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PostHeaderIcon Close Finishes Highlight Thursday Nights Action

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Thursday, May 4, 2017) – A rare Thursday night of racing was held at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models made there first of two stops at the track for 2017. The action was being presented by Roberts Tire Center out of Burlington, Iowa, and if you missed the racing then you missed out on some close finishes.

The first feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, with Jake Wenig and Abe Huls drawing the front row. But just as the green flag was dropped the caution light would come on, as Chad Krogmeier and Dean Kratzer spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart third place starter John Oliver Jr. slipped under Wenig and Huls to grab the lead on lap 1. Oliver Jr. then started to put some distance on the two and three wide battles going on behind, when the second and final caution of the race appeared on lap 9 to bring the field back to his back bumper. This time Kevin Koontz spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Oliver Jr. jumped back out front on the restart, but now had Damon Murty, who started 12th, and Jeff Mueller, who started 11th, close behind him. Murty and Mueller raced side-by-side over the next several laps in the battle for second, when Mueller finally settled into the spot on lap 16. Mueller quickly closed on Oliver Jr.’s back bumper, as the two came off turn four for the white flag bumper to bumper. Going into turn 3 on the final lap Muller was able to get under Oliver Jr., as the two raced off turn 4 side-by-side. Oliver Jr. would edge Mueller at the line by inches to claim his first win of the year at the track and the $1,000 top prize that went with it. Mueller was 2nd, Murty finished 3rd, Mike Hughes started 10th and finished 4th, with Jeremy Pundt coming home in 5th after starting in 8th.

Up next was the 40 lap Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model feature, with Chris Simpson and Terry Phillips leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green was waved the caution light would come on, as Brent Larson, Chase Junghans, Jordan Yaggy, and Al Humphrey got together in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. The following original restart saw Chris Simpson grab the lead on lap 1 over Chad Simpson and Phillips. Chris Simpson was setting such a torrid pace, that by lap 10 he started to enter lapped traffic. While Chris paced the field out front, Tony Jackson Jr., who started 5th, and Jimmy Mars, who started 7th, were working their way towards the front. Jackson Jr. would slip into 3rd on lap 10, and then used the middle of the track trough heavy lapped traffic to grab the runner up spot on lap 15. On lap 22 Mars made the move to take over the 3rd spot, as he and Jackson Jr. went to work on cutting into Chris Simpson’s lead.

By lap 28 Jackson Jr. and Mars were within striking distance of Chris for the lead, as they worked heavy lapped traffic that raced side-by-side in front of them. Coming off turn 2 to complete lap 30, Chris Simpson went three wide off the top of the track to clear the two lap cars in front of him. The move then helped Chris Simpson to put some distance between himself and Jackson Jr. and Mars. As Chris Simpson went on to pick up the win in a caution free race after the caution on the start. Jackson Jr. settled for 2nd, Mars was 3rd, Chad Simpson was 4th, with Billy Moyer coming from 11th to round out the top 5.

Tony Dunker and Carter VanDenBerg drew the front row for the 20 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMod feature, with VanDenBerg grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Dunker and Kyle Hill. VanDenBerg then had to work to hold off Dunker over the next 5 laps, when the first caution of the race appeared on lap 6. Austen Becerra spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dunker used the momentum off the top of the track in turn 4 to grab the lead away from VanDenBerg, with Logan Anderson, who started 7th, moving into third. VanDenBerg then followed in Dunker’s tire tracks, until disaster struck him on lap 16. He would slow off turn 4 with a right rear flat to bring out the second and final caution of the race. Dunker grabbed the lead on the restart, with Brandon Lennox, who started 9th, over taking Anderson for second. While Lennox and Anderson raced side-by-side for the runner up spot, this allowed Dunker to pull away over the final laps to pick up his second win in a row at the track, and the $1,000 top prize that went with it, Anderson won the battle for 2nd, Lennox was 3rd, Jim Gillenwater started 12th and passed 8 cars to come home in 4th, with Brian Efkamp finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 25 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Jacob Murray and Kelly Shryock leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Shryock would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out front on lap 1 over Murray and Hunter Marriott, who started 5th. Shryock, who was mostly using the top of the track, set a torrid pace out front that forced him to maneuver through heavy lapped traffic by lap 12. The lapped traffic would allow Marriott to slip into the runner up spot on lap 18, and also cut into Shryock’s lead. A lap car running the high side of the track, slowed Shryock enough coming off turn 4 on lap 22 to allow Marriott to grab the top spot. But a lapped car running the bottom of the track, allowed Shryock to use the momentum off the top of the track in turn 4 coming to the white flag to take the lead back. Shryock then held off Marriott at the line in a caution free race to claim his first win of the season at the track, and pick up the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Murray was 3rd, Richie Gustin was 4th, with Chris Zogg rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kimberly Abbott and Steven Struck drawing the front row. But it was third place starter Josh Barnes who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Abbott and Barry Taft, who started 5th. Barnes then held the top spot until lap 6, when Abbot slipped under him to grab the lead. While Abbott set the pace out front, Jake Dietrich, Taft and Barnes battled for the runner up spot. Taft would secure second on lap 10, and then went to work on Abbott for the lead. Coming off turn 4 for the white flag Taft was able to get under Abbott to grab the lead away. But Abbott would slip under Taft going into turn 3 to edge him out at the line to claim her first win of the season at the track and the $300 top prize. Taft settled for 2nd, Dietrich was 3rd, Barnes was 3rd, with Travis DeMint coming home in 5th after starting in 10th.

