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Archive for May, 2007

Marks, Winchel, and Parmer Legends Cars Spring National Winners

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Zachery Kavert set the fast time on both Friday (13.952s) and Saturday 13.960s, and Friday’s main event was won by Frankie Marks. David Winchel took the early lead in Saturday’s main event, held it throughout the race, and fended off the late challenges by Kavert to win.

In Sunday’s main event, Micah Parmer stayed ahead of a big lap 20 pile-up, steadily making his way past leaders Fred Clement and Austin Murphy, to claim the win.

Estep Fifth Different Modified Winner Mavrakis Takes Both Bonus Bomber Mains.

The fifth Modified race of the season saw the fifth different driver, Kevin Estep of Clearlake Oaks, bring home the main event trophy. Mark Marek of Lakeport set the fast time of 12.797s.

George Mavrakis of Cloverdale won both Bonus Bomber main events, and points leader Andy Vander Veer set the fast time on both Saturday (14.056s) and Sunday (14.076s).

Ron Duke Jr. of Redwood Valley, who has been sharing the #7 car with his
father Ron Duke Sr., drove Lakeport for the first time this season and not only set fast times both Saturday (14.946s) and Sunday (15.024s), but also won the Sunday main event passing Jimmy Sorrels on the last lap. Andy Norton of Ukiah won his first main event this season on Saturday.

Saturday was all Jake Tillman, the points leader of The Pro-4 Modifieds, as he both set the fast time of 13.115s and won the main event. However, on Sunday it was Codi Barba who held the early lead to win the main event. The fast time of 13.436s was set by Joe Sloan.

Bryant Best Buccaneer in the Fiberglass 500

When the sun sets and the tide comes in, fans know it is time for racers to pump the bilge and polish their gunwales as they take to the high asphalt for the “Fiberglass 500″ boat race.

The Lakeport buggy led 19 cars towing boats around the track now inundated with water from a perimeter sprinkler pipe and that awesome infield water cannon. The field included a BMW and a big black stretch limousine. When the green flag fell, the hunt was on.

The object of a boat race is to tow your boat around the track and take out as many other boats as you can while protecting your own. Seasoned salts have devised many skills over the last two years to deal with this.

Rowdy Burns, towing the “Hammertime”, demonstrated the direct approach by driving over and through the “S.S. Minnow” of Ian James cutting short a three-hour tour.

Rick Bryant used his great white Lincoln to pin and then crush boats against the wall. That “Ol’ Pirate” Bob Strauss used speed and handling to push Chris Johnson’s “Can’t Touch This #2″ boat around the outside of Johnson’s car and crushed it between them.

Bill Coleman lost his “Quien Sabe’” early to Russ Wheeler and “The No”, but refused to furl his colors. He took a quick turn around the track and pushed his boat instead.

The X car of Andrew Snider seemed a sure winner towing “The Beige Pearl”
as he showed skill and tenacity, taking out many boats by driving through their tethers. One boat proves tougher than he thought, as a piece of it was trapped under his front end. This slowed him down and a surprised Richie Hoven found himself trapped atop of the Pearl and dragged around the track for many laps. This proved too much for Snider’s X car and he was eventually run aground against Rowdy Burns.

The stretch limousine of Bruce Sisevich towing the “Water Wetter” got pinned down in the turn two infield with a car sitting atop his tether between car and boat. It took awhile, but the power of the limo eventually pulled him free.

When the seas calmed and saner minds threw the red flag, only four of our inland corsairs could make it with their boats to the frontstretch. As always, it was now up to the fans to cheer for the racer who most impressed them. It was the car-and-wall boat-crushing tactic of Rick Bryant that won the trophy this night.

The next boat race is the “Asphalt Boat Nationals Qualifier” scheduled for July 21.

Coming Up

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” continues this Saturday night at the Lakeport Speedway with the “B.C.R.A. Midget Challenge” featuring the B.C.R.A. Midgets and Vintage Midgets, Late Models, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers


Thursday, May 31st, 2007

With an average finish of 15th during the first three nights of the four-race stretch, the weekend was shaping up to be a forgettable one for VanderBeek. However, the 22-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, shrugged it off and stepped it up to garner his first win of the season, and career-first at Owatonna by leading the final 25 of 30 laps in Monday night’s Holley “A” Main.

Greg Skaggs snagged the lead from fellow Oklahoman and polesitter Jason Hughes at the start, then paced the first five laps before surrendering the lead to VanderBeek. The 2004 Rookies Rockin’ Sports Bar Rookie of the Year never faltered and rode the high line to a $2,000 payday. Currently ranked second in national points, the win propelled “The Z-Man” from 12th to fifth in the Yeager Machine Northeast Region with four races in the books and five to go.

