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PostHeaderIcon Gustin, Murty, Gower, and Barnes Victorious on Thursday Night Racing at the Lee County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Thursday, June 18, 2015) – A rare Thursday night of racing took place at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as it was Budweiser Night at the speedway. This weeks action would feature a visit by the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds.

The first feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, with Nathan Bringer and Joey Gower drawing the front row for the event. Gower would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Bringer and Tony Dunker. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 2, as Travis Hartman, Jon Lear, and Dakota Anderson collided in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front, with Brandon Dale slipping past Dunker and Bringer to take over the runner up spot. While Dale and Dunker battled side-by-side for the second spot, Gower started to pull away. Dunker would final secure the runner up spot on lap 15, but by then Gower had built up a straightaway lead. Slowly Dunker would cut into that lead, as by lap 13 he pulled up to Gower’s back bumper. The two raced off turn 2 side-by-side coming to the white flag. Gower would use the momentum off of the top of the track to hold off Dunker on the final lap to pick up his second win in a row and third of the season at the track. Dunker was 2nd, Dale was 3rd, Brandon Lennox drove Wesley Mayfield’s #21M from 11th to 4th, with Jim Gillenwater coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Darin Weisinger Jr. and Mike Reu leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Reu used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Josh Barnes and Brandon Lambert. Reu and Barnes then started to pull away from the battle behind them, with Barnes looking under Reu for the lead over the next 9 laps. Finally coming off turn 2 Barnes was able to slip under Reu to take over the top spot on lap 10. Barnes then held on over the final 5 laps of a caution free race to claim his second win in a row and fourth of the season at the track. Mike Reu settled for 2nd, Michael Grossman came from 9th to edge out 3rd at the line, Lambert was 4th, with Brandon Reu coming home 5th after starting in 13th.

Andrew Hustead and Damon Murty drew the front row for the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Murty grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Wood and Hustead. Wood used the bottom of the track coming off turn 4 to edge Murty at the line to lead lap 2 by inches. But Murty would use the momentum off turn 2 to grab the top spot back on lap 3. Murty then held off Wood over the final 17 laps of a caution free race to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Wood settled for 2nd, Hustead was 3rd, Jeremy Pundt was 4th, with Corey Strothman rounding out the top 5.

After four heat races, in which the top 3 from each, and two B Mains, in which the top 5 from each, along with two points provisionals, the 30 cars that signed in for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds was cut to the 24 car field for the 30 lap feature. Bill Roberts Jr. and Richie Gustin would draw the front row, with Gustin taking advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Roberts Jr. and Kyle Brown. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 3, as Patrick Flannagan came to a stop in turn 2 after loosing a motor down the front stretch. On the restart Gustin moved back out front, with Brown and Kurt Kile slipping past Roberts Jr. for the second and third spots. Just as Gustin started to pull away from the field, the second caution of the race appeared on lap 7. This time Ronn Lauritzen spun in turn 4 and collected Nick Roberts and Lonnie Heap to bring out the yellow. Gustin once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Brown and Kile close behind. After lap 8 was scored complete, another caution waved. Brandon Rothzen would get into the back of Tyler Groenendyk in turn 4, which caused Groenendyk to spin and end up on top of the tire in turn four to bring out the yellow.

On the restart Gustin jumped back out front, with Brown and Kile following. The top three started to pull away from the two and three wide racing behind them, when another caution on lap 11 slowed the action. Debris in turn 4 would bring out the yellow. Gustin again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Brown and Kile still close behind. Once again Gustin moved out front on the restart, with Brown and Kile following. This time Gustin and Brown started to pull away, with Kile slipping back into the clutches of Troy Cordes, who started 10th, for the battle for third. Cordes would over take Kile for that spot on lap 15, but was a full straightaway behind the two leaders. A red flag on lap 16 would help to bring the top two back to Cordes’ front bumper. Scott Hogan, who was running 5th, spun in turn 4 and collected Mitch Morris, Tyler Cale, Lauritzen, Jerad Fuller, Ed Thomas, and Rothzen to block the track in turn 4. The final restart saw Gustin grab the lead over Brown and Cordes. Gustin would lead the final 14 laps to claim his first Hawkeye Dirt Tour win of 2015 and taking home the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Brown settled for 2nd, Cordes was 3rd, Todd Shute came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Andrew Schroeder charging from 18th to round out the top 5.

The Lee County Speedway will take the next two weeks off, before returning to action on Friday, July 10th during the Lee County Fair. The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts will all be back in action. Also joining the card on that night will be the 305 Sprint Cars.

Gates 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 will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

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

For complete results and up to date point standings just click on the tabs at the top of the page.

 

PostHeaderIcon Thursday Night Racing Featuring the Hawkeye Dirt Tour

Donnellson, IA (Wednesday, June 17, 2015) – Racing this week at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will take place on Thursday, June 18th. It will be Budweiser Night featuring the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds.

Highlighting the nights action will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, racing for $1,000 to win and $150 to start. The winner will also have there name put on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational during the 2015 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

Also in action on the night will be the Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars and Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods going for a top prize of $500 to win. The Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts will be gunning for a top prize of $200 to win. All classes will be draw / redraw, with no entry or track registration fees. However, the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds will have a $50 entry fee.

