Sunday, April 27, 2014

Steward, Rothzen, Bowling, Wyett, Halcomb and Dunker Score Wins at 34 Raceway

West Burlington, IA (Saturday, April 26, 2014) - Despite the dark clouds and lighting building to the south of 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa they were able to get there full program in, with 100 cars signed in for competition. Donnie Steward (305 Sprints), Brandon Rothzen (IMCA Modifieds), Tom Bowling Jr. (IMCA Stock Cars), Sean Wyett (IMCA SportMods), Jimmy Halcomb (Mod Lites), and Patrick "Skipp" Dunker (4 Cylinders) scored feature wins in there respective classes.

The first feature up on the night was the 15 lap IMCA SportMods, with Sean Wyett and Blake Woodruff drawing the front row for the event. Wyett would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Adam Shelman, who started 5th, and Brett Timmerman, who started 8th. Just as Wyett started to put some distance between himself and the runner up spot, the first caution appeared on lap 5. Scott Williams would spin his machine in turn 4 to bring the yellow light on. On the restart Jonny Williams, Dakota Simmons and Andre' LaPorte collided in turn 2 to bring the caution back out. The following restart had Wyett jump back out front, with Timmerman working to hold back Tony Dunker for the second spot. Wyett was able to lead all 15 laps to pick up the win. Dunker would finish in 2nd, Jeff DeLonjay came from 11th to finish in 3rd, Shelman held on for 4th, with Dustin Crear rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 12 lap Mod Lite feature, with Daniel Keltner and Jimmy Halcomb drawing the front row for the event. Keltner used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Halcomb and Michael Dominquez. The action up front was slowed on lap 4, when Jake Halcomb spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jimmy Halcomb jumped to the outside of Keltner to grab the lead away, with Justin Buchholz coming from 5th to challenge Keltner for second. The three car battle for the top spot would be slowed one lap later, as Graham Fate spun down the backstretch on lap 5 to bring out the yellow. Jimmy Halcomb moved back out front on the restart and then held off a last lap challenge from Keltner to claim the win. Keltner settled for 2nd, Buchholz was 3rd, Jake Halcomb recovered from his lap 4 spin to come back up to finish 4th, with Collin Ball coming home in 5th.

Dane Fenton and Mark Bowman led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Fenton grabbing the lead on lap 1 over John Brockway and Bowman. Just as the action up front was getting hot, the first caution of the event appeared on lap 3. Jake Wenig, who started 7th and had worked his way to 3rd, spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Robert Thompson spun in turn 1 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Fenton move back out front, with Jim Lynch and Tom Bowling Jr., who started 8th, battling close behind. Fenton held off all challenges until lap 11, when John Oliver Jr., who started 10th, used the middle of the track in turn 3 to go from third to grab the top spot. The top five of Oliver Jr., Fenton, Lynch, Bowling Jr., and Ray Raker, who started 9th, where putting on a show for the crowd and were pulling away from the rest of the field. When the final caution of the event slowed the action on lap 17. Wening, worked his way back to 9th after his lap 3 spin, spun in turn 4 and collected the car of Erik Knutsen, who started 17th and had worked his way to 10th, to bring out the yellow. Oliver Jr. jumped back out front on the restart, with Bowling Jr. and Lynch close behind. As the top three took the white flag, Bowling Jr. slid under Oliver Jr. in turn 2 to grab the top spot down the backstretch. Oliver Jr. then tried to use that same move in turns 3 and 4, as the two made contact coming off turn 4 to race to the checkered flag. Bowling Jr. would cross the line sideways across Oliver Jr.'s nose to score the win. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Lynch was 3rd, Raker was 4th, with Fenton rounding out the top 5.

The 20 lap IMCA Modified feature was up next, with Dugan Thye and Tyler Glass leading the field to the green. Glass took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dustan Fenton and Thye. As Glass pulled away from the field and looked to be heading to the win, the first caution came out on lap 8 to bring the field back to his back bumper. Thye would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Disaster would strike Glass on the restart, as he slid off turns 1 and 2 and came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Brandon Rothzen, who started 7th, inherited the lead for the restart, with Dennis LaVeine close behind in second. Rothzen held off LaVeine over the final 12 laps to pick up his second win of the weekend, as he scored a win Friday night at the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa. LaVeine settled for 2nd, Mitch Morris came from 9th to finish in 3rd, Jerrod Fuller started 10th and finished in 4th, with Fenton holding on for 5th.

