Monday, September 26, 2016

Quincy Raceways Crowns Track Champions

Quincy, IL (Sunday, September 25, 2016) - Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois would crown their 2016 track champions on Sunday during season championship night, which was scheduled to be the final race of the season. But Ken Dobson announced one final event was added on Sunday, October 9th, more on that coming up.

The first feature to take to the track was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Cars, with Rodolfo Zaragoza and Jerry Jansen leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Zaragoza took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jansen and Dean Kratzer. While Zaragoza started to pull away, the battle for the runner up spot was two and three wide between Kratzer, Michael Larsen, Abe Huls, and Brian Hoener, who started 7th. One thing that Zaragoza didn't want to see was a caution, as he had built up a full straight-away lead over the battle behind him. But Jake Powers would spin in turn 2 on lap 10 to bring out the yellow, and brought the field back to Zaragoza's back bumper. On the restart Zaragoza moved back out front, with Huls and Larsen close behind. Huls tried to get under Zaragoza going into turn 1 on lap 11, but clipped a tire and spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Once again Zaragoza jumped back out front on the restart, with Hoener and Larsen battling for the runner up spot. With Hoener and Larsen racing side-by-side for second, Zaragoza was able to pull away to pick up his first feature win. Larsen won the battle for 2nd, Hoener was 3rd, Kratzer was 4th, with Huls rounding out the top 5. Huls earned enough points last week to lock up his fourth IMCA Stock Car title at Quincy Raceways.
Rodolfo Zaragoa of Jacksonville, IL won his first ever IMCA Stock Car feature at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, September 25th.
Carthage, Illinois' Abe Huls secured his fourth IMCA Stock Car track title at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, September 25th.

Up next was the 25 lap UMP Late Model feature, with McKay Wenger and Eric Spangler, who made the pull down from Lake City, Michigan, on the front row. Wenger used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Denny Woodworth and Spangler. The fast pace that Wenger was setting, brought him to the back of the field by lap 7. But disaster almost struck Wenger on lap 8 when he tried to work under Trent Grotz going into turn 1, and then made contact with Grotz. Who spun in turn 2 to bring out the first caution of the race. On the restart Wenger jumped back out front, with Mark Burgtorf going to the top of the track to over take Woodworth for the runner up spot. Burgtorf then worked the top of the track to slowly reel in Wenger, who was on the bottom, for the top spot. Coming to complete lap 23 Burgtorf was able to pull up beside for Wenger for the lead. But a caution appeared to set up a two lap shootout for the win. Once again Grotz would spin down the front stretch off the front bumper of Alan Westling, who was trying to lap him, to bring out the yellow. On the restart Burgtorf used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to grab the lead away from Wenger on lap 24. Going into turn 1 Wenger went in low and then slid up in front of Burgtorf coming off turn 2. Who had to get on the brakes to avoid plowing into Wenger. Wenger then held on to claim the win. While in victory lane Wenger would propose to his girlfriend, who said yes. Burgtorf settled for 2nd, Alan Westling started 7th and finished 3rd, Spangler was 4th, with Clint Kirkham, who drove VanZandt's #21v Crate Late Model, coming home in 5th. Woodworth crossed the line in 6th to claim his third Late Model title at Quincy Raceways.
The UMP Late Model feature on Sunday, September 25th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL was won by McKay Wenger of Fairbury, IL.
Denny Woodworth of Mendon, IL won his third UMP Late Model track title at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, September 25th.

Brandon Herron and Darin Weisinger Jr. made up the front row for the 15 lap IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Weisinger Jr. jumping out front on lap 1 over Brandon Lambert and Kimberly Abbott.  Weisinger Jr. then held the top spot until lap 5, when Lambert was able to work under him coming off turn 4 to take the lead. Lambert then held off Abbott over the final laps to pick up his fourth win of the season at the track. Abbott was 2nd, Weisinger Jr. was 3rd, Darin Weisinger was 4th, with Herron finishing 5th. With only 5 cars on hand all Abbott had to do was take the green flag to secure her second straight IMCA Sport Compact title at the track.
The IMCA Sport Compact feature on Sunday, September 25th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL went to Brandon Lambert of Carthage, IL. It's was his fourth win of the season at the track.
Camp Point, Illinois' Kimberly Abbott secured her second consecutive IMCA Sport Compact track title at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, September 25th.

