Saturday, June 16, 2018

Evan Martin Scores First Career Sprint Invaders Feature Win at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

Memphis, MO (Friday, June 15, 2018) - It's been twelve years since the Sprint Invaders last visited the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. But that drought would come to an end, as the series returned to the widest track in the Midwest on Friday night. All of it couldn't be possible without the support of Pepsi Memphis Bottling Co, Casey's General Store, B&B Propane, Lakeside Towing, KMEM, Walker Motors Collision Repair, Gas & More, NEMO Trader, and Hawkeye Trader. The nice crowd on hand got to witness one driver score his first career Sprint Invaders feature win, and four other driver's claiming their first wins of the season at the track.

The 12 lap Sport Compact feature was first to take to the track, with Josh Barnes and Kevin Garrett drawing the front row for the event. Barnes would use his starting spot to his advantage, as he grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Housley and Barry Taft, who started 8th. The lead for Barnes only lasted for 1 lap, as Housley would slip past to take over the top spot on lap 2. But Barnes wouldn't give up, as he looked under Housley over the next 2 laps. Housley would hold him off each lap, that was until coming off turn 2 to complete lap 5. Barnes was able to work under Housley, as the two raced down the backstretch side-by-side. Barnes emerged off turn 4 with the top spot. Over the next 5 laps Housley tried to work back under Barnes, before the action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 10. Seth Scholl, who made the long pull down from La Crosse, Wisconsin, came to a stop in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Barnes jumped back out front, with Housley and Taft glued to his back bumper. Housley would try to work under Barnes coming of turn 4 on the last lap for the win. But Barnes was able to hold him off to claim his first win of the season at the track. Housley settled for 2nd, Taft was 3rd, Brandon Reu started 6th and finished 4th, with Kimberly Abbott rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 10 lap Hobby Stock feature, and despite only four of the five starters taking the green flag the race turned out to be a good one. Derek Kirkland and Aaron Martin made up the front row, with Martin edging out Kirkland at the line to lead lap 1. Kirkland would look under Martin coming off the corners, even getting up beside him on lap 3 and 5. But Martin held the lead at the line each lap. Then coming off turn 4 for the last time Kirkland once again got up beside Martin. But Martin would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 to edge out Kirkland at the line for his first win of the season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Kirkland settled for 2nd, Rick Van Dusseldorp was 3rd, with Catlin Auberlin rounding out the starting field.

Evan Martin and Kyle Bellm led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 25 lap Sprint Invaders feature, with Martin using his starting spot to move out front on lap 1 over Bellm and his father Randy Martin. The fast pace Evan Martin was setting out front put him into lapped traffic on lap 8. Despite the lapped traffic keeping Evan Martin from putting some distance between himself and the battle behind him for second. It looked like he would go unchallenged for an easy win. But the one and only caution of the race appeared on lap 17, which would allow the rest of the field to restart on Even's back bumper. Randy Martin and Cody Wehrle, who were battling for the fourth spot, got together off turn 2 and spun to bring out the yellow. Both cars suffered too much damage to continue. On the restart Bellm went low going into turn 1 and then slid up in front of Evan Martin coming off turn 2 to hold the lead briefly. But Evan would turn back down under him coming off turn 2 to keep the lead at the strip. One lap later, lap 19, Jon Agan, who started 5th, slid past Bellm to take over the runner up spot. Agan then made a few challenges on Evan Martin over the final laps. But Evan was able to hold him off to score his first career Sprint Invaders win. Agan was 2nd, Bellm was 3rd, Brayden Gaylord started 9th and finished 4th, with John Schulz coming home in 5th.

Twenty-four SportMods took to the track next for there 20 lap feature, with Adam Birck and Trent Brink drawing the front row. Birck took advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Jeffrey DeLonjay and Daniel Fellows. The two and three wide action was slowed for the first time on lap 4, as Austin Becerra, who started 8th and was running 4th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Birck moved back out front, with Fellows over taking DeLonjay for second. Fellows then tried to work under and even tried the top of the track to get by Birck over the next 2 laps, when the second caution of the race slowed the action on lap 7. This time Brandon Dale, who started 10th and was running 4th, spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Birck once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Fellows working to hold back Brandon Lennox, who started 12th, in the battle for second. One lap later, lap 9, DeLonjay's run up front came to an end, as he spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jace Gay spun in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Birck jump back out front, with Lennox over taking Fellows for second. Lennox, who was working the top of the track, used the momentum off the top of the track coming off turn 4 to grab the top spot away from Birck on lap 11. Birck, who was working the bottom of the track, wouldn't go away, as he tried to work under Lennox over the final laps. But Lennox was able to hold him off to score his first win of the season at the track. Birck was 2nd, Fellows was 3rd, Charlie Weber finished 4th after starting in 11th, with Jim Gillenwater driving Fellows back up car to a 5th place finish.

The 15 lap Stock Car feature was the final event to take to the track, with Derrick Agee and Tom Bowling Jr. on the front row. Just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as Eric Glass spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Agee grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Bowling Jr. and John Oliver Jr., who started 6th. After the completion of lap 1 Beau Taylor and Steve Mast collided in turn 1 to bring out the caution. Agee jumped back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. over taking Bowling Jr. for second. After another lap was scored complete, the final caution of the race appeared. Glass would spin in turn 2 to bring out his second caution to end his night. On the restart Agee jumped back out front, with Oliver Jr., Abe Huls and Bowling Jr. glued to his back bumper. Oliver Jr., who was working the top of the track, used the momentum to grab the top spot on lap 6. But Agee, who was working the bottom of the track, came back to take the lead back on lap 7. Huls would make it three wide for the lead, as he worked under both Agee and Oliver Jr. to grab the top spot on lap 8. Over the final 7 laps Oliver Jr. would work the top to try and get the lead away from Huls. But Huls was able to hold him off on the final lap to pick up his first win of the season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway.