Shane Quam and Donnie Steward drew the front row for the 20 lap 305 Sprint feature, with Steward grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Quam and Shawn Whiting. Steward then worked to hold back Quam and John Schulz over the next 8 laps, when the first caution came out to slow the action. Jacob Glasgow and Chase Wanner spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Steward jumped back out front, with Schulz over taking Quam for the runner up spot. Steward held the top spot until lap 12, when Schulz slid under him to take the lead. Schulz looked to be heading to his second win in a row, until disaster struck him on lap 15. Heavy smoke poured out from under his machine down the front stretch, as he came to a stop off turn 2, to bring out the caution and ending his night. Steward inherited the lead for the restart and held it until the final caution appeared one lap later, on lap 16. Justin Newberry, who started 8th and was running 5th, did a complete 360 in turn 2 and collected Dustin Whiting, who started 16th and was running 6th, to bring out the yellow. Once again Steward moved out front on the restart and then held on over the final 4 laps to pick up the win. Jayson Ditsworth came from 12th to finish in 2nd, Quam held on for 3rd, Nick Guernsey started 13th and finished in 4th, with Newberry recovering from his lap 16 spin to come back up to finish 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 12 lap 4 Cylinders, with Dustin Ravelin and Shawn Baker leading the field to the green. On the first attempt of a green flag, Ravelin jumped the start to bring out the yellow. But Baker, Rachael Reger, Brian Mehaffy, Billy Stanford, and Austen Becerra piled up in turn 2 to bring out the red flag. The second attempt of a start saw Ravelin jump the start to bring the yellow back on, which sent Ravelin to the back and moved Jerrod Nichols to the pole for the third restart. On the third original start Daytona Fenton would roll several times in turn four to bring the red flag out. Fenton climbed from his car okay! Nichols and William Michel, who had started 8th, now led the field to the green. But it was 11th place starter Wayne Noble who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Nichols and Michel. Noble would hold the top spot until lap 10, when Patrick "Skipp" Dunker, who started 12th, used the top of the track to get past Noble for the lead. Dunker then led the final 2 laps to pick up his first win of the season. Noble was 2nd, Michel was 3rd, Nichols was 4th, with Chuck Fullenkamp coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Notes from 34: 22 4 Cylinders, 21 305 Sprints, 18 SportMods, 17 Stock Cars, 12 Modifieds, and 10 Mod Lites made up the 100 cars signed in for the night......Brett Timmerman, who was running 3rd, slipped over turns 1 and 2 on lap 13 of the SportMod feature and fell back to 6th where he finished....Bobby Anders came from 15th to pass 8 cars to take home a 7th place finish....Bradley Holtmeyer started 16th and finished in 10th....Dakota Simmons recovered from the lap 5 spin to come back up to finish in 11th....Andre' LaPorte also recovered from the lap 5 spin to come back up to 13th....Colton Bowman started 18th and finished 14th......Randy Wachter started the Stock Car feature in 14th and passed 5 cars to take home a 9th place finish....Derek Schwandt had troubles in his heat to force him to scratch from the feature......Bill Roberts started the Modified feature in 8th and finished 6th....Tyler Glass recovered from his lap 8 spin to come back to finish 7th....Dugan Thye also recovered from his lap 8 spin to come back up to 8th....Larry McConnell started 12th and finished 10th......Andy Huston came from 19th in the 305 Sprint feature and passed 13 cars to finish in 6th....Dave Getchell came from 14th to finish in 7th....Dillan Roth passed 13 cars from his 21st starting spot to finish in 8th....Andy Krieger started 15th and took home a 9th place finish....Dustin Whiting recovered from being involved in the lap 16 caution to come back up to finish in 10th....Kyle Peterson had troubles in his heat to force him to scratch from the feature......Jacob Brown started the 4 Cylinder feature in 14th and passed 8 cars to finish in 6th....Jeff DeLonjay came from 13th to finish in 7th....Bryerson Tharp started 18th and passed 10 cars to finish in 8th....Larry Miller passed 13 cars from his 22nd starting spot to take home a 9th place finish....Dustin Ravelin recovered from his two false starts on the start of the feature to come from the rear to finish in 10th....Roy Norton passed 9 cars from his 20th place starting spot to finish in 11th....Kevin Mortimer started 16th and finished in 13th....Tyler Dimmitt came from 19th to finish in 14th....Duane Dixon started 21st and came up to finish in 17th.

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