Up next was the 20 lap UMP Modified feature, with Dave Wietholder and Frankie Wellman on the front row. Wietholder would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Gary Bentley and Frankie Wellman. Wellman, who over took Bentley for the runner up spot before the midway point, couldn't catch Wietholder over the finals laps. As Wietholder had built up over a 3 second lead in a race that went non stop, to claim his second win of the season at the track. Wellman was 2nd, Shawn Deering came from sixth to finish 3rd, Bentley was 4th, with Joey Gower finishing 5th after starting in 11th. Going into Sunday nights action Wietholder held a 2 point lead over Michael Long in the season long battle for the title. When Long didn't show up, Wietholder would go on to claim his first ever Modified track title since joining the class back in 2003.
Liberty, Illinois' Dave Wietholder not only won his second UMP Modified feature of the season at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, September 25th. But he also won his first ever Modified track title to go with it.

Probably the closest points battle that was going to be settled at the finish of the feature, was the IMCA SportMods. Nathan Bringer held a 5 point lead over Brandon Lennox, and was 9 points ahead of defending track champion Joey Gower. Justin Bartz and Todd Reed led the field to green in the 18 lap feature, with Bartz jumping out front to lead lap 1 over Justin Ebbing and Reed. Just after the completion of lap 1 the caution light would appear, as Spencer Coats spun in 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Bartz edged out Ebbing to keep the lead. But Ebbing was able to get under Bartz coming off turn 4 to complete lap 3 to take the top spot away. Ebbing then started to pull away, as Austen Becerra, Reed, Lennox, and Tony Dunker, who started 9th, battled two and three wide for the runner up spot. The field was brought back to Ebbing's back bumper on lap 12, when Justin Todd spun in turn 4 to bring out the second caution of the race.

Ebbing jumped back out front on the restart, with Becerra and Dunker racing side-by-side for the second spot. The action up front was slowed for the third and final time on lap 16, as Craig Bangert spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. This would set up a two lap shoot out for the win and the track title. Once again Ebbing moved out front on the restart, with Dunker using the top of the track to clear Becerra for the second spot. Coming to the white flag Dunker was able to pull up beside Ebbing in the battle for the lead. Going into turn 3 Ebbing went low, while Dunker used the middle of the track. Coming off turn 4 Dunker was able to edge out the win by half a car length to pick up his second win in a row at the track. Ebbing settled for 2nd, Reed was 3rd, Becerra was 4th, and Lennox came home in 5th. Bringer, who finished 9th, won his first ever track title by a mere 1 point over Lennox.
Tony Dunker of Quincy, IL won his second consecutive IMCA SportMod feature on Sunday, September 25th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL.
Farmington, Missouri's Nathan Bringer won his first ever IMCA SportMod track title at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Sunday, September 25th.

Notes from Quincy: Dugan Thye put UMP Hoosier tires on his IMCA crate Modified and raced in the UMP Modified class. He started 8th in the feature and finished 6th....Wesley Mayfield converted his IMCA SportMod car over to a UMP Modified for the night and finished 7th in the feature......Joey Gower started the SportMod feature in 11th and passed 5 cars to come home in 6th....Jacob Copley, who is second in IMCA Illinois State National Points, made the pull down from East Moline for the second week in a row. He started the feature in 16th and passed 6 cars to finish in 10th....Andrew Burk, who is leading the IMCA Illinois State National Points, also made the pull down from Donahue, Iowa to try and hold onto the lead in points. He would finish 11th in the feature.

Just before what was scheduled to be the final night of racing for 2016 at the Quincy Raceways, Ken Dobson announced a two day race between Jacksonville Speedway and Quincy. On Saturday, October 8th the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL will hold the Danny Bangert Memorial. In action on the night will be the Big Ten Late Model Series, going for $1,200 to win. Also in action will be the Modifieds racing for $750 to win, the SportMods/B-Mods going for $500 to win, as well as the Street Stocks/Stock Cars racing for $500. A $100 bonus will be paid out to the highest finishing IMCA legal Stock Car, with Hoosier A40/A40S tires legal on all SportMods/B-Mods and Street Stock/Stock Cars. Plus the 4 Cylinders will be racing for $200 to win.

The following night, Sunday, September 9th, the action moves over to the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL. Where the 305 Sprint Cars will be racing for $500 to win. Also racing will be the Modifieds for $750 to win, SportMods/B-Mods going for $500 to win. Any SportMod/B-Mod using Hoosier A40/A40S tires and/or having a 4 bar must add 50 lbs. The Stock Cars/Street Stock will be going for a top prize of $500, with the 4 Cylinders racing for $200 to win.

A two night bonus money has also been put up, as the best combined finish both nights in the Modifieds gets a $250 bonus. The best combined finish both nights in the 3 link SportMod/B-Mod will earn a $250 bonus. Another $250 bonus will be awarded to the best combined finish on both nights to the Stock Cars, with a $100 bonus awarded to the best combined finish for the 4 Cylinders. There will be no entry fee on either night. For more information about these two events, please check out the tracks websites at www.jacksonvillespeedway.com and www.quincyraceways.com.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hanford Wins A Close Barn Burner; While Hughes Doubles Up at Eldon

Eldon, IA (Friday, September 23, 2016) - According to the calendar Thursday started the first day of fall. But it sure didn't feel like it Friday night at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, Iowa, as temperatures stayed in the mid 70's all evening long for the final race of the season at the "Super Fast Half Mile".

The first feature to take to the track was the 16 lap Stock Cars, with Mike Hughes and Dan Gordon drawing the front row. Just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as John Hemsted spun in turn two and collected Travis Bunnell, Phil McClure, Riley Newton, and Kevin Koontz to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hughes jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Greg Gill, who started 5th, and Donavon Nunnikhoven. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 2, when Brad Egbert spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Hughes again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Gill and Gordon close behind. Just as Hughes started to pull away from the battle behind him, the third caution of the race appeared on lap 7. This time Darin DeZwarte would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow.

Once again Hughes moved back out front on the restart, as Nunnikhoven and Gordon over took Gill for the second and third spots. Hughes then started to pull away from the field, leaving Nunnikhoven, Gordon, Gill and Bunnell, who recovered from the crash on the start, to battle two and three wide for the runner up spot. But disaster would strike Nunnikhoven and Bunnell on lap 14, when Nunnikhoven spun in turn 2 and collected Bunnell to bring out the caution. On the restart Hughes moved back out front, but Gill would look under him going into turn 1 for the lead. Only to have Hughes use the momentum off the topside of turn 2 to keep the top spot. Hughes then held on over the final lap to pick up the win. Gill was 2nd, Gordon was 3rd, Tyler Pickett, who made the pull down from Boxholm, started 8th and finished 4th, with Egbert, who started 11th, recovering from his spin on lap 2 to come back up to finish 5th.
The Stock Car feature at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA went to Mike Hughes of Oskaloosa, IA on Friday, September 23rd.

Up next was the 12 lap Sport Compacts feature, with Larry Hopkins and Kyle Boyd leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was third place starter Barry Taft who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Hopkins and Trent Orwig. The lead that Taft had built up was erased on lap 6, when debris in turn 4 brought out the first yellow of the race. On the restart Taft jumped back out front, with Darin Smith, who started 8th, over taking Orwig for the runner up spot. Smith would try to stay in Taft's tire tracks, when the second and final caution of the race slowed the action on lap 10. Kirk Hopkins would spin in turn 2 from contact from Boyd, to bring out the yellow. Taft again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Smith and Orwig close behind. Taft then held on over the final lap to claim the win. Smith was 2nd, Orwig was 3rd, Brandon Housley, who drove Matt Moore's #2M, passed 7 cars from his 11th place starting spot to finish 4th, with Chuck Fullenkamp rounding out the top 5.
Argyle, Iowa's Barry Taft picked up the win in the Sport Compact feature on Friday, September 23rd at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA.

