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PostHeaderIcon Halstead takes 4th Late Model Win

Friday nights races at Lee County Speedway on June 17th were excitement filled. Below are your winners. Thank you to all the Fans and Drivers for your support.


Late Model – Sam Halstead


Modified – Tyler Groenendyk

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Stock Car – Corey Strothman

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Sport Mod – Tony Dunker


Sport Compact – Brandon Reu


(Donnellson, Iowa) Racing action was hot just like the temperatures! The nights sponsor being Mohrfeld Electric and Midwest Power & Performance with seven classes in action. The added class was the 305 winged sprints coming over for their monthly visit at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway.

The first feature of the night was for the Armstrong Tractor IMCA sport compacts with Josh Barnes of Keokuk charging into the lead on lap one, he was in a tight battle with Ron Kibbe of Danville. Kibbe took over the top spot on lap two and held on as the laps clicked off. Brad Chandler of Cedar Rapids was back running in the Josh Barnes back up car 13C. He worked his way past car owner Josh Barnes and Mike Reu of Donnellson who was runner in the runner up but Chandler passed on lap six and one lap later took over the lead from Barnes. He cruised to the win, with Kibbe hanging on for second. Barnes held off Kimberly Abbott for the third spot and Rue in fourth.


Next up was the 20 lap main event for the 305 sprint cars who are visiting once a month in 2016.  Tanner Gebhardt led the first circuit, with the yellow waving as the pack crossed the line. When racing resumed, fourth row starter John Schulz, who had rolled his # 27 sprint car in the heat race, raced up to the fourth spot on lap four. Gebhardt was hitting his marks, and had opened a nice lead by the halfway point. As the laps were winding down, Dave Getchell began to gain ground on the leader, and as the 16th circuit was scored, he had caught the Gebhardt # 81 machine with three laps remaining.  Schultz retired to the infield on lap 18, and as the white flag waved, Getchell inched ahead at the flagstand. Gebhardt then had to contend with Harold Pohren, who edged past Gebhardt for second as the checkers flew. A very excited Dave Getchell said it was his first win in 22 years! Pohren took second with Gebhardt taking the third spot.

In the Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA sport mods the 18 lap main event was a thriller. A pair of Missouri drivers Austin Howes and Brandon Dale sat on row one, with Dale leading the first trip past the flag stand. Howes used the higher groove to lead lap two, while veteran Jim Gillenwater of Keokuk raced from the third row to the third position. Dale and Howes raced side by side on the fourth circuit, and again Howes nosed ahead on lap five. On the sixth trip around, Gillenwater eased around Dale for second. Now it was Gillenwater hugging the low groove as he usually does, with Howes running higher on the speedway. When the first caution flew on lap 13, the lead Howes had evaporated, and now Gillenwater had his chance. The veteran grabbed the lead on the restart, but stayed glued to the inside line, while Howes fought back on the top side. At the white flag, it was the 18 year old Howes back in the lead, and he held on for his first feature win. Gillenwater took second with Dale coming home third, while Joey Gower grabbed fourth.


With only two hobby stocks checked in, they decided to do the Hobbys stocks and Sport Compact challenge, three sport compacts were added in with Matt Lundry of Wapello and Brad Chandler battling for the win with Chandler taking the win on the final corner and final lap.


The Steffes Auction and Realty Lee County late models were next on the card for 25 laps of action. The redraw found Tyler Cale and two time winner Tommy Elston on row one. The second generation driver Cale led the pair of laps, as fifth starting Sam Halstead slipped past Todd Frank for third. Elston used a high line to take the lead on lap six, and it now became a three car battle. As lap seven was being scored, Cale found himself near the turn four guardrail, slipping back to fourth. As the pack entered turn one, another two time winner, Colby Springsteen looped his # 38, bringing out the only yellow of the race. Back under green, Halstead was scored first by a nose on lap nine, but quickly began to widen his lead. Meanwhile, Springsteen was fighting back, entering the top five on lap 13. On lap 14, Jeff Guengerich took the third spot after racing from the seventh starting spot and one lap later Springsteen climbed to fourth. Lap 18 saw Guengerich wheel the Lynn Richard owned # 15R to the runner up spot, and three circuits later, Springsteen worked around Elston for third. Halstead kept his foot on the gas, however, claiming his third feature win of the season. Guengerich, Springsteen, Elston, and Frank turned in top five runs. Cale finished sixth, followed by Derek Liles, Charles Vanzandt, Brandon Potts, Gunner Frank, and Laine Vanzandt, eleven starting and eleven taking the checkers.


In the Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars Jeff Mueller would keep his streak alive with Mueller working the bottom side of the speedway and would not look back after taking the lead on lap five. He would stay perfect on regular season point’s night with his sixth straight win. Greg Gill of Muscatine tried several times to close on Mueller but took the second spot.


The final feature of the night was the Budweiser IMCA modifieds with Levi Smith bringing the field to the green. The mods would put on a two and three wide battle with Josh Foster making the venture from Newton and last week’s winner Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Missouri racing his way from the tenth starting spot to take the win over Foster. Foster and Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Illinois would battle for the second spot with Foster crossing ahead of Waterman who took the third finishing position.


