by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Friday, June 10, 2022) – Mother nature tried to put a damper on another Friday night of racing, as persistent light rain all morning looked to force the Lee County Speedway to have to cancel. But once the showers ended at noon, the track crew went to work on getting everything in shape to be able to race. And there hard work paid off with a fast racing surface for round two of the Iowa Corn Growers Association IMCA Late Model “Drive For 5”, presented by Floyd’s Waste Systems, JJ Nichting Company Case IH Company, Ideal Ready Mix, Triple 777 Trucking, Woodworth Attorney at Law, KQ92, and Big Country 103.1. Plus the B&B Propane IMCA Modified “Drive For 5”, presented by Kohlmorgan Hauling, Golden Eagle Distributing Co – Budweiser dealer, Mike Campbell’s Body Shop & Towing, Donnellson Tire & Service, Hinkle Auto Sales, and JandJ Ag Auto & Truck. And the Discount Tire & Services IMCA Northern SportMod “Drive For 3”, presented by TONUP Inc., Xpert Automotive & Sales, and Conrad Trucking Inc.
The 15 lap AVIS Car Rental Sport Compact feature was the first to take to the track, with Chandler Fullenkamp and Luke Fraise making up the front row. Fullenkamp took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Josh Barnes, who started 5th, and Fraise. But the lead for Fullenkamp only lasted for 1 lap, as Josh Barnes slipped by him for the top spot on lap 2. One lap later, Brandon Reu, who started 7th, moved into the runner up spot and then went to work on Josh Barnes for the lead. Reu was able to get to Barnes’ back bumper late, but couldn’t mount any challenges over the final laps. As Barnes went on to claim his first win of the season at the track, worth $500 thanks to Kohlmorgan Hauling. Barry Taft was 3rd, Fullenkamp was 4th, with Chevy Barnes rounding out the top 5.
Up next was the 18 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Eric Glass and Chris Wibbell leading the field to green. Wibbell jumped out into the lead on lap 1 and then held on until lap 4, when he got up on two wheels and allowed David Brandies, who started 6th, to slip under him for the top spot. While Brandies paced the field out front, Todd Reitzler, who started 9th, was working his way towards the front. On lap 7 Reitzler would move into the runner up spot and then went to work on cutting into Brandies 1.5 second lead. With 3 laps to go Reitzler was up to Brandies back bumper, with lapped traffic ahead of them. Brandies used the lapped traffic to hold off Reitzler over the final lap to score his first win of the season at the Lee County Speedway. His win was worth $1,000 thanks to the extra money from Kohlmorgen Hauling. Abe Huls came from 7th to finish 3rd, Jeremy Pundt was 4th, with Chad Krogmeier completing the top 5.
Garett Wilson and Chris Zogg drew the front row for the 22 lap B&B Propane “Drive For 5” IMCA Modified feature, with Zogg grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag. The action was slowed once for debris in turn 3 on lap 3. On the restart Zogg jumped back out front, with Mark Burgtorf and Wilson battling for the runner up spot. While the battle was for second thru fifth, Zogg started to pull away. There was no catching Zogg on this night, as he cruised to an easy win worth $1,000. Wilson won the battle for 2nd, Ethan Braaksma finished 3rd after starting in 7th, Denny Eckrich started 8th and finished 4th, with Burgtorf holding on for 5th.
Up next was the 25 lap Iowa Corn Growers Association IMCA Late Model feature, with Denny Woodworth and CJ Horn drawing the front row. Woodworth took advantage of his draw to grab the lead on lap 1 over Horn and Darin Weisinger Jr. Just when Woodworth started to put some distance on the battles going on behind him, the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 5. Spencer Coats would slow to a stop in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Woodworth jumped back out front, with Horn and seventh place starter Tommy Elston close behind. With Woodworth, Horn and Elston battling for the top spot, ninth and tenth place starters Nick Marlof and Matt Ryan were working their way up to become part of the battle. Coming off turn4 to complete lap 21 Elston was able to get under Woodworth to grab the lead, just as Ryan and Marolf got past Horn for third and fourth. Elston would hold on over the final laps to score his second win in a row at the track, with this win being worth $1,000. Marolf held off Ryan for 2nd, Woodworth was 3rd, with Jeff Guengerich coming home in 5th.
