12th and finished 8th....Matt Brown passed 8 cars from his 17th place starting spot to come home in 9th....Adam Petrzelka finished 10th after starting in 13th....David Simpson recovered from his spin on lap 2 to come back up to finish 11th....Brett Vanous finished 12th after coming from the back from pitting on the first caution of the race....August Bach recovered from his spin on lap 8 to come back up to finish 13th....Jacob Floyd started 18th and finished 14th....Bryan Keeney came from 21st to finish 15th....Randy Byerly, who started 16th and had worked his way to 7th, pulled off on the lap 8 caution with a left front flat to end his night in 16th......Ryan King started the SportMod feature in 20th and passed 9 cars to come home in 11th....Andy Edwards recovered from his spin on lap 8 to come back up to finish 12th....Jim Buhlman finished 13th after starting in 21st....Mitch Manternach started 19th and finished 14th....Erick Knutsen received a track points provisional and started 24th. He then passed 5 cars to come home in 19th......John Oliver Jr. passed 12 cars from his 18th place starting spot in the Stock Car feature to finish 6th....Norman Chesmore started 12th and finished 7th....Scott Pippert finished 8th after starting in 14th....Curtis Roster came from 13th to finish in 9th....Shane Ebaugh started 15th and finished 10th....Kevin Rose recovered from his spin on lap 2 to come back up to finish 11th......Cayden Carter passed 18 cars from his 24th place starting spot in the Modified feature to finish in 6th....Mooresville, North Carolina's Kyle Strickler started 10th and finished 7th....Kyle Brown came from 14th to finish in 8th....Torrance, California driver Cody Laney was 9th.... While Bakersfield, California driver Ethan Dotson was 10th....Racer Hulin finished 11th after starting in 18th....Scott Hogan came from 22nd to finish in 14th....Tony Snyder was 16th after starting in 20th....Ryan Maitland finished 18th after starting in 23rd.

A lot of racing action can be found in the central Midwest this week, and I encourage you to get out and support these events. Because they can't be put on the schedule for next year if people don't get out and show how much they want to see dirt track racing survive! Here is a list of events that I know are going on:

-Tuesday, July 5th is night 1 of the IMCA Stock Car Shootout at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and IMCA Sport Compacts will run double heat races on qualifying night.

-Wednesday, July 6th will be the final night of the Stock Car Shootout at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The Stock Cars will be racing for $2,000 to win, while the SportMods and Hobby Stocks are going for a top prize of $1,000. The Sport Compacts will compete for $700 to win. Also joining the card will be the IMCA Modifieds, racing for $500 to win.

-Wednesday, July 6th the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models will be at the Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, Iowa to race during the fair. Also racing will be the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA SportMods.

-Wednesday. July 6th the Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois will play host to the UMP Summernationals "The Hell Tour" for the UMP Late Models. Also racing will be the Summit Nationals Modified Tour and UMP Hornets.

-Thursday, July 7th the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will hold their annual fair race, The IMCA Stock Cars will be battling for $1,000 to win. Plus an additional $1,000 winner take all race from the top 20 in points from Tuesday and Wednesday at the Southern Iowa Speedway. Also racing on the night will be the Lee County Late Models, 305 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, and IMCA Sport Compacts.

-Thursday, July 7th the World of Outlaw Late Models invade the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa for the first time ever. Also racing will be the USRA Iron Man Stock Cars and SportMods.

-Thursday, July 7th the 165th, Illinois' oldest running county fair, Knox County Fair in Knoxville, Illinois will host their annual Stock Car races. In action will be the Modifieds, Steel Block Late Models, Street Stocks and Hornets.

-Friday, July 8th the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa will be holding the "Firecracker 25", featuring the IMCA Stock Cars racing for $750 to win and $100 to start. Also in action will be the Modifieds, SportMods, Mod Lites, IMCA Sport Compacts, and CJ Mini Haulers.

-Friday, July 8th the World of Outlaw Late Models move to the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa. This will be the first ever visit by the Outlaws to this track. Also racing will be the USRA Iron Man Stock Cars and SportMods.

-Sunday, July 10th the UMP Summernationals "The Hell Tour" for UMP Late Models invades the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois. Also racing will be the Summit Nationals Modified Tour and IMCA SportMods.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Stovall Hold On For First MLRA Win at Osky

Oskaloosa, IA (Thursday, June 2, 2016) - Usually the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa races on Wednesday night, but with the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models coming to town the program was moved back to Thursday this week. A nice crowd was on hand to witness Jesse Stovall hold on to claim his first MLRA win of the season.

