Lee County Speedway announced today that due to the low car count in the Hobby Stock class unless numbers increase they will be discontinued for the remainder of the season. Track Manager Brian Gaylord said “We would like to see the class continue but we must have at least 6 cars per night to justify racing them. Not only is cost a factor but 3 or 4 cars is not much of a show for our fans”. Gaylord stated that he has received calls from several racers stating their cars are not ready yet but he has set a 3 week deadline for the class.
Questions or Comments about this should be directed to Brian Gaylord.
(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.
Thursday May 5th, 2016 The Lee County Speedway will host the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) $3,000 to WIN sponsored by Roberts Tire Center, Burlington, IA. The Latemodels will be on a 3 day swing thru Iowa and Missouri on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Hotlaps will be at 6:45 with racing at 7:15. The LCS Crate Latemodels will be competing for $1,000 to WIN .
(Donnellson, Iowa) Friday April 15th Season opener for points racing at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway seen six classes in action sponsored by Buford Excavating & Dozing with the addition of of Steffes Auction & Reality Service crate late models added to the weekly program. The upper 60’s weather brought a nice crowd to witness the season opener.
The first feature was the Armstrong Tractor IMCA sport compacts with Josh Barnes of Keokuk showing the fellow eighteen drivers the fast way to victory lane after 14 laps of action. Barnes would take the lead on lap one and never look back. Brandon Reu would battle with Brandon Lambert for the runner up spot with Rue taking second and Jake Benischek making the long pull from Durant, Iowa he finished third and fourth went to Lambert. The only major event was a red flag for Alyssa Steel and Ashton Blain getting together on the backstretch with Blain hitting the wall both drivers was okay but neither was able to continue and ended the night in the pits.
Second feature of the night was the Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods in action going 18 laps with New London, Missouri driver Brandon Lennox drawing the pole and he paced the field to the checkers. Lennox had to hold off a stellar field and the final green, white checker restart. The second spot went to Keokuk driver Jim Gillenwater who started fourth but would spin on lap two making for an interesting run from the back to take second. The battle for third would see John Oliver jr. and Tony Dunker of Quincy battle for the third and fourth spot. Dunker would come from tenth starting spot but Oliver would hold off Dunker for third and Dunker taking fourth.
The Coors Light IMCA hobby stocks would have only four cars in action but Dustin Griffiths of Hedrick would hold of Exline driver Dane Blozovich who closed to the rear bumper several times but wasn’t able to make a pass on Griffiths. The third spot went to Brandon Symmonds of Keokuk and the fourth spot went to John Irwin of Hedrick.
In the Donnellson Tire IMCA stock car feature the crowd would get it’s thrilled with Jeff Muller of New London, Iowa who started seventeenth after problems in the qualifying heat race. Muller would work the speedway and avoid a spinning John Oliver Jr. who was running third and Muller would pass on the low line and Oliver would do a complete 360 and keep on going to finish fifth. Muller would pass Dane Fenton who paced the field the first fifteen laps holding off Greg Gill of Muscatine but Muller scored the win. Gill took second with Fenton in third and Abe Huls of Carthage, Illinois would race from twelfth to finish fourth.
The fifth feature of the night was the Budweiser IMCA modifieds thrilling the crown for all twenty laps with slide jobs and close side by side racing each and every lap. Levi Smith of Donnellson would take the early race lead and would try holding off Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Illinois but Waterman would take over on lap twelve and would setup a battle with Dennis Laveine of West Burlington. Laveine and Waterman would swap the lead four different times with several slide jobs with Laveine scoring the win over Waterman. Laveine started 10th and his new 2016 Harris chassis was very good. Waterman took second with Blake Woodruff in third and Bill Roberts in fourth.
Our final feature was the Steffes Auction & Reality Service crate late models with twelve cars in action for a first year class the crowd was thrilled with the return of late models. Jeff Guengerich of Washington and Tyler Cale of Donnellson battling for the lead. Guengerich would secure the lead and would lead till Sam Halstead of New London would race his way from eight to secure the lead and Colby Springsteen of Wapello would follow Halstead the two drivers would work lap traffic with Halstead scoring the win and Springsteen taking second. Guengerich would take third which Jeff hadn’t run a late model for over four years and took a well-earned third. The fourth spot went to veteran driver Tommy Elston of Keokuk who started ninth.
Racing action will roar back to life on April 22nd with six classes in action for night number two of points racing. Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway.