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PostHeaderIcon $5 Night June 17th

That’s right, just 5 dollars for grandstand admission this Friday June 17th. Bring your friends and family for a great night of racing action.

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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 STAYS PERFECT WIN NUMBER SIX AT PEPSI LEE COUNTY SPEEDWAY

(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 June 10th – Mohrfeld Electric Night

Tonight’s Races are brought to you by Mohrfeld Electric. We will be running all 6 classes plus 305 Sprint Cars. Hot Laps 7:00, racing at 7:30. $12 grandstand admission.

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PostHeaderIcon MUELLER STAYS PERFECT AND SIMPSON TAKES LUCAS OIL MLRA LATE MODEL FEATURE

(Donnellson, Iowa) The Pepsi Lee County Speedway held the Lucas Oil MLRA late model show for the second time of the 2016 season with another awesome show sponsored by Floyd’s Sanitation and Trash removal. A packed grand stand was treated to six exciting classes in action. The Lucas Oil MLRA late Models saw another solid field of 35 cars checked into the track that continues to build a reputation for great racing. Following the four heats and two B-Mains using the passing points system, it would be Jimmy Mars and Tony Jackson Jr. starting from the front row just ahead of two drivers who ran very strong the night before, at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa with winner Jesse Stovall and third-place finisher Rodney Sanders. Simpson lined up fifth and as the green flag waved it would be Mars who would race out to a comfortable lead with Jackson trying to stay close. Mars paced the field and looked to be in charge to win the $3000 prize money with no cautions just hard racing. As usual drivers were using multiple lines around the racing surface and, while the front half of the field stretched out a bit, the back half of the pack was tightly bunched with two and three-wide racing being the norm. Simpson was hugging the rail and gradually made his way to the front taking second away from Jackson just as Mars was closing in on the traffic jam. Showing great patience the leader started to put drivers a lap down and while Simpson was able to stick a nose under him from time to time, Mars did not give up his favored line that was no more than one car width higher than Simpson was running. The difference though was that Mars was exiting turn four with a wider arc, while Simpson was coming off of the bottom with a straight run down the front chute and with just seven laps remaining Mars drifted just a bit off four and Simpson pounced. Mars tried to make a run back at the new leader in turns one and two, but his wider line was no match for Simpson’s short way around and Chris held him off over the final laps to score the popular win. Mars would ride in for second ahead of Jackson while Stovall and Sanders filled out the top five. Tad Pospisil and Ricky Frankel rode the high line throughout most of the 40-lap distance and finished sixth and seventh respectively, Tommy Weder Jr. advanced from fourteenth to eighth in the non-stop event while Justin Kay and a B-Main winner Ryan Gustin completed the top ten.

In the Steffes Auction and Realty Lee County Late Models, they had two IMCA cars in action tonight with both of them, Cayden Carter and Kevin Kile, drawing the front row ahead of the Crates with Carter taking the lead at the drop of the green. Tommy Elston was on the move though quickly coming from fifth up to second and he was reeling in the leader as the 25-lap event reached the halfway mark. As they raced past a pair of slower cars down the back stretch Elston took the lead going into turn three only to have one of those slower cars, Gunnar Frank run into the back of him. To keep from spinning the new leader, Frank jammed the breaks and spun to bring out the caution and since the lap had not been scored complete it would be Carter that would lead the field back to green on the restart. Elston first had to fight off Sam Halstead to retain the second spot before he could go back to work on Carter, but on lap nineteen Elston was able to complete the pass for the lead and the eventual win much to the delight of the Lee County crowd. Halstead dropped Carter backed to third at the checkers with Todd Frank and Jeff Guengerich completing the top five.

The Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars saw Jeff Mueller started eighth in the Stock Car main event, but it only took him five laps before he was challenging for the lead in three-wide fashion with Jeremy Pundt and Andrew Hustead with Mueller’s signature low line prevailing. From there he pulled away to win his fifth straight feature here in convincing fashion. The race for second was a good one though as Abe Huls fought off Greg Gill in a side-by-side battle over the final laps with John Oliver Jr. and Corey Strothman next in line. A mystery fan put up an extra $50 if a driver could break the streak of Mueller or Mueller would get the extra money if he could win. He stayed perfect winning his fifth straight point night of the season.

Armstrong IMCA Sport Compacts were the first of six features on the night and even though Josh Barnes was able to come from the inside of the fourth row to take the lead on the opening lap, he gave it back up to front row starter Brandon Reu on lap two. Barnes came right back to the lead on lap three though and then drove away to a comfortable victory over Reu and defending track champion Kimberly Abbott. Brandon Lambert finished fourth and Ron Kibbe was fifth.

Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA Sport Mod divisions ran their features after the MLRA main event and the wide, rubbered up surface gave drivers plenty of options in regard to lines around the speedway. Brandon Dale found the low groove to his liking after starting from the front row in the Sport Mod main event while others behind him searched for a groove that would allow them to reel him in. Tony Dunker found one by entering the turns high and then racing off low and he steadily moved to the front after starting ninth. With five laps remaining Dunker drove past Dale and then put some distance on the field before taking the checkers. Dale would be a solid runner-up followed by John Oliver Jr., Austen Becerra and Austin Howes.

The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds saw Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Missouri showing his strength during heat race action and was the obvious pick come feature time in the IMCA Modifieds marching from ninth to first in just five laps. Dennis LaVeine started eighth and his drive to the front was more methodical as he took second from early leader Dean McGee just before a caution waved with four laps remaining. There were some thoughts that LaVeine might be able to make a challenge on Marriott on the restart, but those thoughts were quickly put to rest when the green flag waved as Marriott again pulled away to score the dominant win over LaVeine and McGee. Jerad Fuller recovered from a lap four spin to finish in fourth while Jeff Waterman was fifth.

This week’s racing action will feature seven classes in action with all six classes and the 305 winged sprint cars returning for racing action every month at Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson.