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!

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Look Back at the 2015 Racing Season

Monmouth, IL (Friday, March 11, 2016) - It has been over four and a half months since I have written anything, but with the nice warm weather we having been having lately, and the 2016 racing season just on the horizon. I have decided to take a quick look back at the my 2015 season.

My 2015 number of attended events came in at 76. Seventeen of those nights were at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA, and 14 nights were at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA. In which I worked at both of those tracks on Friday and Saturday nights. Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL came in with 9 nights, which could have been more if it hadn't been for the hours at my past job. As I started out working at this track on Sunday nights, until my hours at work forced me to resign. The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA was next, with 7 nights attended. I made 5 trips to the Boone Speedway in Boone, IA, with 4 of those nights coming during the 2015 IMCA Super Nationals. Up next was one of my favorite tracks the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO, where I attended 4 events. Back in 2004 this track is where it all began for me as far as me starting to work at a track. Three trips to the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, IA came in next, as well as 3 trips to the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL for the NASCAR weekend, and 3 visits to the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA for the Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals weekend. Followed by 2 trips to the Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA, and 2 visits to the Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, IA.

The 2015 season ended with 1 visit each to the following tracks: the Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa, IA, Benton County Speedway in Vinton, IA, Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway in Dubuque, IA, West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, IA, Peoria Speedway in Peoria, IL, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL, and the Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, IL.

During the 2015 season I was able to cross another, well maybe two, tracks off the list that I have never been to. The first would be the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, IA, not only did I make my first appearance at the track. But I went back for a second and third time. Then the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, IA was the maybe track, as I haven't been to this track in nearly 25 years. I can barely remember the last visit, as it was back in the late 80's to early 90's when they held the Hawkeyeland Pro Stock Nationals.

It was a year of firsts for the 2015 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA, as they crowned 5 new track champions and about a dozen drivers picked up their first feature wins at the track. Even though Scott Hogan has won many IMCA Modified track champions at other tracks, the one he earned at LCS in 2015 was his first at the track. Hogan, who didn't win a race until season championship night, was consistent enough to pick up the track champion. Just like Hogan, John Oliver Jr., who has won track championships at other tracks, would claim his first IMCA Stock Car title at the LCS. Joey Gower, who raced in a Late Model for several years at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL and 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA, before both tracks decided to do away with the IMCA rules package to go to a more open rules package. Gower would set out a season from racing, before returning in 2014 in the IMCA SportMod class. At the end of 2015 he would claim his first IMCA SportMod track championship at LCS. Kevin Koontz was the only IMCA Hobby Stock driver to attend all the races in 2015 at LCS, which paid off with his first career track title. Then Kimberly Abbott became the first female to pick up a track title at LCS. Abbott was consistent enough to score her first IMCA Sport Compact championship.

While LCS crowned 5 new track champions, there was also several drivers who scored their first feature wins at the track during the 2015 season. Tyler Droste kicked off the season by earning his first IMCA Modified feature win at the track during the spring special. That was followed up with Tyler Groenendyk picking up his first win at the track in the first points race. He would then go onto score two more wins. Carter VanDenBerg, who  moved up from the SportMod class, claimed his first career IMCA Modified feature win at LCS in his rookie season. He two went onto score two more wins, and fell a few points short of winning the track title. Blake Woodruff was another driver who scored their first career IMCA Modified win at LCS. And finally, Jerad Fuller picked up his first IMCA Modified feature win at the track....Jake Wenig was the only IMCA Stock Car driver to win their first feature win at the track. As many of the seasons feature wins went to Abe Huls, John Oliver Jr., and Jeff Mueller. For Mueller he went onto win four out of the last five feature wins at the track....One thing that stands out to me about the IMCA SportMod class at LCS, was there was no repeat winner in the first seven races. Joey Gower would break the string in week 8, when he scored his second win of the season. During the course of the season Bobby Six, Brandon Dale, and Logan Anderson claimed their first SportMod wins at the track. For Six and Anderson it just so happened to be their first career in the class....Leah Wroten and Brandon Potts, who's win was his first career in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, were the only two drivers in the Hobby Stock class to win their first at the track. This was mainly because of Dustin Griffiths domination of the class. Dustin finished the season with 9 wins in the class, even after missing a few weeks....The IMCA Sport Compacts only had two new winners at LCS, as Mike Reu, which was also his first career in the class, and Jake Benischek scored feature wins.