Casey Lancaster and Andrew Burk drew the front row for the 15 lap SportMod feature. But disaster would strike them on the drop of the green flag, when Lancaster spun in turn 2 and tagged Brandon Dale. Dale then nosed it into the wall and was t-boned by Burk to bring out the caution. Both Lancaster and Burk were able to restart, as Dale was towed to the pits. But with Lancaster and Burk having to go to the rear, this would move Scott Brau and Carter VanDenBerg to the front row for the restart. VanDenBerg would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 8th, and Colton Livezey, who started 6th. Van Der Wal, who used the bottom of the track, slipped under VanDenBerg, who was up top, coming off turn 2 to take the top spot away on lap 2. Without another caution to slow the action the only thing to slow down Van Der Wal was lapped traffic, as he entered into that on lap 8. Despite having a broke left front upper a arm there was no catching Van Der Wal, who cruised to an easy win. VanDenBerg settled for 2nd, Livezey was 3rd, Jason McDaniel started 9th and finished 4th, with Brayton Carter coming from 10th to come home in 5th.
The SportMod feature on Friday, September 23rd at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA went to Oskaloosa Iowa's Curtis Van Der Wal.

Up next was the 14 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Christian Huffman and Aaron Martin drawing the front row for the event. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Huffman spun in turn 2 and collected Kelsie Spilman to bring out the yellow. For the restart Danny Thrasher would move to the pole, and he would take advantage of that by grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Martin and Scott Shull, who started 11th. The second and final caution of the race appeared after the completion of lap 1, as PJ Veenstra spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Under caution Shull was docked 4 spots for jumping the start, which moved him back to 7th for the restart. On the restart Mike Hughes, who started 6th, used the momentum off the top of turn 2 to take the top spot away from Thrasher and Nick Ulin. While Hughes started to pull away, the battle for second heated up between Thrasher, Ulin, and Martin. Without a late race caution there was no catching Hughes, who went on to claim his second win of the night. Ulin won the battle for 2nd, Martin was 3rd, Thrasher was 4th, with Shull rounding out the top 5.
Mike Hughes picked up his second win of the night by winning the Hobby Stock feature on Friday, September 23rd at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA.

The final feature to take to the track was the 16 lap Modifieds, with Bruce Hanford and Dugan Thye leading the field to the green. Hanford took advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Colt Mather and Kyle Brown. Just as Hanford started to put some distance between himself and the second place battle, the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 5. Brandon Banks got into the wall in turn 4 and slowed with rear end suspension damage to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hanford moved back out front, with Mather and Nick Roberts, who started 10th, close behind. Roberts, who was working the bottom of the track, slipped under Mather going into turn 1 on lap 6 to grab the runner up spot away and then went to work on Hanford for the top spot.

Hanford was using the top of the track, while Roberts stayed glued to the bottom. Roberts was able to get up beside Hanford going into the corners over laps 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Only to have Hanford use the momentum off the top to keep the lead each lap. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 12 Roberts was able to edge Hanford out at the line by half a car length to grab the lead. But Hanford again used the momentum off the top coming out of turn 4 to complete lap 13 to take the top spot back. Roberts then decided to jump to the top of the track to follow Hanford over the next couple laps, as the two approached the lapped car of Terry Doud coming to the white flag. Going into turn 3 Hanford chose to go to the bottom to try and clear the lapped car, while Roberts went to the top. But coming off turn 4 Hanford slid to the top and forced Roberts to do a cross under, as the two came off turn 4 side-by-side. They would drag race down the front stretch to the checkered flag, with both crossing the line even. The crowd all awaited the official word from the scoring tower to see who was declared the winner. After the two scorers, and a third party person, converged and with all three having the same thing it was announced that Hanford had pick up the win by inches. Roberts finished a close 2nd, Mather was 3rd, Kyle Brown was 4th, with Thye coming home in 5th.
Bruce Hanford of Davenport, IA narrowly scored the win in the Modified feature at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA on Friday, September 23rd.
Nick Roberts (23JR) from Des Moines, IA battled with Hanford (61) over the last half of the Modified feature to miss picking up the win by a bumper at the finish on Friday, September 23rd at the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA.

Notes from Eldon: 23 SportMods, 18 Modifieds, 16 Sport Compacts, 14 Hobby Stocks, and 13 Stock Cars made up the 84 cars signed in on the night......Riley Newton, who started 10th in the Stock Car feature, recovered from the crash on the start to come back up to finish 6th....Darin DeZwarte finished 7th after spinning on lap 7 to bring out a caution....Kevin Koontz started 13th and finished 8th......Bill Whalen Jr. passed 7 cars from his 15th place starting spot in the Sport Compact feature to finish 8th....Kirk Hopkins recovered from his spin on lap 10 to come back up to finish 9th....Nicholas Van Hemert started 16th and finished 12th......Jake McBirnie made the pull down from Boone and started the SportMod feature in 11th. He would pass 5 cars to finish in 6th....Erik Laudenschlager was the longest from home, as he traveled from Minot, North Dakota. He would finish 7th after starting in 13th....Austen Becerra started 12th and finished 8th....Tony Johnson came from 17th to finish in 9th....Charlie Weber, who went to the pits to change a tire during the crash on the start, came back from the rear to finish 10th....Casey Lancaster also recovered from the crash on the start to come back up to finish 12th....Dakota Simmons finished 13th after starting in 20th....Andrew Burk also recovered from the crash on the start to come home in 15th....Aaron Bridgeman started 22nd and finished 17th....Jim Alexander had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Jared Stephens came from 13th in the Hobby Stock feature to come home in 8th....Sierra Wilsey had troubles in the heat race that forced her to scratch from the feature......Scott Dickey started the Modified feature in 11th and finished 7th....Jason Hall passed 8 cars from his 18th place starting spot to come home in 10th....Kelly Buckallew finished 11th after starting in 14th....Justin Medler made the long pull down from Minot, North Dakota to compete in the Modifieds. He had troubles late in the feature that forced him to pull off with a 15th place finish....Chadwick Giberson had troubles in the heat that forced him to scratch from the feature.

I would like to thank all the Eldon Raceway crew for making me feel welcomed on their final night of racing during the 2016 season. The track crew worked hard to give the racers a great track that produced two and three wide racing for the fans to enjoy!!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Notes; And a Look Ahead to the Season Ending Specials

Monmouth, IL (Friday, September 23, 2016) - It's hard to believe that the 2016 racing season is about to come to a close. Most all the racks in the Midwest have already crowned their 2016 track champions, but that doesn't mean the season has come to a close. As the end of September and all of October is filled with many fall specials, more on those coming up.

My September kicked off on Sunday the 4th at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL, as I worked for the track and the Sprint Invaders on the night. Chris Martin, who started 9th, worked his way to the front to grab the win in the 25 lap non-stop Sprint Invaders feature. Also picking up wins were Dave Wietholder in the UMP Modifieds, Abe Huls in the IMCA Stock Cars, Brandon Lennox in the IMCA SportMods, and Austen Becerra in the IMCA Sport Compacts. Quincy Raceways will close out their 2016 season this Sunday, September 25th, as they crown their 2016 champions.

Following Quincy I made the trip to the Boone Speedway in Boone, IA to spend a week (September 5th - 10th) enjoying the IMCA Super Nationals. A record 906 cars completed the entire week, which included 33 Southern SportMods, 84 Sport Compacts, 181 Northern SportMods, 124 Hobby Stocks, 33 Late Models, 191 Stock Cars, and 260 Modifieds. Eighteen year old high school senior Jeffrey Abbey from Comanche, Texas became the first ever Southern SportMod feature winner on Monday, as they made there debut at this years Super Nationals. On Tuesday, one of Southeast Iowa's local drivers Josh Barnes from Keokuk, IA scored his first ever win at the Super Nationals. By wining in a caution free 25 lap Sport Compact feature. Kimberly Abbott from Quincy, IL crossed the line in third.

Mother nature would play havoc the remainder of the week, as Wednesday's program was rained out after the SportMods and Hobby Stocks finished there last qualifying features. This meant that Thursday would be a double program, with the action kicking off at 9:30 AM and going until 6 AM Friday morning. During Thursday nights program Jeff Aikey scored his fourth consecutive and sixth overall Super Nationals win in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models. More rains moved in on Friday during the mid afternoon, which forced them to just run the Stock Car portion in the early morning hours of Saturday. The Modified portion would be run on Saturday morning, and setting up for the finals on Saturday night. Finishing off the IMCA Super Nationals with wins on Saturday night were Ricky Thornton Jr. in the Modifieds, Elijah Zevenbergen in the Stock Cars, Doug Smith in the SportMods, and Andrew Burg in the Hobby Stocks.

