Friday, June 3, 2016

Stovall Hold On For First MLRA Win at Osky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

McCarl Cruises to Sprint Invaders Win at Osky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thornton Jr. Remains Hot in the State of Iowa

Oskaloosa, IA (Wednesday, April 13, 2016) - Finally mother nature embraced the 2016 racing season with a spring like day, as it was the season points opener for the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Wednesday night. The driver's were treated with a FREE pit pass on this night courtesy of the Mahaska County Fair Association.

The first feature to take to the track was the 10 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with John Whalen and Shane Evans drawing the front row. Evans would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Whalen and Jason Breuklander. While Evans set the pace out front, Jake Benischek, who started 9th, and Bill Whalen Jr., who started 10th, were trying to work their way towards the front. But without a caution there was no catching Evans on this night, as he held on to pick up the win. John Whalen was 2nd, Benischek and Breuklander raced side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns 3 and 4 on the final lap for the third spot, with Benischek edging 3rd out at the line, Breuklander was 4th, Levi Heath would cross the line in 5th, but was docked 2 spots for jumping the start, which moved John Gill up to the 5th spot.
Shane Evans topped the field in the IMCA Sport Compacts on Wednesday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Derrick Agee and Greg Gill leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was fourth place starter Cayden Carter who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Todd Reitzler and Gill. Carter and Reitzler then started to pull away from the rest of the field, leaving Todd Inman, who started 8th, and Mike Hughes, who started 10th, playing catch up. But just like the Sport Compact feature, without a caution there was no catching the top two cars. As Carter, the defending track champion, pulled away to claim the win. Reitzler was 2nd, Inman was 3rd, Hughes was 4th, with Agee holding on for a 5th place finish.
The IMCA Stock Car feature at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA on Wednesday night was won by Cayden Carter.

Jason McDaniel and Brayton Carter drew the front row for the 16 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with McDaniel jumping out into the lead on lap 1 over Austin Paul and Carter. With McDaniel out front the battle behind him was a good one, as Carter, Paul, Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 4th, Jake McBirnie, who started 5th, Carter VanDenBerg, who started 8th, and Logan Anderson, who started 7th, were all trying to get to the front. The first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 8 to slowed the field, as Trent Brink spun in turn 4 to bring out the caution. On the restart Van Der Wal dived to the bottom of the track going into turn 3 to make the pass on McDaniel for the top spot. A couple of laps later, McBirnie would make the pass of McDaniel to take over the runner up spot. But Van Der Wal would pull away to pick up the win. McBirnie settled for 2nd, VanDenBerg was 3rd, Anderson was 4th, with McDaniel coming home in 5th.
Curtis Van Der Wal picked up the in in the IMCA SportMod feature on Wednesday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA.

Up next was the 20 lap IMCA Modified feature, with Cayden Carter and Josh Foster leading the field to the green flag. Foster would use his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Carter and Kelly Shyrock. A few laps later Shyrock would over take Carter for the runner up spot, and then followed in Foster's tracks. While Foster and Shyrock paced the field out front, all eyes were on Ricky Thornton Jr., who started 7th. Just as they completed lap 12, Thornton Jr. had worked his way up into the 3rd spot and then set his sights on Foster and Shyrock. But a caution on the completion of lap 12 would help bring them back to his front bumper. Stephen Streeter would get into the guardrail in turns 1 and 2 to slow, bringing out the first caution of the race. On the restart Foster moved back out front, leaving Shyrock and Thornton Jr. to battle for the runner up spot. With Shyrock working the top of the speedway, Thornton Jr. would work the bottom. The two would race side-by-side for the runner up spot, until lap 15 when Thornton Jr. was able to clear Shyrock. One lap later, lap 16, Shyrock would slow to a stop in turn 4 with a left rear flat to bring out the second and final caution of the race. Foster used the bottom of the track coming out of turn 4 for the restart, which allowed Thornton Jr. to come off the top of the track to over take him for the lead. And by the time Foster recovered to the top of the track, Colt Mather, who started 8th, and Zack VanderBeek, who started 6th, both passed Foster for 2nd and 3rd. The final 4 laps would belong to Thornton Jr., as he pulled away to pick up the win. For Thornton Jr. it was his third win in a row in the state of Iowa, as he won the Frostbuster's at both the Boone Speedway in Boone, IA on Saturday night and then topped the field on Sunday at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, IA. Mather would come home in 2nd, VanderBeek was 3rd, Foster was 4th, with Tyler Groenendyk rounding out the top 5 after starting in 10th.
Ricky Thornton Jr. won his third IMCA Modified feature in a row in the state of Iowa on Wednesday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stocks, with Christian Huffman and Jared Stephens drawing the front row. At the drop of the green flag the Hobby Stocks would race four wide going into turn 1, with Huffman spinning coming out of turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Nick Ulin shot from his 5th place starting spot out into the lead on lap 1 over Danny Thrasher, who started 6th, and Dustin Griffiths, who started 9th. Thrasher and Griffiths would following in Ulin's tracks for the next 10 laps. But with about 5 laps to go Thrasher and Griffiths started looking low for a way around Ulin. But Ulin would make no mistakes over those final laps, and held on to claim the win. Thrasher held on for 2nd, Griffiths settled for 3rd, August Bach started 10th and finished 4th, with Stephens coming home in 5th.
The IMCA Hobby Stock feature at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA on Wednesday night was won by Nick Ulin.

