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PostHeaderIcon Anderson’s First Career Modified Feature Win Comes at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Donnellson, IA (Friday, August 3, 2018) – With the calendar turning to August this week, that only means the 2018 season for track points at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway is about over. After the completion of Friday nights Archie’s Auto Service Night there is only two point nights left, August 17th and 24th. Two driver’s claimed their fist wins of the season at the track, while one of those was their first career in the division. The other three driver’s earned repeat wins on the season.

The 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature was the first to take to the track, with Kenny Smith and Jake Dietrich leading the field to green. Dietrich used his starting spot to his advantage, by jumping out front to lead lap 1 over Josh Barnes and Smith. On lap 3 Barnes would slip past Dietrich to take over the top spot, with Barry Taft, who started 9th, over taking Dietrich for the runner up spot one lap later. Taft then tried to work under Barnes over the final laps. But Barnes would hold him off to pick up his third win of the season at the track. Taft settled for 2nd, Kimberly Abbott finished 3rd after starting in 8th, Brandon Reu was 4th, with Smith rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 18 lap Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMod feature, with Jim Walker and Jim Powell making up the front row for the event. But it was fourth place starter Austin Howes who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Walker and Brandyn Ryan. Then just as Howes started to pull away from the field, the first caution of the race appeared on lap 8. Austen Becerra, who was running 3rd, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Howes jumped back out front, but now had Daniel Fellows, who started 7th, and Adam Birck, who started 9th, glued to his back bumper. The action up front was slowed for the second time of the race on lap 11, when Bob Cowman spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Howes once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Fellows and Birck continuing to follow. Fellows tried to work under Howes over the next 4 laps, when another caution slowed the action on lap 16. Powell would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Howes moved back out front, with Fellows and Becerra, who recovered from his spin on lap 8, close behind. Just after the lap was scored complete another caution came out, as Jeff Frana spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Disaster would strike to top two runners on the restart, as contact between Fellows and Howes sent Howes spinning in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the following restart Birck jumped out front, with Brandon Dale, who started 8th, and Becerra following. Birck would hold on over the final laps to claim his first win of the season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Dale was 2nd, Becerra was 3rd, Ryan was 4th, with Cowman recovering from his spin on lap 11 to come back up to finish in 5th.

Kevin Koontz and Dean Kratzer led the field to green in the 20 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Kratzer edging out Darin Thye and Abe Huls, who started 8th, to lead lap 1. Thye would edge out Kratzer at the line to take the top spot away on lap 2. But Huls would take over the lead from Thye on lap 3. The only thing to slow Huls down on the night, was the first and only caution of the race on lap 6. Cody McClure would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Huls jumped back out front, with Jeremy Pundt, who started 5th, and John Oliver Jr., who started 7th, following. While the battle went two wide for the runner up spot Huls would pull away. Oliver Jr. would edge out Pundt for second on lap 9, and then went to work on cutting into Huls lead. But without another caution to slow Huls down, there was no catching him. As he pulled away to pick up his fifth win of the season at the track. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Beau Taylor finished 3rd, Pundt was 4th, with Brandon Savage coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Steffes Late Model feature, with Cliff Powell and Darin Weisinger Jr. making up the front row. Powell took advantage of his starting spot to hold off Jeff Guengerich by inches to lead lap 1. But Guengerich would grab the top spot away from Powell on lap 2. Three laps later, lap 5, Sam Halstead, who started 7th, worked under Guengerich coming off turn 4 to grab the lead. Halstead then started to pull away, as Chuck Hanna, who started 9th, was working his way towards the front. Hanna would take over the second spot on lap 10, and then went to work on cutting into Halstead’s lead. On lap 16 Halstead would enter lapped traffic, which allowed Hanna to close in on him quickly. But Hanna would run out of laps to challenge Halstead, who went on to win his second in a row and third overall at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Hanna settled for 2nd, Tommy Elston came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Todd Frank was 4th, with Ron Boyse coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Levi Smith and Kelly Buckallew bringing the field to green. But it was fifth place starter Logan Anderson, who started 5th, that edged Smith at the line by inches on the bottom to lead lap 1. Jeff Waterman, who started 7th, would take over the runner up spot on lap 2, and then followed in Anderson’s tire tracks over the next 11 laps. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 13, as Buckallew spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Anderson jumped back out front, with Waterman and Bill Roberts Jr. close behind. While Anderson worked the bottom of the speedway, Waterman worked the middle of turns 1 & 2 and the top in turns 3 & 4. Coming to the wave of the green flag, signaling two laps to go, Waterman used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to get up beside Anderson down the front stretch. But then going into turn 3 to come to the white flag Waterman drifted high in turn 4, which allowed Anderson to put a couple of car lengths between them going into turn 1. Waterman wouldn’t give up on the high side, as he used it going into turn 3 on the final lap. He then used the momentum off turn 4 to try one last attempt to get the win, but Anderson was able to hold him off to score his first career Modified feature win. Waterman settled for 2nd, Roberts Jr. was 3rd, Dennis LaVeine started 8th and finished 4th, with John Oliver Jr., who started 9th after a late driver change in Bill Baker’s #03B machine, finishing in 5th.

