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PostHeaderIcon Races for Friday 8/26 are Cancelled

Lee County Speedway races are cancelled due to wet conditions.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Track Champions to be Crowned Friday at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Donnellson, IA (Thursday, August 24, 2016) – It’s hard to believe it is that time of the year, but on Friday, August 26th the 2016 track champions will be crowned at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. The nights action will include the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, which is being brought to you this week by Budweiser. But before the Budweiser Season Championship Night gets started, the Shottenkirk Parts Express will continue their rained out feature from Friday, August 19th.

 

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The closest points battle heading into Friday night is in the Steffes Late Models, as Tommy Elston (462) holds a slim 1 point lead over Sam Halstead (461). The track title will go to Elston if he finishes in front of Halstead in the feature event, even if he finished right behind Halstead the title will still be his. As Elston holds the tie breaker by winning 6 point paying feature events during the 2016 season, compared to Halstead only winning 4. Sitting third in the standings is Jeff Guengerich with 443, while Tyler Cale holds down the fourth spot with 405. Five points separates fifth, sixth and seventh in points, with Charles VanZandt currently holding the fifth spot with 386, while Derek Liles and Todd Frank are tied for sixth with 381. Gunner Frank is close behind in eighth with 374, with Colby Springsteen (338) and Laine VanZandt (288) rounding out the top ten.

 

Jeff Waterman sits atop the Budweiser IMCA Modified points standings with 450 points, which is 19 more points then Dennis LaVeine (431). If less then 19 cars sign in on Friday, all Waterman has to do is take the green flag in his heat race and the title will be his. LaVeine is also in a battle for the runner up spot in points, as Bill Roberts Jr. sits third with 424, only 7 points back of LaVeine. Levi Smith is fourth with 387, Larry McConnell is fifth with 374. Jerad Fuller is sixth with 347, and Jardin Fuller is seventh with 321. Dean McGee currently sits eighth with 308, while Blake Woodruff is only 6 points back in ninth (302). Kelly Buckallew rounds out the top ten with 270 points.

 

New London’s Jeff Mueller has already clinched the title in the Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, as he has a 40 point lead over John Oliver Jr. (474 to 434). Even if Mueller decides to stay home on Friday and Oliver Jr. would go on to win the feature, which would result in a tie atop the standings. Mueller holds the tie breaker by winning 8 features during the 2016 season at the track. Sitting eight points back of Oliver Jr. in third is Jeremy Pundt, with 426 points. While the 2015 IMCA Hobby Stock track champion Kevin Koontz sits in fifth with 316 points. Abe Huls, who is sixth with 285 points, is seven points ahead of Andrew Hustead, who has 278 points. Only 1 point separates eighth and ninth in points, as Greg Gill with 265 leads Dean Kratzer who has 264 points. Currently rounding out the top ten is Brent Hartley, who leads Jason See by 6 points (247 to 241).

 

The current Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMod top ten standings will mostly likely be shaken up after Friday nights action, as they have double features to run. Jim Gillenwater (415) holds a 22 point lead over defending track champion Joey Gower (393) going into the nights action. While Tony Dunker sits in third with 388 points, only 5 points behind Gower for second. Brandon Dale sits in fourth with 377, which is only 5 points ahead of John Oliver Jr. (372) who is fifth. Austen Becerra is sixth with 349 points, Kyle Hill and Austin Howes are battling for seventh in points, as they are separated by 4 points (267 to 263). While Donn Crear (199) and Dakota Simmons (189) round out the top ten.

 

Josh Barnes will more than likely pick up his first Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact track title, as he has a 25 point lead over defending track champion Kimberly Abbott. If less then 25 cars sign in on Friday the title will be Barnes’, who has 462 points, when he takes the green flag for his heat race. Not only does Abbott have a chance at the title, but she is also in a battle for the runner up spot in points. Abbott only holds a 2 points advantage over Brandon Reu (437 to 435), but Ron Kibbe sits in fourth with 431 points. Mike Reu is fifth with 423 points, Darin Weisinger Jr. is sixth with 412 points, Kenny Smith is seventh with 377 points, and Brandon Lambert is eighth with 356 points. Rounding out the top ten is Barry Taft with 141 points and Levi Heath with 135 points.

 

Gates will open at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps at 7 PM, and Racing at 7:30 PM. Grandstand admission is adults $10, seniors $9, and students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE!. Pit passes are $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages (6 & under) $10.

PostHeaderIcon Lee County Speedway Almost Beat Mother Nature, as Elston, McGee, Pundt and Taft are Victorious

by Brian Neal

Donnellson, IA (Friday, August 19, 2016) – After taking a couple of weeks off from racing, the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa got back into action on Friday, August 19th. The nights action was presented by Trump Trucks of Kahoka, Missouri, as the Sprint Invaders joined the five weekly classes. Despite most of the day being partly cloudy it turned out to be a night to try and beat mother nature, as a front was moving in from the southwest just before hot laps got started. Even though the show was being pushed along at a fast pace, mother nature would open up the skies during the final feature and would claim the SportMod feature after 3 laps being scored complete.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kenny Smith and Brandon Lambert leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was third place starter Barry Taft who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Lambert and Darin Weisinger Jr. As Taft set the pace out front, all eyes were on Josh Barnes, who started 12th after troubles in his heat race. Barnes would quickly move up to challenge the top five in the early portion of the race and then over took Brandon Reu on lap 10 for the runner up spot. But without a caution Barnes ran out of laps to chase down Taft for the lead, as Taft held on to score his first win of the season at the track. Barnes settled for 2nd, Brandon Reu was 3rd, Mike Reu was 4th, with Kimberly Abbott coming from 8th to finish 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Larry McConnell and Jardin Fuller making up the front row for the event. Jardin Fuller would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Levi Smith and Jerad Fuller. The action up front was slowed on lap 7 when Bill Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman got together in turn 4 and spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jardin Fuller got into the guardrail in turn 3, which allowed Dean McGee to slip past for the top spot. While McGee started to pull away from the field, Roberts Jr. and Waterman were working their way back towards the front. By the time Roberts Jr. worked himself into the runner up spot, McGee had built a straight-away lead. Without a late race caution there was no catching McGee, as he went on to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Roberts Jr. was 2nd, Dennis LaVeine came from 7th to finish 3rd, Waterman was 4th, with Jerad Fuller rounding out the top 5.

Andrew Hustead and Jason See led the field to green in the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Hustead moving out front on lap 1 over See and Jeremy Pundt. Hustead, who was up top, then tried to hold off Pundt, who was working the bottom, over the next few laps. But Pundt would slip past Hustead on lap 4 to grab the top spot away, as John Oliver Jr. and Jeff Mueller, who started 10th, moved in to battle Hustead for the runner up spot. With Pundt out front, Mueller would work under Oliver Jr. coming off turn 2 on lap 13 for the third spot and then one lap later, lap 14, he was able to get under Hustead for the runner up spot. But Mueller wasn’t able to get to Pundt over the final laps, as Pundt went on to score his second win of the season at the track. Mueller was 2nd, Oliver Jr. was 3rd, Hustead was 4th. with Abe Huls finishing 5th.

Up next was the 25 lap Steffes Late Model feature, with Tyler Cale and Tommy Elston drawing the front row for the event. Elston would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Cale and Jeff Guengerich. While Elston started to pull away from the field, the battle was for the runner up spot between Cale, Guengerich, Sam Halstead and Todd Frank. The field was brought back to Elston’s back bumper on lap 11 when Laine VanZandt spun in turn 3 to bring out the caution. On the restart Elston moved back out front, with the battle for second continuing between Cale, Guengerich, Halstead and Frank. Halstead would use the top of the track to slip past Cale and Guengerich into the runner up spot on lap 18, and then he went to work on chasing down Elston for the lead. But Elston would hold on over the final laps to claim his sixth win of the season at the track. Halstead settled for 2nd, Todd Frank over took Guengerich late to finish 3rd, Guengerich was 4th, with Derek Liles coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 18 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, with Austen Becerra and John Oliver Jr. leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Oliver Jr. took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Becerra and Brandon Dale. The action up front was slowed on lap 2, when Joe Waterman spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Jim Gillenwater, who started 5th, using the bottom of the track to move into the runner up spot. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 3 Gillenwater was able to slip under Oliver Jr. to grab the top spot. Just after the completion of the lap rain started to fall on the track, which forced the caution to come out. An attempt was made to restart the race, but the rains got heavier and the track was lost. So the remainder of the feature will be made up next Friday.

Coming up next Friday, August 26th at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be Budweiser Season Championship Night. The 2016 track champions will be determined in the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts. A regular points invert night will be ran for season championship night, except for the Steffes Late Models. Which will use a draw / redraw format to set their starting spots. But before this night can be started the rained out Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMod feature from Friday, August 19th will be completed first.

Gates will open at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps at 7 PM, and Racing at 7:30 PM. Grandstand admission is adults $10, seniors $9, and students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE!. Pit passes are $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages (6 & under) $10.

PostHeaderIcon Sprint Invaders Join The Show 8/19

Weekly Races resume August 19th 2016 with the Sprint Invaders joining the show. Racing action will include weekly LCS classes plus the Sprint Invaders. Late Models points have Tom Elson #45 and Sam Halstead #84 tied for first place with only one more week left until the championship.

This week’s races are brought you by Trump Trucks Incorporated.

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