If you weren’t at Lee County Speedway last Friday night, you missed some great racing on the smoothest track we’ve seen this year! But don’t worry, our regular weekly points racing continues this Friday, April 18th, with Pepsi Night.
We’ll have all five regular classes on the 3/8 oval: Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA Sport Mods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks and Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts.
Bring a blanket and a few friends. Gates open at 5:30pm, hot laps start at 7:00pm, and racing begins at 7:30pm. Grandstand admission is just $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for students (ages 11-17), and kids 10 & under get in FREE! Or you can save some money and buy our new Family Plan: 2 adults and 2 students for only $25! Pit passes are $25 for adults, $15 for children aged 7-13, and $10 for kids (ages 6 & under).
For more information about this event, call Mike Van Genderen at (641) 521-0330.
“Ain’t no party like a Lynch-ville Party!”
by Dan Workman
The west end of the Lee County Speedway main grandstands is home to the loud and proud fans of the 566 stock car, driven by “Jumpin’ Jim” Lynch. It has been dubbed Lynch-ville U.S.A. There was much rejoicing in Lynch-ville tonight, as the 566 found it’s way to Shottenkirk Parts Express victory lane.
The track was fast, drivers were happy, and the stock cars once again provided the show to watch. After Abe Hul’s charge from the back last week, it was “Jumpin’ Jim’s” turn to shine in the spotlight. Brett Timmerman 44, and Jeremy Pundt 52J battled early in the feature. Pundt and Timmerman were the class of the field, until Pundt made contact with the 27J Jason Cook who was fighting for the 2nd spot. A half lap after contact Pundt spun himself with a flat left rear tire, and both the 52J and 27J went to the work area. The restart found the 44 in front with the 05 John Oliver Jr. and the 566 behind him.
Jim Lynch said in victory lane “I did what Abe Huls did last week!” as he smiled with his friends and family around him. “Go where they ain’t nobody there.” The high line was hard to beat tonight, with three and four wide racing in many of the 5 classes that ran on Donnellson Tire night at Lee County, and Jim Lynch certainly made it work for him.
It was a perfect night for racing, 74 degrees and sunny just before hot laps, with the ever present south wind coming up over the top of the grandstands. A good hometown crowd was on hand with 57 cars pit side. Donnellson Tire night saw a sweep from the 33D of Scott Hogan, 31G of Joey Gower and the 69 of William Michel. All three drivers picking up the heat, and the A Main win, in their respective classes. It also saw a good hard race between the 21 of Nick Ulin, and the 5B of Dane Blozovich for the Hobby Stock checkers.
Donnellson, IA (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) – The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA has had mother nature on there side so far for the 2014 season, as in three events scheduled so far all three nights have been able to be put into the record books. This streak looks to continue this Friday, April 11th with the second points night of the early season being presented by Donnellson Tire.
In action on the night will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks and Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts. We invite you to come out and see who will continue to be the early front runners for the 2014 track championships.
Gates will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Or you can purchase at Family Plan, 2 adults and 2 students, for only $25! Pit passes are $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages (6 & under) $10.
For more information about this event you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.
Sprint Invaders and IMCA Opening Track Points Night for all 5 weekly classes has been moved to Saturday, April 5.
Donnellson, IA (Tuesday, April 1, 2014) – Friday nights show has been moved to this Saturday, April 5th, with hot laps at 5:15 pm and racing at 6:00 pm. The popular Sprint Invaders will make their first of two appearances at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA for the 2014 season this Saturday.
Also on the card for the night will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds ($500 to win and $100 to start), Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars ($300 to win), Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods ($300 to win), Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks ($225 to win), and Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts. All five classes will open their IMCA track points with a draw / redraw format used in all classes. IMCA National, Reginal, State, and track points will be awarded in these five classes.
This show is sponsored by Farmington Tax & Accounting and Armstrong Small Engine Repair featuring Mahindra Tractors. Saturday night we will also have a benefit for Calvin Meyer.
Calvin was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on March 19, 2014. He was transferred to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Calvin will spend a few months at Barnes to receive five different types of chemotherapy. His hospital stay will be followed by several trips to Barnes for outpatient treatment for this rare cancer that is in his t-cells, lymph nodes, and blood. Calvin, his wife (Annie), and his 2-year old daughter (Ella) live in Warsaw, Illinois. This benefit will help to pay for medical and travel expenses for Calvin’s treatment.
“I’ve been going to the races with my parents since I was born. I traveled around with three uncles that raced throughout central Illinois as a kid. When I was ten, I started going to the races at Donnellson every week. I went several seasons without ever missing a race. Once I got my drivers license I went to Donnellson, 34 Raceway, and Quincy weekly. The year before I married my wonderful wife we went to 107 races at 22 tracks in one season. My favorite driver who is also my best friend is Jim Gillenwater in the #10 Modified. I help him on his car when I can and when we aren’t racing were fishing catfish tournaments throughout the midwest. This is Jim’s farewell season. Jim is donating his winnings to five different causes this year. One sponsor, St. Louis Gear, is donating to St. Judes Children’s Research. Another sponsor, Conn Communications, is donating to the International Polio Rotary Association. Midwest coins is donating to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. Pit Lane with Dave Jones is donating winnings to Keokuk Athletic Boosters. Jim is also donating his portion to the American Lung Association. It’s good to call him a friend”, says Calvin Meyer.
There is also a Bar Crawl on Saturday night that the racers and fans can catch up with after the races. Calvin’s wife Annie Meyer will be in attendance on Saturday night.
Pit gates will open at 3:30 pm, grandstands at 4:00 pm, with hot laps at 5:15 pm, and racing at 6:00 pm. Pit passes will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, and ages 6 & under $10. Grandstand admission will be adults $15, students (11-17) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE!
For more information about this event can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the track website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.
Gustin, Huls, Lowry, Kincaid and Gates Top Night 2 of “2nd Annual Spring Extravaganza” at the Lee County Speedway
The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compact feature, with Josh Barnes and Brandon Lambert drawing the front row for the event. But it was fourth place starter Adam Gates who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Barnes and Brannon Bechen. While Gates started to pull away, the battle for second was heating up. Bechen, Kimberly Abbott, who started 7th, Chuck Fullenkamp, and Austen Becerra, who started 9th, were racing side-by-side for the runner up spot. But by the time they settled that position, Gates pulled away in the caution free race to claim the $300 win. Bechen won the battle for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Becerra was 4th, with Fullenkamp coming home in 5th.
The first feature up on the night was the 18 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature, with Brett Lowry and Carter VanDenBerg, the 2013 track champion, drawing the front row for the event. Lowry would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over VanDenBerg and Cory VanZante. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first and only caution of the event appeared, as Brandon Lennox, Bobby Six, and Jim Brown spun down the front stretch. On the restart Lowry moved back out front, with VanDenBerg working to hold back VanZante and Sean Wyett, who started 7th. While Lowry started to pull away the battle for second heated up, as VanDenBerg, VanZante, Wyett, Tony Dunker, who started 11th, Vance Wilson, who started 12th, and Ryan Fullenkamp, who started 26th, battled it out. Lowry would go on to lead all 18 laps to pick up the win and the $500 check to go with it. VanDenBerg won the battle for 2nd, VanZante was 3rd, Wyett was 4th, with Dunker rounding out the top 5.
Donnellson, IA (Friday, March 28, 2014) – The practice scheduled for Saturday afternoon from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm has been cancelled. But the racing part of the program is still on as planned!
The gates will open at 3:00 pm, a car show and kids rides will be held from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm, followed by hot laps at 5:30 pm and racing at 6:00 pm.
Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $6, ages 6 & under $10. Grandstands will be adults $12, students (11-17) $6, and kids 10 & under FREE!
Any Mod Lite, Sprint Car or Late Model wanting to shake down there cars tomorrow night are still invited to come down. As you will have three chances to hot lap your cars during the nights activities.
Donnellson, IA (Thursday, March 27, 2014) – The practice scheduled for Friday, March 28th has been moved to Saturday, March 29th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Pits will open at 11:30 am on Saturday.
Saturday nights activities will kick off with a car show and kids rides from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Followed by hot laps at 5:30 pm and racing at 6:00 pm.
Grandstands will be free for the practice on Saturday from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm. But will be cleared out after 2:30 pm to open back up for the racing program that night.
Pit passes will be $40 from 11:30 pm until 2:30 pm, which is good for the whole day and night. Then at 2:30 pm they will be reduced to $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10 for the evening show.
Sunday, March 30th will start with hot laps at 3:30 pm and racing at 4:00 pm.
With the small amount of rain we have received and the rain we are going to get tonight we decided to keep the cars off the track as long as possible. This way drivers can save a trip to the race track for Friday night and a motel room for the travelers. This weekend looks to have awesome weather with temps getting in the 70′s.