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Archive for July, 2015

Kay bolts to Thursday Night Thunder Deery win at Webster City

Friday, July 31st, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Justin Kay made the scorer’s job easy in a fast-paced Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Hamilton County Speedway.

Kay started on the pole and led every time around the track in a 35-lap IMCA Late Model feature that ran caution free and highlighted the Thursday Night Thunder county fair show. The defending series champion and current point leader, Kay had a straightaway advantage over eventual runner-up Curt Martin by lap six; Martin and Andy Nezworski were running the same distance ahead of Ryan Griffith in fourth. After catching up with the back of the field on lap 11, Kay got as many as three cars between his back bumper and Martin.

The white flag was out by the time Martin cleared the last of the lapped cars. He made up ground on Kay but couldn’t challenge at the finish. Nezworski, Griffith and Richie Gustin rounded out the top five. The $3,000 checkers were Kay’s career tour 14th, tying him for eighth on the all-time Deery Series wins list with Mike Smith of Jewell.

He’s now a five-time winner and the only repeat visitor to victory lane through 13 events this sea­son. Scott Fitzpatrick was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. Taking home $1,000 Thursday Night Thunder checks were Adam Larson in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Jason Minnehan in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Brad Ratcliff in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Randy Embrey topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and Nick Hogan was first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.

Larson became a 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate with his win.

Next up on the schedule is the Tuesday, Aug. 11 show at Cedar County Raceway. That main event also pays $3,000 to win.

Also on the card at Tipton is the $1,000 to win Hawkeye Dirt Tour event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Schmitt shines in Spring Valley

Friday, July 31st, 2015

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.-Tom Schmitt picked up his second win of the season Saturday night as the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars invaded the Deer Creek Speedway as part of the 5th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Red Tail Tackle.

Schmitt, who started sixth, was part of an eight-car pack at the front of the field that jockeyed for position for the first half of the 20-lap main event at the high-banked clay oval in Spring Valley, Minn.

But the former USRA Stock Car National Champion and Holley Iron Man Series Champion asserted himself on lap 12 and then kept the field at bay for the remaining eight laps.

The win was worth $750 to the Independence, Iowa, driver.

Shawn Peter, who won Thursday night’s USRA Stock Car feature here, came home in a close second with Kyle Falck finishing third and earning an extra $250 as the NFG Fleet Graphics Hard Charger after starting 19th on the 23-car grid.

Kevin Donlan rebounded from an early flat tire to claim the fourth spot with Mitch Hovden rounding out the top five finishers.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to Brian Mahlstedt, Lynn Panos, Stefan Sybesma, Jake Newman and Steve Jackson.

The next Holley Iron Man Series event for the USRA Stock Cars happens Friday, Aug. 7, at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa.

The next Holley Iron Man Series race for the USRA B-Mods takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa.

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Chapman And Jessen Twin 25 Winners At Oakshade

Friday, July 31st, 2015

With the feature races rained out the week prior, Oakshade Raceway hosted 10 feature races on Saturday night which were highlighted by Mathew Chapman and Mike Jessen Sportsman Twin 25s wins.

The Twin 25s are two full 25-lap features for the UMP Sportsman class with the top finishers of the first race inverted for the start of the second race based on the winner’s pill draw. Twin 25 race number one started off with Lambertville, Michigan’s Joe Derbeck taking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the pole. Unfortunately, his lead was short-lived because Derbeck spun on lap two which brought out the caution flag and sent him to the tail. That turned the lead over to Bob Gregory with Tim Fisher second. Fisher slowed on lap three and pulled out of competition giving up the position. Oakshade UMP Sportsman point leader Bruce Stuart moved up to second by lap six and began to close in on Gregory for the lead. Stuart managed to catch Gregory and on lap 18 the two drivers tangled after contact while working through some heavy lapped traffic. Gregory was assisted back to the pits and Stuart was able to continue and restarted at the back of the field. UMP Sportsman rookie Mathew Chapman from Tecumseh, Michigan then took over the race lead and pulled away on the way to his second feature win of the season. Jamie Grochowski finished second followed by Rusty Smith, Mike Jessen and Joe Smith.