Hughes was closing on VanderBeek in the late stages of the feature race, but
was unable to mount a serious challenge for the top spot and had to settle
for the runner-up finish. Skaggs held on for third, followed by Corey Dripps
in fourth and AFCO Pole Award winner Steve Wetzstein in fifth. Jason Krohn,
Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Ryan Gustin and Richie Gustin, Jr., completed
the top-10 at the finish line.

A local favorite and six-time O’Reilly USMTS winner at the Steele County
Fairgrounds, Myer garnered the Olympic Fire Protection Hard Charger honors
for the second straight night as he raced from 24th on the starting grid to
eighth at the checkered flag.

While running eighth in the main event, current points leader and eight-time
defending O’Reilly USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock was involved in an
on-track incident and was forced to tag the rear of the field. Showing the
skill that earned him seven career wins at Owatonna, including the previous
three, Shryock clawed his way back to a 13th-place finish — his first finish
outside the top-5 in 13 National Events this season.

The next stop for the O’Reilly USMTS will be a Central Region tilt at the
Iowa State Fair Speedway in Des Moines on Monday, June 4, for the
long-awaited Stars of NASCAR vs. USMTS. The inaugural event at the half-mile
oval will feature NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers Ken Schrader, Clint
Bowyer and Kenny Wallace in action competing against the top dirt modified
drivers in the nation.

To learn more about the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring
Series, call the headquarters office at (515) 832-7944 or visit online.

Big Country Speedway

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Ronnie Ripley continued his winning ways as he took the trophy dash over Jeff Campbell and Gary Cagle. Brent Rees is still the man to beat in the Mini
Sprints. He took the dash by besting Dwight Hoelscher and Matt Starr. The
Pure Stock dash was won by John Humphrey, followed by Mark Sopr and Brian Ott.

The Micro Sprint dash got exciting as on lap two, Jacob Wolfe, Cory Mallo and Garrett Park got together in turn four causing the yellow to come out. Wolfe and park were able to continue the dash. Mallo’s car had to be taken to the pits for repairs. Jared Maas drove his #44 to victory over Wolfe who made
a nice recovery to finish second.

The Super Lite Trucks made their first appearance at the speedway this season. John Eckart won the trophy dash beating Bill Heitkamp and Bill McClatchey to the stripe. In the Warriors, Amanda Pandullo powered her #95 car to victory lane winning over Cory Mallo and Jessica Pandullo. Watch out boys, the gals are coming on strong. Last but not lest were the Super ProTrucks. Chris Titus out for the first time this season won his first SPT dash over Larry Stibitz and Kevin Snow. Titus looked very strong for his very first race.

Next up were the heat races. Chris Crowder won the first heat for the Mini
Sprints, with Brent Rees taking heat number two. In the Pure Stocks, Jim
VanValkenburgh charged from deep in the pack all the way to the front on the
very first lap. Mark Sopr and Rob Bullock tried, but could not catch the silver 41 car. Nick Rigali took his bright orange #90 to the front in the Micro Sprint heat race, and never looked back. Jared Maas finished second with Jacob Wolfe third.

Bill Heitkamp driving his daughter’s old race truck, was able to hold off
Kevin Quinn to win the Super Lite Truck heat race. The Warriors heat had Doyle Whittaky winning over David Swanson and Tommy Gess. Chris Titus again had his Super ProTruck running out front and appeared to have the heat race won. With just a few laps to go, fuel started leaking from the rear of the Titus truck. Chris was black flagged for safety. Anthony Hernandez then took over the lead and went on to win over Tim Atkins.

Tom Davis won the Mini Stock heat race beating Nick Tabor and Ronnie Ripley
to the line. The best move on the track was by Jay Stolz, who had tangled
with a couple of other cars in turn four on the last lap. Jay’s car spun, but he managed to keep his car going coming down the front chute to finish the
race backwards! Shades of Burt Reynolds in “Hooper.”

The Mini Sprints ran the first main event of the night. Matt Starr and
Brent Rees were having a super race when Chris Crowder spun in turn four on lap eleven. Chris was clear of the racing surface and appeared to be getting his car fired again. The car did not restart and the caution flag came out.
Rees had passed Starr during this time, but with had to fall behind Starr for
the restart. Try as he might, Rees just could not find a way around Starr.
Starr was able to hold off Rees to win the 25 lap feature.