This past weekend was a change up for me going from watching the dirt to watching some asphalt racing, as our group went to the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL for the NASCAR weekend. Chase Briscoe dominated the ARCA race on Thursday. Kyle Busch topped Friday nights Camping World Truck Series, in what I thought was the best Truck race we have seen since going to Chicago. Maybe it was perhaps this was the final race for the drivers to qualify for the chase grid. Then on Saturday Eric Jones came away with the win in the Xfinity Series. Martin Truex Jr. over came tire troubles to come back to win the Sprint Cup race on Sunday to kick off the chase.

Last night (Thursday, September 22nd) kicked off two big weekends of racing for the Modifieds. The first being at the Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL, where the 12th Annual Mod Mania began. Last nights winner took home $3,000, with Friday nights winner claiming $4,000, and Saturday being topped off with a $5,000 top prize. Also joining the card is the UMP Late Models with last nights winner taking home $2,000, with Friday nights winner claiming $2,500, and Saturday being topped off with a $3,000 top prize. Two young guns, both leading the UMP National Points, ended up in victory lane last night, as Micheal Long was the best of the 74 cars signed in for the Modifieds. While Bobby Pierce topped the field of 45 UMP Late Models.

The other big Modified event that kicked off last night was the 18th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN. Thursday nights race would put an end to the 2016 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), as 79 cars signed in for night one. Going into the night Jason Hughes held a 10 point advantage over Cade Dillard in the chase to claim the $25,000 check. Hughes got the best start of the two drivers by starting the 42 lap feature on the outside of the front row, while Dillard had to start 12th. While Hughes and R.C. Whitwell swapped the lead a few times in the first 10 laps, Dillard was working his way towards the front. Following a caution on lap 10 Dillard would pass Chris Brown and Josh Angst to pull into the third spot. Then three laps later he would pull even with Hughes to grab the runner up spot. Dillard then chased down Whitwell to take the top spot on lap 22. If the finish stayed the same for the remaining 20 laps Dillard would have secured his first USMTS title. But a late race caution on lap 36 changed the outcome, as Dillard would go on to score the win and the $5,000 top prize to go with it. Hughes would move into the runner up spot to claim the title by a mere 3 points over Dillard. For Hughes it was his second USMTS title in a row and third overall in his career. Friday nights action will feature the USRA Modifieds going for another $5,000 to win, with Saturday nights finale worth $10,000 to win. Also joining the Modifieds were the USRA B-Mods, with Trevor Fecht of Allison, IA topping the 67 other B-Mods to win the $600 top prize last night. Friday they will race for $750 to win, with Saturday's winner taking home $1,000.

A few other tracks racing in the area this weekend include the Eldon Raceway in Eldon, IA, the home of the super 1/2 mile. The Modifieds, which I believe haven't raced at Eldon for a few years, will be racing for $500 to win, the Stock Cars are going for $400 to win, the SportMods for $350 to win, the Hobby Stocks are $300 to win, and the Sport Compacts are $250 to win. All classes will be following IMCA rules, with no entry fee. Hot laps are set for 7 PM tonight...The West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, IA is set for the season finale for the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models. Going into the final night Tyler Bruening leads Jeff Aikey by 1 point in the chase for the title. Also racing on Friday and Saturday will be the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, and IMCA Sport Compacts...Finishing off the weekend of racing will be the Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, IA. Action will be held in the Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Compacts on Saturday night.

Other events coming up that I will highlight as they get closer include the following:

Bottom Heavy Nationals - September 30th & October 1st at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO
Rumble on the River - September 30th & October 1st at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds in Dubuque, IA
Darkside Fall Bash - October 6th - 8th at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, IA
MUSCO Lighting Fall Challenge - October 7th & 8th at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA
Fall Extravaganza - October 14th & 15th at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA
MOWA Sprint Finale - October 14th & 15th at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL
Memphis Fall Nationals - October 21st & 22nd at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO
Shiverfest - October 29th at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA

As you can see there is still plenty of races to catch before the winter months hit us. So please get out and support as many of these events that you can to help keep this sport strong for years to come. My plan is to head over to the Eldon Raceway tonight to take in the action, with Saturday still up in the air. Hope to see you at Eldon tonight!!!

As of right now the "Liberty 100"  at the West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, IA is still on as scheduled for tonight. But for any reason they can't race tonight, then tonight's program will be ran at 1 PM tomorrow. So make sure you check their website, Facebook page, or call before you head over there tonight!

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.