34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA runs 6 classes weekly, well you can say 7, as 2 rotate throughout the season. In those 7 divisions, 6 claimed their first track title in the class they raced weekly in. They included Justin Newberry in the 305 Sprint Cars, Shane Watts in the IMCA Stock Cars, Joey Gower in the IMCA SportMods, Brad Lucy in the Mod Lites, Aaron Schuck in the IMRA Midgets, and Kimberly Abbott in the 4-Cylinders. While Jeff Waterman won back-to-back titles in the IMCA Modified division. At the beginning of the 2015 season Justin Newberry announced it would be his final season behind the wheel of a race car. He would go out on top, by winning his first 305 Sprint Car title. Despite only winning 1 feature win all season, Jeff Waterman showed enough consistency to claim back-to-back IMCA Modified championships at 34 Raceway. Going into the final night of racing Shane Watts needed to pick up the feature win and hope that Tom Bowling Jr. had some bad luck in order to win his first IMCA Stock Car title. Well he got both of those to claim his first Stock Car title by 1 point. Joey Gower led Sean Wyett by 2 points going into the final points night in the IMCA SportMod class, as both drivers were in search of their first title at the track. But mechanical troubles would put Wyett in the pits early in the feature event, which Gower went onto win to claim the title. It was Gower's second IMCA SportMod title of 2015, as he claimed the title at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA. The Mod Lites only raced 4 points events at 34 Raceway, thanks in most part to mother nature. Brad Lucy came out on top of a three driver race to earn his first title at the track. Aaron Schuck used 2 feature wins and a consistent season to claim his first IMRA Midget title at the track. Kimberly Abbott trailed Jerrod Nichols by 3 points going into the final night of points racing in the 4-Cylinder class. A win in her heat race made it a tie a top the standings going into the feature event, which meant whoever finished ahead of the other would come out with the title. Well Abbott went onto score the feature win, which also helped her to become the first female to claim a track title at 34 Raceway. It just so happened to be her second title of the 2015 season, as she also won the title at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA.

Nobody showed any dominance in the 305 Sprint class, as Donnie Steward, Jayson Ditsworth, Ben Wagoner, and John Schulz all scored 2 feature wins. This would allow Harold Pohren and Nick Guernsey to pick up their first wins of the season at the track. It would also allow Cody Wehrle and Shane Quam the opportunity to score their first career 305 Sprint feature wins....Brandon Rothzen, who won 4 features, and Tyler Glass, who won 2, were the only drivers to win more than 1 IMCA Modified feature at 34 Raceway. Fans also got to see a veteran in the sport, Dean McGee, pick up a feature win at the track. It's nice to see that Dean still has what it takes to run up front every time the H7 hits the track....Even though Tom Bowling Jr. won 4 IMCA Stock Car features at the track, it wasn't enough for him to secure the track title. Chad Krogmeier, Jason Cook, Damon Murty, and Shane Watts each claimed a feature win victory. While Chase Klenk won his first career Stock Car feature win in his first year in the class....Austen Becerra led the IMCA SportMod class with 4 features win in his rookie season in the class. For Becerra it fell way short of his 30+ total feature wins in 2014 in the 4-Cylinder class. Brandon Lennox was able to score his first win at the track, as well as Dakota Simmons and Bobby Six who each claimed first career wins at the track....Andy Baugh and Aaron Schuck were the only drivers to win 2 features at the track in the IMRA Midget class. While Brayden Gaylord scored his first career win at the track....Mike Morrill missed 1 points night at 34 Raceway or he might have been crowned the champions in the Mod Lites. As he won 3 features in 3 points races. The other victory went to Jake Halcomb, who scored his first career feature win. Travis Stensland ended the season at 34 Raceway by claiming his biggest win of his career, the $1,000 to win Mod Lite National event....Ten drivers won 4-Cylinder features in 14 races, with Austen Becerra, Michael Grossman, Kimberly Abbott and Ron Kibbe each winning 2 features. Bryan Shipley, Larry Miller, Jerrod Nichols, and Jeffrey DeLonjay would score their career first wins at the track in the class.    

Sunday night racing at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL happens with 5 class, the UMP Open Late Models, UMP Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, and IMCA Sport Compacts. Out of the 5 classes, 3 of those classes crowned a new champion in 2015. Mark Burgtorf not only won back-to-back Open Late Model track titles, but it was his 16th overall at the track. There is only one word to describe what Michael Long did in the UMP Modified class at the track in 2015, and that is domination. Michael won 13 out 18 feature wins at the track to easily claim another track title. Jim Lynch claimed his first career IMCA Stock Car track title at Quincy Raceways. Even though Abe Huls won 50% of the feature events at the track, Lynch was able to hold on to claim the title. For Joey Gower winning his third track title of the season, the first coming at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA and the second coming at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA, didn't come easy. Despite picking up 8 feature wins in the IMCA SportMod class in Quincy, Gower went into the final night of points with only a 1 point lead, thanks to a feature win on that night he was able to secure the title. Kimberly Abbott started the season off strong at the Quincy Raceways in the IMCA Sport Compact division, where she ended the season with 7 feature wins. But then had to hold off Brandon Lambert, who won 8 feature wins, late in the season to secure her first track championship at the track. Just like Gower, Abbott was able to secure three track titles in 2015, as she became the first female to win titles at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA, 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA, and Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL.

The UMP Late Models at the Quincy Raceways in 2015 really didn't have a driver who dominated the class, as 8 drivers scored feature wins in 13 races. Mark Burgtorf led all drivers with 3 wins, followed by Justin Reed, Jamie Wilson, and Bobby Pierce with 2 wins a piece. For Jamie Wilson his 2 wins in 2015 were very popular, as before 2014 it had been several years since he competed weekly in Late Model class. Late in the season Rusty Schlenk made the pull down from Michigan to win a Late Model feature. At the time he was in a battle with Pierce to win the UMP National Title....The same can not be said with the UMP Modified class, as one driver dominated the season at Quincy. Out of 18 feature races, Michael Long won 13 of them. Rick Conoyer was one of the lucky drivers to beat Long, as he picked up his first win of the season at the track....Like mentioned above, Abe Huls scored 50% of the wins in the IMCA Stock Car class, with 8 out of 16. He was followed by track champion Jim Lynch with 3, and Brandon Savage with 2. Michael Larsen, Beau Taylor, and Andrew Hustead, in only his second year in a Stock Car, each secured feature wins at the track....The IMCA SportMod class was very competitive, even though Joey Gower won 8 feature wins eight other drivers would go onto pick up wins. For Adam Birck, Patrick Phillips, Brandon Lennox, and Matt Dotson it would be their first of the season. But for Austin Howes and Bobby Six it was their career first at the track. Many might point back to Lennox's win as the most exciting race of the season, as he took the challenge to go to the rear and race for a bonus if he could win the race. Thanks to many sponsors and fans in the stands the bonus he took home at the end of that night totaled $1,100....While on the other hand, the IMCA Sport Compact division only saw 4 drivers reach victory lane. Brandon Lambert, with 8 wins, and Kimberly Abbott, with 7 wins, carried the class. With Michael Grossman scoring 2 wins, and Trent Orwig coming away with a victory.

I am going to try my best to take a look ahead for the 2016 racing season in my area sometime next week. That is before the first race around here kicks off with the Spring Nationals at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO on Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th. But this event will not kick off my 2016 season, as along with myself, Micheil and Danica Far of D&M Track Photography are planning a Saturday trip to the Beatrice Speedway in Beatrice, NE to watch the final night of their Spring Nationals events. Just before posting this story 118 Modifieds, 53 Stock Cars, 75 SportMods, and 54 Hobby Stocks for a total of 300 cars signed in for competition on night one. Those same classes, along with the Sport Compacts will compete in a complete show on Saturday night. Bring on the 2016 RACING SEASON!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Carter Doubles Up on Night 1 of the Memphis "Fall Nationals"

Memphis, MO (Friday, October 16, 2015) - When the schedule is released every year for the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri, everyone knows that when it comes time for the "Fall Nationals" what the weather will be like. And that is cold! Friday night was no exception, as temps during the day time didn't get out of the high 50's and temps at night fell to the mid 30's, Even though it was cold, the racing action was enough to warm you up.

