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“Shiverfest” Caps Off a Great 2016 Season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway

October 26th, 2016

*Donnellson, IA* – “Shiverfest has for many years been the last stock car racing event held in the start of Iowa, and that tradition continues again this weekend. It also brings a close to the 2016 season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. The annual “Shiverfest” event will be held this Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th, and is being brought to you by Casey’s General Stores, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks.

Friday, October 28th events will consist of practice, grudge races, mechanic races, and pit crew challenge. The first practice will be held from 7 PM until 8 PM, and will be followed by mechanic races and grudge races from 8 PM until 8:30 PM. A final practice will be held from 8:30 PM until 8:45 PM, and will be followed up by the pit crew challenge from 8:45 PM until it’s complete. The pit crew challenge will pay $300 to the winning team, which will consist of 2 pit crew members and a driver. The driver will drive the race car to the tire changing area, then shut off the car, then the pit crew will change the left front tire, and when they are done the driver will fire up the car and driver it to the finish. A party in the pits after wards will cap off the evening, with a Monster Beer Pong Tournament being held. Teams of 2 will pay a $20 entry fee, with 100% payout.

Then on Saturday, October 29th there will be hay rack rides through the pits, trick-or-treating, box car races, and then the on track action. Hay rack rides through the pits will be held from 3 PM until 4 PM, and will be followed by trick-or-treating sponsored by the drivers from 4 PM until 4:30 PM. The box car races, with a best appearing box car being awarded, will begin at 4:30 PM until 5 PM. Then the on track action will kick off with hot laps at 5 PM, and racing to follow.

In action on Saturday will the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, Coors Light Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor Sport Compacts. The Mod Lites/Micro Mods have been added to the program, and will receive an extra $100 to win thanks to Jay Erb of Erbal Ink Tattoos out of Waukon, Iowa. All drivers will draw for there starting spot in the heat races each night, with a redraw being used to help determine the feature line-ups.

On Saturday the Steffes Late Models and Budweiser Modifieds will be racing for $500 to win. While the Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods are racing for $400 to win. The Coors Light Hobby Stocks are racing for $250 to win, with the Armstrong Tractor Sport Compacts racing for $200 to win. There are NO entry fees for any class, unless they want to race for the Gamblers Pay. For the Late Models a $50 entry will give them a chance to race for $1,000 to win, while the Modified winner will get $1,000 to win with a $25 entry. An entry fee of $20 will get the Stock Car and SportMod winner a check for $800 to win. While the Hobby Stock winner will receive $500 with a $15 entry, and the Sport Compact will get $400 to win with a $15 entry.

Grandstands will be closed for Friday night, but the pit passes will be drivers $20, non drivers $15, ages (7-13) $10, and ages 6 & under $5. Then on Saturday grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, ages (3-6) $10, and ages 2 & under $3.

A bonus of $200 for any Modified, Stock Car, and SportMod driver who has a perfect attendance at all nine fall special events will be paid out at the end of the night, while any Hobby Stock driver will receive $150 and any Sport Compact driver will receive $100 for perfect attendance at all nine fall specials.

The following rules will apply at all nine fall special events: *A Working Raceceivers Mandatory In All Classes – 454.000*…*NON STAMPED HOOSIER’S ALLOWED ON FRONT ONLY……NO GROOVED TIRES ON REAR IN ANY CLASS!!!*…

*MODIFIEDS* – *IMCA Rules Apply except for the following*: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Non IMCA legal cars must run 25 lbs. in front of mid plate…All Aluminum headed motors must add 50 lbs. of lead on front by the motor…Roller motors and stud girdles are legal…Quick change rear ends are legal…Fuel pump on transmission is legal…Front tubular is okay…7800 RPM chip with all open motors…Rear suspension must be IMCA legal…NO Spoilers…*STOCK CARS* – *IMCA Rules Apply with the following allowed*: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Aftermarket blocks are okay…*SPORTMODS* – *IMCA or USRA Rules Apply with the following allowed*: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…USRA legal SportMods must run NO Spoiler…*HOBBY STOCKS* – *IMCA Rules Apply* with floater rend ends allowed….*SPORT COMPACTS* – *IMCA Rules Apply*.

For more information you can contact Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

Gustin and May Sweep the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza”

October 19th, 2016

Donnellson, IA – What a difference a night makes. After Friday nights temperatures hoovered around the high 50′s, Saturday nights temperatures never fell out of the 70′s on night two of the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza” at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Plus if you thought you seen some good racing action on Friday, well Saturday nights action was even better. Once again the nights action was brought to you by Budweiser, Casey’s General Stores, Donnellson Tire and Service, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks.

The 15 lap Mod Lite / Micro Mod feature was the first to take to the track, with Josh May and Jason Masengarb drawing the front row for the event. May would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Masengarb and Kevin Blum. While May set a fast pace out front, Blum went to the top of the track to over take Masengarb for the runner up spot on lap 7. Blum then tried to track down May for the top spot. But without a caution May would go on to pick up his second win of the weekend at the track. Blum settled for 2nd, Jason Bahrs started 6th and finished 3rd, Masengarb was 4th, with Darrick Knutsen coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature, with Jason Cook and John Oliver Jr. leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Cook used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Oliver Jr. and Johnny Spaw. But Cook’s lead only lasted for 1 lap, as Oliver Jr. went to the top of the track coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 2. Oliver Jr. then went to the bottom of the track, which forced Mike Hughes, who started 5th, to go to the top to try and get by him for the lead. Hughes would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 to grab the lead away from Oliver Jr. on lap 8. But Oliver Jr. would come back on the bottom to grab the top spot back on lap 9. Once again Hughes used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to get the lead back from Oliver Jr. on lap 10. Hughes then went to the bottom of the track to try and slow down Oliver Jr. But coming off turn 4 to complete lap 13 Oliver Jr. was able to slip under Hughes to grab the lead back. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 14. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Hughes working to hold off Cayden Carter, who started 11th, for the runner up spot. Carter who used the top of the track to work himself up from 11th, used the momentum off the top of turn 4 to edge out Oliver Jr. at the line to lead lap 17. Coming off turn 2 Oliver Jr., on the bottom, Hughes, in the middle, and Carter, up top, went three wide down the backstretch and into turn 3. Hughes would slip up into Carter, which allowed Spaw to join the battle for the lead. Then coming off turn 2 on the final lap Hughes tried to get under Oliver Jr., as the two got hooked together going down the backstretch. This would allow Spaw to enter turn 3 in the middle of the track next to Oliver Jr., but he would slid to high coming off turn 4. Which allowed Oliver Jr. to go on to claim his first win of the season at the track and the $1,000 top prize.

Gunner Frank was suppose to lead the field to the green flag in the 25 lap Steffes Late Model feature, but mechanical troubles forced him to the pits on the parade lap. This would move Brian Harris, who was driving Lynn Richard’s #26R, to the pole next to Richie Gustin, who was once again driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing. Gustin would jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Harris, and Jeremiah Hurst. Disaster would strike Harris on lap 4, as he spun from the second spot in turn 2 and collects Chad Holladay to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gustin moved back out front, with Tommy Elston, who started 8th, over taking Hurst for the second spot. Gustin then had to try and hold off Elston over the next 4 laps, as the two drivers used different grooves around the track. But coming off turn 4 on lap 9, Elston was able to slip under Gustin to take over the top spot. Only to have Gustin come back on the top of the track off turn 4 on lap 10 to get the lead back. Despite a few more challenges from Elston over the final 15 laps, Gustin was able to hold on to claim his second win in a row and another $1,000 top prize. Elston was 2nd, Sam Halstead started 10th and
finished 3rd, Hurst was 4th, with Jeff Guengerich finishing 5th after starting in 12th.

The 12 lap Coors Light Hobby Stock feature was up next, with Dustin Griffiths and Jacob Keiser leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green flag waved the caution light came on, as Kenser Ellis spun in
turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the original restart Griffiths jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Nick Ulin and Aaron Martin. But debris in turn 3 on the completion of lap 1 would slow the action for the second time. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Ulin and Martin close behind. Ulin, who worked the bottom of the track, was able to slip under Griffiths, who was working the top of the track, coming off turn 2 to take over the top spot on lap 6. The two would race side-by-side over the next 4 laps, with Griffiths grabbing the lead back on lap 10. Coming out of turn 4 on the final lap Ulin would clip a tire and almost rolled, but ended up spinning. Which allowed Griffiths to go on to claim the win and the $500 prize to go with it. Martin was 2nd, Keiser was 3rd, Randy Byerly was 4th, with Rob Wilsey completing the top 5.

John Oliver Jr. and Logan Anderson drew the front row for the 20 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature, with Oliver Jr. leading lap 1 over Anderson and Carter VanDenBerg. Anderson would use the bottom of the track to take the top spot away from Oliver Jr. on lap 5. Then the action was slowed for the first time on lap 9, as Mike Goben stopped down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jason Riegel spun in
turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Anderson jump back out front, with Brayton Carter over taking Oliver Jr. for the runner up spot. Austen Becerra would spin in turn 4 on lap 14 to
slow the action down for the third time. Anderson once again grabbed the lead on the restart, only to have another caution come out one lap later. This time Jared Boumeester, who started 9th and was going for 3rd, slid up in front of Oliver Jr. in turn 4 and then spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart Anderson jumped back out front, but was slowed for the final time one lap later. As John Brandies and Becerra collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Anderson moved back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. getting back around Carter for second. Coming off turn 4 on the final lap Oliver Jr. tried to use the momentum off the top of the track to get the win. But Anderson would hold him off to pick up the win and the $1,000 prize to go with it. Oliver Jr. settled for 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Tim Plummer passed 12 cars from his 16th place starting spot to come home in 4th, with Tyler Soppe finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor Sport Compact feature, with Nathan Chandler and Dan Schmidt making up the front row. Schmidt would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1
over Chandler and Barry Taft. Taft would use the momentum off the top of the track in turn 2 to take the top spot away from Schmidt on lap 6. While Taft paced the field out front, Schmidt, Kimberly Abbott, Brandon Reu, and Darin Weisinger Jr., who started 7th, were all looking for racing room to get to Taft. The action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 11, when Adam Gates spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Taft moved back out front, with Weisinger Jr. over taking Schmidt for the runner up spot. As the battle for second raged on Taft would pull away over the final laps to claim the win and the $300 top prize to go with it. Weisinger Jr. won the battle for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Reu was 4th, with Schmidt holding on for 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Kyle Brown and Jason Murray leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Brown would take advantage of his starting spot
to grab the lead on lap 1 over Murray and Michael Long. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution of the race appeared, as Bruce Hanford slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart
Brown jumped back out front, with Long over taking Murray for second. While Brown set the pace out front, Jenae Gustin, who started 7th, used the bottom of the track to work under Long for second on lap 4. Gustin then
tried to track down Brown for the lead, when the second caution of the race slowed the action on lap 10. Shawn Ritter would spin in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Once again Brown grabbed the lead on the restart, with Long getting back around Gustin for second. Three laps later another caution appeared, as Patrick Flannagan spun in turn 2 on lap 14 to bring out the yellow. Brown jumped back out front on the restart, only for the caution to come back out one lap later. This time Milo Veloz, who was running 5th, slowed to a stop in turn 4 with front end troubles to bring out the yellow. The final restart saw Brown jump back out front, with Gustin getting back by Long for second. Long, who was working the top of the track, over took Gustin for second on lap 17 and then went to work on Brown, who was working the bottom, for the lead. But Brown would hold on to pick up the win and the $1,000 check to go with it. Long settled for 2nd, Jenae Gustin was 3rd, Richie Gustin started 13th in the #15k Justin Kay Racing Modified and finished 4th, with Cayden Carter finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

The 2016 racing season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will come to a close on Saturday, October 29th, with the annual running of “Shiverfest”. A practice, along with king of the hill races, grudge races and mechanics races are scheduled to take place on Friday, October 28th. In action both nights will be the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express
SportMods, Coors Light Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor Sport Compacts.

Gates on Friday will open at 5:30 PM, with everything set to get started at 7 PM. Then on Saturday gates will open at 1 PM, with hay rack rides thru the pits being held from 3 PM until 4 PM. Trick-or-treating sponsored by
the drivers will take place from 4 PM until 4:30 PM, with box car races following that. Hot Laps will get started at 5 PM, with Racing at 5:30 PM. Grandstand admission for Saturday will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes on Friday are drivers $20, non drivers $15, ages (7-13) $10, and ages (6 & under) $5. Then on Saturday pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, ages (3-6) $10, and ages (2 & under) $3.

For more information you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330, or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Gustin, Long, Carter, Boumeester, May, Lichty, and Barnes Open 5th Annual Fall Extravaganza With Wins

October 19th, 2016

Donnellson, IA – Friday was a brisk and cool night, but the on track action was hot enough to heat you up. As the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa opened the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza”. The nights action was being presented to you by Budweiser, Casey’s General Stores, Donnellson Tire and Service, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks.

The rained out Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature from August 19th was the first event to take to the track on the night, with 3 laps complete. Jim Gillenwater resumed the lead of the race at the drop of the
green flag, with John Oliver Jr. and Joey Gower following. While Oliver Jr. try to keep pace with Gillenwater, the battle was for third between Gower, Tony Dunker, and Brandon Lennox, who restarted in 7th. But without a
caution there was no catching Gillenwater, as went on to win his third feature of the season at the track. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Lennox won the battle for 3rd, Dunker was 4th, with Gower rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Mod Lite / Micro Mod feature, with Jason Bahrs and Josh May leading the field to the green flag. May would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Bahrs and Don Erger, who started 5th. The action was slowed only one time, as Darrick Knutsen stopped down the backstretch on lap 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart May jumped back out front, with Erger and Bahrs battling for second. May though would pull away over the final laps to pick up the win. Erger was 2nd, Jason Masengarb came from 7th to finish 3rd, Devon Rouse finished 4th after starting in 8th, with Joel Huggins coming from 11th to come home in 5th.

Luke Merfeld and Chad Holladay drew the front row for the 25 lap Steffes Late Model feature, with Merfeld using his front row advantage to grab the lead on lap 1 over Holladay and Richie Gustin, who was driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing. Merfeld then held the top spot until lap 4, when disaster would strike him. Something appeared to break on the right front that resulted in him hitting the guardrail in turn 4 and bringing out the caution. On the restart Gustin would take over the top spot, with Holladay and Tommy Elston, who started 7th, battling for the runner up spot. The action was slowed for the second and final time on lap 13, when Blake Woodruff spun into the guardrail in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Gustin once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Elston over taking Holladay for second. Elston then held off Holladay until lap 19, when a lapped car forced Elston high coming off turn 4 and allowed Holladay to slip back under him for second. But on this night there was no catching Gustin, who pulled away to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Holladay settled for 2nd, Elston was 3rd, Jeremiah Hurst, who started 9th in the Roberts Motorsports #58, finished 4th, with Todd Frank coming from 12th to round out the top 5.

The 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature was up next, with Cayden Carter and Jeff Mueller leading the field to the green flag. Carter took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mueller and Mike Hughes. While Carter set the pace out front, Mueller and Hughes would battle for the runner up spot. Until the first caution of the race appeared on lap 10 for Randy Exline’s spin in turn 3. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Mueller and Hughes continuing their battle for second. But the second and final caution of the race came out on lap 13 to slow the action, as Exline spun in turn 3 to end his night with a second solo caution. Carter again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Hughes finally getting around Mueller for second. Despite a few challenges from Hughes and Mueller over the final laps, Carter would hold on to pick up the $1,000 top prize. Hughes was 2nd, Mueller was 3rd, John Oliver Jr. was 4th,
with Kirk Kinsley rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Coors Light Hobby Stock feature, with Bill Bonnett and Neal Miller making up the front row for the event. Bonnett would use his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Miller
and Justin Lichty, who started 5th. A couple of laps later Lichty and Nick Ulin, who started 6th, would over take Miller to move into second and third. Bonnett, who was working the top of the track, then had to work to
hold off Lichty over the next several laps, as Ulin was waiting for an opening. Going into turn 3 on the final lap Bonnett entered low to try and slow down Lichty’s momentum, but would drift high coming off turn 4. This
would allow Lichty to pull even with Bonnett coming off turn 4, as the two crossed the line side-by-side. Lichty was awarded the win by inches, which was worth $500. Bonnett settled for 2nd, Ulin was 3rd, Miller was 4th, with Mike Kincaid coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