Notes from SCS: Seth Scholl and Justin Anderson both made the long pull down from La Crosse, Wisconsin to compete in the Sport Compact class. Unfortunately both suffered a flat tire in the feature......Hank Billings had mechanical troubles in the heat race that forced him to scratch from the Hobby Stock feature......Brady Barker made the pull over New Berlin, Illinois to compete with the Sprint Invaders. He would start the feature in 10th and finished 7th....John Greenwood finished 8th after starting in 11th....Jarrod Schneiderman got upside down off turn 3 in the heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature....Harold Pohren suffered motor troubles in his heat that forced him to scratch from the feature......Austin Howes started the SportMod feature in 13th and then passed 7 cars to come home in 6th....Austen Becerra recovered from his spin on lap 4 to come back up to finish 7th....Brandon Dale also recovered from his spin on lap 7 to come back up to finish in 8th....Kiel Morton passed 10 cars from his 19th place starting spot to come home in 9th....Rick Barlow Jr., who started 15th, recovered from a flat tire on lap 9 to come back up to finish in 12th....Jace Gay finished 13th after spinning on the lap 9 restart....Jeff Frana started 17th and finished 14th. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Schneiderman Claims 305 Sprint Cash at 34 Raceway

West Burlington, IA (Saturday, June 9, 2018) - After taking last Saturday and Sunday off from racing, I decided to make the small drive over to 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Saturday, June 9th. The 305 Sprint Cars were going for a top prize of $1,000, with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, and IMCA Sport Compacts all in action.

The 20 lap IMCA Modified feature would take to the track first, with Jordan Walker and Dustin Smith  making up the front row. Smith would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dean McGee and Brandon Rothzen, who started 8th. Just after the lap was scored complete Dennis LaVeine spun in turn 1 to bring out the caution. Under the caution Rothzen had to go to the pits to change a left rear flat tire. On the restart Smith jumped back out front, with McGee and Scott Hogan, who started 10th, following close behind. While Smith paced the field out front all eyes were on Rothzen, who was working the bottom and the top of the track to work himself back towards the front. The action was slowed for the second time of the race on lap 5, as Derek Walker and Jeff Waterman got together in turn 2 with Walker spinning to bring out the yellow.

Smith moved back out front on the restart, with Bill Roberts Jr., who started 7th, and McGee now glued to his back bumper.  Roberts Jr.'s run up front came to an end on lap 10, when he lost a motor in turn 3 and slowed to a stop just under the flag stand to bring out the caution. On the restart McGee, Mitch Boles and Kory Meyer collided in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Rothzen shoot under Smith on the start to complete the run from the back to the lead after changing a tire under the lap 1 caution. Rothzen then pulled away over the final laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Smith was 2nd, Hogan was 3rd, Steve Stewart was 4th, with LaVeine recovering from his spin on lap 1 to come back up to finish 5th.
Gladstone, Illinois' Brandon Rothzen drove from last to first in the IMCA Modified feature on Saturday, June 9th at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.

Up next was the 15 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Scott Williams and Kevin Goben leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green dropped the yellow light would come on, as Jeffrey DeLonjay spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Goben jumped out into the lead, with Williams and James Roose following. Then when lap 1 was scored complete another caution appeared, as Colton Pace spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Goben moved back out front on the restart, with Williams and Sean Wyett, who started 8th, battling for the runner up spot. Goben paced the field out front until lap 6, when contact from Austen Becerra sent Ryan Miller spinning in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. While under the yellow Goben’s left front broke which caused him to pull off. Wyett would inherit the lead on the restart, with Ron Kibbe, who started 6th, and Brandon Setser, who started 10th, battling for second. With the battles going on behind him, Wyett would pull away over the final laps to score his third win of the season at 34 Raceway. Kibbe won the battle for 2nd, Setser was 3rd, Daniel Fellows was 4th after starting in 7th, and Becerra, who started 9th, recovered from his involvement in the lap 6 caution to come back up to finish in 5th.
Sean Wyett of Danville, Iowa won his third IMCA SportMod feature at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Saturday, June 9th.

Chad Krogmeier and Cody Washburne led the field to green in the 15 lap IMCA Stock Car feature. But just as the green waved the yellow light would come on, as debris in turn 2 brought out the yellow. On the following restart Washburne took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Krogmeier and Jason Cook. Krogmeier tried to work under Washburne over the next 3 laps, but Washburne was able to hold him off each lap. That was until coming off turn 2 to complete lap 5 he drifted high, which allowed Krogmeier to go by for the lead. Over the final 5 laps Cook would look under Krogmeier coming off the corners, which allowed John Oliver Jr., who started 7th, to close in to make it a three car battle for the lead. With Cook and Oliver Jr. racing side-by-side for the runner up spot, this allowed Krogmeier to hold on for his first win of the season at the track. Cook edged out Oliver Jr. by inches to finish 2nd, Oliver Jr. was 3rd, Tom Bowling Jr. finished 4th, with Washburne holding on for 5th.
The IMCA Stock Car feature on Saturday, June 9th at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa went to Burlington, Iowa's Chad Krogmeier. Which was his first win of the season.

Up next was the 12 lap IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Brandon Reu and Seth Keiser making up the front row for the event. But just as the green waved the yellow light came on, as Aaron Berry spun in turn 1 and collected Jake Houston to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Reu use his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Keiser and Jerrod Nichols. The action was slowed on lap 2, as debris in turn 1 brought out the caution. Reu once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Keiser and Larry Miller, who started 6th, battling for second. Just when Reu started to pull away from the battles going on behind him, another caution appeared to bring the field back to his back bumper. Ashton Blain, who was running 7th, stopped on the top of the track in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Once again Reu jumped out front on the restart, with Miller over taking Keiser for second. Reu then looked like he was heading for an easy win, when another caution slowed him down on lap 10. Houston stopped down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Nichols and Alex Hayes spun  down the backstretch to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Reu jumped back out front, with Miller and Cody VanDusen, who started 11th, close behind. Just after the lap was scored complete Jeremy Hoenig spun down the backstretch to bring out the final yellow, and setting up a one lap shoot out for the win. Reu grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on to claim his first win of the season at 34 Raceway. Miller was 2nd, VanDusen was 3rd, Barry Taft came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Jake Dietrich finishing 5th after starting in 10th.
Donnellson, Iowa's Brandon Reu scored his first IMCA Sport Compact feature win of the season at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Saturday, June 9th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 25 lap 305 Sprint Cars, with $1,000 awaiting the winner. Dan Keltner and Brian Hetrick drew the front row. But when Hetrick spun off the top of the track in turn 2 on the drop of the green to bring out the yellow, this would move Jarred Schneiderman to the outside of the front row for the restart. Schneiderman would take advantage of this move, as he moved out front to lead lap 1 over Keltner and Kyle Peterson. The pace that Schneiderman was sitting was so fast that by lap 8 he started to enter lapped traffic. Meanwhile, Josh Schneiderman, who was driving Nick Breuer’s #78 Sprinter, was working his way towards the front from his 12th place starting spot. Josh would work his way into second on lap 17, and by this time Jarred had built up a straight-away lead. Without a caution to bunch the field up there was no catching Jarred Schneiderman. Who picked up his second win of the season at the track and took home the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Josh Schneiderman settled for 2nd, Nick Guernsey was 3rd, Peterson was 4th, with Wyatt Wilkerson coming from 14th to round out the top 5.
Jarred Schneiderman of West Burlington, Iowa won the 305 Sprint Car feature and the $1,000 top prize to go with it on Saturday, June 9th at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.