In the Pure Stocks, Jim VanValkenburgh again took his car to the front. Jim
had to contend with lapped traffic during the race, which gave John Humphrey
and Mark Sopr a chance to catch up. Humphrey’s car looked to be the fastest
on the track, but he ran out of laps and finished second to VanValkenburgh.
The race ran caution free.

A scary moment in the Micro Sprints when on lap eight, Jared Maas and Jacob
Wolfe tangled going into turn four. Both cars flipped onto their sides and
slid up near the wall. Track safety crews were on the scene in seconds. The
cars were separated and then turned upright. Both Maas and Wolfe climbed out
of their cars unhurt. Maas car was unable to continue. Wolfe made some repairs, but the car never came up to speed and was black flagged for safety. Nick Rigali who had lead most of the race, went on to win the main over Jon

Bill McClatchey took his bright orange Dodge Super Lite Truck to the front
early in the main. Now all he had to do was work his way around slower
traffic and hope Rick Phillips couldn’t catch him. Phillips and John Eckart gave chase, but could not catch the Dodge. McClatchey won, Phillips took second with Eckart third.

Cory Mallo and Doyle Whittaky tangled with just three laps of the Warrior
main done. Mallo’s car hit the wall, but the damage was minimal and he was
able to continue. Whittaky was sent to the rear of the field. When the race
restarted, Jessica Pandullo found herself out front with Mallo and Swanson
giving chase. Pandullo was able to hold on to the lead a win her first main

During the trophy presentation, it started to sprinkle, and soon the skies
opened up with a steady rain. The Super ProTrucks and the Mini Stocks did not get to run their mains as the night was called.

Another outstanding job by Charlotte Hughes taking notes for the recap!


Thursday, May 31st, 2007

A Memorial Day salute to our military included a visit from an Illinois Army
National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter hovering over the Macon Speedway displaying the American flag during the National Anthem.

Macon Speedway owners Schrader and Wallace greeted the crowd and each took the
time to thank everyone for the work done at Macon Speedway. Wallace remarked,
“Everyone put a lot of effort into bringing fans back to Macon.” Schrader and
Wallace were adamant in thanking the fans for all their support throughout the
renovation and restoration of the track.

Northern Allstars Late Models and BARBECK Communications UMP Modifieds ran their heats on what turned out to be a fantastic night for racing. In the Late Models’ second heat, Justin Algaier of Riverton held a big lead with five laps to go, but it turned out that’s exactly how many laps Steve Shepard Jr. needed to catch up. Shepard Jr. chipped away at Algaier’s lead and stole it away on the final turn of the heat.

The modified semi-features turned out to be just as intense as the heats. In the second of the races, Kyle Logue showed the crowd his usual stellar performance. Logue was tested by the number 18 car of Randy Myers who stayed turn for turn with Logue on the bottom of the track. Myers used an impressive inside move and looked like he would grab the lead from Logue until a yellow flag caused the field to reset before Myers could make the pass. Logue won the race.

Doug Hemer from Mowequa shined in the first Late Model semi-feature. Hemer’s car seemed locked into the track as he accelerated quickly out of the corners. Mark Voight and Greg Kimmons battled throughout the race for second place with Jeff Beyles right behind. Voight finished second and Kimmons finished third. Jayme Zidar won the second semi-feature by finding his way through the blocks of Ryan Unzicker on the final few laps.

NASCAR racers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace were among 21 drivers in the BARBECK Communications UMP Modified feature race. Jeff Leka led from start to finish. Early in the race, Gary Cook Jr. took his number 64 car to the outside to shoot into second place. Leka continued to stretch his lead. Standout Cook Jr. had worked through traffic when the first caution came out. With four laps to go Cook Jr. couldn’t find enough track on the inside of Leka’s car to make the pass. Jim Leka finished in third place.

The Northern Allstars Late Model feature was a dogfight through lapped traffic.
Wes Steidinger, Steve Shepard Jr., and Jason Feger found themselves battling their way around lapped cars for the lead. Steidinger wanted to stay to the inside, “I didn’t know if I was faster than those guys in front of me.” He did take his car to the outside in the final laps and finished out the race in the lead. Sheppard and Feger finished second and third after trading positions multiple times during the last few laps.

A second Night of NASCAR Stars is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 with SPEED TV
taping the racing program for broadcast at a later date. Up to 15 NASCAR drivers are expected for this event that is sponsored by US Army as they celebrate the birthday of the Army. Advance tickets can be ordered by calling 217-764-3000 or 217-764-3200.