Gates will open at 5 pm, with hot laps at 6:45 pm, and racing at 7:15 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $15, students (11-17) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

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

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PostHeaderIcon Stovall Wins Thriller

Donnellson, IA (June 12, 2015) – For the second time in as many visits, Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, proved itself thrilling for the fans of the Lucas Oil MLRA. During the 40 lap main event Jesse Stovall, Jason Utter and Chad Simpson all took turns pacing the field. Stovall was strongest at the end pocketing the big check, his seventh overall with the series.

“It was a pretty wild race there,”commented Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “I just had to slow down and pace myself. I kind of found me a line there at the end where I could get around them guys. Tonight we really had to work for this one, so I’m pretty proud of it.”

For much of the early portion it appeared either Utter or Simpson were headed for victory. Stovall fell back to third while the other two sliced in and out of lapped traffic. Slowly, Stovall made strides back towards the front and completed the race winning pass on lap 35. Just one lap later Simpson slowed and pulled the infield with a broken ball joint. Stovall clicked off the final three laps uncontested and crossed the line with nearly an eight second cushion.

“I wanted one more,” said second place finisher Jason Utter. “We got into a lapped car about three quarters of the way through the race. I don’t know if it pulled a quarter panel out or what, but it just never felt the same. Obviously something was rubbing and it (tire) finally blew with a lap or two to go.”

Utter’s run is one more in a string of successes this season. The Lee County Speedway runner up is his best finish yet, and now gives him top five finishes in four of the last five events. California driver Jason Papich rounded out the top three in his second Lucas Oil MLRA appearance of the season.

Denny Eckrich and Ryan Gustin were fourth and fifth respectively. RC Whitwell was the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger and Sunoco Rookie of the Race with a 15 spot improvement and 9th place finish.

Lee County Speedway Contingency Awards 6/12/15
Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Jesse Stovall
AR Bodies – Vance Wilson
Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger – RC Whitwell
DirtOnDirt.com Pole Winner – Jason Utter
Hooker Harness 11th Place – Jake O’Neil
KRC Hard Luck – Chad Simpson
RacingJunk.com Hard Luck – Chad Simpson
Landrum Springs Race Winner – Jesse Stovall
Fast Track Photos – Jesse Stovall
Performance Bodies Performer of the Race – Jesse Stovall
RaceNote Crew Chief of the Race – Tony Rogers
Real Racing Wheels – Austin Siebert
Sunoco Rookie of the Race – RC Whitwell

Lucas Cattle Company A Main (40 Laps): 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Jason Utter 3. Jason Papich 4. Denny Eckrich 5. Ryan Gustin 6. Jeremy Payne 7. Mark Burgtorf 8. Scott Lewis 9. RC Whitwell 10. Terry Phillips 11. Jake O’Neil 12. Dustin Griffin 13. Jason O’Brien 14. Denny Woodworth 15. Jim Shereck 16. Jay Johnson 17. Jay Chenowith 18. Todd Frank 19. Jamie Wilson 20. Chad Simpson 21. Dave Eckrich 22. Spencer Diercks 23. Austin Siebert 24. JC Wyman

HotRodProcessing.com B Main 1 (12 Laps): 1. Jamie Wilson 2. Dustin Griffin 3. Jay Chenowith 4. Todd Frank 5. Denny Woodworth 6. Jay Johnson 7. Vance Wilson 8. Dick Weber 9. JC Wyman

Hoosier Racing Tires Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Jason Papich 2. Chad Simpson 3. Spencer Diercks 4. Mark Burgtorf 5. Ryan Gustin 6. Jim Shereck 7. Dustin Griffin 8. Todd Frank 9. JC Wyman

RacingJunk.com Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Jason Utter 2. Terry Phillips 3. Scott Lewis 4. Jake O’Neil 5. Jay Chenowith 6. Austin Siebert 7. Dick Weber 8. RC Whitwell 9. Clint Kirkham

G2 Gemini Custom Apparel Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Denny Eckrich 3. Dave Eckrich 4. Jaosn O’Brien 5. Jeremy Payne 6. Jamie Wison 7. Denny Woodworth 8. Jay Johnson 9. Vance Wilson

PostHeaderIcon Reitzler and Wroten Become New Winners at the Lee County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Friday, June 12, 2015) – Who would have thought that after two days of heavy rains, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa would be able to race on Friday night. The crew arrived early to find the track raceable, but the pits needed some work in order to get the Armstrong Tractor, Miller Lite, and 101.7 The Bull Night put into the books. After several hours of packing the pits the action was set to go, which featured the debut of the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models for the 2015 season.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with William Michel and Kimberly Abbott drawing the front row for the event. But when Michel elected to start in the rear, this would move Darin Weisinger Jr. to the pole next to Abbott. But it was fifth place starter Mike Reu who quickly moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Abbott and Brandon Reu, who started 8th. Abbott would slip under Mike Reu coming off turn 2 to take the top spot away on lap 2. At the same time Josh Barnes, who started 10th, moved in to challenge for the lead. On lap 5 Barnes would us the same move as Abbott, the bottom off turn 2, to grab the lead away. Barnes then went on to lead the final 10 laps of a caution free race to pick up his third win of the season at the track. Abbott was 2nd, Brandon Reu was 3rd, Darin Smith was 4th, with Mike Reu holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Kevin Koontz and Daniel Wauters leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Koontz would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Wauters and Leah Wroten, who started 5th. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 2 the top three cars of Brandon Symmonds, Wroten, and Koontz were three wide, with Symmonds scored as the leader of lap 2. Wroten, who was working the top of the track, would edge out Symmonds at the line to lead lap 3. Wroten and Symmonds then battled side-by-side for the top spot on laps 6 and 7, with Wroten holding off Symmonds at the line each lap. Despite several more challenges from Symmonds over the final 11 laps of the caution free race, Wroten would hold on to claim her first feature win at the track. Symmonds settled for 2nd, Brandon Potts was 3rd, Koontz was 4th, with Wauters rounding out the top 5.

Dan Keltner and Logan Anderson drew the front row for the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, with Keltner grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Anderson and Joey Gower. Keltner then worked to hold off Gower for the top spot over the next 6 laps, when the first caution of the race appeared. Phillip Cossel would slow to a stop down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower slipped under Keltner coming off turn 4 to grab the top spot away on lap 7. One lap later, lap 8, Brett Lowry, who was running 7th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Gower would jump back out front on the restart, with Jim Gillenwater and Dustin Crear both over taking Keltner for the second and third spots. Just as Gower was starting to pull away, another caution waved on lap 17. This time Austen Becerra slowed with a broken left front to bring out the caution. On the restart Anderson and Crear got together in turn 2 while battling for 3rd, which caused Leroy Groenendyk to spin in turn 2 and Anderson to slowed to a stop down the backstretch to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Gower jump back out front, with Gillenwater and Brandon Lennox, who started 14th, close behind. Just after lap 18 was scored complete, Adam Birck, who started 15th and was running 4th, spun in turn 4 and collected Keltner, Kyle Hill, Travis Peterson, Casey Lancaster, and Nathan Bringer to bring out the caution. Gower once again grabbed the lead on the restart and then held off Gillenwater to become the first repeat winner of the season at the track. Gillenwater settled for 2nd, Tanner Klingele edged out Lennox at the line to grab 3rd, Lennox was 4th, with Brandon Dale, who started 13th, recovering from his left front flat under the lap 17 caution to come back up to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Todd Reitzler and Jeremy Pundt drawing the front row. But just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as Jeff Mueller spun in turn 2 and collected John Oliver Jr. and Austin Cassat to bring out the yellow. The following restart saw Reitzler move out front to lead lap 1 over Pundt and Jake Wenig. Another caution on lap 8 slowed the action up front, as Sam McClure spun in turn 4 and collected Cassat, Mueller and Corey Strothman to bring out the yellow. On the restart Reitzler jumped back out front, with Nathan Wood over taking Pundt for second. Wood then tried to work under Reitzler over the next 9 laps, when another caution slowed the action on lap 12. This time Andrew Hustead spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Reitzler moved out front on the restart, with Wood having to work to hold off Abe Huls, who started 10th, for the runner up spot. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 15, when Wenig spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Reitzler again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Pundt and Huls over taking Wood for the second and third spots. Coming to the white flag Reitzler, who was running the bottom, was working to hold off Pundt, who was up top, while Wood, who was working the bottom, and Huls, who was up top, were battling side-by-side for third. Coming out of turn 4 for the checkered flag Pundt would bobble, which allowed Reitzler to hold on to claim his first win of the season at the track. Huls and Wood both slipped by Pundt to finish 2nd and 3rd, Mueller, who spun on the start also slipped past Pundt to finish in 4th, with Pundt coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Lonnie Heap and Steve Stewart drawing the front row. But when Heap was a scratch, this would move Tyler Groenendyk to the pole for the start. Groenendyk would take advantage of the move to grab the lead on lap 1 over David Brown and Scott Hogan, who started 7th. The action was slowed on lap 2, when Paul Nelson spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Groenendyk moved back out front, with Hogan over taking David Brown for the runner up spot. Groenendyk and Hogan then started to pull away from the rest of the field, until the second and final caution appeared on lap 11. This time Brandon Banks, who started 9th and was running 4th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Once again Groenendyk jumped out front on the restart, with Hogan and David Brown following. Groenendyk would lead the final 9 laps to claim his third win of the season at the track. Hogan settled for 2nd, Bill Roberts Jr. was 3rd, Kyle Brown started 12th and finished 4th, with Brandon Rothzen coming from the rear to round out the top 5.

Coming up next Thursday, June 18th will be Budweiser Night with the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds making an appearance at the track. The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win and $150 to start, while the Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars and Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods going for $500 to win. The Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts will be gunning for a top prize of $200 to win. All classes will be draw / redraw.

Gates will open at 5 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $15, students (11-17) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE!. Pit Passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

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

For complete results and up dated point standings just click on the tabs on the top of the page.