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PostHeaderIcon Schroeder, Huls, and Gower Become New Winners at the Lee County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Friday, April 17, 2015) – What a beautiful night for racing on a Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as it was Casey’s General Stores Night. After the final checkered fell on the night there would be three new winners standing in victory lane, and two repeat winners.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts, with William Michel and Matt Moore leading the twenty-two car field to the green flag. Michel would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Trent Orwig, and Josh Barnes, who quickly moved up from his 9th place starting spot. Barnes would over take Orwig for second on lap 2 and then went to work on Michel for the top spot. Michel, who was running the top of the track, and Barnes, who was working the bottom, came off turn 4 on lap 7 side-by-side, with Barnes coming out on top on lap 8 to grab the lead. After the completion of lap 9 the red flag was thrown, as Kenny Smith who was sitting in the infield in turn 2 needed medical attention. On the restart Barnes jumped back out front, but now had Travis DeMint, who started 11th, and Michael Grossman, who started 8th, glued to his back bumper. DeMint tried to work under Barnes over the next 4 laps, when the caution light came on on lap 13. Colton Keck would loose a right front tire in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Brandon Lambert would loose a right front tire in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart had Barnes grab the lead, with DeMint looking under him for the lead going into turn 1. But Barnes would hold off DeMint over the final 2 laps to pick up his second win in a row at the track. DeMint settled for 2nd, Michel was 3rd, Chuck Fullenkamp came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Orwig rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Nick Ulin and Dustin Griffiths making up the front row. Griffiths used his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Ulin and Brandon Symmonds. Just like last weeks feature, Ulin looked under Griffiths several time over the 14 lap event. But he had Symmonds breathing down his back if he made any mistakes trying to get around Griffiths for the lead. Griffiths wouldn’t make any mistakes, as he held on to claim his second win in a row at the track. Ulin was 2nd, Symmonds was 3rd, Leah Wroten was 4th, with John Irwin coming home in 5th.

Austen Becerra was scheduled to start on the pole of the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, but had motor troubles that forced his to scratch from the event. This would move Robert Gould to the pole, with Nathan Bringer to his outside. On the drop of the green flag fifth place starter Brandon Dale moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Bringer and Gould, who crossed the line side-by-side. Bringer’s run up front came to an end on lap 2, as he spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dale jumped back out front, with Joey Gower, who started 7th, over taking Gould for the second spot. Gower, who was working the bottom of the track, would slip under Dale on lap 4 to take over the top spot and then started to pull away. But debris down the backstretch on lap 8 would slow Gower’s pace down and bring the field back to his back bumper. On the restart Gower moved back out front, with Dale working to hold back Adam Birck, who started 9th, for the runner up spot. Gower would pull away over the final 12 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Birck was 2nd, Gould would cross the line in 3rd but was disqualified for being 10 pounds light at the scales, Tom Lathrop, who started 11th would cross the line in 4th and was also disqualified for being 10 pounds light on the scales, this would move Bob Cowman, who started 10th up to finish in 3rd, Dale, who was running 2 on lap 15 and pulled off with over heating troubles was moved up to 4th, with Bobby Anders, who was running 4th on lap 15 and pulled off with over heating troubles, was moved up to a 5th place finish.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Fullenkamp and Jason Cook leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Cook, Fullenkamp, and Abe Huls went into turn 3 three wide, with Cook using the momentum off the top of the track to grab the lead on lap 1. Cook, who was running the top of the track, and Abe Huls, who was running the bottom, crossed the line on laps 6 and 7 side-by-side for the lead, with Cook edging Huls at the line each lap to keep the lead. But Huls was able to slip under Cook coming off turn 4 on lap 8 to grab the top spot away. While Huls and Cook battled for the top spot, Nathan Wood, who started 9th, Michael Peterson, Jeremy Pundt, John Oliver Jr., Corey Strothman, Jim Redmann, and Zack VanDerBeek raced two and three wide for spots three thru ninth. Pundt’s run up in the top 5 would come to an end on lap 16 when he clipped a tire in turn 2 and pushed it onto the track to bring out the yellow. The damage to Pundt’s front end would force him to the pits. On the restart Huls moved back out front, with Cook working to hold back Wood for the second spot. While Cook and Wood battled side-by-side for second, Huls would pull away over the final 4 laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Wood won the battle for 2nd, Cook was 3rd, Peterson was 4th, with Strothman rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with AJ Johnson and Bill Roberts Jr. making up the front row. But it was third place starter Andrew Schroeder who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman. Schroeder would set a fast pace out front, while Waterman, Brandon Rothzen, who started 7th, Roberts Jr., and Scott Hogan, who started 9th, battled two wide for the second spot. Hogan, who was running the bottom, slipped under Waterman for the runner up spot on lap 18 and would look to chase down Schroeder for the top spot. But without the help of a caution and Schroeder a straight-away ahead, there was no catching Schroeder who would claim his first win of the season at the track. Hogan settled for 2nd, Waterman was 3rd, Rothzen was 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg coming home in 5th.