The first feature to take to the track was the 10 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with Bill Whalen Jr. and Shane Evans drawing the front row for the event. Whalen Jr. would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Evans and Cody VanDusen. Just after lap 1 was scored complete, VanDusen would come to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Whalen Jr. jumped back out front, with Brad Havel, who started 7th, and Lincoln Schrock, who started 6th, both over taking Evans for the second and third spot. Havel would follow in Whalen Jr.'s tire tracks until he was able to slip under Whalen Jr. coming off turn 4 on lap 5 to take over the top spot. Havel wasn't able to pull away from Whalen Jr. though, as Evans moved back into third and made it a three car battle for the lead. Whalen Jr. tried to get under Havel for a couple of laps, but when that wouldn't work he went to the top of the track. Coming out of turn 4 to take the white flag Whalen Jr. was able to use the momentum off the top of the track to grab the lead. Whalen Jr. then held on over the final lap to pick up the win. Evans made a last corner pass on Havel to claim 2nd, Havel settled for 3rd, John Gill started 9th and finished 4th, with Schrock coming home in 5th.
Bill Whalen Jr. used a back-up car to win an exciting IMCA Sport Compact feature on Thursday, June 2nd at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA.

Up next was the 30 lap MLRA Late Models, with Jesse Stovall and Jordan Yaggy leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Stovall took advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Chad Simpson and Yaggy. The torrid pace that Stovall was setting brought him to the back of the field by lap 7, and just went he was getting ready to start lapping cars the first caution of the race appeared on lap 8. Jay Johnson, who was running in the top 10, came to a stop down the middle of the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Stovall shot back out front, with Yaggy over taking Simpson for the runner up spot. Once again the torrid pace that Stovall was setting brought him to the back of the field by lap 15. And once again just as he was getting ready to lap cars, the caution would come out. This time Dave Eckrich, who was running 5th, slowed in turns 1 and 2 to bring out the yellow. Stovall jumped back out front on the restart, with Yaggy and now Rodney Sanders following behind him. The pace the Stovall was setting in the early part of the race started to go away on lap 25, when smoke started to appear from the race car. With two laps to go Stovall was working lapped traffic, and the smoke started to get heavier. Which allowed Yaggy and Sanders to close within his back bumper. But Stovall was able to hold on to pick up his first MLRA Late Model win of the season. Yaggy was 2nd, Sanders was 3rd, Simpson was 4th, with Mars coming from 12th to round out the top 5.
Jesse Stovall held on to claim his first MLRA Late Model feature win of the season at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA on Thursday, June 2nd.
Second place on Thursday, June 2nd at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA in the MLRA Late Model feature was Jordan Yaggy.
Rodney Sanders finished third on Thursday, June 2nd at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA in the MLRA Late Model feature.
Fourth place on Thursday, June 2nd at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA in the MLRA Late Model feature was Chad Simpson.
Jimmy Mars drove from twelfth to a fifth place finish on Thursday, June 2nd at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA in the MLRA Late Model feature.

Taylor Elliott and Brett Lowry were scheduled to lead the 16 lap IMCA SportMod feature to green, but when Elliott elected to go to the rear this would move Trent Brink up to the pole. Lowry jumped out into the lead on lap 1, with Brink and Logan Anderson following. As Lowry started to pull away from the field, the place not to be was behind him. As Brink, who was running 3rd, slowed on lap 5 and pulled off the track. Then on lap 6 Anderson, who was running 2nd, pulled off with motor troubles. The first caution of the race appeared on lap 8 when Colton Livezey spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 7th, got under Lowry going into turn 1, as the two raced side-by-side down the backstretch. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 9 Van Der Wal would edge out Lowry at the line to take over the top spot. Just as the lap was scored complete, Danny Brau spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Van Der Wal moved back out front on the restart, leaving Lowry to defend off Jason McDaniel, who started 10th and was using the top of the track to get to the front. Van Der Wal went on to lead the final 6 laps to claim the win. Lowry was 2nd, Carter VanDenBerg, who started 9th, edged out McDaniel for 3rd, with Matthew VanGelder coming home in 5th.
The IMCA SportMod feature on Thursday, June 2nd at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA was won by Curtis Van Der Wal.

The 16 lap IMCA Stock Car feature was up next, with Cayden Carter and Derrick Agee drawing the front row. Carter would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Agee and Nathan Wood. Agee tried to work under Carter over the first two laps, but had no luck and then had Wood working him over for the runner up spot. With no caution to slow the action Carter would pull away to claim his fifth win in a row at the track. Wood was 2nd, Agee was 3rd, Mike Hughes was 4th, with Todd Reitzler rounding out the top 5.
Cayden Carter remains unbeaten in weekly points races in the IMCA Stock Car division at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA, as he won his fifth feature in a row on Thursday, June 2nd.