Coming up next at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway will be the second and final visit of the season by the Sprint Invaders on Friday, August 17th, with the action being presented by Midwest Performance & Power, and Wilson Brothers BBQ. Joining the Sprint Invaders for a points night will be the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMods, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30 PM, hot laps at 7 PM, and racing at 7:30 PM. Grandstand admission will be adults $15, seniors (60+) $14, and students (11-17) $8, and kids 10 & under FREE!! Pit passes are $30, age 7-13 $20, ages 4-6 $10, and ages 3 & under $3.

For more information about the Pepsi Lee County Speedway you can visit their website at www.leecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook, or call Brian Gaylord at 319-371-6744.

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Pepsi Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, Iowa

Friday, August 3, 2018 – Archie’s Auto Service Night

 

Steffes Late Models

A-Feature: 1.  Sam Halstead, New London, IA; 2.  Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, IL; 3.  Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA; 4.  Todd Frank, Montrose, IA; 5.  Ron Boyse, Kalona, IA; 6.  Jeff Guengerich, Washington, IA; 7.  Darin Weisinger Jr., Mendon, IL; 8.  Cliff Powell, Hannibal, MO; 9.  Brandon Queen, Keokuk, IA; 10. Derek Liles, Cedar Rapids, IA

Heat 1: 1.  Chuck Hanna; 2.  Sam Halstead; 3.  Cliff Powell; 4.  Brandon Queen; 5.  Jeff Guengerich

Heat 2: 1.  Tommy Elston; 2.  Todd Frank; 3.  Ron Boyse; 4.  Derek Liles; 5.  Darin Weisinger Jr.

 

Budweiser IMCA Modifieds

A-Feature: 1.  Logan Anderson, Eddyville, IA; 2.  Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 3.  Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, IA; 4.  Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington, IA; 5.  John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 6.  Dakota Simmons, Douds, IA; 7.  Dean McGee, Galesburg, IL; 8.  Kelly Buckallew, Memphis, MO; 9.  Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA; 10. Mitch Boles, New London, IA

Heat 1: 1.  Bill Roberts Jr.; 2.  Dennis LaVeine; 3.  Kelly Buckallew; 4.  Dean McGee; 5.  Levi Smith

Heat 2: 1.  Jeff Waterman; 2.  Logan Anderson; 3.  John Oliver Jr.; 4.  Dakota Simmons; 5. Mitch Boles (DNS)

 

Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars

A-Feature: 1.  Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 2.  John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 3.  Beau Taylor, Canton, MO; 4.  Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 5.  Brandon Savage, Canton, MO; 6.  Dean Kratzer, Ft. Madison, IA; 7.  Kevin Koontz, Memphis, MO; 8.  Darin Thye, Burlington, IA; 9.  Cody McClure, Bloomfield, IA; 10. Jesse Wegs, Quincy, IL; 11. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA

Heat 1: 1.  Jeremy Pundt; 2.  John Oliver Jr.; 3.  Brandon Savage; 4.  Kevin Koontz; 5.  Darin Thye; 6.  Jesse Wegs

Heat 2: 1.  Abe Huls; 2.  Dean Kratzer; 3.  Jason Cook; 4.  Beau Taylor; 5.  Cody McClure

 

Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMods

A-Feature: 1.  Adam Birck, Canton, MO; 2.  Brandon Dale, Arbela, MO; 3.  Austen Becerra, Bowen, IL; 4.  Brandyn Ryan, Coatsburg, IL; 5.  Bob Cowman, Quincy, IL; 6.  Jim Walker, Mystic, IA; 7.  Jeff Frana, Ottumwa, IA; 8.  Jim Powell, Hannibal, MO; 9.  Kyle Hamelton, Keokuk, IA; 10. Austin Howes, Memphis, MO; 11. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, IA; 12. Brian Bergheger, Keokuk, IA; 13. Jace Morrow, Memphis, MO

Heat 1: 1.  Austen Becerra; 2.  Austin Howes; 3.  Brandon Dale; 4.  Jeff Frana; 5.  Jim Powell; 6.  Jace Morrow; 7.  Kyle Hamelton

Heat 2: 1.  Adam Birck; 2.  Brandyn Ryan; 3.  Daniel Fellows; 4.  Jim Walker; 5.  Bob Cowman; 6.  Brian Bergheger

 

Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts

A-Feature: 1.  Josh Barnes, Keokuk, IA; 2.  Barry Taft, Argyle, IA; 3.  Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, IL; 4.  Brandon Reu, Donnellson, IA; 5.  Kenny Smith, Donnellson, IA; 6.  David Prim, Hamelton, IL; 7.  Jake Dietrich, Keokuk, IA; 8.  Ashton Blain, Burlington, IA; 9.  Jacob Houston, Burlington, IA; 10. Chuck Fullenkamp, West Point, IA; 11. Mike Reu, Donnellson, IA (DNS)

Heat 1: 1.  Josh Barnes; 2.  Brandon Reu; 3.  Barry Taft; 4.  David Prim; 5.  Kenny Smith; 6.  Ashton Blin

Heat 2: 1.  Jake Dietrich; 2.  Mike Reu; 3.  Kimberly Abbott; 4.  Jacob Houston; 5.  Chuck Fullenkamp

PostHeaderIcon August 3 – $5 Friday Night – Fan Appreciation Night

Fan Appreciation night with $5 Grandstand Admission for everyone on August 3rd. Adults $5, Students $5, Seniors $5. Kids 10 and under FREE.

 

PostHeaderIcon Races are Canceled for July 20th

Due to yesterday’s storms races for tonight July 20th have been canceled.

PostHeaderIcon Springsteen Becomes a New Winner During the Lee County Fair Night

by Brian Neal

Donnellson, IA (Thursday, July 12, 2018) – Iowa’s oldest running county fair, the Lee County Fair in Donnellson, Iowa, kicked off on Wednesday, with the stock car races being the grandstand attraction on Thursday night. When the final checkered flag waved about 9:40 PM three driver’s extended there winning streaks, another claimed his second win of the season, and another won for the first time this season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Mike Hornung Jr. and Brandon Reu drawing the front row. But on the drop of the green the yellow light would come on, as Hornung Jr. got sideways in turn 1 and collected Kenny Smith to bring out the yellow. This would move Mike Reu to the pole position for the restart, and he would take advantage of this move to grab the lead on lap 1 over Josh Barnes, who started 7th, and Brandon Reu. Mike Reu then held the top spot until lap 3, when Barnes slipped by for the lead. While Barnes set the pace out front, Barry Taft, who started 8th, worked himself into the runner up spot on lap 8 and then went to work in cutting into Barnes’ lead. Just when it looked like Barnes would hold Taft off to pick up the win, Barnes would slow in turn 4, which handed the lead over to Taft. Taft then held off Kimberly Abbott, who started 5th, to claim his third win in a row and seventh of the season at the track. Abbott was 2nd, Mike Reu was 3rd, Jake Dietrich was 4th, with Brandon Reu rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 18 lap Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMod feature, with Bob Cowman and Brandon Dale drawing the front row for the event. Dale used his starting spot to his advantage, as he jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Lennox and Austen Becerra. Then just after lap 1 was scored complete the caution would come out for Daniel Campbell, who stopped in turn 2. On the restart Dale moved back out front, with Lennox and Becerra close behind. The action up front was slowed for the second and final time of the race on lap 3. Campbell once again stopped in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Dale jumped back out front on the restart, with Lennox and Becerra following. Lennox would try the low side of the speedway and the top of the track to get the lead away from Dale over the final laps. But Dale was able to hold him off to pick up his second win of the season at the track. Lennox was 2nd, Adam Birck was 3rd, Blaine Webster started 9th and finished 4th, with Daniel Fellows coming from 10th to finish in 5th.

Jeremy Pundt and John Oliver Jr. drew the front row for the 20 lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Oliver Jr. grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Abe Huls and Pundt. While Oliver Jr. worked the bottom of the track, Huls would work the top side, as the two raced side-by-side around the 3/8th mile. Oliver Jr. would hold the lead at the line each lap, that was until lap 4, when Huls edged him out to take over the top spot. Huls then started to pull away, as Oliver Jr. tried to hold off Pundt for the runner up spot. Pundt would slip under Oliver Jr. on lap 13 and then went to work on chasing down Huls for the lead. But without a caution there was no catching Huls, who went on to win his second in a row and fourth overall at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Pundt was, 2nd, Oliver Jr. was 3rd, Jason Cook was 4th, with Chad Krogmeier finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

Up next was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Mitch Boles and Colby Springsteen leading the field to green. Springsteen would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Boles and Dakota Simmons. Disaster would strike Boles on lap 3, as the motor locked up on his car and caused him to spin down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Springsteen jumped back out front, with Simmons and Bill Roberts Jr. following close behind. Springsteen then started to put some distance between himself and the battle behind him. David Brown, who started 6th, slipped into the runner up spot on lap 10, with Jeff Waterman, who started 9th, following him into third. Those two driver’s then went to work on cutting into Springsteen’s lead. Coming to the white flag, Brown, who was working the bottom, and Waterman, who was working the top, had cut the lead down to a car lengths. But Springsteen was able to hold on to claim his first win of the season at the track. Brown was 2nd, Waterman was 3rd, Simmons was 4th, with Bruce Hanford coming from 10th to finish 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Steffes Late Model, with Ron Boyse and Dayton Lynch drawing the front row. Boyse would use his starting to his advantage, as he grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Rob Toland and Tommy Elston. While Boyse worked the bottom of the track, Elston would work the top to try and get the lead away from Boyse. Boyse was able to hold him off each lap, that was until lap 8 when Elston used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to edge out Boyse at the line for the top spot. Elston then pulled away over the final laps to score his third win in a row and fourth overall at the track. Boyse was 2nd, Toland was 3rd, Sam Halstead started 7th and finished 4th, with Todd Frank holding on to finish a close 5th.

Coming up next at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway will be $5 Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, July 20, with the action being presented by Wilson Brothers BBQ. In action will be the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMods, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30 PM, hot laps at 7 PM, and racing at 7:30 PM. Grandstand admission will be adults, seniors (60+), and students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE!! Pit passes are $25, age 7-13 $15, ages 4-6 $10, and ages 3 & under $3.

For more information about the Pepsi Lee County Speedway you can visit their website at www.leecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook, or call Brian Gaylord at 319-371-6744.

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Pepsi Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, Iowa

Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Lee County Fair Night

 

Steffes Late Models

A-Feature: 1. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA; 2. Ron Boyse, Kalona, IA; 3. Rob Toland, Colona, IL; 4. Sam Halstead, New London, IA; 5. Todd Frank, Montrose, IA; 6. Gunner Frank, Montrose, IA; 7. Jeff Guengerich, Washington, IA; 8. Brandon Queen, Keokuk, IA; 9. Darin Weisinger Jr., Mendon, IL; 10. Dayton Lynch, Bloomfield, IA; 11. Cliff Powell, Hannibal, MO; 12. Mike Hynes, Shuisun, CA

Heat 1: 1. Rob Toland; 2. Ron Boyse; 3. Dayton Lynch; 4. Cliff Powell; 5. Brandon Queen; 6. Darin Weisinger Jr.