Coming up next week at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be WCM MetalWorks and Donnellson Tire and Service night at the races. The battle for track points will continue in the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates next week will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstands will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, STUDENTS (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages (6 & under ) $10.

For more information about the Lee County Speedway you can check out there website atwww.leecountyspeedway.com, or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

For complete results, just click on the results tab at the top of the page.

PostHeaderIcon Groenendyk, Oliver Jr., Six, Griffiths, and Barnes Top Points Opener at the Lee County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Friday, April 10, 2015) – After taking a week off from racing, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa returned to action with there PEPSI Memphis Bottling season points opener. For the second event in a row mother nature tried to keep that from happening, as strong storms moved thru the area on Thursday night. But the track was spared by this storm, which allowed Tyler Groenendyk (Budweiser IMCA Modifieds), John Oliver Jr. (Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars), Bobby Six (Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks), and Josh Barnes (Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts) to find victory lane.

The first feature to track to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts, with John Whalen and Josh Barnes drawing the front row for the event. Barnes would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Kimberly Abbott and Whalen. While Barnes set a fast pace out front, Abbott was working to hold off Michael Grossman, who started 5th, for second. With Brandon Rue, who started 7th, Whalen, and Barry Taft battling two and even three wide for the fourth spot. Grossman would over take Abbott around the mid point of the race and then tried to track down Barnes for the top spot. But without a caution, Barnes was able to hold on to pick up the win. Grossman settled for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Reu was 4th, with Seith Woodruff coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 12 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Dustin Griffiths and Kevin Koontz leading the field to the green flag. Griffiths grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Mike Kincaid and Nick Ulin. With Griffiths out front, Kincaid worked to hold back Ulin for the second spot, that was until lap 5 when Ulin slipped under Kincaid off turn 4 on lap 5 to take over the runner up spot. Ulin then went to work on Griffiths for the lead. Ulin would look under Griffiths coming off the corners over the final 2 laps. But Griffiths was able to hold off Ulin to claim the win. Ulin was 2nd, Kincaid was 3rd, with Koontz in 4th.

Austin Howes and Bobby Six lead the field to the drop of the green flag in the Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature. But just as the green flag was dropped the caution light would come on, as Groenendyk and Robert Gould spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Under the caution Howes would pull into the pits with troubles, which moved Austen Becerra to the pole for the restart. On the restart Becerra would grab the lead on lap 1 over Six and Kyle Hill. Becerra’s lead out front only lasted 1 lap, as Six used the top of the track to grab the top spot away on lap 2. Becerra then tried to get under Six until he spun in turn 2 on lap 4 with a broken right front to bring out the caution. Six once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Dan Keltner over taking Hill for the second spot. Joey Gower, who started 8th, made his move into second on lap 12, using the bottom of the track, and then went to work on Six for the lead. Gower was able to pull up beside Six over laps 14 and 15, but coming out of turn 4 on lap 16 Gower was held up by a lapped car which allowed Six to pull away. Six then held on to pick up his first career SportMod feature win. Gower settled for 2nd, Phillip Cossel was 3rd, Brandon Dale was 4th, with Keltner holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jason See and John Oliver Jr. drawing the front row. Oliver Jr. would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over See and Corey Strothman. The battle up front was slowed on lap 5, when Ryan Fullenkamp, who was running 8th, spun in turn 1 to bring out the caution. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Strothman and Nathan Wood, who started 6th, battling for the runner up spot. Wood went to the top of the track on lap 11 to over take Strothman for second and then went to work on Oliver Jr. for the lead. Wood was able to pull up along side Oliver Jr. coming off turn 4 on lap 13, with Oliver Jr. edging him at the line to keep the lead. Brad Egbert would come to a stop in turn 3 on lap 15 to bring out the caution and slow the action. Once again Oliver Jr. moved out front on the restart, with Strothman, Wood, and Jim Redmann, who started 14th, going three wide off turn 2 for the runner up spot. Strothman, who was running the bottom of the track, slipped under Oliver Jr. off turn 4 on the white flag lap to grab the lead by inches. But Oliver Jr. would use the momentum off the top of the track in turn 2 to grab the lead back, and then held on to claim his second win in a row at the track. Wood was 2nd, Redmann was 3rd, Strothman was 4th, with Jeremy Pundt coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Jerad Fuller and Brandon Banks leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag was dropped the caution light would come on, as Fuller got the jump on the field to bring out the yellow. On the restart third place starter Tyler Groenendyk slipped under Banks and Fuller to grab the lead on lap 1. Groenendyk then went to the top of the track, which allowed Banks to run the bottom, as the two raced side-by-side until lap 4. Brian Woodruff would spin in turn 3 to bring out the yellow, and slow the battle up front. On the restart Groenendyk jumped back out front, with Banks working to hold off Scott Hogan, who started 10th, for the runner up spot. Banks, who was using the bottom of the track, made one last move to try and get under Groenendyk on lap 7. But Groenendyk held on to the lead. Groenendyk then pulled away over the final 13 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Hogan was 2nd, Banks was 3rd, Brandon Rothzen came from 8th to 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg rounding out the top 5.