The first feature to take to the track was the 12 lap Sport Compacts, with Matt Moore and Kimberly Abbott drawing the front row for the event. Abbott would take advantage of her front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Setser and William Michel. While Abbott set the pace out front Setser, and Drew Johnson, who made the long pull from Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, raced side -by-side for the runner up spot. Johnson would grab that spot away from Setser on lap 8 and then went to work on Abbott for the top spot. But Abbott would hold him off in a caution free race to pick up the win. Johnson settled for 2nd, Setser was 3rd, Darin Smith was 4th, Shaun Slaughter came from 14th to finish in 5th, with Michel holding on to the final spot to be locked into Saturday nights feature event.

Up next was the 14 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Nathan Ballard and John Watson leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Watson would edge out Ballard at the line to grab the lead on lap 1, with Mike Hughes close behind in third. While Watson and Ballard worked the top of the track, Hughes would use the bottom of the track to grab the lead on lap 4. The first caution of the race appeared on lap 6 to slow the battle up front. David Saffell spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hughes moved back out front, with Ballard and Watson close behind. Ballard tried to work under Hughes over the next 4 laps, when the second and final caution of the race appeared. This time Sierra Wilsey would loose a right rear tire in turn 1 to bring out the caution. Once again Hughes grabbed the lead on the restart, with Ballard and Watson close behind. Ballard again tried to work under Hughes over the final 4 laps. But Hughes was able to hold him off to pick up the win. Ballard settled for 2nd, Watson was 3rd, Nick Ulin came from 12th to finish in 4th, Dustin Griffiths was was 5th, with Jacob Keiser holding on for the final transfer spot into Saturday nights feature event.

Tony Olson and Jeff Roberts drew the front row for the 16 lap SportMod feature, with Olson grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Jared VanDeest and Brandon Dale. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when John Oliver Jr. spun down the backstretch to bring out the caution. On the restart Olson jumped back out front, with Jim Gillenwater, who started 11th, and VanDeest close behind. Two laps later, lap 4, Jared Waterman would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Olson once again moved out front on the restart, with Gillenwater and Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 12th, following behind. While Olson and Gillenwater worked the bottom of the track, Van Der Wal went to the top. Van Der Wal would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 to grab the lead away from Olson on lap 6.Van Der Wal then started to put some distance on the battle behind him, when the third caution of the race brought the field back to his back bumper. This time Eric Flander, who was driving Greg Strohman's #53 machine, slowed to a stop in turn 11 after coming from 21st to 11th to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal jumped back out front, with Olson and Gillenwater glued to his back bumper. One lap later, lap 12, Waterman spun in turn 3 to bring out his second solo caution to end his night. Van Der Wal again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Gillenwater over taking Olson for the runner up spot. Gillenwater stayed close to Van Der Wal over the final 4 laps, but wasn't able to mount a charge for the lead. As Van Der Wal held on to claim the win. Gillenwater settled for 2nd. But was disqualified in tech with a illegal transmission. Which would move Olson up to 2nd, VanDeest was moved to 3rd, Brayton Carter was moved up to 4th, with Brandon Lennox edging out Jake McBirnie out at the line to finish 5th, with McBirnie getting the final transfer into Saturday nights feature.