Chapman drew for an eight car inversion for the the start of the second Twin 25 feature which meant he would be starting on the outside of row four. After a couple other races were completed, the UMP Sportsman returned to the track for the second of the Twin 25s with Billy Brown starting on the pole. Berkey, Ohio’s Mike Jessen quickly climbed to the top of the running order and led the majority of the race all the way to the checkered flag despite late caution that set up a one-lap race to the finish. Jessen was able to fend off Joe Smith who finished second and Tim Fisher who had a great run to finish third after starting at the back of the field due to his problems in race number one. Bruce Stuart maintained a slim points lead with his fourth place finish and Joe Derbeck rounded out the top five finishers.

Earlier in the evening, several make up feature races were run from last week’s wash out. The UMP Late Model feature picked up where it left off on July 18 with nine laps completed and Rusty Schlenk from McClure, Ohio leading. Upon the resumption, Devin Shiels reclaimed the lead from Schlenk and appeared as though he may pick up the feature win, but Schlenk fought back. He was able to close back in on Shiels while working through lapped traffic and took the lead back with just two laps to go and won the race. It was the defending track champ’s first UMP Late Model feature win of the season at Oakshade. Shiels settled for second followed by Chris Keller, Brad Eitniear and Steve Kester.

The Bomber A Main from the July 18^th rain out started off the evening’s racing action with defending Bomber track champion Jeff Foks leading the early laps. Foks, still looking for his first A Main win of the year, continued to lead with Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray closing in. DeTray took second by lap eight and took the lead from Foks on a restart after a caution. DeTray went on to pick up his third A Main win of the year with Foks taking second. Adam Noonan finished third with point leader Chris Sands fourth. Tim Murphy was fifth.

Make up feature racing continued with the Compact feature event. Cody Stetten made a move four-wide to take the lead at the start of the race, but Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe took command on lap two and held the lead all the way to the checkered flag. Stetten finished second and Brogan Rehklau was third. Aaron Barrick had to start at the tail since he was in a different car this week, but still managed a fourth place finish with pole sitter John Martis ending up fifth.

More UMP Late Model feature action took to the track again after the first Twin 25 race with Devin Shiels taking the early lead after starting from the pole. Outside pole-sitter Steve Kester took the lead on lap three and continued a good battle with Shiels at the front of the pack. Shiels returned to the lead on lap 13 with a pass to the inside of Kester. Shiels survived a close brush with Steve Miller who ended up spinning while running at the tail end of the lead lap just in front of the leaders on lap 15. Three laps later, Shiels relinquished the lead once again, this time to Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman who went on to pick up his fourth Oakshade feature win of the year. Shiels second place finish moved him up to second in the points, 66 points behind Ruhlman after Casey Noonan, who came into the night second in points, failed to make the start of this second UMP Late Model feature. Rusty Schlenk moved up from his 11^th starting position to finish third. He also moved up to third in the points. Kevin Reeve finished fourth in the race and Kester slipped back to wind up fifth.

Gregg DeTray continued his dominance in the second Bomber A Main of the night. He led the entire distance after starting on the outside of the front row. Despite multiple caution periods, DeTray was able to secure his fourth A Main win of the year and his third consecutive. He now sits just 7 points behind point leader Chris Sands in the point standings. Sands mustered a second place finish in the race with Adam Noonan taking third for the second time on the night. Jeff Foks was fourth and Tim Murphy was fifth once again.

Brogan Rehklau was able to add a bit of a cushion to his Oakshade Raceway Sport Compact point lead with his third feature win of the year. The Waldron, Michigan driver jumped out to the early lead and held it all the way to the checkered flag. Richard Riffe came up one position short on making it a sweep for the night and had to settle for second. John Martis took third with Cole Walbolt and Cody Stetten rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Teri-Lynn Murphy led early in the Bomber B Main with Donovan Paskan trailing. Grand Ledge, Michigan’s Rick Dixon marched his was through the field after starting 11^th to take the lead and the eventual victory. Paskan maintained a second place finish followed by Jarrett Rendel and Curt Lancaster. Murphy slipped back to finish fifth.