Coming up next week at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be Casey’s General Stores night at the track. The battle for track points continues in the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Small Engine and Service IMCA Sport Compacts.

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! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) will be $15, and ages (6 and under) will be $10.

For more information you can check out the website at www.leecountyspeedway.com or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

For complete results please click on the results tab at the top of the page.

PostHeaderIcon PEPSI Season Points Opener This Friday!!!

Donnellson, IA (Tuesday, April 7, 2015) – After taking a week off the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA will return to action this Friday, April 10th. It will be PEPSI Memphis Bottling season track points opener.

In action on the night will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Fort Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts. Can Jeff Waterman (Modifieds), Jason Cook (Stock Cars), Tony Dunker (SportMods), and Dustin Griffiths (Hobby Stocks) repeat as track champions? We do know the Sport Compacts will have a new champion in 2015, as Austen Becerra has moved up to the SportMod class.

Driver’s don’t forget the “Tow Card” program starts this week. Any driver coming from over 65 miles away will get $15 off there pit pass, and any driver coming from 90+ miles away will get in FREE! That is with a purchase of the “Tow Card”, which are $40. These can be used during any regular weekly night in which your class doesn’t have a special. The miles will be determined by where the car is kept, weather it is the driver or car owners address. This will be refunded back to any driver with a perfect attendance during the 2015 banquet.

Gates on Friday will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm.

Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes are $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

Season Points Opener

PostHeaderIcon Droste, Oliver Jr., Olson, Luellen, and Fullenkamp Victorious at the “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza”

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Sunday, March 29, 2015) – Despite mother natures several attempts to cancel the “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza” presented by Midwest Performance & Power of Keokuk, Iowa, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa was able to get the full event in on Sunday, March 29th. As a result Tyler Droste (Budweiser IMCA Modifieds), John Oliver Jr. (Donnellton Tire IMCA Stock Cars), Tony Olson (Shottekirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods), Austin Luellen (Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks), and Chuck Fullenkamp (Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts) found there way to victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, with Justin Lichty and Derek Hodges drawing the front row for the event. But it was third place starter Austin Luellen who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Lichty and Hodges. While Luellen set a fast pace out front Dustin Griffiths, who started 4th, and Mike Kincaid, who started 6th, battled there way towards the front. Before Griffiths found his way into second, Luellen had built up a straightaway lead. There was no catching Luellen on this night, as he went on to pick up the win and the $400 top prize. Griffiths settled for 2nd, Hodges was 3rd, Kincaid was 4th, with Lichty rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Chuck Fullenkamp and Barry Taft leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Fullenkamp took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Taft and Danny Sassman Jr., who started 6th. With Fullenkamp out front, Taft, Ryan Walker, who started 7th, and Jake Benischek, who started 5th, battled two and even three wide at times for the third spot. As that battle continued on, Fullenkamp was working to hold off Sassman Jr. for the top spot. Sassman Jr. was able to get under Fullenkamp on lap 10, as the two raced side-by-side for the lead until lap 12 when Fullenkamp pulled back out front. Fullenkamp then held on over the final 2 laps of a caution free race to pick up the win and the $300 top prize. Sassman Jr. settled for 2nd, Walker held off a charging Kimberly Abbott, who started 10th, for the third spot, Abbott was 4th, with Adam Gates coming home in 5th.

