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PostHeaderIcon “Shiverfest” Caps Off a Great 2016 Season

by Brian Neal

Donnellson, IA (Tuesday, October 25, 2016) – “Shiverfest has for many years been the last stock car racing event held in the start of Iowa, and that tradition continues again this weekend. It also brings a close to the 2016 season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. The annual “Shiverfest” event will be held this Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th, and is being brought to you by Casey’s General Stores, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks.

Friday, October 28th events will consist of practice, grudge races, mechanic races, and pit crew challenge. The first practice will be held from 7 PM until 8 PM, and will be followed by mechanic races and grudge races from 8 PM until 8:30 PM. A final practice will be held from 8:30 PM until 8:45 PM, and will be followed up by the pit crew challenge from 8:45 PM until it’s complete. The pit crew challenge will pay $300 to the winning team, which will consist of 2 pit crew members and a driver. The driver will drive the race car to the tire changing area, then shut off the car, then the pit crew will change the left front tire, and when they are done the driver will fire up the car and driver it to the finish. A party in the pits after wards will cap off the evening, with a Monster Beer Pong Tournament being held. Teams of 2 will pay a $20 entry fee, with 100% payout.

Then on Saturday, October 29th there will be hay rack rides through the pits, trick-or-treating, box car races, and then the on track action. Hay rack rides through the pits will be held from 3 PM until 4 PM, and will be followed by trick-or-treating sponsored by the drivers from 4 PM until 4:30 PM. The box car races, with a best appearing box car being awarded, will begin at 4:30 PM until 5 PM. Then the on track action will kick off with hot laps at 5 PM, and racing to follow.

In action on Saturday will the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, Coors Light Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor Sport Compacts. The Mod Lites/Micro Mods have been added to the program, and will receive an extra $100 to win thanks to Jay Erb of Erbal Ink Tattoos out of Waukon, Iowa. All drivers will draw for there starting spot in the heat races each night, with a redraw being used to help determine the feature line-ups.

On Saturday the Steffes Late Models and Budweiser Modifieds will be racing for $500 to win. While the Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods are racing for $400 to win. The Coors Light Hobby Stocks are racing for $250 to win, with the Armstrong Tractor Sport Compacts racing for $200 to win. There are NO entry fees for any class, unless they want to race for the Gamblers Pay. For the Late Models a $50 entry will give them a chance to race for $1,000 to win, while the Modified winner will get $1,000 to win with a $25 entry. An entry fee of $20 will get the Stock Car and SportMod winner a check for $800 to win. While the Hobby Stock winner will receive $500 with a $15 entry, and the Sport Compact will get $400 to win with a $15 entry.

Grandstands will be closed for Friday night, but the pit passes will be drivers $20, non drivers $15, ages (7-13) $10, and ages 6 & under $5. Then on Saturday 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, ages (3-6) $10, and ages 2 & under $3.

A bonus of $200 for any Modified, Stock Car, and SportMod driver who has a perfect attendance at all nine fall special events will be paid out at the end of the night, while any Hobby Stock driver will receive $150 and any Sport Compact driver will receive $100 for perfect attendance at all nine fall specials.

The following rules will apply at all nine fall special events: A Working Raceceivers Mandatory In All Classes – 454.000NON STAMPED HOOSIER’S ALLOWED ON FRONT ONLY……NO GROOVED TIRES ON REAR IN ANY CLASS!!!MODIFIEDS – IMCA Rules Apply except for the following: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Non IMCA legal cars must run 25 lbs. in front of mid plate…All Aluminum headed motors must add 50 lbs. of lead on front by the motor…Roller motors and stud girdles are legal…Quick change rear ends are legal…Fuel pump on transmission is legal…Front tubular is okay…7800 RPM chip with all open motors…Rear suspension must be IMCA legal…NO Spoilers…STOCK CARS – IMCA Rules Apply with the following allowed: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Aftermarket blocks are okay…SPORTMODS – IMCA or USRA Rules Apply with the following allowed: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…USRA legal SportMods must run NO Spoiler…HOBBY STOCKS – IMCA Rules Apply with floater rend ends allowed….SPORT COMPACTS – IMCA Rules Apply.

