Savage, Wilson, Wenig get first LCS wins of 2012

DONNELLSON, Iowa (Friday, June 1, 2012) – Friday night was another regular points night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as it was Casey’s General Stores Night at the track. When the early night came to an end, 9:35 p.m., Brandon Savage (IMCA Modifieds), Vance Wilson (IMCA SportMods) and Jake Wenig (LCS Hobby Stocks) pick up there first wins of the season at the speedway. While Matt Greiner (IMCA Stock Cars) got his second win of the season and Chuck Fullenkamp (IMCA Sport Compacts) picked up his third win of the season at the track.

The first feature of the night was the Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compact 12 lap feature, with C.J. Loring and Dakota Anderson leading the field to the green. Loring would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over William Michel and Brandon Lambert. Loring then held the top spot until lap 5, when Chuck Fullenkamp, who started 6th, jumped to his outside to grab the lead away. Fullenkamp then pulled away over the final 7 laps, in a caution free race, to claim his third win of the season at the track. Lambert held on for 2nd, Michel was 3rd, Nick Wilkerson came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Darin Smith rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMod feature, with Vance Wilson and Charles VanZandt making up the front row for the event. Wilson would jump out front from his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Levi Smith and Kevin Cale, who is still subbing for the injured Dean Kratzer in the 4k car. While Wilson set a fast pace out front Tony Dunker, who started 10th, and Brandon Ruffcorn, who started 8th, were making there way towards the front. Just when it looked like Wilson was going to pull away for an easy win, the first and only caution of the race came out on lap 6 for debris on the front stretch. On the restart Wilson jumped back out front, but now had Dunker challenging him for the lead. Wilson was able to hold back Dunker over the final 9 to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Dunker settled for 2nd, Ruffcorn was 3rd, Cale was 4th, with Levi Smith holding on for 5th.

Michael Wenke and Luke McLaughlin drew the front row for the 15 lap Coor’s Light LCS Hobby Stock feature, with McLaughlin grabbing the lead on lap 1. On the completion of lap 1, Victor Hastings, who was running 4th, slowed in turn 1 with a flat tire to bring out the first of two cautions in the event. On the restart McLaughlin moved back out front, with Jake Wenig close behind in second. But the action was slowed for the final time on the completion of lap 2, as debris on the front stretch brought out the yellow light. Once again McLaughlin grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jake challenging him for the top spot. McLaughlin was able to hold back Wenig until lap 6, when Wenig was able to get by for the lead. Wenig then held on over the final 9 laps to claim his first win of the season at the speedway. McLaughlin settled for 2nd, Dan Wenig came from 7th to finish in 3rd, Dane Fenton finished 4th after starting in 8th, with Hastings recovering from his lap 1 flat to come back to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, Ryan Cook and Brandon Savage made up the front row after pole sitter Kyle Hill elected to go to the tail. Savage would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on the drop of the green flag over Cook and Michael Browning. Savage then set a torad pace, as he pulled out to a full straight away lead, while Josh Foster, who started 9th, was working his way to the front. Foster would move past Cook into second on lap 6 and then went to work to cut into Savage’s huge lead. But disaster would strike Foster on lap 15 when he lost a drive shaft down the backstretch to bring out the one and only caution of the event. On the restart Savage moved back out front, with Cook and Browning battling for 2nd. Savage once again pulled away over the final 4 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Cook held on to finish 2nd despite running with a left front flat, Jeff Waterman came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Browning held on for 4th, with Tyler Cale coming from 15th to round out the top 5.

The final feature on the night was the 15 lap Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Car feature, with Cale Samberg and Jeremy Pundt leading the field to the drop of the green. Samberg took advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Pundt and Jim Lynch. Samberg, who was running the top of the track, and Matt Greiner, who was running the middle, ran laps 2 thru 5 side-by-side with Samberg edging Greiner at the stripe each time to lead each lap. But Greiner was able to edge out front on lap 6 to take over the top spot, while Jason Cook, who started 7th, and Jeff Mueller, who came from 9th, battle side-by-side in the battle for 3rd. The four car battle for the top four spots would race the final 9 laps in a side-by-side battle, with Greiner able to hold on to claim his second win of the season at the speedway. Mueller was able to get past Samberg on the final lap to settled for 2nd, Samberg held on for 3rd, Cook was 4th, with Lynch coming home in 5th.

The excitement continues next week when Arrowhead Bowl hosts $5 Fan Appreciation Night! Everyone will get in for just $5 on Arrowhead Bowl Night, as we take the chance to honor our great fans. Of course, kids 10 and under are still free, as are Junior Bowlers who wear their bowling shirts.

Also, there are activities for the T.A. Auto & Tire Junior Fan Club. Besides the normal giveaways, there will be a Candy Dash for the kids on the front stretch. It is National Candy Month, so we are honoring that with a Candy Dash for the kids!

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are set for 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, IA
Friday, June 1, 2012 – Casey’s General Stores Night
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds
Feature: 1. 47s Brandon Savage, Canton, MO; 2. 27 Ryan Cook, New London, IA; 3. 71w Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 4. 13 Michael Browning, Farmington, IA; 5. 14 Tyler Cale, Donnellson, IA; 6. 22 Brandon Banks, Washington, IA; 7. 5R Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, IA; 8. 18H Derek Hamm, Donnellson, IA; 9. 14B Kyle Hill, New London, IA; 10. 90 Lonnie Heap, Media, IL; 11. 77 Josh Foster, Ft. Madison, IA; 12. 3D Dustan Fenton, Burlington, IA; 13. 8 Rich Smith, Davenport, IA; 14. 2AC Dustin Crear, Mediapolis, IA (DNS); 15. 21x Jeff Gerhardt, Niota, IL (DNS)

Heat 1: 1. 47s Savage; 2. 8 Smith; 3. 71w Waterman; 4. 14B Hill; 5. 3D Fenton; 6. 18H Hamm; 7. 5R Roberts Jr.; 8. 14 Cale

Heat 2: 1. 77 Foster; 2. 13 Browning; 3. 90 Heap; 4. 27 Cook; 5. 22 Banks; 6. 2AC Crear; 7. 21x Gerhardt

Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars
Feature: 1. 29 Matt Greiner, Washington, IA; 2. 77M Jeff Mueller, New London, IA; 3. 75 Cale Samberg, Burlington, IA; 4. 27J Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 5. 566 Jim Lynch, Donnellson, IA; 6. 30c Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 7. c4 Corey Strothman, Mt. Union, IA; 8. 52J Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 9. 14R Jim Redmann, Lockridge, IA; 10. 101 Derek St. Clair, Donnellson, IA

Heat 1: 1. 75 Samberg; 2. 566 Lynch; 3. 27J Cook; 4. 77M Mueller; 5. 101 St. Clair

Heat 2: 1. 30c Huls; 2. 52J Pundt; 3. c4 Strothman; 4. 29 Greiner; 5. 14R Redmann

Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods
Feature: 1. B1 Vance Wilson, Quincy, IL; 2. 3 Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 3. 11R Brandon Ruffcorn, Donnellson, IA; 4. 4k Kevin Cale, Donnellson, IA; 5. 19J Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA; 6. 52 Rick Barlow Jr., Montrose, IA; 7. 15 Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA; 8. 12 Brandon Dale, Gorin, MO; 9. 80v Charles VanZandt, Camp Point, IL; 10. 97J Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA; 11. 26 Jim Kuhlmeier, Ft. Madison, IA; 12. 5 Jay Kirchner, Donnellson, IA; 13. 6c Bob Cowman, Quincy, IL; 14. 105 John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 15. 20BA Bobby Anders, Quincy, IL (DNS); 16. 67 Chris Larson, Keokuk, IA (DNS)

Heat 1:* 1. B1 Wilson; 2. 12 Dale; 3. 15 Cossel; 4. 11R Ruffcorn; 5. 80v VanZandt; 6. 5 Kirchner; 7. 67 Larson (DNS); 8. 20BA Anders (DNS)

Heat 2: 1. 19J L. Smith; 2. 3 Dunker; 3. 4k Cale; 4. 105 Oliver Jr.; 5. 52 Barlow Jr.; 6. 97J J. Smith; 7. 26 Kuhlmeier; 8. 6c Cowman

Coor’s Light LCS Hobby Stocks
Feature: 1. 4 Jake Wenig, Burlington, IA; 2. 60 Luke McLaughlin, Mediapolis, IA; 3. 1F Dan Wenig, Burlington, IA; 4. 3 Dane Fenton, Burlington, IA; 5. 8H Victor Hastings, Oquawka, IL; 6. 22 Nathan Anders, Quincy, IL; 7. 11T Dugan Thye, Burlington, IA; 8. 9JG Brad Weber, Donnellson, IA; 9. 32 Jeff DeLonjay, Quincy, IL; 10. 01s Dane Blozovich, Exline, IA; 11. 44T Ethan Thompson, Keokuk, IA; 12. 79 Micheal Wenke, Bonaparte, IA; 13. 80c Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL

Heat 1: 1. 4 J. Wenig; 2. 60 McLaughlin; 3. 22 Anders; 4. 79 Wenke; 5. 32 DeLonjay; 6. 44T Thompson; 7. 9JG Weber

Heat 2: 1. 1F D. Wenig; 2. 8H Hastings; 3. 3 Fenton; 4. 11T Thye; 5. 01s Blozovich; 6. 80c Cheney

Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts
Feature: 1. 48 Chuck Fullenkamp, Ft. Madison, IA; 2. 14L Brandon Lambert, Carthage, IL; 3. 24 William Michel, Farmington, IA; 4. 14 Nick Wilkerson, Morning Sun, IA; 5. 27 Darin Smith, Wapello, IA; 6. 71 Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, IL; 7. 55 Mike Hornung Jr., Keokuk, IA; 8. 10D Dakota Anderson, Revere, MO; 9. 10s Scott Smith, Alexandria, MO; 10. 77k Kyle Hamelton, Keokuk, IA; 11. 75 Rob Hammel, Hamilton, IL; 12. 17JR C.J. Loring, Keokuk, IA; 13. 1 Anthony Grossman, Keokuk, IA; 14. 48c Cory Howk, Drakesville, IA (DQ)

Heat 1: 1. 17JR Loring; 2. 75 Hammel; 3. 24 Michel; 4. 14L Lambert; 5. 27 D. Smith; 6. 1 Grossman; 7. 71 Abbott

Heat 2: 1. 48 Fullenkamp; 2. 14 Wilkerson; 3. 48c Howk; 4. 55 Hornung Jr.; 5. 10D Anderson; 6. 77k Hamelton; 7. 10s S. Smith

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