Notes from 34: Jeff Waterman, who started the Modified feature in 9th, recovered from his involvement in the lap 5 caution in the feature to come back up to finish 6th....Rich Smith started 13th and finished 7th....Kory Meyer, who started 12th, recovered from a crash on the lap 10 restart to come back up to finish 8th....George Spence III finished 9th after starting in 14th....Cody Bauman started 15th and finished 10th....James Raleigh had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night......Kyle Eller started the SportMod feature in 15th and finished 7th....Aaron Mitchell came from 12th to finish 8th....Ryan Miller recovered from the spin on lap 6 to come back up to finish 9th....Tom Lathrop finished 10th after starting in 14th....Draython Schanfish finished 11th after starting in 16th....Colton Pace recovered from his spin on lap 1 to come back up to finish in 12th......Scott Jordan started the Stock Car feature in 10th and finished 7th....Chris Webb, who was driving Randy Samberg's #75 machine, finished 8th after starting in 11th......Robert Sturms passed 11 cars from his 19th place starting spot in the Sport Compact feature to come home in 8th....Bryerson Tharp started 16th and finished 9th....Alex Hayes, who started 14th, recovered from his spin on the lap 10 restart to come back up to finish 10th....Aaron Berry recovered from his spin on the start to come back up to finish in 12th....Cody Bowman had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Daniel Bergquist finished 7th in the 305 Sprint feature after starting in 10th....Tanner Gebhardt started 17th and finished 8th....Colton Fisher finished 10th after starting in 13th....Joe Laue started 15th and finished 11th....Kevin Hetrick recovered from his spin on the start to come back up to finish 12th....Travis Porter came from 19th to finish in 14th....Dan Keltner, who was running 3rd, pulled off on lap 20 with mechanical troubles to end his night in 16th....Ryan Jamison, Matt Kreiger, Devon Rouse, and Brayden Gaylord all had troubles in their heat races that forced them to scratch from the feature.

Boyse and Brandies Join Winner's List at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway

Donnellson, IA (Friday, June 8, 2018) - It's hard to believe were are already halfway thru the 2018 points season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as Friday night was Mid-Season Championship Night presented by Midwest Performance & Power and Coors Light. When the final checkered flag of night waved at 9:25 PM, two driver's visited victory lane for the first time of the season at the track and three others recorded multiple wins.

The 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature took to the track first, with Kenny Smith and Jake Dietrich leading the field to green. Dietrich took advantage of his starting spot to lead lap 1 over Josh Barnes and Smith. But that lead only lasted for 1 lap, as Barnes slipped past him to take over the top spot on lap 2. While Barnes set the pace out front, Brandon Ruffcorn, who was driving Barnes' back up car and started 9th, worked himself into second on lap 6. Two laps later, lap 8, the first and only caution of the race appeared for debris in turn 3. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Ruffcorn and Dietrich close behind. Ruffcorn looked under and even got up beside Barnes a couple of times over the final 5 laps. But Barnes was able to hold him off to claim his second win of the season at the track. Ruffcorn was 2nd, Brandon Reu started 6th and finished 3rd, Barry Taft finished 4th after starting in 8th, with Dietrich holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 18 lap Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMod feature, with Ron Kibbe and Bob Cowman making up the front row. Kibbe used his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Daniel Fellows and Brandyn Ryan. Fellows would then try to work under Kibbe over the next 9 laps, with Kibbe holding him off each lap. That was until lap 10, Fellows was able to get under Kibbe to take over the top spot. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 11, when a tire was clipped in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Fellows jumped back out front, with Brandon Lennox, who started 8th, and Kibbe following. For the next 3 laps Lennox tried to work under Fellows, but when he had no luck making the pass Lennox went to the top of the track on lap 16 to try and complete the pass. Despite Lennox pulling even with Fellows at the line on lap 17, Fellows was able to hold on to pick up his second win of the season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Lennox settled for a close 2nd, Austin Howes finished 3rd, Brandon Dale started 7th and finished 4th, with Kibbe finishing in 5th.

Jeremy Pundt and John Oliver Jr. led the field to green in the 20 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Pundt grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Oliver Jr. and Jason Cook. Oliver Jr. would then try and work under Pundt over the next 4 laps, with Pundt holding him off each lap. That was until lap 5, when Oliver Jr. finally made the pass to take over the top spot. Meanwhile Cook, Abe Huls, and David Brandies, who started 5th, joined the battle up front. The action would go two and even three wide several times, while Oliver Jr. pace the field out front. Huls who had tried the bottom to wrestle the lead from Oliver Jr. for several laps, decided to go to the top on lap 11. Using the momentum off the top of turn 4 Huls edged out Oliver Jr. on lap 13 to take over the lead. Only to have Oliver Jr. come back on the bottom to take the lead back on lap 14. Brandies would take the battle for the lead three wide on lap 17 to grab the top spot. Then coming to the white flag Huls once again used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to edge out the lead. But Brandies would get under him coming off turn 2 on the final lap and then held him off to score his first win of the season at the track. Huls settled for a close 2nd, Cook was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Pundt completing the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Levi Smith and Mitch Boles leading the field to green. But it was third place starter Dean McGee who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Jeff Waterman, who started 7th, and Boles. McGee then held the top spot until lap 3, when Waterman slipped by to take over the lead. While Waterman set a very fast pace out front, Logan Anderson, who started 6th, and Colby Springsteen, who started 10th, were working their way towards the front. On lap 9 Anderson moved into second and one lap later, lap 10, Springsteen took over third. Anderson, who was working the top, then worked to hold off Springsteen, who was on the bottom, over the final laps. As Waterman built up a straight-away lead, and without a caution to bunch up the field, Waterman would go on to claim his second win in a row and fourth overall at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Springsteen got by Anderson for 2nd on the final lap, Anderson was 3rd, McGee was 4th, with Bill Roberts Jr. coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Steffes Late Models, and when Darin Weisinger Jr. electing to go to the rear this would move Todd Frank up next to Brandon Savage. Frank used this move to his advantage, as he grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Ron Boyse, who started 5th, and Savage. The lead for Frank only lasted for 1 lap, as Boyse slipped under him coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 2. On lap 6 the action was slowed for the first and only time, as Weisinger Jr. spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Boyse jumped back out front, with Tommy Elston, who started 7th, and Frank close behind. Elston would try the bottom and top of the track over the final 13 laps to get the lead away from Boyse. But Boyse would hold him off to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Elston settled for 2nd, Sam Halstead started 6th and finished 3rd, Todd Frank was 4th, with Gunner Frank rounding out the top 5.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Dale From Worst to First in SportMod Action at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway

Donnellson, IA (Friday, June 1, 2018) - It was a hot and sticky Friday night at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as J.J. Nichting and 101.7 The Bull helped to bring the action. But despite the heat that didn't stop the driver's from putting on some great racing action for the fans. At the end of the night five driver's returned to victory lane, with the Discount Tire and Service IMCA SportMods steeling the show that produced a new winner for 2018.

In 2018 the Pepsi Lee County Speedway added the Hobby Stocks back onto the card to give the Bloomfield, Eldon, and Oskaloosa, Iowa driver's a place to race on Friday nights. But so far this season the numbers have been very low, with that being the case again Friday night. Aaron Martin jumped out into the lead on lap 1 and then pulled away to claim his third win in a row at the track. Ricky Miller Jr. was 3rd, with Hank Billings making his debut and finishing in 3rd.

Up next was the 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Kenny Smith and Jake Dietrich leading the field to the green. Smith would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dietrich and Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th. While Smith paced the field out front the action behind him went two, three and even four wide at times, as driver's tried to work themselves to the front. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 4, as debris in turn 3 brought out the yellow. On the restart debris in turn 3 again brought the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Abbott grab the top spot, with Mike Reu, who started 6th, and Barry Taft, who started 9th, close behind. Over the next 7 laps Taft tried to work around Reu for the runner up spot. But Reu was able to hold him off, that was until lap 13 when Taft finally made the move. Taft then worked to chase down Abbott over the final 2 laps, but she was able to hold on to pick up her second win in a row at the track. Taft settled for 2nd, Reu was 3rd, Dietrich was 4th, with Brandon Reu completing the top 5.

Adam Niekamp and Ron Kibbe made up the front row for the 20 lap Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMod feature, with Niekamp edging out Kibbe at the line by inches to lead lap 1. The lead for Niekamp lasted for 2 laps, as Daniel Fellows slipped under him to take over the top spot on lap 3. One lap later, lap 4, Brandon Lennox, who started 8th, slipped under Fellows for the lead. Then after the lap was scored complete the first caution slowed the action. Kyle Hamelton spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox moved back out front, with Fellows and Austen Becerra close behind. Hamelton would spin in turn 2 on lap 7 to bring out his second caution to end his night. Lennox once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Adam Birck, who started 7th, over taking Fellows for the runner up spot. Becerra, who was running third, had his run up front come to an end on lap 13 when he slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox jumped back out front, with Austin Howes, who started 9th, and Brandon Dale, who started 15th, now following Lennox. The action up front was slowed on lap 15, when Jeffrey DeLonjay and Kibbe got together in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Lennox moved back out front on the restart, with Dale getting past Howes for second. But just after lap 16 was scored complete, the final caution of the race appeared to set up a two lap shoot out to the finish. This time Tony Johnson spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dale would use the momentum off the top of the track in turn 4 to take the top spot away from Lennox. Dale then held on to claim his first win of the season at the track. Lennox was 2nd, Howes was 3rd, Fellows was 4th, with Brett Lowry coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Next up to take to the track was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jason See and Chad Krogmeier leading the field to green. But it was third place starter Jeremy Pundt who edged out the lead on lap 1 over See and Abe Huls, who started 5th. Huls would work under Pundt to take over the top spot on lap 3. Three laps later, lap 6, the action was slowed when Randy Samberg spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Huls moved back out front, with Pundt, John Oliver Jr., and See battling for positions behind him. Huls then started to pull away from the battles going on behind him, when the final caution of the race appeared on lap 13. See, who was running 3rd, appeared to have lost an engine down the front stretch and slowed to a stop to bring out the yellow. Once again Huls grabbed the lead on the restart, with Pundt and Oliver Jr. close behind. While Pundt worked to hold off Oliver Jr. for the runner up spot, this allowed Huls to pull away to claim his second win of the the season at the track and became the first driver with a repeat win in the class in seven weeks of racing at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Pundt held on for 2nd, Oliver Jr. was 3rd, Jason Cook finished 4th, with Krogmeier rounding out the top 5.

Mitch Boles and Jeff Waterman brought the field to green in the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Waterman moving out front to lead lap 1 over Bill Roberts Jr. and Larry Herring. Waterman then set a fast pace out front, with Roberts Jr. and Herring trying to keep pace. But without a caution there was no stopping Waterman on this night, as he went on to win his third of the season at the track. Roberts Jr. was 2nd, Herring was 3rd, Boles was 4th, with Levi Smith coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Steffes Late Models, with Gunner Frank and Jeff Guengerich on the front row. Frank used his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Guengerich and Ron Boyse. While Frank worked to hold off Guengerich for the top spot. Tommy Elston was using the middle to top groove to work himself into third on lap 4. Despite Guengerich trying to work under Frank over the final laps, Frank was able to hold on to pick up his second win of the season at the track and became the first repeat winner in the class at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in six weeks of racing. Guengerich settled for 2nd, Elston was 3rd, Boyse was 4th, with Sam Halstead finishing in 5th.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Late Race Restart Propels Thornton Jr. to Dirt Knights Tour Opening Win

Vinton, IA (Monday, May 28, 2018) - In 2017 the Dirt Knights TV series that is shown on MavTV followed six driver's on the Dakota IMCA Modified Tour. But for 2018 the TV series will be following six driver's who will compete on the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour, formerly known at the Hawkeye Dirt Tour. The tour opener was held on Monday, May 28th at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa, with Ricky Thornton Jr. standing in victory lane at the end of the night.

Thirty-six IMCA Modifieds signed in on the night in hopes of making the twenty-four car starting field for the 30 lap feature. Those driver's would draw for their starting spots in one of the four 10 lap heat races. Where the heat race winners would be guaranteed a starting spot in that feature, while 8 other driver's were added based on passing points in those heat races. The remainder of the 24 driver's would be split into two 12 lap B Mains, with the top 6 out of each of those earning the final twelve spots into the feature.

After all qualifying was complete it was time to go feature racing, with the 12 lap Micro Mods up first. Kaden Reynolds and Cole McNeal would draw the front row for the event. But it was third place starter Matt Post who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over McNeal and Shawn Fisher. Post then held the top spot until lap 4, when McNeal slipped past for the lead. The action would come to a halt on lap 6, when Dallon Murty got upside down coming off turn 2 to bring out the red. He would climb from the car okay. On the restart McNeal jumped back out front, with Post and Fisher close behind. While the battle for second was heating up, McNeal would pull away to pick up his fourth win in a row at the track. Post held on for 2nd, Erick Knutsen was 3rd, Fisher was 4th, with Chad Dugan coming from 8th to finish in 5th.
Cole McNeal made it four wins in a row at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa by winning the 12 lap Micro Mod feature on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Up next was the 12 lap Sport Compact feature, with Travis Losenicky and Austin Reuman leading the field to green. Losenicky took advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Jake Benischek and Bill Whalen Jr. The lead for Losenicky lasted until lap 3, when Benischek slipped past for the top spot. Benischek then started to build up a lead over second place, when he started to enter lapped traffic on lap 8. The heavy lapped traffic was racing three wide in front of him on lap 10, which allowed Losenicky to close in on Benischek coming to the white flag. But Benischek was able to hold on to claim another win in Vinton. Losenicky settled for 2nd, Whalen Jr. was 3rd, Luke Benischek started 9th and finished 4th, with Seth Keiser coming from 10th to round out the top 5.
Durant, Iowa's Jake Benischek picks up another Sport Compact feature win on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.

Scooter Dulin and Dean Kratzer drew the front row for the 18 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Kratzer using his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dulin and Norman Chesmore. Kratzer, who was working the top of the track, then held the top spot until lap 7. When Dulin, who was working the bottom, edged him out at the line to take over the lead. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 9, as Dustin Vis spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dulin moved back out front, with John Oliver Jr., who started 7th, and Jeff Mueller, who came from the rear, glued to his back bumper. One lap later, lap 11, Mueller was able to work under Dulin to take over the top spot. Mueller then started to pull away from the battle for second going on behind him. When the second and final caution of the event appeared on lap 16, as Jeremy Clement came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mueller moved back out front, with Dulin and Oliver Jr. close behind. With Dulin and Oliver Jr. battling for second, this would allow Mueller to go on to claim his first win of the season at the track. Oliver Jr. got past Dulin in the battle for 2nd, Dulin was 3rd, Chesmore was 4th, with Shane Ebaugh finishing in 5th.
Jeff Mueller is joined by Rob Jennings to his left and his mom and dad to his right after winning the IMCA Stock Car feature at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Brandon Tharp and Austen Becerra making up the front row. But it was third place starter Joey Schaefer who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Tharp and Becerra. The action was slowed on lap 2, when Chuck Lewis spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Schaefer moved back out front, with Becerra and Shane Paris following him. One lap later, lap 4, Tharp's run up front came to an end when he spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Schaefer jumped back out front on the restart, with Becerra and Joe Docekal, who started 6th, close behind. Disaster would strike Becerra on lap 6, as he spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Schaefer moved back out front, with Docekal and Paris following. Then just after the lap was scored complete, another caution appeared. This time Brady Hilmer spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow.

Docekal went to the top of the track on the restart to take the top spot away from Schaefer. Then he would start to pull away, when the caution appeared on lap 12 to bring the field back to his back bumper. This time Ben Chapman tangled with a lap car that collected Tony Olson in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Docekal jumped back out front, with Schaefer and Kyle Olson, who started 10th, close behind. But just after the lap was scored complete the final caution of the event came out, as Lewis spun in turn 4 for his second caution to end his night. Docekal grabbed the lead on the restart and then led the final laps to claim his third win of the season at the Benton County Speedway. Schaefer was 2nd, Sam Wieben finished 3rd after starting in 15th, Kyle Olson was 4th, with Becerra working his way back up to 5th after spinning on lap 6.
The IMCA SportMod feature on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa was won by Joe Docekal.

Kyle Dulin and Brett Vanous led the field to green in the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Dulin jumping out front to lead lap 1 over Justin Wacha and Leah Wroten, who started 5th. Wroten, who was on the bottom, Dulin, in the middle, and Wacha, up top, raced off turn 2 three wide for the lead to come and complete lap 2. Wroten would emerge from the battle going into turn 3 to grab the top spot. Wacha would follow her into second, and then tried to work under Wroten over the next few laps. When he wasn't able to make the pass on the bottom, he then tried to work around her going thru the middle on lap 7. This would allow Vanous to slip under Wacha for the runner up spot. Vanous then tried to work under Wroten over the next 5 laps, when the action was slowed on lap 13. Vanous clipped a tire coming off turn 4 and pushed it out onto the track to bring out the yellow. On the restart Wroten jumped back out front, with Vanous and Wacha close behind. Going into turn 1 Vanous decided to work the middle and top groove to try and get the lead away. But when he drifted to high coming out of turn 2, this would allow Wroten to go on to claim her first win of the season at the track. Vanous held on for 2nd, Wacha was 3rd, Jacob Floyd started 7th and finished 4th, with Matt Brown coming home in 5th.
Independence, Iowa's Leah Wroten scored the IMCA Hobby Stock feature win at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa on Monday, May 28, 2018.

The final feature to take to the track was the 30 lap Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour for IMCA Modifieds. Jarrett Brown and Troy Cordes drew the front row for the event, with Cordes edging out Brown by inches at the line to lead lap 1. While Cordes set the pace out front, Brown was working to hold back Ricky Thornton Jr., who started 5th, and Hunter Marriott, who started 8th, in the battle for the runner up spot. The action was slowed for the first time of the event on lap 15, just as Cordes started to enter lapped traffic. Kyle Brown went over the track in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Cordes jumped back out front, but now had Thornton Jr. and Marriott glued to his back bumper. Thornton Jr. then tried to work under Cordes and even tried a few times to slid up in front of him over the next four laps. But Cordes was able to use the momentum off the top of the track to keep the lead. Those failed attempts by Thornton Jr. allowed Marriott to clear him for second on lap 21. Two laps later, lap 23, Marriott drove it hard into turn 3 and then slid up in front of Cordes coming off turn 4. But Cordes would turn back under him to keep the lead at the line. Coming off turn 2 Cordes went from the bottom of the track to the top, and Marriott tried to work past him off the top. Then going into turn 3 Marriott ran out of track and went off the track, falling back to 8th before coming back onto the track in turn 4.

Eric Barnes, who was battling inside the top 10, went off the track going into turn 3 on lap 26 to bring out the second and final caution. On the restart Thornton Jr. went to the top of the track going into turn 1 and then used the momentum coming off turn 2 to take the top spot away from Cordes. Cordes then tried to work back under Thornton Jr. over the final laps. But Thornton Jr. was able to hold him off to pick up the win and the $2,000 top prize to go with it. Cordes settled for 2nd, Brown was 3rd, Ethan Dotson was 4th, with Joel Rust finishing 5th after starting in 11th.
Chandler, Arizona native Ricky Thornton Jr. scores the $2,000 opener for the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.

The top 3 finishers in Monday, May 28, 2018 Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour for IMCA Modifieds at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa are (from left to right) Troy Cordes 2nd, Ricky Thornton Jr. winner, and Jarrett Brown 3rd.

Notes from Vinton: The 114 cars signed in for competition were made up of 36 Modifieds, 27 SportMods, 17 Sport Compacts, 13 Stock Cars, 12 Mico Mods, and 9 Hobby Stocks......Joren Fisher started the Micro Mod feature in 9th and finished 7th....Kyle Roose finished 9th after starting in 11th......Ashley Reuman started the Sport Compact feature in 12th and finished 7th....Dustin McGee came from 17th to finish in 10th....Spencer Roggentien finished 12th after starting in 16th......Kevin Rose started the Stock Car feature in 11th and finished 7th....Russell Damme Jr. finished 8th after starting in 12th....Damon Murty was battling inside the top 4, when he pulled off on lap 6 with troubles to end his night in 12th......Tyler Soppe started the SportMod feature in 14th and then worked his way up to a 6th place finish....Ethan Braaksma passed 14 cars from his 21st place starting spot to come home in 7th....Justin Becker charged from 25th to finish in 9th....Randy LaMar started 23rd and finished 12th....Richard Nelson finished 13th after starting in 20th....Brady Hilmer recovered from his spin on lap 7 to come back up to finish 14th....Daniel Campbell finished 16th after starting in 27th....Tony Olson, who started 26th and had been battling inside the top 10 by lap 11, got caught up in a wreck on lap 12 to end his night in 22nd......Mike Kimm started the Hobby Stock feature in 8th and finished 6th......Hunter Marriott who was battling for the lead on lap 23 and then went off the track in turn 3 before coming back onto the track in turn 4 in 8th. Would climb back up to finish 6th in the final laps....Darin Duffy, who picked up the win on Sunday in Vinton, started 16th and then passed 9 cars to come home in 7th....Kelly Shryock, who won the second B Main, started the feature in 14th and finished 9th....Shane DeMey finished 11th after starting in 17th....Kyle Brown, who started 19th, recovered from going over the track in turn 3 on lap 15 to come back up to finish 14th....Ron Lauritzen finished 15th after starting in 18th....David Brown finished 17th after starting in 21st....Jeff James came from 22nd to finish in 19th....Corey Dripps, who took the final transfer spot out of B Main 1, had mechanical troubles that forced him to scratch from the feature....Racer Hulin, Jordan Walker, Cody Bauman, Jeff Aikey, Patrick Flannagan, Jerry Dedrick, Zach Less, Tommy Belmer, Wade Taylor, Al Hejna, Jacob Murray, and Ed Thomas were the 12 driver's who failed to qualify for the A Feature.

Monday, May 28, 2018

McCarl Scores Sprint Invaders Win at 34 Raceway

West Burlington, IA (Sunday, May 27, 2018) - After reading the headline one might have thought it was Terry McCarl who was standing in victory lane at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Sunday, May 27th during the Sprint Invaders event. But that was not the case, it was his son Austin who actually picked up the win in Scott Bonar's #50 Sprint Car.

The 12 lap Mod Lite feature would take to the track first, with Phil Barrow and Wyatt Wilkerson drawing the front row. Wilkerson took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mike Morrill, who started 4th, and Barrow. One lap later, lap 2, Morrill would slip under Wilkerson coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot. Morrill then pulled away from the field, and looked to be heading to an easy win. When the first and only caution of the event appeared on lap 11, as Barrow, who was running 6th, spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow and set up a one lap dash to the finish. On the restart Morrill jumped back out front, but had Wilkerson looking under him off the corners to try and get the win. But Morrill was able to hold him off to pick up the win. Wilkerson settled for 2nd, Joel Huggins started 6th and finished 3rd, Zack Foster finished 4th after starting in 8th, with R.J. Gonzales completing the top 5.