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

PostHeaderIcon Gustin, Long, Carter, Boumeester, May, Lichty, and Barnes Open 5th Annual Fall Extravaganza With Wins

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Friday, October 14, 2016) – Friday was a brisk and cool night, but the on track action was hot enough to heat you up. As the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa opened the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza”. The nights action was being presented to you by Budweiser, Casey’s General Stores, Donnellson Tire and Service, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks.

The rained out Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature from August 19th was the first event to take to the track on the night, with 3 laps complete. Jim Gillenwater resumed the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag, with John Oliver Jr. and Joey Gower following. While Oliver Jr. try to keep pace with Gillenwater, the battle was for third between Gower, Tony Dunker, and Brandon Lennox, who restarted in 7th. But without a caution there was no catching Gillenwater, as went on to win his third feature of the season at the track. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Lennox won the battle for 3rd, Dunker was 4th, with Gower rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Mod Lite / Micro Mod feature, with Jason Bahrs and Josh May leading the field to the green flag. May would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Bahrs and Don Erger, who started 5th. The action was slowed only one time, as Darrick Knutsen stopped down the backstretch on lap 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart May jumped back out front, with Erger and Bahrs battling for second. May though would pull away over the final laps to pick up the win. Erger was 2nd, Jason Masengarb came from 7th to finish 3rd, Devon Rouse finished 4th after starting in 8th, with Joel Huggins coming from 11th to come home in 5th.

Luke Merfeld and Chad Holladay drew the front row for the 25 lap Steffes Late Model feature, with Merfeld using his front row advantage to grab the lead on lap 1 over Holladay and Richie Gustin, who was driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing. Merfeld then held the top spot until lap 4, when disaster would strike him. Something appeared to break on the right front that resulted in him hitting the guardrail in turn 4 and bringing out the caution. On the restart Gustin would take over the top spot, with Holladay and Tommy Elston, who started 7th, battling for the runner up spot. The action was slowed for the second and final time on lap 13, when Blake Woodruff spun into the guardrail in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Gustin once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Elston over taking Holladay for second. Elston then held off Holladay until lap 19, when a lapped car forced Elston high coming off turn 4 and allowed Holladay to slip back under him for second. But on this night there was no catching Gustin, who pulled away to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Holladay settled for 2nd, Elston was 3rd, Jeremiah Hurst, who started 9th in the Roberts Motorsports #58, finished 4th, with Todd Frank coming from 12th to round out the top 5.

The 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature was up next, with Cayden Carter and Jeff Mueller leading the field to the green flag. Carter took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mueller and Mike Hughes. While Carter set the pace out front, Mueller and Hughes would battle for the runner up spot. Until the first caution of the race appeared on lap 10 for Randy Exline’s spin in turn 3. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Mueller and Hughes continuing their battle for second. But the second and final caution of the race came out on lap 13 to slow the action, as Exline spun in turn 3 to end his night with a second solo caution. Carter again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Hughes finally getting around Mueller for second. Despite a few challenges from Hughes and Mueller over the final laps, Carter would hold on to pick up the $1,000 top prize. Hughes was 2nd, Mueller was 3rd, John Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Kirk Kinsley rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Coors Light Hobby Stock feature, with Bill Bonnett and Neal Miller making up the front row for the event. Bonnett would use his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Miller and Justin Lichty, who started 5th. A couple of laps later Lichty and Nick Ulin, who started 6th, would over take Miller to move into second and third. Bonnett, who was working the top of the track, then had to work to hold off Lichty over the next several laps, as Ulin was waiting for an opening. Going into turn 3 on the final lap Bonnett entered low to try and slow down Lichty’s momentum, but would drift high coming off turn 4. This would allow Lichty to pull even with Bonnett coming off turn 4, as the two crossed the line side-by-side. Lichty was awarded the win by inches, which was worth $500. Bonnett settled for 2nd, Ulin was 3rd, Miller was 4th, with Mike Kincaid coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

Michael Long and Ronn Lauritzen drew the front row for the Budweiser Modified feature, with Long grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Lauritzen and Cayden Carter, who started 6th. Debris in turn 2 on the completion of lap 1 slowed the action for the first time. On the restart Long moved back out front, with Carter over taking Lauritzen for second. But the second caution of the race appeared after the completion of lap 2, as Scott Dickey and Jason Murray ended up in the guardrail at the end of the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Long once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Carter and Lauritzen close behind. Just as Long started to pull away from the battle behind him, the third and final caution of the race came out on lap 13. This time Patrick Flannagan slowed to a stop in turn 1 with motor troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Long jumped back out front, with Richie Gustin, who was driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing, and Dave Wietholder, who started 9th, slipped past Carter, who slid high in turn 2 and fell back to 8th. Gustin tried to work under Long over the final laps, but Long would hold him off to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize. Richie Gustin was 2nd, Bill Roberts Jr., who started 12th, slipped past Wietholder late to finish 3rd, with Wietholder 4th, and Jenae Gustin finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor Sport Compact feature, with Darin Weisinger Jr. and Josh Barnes leading the field to the green flag. Barnes took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Darin Smith and Jake Dietrich. While Barnes set the pace out front, there was several side-by-side battles going on behind. But that action came to a halt on lap 13, when Dietrich, Ron Kibbe, and William Michel collided in turn 2 to bring out the one and only caution of the race. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Kimberly Abbott, who started 6th, and Barry Taft, who started 7th, glued to his back bumper. Barnes, who was working the middle of the track, had Abbott, who was on the bottom, looking under him coming to the white flag. The two would come off turn 4 side-by-side on the final lap, with Barnes claiming the win by a half a car length to pick up the $300 top prize. Abbott settled for 2nd, Taft was 3rd, Smith was 4th, with Nathan Chandler coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, with Brayton Carter and Brandon Lennox drawing the front row. But just as the green flag was waved the red light would come on, as Jason McDaniel, Creston Williams and Paul Howard collided in turn 4. Howard’s car work turn over on it’s side when Carter VanDenBerg clipped him trying to avoid the wreck. All drivers would climb from their cars okay. On the original restart Carter moved out front to lead lap 1 over Lennox and Dakota Simmons. Just after the completion of lap 1 the second caution of the race appeared, as Jim Gillenwater, Tony Olson and Curtis Van Der Wal collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Lennox would slip past Carter on the restart to grab the top spot away, as Jared Boumeester, who started 5th, moved into to challenge. Coming off turn 5 to complete lap 5, Boumeester slipped under Lennox to take over the lead. Boumeester then started to pull away, when the third and final caution appeared on lap 9. This time Austen Becerra slowed in turn 4 with troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Boumeester jumped back out front, with John Oliver Jr., who started 10th, over taking Lennox for the runner up spot. Oliver Jr. tried to stay with Boumeester over the final 10 laps, but Boumeester would pull away to pick up the win and the $1,000 check to go with it. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Lennox crossed the line in 3rd. But a illegal MSD box was found on Lennox’s car in post race inspection, which resulted in him being disqualified. This would move Richie Gustin, who was driving Shawn Ritter’s #5JR, up to 3rd after he started 14th, Tyler Soppe was moved up to 5th after starting in 9th, with Logan Anderson being moved up to finish in 5th.

 

PostHeaderIcon Lee County Speedway Returns to Action This Weekend

by Brian Neal

Donnellson, IA (Tuesday, October 11, 2016) – After sitting idol for eight weeks the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will get back to action this Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th, with the running of the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza”. The weekends action will be presented to you by Budweiser, Casey’s General Stores, Donnellson Tire and Service, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks. This will also be race five and six of the nine race fall special events being held at three tracks in the area.

In action both nights this weekend will be the Steffes Lee County Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, Coors Light Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor Sport Compacts. But before Friday nights action gets started the make-up SportMod feature that was rained out back on August 19th will be finished from lap 3. Both nights will be a complete show, with a full payout each night. All drivers will draw for their starting spot in the heat races each night, with a redraw format being used to help determine the feature line-ups.

Each night the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be racing for $1,000 to win. The Coors Light Hobby Stocks are racing for $500 to win each night, and the Sport Compacts are going for $300 to win each night. Entry fees each night will be $50 for the Late Models and Modifieds, $40 each night for the Stock Cars and SportMods, with the Hobby Stocks entry fee each night being $30, and the Sport Compacts entry fee each night being $25.

