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(Donnellson, Iowa) May 20th racing action was sponsored by Darkside Tint & Graphics, Driftwood 13 and Midwest Performance and Power, all from Keokuk at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. The young race fans were treated to a very large candy dash at intermission by Darkside Tint & Graphics Race Team. The fans were treated to the 305 Winged Sprints who will visit LCS once a month in the 2016 season.
Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Mods was the first feature of the night. The 5th row starter, Josh Barnes of Keokuk and the nights sponsor, would charged to the lead at the end of lap one. He looked to be in command, but Mike Reu kept Barnes in his sights and slipped to the top spot in lapped traffic. Barnes began to fade with some type of mechanical problem ending his run, but Chuck Fullenkamp from Ft. Madison, running the Barnes backup car # 13, raced for the lead. Mike Reu refused to give up the lead, powering his blue machine to the win. Fullenkamp took second and Brandon Reu had a third place finish ahead of defending track champion Kimberly Abbott who took fourth.
The second feature was the 20 lap 305 winged sprints with eighteen cars checked in for action. Front row starter Andy Krieger, led the opening circuit with the yellow waving on lap two. Two more cautions came on the next pair of laps, punctuated by a red flag on lap four, as Brandyn Martin flipped his ride over the guardrail just off turn two. On the restart, Shane Quam would lead the field and back under green, the laps began to tick off. Harold Pohren grabbed the top spot on the ninth circuit and John Schultz moved to the runner up spot one lap later. Pohren worked the low groove with Schultz pounding the cushion, and as the leaders worked lapped traffic, Pohren was able to stretch his lead. Just as the white flag waved, the final caution came out, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. As the white waved again, Schultz made a low side slide job pass out of turn four, but Pohren fought back with a slide job in turns one and two. Pohren would lead the final lap off turn two to notch the win. Quam took third and Dillan Roth followed for fourth.
The Shottenkirk IMCA sport mods saw 16 cars come to the track for 18 laps. Brandon Dale jumped to the lead from outside row one, and soon it was a two car battle between Dale and John Oliver Jr – a second generation driver dueling a third generation hot shoe! A lap eight caution brought them back to the pack, and on the restart, Tony Dunker slipped to third. Another caution one lap later and Dunker took advantage of the Delaware restart to move to second. Oliver then split the top two to grab the lead, with Dale dropping to third. Now it was Oliver running the high side and Dunker the bottom, before a spinning Dale brought out a lap 14 caution. Back to action, veteran Jim Gillenwater joined the chase, third on the restart, then quickly to second, and to the lead on lap 16. Oliver fought back on the high side during the final pair of laps, but it was Gillenwater taking the checkers by inches. Oliver Jr. in second, Dunker taking third and Joey Gower completed the top four.
The Budweiser IMCA modifieds feature had local hometown guy Levi Smith pacing the first lap. A mix up on the backstretch jumbled up the field, with Dennis Laveine able to move forward. By lap four, Laveine had moved to second, and he grabbed the lead one lap later. Bill Roberts Jr. took second on lap six, followed by a lap seven caution. As Laveine opened a big advantage, Jeff Waterman, who had gotten shuffled back on the first lap scramble, began to pick off cars. Waterman found his way around Roberts at the white, and the pair of # 71’s battled for the win with Laveine taking the win over Waterman. This was Laveines second win of 2016 at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Roberts held on for third ahead of Tyler Groenendyk who took fourth.
The Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars took the green, with Andrew Hustead building a nice lead over the field till a caution on lap six wiped out his advantage with Jeremy Pundt moving to the lead on the restart. The leaders stayed bunched up in the always, exciting stock car battle with Greg Gill going from third to first on lap ten. A four wide duel for second saw Jeff Mueller take second, then first, on the 11th trip around the 3/8 mile oval. Gill mounted a challenge briefly, but Mueller who started in the tenth spot, held on for his fourth straight win of 2016, staying perfect in season points racing. Gill held on for a second place finish ahead of Nathan Wood who took third. Abe Huls finished fourth.
The finale of the evening was the 20 lap Steffes Auction and Realty late models. With twelve cars coming to the track, veterans Tommy Elston and Colby Springsteen started in the front row. Elston took the lead at the end of lap one with two time winner Sam Halstead moving around Springsteen for second one lap later. The third trip past the flag stand had Colby back in second. Row three starter, Todd Frank, grabbed third on lap five using the top side of the speedway, but on lap five he smacked the guardrail in turn one and two, retiring to the pits soon after. Springsteen continued to stalk Elston, taking the lead about the halfway point. He then opened a sizable lead in route to his second win of the year. Elston held the second spot, followed by Halstead in third and Jeff Guengerich in fourth.
Racing action will roar back into LCS, Friday May 27th, with all six of the weekly point classes in action. The green flies at 7pm with hot laps and the dirt flies at 7:30pm sharp.
Raced for Friday May 13 have been canceled due to threatening severe weather conditions. We will be racing next Friday with all classes plus 305 Sprint Cars.
Thank you to everyone that came to the Lee County Speedway races on May 5th, it was a great night of racing. There was some confusion on the Lee County Late Models at the payoff window. All Lee County Late Models will be getting another check in the mail in the next few days. Thank you so much for coming
Also IMCA Late Model cars there will be tire rule change coming in the next couple days, changes will be posted here.
(Donnellson, Iowa) May 5th with over 131 cars checked in and fans being treated to the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models, 38 very good drivers checked in for racing at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Brian Birkhofer started on the pole of the 40-lap main event lined up next to Dave Eckrich. Birkhofer would race to the early lead, even opening up a bit of a cushion over Eckrich, before the first and only caution of the race waved on lap five for Reid Millard who had spun in turn four. On the restart, Birkhofer again put some distance between himself and Eckrich but that lead would begin to shrink once Brandon Sheppard slipped by Eckrich for second on lap eleven. By lap sixteen Sheppard was in a position to challenge and after Birkhofer fought him off for a few laps, Brandon took the lead on lap twenty-one. Earl Pearson Jr., driving the Moring Disposal car #1P, soon dropped Birkhofer to third but could not make a solid run on Sheppard who was one of the few working the high line around the 3/8-mile oval. With laps winding down, the top three seemed to be locked into their positions until Birkhofer slowed suddenly and pulled to the infield with just four to go with mechanical problems. Sheppard would then close out the win with Pearson as the runner-up. Chris Simpson started fourteenth and worked his way up to third at the checkers. Tony Jackson Jr. came from twelfth to fourth and Jesse Stovall completed the top five. Eckrich held down the sixth spot and Chad Simpson finished seventh. Point leader, Jason Papich, used a provisional to race his way up to eighth. Justin Kay was ninth and J.C. Wyman was tenth.
In the Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA Sport mods, Brett Lowry would lead the first three of sixteen laps, with nearly everybody hugging the bottom line. Tony Dunker, who was doing the diamond cutter move, going in high and coming off low, gave him the momentum to drive past Lowry and into the lead. Two cautions after Dunker had actually taken the white flag delayed the outcome, but there was no denying Dunker who drove this track like a master on his way to victory. Jim Gillenwater started eighth and finished second. Lowry slipped to third ahead of Joey Gower and Austen Becerra was fourth.
In the Steffes Auction and Reality late models, it was the largest count of the season with 21 cars checked in for $1000 to win. Tommy Elston of Keokuk, who scored the win last week, would hold the lead until lap eight when Sam Halstead powered by. As they lapped Evans both high and low, Elston was able to get back to the front for laps nine and ten. Halstead regained the lead on lap eleven only to see the caution wave two laps later for a Gunnar Frank spin in turn four. Halstead would race away again on the restart and cruise in for the $1000 win, as the top five kept us entertained. Colby Springsteen slipped by Elston late to finish the race in second. Jensen made the long trip worthwhile by finishing in fourth while Jeff Guengerich took fifth. Halstead is the only repeat winner in the division.
The Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars were actually the first feature of the night. Over the eighteen laps, most of the sixteen car field determined that the bottom was the preferred line and that suited Jeff Mueller just fine. Jeremy Pundt would lead the first two laps before a caution waved for Greg Gill who had spun in turn two. On the lap after the restart, Pundt, John Oliver Jr. and Jake Wenig raced three-wide off turn four. Wenig scored the leader on lap three before Oliver took the point on lap four. Mueller had now picked his way up from eighth to second and when Oliver left him one car-width on the bottom, Mueller filled the space and took the lead on lap seven. Even with another restart on lap twelve there would be no catching Mueller who won for the third straight time here at Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson. John Oliver Jr. passed Nathan Wood on the final lap to finish second, something that Wood did himself the night before in Osky. Gill battled back to finish in the fourth spot with Jason See taking fifth.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds were 23 cars strong tonight and it was Jerad Fuller moving from third to first at the start of their 20-lap feature. Kyle Brown used a freshly manicured cushion to sweep past Fuller and into the lead on lap three. A couple of cautions slowed the race during the first ten laps as Tyler Groenendyk moved to the lead on lap eleven. Cayden Carter had started eleventh, but he was now present for a challenge and he would take the lead from Groenendyk with six laps remaining. A late caution for a Jardin Fuller spin brought the field back to Carter and Richie Gustin tried to pull a repeat of last night in Osky by making a run at Carter on the restart. On this night though, Cayden did not flinch, holding back Gustin and taking the win. Groenendyk was the runner-up relegating Gustin back to third. Kyle Brown was fourth and Bruce Hanford took fifth.
In the Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact, Ron Kibbe would establish himself as the man to beat. On lap nine two of his chasers, Brandon Reu and Brandon Lambert, were racing for third when a lapped car over corrected a near spin in turn two and shot up the track causing both Reu and Lambert to go for a tumble. A red flag would stop the action with both drivers crawling out of their car uninjured. From there, Kibbe had to fight back defending track champion Kimberly Abbott to take the win. Josh Barnes recovered from a mid-race glitch, which nearly saw him retire to the infield, to finish in the third spot while Darin Weisinger Jr. and Levi Heath filled out the top five.
Racing action will resume on Friday the 13th at Pepsi Lee County Speedway with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm with all six classes in action.