Notes from Osky: it was good to see John Whalen back behind the wheel of a race car, as midway through the 2015 season he had medical issues that forced him to sit out out the remainder of that season. Wednesday night was the first time back, where he raced to a second place finish in the Sport Compact feature....Bill Whalen Jr. started 10th in his new car and finished 6th....Levi Heath was credited with 7th, after being docked 2 spots for jumping the start....Robert Fite had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Nathan Wood was running 6th in the Stock Car feature, when he pulled off on lap 11 with over heating problems to end his night in 10th......Brett Lowry passed 6 cars from his 14th place starting spot in the SportMod feature to come home in 8th....Tony Johnson started 16th and passed 5 cars to finish in 11th....Scott VanBuskirk had problems in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Dennis LaVeine started 11th and passed 5 cars to finish 6th in the Modified feature....Brandon Banks also passed 5 cars from his 12th place starting spot to finish in 7th....Andrew Schroeder, who was running 6th, spun in turn 2 on lap 18. But fired it back up and kept going, was credited with a 9th place finish....Jason Hall moved up from the SportMod class into a Modified for 2016. He would make a few laps in the feature and then pulled off with troubles to end his night in 13th......Brad Stephens, who started the Hobby Stock feature in 12th, crossed the line in 6th. But was docked 4 spots for jumping the start and was dropped to a 10th place finish.

I would like to thank the Mahaska County Fair Association, Mike Van Genderen and his staff for a fast paced night, as the final checkers waved at 9:25 PM on a Wednesday night. This weekends weather looks amazing, so make sure you get out to your local track and support their efforts.

Friday night the Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA hosts the MARS / ALMS / Corn Belt Clash open Late Models on the big half mile. The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA kicks off their season points opener on Friday. Saturday night is the annual "Slocum 50" at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA. The MARS / ALMS / Corn Belt Clash open Late Models will be racing for a top prize of $10,555! Hope to see you at one of these events this weekend.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Foster Returns to Lee County Speedway's Victory Lane

Donnellson, IA (Saturday, March 26, 2016) - Mother nature can be very unpredictable, and that was the case this past week. Tuesday started out sunny with high's in the mid 60's. But from there it went down hill. As Wednesday was overcast with highs in the lows 50's, and then Thursday temperatures hoovered around the low 30's which produced rain, sleet, slush and even snow. All of this would play havoc with the first race in the state of Iowa for the 2016 season.

Which was set to be held at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th with the 4th Annual Spring Extravaganza. Despite the sun shining and temperatures reaching the mid 50's on Friday, the track crew wasn't able to get things dried out and was forced to cancel that nights events. More sun and temperatures once again around the mid 50's on Saturday finally helped the track crew to get the grounds dried out enough to go racing.

The first feature to take to the track was the 20 lap IMCA Stock Cars, with Jason See and Jeff Mueller drawing the front row for the event. See would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mueller, Derrick Agee and Greg Gill. But coming off turn 2, Mueller would slip under See to take the top spot away on lap 2. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 4, when Jordan Gerling spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jeremy Pundt, Dane Fenton, Abe Huls and Brian Hoener collided coming off turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Mueller jump back out front, with Agee and Gill close behind. Mueller then held the top spot until lap 7 when he lost an engine going into turn 3 to bring out the caution. Gill would inherit the lead on the restart, with Cayden Carter, who started 9th, moving into second. While Carter worked on Gill for the lead, Agee was trying to hold off Damon Murty, who started 7th, for the third spot. The four car battle for the lead was slowed on lap 15, when debris in turn 3 brought out the yellow. Gill, who was working the bottom of the track, would edge Carter, who was working the top, at the line on the restart to hold the lead. But Carter used the momentum off the top of the track coming out of turn 4 to take the top spot away from Gill on lap 17. Despite Gill trying to work back under Carter over the final 3 laps, Carter was able to hold on to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize. Gill settled for 2nd, Murty was 3rd, Agee was 4th, with John Oliver Jr., who was driving Dean Kratzer's #4k machine, coming from 12th to round out the top 5.
Cayden Carter drove Roger Kelderman's IMCA Stock Car to victory on Saturday, March 26th at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA during the 4th Annual Sprint Extravaganza. 

Up next was the 14 lap IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Luke Benischek and Jason Breuklander making up the front row. Benischek jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Breuklander and Kimberly Abbott, and then held it until lap 2 when Breuklander took over the top spot. Just as Breuklander took the lead the red light would appear, as Darin Weisinger Jr. rolled in turn 2. After the safety crew got on scene to check on Weisinger Jr., he would fire up the car and drive it to the pits for his crew to check it over. On the restart Breuklander moved back out front, with Benischek trying to hold off Abbott in the battle for second. The action was slowed one lap later, lap 3, when Eric Eye spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Breuklander once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Benischek and Abbott continuing their battle for second. While Breuklander set the pace out front, all eyes were on Brad Chandler, who was driving Josh Barnes' second car and started in the 12th spot. Chandler would work his way into the second spot on lap 10 and the went to work on chasing down Breuklander for the lead. On the white flag lap Chandler was able to pull even with Breuklander coming out of turn 2, and then the two went into turn 3 side-by-side. Coming out of turn 4 for the checkered flag, Chandler was able to hold off Breuklander to pick up the win and the $300 top prize to go with it. Breuklander settled for 2nd, Luke Benischek was 3rd, Josh Barnes started 9th and came home in 4th, with Jake Benischek finishing in 5th.
The IMCA Sport Compact feature winner during the 4th Annual Sprint Extravaganza at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA went to Brad Chandler, who was driving one of Josh Barnes' cars.

Colby Springsteen and Richie Gustin drew the front row for the first 20 lap feature event for the LCS Late Models. Springsteen would take advantage of his front row draw to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Gustin and Derek Liles. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first and only caution of the race appeared, as Gunner Frank spun down the backstretch. On the restart Springsteen moved back out front, with Gustin and Liles following. While Springsteen set a fast pace out front, Tommy Elston, who started 6th, would work himself into second on lap 10. But by then Springsteen had built up a full straightaway lead, and without another caution he would cruise to an easy win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Elston was 2nd, Gustin was 3rd, Liles was 4th, with Louis Lynch finishing 5th after starting in 8th.
Colby Springsteen picked up the win in the first ever LCS Late Model feature of the season on Saturday, March 26th during the 4th Annual Spring Extravaganza at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA.

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Brett Lowry and Carter VanDenBerg leading the field to the drop of the green flag. VanDenBerg would use his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Lennox and Lowry. VanDenBerg then held the top spot until lap 5, when Lennox was able to slip under him coming off turn 4 to edge him out at the line for the lead. But VanDenBerg didn't give up, as he used the top of the track coming off turn 2 to grab the lead back on lap 6. Despite several challenges from Lennox over the final 12 laps, VanDenBerg was able to hold on in a caution free race to claim the win and the $1,000 top prize. Lennox was 2nd, Austen Becerra started 6th and finished 3rd, Lowry was 4th, with Sam Wieben coming home in 5th after starting in 11th.
Carter VanDenBerg drove to victory lane in the IMCA SportMod feature at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA on Saturday, March 26th during the 4th Annual Spring Extravaganza.

Kyle Brown and Hunter Marriott drew the front row for the 20 lap IMCA Modified feature. But just after the green flag was waved the red light would come on, as Brandon Brinton, Kory Meyer, Tim Hamburg, Scott Hogan, Ray Guss Jr., Blake Woodruff, and Jardin Fuller were piled up under the flag stand. All drivers were okay, with Woodruff the only car able to continue. On the restart Marriott moved out front to lead lap 1 over Kyle Brown and Ryan Maitland. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 2, as David Brown lost a left rear wheel in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Marriott once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Kyle Brown and Cayden Carter close behind. The third caution of the race appeared on lap 7, when debris in turn 2 brought out the yellow. On the following restart the yellow light would come back on, as debris in turn 1 slowed the action. The following restart saw Josh Foster shoot to the bottom of the track to over take Marriott for the top spot. But Marriott wouldn't give up, as he used the momentum off the top of turn 4 on lap 9 to grab the lead back. Debris in turn 4 on lap 13 would bring the great battle up front to a slow. Marriott jumped back out front on the restart, with Foster and Carter following close behind. Foster worked the low side of the track coming off turn 2 to slip past Marriott for the lead on lap 16. Just as that lap was scored complete the caution appeared for debris in turn 1. Which was a break for Foster, as Marriott over took him for the lead going into turn 1. The final restart saw Foster move back out front, with Marriott and Kyle Brown battling for the runner up spot. Foster would go on to lead the final 4 laps to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Kyle Brown won the battle for 2nd, Marriott was 3rd, Carter was 4th, with Kelly Shryock coming home in 5th after starting in 10th.
Josh Foster returned to the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa's victory lane on Saturday, March 26th, by claiming the IMCA Modified feature win during the 4th Annual Spring Extravaganza.

The final feature to take to the track was the 14 lap IMCA Hobby Stocks, with Shannon Anderson and John Irwin drawing the front row for the event. But it was fourth place starter Nick Ulin who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Anderson and Eric Stanton. Anderson then followed in Ulin's tire tracks for the next 7 laps, until he slipped under Unlin going into turn 3 to grab the top spot away on lap 8. Anderson then held off Ulin over the final 6 laps of a caution free race to pick up the win and the $500 top prize. Ulin settled for 2nd, Stanton was 3rd, August Bach came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Brandon Symmonds rounding out the top 5.
Shannon Anderon picked up the IMCA Hobby Stock feature win on Saturday, March 26th at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA during the 4th Annual Spring Extravaganza.

Notes from LCS: 32 Sport Compacts, 31 SportMods, 28 Modifieds, 18 Stock Cars, 12 Hobby Stocks, and 10 Late Models signed in for the nights action......Abe Huls, who started the Stock Car feature in 10th, recovered from the lap 4 crash to come back up to finish in 6th....Jeremy Pundt, who was also involved in the lap 4 crash, recovered to come home in 7th....Derrick Rohe, who traveled almost 4 hours from Audubon, IA, started the feature in 13th and passed 5 cars to finish in 8th....Shane Paris started 14th and finished 10th....Terry "Scooter" Dulin finished 12th after starting in 15th....Dane Fenton started 17th and finished 13th....Cody Clark made the almost 4 hour trek over from Yorktown, IA to finish 16th....Donovan Nunnikoven was a scratch for the feature......Brandon Setser started the Sport Compact feature in 15th and passed 8 cars to come home in 7th....Ron Kibbe, who won the B Main, passed 13 cars from his 21st place starting spot to finish in 8th....Brandon Reu started 18th and finished 12th....Darin Weisinger Jr., who started 22nd, recovered from his roll over on lap 2 to come back up to finish in 14th....Bryan Vannausdle made the 4.5 hour pull over from Nebraska City, Nebraska to finish 17th....Ryan Bryant pulled 3.5 hours down from Mason City, IA to finish in 20th......The much anticipated LCS Late Models only produced 10 cars, with I believe only 1 of those being an IMCA Spec Motor car......Austin Luellen, who is in his first full year behind a SportMod after moving up from the Hobby Stocks, started the feature in 10th and finished in 6th....Clint Luelle, who would have loved a caution, passed 11 cars from his 18th place starting spot to finish in 7th....Jim Gillenwater came from 13th to finish in 8th....Josh Appel, who pulled down 3.5 hours from Mason City, IA, finished 9th after starting in 12th....Tony Olson, who won the B Main, passed 11 cars from his 21st starting spot to come home in 10th....Dan Drury, who pulled 3 hours from Eldora, IA, started 23rd and passed 11 cars to come home in 12th....Joe Gower finished 13th after starting in 17th....Brayton Carter, who got the final transfer spot out of the B Main, started 24th and passed 9 cars to finish in 15th....Ryan King started 20th and finished 16th....Craig Garner made the 3.5 hour pull over from Clarinda, IA to finish in 17th......Josh Foster use to be a weekly competitor in the Modified division for many years at LCS, where he won many feature events and entertained the crowds with his exciting driving style. That was until a few years ago when he made a career change. He, along with wife Jodi, packed up there belongings and moved from Montrose, IA to Newton, IA. After sitting out of racing the past couple years, Foster has returned to the seat full time in 2016. He would return to LCS on Saturday, March 26th, where he raced to his first Modified victory of 2016....Richie Gustin drove Shawn Riter's #7sr Modified to a 6th place finish after starting in 9th....Johnny Walker started 17th and passed 10 cars to finish in 7th....RC Whitwell from Tucson, Arizona piloted one of Mike Wedelstat's MB Custom Modifieds to a 8th place finish after staring in 12th and battling in the top 5 until the last restart....Blake Woodruff recovered from the pile up on the start of the feature to come back up to finish in 16th......Bryce Sommerfeld made the almost 4 hour pull down from Fort Dodge, IA to finish 5th in the Hobby Stock feature....Chris Hovden made the 3.5 hour drive down from Cresco, IA to finish 11th.

A busy schedule is planned for March 30th through April 3rd, that is if mother nature allows. The week will kick off on Wednesday, March 30th with night one of the "Frostbusters" kicking off at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA. Then night two will take place at the Benton Countu Speedway in Vinton, IA on Thursday, March 31st. From there it moves to the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, IA on Friday, April 1st for night three. On Saturday, April 2nd it's the season opener at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA. Where the Sprint Invaders will also kick off there 2016 season. Finally on Sunday, April 3rd it is the season opener at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL. Perhaps I will see you at a few, if not all of these shows.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

My New Role of Promoter at the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction, IA

Monmouth, IL (Sunday, March 20, 2016) - I know I am about to give you ideas of how old I am, but after 30 years of being around this sport I LOVE, the 2016 racing season will be one I definitely will never forget. For the past several years I have dreamed of either owning a dirt track or even promoting one. Well thanks to the Louisa County Fair Association in Columbus Junction, Iowa I will have the opportunity of my life to promoter the CJ Speedway in 2016.

The 2016 racing season also marks the 10th anniversary of, not only the racing world in Northeast Missouri, Southeast Iowa, and West Central Illinois loosing a GREAT guy. But myself loosing a fellow racing partner. Many of you got to knew him and many I wish you had the privilege of having met him, because he always looked out for the racers and sponsors who supported the sport. His name was Ed Sheckler. In April of 2006, just before the racing season was about to kick-off, Ed was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Despite taking chemo treatments Ed, when he felt good, and myself still traveled every Saturday night to the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO. This is the track where Ed worked at marketing and a hole lot more. Unfortunately despite his hard fight, Ed would loose his battle with cancer in December of 2006.

Thanks to Ed I was able to learn a lot of things on how to take care of both the sponsors and the drivers that continue to support this great sport. I hope to use many of these tools for the 2016 racing season at the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction, IA. And I know he will be looking down on me to help point me in the right direction. So for me I hope to make Ed proud, as I put to work all the things he has taught me through the years we had together.

Both the Louisa County Fair Association and myself are very excited about what this racing season will bring. A lot of the past years sponsors, along with several new sponsors, have stepped up to show how much they support the CJ Speedway. Thanks to theses fine sponsors more than $700 has been added to the weekly payouts, which features racing in the Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, SportMods, Mod Lites, IMCA Sport Compacts, and CJ Mini Haulers. For many years the CJ Speedway has had three different payouts, one payout for this many cars, another payout for this many cars, and another for this many cars. But for 2016 I was able to eliminate one of those payouts to only have two. The goal going forward to to eliminate the other payout and just have one. But in order for that to happen I need all the support I can get from all the great racers and fans we have in and around the communities of Columbus Junction, Iowa. I have also talked to several drivers about racing at the CJ Speedway in 2016, and they are very excited about showing their support.