NASCAR Stars Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and local Promoter Bob
Sargent purchased Macon Speedway in January of 2007. Macon Speedway – racing every Saturday Night – is proud to be part of the $100,000 Contingency Connection program for the 2007 season. Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then
south on Wiles. For information, call 217-764-3000 (track), 217-764-3220
(information hotline), or contact Tonya Moschell via email at or visit

Tourville, Phillips, Weber, Cain & Cryderman Top Strong Field at Cedar Lake

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

With light showers moving through the area earlier in the day, a brisk westerly wind cleared the skies in the afternoon and set the stage for an
evening of racing action at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday May 26
during the holiday weekend. A strong field of 120 cars were on hand, as some
area tracks were forced to cancel their programs due to inclement weather
while others were running specials with certain classes not in action. A
very stout field of 28 DTRA late models, 21 modifieds, 22 super stocks, 29
midwest mods, and a season-high 20 street stocks signed into the pits to
compete in the nineteen event program featuring thirteen heat races, a B
Main, and five feature races. The very capable track maintenance crew was
kept busy with over three inches of rain falling during the week and another
strong wind blowing on race night presenting some challenges to keep the
surface in good racing condition.

The DTRA Street Stocks got the racing action underway for the evening with
two heat races. Melvin Raska led the opening lap in the first heat before
defending track champion Keith Tourville took over on lap 2. Chris Peterson
came from his fifth starting spot to move past Tourville on lap 7 enroute to
victory. Tourville finished second ahead of ninth starter and last week’s
feature winner Chanda Fjorden-Nord. The second heat race saw Jason Vandekamp
lead all the way for the win over fifth starter Cory Rosen and seventh
starter Shawn Kammerud. Rosen was making his first appearance of the season
at CLS.

In heat race action for the DTRA Midwest Modifieds, Vince Corbin raced in
front of the field for 10 laps to take the win in the first heat over Erik
Peterson and Andy Jones. Ryan Olson, who was looking for his fourth straight
win at CLS, paced the field in the second heat Clint Larson, also making his
first CLS start this season, stayed a close second with Shawn Phillips just
behind him in third. The final heat race was all Justin Schill up front.
Charlie Hillukka and Sam Nelson completed the top three.

Three heats were also in store for the DTRA Sunoco Super Stock division.
Larry Boumeester grabbed the lead from race-long leader Joel Collins on the
final lap for the win in the opening heat race. Mike Weber topped Dave
Emerfoll in the second heat in a race that was shortened a few laps when an
accident involving four cars took out half the field late in the run.
Another driver making his first start of the season, Dave Friendt, put Jake
Hiatt’s backup car under the checker first in the final heat. Dan Carlson
was close behind in second. Apparent third place finisher Brandon Jensen had
misfortune strike when his car came up light at the scales following the

The DTRA Amsoil Modifieds would see yellow fever strike in their two heat
races. Shaun Kelley put together a solid run to capture the win in the first
heat followed by ninth starter Jody Bellefeuille and Dave Cain. Cain had to
come from the back of the field after being charged with the caution six
laps into the race for a spin in turn 1. Joey Jensen defeated Jason Miller
and eighth starter Scott Splittstoesser in the second heat race.

The strongest field of the season so far in the DTRA Impact Printing Super
Late Model division put on three very good heat races for the fans. Terry
Casey passed leader Toby Patchen on lap 2 on his way to the win in the first
heat. A good battle waged for the second place spot on back for several laps
with Mike Nutzmann finishing second in front of Pat Doar. In the second
heat, Joel Cryderman passed Jim Carlson on lap 2and went on to take the win.
Once again, some very good racing took place behind Cryderman Paul Hipsag
led the third heat for seven laps, but it was Brent Larson, who had been
busy during the day making repairs to the front end of his car following a
crash the night before at the Fox Ridge Speedway, moving to the front on lap
8 to lead the final three circuits. Hipsag held on for second over Keith
Foss. The midwest mods then ran their B Main with Stan Thom posting his
first CLS win over rookie Keith Lepinski and Bryce Johnson. It was now time
for feature action to get underway.