The tenth and final feature event of the night was the Bomber C Main in which only six of the 12 drivers in the line up actually started. Morenci, Michigan’s Brenem Mellon pulled away and won his first feature race ever. Wil Garland was second followed by Taylor Dippman, Ryder Price and Henry Walls Jr.

Racing action heats up once again on Saturday, August 1^st with the return of the American Late Model Series and a $2,000 to win show. The UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Compact classes will also be back in action including some double features. The UMP Sportsman feature and Bomber B Main from July 18 will be added to this show. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge!

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Thursday, July 23, 2015, for the Dunn County Fair as Pistol Pete’s Custom Cycles presented the UMSS Traditional Sprints with Pure Stocks and Hornets. In addition, the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge which paid $500 to the winner answered the question of which class was faster! Feature winners included Rick Kobs, Jesse Bryan, and Jeremy Johnson. It was Bryan taking the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge as the top three finishers were all Pure Stocks.

The UMSS Traditional Sprints took to the track for two heats, two challenge heats, and their feature. The heats were won by Deer Park, Wisconsin’s Rick Kobs and Stacy, Minnesota’s Mike Mueller. Kobs came from last to win the first challenge heat and Prior Lake, Minnesota’s Neal Matuska won the second. The feature race pitted the two challenge winners on the front row as Kobs took the lead on the green and led all but one of the 25 laps to the checkers. It wasn’t necessarily and easy feat; however, as Chase Viebrock closed on him and appeared poised to steal the show. As the leaders were approaching lapped traffic, Elk Mound, Wisconsin’s Blake Anderson appeared to lose a motor. Kobs was able to squeeze by but Viebrock made contact with the leader and spun in the fluids on the track. Unlike WISOTTA rules which would have placed Viebrock back in the second position for the restart because the caution was not his fault, he was relegated to the rear of the field. Under UMSS rules, if a car comes to a stop on the track, they go to the rear.

On the restart, Wyoming, Minnesota’s Rob Caho, Jr. challenged for the lead and led a lap, but Kobs proved too strong. Kobs quickly regained the position and drove the remaining distance to the victory as Caho Jr. remained close. The two stretched their lead over third finishing Jimmy Kuba of Byron, Minnesota, and fourth place James Giossi of New Richmond, Wisconsin. Viebrock made an impressive comeback from the rear to finish fifth.
The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks heat winners were Jesse Bryan and Kent Harmon as the two held the front row of the feature and Bryan went on for a triple sweep of the evening. At the drop of the green, Bryan blasted into the lead and drove into the night as he piloted the 21b to a commanding win. There were races for position as Jason Havel worked on Harmon for second and Dustin Doughty and George Richards raced for fourth. Harmon began to fade and the eventual top five finishers were Bryan, Hovel, Richards, Doughty, and Myers. It was Harmon as the first man out for the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge finishing sixth.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by Jeremy Johnson, Leslie Jackson, and Kevin Kadinger as the feature lined up straight up pitting Jeremy Johnson and Leslie Jackson on the front row. It was Jackson taking the early lead but a spinning Dean Butler drew the caution. On the restart Jackson again took the point, but one lap later, Johnson used the high line to take the position and never glance back. William Voeltz drove under Jackson for second, only to find her drive back underneath him a lap later. The yellow flew again, as for the third time in the night, having happened in hot laps and in his heat, Alex Waldera lost a wheel. His struggles ended his night and shortly after the restart, the fourth place Jesse Tripp dropped out of contention. It was Johnson winning over Jackson, Voeltz, Scott Hayden, and Derrick Johnson as the top five qualified for the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge set for later in the evening. Tenth starting Bradley York was the first non-qualifier in sixth. He would start; however as Derrick Johnson could not make the call.

