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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.
The first feature up on the night would be the 15 lap IMRA Midget Lites, with Andrew Genkinger and Kaylnn Leer drawing the front row for the event. Leer would take advantage of her front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jack Sandalls and Genkinger. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time, as Shane Morgan slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Leer jumped back out front, with Sandalls and Aaron Hull battling for the second spot. Hull would slip past Sandalls on lap 5 to take over the second spot, and then went to work on chasing down Leer. But Leer would go on to lead all 15 laps to claim the win. Hull settled for 2nd, Sandalls was 3rd, Genkinger held on for 4th, with Brent Burrows rounding out the top 5.
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Brandon Banks holds an 11 point lead over Bill Roberts Jr. in the hunt for the Budweiser IMCA Modified track championship. All Banks has to do is finish Friday nights feature in 12th place to tie for the title, if Roberts Jr. win the race, or finish 11th or better to earn his first track championship at the track. If those two drivers happen to end the night tied in points, Banks holds the tie breaker by picking up a feature win back on May 17th. Jeff Waterman, the defending track champion, sits tied for third in the standings with Tyler Cale. Both drivers have 314 points and are 16 points back of Banks. Levi Smith, who moved up from the SportMod class in 2013, currently holds down the 5th spot in the points. Dennis LaVeine, who has 167 points, Brandon Ruffcorn, who has 164 points, and Jeff Mueller, who has 160 points, are separated by 7 points in battle for 6th, 7th, and 8th in points. Michael Browning sits in 9th with 157 points, while Ryan Cook has a 6 point advantage over Lonnie Heap in the battle for 10th.
With the defending Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Car track champion Matt Greiner sitting out the 2013 season, that would mean a new champion will be crowned on Friday night. Abe Huls has his own destiny in his hands, as he currently leads the standings with 347 points. Huls who has 2 wins on the season at the Lee County Speedway just needs to finish 14th or better in Friday nights feature to secure his first Stock Car title at the track. John Oliver Jr. sits second in the standings with 333 points and needs to finish Friday nights feature ahead of or just one spot behind Jason Cook to hold that spot. Because Cook, who is third with 331 points, has 4 points paying feature wins to Oliver Jr.’s 2 to hold the tie breaker if it comes down to it. Jeremy Pundt has a 4 points lead over Jim Lynch in the battle for the 3rd and 4th place in the standings. Les Blakley, Jake Wenig, Corey Strothman, Tim Anders and Ray Raker round out the top 10 in the standings.
The closest battle as far as determining a track champion is in the Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods. Brett Lowry, who currently has 405 points, leads Carter VanDenBerg, who has 404 points, by 1 point going into Friday nights feature. Lowry must finish in front of VanDenBerg in order to secure his first track title at the speedway. If VanDenBerg happens to finish just 1 spot in front of Lowry they would end the night tied in points, with VanDenBerg holding the tie breaker with 3 wins to Lowry’s 1 win. Bobby Anders sits third in the standings with 386 points. Phillip Cossel is 4th with 344 points, with Derek St. Clair holding down the 5th spot with 332. Rick Barlow Jr. is 6th in the standings with 316 points. Robert Gould, who has 303 points, holds a 4 point lead over defending track champion Tony Dunker in the battle for 7th in points. Dustin Crear and Jim Gillenwater round out the top 10 in points.
For the first time in the history of the track a Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stock driver will be crowned champion, after it’s first full season at the track. Jason See currently holds that honor, as he has a 15 point lead over Andrew Hustead. With the average weekly car count about 6, that means See doesn’t even have to show up to earn the title. Hustead is guaranteed second in the standings, as he is 15 points ahead of Ricky Miller Jr., who is 3rd in the standings. Dustin Griffiths, who has won 5 out of the 9 features held at the track this season, sits 4th in the standings after missing a couple weeks due to a work injury. Dale Porter, Nick Ulin, Danny Thrasher, Erick Knutsen, and Mike Hornung Jr. rounds out the top 10 in the standings.
Another close battle to determine a track champion is in the Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts. Brandon Reu currently sits atop the standings, with 397 points. Kimberly Abbott is only 4 points back of Reu in 2nd place. Reu just needs to finish ahead of or 4 spots behind Abbott to secure his first ever track title. If at the end of the night they happen to tie in the standings, Reu holds the tie breaker over Abbott with his feature win that came back on July 19th. Josh Barnes, who has 364 points, sits third in the standings, with Mike Hornung Jr. 4th in points with 348. Patrick Skipp Dunker will end the 2013 season 5th in points, as he has 325 points. Michael Grossman will finish 6th in points, with Brandon Lambert 7th, Austen Becerra 8th, and Kyle Hamelton in 9th. Brent Hartley, who has 186 points, holds down the 10th place in the standings, with a 6 point lead over Derek Randall.
All heat race and feature line ups will use the point invert system, just like every weekly event to determine the starting spots. This will make for an entertaining night for all the fans in attendance, as they will get to see the drivers race for the track titles.
Joining 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 on Friday will be the Illinois Midget Racing Association (IMRA). This will be the first ever first to the Lee County Speedway by the IMRA Midget Lites. So come on out this Friday to see who will be crowned the 2013 track champions, plus take in some Midget Lites racing.
Presenting sponsor Conn Communications of Ft. Madison and Keokuk, IA, plus Carthage, IL is helping to allow all U.S. Cellular customers FREE admission into the grandstands this Friday. All you have to do is present your U.S. Cellular phone at the ticket booth to get into Friday nights action for FREE! Plus don’t forget to listen to KILJ 105.5FM and 1130AM on your radio.
Gates will open at 5:30 pm, hot laps are set for 7:00 pm, with racing starting at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission, without a U.S. Cellular phone, is adults $10, seniors $9, students 7-17 $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! Pit passes are $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10.
The first feature up on the night was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts, with Brent Hartley and Mike Hornung Jr. leading the field to the green flag. Hartley would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Chuck Fullenkamp and Michael Grossman. But the action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, as Kyle Hamelton’s machine came to a stop in turn 2 on fire to bring out the caution. On the restart Hartley jumped back out front, but now had Grossman close behind in second. Grossman would slip past Hartley on lap 5 to take over the top spot, leaving Hartley to battle with Fullenkamp and Skipp Dunker, who started 6th. The lead that Grossman built up over the battle for second would be erased on lap 9, as Alyssa Steele would spin in front of the field down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ron Kibbe, who started 10th and was up to 5th, jumped the restart to bring the yellow light back out. He was sent to the rear on the restart. But before the field was set to go back to green, Grossman pulled into the infield with troubles giving the lead over to Dunker. Dunker would pull away over the final 5 laps to claim his third win of the season at the track. Fullenkamp edged out a 2nd place finish, Hartley was 3rd, Kimberly Abbott was 4th, with Brandon Reu coming home in 5th.
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This will be the final week for drivers to gain valuable points before season championship night, as the track will take Friday, August 9th and 16th off. All five weekly classes have close points battles going to see who will be crowned 2013 champions.
For all you adults out there who enjoy drinking adult beverages, the Lee County Fair board will be holding $1.50 beer and $3.00 margarita specials all night. But we ask if you wish to drink, please be responsible and have a designated driver!
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 Suline Auto Parts Sport Compacts. The Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks will use a draw / redraw format for this weeks racing action. Remember there are no entry fees or track registration fees required to race.
Gates will open at 5:30 pm, hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors $9, students 7-17 $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10.