Danny Thrasher and Scott Shull drew the front row for the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Thrasher jumping out into the lead on lap 1 over Brad Stephens and Bill Bonnett. Just after lap 1 was cored complete, Christian Huffman would spin in turn 4 to bring out the caution. On the restart Thrasher moved back out front, with Stephens and Dustin Griffiths, who started 5th, close behind. Griffiths tried to work under Thrasher for the top spot on laps 4 and 5, but when that didn't work he jumped to the top of the track. Coming out of turn 4 to complete lap 6, Griffiths was final able to use the momentum off the top side to grab the lead. One lap later, lap 7, Jared Stephens, who was running 6th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Brad Stephens tried to work under Griffiths for the lead, but Griffiths was able to hold him off. Griffiths then pulled away over the 8 laps to pick up his third win in a row at the track. Brad Stephens was 2nd, Bonnett was 3rd, Thrasher was 4th, with Jamie Songer coming home in 5th.
Dustin Griffiths won his third IMCA Hobby Stock feature in a row at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA on Thursday, June 2nd.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap IMCA Modifieds, with Hunter Marriott and Andrew Schroeder leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Marriott would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Colt Mather and Richie Gustin. Mather would slip under Marriott to take the top spot away on lap 2. While Mather set the pace out front, Ricky Thornton Jr., who started 6th, was working his way up to battle Mather for the lead. Coming off turn 2 Thornton Jr. was able to slip under Mather to grab the top spot away on lap 14. Thornton Jr. then pulled away in a caution free race to claim the win. Mather was 2nd, Gustin was 3rd, Jacob Murray started 8th and finished 4th, with Marriott holding on for 5th.
The IMCA Modified feature on Thursday, June 2nd at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA was won by Ricky Thornton Jr.

Notes from Osky: 26 Late Models, 16 Modifieds, 16 SportMods, 15 Hobby Stocks, 15 Sport Compacts, and 10 Stock Cars made up the 98 cars signed in on Thursday night......Cody VanDusen who slowed to a stop in turn 2 on lap 1 of the Sport Compact feature, recovered to come back up to finish 6th....Levi Heath started 11th and finished 7th....Lukas Yoder came from 14th to finish 9th......Tad Pospisil started the MLRA Late Model feature in 11th and finished 8th....Chris Simpson, who won the B Main, started 17th and passed 8 cars to finish in 9th....Jason Utter won the hard charger award, as he passed 9 cars from his 21st place starting spot to finish in 12th....Terry Phillips came from 19th to finish in 14th....Bryon Allison took a provisional and started 23rd. He would pass 7 cars to finish in 16th....Spencer Diercks also took a provisional and started 24th. He would finish in 20th......Cory Van Zante finished 8th in the SportMod feature, after starting in 11th....Scott Brau started 13th and finished 9th....Taylor Elliott, who was scheduled to start on the pole but elected to go to the rear, came up to finish 10th....Steven Berry finished 11th after starting 14th....Danny Brau came from 16th to finish in 12th......Mike Brown lost an engine in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the Stock Car feature....Brock Welch had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night......Nick Ulin started the Hobby Stock feature in 9th and finished 6th....Steve Allen passed 7 cars from his 14th place starting spot to come home in 7th......Scott Dickey started the Modified feature in 16th, and passed 8 cars to come home in 8th....Brandon Banks started 15th and finished 9th....Kyle Brown, who was running 7th, pulled off on lap 10 and was credited with 11th....Todd Shute had troubles in his heat that forced him to scratch from the feature.

Monday, May 16, 2016

"Scottie 42" at Quincy Raceways Goes Back to Fairbury With Wenger

Quincy, IL (Sunday, May 15, 2016) - With mother nature not being to kind on Friday night and cancelling all tracks within a couple of hours drive from me, and more than unfavorable weather on Saturday keeping me home. I decided to make the trip south to the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday. That decision paid off with 26 UMP Late Models signed in to battle for the $2,000 to win Midwest Big Ten Series.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Cars, with Rodolfo Zaragoza and Jake Powers making up the front row. Zaragoza took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Powers and Abe Huls, who started 6th. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 4, Huls would power past Zaragoza on the top of the track to take over the top spot. While Huls set the pace out front, a three and four wide battle for third was going on between Beau Taylor, Brandon Savage, who started 7th, Dean Kratzer, who started 9th, and Chase Klenk, who started 11th. Without a caution there was no catching Huls on this night, as he pulled away to pick up the win. Zaragoza finished 2nd, Savage crossed the line in 3rd despite having a broken left front for must of the second half of the race, Kratzer was 4th, with Klenk rounding out the top 5.
Abe Huls won the IMCA Stock feature on Sunday, May 15th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL.

Up next was the 25 lap UMP Modified feature, with Ray Bollinger and Michael Long leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Long would use the momentum off the top of the track to edge out Bollinger for the lead on lap 1. Just as Long put a little distance on the rest of the field, the first caution appeared on lap 2. Spencer Havermale came to a stop down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Long moved back out front, with Kenny Wallace and David Wietholder both over taking Bollinger for the second and third spot. The main reason for that, is Bolinger jumped the cushion in turn 4 and went over the track to bring out the yellow. Bollinger then had to pit for a right front flat. He was given two curiosity laps to get the tire changed, before the light would go out and go back to racing. Just as the field came off turn 2 to go down the backstretch for the restart, Bollinger charged back onto the track to try and catch up to the field. But when the field came out of turn 4 to take the green, Bollinger spun down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. The following restart saw Long jump back out front, with Wietholder and Wallace racing for the runner up spot.