This week will be Welch’s Insurance, McDowell Crane & Rigging, Seither & Cherry and Tri-State Sheet Metal night at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm with five exciting classes in action.

PostHeaderIcon Mueller, Griffiths & Barnes – Back to Back WINS

(Donnellson, Iowa) April 22nd The Pepsi Lee County Speedway had three repeat winners drive to victory lane and three new winners in the other three classes. The late model division has had three different drivers take checkers with no repeat winners.

In the Armstrong Tractor IMCA sport compacts Josh Barnes of Keokuk took the win, after a battle from Mike Reu of Donnellson who tried to hold off Barnes but settled for the runner-up spot. The battle for third and fourth would heat up with Darrin Weisinger Jr. holding off Kimberly Abbott who took fourth.

In the Donnellson Tire IMCA stock cars Jeff Mueller took his second straight win. Mueller battled with Dean Kratzer and Corey Strothman who made it a three car battle with Mueller passing on the low line with four laps remaining. Kratzer would lose the battle for second to Strothman who would get him on the last lap. Greg Gill of Muscatine was battling for the lead early but found himself coming from the back after an early race incident that involved him and Jeremy Pundit, Gill took the fourth place finish.
The Coors Light IMCA Hobby stock featured only three cars but Dustin Griffiths of Hedrick and Brandon Symmonds of Keokuk would try several time to close on Griffiths but Griffiths held on and took his second straight win with Symmonds in second and Kyle Hamilton of Keokuk taking third.
The Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA sport mods would see a new face in victory lane with Tony Dunker of Quincy, IL. taking the win. Austin Howes of Memphis would lead the field to the halfway point before giving the lead over to Brandon Dale of Arbella who would build a nice size lead but a late race caution would setup a four lap shootout with Dunker making the pass for the win. Dale took second with Joey Gower of Quincy taking third and Carter Vandenberg of Oskaloosa taking the fourth spot.
The Budweiser IMCA Modified feature saw Jeff Waterman of Quincy turned the table and score the win in the 71w machine after running second last week.  Kelly Buckallew of Memphis would lead the first six laps before losing the lead to Bill Roberts Jr. of Burlington who took the lead on lap seven and would lead until lap twelve before Waterman would pass for the lead and take the checkers. Jared Fuller of Memphis would work his 110 machine up to second after starting sixth. Dennis Lavein who won last week raced to third after starting fifth and Roberts would take fourth.
In the Steffes Auction and Realty Late Models the action would get really exciting with veteran driver Tommy Elston and rookie Derek Liles battling for the lead for the first six laps. Elston took the lead and scored his first win of the 2016 season. The racing action was red flagged for a sheep on the track, YES a SHEEP, you had to be there. The sheep entered the track in turn 4 and after going around turn 3 and down the back stretch against traffic pulled into the pits where it was rescued by track workers. When action resumed Jeff Guengerich of Washington would make the restart payoff after starting eighth he would pass Darbyshire for second with Darbyshire taking third and last week’s winner Sam Halstead taking the fourth spot.
Racing action will roar back to life on April 29th with six classes in action for night number three of points racing. Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Racing action will change to Thursday Night Thunder on May 5th with the Late Model touring series Lucas Oil Late Models visiting the Pepsi Lee County Speedway.

PostHeaderIcon Carter Claims Two Wins at “Shiverfest”

by Brian Neal

Donnellson, IA (Saturday, October 25, 2014) – What a great way to put an end to the 2014 racing season in the state of Iowa, with the annual “Shiverfest” event at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA presented by Farmington Tax and Accounting. Not only did mother nature co-operate, with temps hoovering around the low 70’s by race time. But the drivers turned out to support this event, with 172 cars signed in on the night from 5 states.

After 20 heat races, and 8 B-Mains, the twenty-four car fields were set in the Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, and Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts divisions.

The first feature to take to the track was the 22 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod, with Brayton Carter and Joey Gower drawing the front row for the event. Gower would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Carter and Austin Howes, who started 5th. While Gower set a fast pace out front, Richie Gustin, who started 13th in the Shawn Ritter #7SR machine, and Jenae Gustin, who started 11th, were making their way towards the front. Richie Gustin would take over the runner up spot on lap 6, while Jenae slipped into 4th. But by that time Gower had built up a straight-away lead, even while battling lapped traffic. It looked like there was no hope in catching Gower, that was until the first caution of the race appeared on lap 17. A tire was clipped and thrown onto the racing surface in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front, leaving Jenae and Richie Gustin to battle each other side-by-side for the runner up spot. But the action up front was slowed for the second and final time on lap 18, when Sean Wyett spun in turn 4 and collected Logan Anderson to bring out the yellow. Gower once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jenae and Richie Gustin close behind. Coming to the white flag Jenae Gustin, who was using the top in turns 1 and 2 and the middle of turns 3 and 4, was able to get up beside Gower going into turn 3. But Gower, who was glued to the bottom, was able to hold her off at the line to pick up the win. Jenae Gustin settled for 2nd, Richie Gustin was 3rd, Brett Lowry was 4th, with Howes coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap Coor’s Light Hobby Stock feature, with Brett Vanous and Dustin Griffiths drawing the front row for the event. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Quinton Miller and Bobby Greene slowed to a stop down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Waylan Raines spun in turn 2 to bring the caution light back on. A third attempt of a start saw Griffiths jump out front to lead lap 1 over Vanous and Travis Bunnell. One lap in the books produced another caution, as Sierra Wilsey spun in turn 4 on lap 2 to bring out the yellow. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jacob Keiser, who started 7th, moving into the runner up spot. Another lap completed, lap 3, only meant another caution, as Gina Gruebel spun in turn 2 from contact from Tim Gebel to bring out the yellow. On the restart Griffiths moved back out front, with Keiser, Bunnell, Justin Wacha, who started 5th, and August Bach, who started 12th, battling for the runner up spot. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 6, when Raines spun in turn 4 for his second solo caution to end his night. Griffiths once again jumped out front on the restart, with Wacha over taking Keiser for the runner up spot. While Griffiths paced the field out front, Wacha, Keiser, Bach and Bunnell battle two and event three wide at times for the runner up spot. Despite a few attempts by Wacha to slip under Griffiths over the final laps, Griffiths was able to hold on to claim the win. Keiser over took Wacha on the final lap to finish in 2nd, Justin Lichty passed 12 cars from his 16th place starting spot to finish in 4th, with Bunnell rounding out the top 5.

John Oliver Jr. and Michael Peterson let the field to the drop of the green flag in the 24 lap Donnellson Tire Stock Car feature, with Oliver Jr. grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Abe Huls and David Brandies.The battle up front was slowed for the first time on lap 3, when Jason See spun in turn 1 and collected Brian Mahlstedt and Jake Powers to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Huls and Brandies continuing their battle for the runner up spot. While Oliver Jr. worked to hold back Huls and Brandies for the top spot, Cayden Carter, who started 11th, moved in to the battle. Carter used the top of the track to slip past Brandies and Huls for the second spot on lap 10, and then went to work on Oliver Jr. for the lead. But the second and final caution of the race on lap 12, slowed the action up front. This time debris in turns 3 and 4 brought out the yellow. On the restart Carter went to the bottom of the track to slip under Oliver Jr. for the top spot, leaving Oliver Jr. to battle with Brandies for second. While all eyes were on the battle up front, Jason Cook, who started 9th, was slowly creeping his way into the battle. On lap 22 Cook was able to slip under Brandies for second and then went to work on Carter for the lead. Coming to the white flag lap Cook was able to get up beside Cater off turn 4, only to have Carter use the momentum off the top of the track to keep the lead. But going into turn 3 Cook went to the bottom, while Carter went to the high side. Cook then held off Carter at the line to pick up the win, that was until post race inspection. Cook was found to have illegal cylinder heads and the wrong carburetor / motor combination, which resulted in him being disqualified. This would give Carter the win. Brandies was moved up to 2nd, Oliver Jr. was moved up to 3rd, Todd Reitzler was moved up to 4th, with Andy Aultenburg, who made the trip down from Minnesota, getting moved up to finish 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compact feature, with Bryan Shipley and Brandon Lambert drawing the front row for the event. Shipley took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Michael Grossman and Lambert. Grossman would use the bottom of the track to slip past Shipley for the top spot on lap 2. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 4, when Eric Lambert spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Grossman moved back out front, with Adam Gates, who started 8th, moving into the runner up spot. Gates, who was running the top of the track, was able to grab the lead away from Grossman on lap 6 and then started to pull away from the field. But a caution on lap 12, for spin in turn 4 by Eric Lambert that brought out his second solo caution of the race, would bring the field to his back bumper. On the restart tight racing down the backstretch sent John Whalen rolling into turn 3 to bring out the red. He climbed from his car okay. The following restart saw Grossman use the bottom of the track to slip under Gates to move back out front and then held on over the final lap to pick up the win. David Helenthal came from 6th to finish in 2nd, Brandon Rue passed 9 cars from his 12th place starting spot to come home in 3rd, Gates held on for 4th, with Kimberly Abbott rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Richie Gustin, in Shawn Ritter’s #7SR SportMod, and Levi Nelson leading the field to the green flag. Richie Gustin would use his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jimmy Gustin, who started 5th, and Nelson. While Richie Gustin paced the field out front, Kelly Shryock, who started 7th, and Cayden Carter, who started 11th, were using the top of the track to move towards the front. Shryock took over second on lap 10, while Carter moved into fourth. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 14, when Ryan Maitland spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Richie Gustin moved back out front, while Carter went thru the middle off turn 4 to slip past Shryock for the runner up spot. Two laps later, lap 17, Carter used the top of the track to edge Richie Gustin at the line by inches to take over the top spot. Carter then held on over the final 8 laps to pick up his second win of the night and third straight at the track. Shryock was 2nd, Richie Gustin held on for 3rd, Bruce Hanford was 4th, with Tony VonDresky coming home in 5th.