Up next was the 20 lap Stock Car feature, with Cayden Carter and Abe Huls leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was fourth place starter David Brandies who went three wide to grab the lead on lap 1 over Carter and John Oliver Jr. Just after the completion of lap 1, Dan Gordon spun in turn 4 to bring out the first caution of the race. On the restart Brandies jumped back out front, with Carter and Mike Hughes, who started 7th, close behind. Hughes, who was working the bottom of the track, would slip under Brandies to take the top spot away on lap 4. After the completion of lap 4 the second caution of the race appeared, as Trever Harris spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hughes moved back out front, with Carter and Brandies close behind. Disaster would strike Brandies on lap 7, when he spun in turn 4 while running 4th to bring out the caution. On the restart Carter would slip under Hughes going into turn three to grab the top spot away, leaving Hughes to battle Jeff Mueller, who started 9th, for the runner up spot. Just as Carter started to pull away from the battle behind him, the fourth and final caution of the race appeared on lap 15. This time Derek Kirkland lost a left front tire, after staring in 14th and running 9th, to bring out the yellow. Carter would jump back out front on the restart, with Hughes and Mueller going back to their battle for second. Mueller was able to take the runner up spot from Hughes on lap 18, but ran out of time to challenge Carter for the lead. As Carter held on to pick up the win. Mueller settled for 2nd, Hughes was 3rd, Andy Altenburg, who made the pull down from Truman, Minnesota, came from 10th to finish in 4th, Todd Reitzler started 11th and finished 5th, with Huls edging out the final transfer spot into Saturday nights feature event at the line.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Modifieds, with Hunter Marriott and Bill Roberts Jr. leading the field to the green. Marriott would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Kyle Brown and Roberts Jr. While Marriott set the pace out front, Cayden Carter, who started 6th, and Kurt Kile, who started 8th, were using the top of the track to work their way towards the front. The action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 10, when Michael Long, who was running 5th, slowed with a broken right rear suspension to bring out the caution. On the restart Marriott moved back out front, with Kile and Carter close behind. Carter was able to grab the runner up spot away from Kile on lap 13 and then went to work on Marriott for the top spot. On lap 16, Carter was able to slid up in front of Marriott to grab the lead going into turn 1. But Marriott would use a cross over move to keep the top spot coming off turn 2. Carter did the same move going into turn 3 and was able to hold Marriott off coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 17. Carter then pulled away over the final 3 laps to claim his second win of the night. Marriott was 2nd, Kile was 3rd, Bruce Hanford started 14th and charged to a 4th place finish, Ronn Lauritzen came from 9th to finish in 5th, with Jimmy Gustin charging from 16th to grab the final transfer spot into Saturday nights feature.

Notes from Memphis: 34 Modifieds, 33 Stock Cars, 33 SportMods, 16 Sport Compacts, and 13 Hobby Stocks signed in for night 1 of the "Fall Nationals"......Ryan Havel started the Sport Compact feature in 9th and finished 7th....Devin Still started 13th and finished 9th....Chuck Fullenkamp, who was suppose to start the feature in 8th, was a scratch....Michael Grossman, who was driving Darin Weisinger's number 11 was also a scratch from the feature......Dale Porter finished 8th in the Hobby Stock feature after starting in 12th......John Oliver Jr. recovered from his spin on lap 2 of the SportMod feature to come back up to finish 8th....Michael Guthrie finished 14th after starting in 18th....Tyler Heckart driving the #03 usually driven by Mike Mundell started 24th and finished 17th......Tyler Pickett came from 15th to finish in 9th in the Stock Car feature....Derrick Agee started 12th and finished 10th....Jason Cook started 19th and finished 11th....Brandies recovered from his spin on lap 7 to come back up to finish 12th....Corey Strothman started 17th and finished 14th....Bob Lynch came from 24th to finish 16th....Lonnie Hodges started 23rd and finished 19th....Les Blakley was scheduled to started the feature in 18th. But engine troubles just after the checkered flag in the heat race forced him to scratch from the event......Richie Gustin started the Modified feature in 10th and finished in 7th....Jeff Waterman, who won the B Main, started 21st and passed 13 cars to come home in 8th....Tyler Groenendyk came from 15th to finish in 9th....Andrew Schroeder started 23rd and passed 11 cars to come home in 12th....Carter VanDenBerg came from 19th to finish in 13th....Milo Veloz Jr. came from 22nd to finish in 14th....Dennis Betzer started 24th and finished 18th.

Coming up tonight, Saturday, October 17th, will be the final night of the "Fall Nationals" at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO. The Modifieds will be racing for a top prize of $2,000, while the Stock Cars and SportMods are gunning for $1,500 to win. The Hobby Stocks are racing for $1,000 to win and the Sport Compacts are going for a top prize of $750. Hot laps get under way at 6 PM, so come on out and enjoy another hot night of racing!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dickey, VanderBeek, Carter, Potts, and Slaughter Collect Wins at Osky

Oskaloosa, IA (Wednesday, September 23, 2015) - With the 2015 racing season quickly coming to an end, and the unexpected warm weather in late September. I decided to make the drive northwest to the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa for their season championship night. All though this was the end of the 2015 points season, it was not the last race of the year. (More on that at the end.)