The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Discount Tire & Services “Drive For 3” IMCA Northern SportMod, with Logan Anderson and Matt Tucker making up the front row. The SportMods had troubles getting the first half of the race in the books, as five cautions would plague them. But once they were able to get going green over the final 10 laps, Anderson would set a fast pace out front with Brayton Carter, who started 10th trying to keep pace. Anderson was too strong on this night, as he pulled away for the win worth $1,000 thanks to the extra money from Kohlmorgen Hauling. Adam Birck came home 3rd after starting in 11th, John Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Austin Schrage completing the top 5.
Coming up next Friday, June 17th will be another Iowa Corn Growers Association IMCA Late Model “Drive For 5”, presented by Floyd’s Waste Systems, JJ Nichting Company Case IH Company, Ideal Ready Mix, Triple 777 Trucking, Woodworth Attorney at Law, KQ92, and Big Country 103.1. Plus the B&B Propane IMCA Modified “Drive For 5”, presented by Kohlmorgan Hauling, Golden Eagle Distributing Co – Budweiser dealer, Mike Campbell’s Body Shop & Towing, Donnellson Tire & Service, Hinkle Auto Sales, and JandJ Ag Auto & Truck. And the Discount Tire & Services IMCA Northern SportMod “Drive For 3”, presented by TONUP Inc., Xpert Automotive & Sales, and Conrad Trucking Inc.. The IMCA Late Models and IMCA Modifieds will be gunning for the $1,000 top prize, while the IMCA Northern SportMods are racing for $600 to win. All three classes will be draw / redraw. Also in action will be the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, AVIS Car Rental IMCA Sport Compacts, and Mini Hauler Trucks.
Gates open at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps at 7 PM, and Racing to follow. Grandstand admission will be Adults $10, Seniors $9, Veterans and Students (11-17) $5, with Kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, ages (4-6) $10, and ages (3 & under) $5.
For more information about the Lee County Speedway you can visit their website at www.leecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook, or call Brian Gaylord at 319-371-6744.
Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, IA
Friday, June 10, 2022 – “Drive For 5/3” Qualifier Night
Iowa Corn Growers Association IMCA Late Models
A-Feature: 1. 54-Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA; 2. 33-Nick Marolf, Moscow, IA; 3. 07-Matt Ryan, Davenport, IA; 4. 45DW-Dennis Woodworth, Mendon, IL; 5. 15R-Jeff Guengerich, Washington, IA; 6. 01-CJ Horn, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. 84-Sam Halstead, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 8. 65-Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, IL; 9. 92-Dustin Schram, Sterling, IL; 10. 52J-Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 11. 07R-Ray Raker, Danville, IA; 12. 87-Blake Woodruff, Knoxville, IL; 13. 39-Ed Hollenbeck, Burlington, IA; 14. 11-Darin Weisinger Jr., Mendon, IL; 15. 7C-Spencer Coats, La Grange, MO
Heat 1: 1. 54-Tommy Elston; 2. 33-Nick Marolf; 3. 52J-Jeremy Pundt; 4. 15R-Jeff Guengerich; 5. 01-CJ Horn; 6. 39-Ed Hollenbeck; 7. 07R-Ray Raker; 8. 87-Blake Woodruff
Heat 2: 1. 11-Darin Weisinger Jr.; 2. 65-Chuck Hanna; 3. 07-Matt Ryan; 4. 84-Sam Halstead; 5. 45DW-Dennis Woodworth; 6. 92-Dustin Schram; 7. 7C-Spencer Coats
B&B Propane IMCA Modifieds