Wallace's run up front came to an abrupt end on lap 16, when several studs broke off the right rear wheel going into turn 3. Which resulted in Wallace rolling 4 or 5 times, before coming to a stop on it's lid. Just as the safety crew and several drivers went to roll the car back onto it's wheels the car caught fire. The fire crew reacted fast to put out the flames, while Wallace climbed from his mangled car okay. On the restart Long moved back out front, with Bollinger working his way back into second. One lap later, lap 17, Wietholder would jump the cushion in turn 2 and went off the track to bring out the yellow. Long again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Bollinger looking under him for the lead. But Long would pull away over the final 7 laps to remain unbeaten at Quincy. Bollinger settled for 2nd, Wietholder recovered from his caution on lap 17 to come back up to finish in 3rd, Shawn Deering started 9th and finished 4th, with Russ Coultas coming home in 5th.
Michael Long remains unbeaten in the UMP Modified division at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL Which brings the bounty to beat Long next week up to $500.

Dustin Griffin and Denny Woodworth led the field to green in the 42 lap "Scottie 42" Midwest Big Ten Series UMP Late Model feature. Woodworth would edge out Griffin at the line by inches to lead lap 1. But Griffin used the low groove to take the top spot away from Woodworth on lap 2. The side-by-side battle for the lead was slowed on lap 3, when a tire in turn 2 was clipped onto the racing surface to bring out the yellow. On the restart Justin Reed used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to go from third to first. Just after the completion of lap 4, another caution appeared. This time David Wietholder, who was driving Jim Moon's back up car, spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Reed grabbed the lead on the restart, with Griffin and Jason Perry, who started 7th, close behind. Reed then started to pull away from the field, until McKay Wenger closed in on his back bumper by lap 15. Reed, who mostly used the top of the track, and Wenger, who was using the bottom, split lapped traffic, and raced side-by-side over the next 6 laps. Wenger was able to clear Reed for the lead on lap 22.

The action up front was slowed for the third time on the completion of lap 22, as Clint Kirkham and DeWayne Kiefer collided in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Perry, who was running inside the top 6, spun in turn 1 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Wenger move back out front over Reed and Griffin. While all eyes were on Wenger, Mark Burgtorf, the 16 time track champion at Quincy Raceways who started 11th, was working his way towards the front. On lap 28 Burgtorf over took Reed for 2nd, with Reed coming back on lap 29 to grab the spot back. But Burgtorf wouldn't give up, as he finally cleared Reed on lap 30 and then went to work on chasing down Wenger for the lead. Burgtorf was able to close within a few cars lengths of Wenger. But Wenger was able to hold on to pick up his biggest Late Model feature win of his career. Burgtorf was 2nd, Reed was 3rd, Woodworth was 4th, with Griffin rounding out the top 5.
McKay Wenger of Fairbury, IL won his biggest Late Model feature of his career to date on Sunday, May 15th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL during the "Scottie 42".

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Hunter Gainer and Kenneth Bringer making up the front row for the event. But it was third place starter Wesley Mayfield who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Bringer, who started 8th, and Gainer. Brandon Lennox, who started 11th, used the top of the track to take the top spot away from Mayfield on lap 5. Just after the completion of lap 5, Gainer would spin in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Mayfield, who was running second, spun in turn 2 and collected Dakota Anderson and Robert Thompson to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Joey Gower, who started 9th and was running 4th, slow to a stop in turn 4 with a broken right front to bring the caution back out. A third attempt of a restart had Lennox move back out front, with Tony Dunker, who started 10th, and Austin Howes, who graduated high school earlier in the day and started 13th, close behind. Dunker would look high and low to try and get around Lennox for the lead over the next 6 laps, but each time Lennox was able to hold him off.

The action up front was slowed on lap 12, when Anderson spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Once again Lennox jumped out into the lead on the restart, with Dunker and Howes close behind. Again Dunker tried everything to get the lead away from Lennox, only to have the red light come on at lap 14. Jim Lynch, who started 12th and was running 6th, had a fire that required the fire crew to put out. Disaster would strike four of the top running cars on the restart, as Dunker got into the back of Lennox. Which sent Lennox spinning in turn 4 and collected Austen Becerra, who started 14th and was running 4th, and Mayfield. Howes inherited the lead on the following restart, with Nathan Bringer and Justin Ebbing, who started 7th, close behind. Howes looked to be heading to his first win of the season, until lap 16 when he dropped a drive shaft in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Bringer grabbed the lead and then held off Ebbing at the line to pick up his first career win. Ebbing was 2nd, Levi Long was 3rd, Dunker recovered from his involvement on lap 14 to come back up to finish 4th, with Mayfield also recovering from the wreck on lap 14 to come back up to finish 5th.
Nathan Bringer won his first career IMCA SportMod feature on Sunday, May 15th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL.

The final feature to take to the track was the 15 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with Brandon Herron and Jeffery DeLonjay leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was eighth place starter Brandon Lambert who quickly moved to the front to lead lap 1 over DeLonjay and Seith Woodruff. Lambert then held the top spot until lap 6, when Brandon Reu slipped under him coming of turn 4 to take over the top spot. Despite a late race challenge from Lambert, Reu was able to hold on to claim his first win of the season. Lambert settled for 2nd, Casey Lambert came from 10th to finish in 3rd, DeLonjay was 4th, with Kimberly Abbott coming back up to finish 5th after she fell to the rear on the start.
Brandon Reu got the bad luck of his back so far during the 2016 racing season by winning the IMCA Sport Compact feature at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, May 16th.

Notes from Quincy: Jake Wenig had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the IMCA Stock Car feature......Frankie Wellman had troubles in Modified time trials that forced him to scratch from the rest of the night......Gordy Gundaker started the Late Model feature in 17th and passed 11 cars to come home in 6th....Jim Moon started 13th and finished 7th....Greg Kimmons passed 13 cars from his 21st place starting spot to finish in 8th....Bo Brockway came from 18th to finish in 10th....Reid Millard started 19th and finished 11th....Derek Fetter and Cliff Powell had troubles in time trials that forced them to scratch for the night......Brandyn Ryan started the SportMod feature in 15th and passed 8 cars to finish 7th....Kody Dark came from 18th to finish in 9th....Tanner Klingele had troubles in hot laps with his primary car and was going to be forced to watch from the trailer. But Jon Lear would loan him his car for the night, and after being involved in a wreck in the heat race. He only made a few laps in the feature to be credited with 18th......Cory Baze started the Sport Compact feature in 11th and finished 8th....Alyssa Steele had troubles in her heat race that forced her to scratch from the feature.

Sheppard Makes First Visit to Lee County Payoff With MLRA Late Model Win

Donnellson, IA (Thursday, May 5, 2016) - I know there are fans out there that say I like to watch the Modifieds, or I like to watch the Sprint Cars, or I like this class. Well if you are a Late Model fan, then the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa was the place to be this past Thursday night. As the MLRA Late Models made their first stop of the season at the track and brought 37 drivers with them, while the Lee County Late Model class pulled in 21 to bring the total number of Late Models on the grounds to 59.

After 18 qualifying events, including 2 MLRA Late Model B-Mains, it was time to go feature racing. The first feature to take to the track was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Cars, with Jake Wenig and Jeremy Pundt drawing the front row for the event. Pundt would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Jason See and Wenig. The first caution of the race appeared on lap 2, when Greg Gill spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Wenig went to the bottom, with Pundt in the middle, and John Oliver Jr., who started 6th, up top, as the trio raced off turn 4 three wide. Wenig would edge the lead out at the line, only to have Oliver Jr. slip past him on the next lap to take the top spot away. After the completion of lap 4, another caution appeared to slow the action up front. Kevin Koontz would spin in turn 3 to bring the yellow light on. Oliver Jr. moved back out front on the restart, but now had Jeff Mueller, who started 8th, glued to his back bumper. Coming off turn 2 to complete lap 7, Mueller was able to squeeze under Oliver Jr. to take the lead. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 10, when Brent Hartley spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Mueller jumped back out front on the restart and then pulled away to win his third win in a row at the track. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Nathan Wood was 3rd, Gill recovered from his spin on lap 2 to come back up to finish 4th, with See holding on for 5th.
Jeff Mueller won his third IMCA Stock Car feature in a row at the Lee County Speedway on Thursday, May 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap IMCA Modified feature, with Brandon Rothzen and Kyle Brown leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag was dropped the caution light came on, as Larry McConnell spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart third place starter Jerad Fuller grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Brown and Rothzen. But Brown would use the momentum off turn 4 coming to complete lap 3 to take the top spot away from Fuller. The action was slowed on lap 4, when Kelly Buckallew spun in turn 4 to bring out the caution. Brown jumped back out front on the restart, with Fuller and David Brown close behind. Two laps later, lap 6, Bill Roberts Jr. spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out. Once again Kyle Brown moved out front on the restart, with Rothzen moving into second. While Brown set the pace out front, Tyler Groenendyk, who started 10th, and Cayden Carter, who started 11th, were working their way towards the front. Groenendyk used the bottom of the track to grab the top spot away from Brown on lap 10. The action up front was slowed on lap 11, when a tire in turn 2 was pushed onto the track. On the restart Groenendyk jumped back out front, with Carter and Richie Gustin, who started 6th, close behind. Carter would use the momentum off the top of the track to take the top spot away from Groenendyk on lap 14, and then looked to be heading to a win. But the final caution of the race appeared on lap 18, as Jardin Fuller spun in turn 2, to bring the field back to Carter's back bumper. On the restart Carter moved out front and then held on for the final 2 laps to claim the win. Groenendyk was 2nd, Gustin was 3rd, Kyle Brown was 4th, with Bruce Hanford rounding out the top 5.
Cayden Carter charged from 11th to win the IMCA Modified feature on Thursday, May 5th at the Lee County Speedway.