Coming up next Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be another weekly racing night. In action on the night will be the Steffes UMP Pro Late Models, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, and the Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30 PM, 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 are $25, age 7-13 $15, ages 4-6 $10, and ages 3 & under $3.

For more information about the Lee County Speedway you can visit their website page at www.leecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook, or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, IA
Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Roberts Tire Center Night

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models

A-Feature: 1. Chris Simpson, Oxford, IA; 2. Tony Jackson Jr., Lebanon, MO; 3. Jimmy Mars, Menominie, WI; 4. Chad Simpson, Mt. Vernon, IA; 5. Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR; 6. Terry Phillips, Springfield, MO; 7. JC Wyman, Griswold, IA; 8.Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA; 9. Dave Eckrich, Oxford, IA; 10. Raymond Merrill, Sallisaw, OK; 11. Jesse Stovall, Galena, MO; 12. Rodney Sanders, Happy, TX; 13. Spencer Diercks, Davenport, IA; 14. Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 15. Bob Gardner, Germantown Hills, IL; 16. Payton Looney, Republic, MO; 17. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, AZ; 18. Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN; 19. Brantlee Gotschall, Nevada, MO; 20. Randy Timms, Wheatland, OK; 21. Justin Asplin, Birch Tree, MO; 22. Al Humphrey, Giltner, NE; 23. Chase Junghans, Manhatten, KS; 24. Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, MN

B-Feature: 1. Payton Looney 2. Chase Junghans 3. Brantlee Gotschall 4. Bob Gardner 5. Randy Timms 6. Jordan Yaggy 7. Jeremy Grady, Story City, IA; 8. Rickey Frankel, Quincy, IL; 9. Gordy Gundaker, St. Charles, MO; 10. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, IA; 11. Justin Asplin 12. Al Humphrey 13. Mike Stadel, Rapid City, SD; 14. Todd Frank, Montrose, IA; 15. Richard Weber, Kirksville, MO; 16. Rob Toland, Colona, IL; 17. Justin Reed, Quincy, IL

Heat 1: 1. Payton Looney 2. Jason Feger 3. Spencer Diercks 4. Raymond Merrill 5. Bob Gardner 6. Payton Looney 7. Justin Reed 8. Justin Asplin 9. Richard Weber

Heat 2: 1. Dave Eckrich 2. Jimmy Mars 3. JC Wyman 4. Ricky Thornton Jr 5. Jeremy Grady 6. Randy Timms 7. Chase Junghans

Heat 3: 1. Terry Phillips 2. Jesse Stovall 3. Brent Larson 4. Tyler Bruening 5. Brantlee Gotschall 6. Al Humphrey 7. Jay Johnson 8. Todd Frank

Heat 4: 1. Chad Simpson 2. Tony Jackson Jr 3. Billy Moyer 4. Rodney Sanders 5. Rob Toland 6. Gordy Gundaker 7. Rickey Frankel 8. Mike Stadel

 