Heat 2: 1. Tommy Elston; 2. Sam Halstead; 3. Todd Frank; 4. Jeff Guengerich; 5. Gunner Frank; 6. Mike Hynes

 

Budweiser IMCA Modifieds

A-Feature: 1. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, IA; 2. David Brown, Kellogg, IA; 3. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 4. Dakota Simmons, Douds, IA; 5. Bruce Hanford, Davenport, IA; 6. Steve Stewart, Burlington, IA; 7. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, IA; 8. Dean McGee, Galesburg, IL; 9. Craig Spegal, New London, MO; 10. Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA; 11. Mitch Boles, New London, IA

Heat 1: 1. Steve Stewart; 2. David Brown; 3. Colby Springsteen; 4. Bill Roberts Jr.; 5. Mitch Boles; 6. Craig Spegal

Heat 2: 1. Jeff Waterman; 2. Bruce Hanford; 3. Dean McGee; 4. Dakota Simmons; 5. Levi Smith

 

Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars

A-Feature: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 2. Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, IA; 3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 4. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 5. Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, IA; 6. Corey Strothman, Mt. Union, IA; 7. Tom Bowling Jr., Danville, IA; 8. Kevin Koontz, Memphis, MO; 9. Brandon Lambert, Carthage, IL

Heat: 1. Abe Huls; 2. John Oliver Jr.; 3. Jason Cook; 4. Jeremy Pundt; 5. Tom Bowling Jr.; 6. Corey Strothman; 7. Brandon Lambert; 8. Chad Krogmeier; 9. Kevin Koontz

 

Discount Tire & Service IMCA SportMods

A-Feature: 1. Brandon Dale, Arbela, MO; 2. Brandon Lennox, New London, MO; 3. Adam Birck, Canton, MO; 4. Blaine Webster, Ottumwa, IA; 5. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, IA; 6. Bob Cowman, Quincy, IL; 7. James Roose, Grandview, IA; 8. Kyle Hamelton, Keokuk, IA; 9. Austin Howes, Memphis, MO; 10. Austen Becerra, Bowen, IL; 11. Colton Pohren, Keokuk, IA; 12. Daniel Campbell, Muscatine, IA; 13. Brian Bergheger, Keokuk, IA; 14. Dean Kratzer, Ft. Madison, IA (DNS)

Heat 1: 1. Austen Becerra; 2. Blaine Webster; 3. Adam Birck; 4. Daniel Fellows; 5. James Roose; 6. Kyle Hamelton; 7. Dean Kratzer

Heat 2: 1. Brandon Lennox; 2. Brandon Dale; 3. Austin Howes; 4. Bob Cowman; 5. Daniel Campbell; 6. Colton Pohren; 7. Brian Bergheger

 

Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts

A-Feature: 1. Barry Taft, Argyle, IA; 2. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, IL; 3. Mike Reu, Donnellson, IA; 4. Jake Dietrich, Keokuk, IA; 5. Brandon Reu, Donnellson, IA; 6. Kenny Smith, Donnellson, IA; 7. Mike Hornung Jr., Keokuk, IA; 8. Dylan Schantz, Luray, MO; 9. Josh Barnes, Keokuk, IA; 10. Robert Sturms, Burlington, IA; 11. Michael Grossman, Keokuk, IA (DNS)

Heat 1: 1. Kimberly Abbott; 2. Mike Reu; 3. Brandon Reu; 4. Kenny Smith; 5. Josh Barnes; 6. Michael Grossman

Heat 2: 1. Barry Taft; 2. Jake Dietrich; 3. Mike Hornung Jr.; 4. Dylan Schantz; 5. Robert Sturms