Brian Birkhofer and Dave Eckrich led the field to the green flag in the 40 lap MLRA Late Model feature, with Birkhofer grabbing the lead on lap 1 over JC Wyman and Eckrich. Just as Birkhofer started to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 5. Reid Millard would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Birkhofer moved back out front, with Eckrich and Earl Pearson Jr. close behind. While Birkhofer paced the field out front, Brandon Sheppard was using the top of the track to work himself into second on lap 11. Sheppard then went to work on chasing down Birkhofer for the top spot. The two would have to maneuver through lapped traffic, which allowed Sheppard to quickly close on Birkhofer. Sheppard would over take Birkhofer for the lead on lap 21, as Pearson Jr. closed in to battle for the runner up spot. On lap 26, Pearson Jr. was able to clear Birkhofer for second. But Sheppard was to far out front to catch without a caution, as he picked up his first win at the track in his first ever visit. Pearson Jr. settled for 2nd, Chris Simpson charged from 14th to finish in 3rd, Tony Jackson Jr. came from 10th to finish 4th, with Jesse Stovall finishing fifth after starting in 9th.
The MLRA Late Model feature at the Lee County Speedway on Thursday, May 5th was won by Brandon Sheppard.

Up next was the 16 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Brett Lowry and Brandon Dale up front. Lowry would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dale and Tony Dunker. Lowry then held the top spot until coming off turn 4 to complete lap 4, when Dunker used the top of the track to grab the lead. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 8, when Logan Anderson spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dunker moved back out front, with Joey Gower and Lowry battling for second. While Dunker paced the field out front, Jim Gillenwater was working his way towards the front from his 8th place starting spot. Just as Dunker took the white flag, the caution would come out to set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Justin Ebbing stopped in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Dunker again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Lowry trying to hold off Gillenwater for second. Once again as Dunker took the white flag the caution would come, this time John Oliver Jr. and Anderson collided in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Dunker again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Gillenwater over taking Lowry for second. Dunker then held off a last lap challenge from Gillenwater to pick up the win. Gillenwater settled for 2nd, Lowry was 3rd, Gower was 4th, with Austen Becerra charging from 15th to round out the top 5.
Tony Dunker won the IMCA SportMod feature at the Lee County Speedway on Thursday, May 5th.

Todd Frank and Tommy Elston drew the front row for the 25 lap LCS Late Models, with Elston moving out front on lap 1 over Frank and Andy Nezworski. While Elston was out front, Sam Halstead, who started 7th, was working his way towards the front. On lap 11 Halstead would over take Elston for the top spot, and then started to pull away until the first and only caution came out on lap 13. Gunner Frank spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Halstead jumped back out front, with Elston working to hold off Colby Springsteen for the runner up spot. Halstead then pulled away to cruise to his second win in a row at the track. Springsteen won the battle for 2nd, Elston was 3rd, Chad Jensen who made the pull from Norfolk, Nebraska finished 4th after starting in 8th., with Jeff Guengerich coming from 11th to finish 5th.
The LCS Late Model feature On Thursday, May 5th at the Lee County Speedway was won by Sam Halstead for the second week in a row.

The final feature to take to the track was the 12 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with Darin Smith and Jeffery DeLonjay up front. DeLonjay would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Lambert and Smith. But DeLonjay's lead only lasted 1 lap, as Lambert slipped by for the lead. Lambert then lost the lead to Smith on lap 3, with Smith giving up the lead on lap 4 to Ron Kibbe. The action up front came to an abrupt stop on lap 9, as Brandon Rue and Lambert rolled in turn 2 to bring out the red. Both climbed from their cars okay. On the restart Kibbe moved back out front, with Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th, and DeLonjay close behind. Kibbe would hold on over the final 3 laps to pick up the win. Abbott was 2nd, Josh Barnes came from 9th to finish in 3rd, Darin Weisinger Jr. was 4th, with Levi Heath coming from 11th to finish in 5th.
Ron Kibbe broke Josh Barne's two race win streak in the IMCA Sport Compacts at the Lee County Speedway on Thursday, May 5th.