Tyler Cale and Brandon Lennox drew the front row for the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature. Lennox used the best of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Tony Olson and Austen Becerra, who charged from 8th to 3rd on the first lap. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first of four cautions appeared, as a spring out of Nathan Bringer’s car was laying in turn 4. On the restart Olson was able to slip under Lennox to grab the top spot away. The second caution was waved on lap 2, as Cale came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Once again Olson grabbed the lead on the restart, with Lennox and Becerra battling for the second spot. Joey Gower, who started 6th, moved in on lap 4 to make it a three car battle for second. The action up front was slowed for the third time on lap 7, as Adam Birck spun to a stop in turn 4. On the restart Olson moved back out front over Becerra and Gower, only to be slowed one lap later for the final caution of the race. This time Rich Vogt spun into the wall in turn 2 to bring out the red, as a fuel leak had to be burnt off the track before they could get back to racing. Olson once again grabbed the lead on the restart over Becerra and Gower. Olson started to pull away from the battle behind him, until he entered lapped traffic late in the race, which allowed Becerra to close in on him coming to the white flag. Coming off turn four Olson had two lapped cars racing side-by-side in front of him and had to make a move quickly to hold off Becerra at the line to claim the win and the $500 top prize. Becerra settled for 2nd, Gower was 3rd, Bobby Anders was 4th, with Austin Kaplan coming from 12th to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Car feature, with Les Blakley and Michael Bilyeu leading the field to the green flag. But it was third place starter Abe Huls who grabbed the lead on lap 1, when Blakley and Bilyeu got tangled up in turn 2 to allow Huls to slip under them for the lead. This also made the rest of the field take evasive action, which allowed Huls to build up a lead over Dane Fenton and Jim Lynch. With Huls still out front, there was a seven car battle going on behind him for the runner up spot, As Fenton, Damon Murty, who started 8th, Lynch, John Oliver Jr., who started 9th, Jason Cook, Jay Schmidt, and Greg Gill ran side-by-side and even three wide at times on laps 7,8,9, and 10. Oliver Jr. would use the top side of the track to break out of the battle for second by the midway part of the race and brought Murty with him. Both drivers would chase down Huls by lap 15, as Oliver Jr. was able to race side-by-side with Huls on laps 16 and 17. Coming off turn 4 on lap 17 Oliver Jr. used the momentum off the top side to grab the lead away from Huls. Huls, who was running the bottom, Murty, who was in the middle, and Oliver Jr., who was up top, went into turn 4 on lap 18 three wide. But Murty would get loose and spun down into Huls to help straighten himself out, which resulted in Oliver Jr. to be able to pull away for the win and the the $500 top prize. Huls held on for 2nd, Murty was 3rd, Schmidt crossed the line in 4th in his first ever appearance at the track, with Fenton coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Cayden Carter and Johnny Walker drawing the front row for the event. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Walker bounced off the cushion in turn 1 and shot to the low side of the track where Dylan Hoover was. Walker would make contact with Hoover, which resulted in him spinning to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Tyler Droste was moved to the outside of the front row, which he took advantage of to grab the lead on lap 1 by inches over Carter. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 4, when Hoover spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Droste jumped back out front on the restart, with Carter, Jason Wolla, who started 6th, and Hunter Marriott, who started 8th, battling for the runner up spot. While Droste set a fast pace out front, Carter, who was running the bottom, Marriott, who was running the middle, and Wolla, who was up top, ran two and even three wide on laps 7 and 8. That action was slowed for the final time on lap 8, when Dugan Thye spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Droste moved back out front, with Carter working to hold off Marriott for second. Droste would pull away over the final 12 laps to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Marriott was 2nd, Wolla was 3rd, Carter held on for 4th, with Scott Hogan coming home in 5th.

Just a reminder there will be no racing at the Lee County Speedway on Friday, April 3rd. But the speedway will come back on Friday, April 11th for the PEPSI Memphis Bottling points opener. In action on the night will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts. Be sure to check out the website at www.leecountyspeedway.com for all the information about the 2015 season at the Lee County Speedway.

For complete results click on the results tab on the top of the page.