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 10 lap IMCA Sport Compacts, with Matt Moore and Curt Myers leading the field to the green flag. Shaun Slaughter, who started 6th, Brad Havel, who started 9th, and Moore raced three wide for the top spot on the drop of the green. But it was Moore who edged out Slaughter and Havel at the line by inches to lead lap 1.Coming to complete lap 2, Slaughter would slip past Moore to grab the top spot. Despite a few challenges from Havel over the final laps, Slaughter was able to hold on in a caution free race to claim his first win of the season at the track. Brad Havel settled for 2nd, Ryan Havel was 3rd, Bob Lake started 7th and finished 4th, with Moore holding on for a 5th place finish. Bill Whalen Jr. didn't even have to show up, as he already had the 2015 Track Championship locked up.
00-Shaun Slaughter of Iowa City, IA won the IMCA Sport Compact feature on Wednesday night

07-Riverside, Iowa's Bill Whalen Jr. claimed the 2015 IMCA Sport Compact Track Title

Up next was 16 lap IMCA SportMods, with Casey Lancaster and Trent Brink making up the front row. But just as the green flag was dropped the yellow light would come on, as Jason McDaniel got into the guardrail in turn 1 and came to stop to bring out the caution. On the restart third place starter Charlie Weber grabbed the lead, with Brink and Logan Anderson, who started 5th, close behind. The complexion of the race would change after the completion of lap 1, as Weber spun in front of the field in turn 2 and collected Lancaster, Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 9th and was battling for second, Cory Van Zante, Ed Hamilton, and Austin Paul. The cars of Van Der Wal, Van Zante and Hamilton were all to damaged to continue, while Weber, Lancaster, and Paul all went to the work area and rejoined the back of the field for the restart. Brink would lead the field to green for the restart, but it was Brayton Carter, who started 8th, working the top of the track to get by Brink for the top spot. Carter then pulled away from the field over the final 14 laps to cruise to an easy win. Anderson finished 2nd, Weber recovered from his spin to charge back up to a 3rd place finish, Brink was 4th, with Colton Livezey rounded out the top 5. All Curtis Van Der Wal had to do was take the green flag in his heat race and he had the 2015 Track Championship locked up.
01-Brayton Carter of Oskaloosa, IA won the IMCA SportMod feature on Wednesday night

Oskaloosa, Iowa's 1v-Curtis Van Der Wal claimed the 2015 IMCA SportMod Track Title

Brandon Banks and Scott Dickey led the field to the drop of the green flag in the IMCA Modified feature, with Dickey jumping out into the lead on lap 1 over Banks and Andrew Schroeder. While Dickey set a fast pace out front the battle was for second, as Schroeder had to work to hold back Cayden Carter, who started 6th. When Schroeder, got into the guardrail in turns 1 and 2 on both laps 3 and 4, this would allow Carter to slip under him to take over the runner up spot. But without a caution there was no catching Dickey on this night, as he pulled away to pick up the win. Carter settled for 2nd, Schroeder was 3rd, Carter VanDenBerg was 4th, with Tommy Elston, who sold his Late Model about a month ago and purchased a Modified, coming home in 5th. Coming into the night there were four drivers who had a shot of claiming the IMCA Modified track championship. But with only 7 cars showing up and Carter crossing the line in 2nd, he would be crowned the 2015 Track Champion.
40-Scott Dickey of Packwood, IA won the IMCA Modified feature on Wednesday night 

Oskaloosa, Iowa's 10c-Cayden Carter claimed the 2015 IMCA Modified Track Title

Up next was the 16 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Jared Stephens and Brandon Potts making up the front row. Potts would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Steve Allen and Craig Brown, who started 6th. The top three cars would start to pull away from the battle for fourth, that was until the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 8. Stephens would get into the back of Dale Porter coming off turn 4 while battling for 6th, which caused Porter to spin down the front stretch to bring out the caution. On the restart Potts moved back out front, with Brown over taking Allen for the runner up spot. Brown then put pressure on Potts, and even looked under him over the final 8 laps. But Potts didn't make any mistakes and went onto pick up his first ever IMCA Hobby Stock feature at the track. Brown settled for 2nd, Allen was 4th, Danny Thrasher started 8th and finished 4th, with Porter recovering from his spin on lap 8 to come back up to finish in 5th. When Dustin Griffiths took the green flag in his heat race earlier in the night, this would lock up the 2015 Track Championship for him.
2-Brandon Potts of Eldon, IA won his first ever IMCA Hobby Stock feature at the track on Wednesday night 