A-Feature: 1. 9Z-Chris Zogg, New Liberty, IA; 2. 3W-Garett Wilson, Carlisle, IA; 3. 111-Ethan Braaksma, Newton, IA; 4. 50-Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, IA; 5. 03B-Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL; 6. 71-Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington, IA; 7. 5R-Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, IA; 8. 26J-Jadin Fuller, Memphis, MO; 9. 33F-Jardin Fuller, Memphis, MO; 10. 2R-Jerry Reese, Memphis, MO; 11. 4B-Mitch Boles, New London, IA; 12. 7-Blaine Webster, Ottumwa, IA; 13. 22-Austen Becerra, Carthage, IL; 14. K1-Cody Bowman, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 15. 19J-Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA
Heat 1: 1. 111-Ethan Braaksma; 2. 9Z-Chris Zogg; 3. 22-Austen Becerra; 4. 50-Denny Eckrich; 5. 26J-Jadin Fuller; 6. 33F-Jardin Fuller; 7. 4B-Mitch Boles; 8. 7-Blaine Webster
Heat 2: 1. 03B-Mark Burgtorf; 2. 3W-Garett Wilson; 3. 71-Dennis LaVeine; 4. 5R-Bill Roberts Jr.; 5. 2R-Jerry Reese; 6. 19J-Levi Smith; 7. K1-Cody Bowman
Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars
A-Feature: 1. 71-David Brandies, Wilton, IA; 2. 22R-Todd Reitzler, Grinnell, IA; 3. 30C-Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 4. 52J-Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 5. 12-Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, IA; 6. 13-Beau Taylor, Canton, MO; 7. 06-Jerry Jansen, Plainville, IL; 8. 52-Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, IL; 9. 35G-Eric Glass, Memphis, MO; 10. 82-Peter Stodgel, Fowler, IL; 11. 43-Kevin Koontz, Memphis, MO
Heat 1: 1. 12-Chad Krogmeier; 2. 22R-Todd Reitzler; 3. 30C-Abe Huls; 4. 06-Jerry Jansen; 5. 35G-Eric Glass; 6. 82-Peter Stodgel
Heat 2: 1. 52J-Jeremy Pundt; 2. 71-David Brandies; 3. 52-Chris Wibbell; 4. 13-Beau Taylor; 5. 43-Kevin Koontz
Discount Tire & Services IMCA Northern SportMods
A-Feature: 1. 53-Logan Anderson, Eddyville, IA; 2. 01-Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, IA; 3. 112-Adam Birck, Canton, MO; 4. 557-John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 5. 14X-Austin Schrage, Cresco, IA; 6. 20-Nicholas Profeta, Keokuk, IA; 7. 00-Matt Tucker, Lomax, IL; 8. 10C-Cole Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA; 9. 14L-Brandon Lambert, Carthage, IL; 10. 14-Bob Cowman, Quincy, IL; 11. 1X-Rex Widmer, Keokuk, IA; 12. 10-Trayton Buckallew, Memphis, MO; 13. 03-Rob Wilsey, Keokuk, IA; 14. 57-Brandt Ames, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 15. 10G-Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA; 16. 14AJ-AJ Tournear, Quincy, IL; 17. 14SR-Brian Schrage, Cresco, IA; 18. 69-Kelly Buckallew, Memphis, MO; 19. 6-Bobby Six Warsaw, IL (DNS)
Heat 1: 1. 112-Adam Birck; 2. 557-John Oliver Jr.; 3. 20-Nicholas Profeta; 4. 00-Matt Tucker; 5. 69-Kelly Buckallew; 6. 14SR-Brian Schrage; 7. 03-Rob Wilsey
Heat 2: 1. 10G-Jim Gillenwater; 2. 53-Logan Anderson; 3. 14AJ-AJ Tournear; 4. 10C-Cole Gillenwater; 5. 14-Bob Cowman; 6. 10-Trayton Buckallew
Heat 3: 1. 01-Brayton Carter; 2. 14X-Austin Schrage; 3. 14L-Brandon Lambert; 4. 6-Bobby Six; 5. 1X-Rex Widmer; 6. 57-Brandt Ames
AVIS Car Rental IMCA Sport Compacts
A-Feature: 1. 13B-Josh Barnes, Keokuk, IA; 2. 27-Brandon Reu, Donnellson, IA; 3. 57-Barry Taft, Argyle, IA; 4. 48C-Chandler Fullenkamp, West Point, IA; 5. 13C-Chevy Barnes, Keokuk, IA; 6. 9-Luke Fraise, Houghton, IA; 7. 32D-Jeff DeLonjay, Quincy, IL; 8. 94X-Justin Stevenson, Burlington, IA; 9. 71-Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, IL; 10. 219-Aaron Berry, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 11. 11E-Ethan Prim, Elvaston, IL; 12. 8K-Noah Kayser, Burlington, IA; 13. K1-Robert Bowman Jr., Mt. Pleasant, IA; 14. (DNS) 3A-Adam Christy, Ft. Madison, IA (DNS)
Heat 1: 1. 13B-Josh Barnes; 2. 57-Barry Taft; 3. 48C-Chandler Fullenkamp; 4. 27-Brandon Reu; 5. 8K-Noah Kayser; 6. 32D-Jeff DeLonjay; 7. 94X-Justin Stevenson
Heat 2: 1. 71-Kimberly Abbott; 2. 13C-Chevy Barnes; 3. 9-Luke Fraise; 4. 219-Aaron Berry; 5. 11E-Ethan Prim; 6. K1-Robert Bowman Jr.; 7. 3A-Adam Christy (DNS)