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DONNELLSON, Iowa (Thursday, June 21, 2012) – The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA raced on Thursday night this week, instead of their normal Friday night, as it was Budweiser Night. On tap for the night was the 360 Sprint Invaders, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, with a great field of cars and fans on both sides of the speedway to help make it an exciting night.
After four Sprint Invader heat races, a dash and B-Main, plus two Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Car heats and three Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMod heats, the features were set to take to the speedway.
The first feature of the night was the 15 lap Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, with John Oliver Jr. and Abe Huls drawing the front row for the event. Huls would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1, leaving Oliver Jr., Jason Cook and Matt Greiner battling for second. While Huls was pulling away from the field and Oliver Jr., Cook and Greiner battling for second, Jeff Mueller, who started 8th, was working his way to the front. Mueller would over take Greiner for 4th on lap 3, then passed Oliver Jr. on lap 7 to move into third, and then passed Cook on lap 11 to move into second. But Huls had built up a straight-away lead by that point, leaving Mueller with alot of work to do to catch Huls in the final 4 laps. Disaster would strike Mueller on lap 14, as he approached the lapped car of Matt Keller. Keller was glued to the bottom of the speedway going into turn 1, with Mueller trying to work under him. But when Mueller realized he was able to get to the bottom he tried to move up top, but was blocked by Cook and Greiner who were battling side-by-side for third. Mueller then spun into the infield to avoid contact with Keller, ending his night. While all that was happening Huls went on to claim the win in a caution free event and the $400 to prize, thanks to Discount Tire Service and track announcer Ryan Clark who added $100 to the first place prize. Cook held on for 2nd, Greiner was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Tanner Thomann coming home in 5th.
Up next was the 20 lap Sprint Invaders feature, with Matt Sutton and Tony Shilling making up the front row as a result of their finish in the dash. But it was third place starter Tyler Blank who grabbed the advantage on the drop of the green, only to have the red come out before the lap was completed. As Matt Krieger clipped the tire going into turn 1 and took a light roll on his side to bring out the red. On the restart Sutton jumped out front to lead lap 1, with Blank and Shilling battling for second. Sutton would start to pull away from the field, when he was slowed on lap 6. Harold Pohren spun in turn 4 and collected Jordan Goldesberry to bring out the yellow. Once again Sutton grabbed the lead on the restart, while Blank tried to get around Sutton on the outside which allowed Shilling to slip by for second. Sutton again started to pull away from the field, even as he entered lapped traffic on lap 13. The only thing to slow Sutton down over the final laps was a late race caution on lap 17, when Travis Porter spun off turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Sutton grabbed the lead, while Blank was able to get under Shilling to take over second. Sutton was able to hold on over the final 3 laps to claim the win and the $1,200 top prize. Blank was 2nd, Shilling was 3rd, Russ Hall was 4th, with Justin Parrish rounding out the top 5.
The final feature of the night was the 15 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, with Tom Elsen and Tony Dunker drawing the front row. Elsen would take advantage of his front row start to move out front on the drop of the green, only to be slowed before the lap was complete for a caution. Chris Larson spun his machine in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Elsen again grabbed the lead on the drop of the green, but was slowed before the lap was complete for another caution. This time Levi Layman, who started 8th, slowed to a stop in turn 2 with left front troubles. Once again Elsen jumped out front on the next restart, with Dunker and Jim Gillenwater battling for second. Elsen then had to work to hold back Dunker and Gillenwater, when the final caution of the race appeared on the track on lap 5. Jacob Smith would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dunker shot under Elsen to grab the top spot away on lap 6, leaving Elsen to hold back Vance Wilson, who started 6th, for second. While Dunker started to pull away from the field, a three car battle was going on for second. Elsen was working to hold back Wilson and John Oliver Jr., who started 4th and fell back to 7th by the lap 5 caution. Oliver Jr. would jump to the top of the track on the final restart on lap 6 and started to work his way back to the front. He would overtake Wilson for 3rd on lap 7 and then went to work on Elsen for 2nd. Meanwhile Dunker pulled away over the final 9 laps to pick up the win and the $400 top prize, thanks to Dunker Concrete who added $100 to the first place prize. Elsen held off a last lap charge from Oliver Jr. to hold on for 2nd, Oliver Jr. settled for 3rd, Wilson was 4th, with Gillenwater holding on for 5th.
Next up on the schedule for the Lee County Speedway is the MEGAtalk by I-Wireless Mid-Season Championships, Friday, June 29th. All MEGAtalk by I-Wireless customers get into the races FREE, by just showing their MEGAtalk phone!
A candy dash will be held at intermission for all the kids in the crowd! Also, Buffalo Wild Wings is back for another party in the pits! They will be serving their famous wings all night long, and helping us party it up in the pits. Along with Dan the Man DJ, who will be playing tunes after the races at the party. Also, a video will be shown on the Buffalo Wild Wings big screens.
There is one other thing going on that night as well, some great racing in all five of our normal classes! Action will include the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, Coor’s Light LCS Hobby Stocks, and Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts.
Gates open at 5:30, hot laps are at 7 p.m., and racing starts at 7:30. Adult admission is $9, seniors are $7, students 11-17 are $5, and kids 10 and under are always FREE! Pit passes are $25.
Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, IA
Thursday, June 21, 2012 – Budweiser Night
Feature: 1. 3 Matt Sutton, Macomb, IL; 2. 75 Tyler Blank, California, MO; 3. 47T Tony Shilling, Knoxville, IA; 4. 45c Russ Hall, Pleasant Hill, IA; 5. 4J Justin Parrish, Oquawka, IL; 6. 51J Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA; 7. 41 Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO; 8. 84 Ben Wagoner, Emden, IL; 9. 15 Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA; 10. 40 Andy Huston, Roseville, IL; 11. 99 Jimmy Davies, Oquawka, IL; 12. 4 Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA; 13. 2 Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA; 14. 22 Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL; 15. 56 Matt Krieger, Burlington, IA; 16. 1ST John Greenwood, Woodward, IA; 17. 31P Travis Porter, Rock Island, IL; 18. 14 Randy Martin, California, MO; 19. 50P Harold Pohren, New London, IA; 20. 14P Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL
B-Main: 1. 15 Mincer; 2. 14P Goldesberry; 3. 56 Krieger; 4. 2 Josh Schneiderman; 5. 10T Tim Moore, Moline, IL; 6. 97 Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA; 7. 88 Jarred Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA; 8. 14s John Schulz, West Burlington, IA; 9. 83 Dave Getchell, Sperry, IA; 10. 44 Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA; 11. 79 Destini Clark, Bolingbrook, IL; 12. 2x Pat Moore, Moline, IL (DNS); 13. 40B Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, IA (DNS)
Dash: 1. 3 Sutton; 2. 47T Shilling; 3. 75 Blank; 4. 4J Parrish; 5. 45c Hall; 6. 40 Huston; 7. 51J Jamison; 8. 22 Tripplett
Heat 1: 1. 75 Blank; 2. 45c Hall; 3. 50P Pohren; 4. 84 Wagoner; 5. 15 Mincer; 6. 14P Goldesberry; 7. 10T T. Moore; 8. 97 McCarl
Heat 2: 1. 3 Sutton; 2. 47T Shilling; 3. 41 Hull; 4. 99 Davies; 5. 14s Schulz; 6. 8 Getchell; 7. 79 Clark
Heat 3: 1. 4J Parrish; 2. 40 Huston; 3. 31P Porter; 4. 1ST Greenwood; 5. 56 Krieger; 6. 2x P. Moore; 7. 40B Bergquist
Heat 4: 1. 51J Jamison; 2. 22 Tripplett; 3. 14 R. Martin; 4. 4 Agan; 5. 88 Jarred Schneiderman; 6. 2 Josh Schneiderman; 7. 44 C. Martin
Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars
Feature: 1. 30c Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 2. 27J Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 3. 29 Matt Greiner, Washington, IA; 4. 05 John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 5. 15 Tanner Thomann, West Burlington, IA; 6. 101 Derek St. Clair, Donnellson, IA; 7. c4 Corey Strothman, Mt. Union, IA; 8. 48 Michael Larsen, Hannibal, MO; 9. 566 Jim Lynch, Donnellson, IA; 10. 2k Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA; 11. 52J Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 12. 3T Travis Hartman, Burlington, IA; 13. 14 Tenny Sammons, Kahoka, MO; 14. 21 Matt Keller, Yarmouth, IA; 15. 77M Jeff Mueller, New London, IA; 16. 0 Tim Breuer, Burlington, IA (DNS)
Heat 1: 1. 30c Huls; 2. 48 Larsen; 3. 101 St. Clair; 4. 29 Greiner; 5. 05 Oliver Jr.; 6. 52J Pundt; 7. 3T Hartman; 8. 21 Keller
Heat 2: 1. 15 Thomann; 2. c4 Strothman; 3. 27J Cook; 4. 2k Kirkland; 5. 77M Mueller; 6. 566 Lynch; 7. 14 Sammons; 8. 0 Breuer (DNS)
Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods
Feature: 1. 3 Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 2. 0 Tom Elsen, Shelbina, MO; 3. 105 John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 4. B1 Vance Wilson, Quincy, IL; 5. 10 Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA; 6. 11R Brandon Ruffcorn, Donnellson, IA; 7. 4k Kevin Cale, Donnellson, IA; 8. 7 Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, IA; 9. 19J Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA; 10. 12 Brandon Dale, Gorin, MO; 11. 52 Rick Barlow Jr., Montrose, IA; 12. 1JR Ben Chapman, Clarence, IA; 13. 12s Sean Wyett, Danville, IA; 14. 5 Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA; 15. 8T Tony Johnson, Oskaloosa, IA; 16. 67 Chris Larson, Keokuk, IA; 17. 97J Jacob Smith, Donnellson, IA; 18. 74 Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA; 19. 26 Jim Kuhlmeier, Ft. Madison, IA; 20. T17 Tom Rawlins, Kellogg, IA; 21. 10B Bradley Holtmeyer, Quincy, IL; 22. 10L Levi Layman, Muscatine, IA
Heat 1: 1. 67 Larson; 2. 4k Cale; 3. T17 Rawlins; 4. 10L Layman; 5. 52 Barlow Jr.; 6. 10B Holtmeyer; 7. 74 Profeta; 8. 97J J. Smith
Heat 2: 1. 7 VanDenBerg; 2. 10 Gillenwater; 3. 0 Elsen; 4. B1 Wilson; 5. 12 Dale; 6. 12s Wyett; 7. 11R Ruffcorn
Heat 3: 1. 3 Dunker; 2. 8T Johnson; 3. 105 Oliver Jr.; 4. 19J L. Smith; 5. 1JR Chapman; 6. 5 Cossel; 7. 26 Kuhlmeier