Ottumwa, Iowa's 10G-Dustin Griffiths claimed the 2015 IMCA Hobby Stock Track Title

The final feature to take to the track was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Cars, with this being the closest points battle of the night. As Cayden Carter and Mike Hughes came into the night tied atop the standings, which meant the highest finisher in the feature would be crowned the champion. Mike Brown and Jerry Pilcher led the field to the drop of the green flag, but it was fourth place starter Zack VanderBeek who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Pilcher and Carter, who started 8th. Carter would slip into the runner up spot on lap 5 and then went to work on VanderBeek for the top spot. The team cars would race the final 11 laps nose to tail, with Carter even looking under VanderBeek a few times. But VanderBeek was able to hold on to pick up the win. Carter settled for 2nd, Hughes started 9th and finished 3rd, Pilcher was 4th, with Nathan Wood coming from 7th to round out the top 5. With Carter finishing in 2nd and Hughes in 3rd, this would give the 2015 Track Championship to Carter by 1 point.
33z-Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, IA won the IMCA Stock Car feature on Wednesday night 

Oskaloosa, Iowa's 10c-Cayden Carter was crowned the 2015 IMCA Stock Car Track Champion

Notes from Osky: John Girdley started the Sport Compact feature in 11th after switching cars for the feature. He would pass 5 cars to come home in 6th....Trent Orwig was running 4th, when he lost an engine on the final lap and coasted across the line in 7th......Austin Paul, who started the SportMod feature in 12th, was involved in the lap 1 crash in turn 2. He would restart in the back and charged his way back up to a 6th place finish....Greg Strohman started 14th and passed 7 cars to finish in 7th....Danny Brau also passed 7 cars from his 15th place starting spot to finish in 8th,,,,Scott Brau came from 13th to finish in 9th....Tony Johnson and Kyle Webb both had troubles in the heat races that forced them to scratch from the feature......Travis Bunnell started the Hobby Stock feature in 9th and finished 6th....Christian Huffman finished 8th after starting in 13th....Casey Greubel, who started 11th and had worked his way to 6th, pulled off on the final lap with a right rear flat to end his night in 9th....Dustin Griffiths, who started 10th and had worked his way to 4th, pulled off on lap 11 with a right rear flat to end his night in 10th....Aaron Martin had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature......Ryan Fullenkamp had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch from his heat and feature race in the Stock Cars......About 5 open Late Models, including Billy Moyer, Ryan Gustin, Matt Furman, Paul Glendenning and Billy Moyer Jr., showed up at the track to make some hot laps. This was in preparation of the Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Like I mentioned in the first paragraph, even though this was the final points race of the season at the track it was not the last race. That is coming up next Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd with the running of the 29th Annual MUSCO Lighting Fall Challenge. The Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, and Hobby Stocks will be going for $1,000 to win on both Friday and Saturday nights. As both nights will be a complete draw / redraw show, with full payouts both nights. Also the Sport Compacts will be racing for $250 to win both nights.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Carter Takes Two at Osky

Oskaloosa, IA (Wednesday, August 5, 2015) - With having Thursday off work, I decided to make the trip up to the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa for a regular Wednesday night program. It also happened to include the IMCA Late Models.

The first feature to take to the track was the 18 lap IMCA Stock Cars, with Eric Knapp and Jason See making up the front row. But it was fourth place starter Zack VanderBeek who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over See and Mike Hughes, who started 8th. While VanderBeek set a fast pace out front, Hughes, Todd Reitzler, who started 6th, and Cayden Carter, who started 9th, had a three way battle going for the runner up spot. That battle would come to an end on lap 12, when See slowed to a stop in turn 3 to bring out the only caution of the race. On the restart Hughes went to the bottom of the track to slip past VanderBeek for the top spot, while Carter slipped past for the runner up spot. Carter looked under Hughes over the 5 laps, but Hughes was able to hold him off. Then coming off turn 4 for the checkered flag Carter was able to slip under Hughes to claim the win. Hughes settled for 2nd, VanderBeek was 3rd, Reitzler was 4th, with Donnie Pearson coming from 12th to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 10 lap IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Ryan Havel and Trent Orwig leading the field to the green flag. But it was Bill Whalen Jr., who started 4th, who edged out Orwig at the line by inches to lead lap 1. Whalen Jr.'s run up front came to an end on lap 5, when he lost the engine down the backstretch to bring out the only caution of the race. Shane Evans, who started 5th, inherited the lead on the restart over Orwig and Havel. Evans would hold off Orwig over the final 5 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Orwig was 2nd, Havel was 3rd, John Girdley was 4th, with Tim Bevins coming home in 5th.

Danny Brau and Charlie Weber led the field to green in the 16 lap IMCA SportMod feature. But it was fourth place starter Austin Paul who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Weber and Cory Van Zante. Paul was setting a fast pace out front and was building on his lead every lap. Since the race went caution free, there was no catching Paul on this night. As he cruised to his first ever win at the Southern Iowa Speedway. Van Zante was 2nd, Jason McDaniel was 3rd, Brett Lowry started 7th and finished 4th, with Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 9th and was battling McDaniel for 3rd, slowing on the last 2 laps to hold on for 5th.

Up next was the 18 lap IMCA Modified feature, with Scott Dickey and Tyler Groenendyk on the front row. But just like the Stock Car and SportMod feature, fourth place starter Colt Mather jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Groenendyk and Dickey. As Paul did in the SportMod feature, Mather set a torrid pace out front and was building on his lead each lap. Without a caution there was no catching Mather, who cruised to first win of the season at the track. Dickey was 2nd, Cayden Carter was 3rd, Groenendyk was 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

Jared Stephens and Brandon Potts made up the front row for the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come out, as Stephens, Potts, Steve Allen and Bobby Greene all spun down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. This would move Aaron Martin and Craig Brown to the front row for the restart. On that restart Brown jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Travis Bunnell, who started 8th, and Dustin Griffiths, who started 10th. Bunnell was able to get under Brown coming off turn 2 on lap 5, but when debris in turn 3 bringing out the caution it would give Brown the lead back. Brown moved back out front on the restart, with Bunnell having to work to hold off Griffiths for the runner up spot. Brown would hold on over the final 10 laps to pick up the win. Bunnell held on for 2nd, Griffiths was 3rd, Dale Porter started 9th and finished 4th, with Martin holding on for 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap IMCA Late Models, with Curtis Glover and John VanDenBerg drawing the front row. But just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as VanDenBerg spun in turn 4 and collected Todd Cooney. Both cars were unable to continue. Curt Schroeder was moved to the outside of the front row for the restart, with Glover grabbing the lead over Cayden Carter and Schroeder. Glover's run up front came to an end on lap 5, when he pulled off the track with heavy engine smoke. This would give Carter the lead. Carter then lapped the entire field to easily pick up his first Late Model win at the track. Paul Nagle started 6th and finished 2nd, Derek Liles, who moved up from the SportMod class, started 8th and finished 3rd, Todd Johnson was 4th after starting in 7th, with Jenna Johnson finishing 5th after starting in 9th.

Notes from Osky: Greg Gill started the Stock Car feature in 10th and finished 8th....Mike Brown finished 10th after starting in 14th....Nathan Wood, who was battling for 6th after starting in 13th, pitted under the lap 12 caution. He would return to come back up to finish in 11th....Brock Welch had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night......Matthew Vangelder started the SportMod feature in 10th and finished 8th....Shawn Cooney started 14th and finished 9th....Thomas Egenberger had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night......Brandon Banks started 9th in the Modified feature and finished 7th....Jim Lynch had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night......Clayton Webster started the Hobby Stock feature in 11th and finished 8th....Brandon Potts, who spun on the start, had worked his way back to 5th on lap 6. But was forced off the track down the backstretch on the last lap to be credited with 9th.