Notes from LCS: 37 MLRA Late Models, 23 Modifieds, 21 LCS Late Models, 18 SportMods, 16 Stock Cars, and 14 Sport Compacts made up the 129 cars signed in on the night......Dean Kratzer started the Stock Car feature in 14th and then passed 7 cars to finish in 7th....Brent Hartley, who started 16th, recovered from his spin on lap 10 to come back up to finish in 12th......Steve Stewart started the Modified feature in 17th and passed 8 cars to come home in 9th....Jim Redmann started 18th and finished 12th....Levi Smith came from 20th to finish in 15th....Larry McConnell recovered from his spin on the start to come back up to finish in 18th....Rick Durey had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Chad Simpson finished 7th in the MLRA Late Model feature, after starting in 11th....Jason Papich took a provisional and started 23rd. He passed 15 cars to come home in 8th....Terry Phillips passed 8 cars from his 19th place starting spot to finish in 11th....Gordy Gundaker came from 22nd to finish in 15th....Brantlee Gotschall also took a provisional and started 24th. He passed 8 cars to come home in 16th....Reid Millard, who started 26th, recovered from his spin on lap 5 to come back up to finish in 18th....Brian Birkhofer broke a oil pump with 3 laps go, while running 3rd, to end his night in 20th....Dustin Griffin, Denny Eckrich, Justin Reed, Jacob Magee, Bryon Allison, Jeremy Payne, Jay Johnson, Chris Spieker, Jay Chenowith, Mark Burgtorf, and Dick Weber were the cars who din't qualify for the A Main......Carter VanDenBerg started the SportMod feature in 11th and finished 6th....Austin Howes came from 12th to finish 7th....Matt Petrzelka started 13th and finished 9th....Jim Lynch (Kahoka, MO) came from 14th to finish in 10th....Brandyn Ryan finished 12th after starting in 18th....Jon Lear came from 17th to finish in 13th....Brandon Dale was running 3rd when he pulled off on lap 7 with troubles......Jim Lynch (Bloomfield, IA) started the LCS Late Model feature in 10th and finished 6th....Tyler Cale passed 12 cars from his 19th place starting spot to come home in 7th....Terry Gallaher started 15th and finished 8th....Kevin Kile was the highest finishing IMCA Late Model in 10th....Louis Lynch started 16th and finished 11th....Gunner Frank recovered from his spin on lap 13 to come back up to finish in 14th......Billy Cain started 12th in the IMCA Sport Compact feature, and then passed 5 cars to come home in 7th....Eric Misner started started 13th and finished 9th....Wayne Chamblee had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

McCarl Cruises to Sprint Invaders Win at Osky

Oskaloosa, IA (Wednesday, May 4, 2016) - After two straight weeks of rain outs, the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa was able to get a Wednesday night of racing in. The Sprint Invaders would join the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and IMCA Sport Compacts on the card for the night.

The first feature to take to the track was the 10 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with James Roose and Levi Heath leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was sixth place starter Jake Benischek who used the top of the track to grab the lead on lap 1 over Heath and John Gill. While Benischek set the pace out front, Cody Van Dusen, who started 9th, was working his way towards the front. Coming to take the white flag Van Dusen was able to get under Benischek going into turn 1, as the two raced the final lap side-by-side. Coming out of turn four for the checkered flag, Van Dusen was able to edge out front at the line to pick up the win. But after post race tech Van Dusen was disqualified for an illegal throttle body, which handed the win over to Benischek. Heath was moved to 2nd, Shane Evans, who started 7th, was moved up to 3rd, Brad Havel, who came from 8th, was move up to 4th, with Lukas Yoder credited with 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Bobby Greene and Brad Stephens making up the front row. Stephens would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Greene and Dustin Griffiths, who started 6th. Griffiths would try to get under Stephens for the top spot on lap 3 and again on lap 7, with Stephens holding him off both times. Then over the next 4 laps Griffiths looked to the outside of Stephens coming off the corners for the lead. And again Stephens was able to hold him off. The first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 11 to slow the action up front. Jamie Songer would spin in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Griffiths was able to get up beside Stephens for the lead, as they raced side-by-side for one lap. Griffiths would clear Stephens to take over the top spot on lap 13 and then held on to claim the win. Stephens was 2nd, Danny Thrasher started 7th and finished 3rd, Nick Ulin came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Craig Brown finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Nathan Wood and Jason See led the field to the green flag in the 18 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Wood grabbing the lead on lap 1 over See and Derrick Agee. Agee, who was working the bottom, was able to get under Wood on lap 2, as the two raced side-by-side for 2 laps. On lap 4 Agee was able to clear Wood to take over the top spot. But Wood didn't give up, as he was able to get under Agee on lap 8 to get the lead back. Two laps later, lap 10, Agee got under Wood to take the top spot back. Only to loose it back to Wood on lap 11, as Cayden Carter, who started 8th, moved in to make it a three car battle for the lead. On lap 12, Agee got under Wood going into turn 1 and then held him off to grab the lead back on lap 13. Going into turn 1 on lap 15, Wood went high to try and get around Agee, with Carter getting under Agee to make it three wide battle for the top spot coming off turn 2. Carter would grab the lead on lap 16 and then held on over the final two laps to pick up his second win in a row at the track. Wood over took Agee off turn four on the final lap to finish 2nd, Agee was 3rd, Mike Hughes was 4th, with See rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 16 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Matthew VanGelder and Trent Brink making up the front row. But when Brink elected to tag the tail of the field for the start, this would move Austin Paul to the outside of the front row. In which Paul took advantage of to take the lead on lap 1 over VanGelder and Jason McDaniel. While Paul set the pace out front, Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 10th, was working his way towards the front. Van Der Wal moved into the runner up spot on lap 5, and then went to work on Paul for the lead. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 9, Van Der Wal slipped under Paul to take the top spot. Van Der Wal then pulled away over the final 7 laps of a caution free race to pick up his second win in a row at the track.