Michael Long and Ronn Lauritzen drew the front row for the Budweiser Modified feature, with Long grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Lauritzen and Cayden Carter, who started 6th. Debris in turn 2 on the completion of lap 1
slowed the action for the first time. On the restart Long moved back out front, with Carter over taking Lauritzen for second. But the second caution of the race appeared after the completion of lap 2, as Scott Dickey and Jason Murray ended up in the guardrail at the end of the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Long once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Carter and Lauritzen close behind. Just as Long started to pull away from the battle behind him, the third and final caution of the race came out on lap 13. This time Patrick Flannagan slowed to a stop in turn 1 with motor troubles to bring out the yellow. On the restart Long jumped back out front, with Richie Gustin, who was driving the #15k for Justin Kay Racing, and Dave Wietholder, who started 9th, slipped past Carter, who slid high in turn 2 and fell back to 8th. Gustin tried to work under Long over the final laps, but Long would hold him off to pick up the win and the $1,000 top
prize. Richie Gustin was 2nd, Bill Roberts Jr., who started 12th, slipped past Wietholder late to finish 3rd, with Wietholder 4th, and Jenae Gustin finishing 5th after starting in 10th.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor Sport Compact feature, with Darin Weisinger Jr. and Josh Barnes leading the field to the green flag. Barnes took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Darin Smith and Jake Dietrich. While Barnes set the pace out front, there was several side-by-side battles going on behind. But that action came to a halt on lap 13, when Dietrich, Ron Kibbe, and William Michel collided in turn 2 to bring out the one and only caution of the race. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Kimberly Abbott, who started 6th, and Barry Taft, who started 7th, glued to his back bumper. Barnes, who was working the middle of the track, had Abbott, who was on the bottom, looking under him coming to the white flag. The two would come off turn 4 side-by-side on the final lap, with Barnes claiming the win by a half a car length to pick up the $300 top prize. Abbott settled for 2nd, Taft was 3rd, Smith was 4th, with Nathan Chandler coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, with Brayton Carter and Brandon Lennox drawing the front row. But just as the green flag was waved the red light
would come on, as Jason McDaniel, Creston Williams and Paul Howard collided in turn 4. Howard’s car work turn over on it’s side when Carter VanDenBerg clipped him trying to avoid the wreck. All drivers would climb from their cars okay. On the original restart Carter moved out front to lead lap 1 over Lennox and Dakota Simmons. Just after the completion of lap 1 the second caution of the race appeared, as Jim Gillenwater, Tony Olson and
Curtis Van Der Wal collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Lennox would slip past Carter on the restart to grab the top spot away, as Jared Boumeester, who started 5th, moved into to challenge. Coming off turn 5 to
complete lap 5, Boumeester slipped under Lennox to take over the lead. Boumeester then started to pull away, when the third and final caution appeared on lap 9. This time Austen Becerra slowed in turn 4 with troubles
to bring out the yellow. On the restart Boumeester jumped back out front, with John Oliver Jr., who started 10th, over taking Lennox for the runner up spot. Oliver Jr. tried to stay with Boumeester over the final 10 laps, but Boumeester would pull away to pick up the win and the $1,000 check to go with it. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Lennox crossed the line in 3rd. But a illegal MSD box was found on Lennox’s car in post race inspection, which resulted in him being disqualified. This would move Richie Gustin, who was driving Shawn Ritter’s #5JR, up to 3rd after he started 14th, Tyler Soppe was moved up to 5th after starting in 9th, with Logan Anderson being moved up to finish in 5th.

Lee County Speedway Returns to Action This Weekend

October 12th, 2016

*Donnellson, IA* – After sitting idol for eight weeks the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will get back to action this Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th, with the running of the “5th Annual Fall Extravaganza”. The weekends action will be presented to you by Budweiser, Casey’s General Stores, Donnellson Tire and Service, Randall’s Performance, and Trump Trucks. This will also be race five and six of the nine race fall special events being held at three tracks in the area.

In action both nights this weekend will be the Steffes Lee County Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, Coors Light Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor Sport Compacts. But before Friday nights action gets started the make-up SportMod feature that was rained out back on August 19th will be finished from lap 3. Both nights will be a complete show, with a full payout each night. All drivers will draw for their starting spot in the heat races each night, with a redraw format being used to help determine the feature line-ups.

Each night the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be racing for $1,000 to win. The Coors Light Hobby Stocks are racing for $500 to win each night, and the Sport Compacts are going for $300 to win each night. Entry fees each night will be $50 for the Late Models and Modifieds, $40 each night for the Stock Cars and SportMods, with the Hobby Stocks entry fee each night being $30, and the Sport Compacts entry fee each night being $25.