One thing that drivers might not know about the CJ Speedway, is that it's one of a very few tracks around that I know of that offers a year end points fund payout in all 6 classes. There are three things that a driver must do though to be eligible for that points fund, and those are they must race a minimum of 75% of the races at the track, they needed to pay their track registration fee, and finally they have to attend the awards banquet. But we want drivers to know that you DO NOT have to pay the track registration fee to race at CJ, that is unless you are racing for the points fund payback at the end of the year. However there is two savings we offer that comes with the registration. The first is you can save $5 off your registration if turned in on or before April 17th, as the registration fee will go up to $30 after that date. And the second you can save $5 on your pit pass each time you race at CJ. This year pit passes are $25, but if you are a non member driver then pit passes are $30.

The season is set to kick off with a car show and test - n - tune day on Sunday, April 17th. The car show will be held in front of the Economart located at 113 East Walnut Street in Columbus Junction, Iowa from 12 PM (noon) until 2 PM. Then from 2:30 PM until whenever, a test - n - tune will be held over at the track. For every driver who brings their race car to the car show will receive a FREE pit pass to be used for the test - n - tune event only. Another thing that was just worked out is a parade (for those who want to fire up their race cars and drive it over to the track) from the car show to the track for the test - n - tune event. Then the following Friday, April 22nd will be the first points night, with April 29th, May 13th, May 27th, June 17th, June 24th, July 22nd, and August 19th all weekly regular points night.

On Friday May 6th and Thursday, July 28th, during the Louisa County Fair, we will be holding a Modified special that pays $750 to win and $100 to start. Then on Friday, June 10th will be the 4th Annual Tim Sands Memorial, with the Modifieds going for $555 to win. This years "Firecracker 25" on July 8th will be featuring the IMCA Stock Cars going for $750 to win and $100 to start. That same payout will be used for the IMCA Stock Cars again on August 12th. $600 will be up for grabs for the SportMods on May 20th, and again on July 15th. The IMCA Sport Compacts will be the featured class on June 3rd. Then on July 1st the 305 Sprint Cars will join the weekly racing classes. I believe it has been 3 years since the Sprint Cars have raced at the CJ Speedway. On August 5th the Late Models (IMCA type rules) will return to the track after a one year hiatus. I am still looking at running a Mod Lite special this year. And possibly a CJ Mini Hauler special, depending on how much support the class generates in 2016. Personally I believe this class will surprise me in the turn out we will get this season.

The 2016 points season at the CJ Speedway will come to a close on Friday, August 26th. All six track champions will be crowned on this night, but will not be honored until the banquet on Saturday, November 12th. A fall special is NOT ruled out at this time, as plans are in the works to run at least one more event in late September or early October. So stay tuned as the season progresses.

Fans don't worry we didn't forget about you! Not only have we put together some special events to bring in Sprint Cars and Late Models. We have also put together some specials that will highlight all our weekly class, which will also bring in some outside drivers to the track in 2016. But most importantly on Friday, June 3rd we will be hosting a $5 Fan Appreciation Night, where all of our fans get into the grandstands for just $5. With a GREAT turn out, we hope to have another one later in the season. For the kids, Becky Kirk is once again going to run the CJ Speedway Junior Fan Club at the track. She does a lot of GREAT things for the kids, and 2016 will be no different. As always kids 10 and under get into the grandstands at CJ Speedway for FREE! For those who would like to help support Beck and her efforts with the Junior Fan Club, she is having a fundraiser potluck on Saturday, April 9th. The event will be held at Max's on Highway 70 in Conesville, Iowa from 5 PM until ?, with all the proceeds benefiting the Junoir Fan Club at the CJ Speedway. Plus make sure you go and like the CJ Speedway Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CJSpeedway, as you will have a chance to win grandstands tickets to each of our race nights. You can also stay up to date on what is happening at the track by checking out their website at www.cjspeedway.com. And don't forget to sign up for the text messaging system at www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=396c7e795f4f4200956f.

I want to let the people who take the time to read my posts on this blog, that can be found on www.postivelyracing.com, know that I will still continue to cover races at other tracks in the area as my schedule allows. The plan was to attended the Spring Nationals this past weekend at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO. But mother nature prevented that from happening, with cold temperatures forecasted for the weekend the event was cancelled. Hopefully mother nature will co-operate this coming weekend, Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th, as the Lee County Speedway hosts their Spring Extravaganza. I am ready to bring on the 2016 RACING SEASON!!!!

A special announce, that hasn't until now been released, for the Modifieds who might or are thinking about racing at the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa in 2016. We have had an anonymous sponsor step up to make any night when there are more then 15 Modifieds show up, the purse from 16th - 24th will be $70 to start the feature!