The 25 lap Sprint Invaders feature was next to take to the track, with John Schulz and Jamie Ball set to take the green flag from the front row. But when Schulz, who came to a stop in turn 1 before the start, elected to go to the tail with motor troubles this would move Terry McCarl to the pole. That is all McCarl needed, as he shot out into the lead on lap 1 over Ball and Wayne Johnson, who started 6th. The only thing to slow McCarl down was a red on lap 12, when Ricky Montgomery got into the turn 1 guardrail and rolled hard. He climbed from his machine okay. On the restart McCarl moved back out front, with Ball and Johnson behind. A caution on lap 17 brought the field back to McCarl's back bumper for the final time. This time Chris Martin, who was running 4th, blew a left rear tire going into turn 3 to bring out the yellow. McCarl again grabbed the lead on the restart, and then pulled away to pick up the win. Johnson was able to slip past Ball on the final lap to claim 2nd, Ball was 3rd, Jarrod Schneiderman was 4th, with two time defending series champion Jon Agan coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

Cayden Carter and Kelly Shyrock led the field to the green in the 20 lap IMCA Modified feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on. Dennis LaVeine cut a left front tire went he got into Tyler Groenendyk going into turn 1 and collected Ricky Thorton Jr. to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter moved out front to lead lap 1 over Shyrock and Andrew Schroeder. Just after the completion of lap 1, another caution appeared. Tom Berry from Medford, Oregon went head on into the guardrail just past the flag stand to bring out the yellow. Carter moved back out front on the restart, with Shyrock and Colt Mather, who started 7th, close behind. Shyrock tried to work under Carter over the next 4 laps, only to have Carter hold him off. That was until lap 6, when Shyrock slipped under Carter coming off turn 4 to grab the lead. But Carter would slip back by Shyrock one lap later to take the top spot back. While all eyes were on Carter and Shyrock for the lead, Richie Gustin Jr., who was driving Shawn Ritter's brand new Harris Modified and started 9th, and Thorton Jr., who went to the rear after the caution on the start, were working their way towards the front. When Jason Hall spun in turn 4 on lap 11 to bring out the caution, this would help Gustin Jr. and Thorton Jr. to catch up to the lead duo. On the restart Gustin Jr. used the bottom of the track to slip past Shyrock and Carter for the lead. From then on Gustin Jr. pulled away to claim the win. Carter settled for 2nd, Shyrock was 3rd, Mather was 4th, with Thornton Jr. come back to finish 5th.

Notes from Osky: 21 Sprint Cars, 20 Hobby Stocks, 17 Modifieds, 14 SportMods, 13 Sport Compacts, and 12 Stock Cars made up the 97 cars signed in on the night....Lincoln Schrock had troubles in his Sport Compact heat that forced him to scratch from the feature......John Watson started the Hobby Stock feature in 12th and passed 5 cars to finish 7th....Scott Shull recovered from a roll over in hot laps to finish 11th in the feature....Jamie Songer recovered from his lap 11 spin to come back up to finish 14th....Doug McCollough dropped a driveshaft on the start of his heat race, and was forced to scratch from the feature......Brothers Danny Brau and Scott Brau had troubles in hot laps that forced both of them to scratch from the night in their SportMods......Nate Van Haaften started the Sprint feature in 12th and passed 6 cars to finish 6th....Josh Schneiderman fought motor troubles in hot laps and his heat race that forced him to start 21st in the feature. He then passed 13 cars to come home in 8th to claim the hard charger award....Ryan Jamsion started 13th and finished 9th....Harold Pohren came from 17th to finish 11th....John Greenwood started 20th and finished 14th......Zack VanderBeek started the Modified feature in 12th and passed 5 cars to come home in 7th....Brandon Banks came from 14th to finish 9th....Jason Hall recovered from his spin on lap 11 to come back up to finish 11th.

If your looking for some racing action tonight, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa is playing host to the MLRA Late Models. With many of the this area's open Late Models looking to claim the $3,000 top prize. Also in action on the night is the Lee County Late Models going for a top prize of $1,000. The IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, and IMCA Sport Compacts are also on the card. The action is set to get started with hot laps at 6:45 PM, and racing at 7:15 PM. Hope to see you there!