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by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Saturday, October 26, 2013) – The 2013 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA came to a close with the running of the Farmington Tax & Accounting SHIVERFEST. Even though the temperatures were on the cool side, there were 127 drivers signed in on the night to help put an end to the 2013 season. At the end of the night Jimmy Gustin (Budweiser Modifieds), Jim Lynch (Donnellson Tire Stock Cars), Curtis Van Der Wal (Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks), and William Michel (Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts) were standing in victory lane.
The first feature up on the night was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts, with Austen Becerra and Laine VanZandt drawing the front row for the event. Becerra took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over VanZandt and Mike Hornung Jr. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 2, as Kyle Hamelton came to a stop in turn 2 with troubles to bring out the caution. On the restart Scott Smith, Merv Chandler and Seith Woodruff collided to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Becerra jump back out front, with Darin Smith and William Michel, who started 10th, battling for the second spot. While Smith and Michel swapped the second spot, Becerra enjoyed the lead out front. Coming to the white flag Michel moved under Becerra to run the last lap side-by-side. Michel would edge Becerra at the line by a half a car length to pick up the win. Becerra settled for 2nd, Chandler recovered from the lap 3 crash to come back up to 3rd, Kimberly Abbott was 4th after starting in 8th, with John Whalen coming from 7th to round out the top 5.
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DRIVERS: Don’t forget to bring some candy with you for the trick-or-treating for the kids that starts at 3:30 pm!
KIDS: Bring your bucket or bag to fill up with all the candy that the drivers will be passing out during the trick-or-treating. Also don’t forget your box car, as we have 15 trophies from Farmington Tax & Accounting to give out during those races that begin at 4:00 pm!
Rides thru the pits kicks it all off at 3:00 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm and racing to follow! This will be your last chance to get your racing kick in before winter sets in! Hope to see you there!!!
This years qualifying night used a two heat race format, with points being awarded for each finishing position. In all five classes the drivers would draw for there starting spot in the first set of heats races. Then the second set of heats races would be inverted, using the same draw numbers. When both sets of heat races were finished the points were totaled up, with the top eight being locked into Saturday nights big features. Saturday all non qualified drivers, including any new cars, drew for there starting spots for the B mains. Then any driver not qualifying out of the B mains got one more chance to make it by running last chances races. Dashes were ran for the those who earned enough points to lock them in from Fridays heat races to determine the first four rows of the features. After all the qualifying races were over it was time to go feature racing to see who would take home the big money.
The first feature up on the night was the 18 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts, with Adam Gates and Merv Chandler 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 Kimberly Abbot spun in turn 2 after contact from Brandon Reu. On the restart Gates jumped out into the lead, with Josh Barnes and Chandler battling for the runner up spot. While Gates was pulling away from the field, the action for the second spot was heating up. Barnes, Chuck Fullenkamp, Chandler and William Michel, who started 11th, were running two and even three wide for the spot.The only thing to slow down Gates on the night was a second caution on lap 15, as Rob Kibbe came to a stop off turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Gates moved out front on the restart, leaving John Whalen, Austen Becerra, who started 16th, and Fullenkamp battling for the second spot. Gates would hold on over the final 3 laps to pick up his second consecutive Fall Extravaganza win and the $500 top prize. Whalen held on to finish 2nd, Fullenkamp won the battle for 3rd, Becerra finished 4th and claimed the Dunker Concrete $50 hard charger award, with John Richardson coming from 13th to round out the top 5.
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by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Monday, October 7, 2013) – After six weeks since the regular points season ended, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA is set to get back into action this weekend with the 2nd Annual Discount Tire & Service Fall Extravaganza presented by Cole Implement. Thursday night October 10th will get the weekend kicked off with a practice night, with the action set to take place on Friday, October 11th, with the action be presented by PEPSI Memphis Bottling Co. and ending on Saturday, October 12th, with Budweiser presenting the action.
Alot of money is on the line for all five classes, as the Budweiser Modifieds will be going for a top prize of $1,500 to win and $200 to start. While the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be gunning for a top prize of $1,500 to win and $150 to start. The Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks will be going for $1,000 to win and $150 to start, while the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts are racing for $500 to win and $75 to start.
All the action will kick off on Thursday, October 10th with a practice night. Pit gates will open at 5:30 pm, with the first hot laps secession starting at 7:00 pm. Hot laps will continue until all drivers are satisfied with there cars. Pit passes will be $20 for the driver and car, and $15 for anybody else wanting to go into the pits. Grandstands will be open for FREE admission on Thursday for fans to come out and watch there favorite driver get there cars dialed in before Friday nights action.
Then on Friday, October 11th the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts will draw for there first set of heat races to determine there starting line ups. Those heat races will be ran, with points awarded for each finishing position. Then the second set of heats will be inverted, with the highest drawn number in each class starting on the pole. Those heats will be ran, with points again be awarded for each finishing position. Then both heat race points will be totaled up to determine what top 8 drivers in all five classes will be locked into Saturday nights big A Mains.
Saturday, October 12th will be the final night, which will be topped off with all five big A Mains. All drivers, including any new cars, will redraw for the B Mains, with any last chance races needed being ran to give drivers two chances of making into the big A Mains. Then to finish off the weekend the Budweiser Modifieds, the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be racing for $1,500 to win, while the Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks will be gunning for a top prize of $1,000 and the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts racing for $500 to win.
Don’t forget the pit gates and grandstands will open on Thursday at 5:30 pm, with the first hot laps session starting at 7:00 pm. Then on Friday the pit gates and grandstands will open at 5:00 pm, with hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Saturday the pit gates and grandstands will swing open at 4:30 pm, with hot laps set for 6:00 pm, and racing starting at 6:30 pm.
Pit passes for Thursday will be $20 for all drivers and there cars, with anybody else wishing to go to the pits being charged $15. Grandstands for Thursday will be FREE! Then on Friday pit passes will be $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10, while grandstand prices will be adults $12, students (7-13) $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! Saturday nights pit passes will be $30, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10, while the grandstands will be adults $15, students (7-13) $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! But a two day pit pass will be offered on Friday for $50, giving you a savings of $5. While a two day grandstand pass will be offered to the adults for $22, also giving you a savings of $5.
There is any entry fee that will be required to be paid on Friday night before you can draw for your starting spot. Those are $75 for the Budweiser Modifieds, $70 for the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, $50 for the Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, and $40 for the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts. You do not have to race Friday to be able to race on Saturday. But you will still have to pay the entry fee and race for half the purse, unless you choose to pay double the entry fee to race for the full purse.
Camping with showers are available for the weekend. Anybody wishing to have electrical hook ups will be charged $20 per night. Those who wish to camp out can bring there campers with them on Thursday and make a weekend it out of it. Plus there are 3 suites available for this weekend, which can be rented for $75 for 1 night or $125 for the whole weekend. Get get your reservation in, first come first serve, you are encouraged to call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.
For more information about this event, including rules and a full payout, you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.