A crowd favorite Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge was held as the top five finishers from the night’s feature redrew for starting position in a battle for $500 to the winner. The Pure Stocks enjoyed a good draw as the first three starter were all from their class. Dustin Doughty and Jessy Bryan held the front row as George Richards and William Voeltz, the highest starting Hornet followed them to green in row two. Bryan drove to the immediate lead as all five Pure Stocks moved into the top five. The remaining five Hornets raced in a swarm behind them.
With nine laps in, Brett Myers made a bold move to overtake third, but spun and brought out the caution. He left the raceway and Doughty retired from the race under yellow. On the restart, the action began as the Hornets could out accelerate the much larger Pure Stocks. Jeremy Johnson raced to third and Voeltz to fourth before Jason Hovel spun and Scott Hayden was sent to the rear of the field for the restart.

As the race resumed, Bryan moved back to the lead as Richards and Hovel battled for second. It was Jeremy Johnson who brought the crowd to his feet as he continually blasted the corners and tried in vain to sneak underneath the two coming off the turns. Bryan went on for the big payday as Richards ran a close second. Hovel finished third over Johnson who proved he can definitely wheel a car as he challenged the big brothers picking up a $100 check for the highest finishing Hornet. Leslie Jackson finished fifth in a fine run.

Ryan Bowers Completes UMSS Weekend Sweep at Rice Lake

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Rice Lake,WI-Ryan Bowers continues to impress the sprint car racing community, as the young Ham Lake, MN driver earned his fifth UMSS win of the season and eighth career series victory at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday July 25. Bowers also completed a very successful weekend sweep, as he won the UMSS Dan Grams Memorial on Friday night at the St. Croix Valley Raceway prior to heading over to Rice Lake. Bowers, in just his second season behind the wheel of a winged sprint car, is the current UMSS point leader. Bowers earned $1,000 for his victory.

After the usual double round of qualifying race which saw Jerry Richert, Jr. and Thomas Kennedy win Ultimate Sprint Heats while Lou Kennedy, Jr. and Bowers topped the Challenge Races, the top four drivers in passing and finishing points redrew for their feature race starting spots. It was an all-Kennedy front row, as Thomas got the pole position with his dad Lou outside. Richert and Bowers were in row two. The fact that Thomas Kennedy was even racing was rather amazing, as the three-time UM SS winner this season was involved in a very hard crash the night before and had to take a trip to the hospital. Although Thomas was very sore and bruised, once the young driver from Winnipeg strapped into his sprint car he felt okay and was ready to race at Rice Lake. Sometimes “good medicine” comes in different ways, and for many racers that means getting right back into their race car as soon as they can.

Lou Kennedy blasted into the lead at the drop of the green with Thomas a close second. Bowers was up to third behind the Canadian family duo, as the laps clicked by under green flag racing. On lap 11, Bowers got by Thomas Kennedy for second and set his sights on the leader, Lou Kennedy. Bowers closed the gap, and on lap 17 the pair crossed the finish line side-by-side. Bowers was able to take the lead on the following lap and drove to Rock Auto Victory Lane several laps later in the caution-free 25 lap feature race. Lou Kennedy finished second ahead of Thomas Kennedy. Last Saturday’s winner, Jamey Ogston, joined the three-car battle for second late in the race but had to settle for fourth. 2013 UMSS champion Chris Graf finished fifth ahead of three-time and defending UMSS champion Jerry Richert, Jr. The top six cars finished on the lead lap. Completing the top ten finishers was Anna Hippe, Mike Mueller, Reed Allex and Chad Patterson.

Ryan Bowers talked about his fifth win of the season following the race. “I have to thank Mastell Racing and my crew for giving me a great race car and a great opportunity each night. We’ve been fast after those first few races this season, and it’s a lot of fun to drive a competitive car. Those two blue cars (the Kennedy clan) are tough competitors to race against. I’m glad I could keep the winner’s check the past two nights south of the border.” Bowers is in a close championship battle with Graf and Richert, and winning races certainly helps to keep him atop the UMSS standings. By all indications, the championship appears that it will come down to the final race or two of the season.

The next race for the UMSS winged sprints is on Sunday August 2 at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids. This will also be the second of four races in the Midwest Power Outlaw Sprint Car Series. Jerry Richert, Jr. won the opening Midwest Power race at the Deer Creek Speedway. The Granite City races pays $2,300 to win. The Traditional sprints will also join the race program at Granite City for a double division, double the fun night of sprint car racing action.