Up next was the 10 lap Mini Hauler Truck feature, with Ted Carlson and Jacob Ruble leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Ruble used his starting spot to his advantage by grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Lance Applegarth and Carlson. While Ruble set the pace out front, Drake Fenton, who started 7th, was working his way towards the front. On lap 4 Fenton was able to move into second, and then went to work on Ruble for the lead. Disaster would strike the top two Trucks on lap 5, as Fenton got under Ruble going into turn 1 and made contact with him. This would cause Ruble to spin and bring out the yellow, which sent both to the rear for the restart. John Helenthal inherited the lead on the restart, with Roger Brockett, who started 6th, and Applegarth close behind. Helenthal would go on to lead the final laps to claim the win. Fenton recovered from his involvement on the lap 5 caution to come back up to finish 2nd, Brockett was 3rd, Carlson was 4th, with Applegarth holding on for 5th.

Jason Ash and Brandon Housley drew the front row for the 12 lap IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Housley jumping out front to lead lap 1 over Larry Miller and Ash. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 2, as Randy Magnuson spun in turn 3 and collected Jerrod Nichols to bring out the yellow. On the restart Housley jumped back out front, with Miller working to hold off Brandon Reu, who started 7th, in the battle for second. While Miller and Reu battled for the runner up spot, Housley would start to pull away from the field. Reu was finally able to clear Miller for second on lap 7, but by then Housley had built up a straightaway lead. Without a caution to bunch the field back up there was no catching Housely, who went on to pick up the win. Reu settled for 2nd, Jake Dietrich finished 3rd after starting in 9th, Miller was 4th, with Kyle Boyd coming home in 5th after starting in 11th.

The final event to take to the track was the 30 lap Sprint Invaders, with Austin McCarl and Cody Wehrle leading the field to the green. McCarl took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Wehrle and Skylar Gee. Just as McCarl started to enter lapped traffic the first caution of the race appeared on lap 8 to slow the action. Robbie Price, who was running 4th, spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Damian Getchell spun in turn 1 to bring the yellow light back on. A second attempt of a restart resulted in another yellow, as Josh Schneiderman and McKenna Haase tangled in turn 2 to bring the yellow back out. The third restart saw McCarl jump back out front, with Wehrle and Gee close behind. McCarl then started to put some distance between himself and Wehrle, that was until he started to enter lapped traffic on lap 14. The heavy lapped traffic would allow Wehrle to close in on McCarl's back bumper on lap 20. McCarl was able to work thru the lapped traffic and hold off Wehrle to claim the win. Wehrle settled for 2nd, Mason Daniel started 6th and finished 3rd, Chris Martin passed 13 cars from his 17th place starting spot to come home in 4th, with Gee holding on for 5th.

Notes from 34: 26 Sprints signed in for the night, with 16 of those qualifying out of the heat races based on passing points. The other 4 cars to start the feature would come from the 10 car B Main....Jamie Ball was the final car in passing points to make it into the feature out of the heat races, which meant he started 16th. He then passed 9 cars to finish 7th....Brayden Gaylord finished 2nd in the B Main and then started the feature in 18th. He would pass 10 cars to come home in 10th....Robbie Price recovered from his spin on lap 8 to come back up to finish 9th....Jarrod Schneiderman finished 10th after starting in 15th....Allan Woods took the final transfer spot out of the B Main, and then started the feature in 20th. He would advance 8 spots to finish in 12th....Daniel Bergquist had motor troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night......Devon Rouse started the Mod Lite feature in 11th, as a result of loosing his air cleaner on the start of his heat race. He would pass 5 cars to come home in 6th......Cody Bowman started the Sport Compact feature in 14th and finished 7th....Mark Dennis had a flat tire in his heat race that forced him to start the feature in 18th. He would advance 10 spots to come home in 8th....Adam Christy and Matt Milligan had troubles in their heat races that forced them to scratch for the feature.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Three New Winners Visit Victory Lane at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway

Donnellson, IA (Friday, May 25, 2018) - What else can be said about mother nature, as it seems like the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa has battled thru some kind of weather condition for most of the 2018 racing season. And that was no different on this Friday night, as rains showers moved in and around the area. But the track would survive this round of rains, with another front building to the northwest and moving towards the track. Thankfully all the nights events, that were being presented by Roberts Tire Center, were completed before the front made it to Donnellson. When the night was over three driver's claimed their first wins of the season, while two others picked up multiple wins.

Up first to take to the track was the 18 lap Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMods, with Bob Cowman and Ron Kibbe making up the front row. Kibbe took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Austen Becerra, who started 5th, and Brandon Lennox, who stated 7th. The lead for Kibbe lasted for 2 laps, as Lennox slipped past on lap 3 to take over the top spot. Then just after the lap was scored complete the first caution appeared, as Dakota Sapp spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox jumped back out front, with Becerra over taking Kibbe for second. Disaster would strike Kibbe on lap 7, as he spun in turn 1 and collected Adam Niekamp to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox went into turn 3 high, which opened the bottom for Becerra to slid him coming off turn 4 to grab the lead. But Lennox would slip back under Becerra coming off turn 4 to take the top spot back on lap 9. The action up front was slowed on lap 10, as Kyle Hamelton spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Lennox jumped back out front on the restart, with Becerra holding off Brandon Dale, who started 6th, in the battle for second.

One lap later, lap 12, Bob Cowman spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox moved back out front, with Dale over taking Becerra for second. Then just after the lap was scored complete the caution appeared, as Colton Pohren spun down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Lennox once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Dale and Becerra close behind. Just as Lennox started to pull away, the final caution of the race appeared on lap 17. This time Brandon Niekamp spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow, and set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. On the restart Lennox jumped back out front, with Dale and Becerra following. Despite a few challenges from Dale over the final laps, Lennox was able to hold on to pick up his third win of the season at the track. Dale was 2nd, Adam Birck, who started 8th, over took Becerra on the final lap to finish 3rd, Becerra was 4th, with Tyler Burton, who started 11th and was making his first appearance of the season at the track, coming home in 5th.