The 20 car starting grid in the DTRA Street Stock class had a bunch of
strong contenders looking for the win in their 15 lap feature race. Racing
for an increased payout in the top three spots thanks to GRP Motorsports,
the street stocks put on a great show. Keith Tourville took the lead from
his outside front row starting spot while fourth starter Cory Rosen quickly
moved into the second place position. The first caution waved for a hard
crash in turn four involving the cars of Matt Raboin and Brian Loss.
Raboin’s car slammed head-on into the wall and sustained some significant
damage. A few laps later a spin in turn 4 brought out the caution with
Tourville, Rosen and seventh starter Chris Peterson occupying the top three
spots. One more yellow a lap later slowed the pace, but once the race
restarted it ran green to the finish and featured some very good racing for
the top spots. Rosen managed to get by Tourville for a couple of laps.
Tourville drove back around Rosen on lap 8. Chris Peterson was also right
there in the mix for the top three positions. The three leaders raced in and
out of lapped traffic all the time staying close together. Rosen pulled
alongside Tourville on a couple of occasions, but he could not get by. On
the final lap, Chris Peterson passed Rosen and raced hard around turns 3&4
in an effort to get past leader Tourville. Peterson came up about a car
length short at the finish. Keith Tourville became the first repeat winner
of the 2007 season in the street stock division. Chris Peterson, Cory Rosen,
Jason Vandekamp, and Shawn Kammerud completed the top five. Not only was
there a good battle up front, but there was also some very good racing
taking place for several other spots in an exciting and entertaining feature

Tonight it was the DTRA Midwest Modified division’s turn to experience
yellow fever. A total of eight cautions waved in what ended up being a
time-shortened main event. Shawn Phillips earned his first win of the
season. Greg Chesley came from seventh to finish second. Clint Larson went
from ninth to third to finish ahead of Vince Corbin. Eleventh starter Justin
Schill rounded out the top five. Twelfth starter Ryan Olson’s bid for four
straight wins ended with a sixth place finish. Bryce Johnson was able to
advance thirteen positions from 22nd to 9th. The midwest mods had a decent
field of cars, but for whatever reason they just could not seem to complete
many laps before a yellow flag would wave.

The 20 lap DTRA Super Stock feature race pitted 20 cars against each other.
Dan Carlson took the early lead from his pole starting position. With two
laps in, a hard crash on the backstretch involving Charlie Weber, Jake
Hiatt, Destin Lorimor, and Cody Campeau actually brought the race under a
red flag condition. Weber’s car had sustained a hard impact in the driver’s
door, but fortunately Charlie was okay. His car as well as Lorimor’s car
were done though. Despite a heavy hit on the front his machine, Jake Hiatt
was able to continue as was Campeau. Two laps after the race went green,
Mike Weber moved past Carlson into the lead. A lead he would not relinquish.
The final caution waved on lap 13 for a crash involving four cars in turn 2.
Only Jake Hiatt was unable to continue. The caution would have been
necessary despite the accident, as the entire roof on Jeff Beer’s car
literally flew off and landed on the front stretch. Beer ran the remaining
eight laps in his topless super stock. On the restart, bad luck struck the
fourth place runner Dave Friendt when a right front tire went down forcing
him to retire from the race. Mike Weber held the point for the final eight
laps and earned his first CLS win of the season. Tim Borgeson, Dan Carlson,
tenth starter Larry Boumeester, and Mike Loomis completed the top five. Jim
Gullikson moved forward from 13th to 6th while Brandon Jensen raced his way
from 19th to 9th.

Dave Cain was attempting to make it three straight wins in the 20 lap DTRA
Modified feature race. Scott Splittstoesser jumped out front from his
outside row one starting spot to lead the first nine laps. Dave Cain blew by
for the lead at the midway point. The race ran green for 12 laps before the
first caution flew for a spin in turn 3. This closed up the field, but Dave
Cain just was too strong. One more caution for another spin on lap 16 would
give the other drivers another chance for the win. The battle proved to be
for second though. Dave Cain went on to record his third straight win and
fourth overall of the season. Joey Jensen finished second ahead of Jason
Miller, Scott Splittstoerser, and tenth starter Shaun Kelley. Jason Schill
was the big gainer in this race, moving from 17th to finish 6th.

The final feature race of the evening was for the “big iron” DTRA Late Model
division. An extremely strong field of 28 cars started with Joel Cryderman
blasting into the lead from his pole starting spot. 30 green flag racing
laps later it was still Joel Cryderman showing the way in the nonstop event.
Cryderman notched his second win of the season. Pat Doar finished second,
eighth starter Brent Larson moved up to third, 13th starter Ashley Anderson
rode home in fourth, and Lance Matthees rounded out the top five. Only three
cars dropped out of the fast-paced race.

Next week is Kids Night at the Cedar Lake Speedway where all kids under 10
are admitted free. Come join us for some entertaining Saturday night racing
action with all five DTRA divisions slated to be on hand.