The complete payout for each night will be the following:
*LATE MODELS & MODIFIEDS* – 1. $1,000, 2. $600, 3. $400, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $170, 8. $150, 9. $140, 10. $130, 11. $120, 12. $110, 13.-24. $100 TOW $50…
*STOCK CARS & SPORTMODS* – 1. $1,000, 2. $500, 3. $350, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $150, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $100, 11. $95, 12. $90, 13.-24. $85 TOW $40…
*HOBBY STOCKS* – 1. $500, 2. $300, 3. $200, 4. $150, 5. $130, 6. $120, 7. $110, 8. $100, 9. $90, 10. $80, 11. $75, 12. $70, 13.-24. $65 TOW $30…*SPORT COMPACTS* – 1. $300, 2. $150, 3. $100, 4. $90, 5. $80, 6. $75, 7. $70, 8. $65, 9. $60, 10. $55, 11.-24. $50 TOW $25.

Gates on Friday will open at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps 7 PM, with Racing at 7:30 PM. Then on Saturday gates will open at 4 PM, Hot Laps will get started at 6 PM, with Racing at 6:30 PM. Grandstand admission for each night will be adults $15, seniors $13, students $7, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes each night will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, ages (3-6) $10, and ages (2 & under) $3. Or a two day pit pass will be offered on Friday for $55.

A bonus of $200 for any Modified, Stock Car, and SportMod driver who has attended the first four races, and still has a perfect attendance at all nine fall special events is being offered, while any Hobby Stock driver will receive $150 and any Sport Compact driver will receive $100 for perfect attendance at all nine fall specials. This bonus will be pro rated with any cancellations, and will be paid out at Shiverfest. Here is the remaining schedule for the final five races of the nine race fall specials:

Friday, October 14th & Saturday, October 15th – 5th Annual Fall Extravaganza at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA
Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd – Memphis Fall Nationals at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO
Saturday, October 29th – Shiverfest at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA

The following rules will apply at all nine fall special events: *A Working Raceceivers Mandatory In All Classes – 454.000*…*NON STAMPED HOOSIER’S ALLOWED ON FRONT ONLY……NO GROOVED TIRES ON REAR IN ANY CLASS!!!*…

*MODIFIEDS* – *IMCA Rules Apply except for the following*: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Non IMCA legal cars must run 25 lbs. in front of mid plate…All Aluminum headed motors must add 50 lbs. of lead on front by the motor…Roller motors and stud girdles are legal…Quick change rear ends are legal…Fuel pump on transmission is legal…Front tubular is okay…7800 RPM chip with all open motors…Rear suspension must be IMCA legal…NO Spoilers…
*STOCK CARS* – *IMCA Rules Apply with the following allowed*: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…Aftermarket blocks are okay…
*SPORTMODS* – *IMCA or USRA Rules Apply with the following allowed*: Hoosier or American Racer G60 tires may be grooved on the front…USRA legal SportMods must run NO Spoiler…
*HOBBY STOCKS* – *IMCA Rules Apply* with floater rend ends allowed….
*SPORT COMPACTS* – *IMCA Rules Apply*.

For more information you can contact Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the Lee County Speedway’s website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Lee County Speedway Almost Beat Mother Nature, as Elston, McGee, Pundt and Taft are Victorious

August 21st, 2016

Donnellson, IA- After taking a couple of weeks off from racing, the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa got back into action on Friday, August 19th. The nights action was presented by Trump Trucks of Kahoka, Missouri, as the Sprint Invaders joined the five weekly classes. Despite most of the day being partly cloudy it turned out to be a night to try and beat mother nature, as a front was moving in from the southwest just before hot laps got started. Even though the show was being pushed along at a fast pace, mother nature would open up the skies during the final feature and would claim the SportMod feature after 3 lapsbeing scored complete.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kenny Smith and Brandon Lambert leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was third place starter Barry Taft who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Lambert and Darin Weisinger Jr. As Taft set the pace out front, all eyes were on Josh Barnes, who started 12th after troubles in his heat race. Barnes would quickly move up to challenge the top five in the early portion of the race and then over took Brandon Reu on lap 10 for the runner up spot. But without a caution Barnes ran out of laps to chase down Taft for the lead, as Taft held on to score his first win of the season at the track. Barnes settled for 2nd, Brandon Reu was 3rd, Mike Reu was 4th, with Kimberly Abbott coming from 8th to finish 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Larry McConnell and Jardin Fuller making up the front row for the event. Jardin Fuller would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Levi Smith and Jerad Fuller. The action up front was slowed on lap 7 when Bill Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman got together in turn 4 and spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jardin Fuller got into the guardrail in turn 3, which allowed Dean McGee to slip past for the top spot. While McGee started to pull away from the field, Roberts Jr. and Waterman were working their way back towards the front. By the time Roberts Jr. worked himself into the runner up spot, McGee had built a straight-away lead. Without a late race caution there was no catching McGee, as he went on to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Roberts Jr. was 2nd, Dennis LaVeine came from 7th to finish 3rd, Waterman was 4th, with Jerad Fuller rounding out the top 5.