Budweiser IMCA Modifieds

A-Feature: 1.  Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA; 2.  Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, MO; 3.  Jacob Murray, Hartford, IA; 4.  Richie Gustin, Gilman, IA; 5.  Chris Zogg, New Liberty, IA; 6.  Johnny Scott, Cameron, MO; 7.  Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, IA; 8.  Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 9.  Colby Springsteen, Wapello, IA; 10. Michael Long, Fowler, IL; 11. Kyle Brown, Madrid, IA; 12. Rob Toland, Colona, IL; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbach, IA; 14. Jardin Fuller, Memphis, MO; 15. Shawn Ritter, Keystone, IA; 16. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, IA; 17. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque, IA; 18. Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, IL; 19. Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington, IA; 20. Dave Wietholder, Liberty, IL; 21. Steve Stewart, Burlington, IA; 22. Dugan Thye, Burlington, IA; 23. Dakota Simmons, Douds, IA; 24. Craig Spegal, New London, MO

B-Feature: 1.  Corey Dripps; 2.  Luke Merfeld; 3.  Blake Woodruff; 4.  Craig Spegal; 5.  Dave Wietholder; 6.  Dugan Thye; 7.  Mitch Boles, New London, IA; 8.  Matt Bodman, Muscatine, IA; 9.  David Brown, Kellogg, IA; 10. Larry McConnell, Danville, IA; 11. Kelly Buckallew, Memphis, MO

Heat 1: 1.  Chris Zogg; 2.  Bill Roberts Jr.; 3.  Jardin Fuller; 4.  Dakota Simmons; 5.  Dennis LaVeine; 6.  Kyle Brown; 7.  Luke Merfeld; 8.  Larry McConnell; 9.  Blake Woodruff; 10. Mitch Boles

Heat 2: 1.  Richie Gustin; 2.  Johnny Scott; 3.  Colby Springsteen; 4.  Rob Toland; 5.  Jesse Hoeft; 6.  Michael Long; 7.  Dave Wietholder; 8.  David Brown; 9.  Corey Dripps; 10. Craig Spegal

Heat 3: 1.  Jeff Waterman; 2.  Jacob Murray; 3.  Hunter Marriott; 4.  Kelly Shryock; 5.  Steve Stewart; 6.  Shawn Ritter; 7.  Matt Bodman; 8.  Dugan Thye; 9.  Kelly Buckallew

Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars

A-Feature: 1.  John Oliver Jr., Danville, Ia; 2.  Jeff Mueller, Albion, IA; 3.  Damon Murty, Chelsea, IA; 4.  Mike Hughes, Oskaloosa, IA; 5.  Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 6.  Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 7.  Cole Mather, Fairbank, IA; 8.  Louis Lynch, Glenwood, MO; 9.  Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, IA; 10. Norman Chesmore, Rowley, IA; 11. Jay Schmidt, Tama, IA; 12. Corey Strothman, Mt. Union, IA; 13. Dean Kratzer, Ft. Madison, IA; 14. Michael Larsen, Monroe City, MO; 15. Kevin Koontz, Memphis, MO; 16. Chase Exlline, Centerville, IA; 17. Scott Jordan, Wapello, IA; 18. Derrick Agee, Huntsville, MO; 19. Jim Redmann, Lockridge, IA; 20. Shane Paris, Wilton, IA; 21. Jake Wenig, Burlington, IA; 22. Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, IA; 23. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 24. Les Blakley, Fairfield, IA (DNS)

Heat 1: 1.  Mike Hughes; 2.  Jake Wenig; 3.  Louis Lynch; 4.  Jeremy Pundt; 5.  Jim Redmann; 6.  Norman Chesmore; 7.  Dean Kratzer; 8.  Michael Larsen

Heat 2: 1.  Abe Huls; 2.  Damon Murty; 3.  Shane Paris; 4.  Corey Strothman; 5.  Jay Schmidt; 6.  Scott Jordan; 7.  Kevin Koontz; 8.  Les Blakley

Heat 3: 1.  Jeff Mueller; 2.  Derrick Agee; 3.  John Oliver Jr.; 4.  Cole Mather; 5.  Chad Krogmeier; 6.  Chase Exlline; 7.  Cayden Carter; 8.  Jason Cook

 

Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods

A-Feature: 1.  Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 2.  Logan Anderson, Eddyville, IA; 3.  Brandon Lennox, New London, MO; 4.  Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA; 5.  Brian Efkamp, Ankeny, IA; 6.  Austin Howes, Memphis, MO; 7.  Sean Wyett, Danville, IA; 8.  Austen Becerra, Bowen, IL; 9.  Kyle Hill, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 10. Kevin Dickey, East Moline, IL; 11. Jacob Whittington, Davenport, IA; 12. Bob Cowman, Quincy, IL; 13. Travis Hartman, Burlington, IA; 14. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, IA; 15. Brandyn Ryan, Coatsburg, IL; 16. Ryan Walker, Wilton, IA; 17. Brandon Dale, Arbela, MO (DNS); 18. John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA

Heat 1: 1.  Tony Dunker; 2.  Jim Gillenwater; 3.  Sean Wyett; 4.  Austin Howes; 5.  Bob Cowman; 6.  Travis Hartman

Heat 2: 1.  Carter VanDenBerg; 2.  Austen Becerra; 3.  Ryan Walker; 4.  Jacob Whittington; 5.  Brandyn Ryan; 6.  John Oliver Jr.

Heat 3: 1.  Brandon Lennox; 2.  Logan Anderson; 3.  Brian Efkamp; 4.  Kyle Hill; 5.  Brandon Dale; 6.  Kevin Dickey

Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts

A-Feature: 1.  Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, IL;  2.  Barry Taft, Argyle, IA; 3.  Jake Dietrich, Keokuk, IA; 4.  Josh Barnes, Keokuk, IA; 5.  Travis DeMint, Warsaw, IL; 6.  Brandon Lambert, Carthage, IL; 7.  Steven Struck, Atalissa, IA; 8.  Levi Heath, Wilton, IA; 9.  Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, IA; 10. Brandon Reu, Donnellson, IA; 11. David Prim, Hamelton, IL; 12. Ron Kibbe, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 13. Darin Weisinger Jr., Mendon, IL; 14. Mike Reu, Donnellson, IA; 15. Kenny Smith, Donnellson, IA; 16. Ashton Blain, Burlington, IA; 17. Brandon Cruise, West Liberty, IA; 18. Mike Hornung Jr., Keokuk, IA; 19. William Michel, Muscatine, IA; 20. Jacob Smith, Atalissa, IA

Heat 1: 1.  Daniel Fellows; 2.  David Prim; 3.  Levi Heath; 4.  Brandon Lambert; 5.  Ashton Blain; 6.  Brandon Cruise; 7.  Jacob Smith

Heat 2: 1.  Josh Barnes; 2.  Jake Dietrich; 3.  Travis DeMint; 4.  Mike Reu; 5.  Darin Weisinger Jr.; 6.  Brandon Reu; 7.  Mike Hornung Jr.

Heat 3: 1.  Barry Taft; 2.  Steven Struck; 3.  Kimberly Abbott; 4.  Ron Kibbe; 5.  Kenny Smith; 6.  William Michel

PostHeaderIcon Five New Winners – Halstead, Waterman, Pundt, Dunker, and Taft

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Friday, April 21, 2017) – Mother nature has not been on the side of the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa for the first four weeks of racing in 2017, as wet weather was the fight the first three weeks. But this week it was the cool temperatures and breezy conditions that wasn’t on there side. The hot racing action helped to keep the fans warm, with five new winners ending up in victory lane at the end of Budweiser Night.

Daniel Fellows and Barry Taft led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, which was the first to take to the track on this night. Taft would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Kimberly Abbott and David Prim. Just after lap 1 was scored complete the caution would appear, as Mike Hornung Jr. stopped down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Taft moved back out front, with Abbott and Josh Barnes, who started 8th, close behind. Abbott tried to work under Taft over the next 5 laps, when the second caution of the race appeared on lap 6. Hornung Jr. would spin in turn 4 and collected Fellows to bring out the yellow. Taft again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Abbott and Barnes following. Taft, Abbott and Barnes would race the next two laps three wide for the lead, with Taft able to hold them off at the line each lap. While the lead trio battled for the top spot, Jake Dietrich, who started 7th, was working the top of the track to move into the battle. Dietrich would over take Barnes for 2nd on lap 13, and then went to work on Taft for the lead. But Taft was able to hold on over the final laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Barnes would edge out Dietrich at the line for 2nd, Brandon Reu came from 9th to finish 4th, with Abbott holding on for 5th.

Next to take to the track was the 20 lap Steffes UMP Pro Late Model feature, with Derek Liles and Gunner Frank drawing the front row. Liles jumped out front on lap 1 over Gunner Frank and Sam Halstead, and then held it until coming off turn 4 to complete lap 2. Liles would spin in front of the field to bring out the yellow. On the restart Halstead slipped past Gunner Frank to take the top spot, with Todd Frank moving into second. Todd Frank tried to stay in Halstead’s tire tracks over the next 6 laps, when the second caution of the race slowed the action. This time Chase Frank spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Halstead jumped back out front on the restart, with Todd Frank and Gunner Frank close behind. Again Todd Frank tried to stay with Halstead, but Halstead started to pull away until the final caution of the race brought the field back to his back bumper on lap 18. Chase Frank spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow for the second time to end his night. On the restart Todd Frank went low going into turn 3 and slid up in front of Halstead, only to have Halstead turn under him to edge him at the line for the lead. Halstead then held him off on the final lap to claim his first win of the season at the track. Tommy Elston came from 9th to edge out Denny Woodworth at the line for 3rd, Liles recovered from his lap 1 spin to come back up to finish 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Les Blakley and Corey Strothman leading the field to green. But it was third place starter Jeremy Pundt who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Abe Huls and Strothman. With Pundt working the bottom of the track, Huls went to the top to try to work past Pundt. But disaster would strike Huls on lap 7 when he got into the guardrail in turn 3 and pulled off with troubles. This would move Jason Cook into second. While Cook tried to cut into Pundt’s lead, the battle for third between John Oliver Jr., Strothman, and Jason See went two and three wide at times. Without a caution there was no catching Pundt on this night, as he went on to win his first feature of the year at the track. Cook was 2nd, See won the battle for 3rd, Strothman was 4th, with Oliver Jr. coming home in 5th.

Mitch Boles and Kelly Buckallew led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Boles jumping out front to lead lap 1 over Dennis LaVeine and rookie Modified driver Dakota Simmons, who moved out of the SportMod class for 2017. Coming off turn 2 to complete lap 2, LaVeine went low, Jeff Waterman was in the middle, with Boles up top, to race three wide for the top spot. LaVeine emerged as the new leader on lap 2. LaVeine worked the bottom of the track over the next 3 laps, while Waterman used the top. Which turned out to prevail for Waterman, who grabbed the top spot away from LaVeine coming off turn 4 on lap 6. Waterman then started to pull away, when the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 15 to bring the field back to his back bumper. Boles slowed in turn 4 with troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Waterman moved back out front, with LaVeine working to hold off Blake Woodruff, who started 6th, for second. Waterman then led the final 5 laps to score his first win of the season at the track. LaVeine held on for 2nd, Woodruff was 3rd, Bobby Six started 9th and finished 4th, with Simmons rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track was the 18 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, with Austin Howes and Brandon Symmonds leading the field to green, when Tom Lathrop elected to start in the rear. Howes took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Logan Anderson, who originally started 14th and moved up to 6th on the start, and Symmonds. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when Brandyn Ryan spun in turn 3 and collected Dave Kraus to bring out the yellow. On the restart Howes moved back out front, with Tony Dunker, who started 8th, over taking Anderson for second. Howes, who was running the bottom of the track, then held the top spot until lap 4, when Dunker went high off turn 4 to take over the lead. Just as Dunker started to pull away from the battle behind, the second caution of the race slowed the pace on lap 12. This time debris in turn 1 brought out the yellow. Dunker moved back out front on the restart, with Howes and now John Oliver Jr. close behind. Dunker again started to pull away from the battle behind him, and looked to be heading to the win, when the final caution appeared on lap 17 to set up a overtime finish. But Dunker got a good restart and held on over the final laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Howes settled for 2nd, Anderson was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Brandon Dale finishing 5th after starting in 9th.

Coming up next Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be another weekly racing night brought to you by Donnellson Tire & Service. In action on the night will be the Steffes UMP Pro Late Models, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, and the Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30 PM, 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 are $25, age 7-13 $15, ages 4-6 $10, and ages 3 & under $3.

For more information about the Lee County Speedway you can visit their website page at www.leecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook, or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, IA

Friday, April 21, 2017 – Budweiser Night

Steffes UMP Pro Late Models

A-Feature: 1.  Sam Halstead, New London, IA; 2.  Todd Frank, Montrose, IA; 3.  Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA; 4.  Dennis Woodworth, Mendon, IL; 5.  Derek Liles, Eldon, IA; 3.  Brian Crebo, Hannah City, IL; 7.  Jeff Guengerich, Washington, IA; 8.  Brandon Savage, Canton, MO; 9.  Chase Frank, Montrose, IA; 10. Gunner Frank, Montrose, IA; 11.  Derek Sammons, Luray, MO (DNS)

Heat 1: 1.  Tommy Elston; 2.  Jeff Guengerich; 3.  Todd Frank; 4.  Gunner Frank; 5.  Brandon Savage; 6.  Chase Frank

Heat 2: 1.  Sam Halstead; 2.  Derek Liles; 3.  Dennis Woodworth; 4.  Brian Crebo; 5.  Derek Sammons

Budweiser IMCA Modifieds

A-Feature: 1.  Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 2.  Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington, IA; 3.  Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, IL; 4.  Bobby Six, Warsaw, IA; 5.  Dakota Simmons, Douds, IA; 6.  Craig Spegal, New London, MO; 7.  Jardin Fuller, Memphis, MO; 8.  Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, IA; 9.  Mitch Boles, New London, IA; 10. Kelly Buckallew, Memphis, MO; 11.  Dave Wietholder, Liberty, IL (DNS)

Heat 1: 1.  Jeff Waterman; 2.  Dennis LaVeine; 3.  Bobby Six; 4.  Mitch Boles; 5.  Craig Spegal; 6.  Dave Wietholder

Heat 2: 1.  Blake Woodruff; 2.  Dakota Simmons; 3.  Jardin Fuller; 4.  Bill Roberts Jr.; 5.  Kelly Buckallew

Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars

A-Feature: 1.  Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 2.  Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 3.  Jason See, Albia, IA; 4.  Corey Strothman, Mt. Union, IA; 5.  John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 6.  Les Blakley, Fairfield, IA; 7.  Jim Redmann, Lockridge, IA; 8.  Dean Kratzer, Ft. Madison, Ia; 9.  Jake Wenig, Burlington, IA; 10. Kevin Koontz, Memphis, MO; 11. Dakota Girard, Moberly, MO; 12. Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 13. Chase Exlline, Centerville, IA; 14. Scott Jordan, Wapello, IA (DNS)

Heat 1: 1.  Jason See; 2.  John Oliver Jr.; 3.  Jeremy Pundt; 4.  Jim Redmann; 5.  Les Blakley; 6.  Kevin Koontz; 7.  Chase Exlline

Heat 2: 1.  Abe Huls; 2.  Jason Cook; 3.  Corey Strothman; 4.  Jake Wenig; 5.  Dakota Girard; 6.  Dean Kratzer; 7.  Scott Jordan

Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods

A-Feature: 1.  Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 2.  Austin Howes, Memphis, MO; 3.  Logan Anderson, Eddyville, IA; 4.  John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 5.  Brandon Dale, Arbela, MO; 6.  Austen Becerra, Bowen, IL; 7.  Kyle Hill, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 8.  Dan Keltner, Grandview, IA; 9.  Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA; 10. Bob Cowman, Quincy, IL; 11. Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa, IA; 12. Dave Kraus, Keokuk, IA; 13. Brandyn Ryan, Coatsburg, IL; 14. Brandon Lennox, New London, MO (DNS)

Heat 1: 1.  Austin Howes; 2.  John Oliver Jr.; 3.  Kyle Hill; 4.  Brandon Dale; 5.  Brandyn Ryan; 6.  Bob Cowman; 7.  Austen Becerra

Heat 2: 1.  Brandon Lennox; 2.  Tony Dunker; 3.  Brandon Symmonds; 4.  Dan Keltner; 5.  Tom Lathrop; 6.  Dave Kraus; 7.  Logan Anderson

Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts

A-Feature: 1.  Barry Taft, Argyle, IA; 2.  Josh Barnes, Keokuk, IA; 3.  Jake Dietrich, Keokuk, IA; 4.  Brandon Reu, Donnellson, IA; 5.  Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, IL; 6.  Darin Weisinger Jr., Mendon, IL; 7.  Travis DeMint, Warsaw, IL; 8.  Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, IA; 9.  Mike Reu, Donnellson, IA; 10. David Prim, Hamelton, IL; 11. Mike Hornung Jr., Keokuk, IA; 12. Clayton Webster, Ottumwa, IA; 13. Justin Canaday, Moberly, MO; 14. Brandon Lambert, Carthage, IL; 15. Colton Keck, Mt Pleasant, IA (DNS)

Heat 1: 1.  Kimberly Abbott; 2.  Jake Dietrich; 3.  Brandon Reu; 4.  Daniel Fellows; 5.  David Prim; 6.  Travis DeMint; 7.  Justin Canaday; 8.  Colton Keck

Heat 2: 1.  Josh Barnes; 2.  Barry Taft; 3.  Darin Weisinger Jr.; 4.  Brandon Lambert; 5.  Mike Reu; 6.  Mike Hornung Jr.; 7.  Clayton Webster

PostHeaderIcon Gustin and May Sweep the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza”

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Saturday, October 15, 2016) – What a difference a night makes. After Friday nights temperatures hoovered around the high 50’s, Saturday nights temperatures never fell out of the 70’s on night two of the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza” at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Plus if you thought you seen some good racing action on Friday, well Saturday nights action was even better. Once again the nights action was brought to you by Budweiser, Casey’s General Stores, Donnellson Tire and Service, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks.

The 15 lap Mod Lite / Micro Mod feature was the first to take to the track, with Josh May and Jason Masengarb drawing the front row for the event. May would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Masengarb and Kevin Blum. While May set a fast pace out front, Blum went to the top of the track to over take Masengarb for the runner up spot on lap 7. Blum then tried to track down May for the top spot. But without a caution May would go on to pick up his second win of the weekend at the track. Blum settled for 2nd, Jason Bahrs started 6th and finished 3rd, Masengarb was 4th, with Darrick Knutsen coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature, with Jason Cook and John Oliver Jr. leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Cook used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Oliver Jr. and Johnny Spaw. But Cook’s lead only lasted for 1 lap, as Oliver Jr. went to the top of the track coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 2. Oliver Jr. then went to the bottom of the track, which forced Mike Hughes, who started 5th, to go to the top to try and get by him for the lead. Hughes would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 to grab the lead away from Oliver Jr. on lap 8. But Oliver Jr. would come back on the bottom to grab the top spot back on lap 9. Once again Hughes used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to get the lead back from Oliver Jr. on lap 10. Hughes then went to the bottom of the track to try and slow down Oliver Jr. But coming off turn 4 to complete lap 13 Oliver Jr. was able to slip under Hughes to grab the lead back. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 14. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Hughes working to hold off Cayden Carter, who started 11th, for the runner up spot. Carter who used the top of the track to work himself up from 11th, used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to edge out Oliver Jr. at the line to lead lap 17. Coming off turn 2 Oliver Jr., on the bottom, Hughes, in the middle, and Carter, up top, went three wide down the backstretch and into turn 3. Hughes would slip up into Carter, which allowed Spaw to join the battle for the lead. Then coming off turn 2 on the final lap Hughes tried to get under Oliver Jr., as the two got hooked together going down the backstretch. This would allow Spaw to enter turn 3 in the middle of the track next to Oliver Jr., but he would slid to high coming off turn 4. Which allowed Oliver Jr. to go on to claim his first win of the season at the track and the $1,000 top prize.

Gunner Frank was suppose to lead the field to the green flag in the 25 lap Steffes Late Model feature, but mechanical troubles forced him to the pits on the parade lap. This would move Brian Harris, who was driving Lynn Richard’s #26R, to the pole next to Richie Gustin, who was once again driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing. Gustin would jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Harris, and Jeremiah Hurst. Disaster would strike Harris on lap 4, as he spun from the second spot in turn 2 and collects Chad Holladay to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gustin moved back out front, with Tommy Elston, who started 8th, over taking Hurst for the second spot. Gustin then had to try and hold off Elston over the next 4 laps, as the two drivers used different grooves around the track. But coming off turn 4 on lap 9, Elston was able to slip under Gustin to take over the top spot. Only to have Gustin come back on the top of the track off turn 4 on lap 10 to get the lead back. Despite a few more challenges from Elston over the final 15 laps, Gustin was able to hold on to claim his second win in a row and another $1,000 top prize. Elston was 2nd, Sam Halstead started 10th and finished 3rd, Hurst was 4th, with Jeff Guengerich finishing 5th after starting in 12th.

The 12 lap Coors Light Hobby Stock feature was up next, with Dustin Griffiths and Jacob Keiser leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green flag waved the caution light came on, as Kenser Ellis spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Griffiths jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Nick Ulin and Aaron Martin. But debris in turn 3 on the completion of lap 1 would slow the action for the second time. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Ulin and Martin close behind. Ulin, who worked the bottom of the track, was able to slip under Griffiths, who was working the top of the track, coming off turn 2 to take over the top spot on lap 6. The two would race side-by-side over the next 4 laps, with Griffiths grabbing the lead back on lap 10. Coming out of turn 4 on the final lap Ulin would clip a tire and almost rolled, but ended up spinning. Which allowed Griffiths to go on to claim the win and the $500 prize to go with it. Martin was 2nd, Keiser was 3rd, Randy Byerly was 4th, with Rob Wilsey completing the top 5.

John Oliver Jr. and Logan Anderson drew the front row for the 20 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature, with Oliver Jr. leading lap 1 over Anderson and Carter VanDenBerg. Anderson would use the bottom of the track to take the top spot away from Oliver Jr. on lap 5. Then the action was slowed for the first time on lap 9, as Mike Goben stopped down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jason Riegel spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Anderson jump back out front, with Brayton Carter over taking Oliver Jr. for the runner up spot. Austen Becerra would spin in turn 4 on lap 14 to slow the action down for the third time. Anderson once again grabbed the lead on the restart, only to have another caution come out one lap later. This time Jared Boumeester, who started 9th and was going for 3rd, slid up in front of Oliver Jr. in turn 4 and then spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart Anderson jumped back out front, but was slowed for the final time one lap later. As John Brandies and Becerra collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Anderson moved back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. getting back around Carter for second. Coming off turn 4 on the final lap Oliver Jr. tried to use the momentum off the top of the track to get the win. But Anderson would hold him off to pick up the win and the $1,000 prize to go with it. Oliver Jr. settled for 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Tim Plummer passed 12 cars from his 16th place starting spot to come home in 4th, with Tyler Soppe finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor Sport Compact feature, with Nathan Chandler and Dan Schmidt making up the front row. Schmidt would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Chandler and Barry Taft. Taft would use the momentum off the top of the track in turn 2 to take the top spot away from Schmidt on lap 6. While Taft paced the field out front, Schmidt, Kimberly Abbott, Brandon Reu, and Darin Weisinger Jr., who started 7th, were all looking for racing room to get to Taft. The action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 11, when Adam Gates spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Taft moved back out front, with Weisinger Jr. over taking Schmidt for the runner up spot. As the battle for second raged on Taft would pull away over the final laps to claim the win and the $300 top prize to go with it. Weisinger Jr. won the battle for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Reu was 4th, with Schmidt holding on for 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Kyle Brown and Jason Murray leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Brown would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Murray and Michael Long. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution of the race appeared, as Bruce Hanford slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Brown jumped back out front, with Long over taking Murray for second. While Brown set the pace out front, Jenae Gustin, who started 7th, used the bottom of the track to work under Long for second on lap 4. Gustin then tried to track down Brown for the lead, when the second caution of the race slowed the action on lap 10. Shawn Ritter would spin in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Once again Brown grabbed the lead on the restart, with Long getting back around Gustin for second. Three laps later another caution appeared, as Patrick Flannagan spun in turn 2 on lap 14 to bring out the yellow. Brown jumped back out front on the restart, only for the caution to come back out one lap later. This time Milo Veloz, who was running 5th, slowed to a stop in turn 4 with front end troubles to bring out the yellow. The final restart saw Brown jump back out front, with Gustin getting back by Long for second. Long, who was working the top of the track, over took Gustin for second on lap 17 and then went to work on Brown, who was working the bottom, for the lead. But Brown would hold on to pick up the win and the $1,000 check to go with it. Long settled for 2nd, Jenae Gustin was 3rd, Richie Gustin started 13th in the #15k Justin Kay Racing Modified and finished 4th, with Cayden Carter finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

The 2016 racing season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will come to a close on Saturday, October 29th, with the annual running of “Shiverfest”. A practice, along with king of the hill races, grudge races and mechanics races are scheduled to take place on Friday, October 28th. In action both nights will be 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.

Gates on Friday will open at 5:30 PM, with everything set to get started at 7 PM. Then on Saturday gates will open at 1 PM, with hay rack rides thru the pits being held from 3 PM until 4 PM. Trick-or-treating sponsored by the drivers will take place from 4 PM until 4:30 PM, with box car races following that. Hot Laps will get started at 5 PM, with Racing at 5:30 PM. Grandstand admission for Saturday will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes on Friday are drivers $20, non drivers $15, ages (7-13) $10, and ages (6 & under) $5. Then on Saturday pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, ages (3-6) $10, and ages (2 & under) $3.

For more information you can call 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.