The 20 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature was up next, with Les Blakley and Cody Washburne leading the field to green. But it was third place starter Ray Raker who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Dean Kratzer, who started 4th, and Jeremy Pundt, who started 6th. Kratzer would use the momentum off the top of the track coming off turn 4 to edge out Raker at the line by inches to lead lap 2. Then just after the lap was scored complete the first and only caution of the race appeared, as Eric Glass spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Kratzer jumped back out front, with Pundt and John Oliver Jr., who started 7th, close behind. One lap later, lap 4, Pundt used the bottom of the track to take the top spot away from Kratzer. While Pundt worked the bottom, Oliver Jr. used the top to try and wrestle the lead away from Pundt. Pundt would hold him off until lap 7, when Oliver Jr. was able to complete the pass. While Oliver Jr. set the pace out front, Jason Cook, who started 8th, and Abe Huls, who started 9th, were working there way towards the front. Cook took second on lap 12, as Huls moved into third on lap 15. These two would close in on Oliver Jr. over the final laps, but without a caution to bunch the field up Oliver Jr. would go on to claim his first win of the season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Cook was 2nd, Huls was 3rd, Pundt was 4th, with Raker finishing in 5th.

Levi Smith and Mitch Boles led the field to green in the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Smith grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Kelly Buckallew and Boles. Then disaster struck Buckallew after the completion of lap 1, as he spun in turn 1 from his second place running spot to bring out the yellow. On the restart Smith jumped back out front, with Austin Emry and Bill Roberts Jr., who started 9th, close behind. Smith then held the top spot until lap 5, when Roberts Jr. slipped under him coming off turn 4 to take over the lead. Then just after the lap was scored complete a tire was clipped in turn 4 and shoved onto the track to bring out the yellow. On the restart Roberts Jr. moved back out front, with Jeff Waterman, who started 8th, over taking Smith for the runner up spot. With two more laps complete Logan Anderson would spin in turn 1 to bring out the final caution of the race. Roberts Jr. once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Waterman and Larry Herring, who started 12th and was making his first visit to the track this season, following close behind. Waterman and Herring tried low and high to get the lead away from Roberts Jr. over the final laps. But Roberts Jr. would hold on to pick up his second win in a row and third of the season at the track. Waterman was 2nd, Herring was 3rd, Carter VanDenBerg came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Anderson, who started 14th, recovered from his spin on lap 8 to come back up to finish 5th.

Up next was the 25 lap Sprint Invaders feature, with Jamie Ball and Justin Buchholz making up the front row. Ball used his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over John Schulz and Brayden Gaylord. The action was slowed for the first time on the completion of lap 1, as Ryan Jamison spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ball jumped back out front, with Schulz and Cody Wehrle glued to his back bumper. The second caution of the race slowed the action on lap 5, as McKenna Haase spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Ball once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Schulz and Josh Schneiderman, who started 7th, following close behind. Two laps later, lap 8, Buchholz lost an engine down the front stretch and came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ball jumped back out front, with Schulz and Bill Balog, who started 17th, now following closely. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 11 Schulz slid from the bottom to the top to take over the top spot from Ball. Then just when it looked like Schulz would hold on to claim the win, the red flag appeared on lap 22 to set up a three lap shoot out to the finish. Jon Agan, who was running 6th, got upside down in turn 2 to bring out the red. He would climb from his car okay. On the restart Schulz moved back out front, with Balog and Ball close behind. Despite a last lap challenge from Balog, Schulz would hold on to pick up the win. Balog settled for 2nd, Ball was 3rd, Mason Daniel finished 4th after starting in 8th, with Gaylord finishing in 5th.

Kenny Smith and Jake Dietrich led the field to green in the 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Dietrich using his starting spot to lead lap 1 over Smith and Mike Reu. Dietrich then started to pull away from the battles going on behind him, and even looked like he might go on to pick up a win. But troubles on lap 5 forced Dietrich to the infield, which handed the lead over to Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th. With Abbott out front, Brandon Reu, who started 7th, and Barry Taft, who started 9th, were battling for second and trying to close on Abbott for the lead. Taft over took Brandon Reu for second on lap 10 and then tried to chase down Abbott for the top spot. But Abbott would hold on to score her first win of the season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway, and also broke Taft's three race winning streak. Taft settled for 2nd, Brandon Reu was 3rd, Mike Reu was 4th, with Craig Bangert coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Steffes Late Models, with Dayton Lynch and Todd Frank on the front row. Frank took advantage of his starting spot to jump out front on lap 1 over Lynch and Jeff Guengerich. Then just after the lap was scored complete Brandon Queen spun in turn 1 to bring out the only caution of the race. On the restart Frank jumped back out front, with Guengerich, Sam Halstead, who started 7th, and Tommy Elston, who started 8th, glued to his back bumper. Halstead would over take Guengerich for second on lap 3, with Elston moving into third on lap 5. Even though Halstead and Elston battled for second, Frank wasn't able to pull away from them. On lap 18 Elston was able to get past Halstead for second, but would run out of laps to mount a challenge on Frank. Who went on to claim his first win of the season at the track, and became the fifth different winner in five races. Elston settled for 2nd, Halstead was 3rd, Ron Boyse was 4th, with Guengerich coming home in 5th.

Notes from LCS: A jammed packed grandstand got to witness some great racing action, on another greatly prepared racing surface......Tony Johnson started the SportMod feature in 9th and finished 6th....Bob Cowman recovered from his spin on lap 12 to come back up to finish 7th....Michael Benjamin finished 8th after starting in 8th....Brandon Niekamp, who started 13th, recovered from his spin on lap 17 to finish in 9th...Kyle Hamelton, who started 15th, also recovered from a spin on lap 10 to finish in 10th....Daniel Fellows had troubles in his heat that forced him to scratch from the feature......Jason See, who returned to the track for the first time after getting upside down back on April 20th, had troubles in his heat that forced him to start the Stock Car feature in 15th. He would pass 9 cars to come home in 6th....Randy Samberg returned to driving a race car after sitting out about 13 years. He would start the feature in 10th and ran as high as 8th before troubles forced him out on lap 10 to give him a 12th place finish......Jarrod Schneiderman passed 12 cars from his 18th place starting spot in the Sprint Invaders feature to come home in 6th....Ryan Jamison recovered from his spin on lap 1 to come back up to finish 9th....Daniel Bergquist started 15th and finished 12th....John Greenwood finished 13th after starting in 16th......Gunner Frank, who won his first Late Model at the track last Friday, had troubles after his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature.