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.

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