The complete payout for each night will be the following: LATE MODELS & MODIFIEDS – 1. $1,000, 2. $600, 3. $400, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $170, 8. $150, 9. $140, 10. $130, 11. $120, 12. $110, 13.-24. $100 TOW $50…STOCK CARS & SPORTMODS – 1. $1,000, 2. $500, 3. $350, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $150, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $100, 11. $95, 12. $90, 13.-24. $85 TOW $40…HOBBY STOCKS – 1. $500, 2. $300, 3. $200, 4. $150, 5. $130, 6. $120, 7. $110, 8. $100, 9. $90, 10. $80, 11. $75, 12. $70, 13.-24. $65 TOW $30…SPORT COMPACTS – 1. $300, 2. $150, 3. $100, 4. $90, 5. $80, 6. $75, 7. $70, 8. $65, 9. $60, 10. $55, 11.-24. $50 TOW $25.

Gates on Friday will open at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps 7 PM, with Racing at 7:30 PM. Then on Saturday gates will open at 4 PM, Hot Laps will get started at 6 PM, with Racing at 6:30 PM. Grandstand admission for each night will be adults $15, seniors $13, students $7, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes each night will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, ages (3-6) $10, and ages (2 & under) $3. Or a two day pit pass will be offered on Friday for $55.

A bonus of $200 for any Modified, Stock Car, and SportMod driver who has attended the first four races, and still has a perfect attendance at all nine fall special events is being offered, while any Hobby Stock driver will receive $150 and any Sport Compact driver will receive $100 for perfect attendance at all nine fall specials. This bonus will be pro rated with any cancellations, and will be paid out at Shiverfest. Here is the remaining schedule for the final five races of the nine race fall specials:

Friday, October 14th & Saturday, October 15th – 5th Annual Fall Extravaganza at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA

Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd – Memphis Fall Nationals at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO

Saturday, October 29th – Shiverfest at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA

The following rules will apply at all nine fall special events: A Working Raceceivers Mandatory In All Classes – 454.000NON STAMPED HOOSIER’S ALLOWED ON FRONT ONLY……NO GROOVED TIRES ON REAR IN ANY CLASS!!!MODIFIEDS – IMCA Rules Apply except for the following: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Non IMCA legal cars must run 25 lbs. in front of mid plate…All Aluminum headed motors must add 50 lbs. of lead on front by the motor…Roller motors and stud girdles are legal…Quick change rear ends are legal…Fuel pump on transmission is legal…Front tubular is okay…7800 RPM chip with all open motors…Rear suspension must be IMCA legal…NO Spoilers…STOCK CARS – IMCA Rules Apply with the following allowed: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Aftermarket blocks are okay…SPORTMODS – IMCA or USRA Rules Apply with the following allowed: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…USRA legal SportMods must run NO Spoiler…HOBBY STOCKS – IMCA Rules Apply with floater rend ends allowed….SPORT COMPACTS – IMCA Rules Apply.

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

PostHeaderIcon Mod Lites – Micro Mods Added to This Weekends Action

by Brian Neal

Donnellson, IA (Tuesday, October 11, 2016) – Many drivers that race Mod Lites/Micro Mods have show interest in racing this weekend at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, during the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza”. So with the great response the officials have gotten, the decision has been made to add them to the program.

The Mod Lites/Micro Mods will race for $200 to win with 12+ cars, $300 to win with 20+ cars, and $400 to win with 24+ cars. Last week this mixed class had almost 30 cars at another tracks special event. These classes will race together on both Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th. Two complete shows, with a complete payout each night. There will be NO entry fee for the Mod Lites/Micro Mods. They will use a draw/redraw format each night.

Gates on Friday will open at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps 7 PM, with Racing at 7:30 PM. Then on Saturday gates will open at 4 PM, Hot Laps will get started at 6 PM, with Racing at 6:30 PM. Grandstand admission for each night will be adults $15, seniors $13, students $7, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes each night will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, ages (3-6) $10, and ages (2 & under) $3. Or a two day pit pass will be offered on Friday for $55.

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