Andrew Hustead and Jason See led the field to green in the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Hustead moving out front on lap 1 over See and Jeremy Pundt. Hustead, who was up top, then tried to hold off Pundt, who was working the bottom, over the next few laps. But Pundt would slip past Hustead on lap 4 to grab the top spot away, as John Oliver Jr. and Jeff Mueller, who started 10th, moved in to battle Hustead for the runner up spot. With Pundt out front, Mueller would work under Oliver Jr. coming off turn 2 on lap 13 for the third spot and then one lap later, lap 14, he was able to get under Hustead for the runner up spot. But Mueller wasn’t able to get to Pundt over the final laps, as Pundt went on to score his second win of the season at the track. Mueller was 2nd, Oliver Jr. was 3rd, Hustead was 4th. with Abe Huls finishing 5th.

Up next was the 25 lap Steffes Late Model feature, with Tyler Cale and Tommy Elston drawing the front row for the event. Elston would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Cale and Jeff Guengerich. While Elston started to pull away from the field, the battle was for the runner up spot between Cale, Guengerich, Sam Halstead and Todd Frank. The field was brought back to Elston’s back bumper on lap 11 when Laine VanZandt spun in turn 3 to bring out the caution. On the restart Elston moved back out front, with the battle for second continuing between Cale, Guengerich, Halstead and Frank. Halstead would use the top of the track to slip past Cale and Guengerich into the runner up spot on lap 18, and then he went to work on chasing down Elston for the lead. But Elston would hold on over the final laps to claim his sixth win of the season at the track. Halstead settled for 2nd, Todd Frank over took Guengerich late to finish 3rd, Guengerich was 4th, with Derek Liles coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 18 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, with Austen Becerra and John Oliver Jr. leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Oliver Jr. took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Becerra and Brandon Dale. The action up front was slowed on lap 2, when Joe Waterman spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Jim Gillenwater, who started 5th, using the bottom of the track to move into the runner up spot. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 3 Gillenwater was able to slip under Oliver Jr. to grab the top spot. Just after the completion of the lap rain started to fall on the track, which forced the caution to come out. An attempt was made to restart the race, but the rains got heavier and the track was lost. So the remainder of the feature will be made up next Friday.

Coming up next Friday, August 26th at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be Budweiser Season Championship Night. The 2016 track champions will be determined in the Steffes Late Models, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts. A regular points invert night will be ran for season championship night, except for the Steffes Late Models. Which will use a draw / redraw format to set their starting spots. But before this night can be started the rained out Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMod feature from Friday, August 19th will be completed first.

Gates will open at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps at 7 PM, and Racing at 7:30 PM. Grandstand admission is adults $10, seniors $9, and students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE!. Pit passes are $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages (6 & under) $10.

For more information about the Pepsi Lee County Speedway, just log onto the tracks website at www.leecountypeedway.com .

Lee County Speedway opens with March 25, 26 Spring Extravaganza

March 21st, 2016

DONNELLSON, Iowa – Five IMCA divisions will be featured each night of the Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26 Spring Extravaganza at Lee County Speedway.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods chase $1,000 top checks while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $300.

Modified features are 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. Both nights will be draw/redraw and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.

Minimum start money is $100 for the Modifieds, $85 for Stock Cars and SportMods, $65 for Hobby Stocks and $50 for Sport Compacts. Entry fees and tow money are $50 for the Mods, $40 for Stocks and SportMods, $30 for Hobbies and $25 for Sport Compacts.

Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow on Friday. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing follows on Saturday.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 7-16 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $25 for adults, $15 for students ages 7-13 and $10 for six and under.

More information about the Spring Extravaganza, the first sanctioned event of the season in Iowa and sponsored by Fleck Sales and Donnellson Tire & Service, is available from promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330 or gendel57V@gmailcom, at the www.leecountyspeedway.com website or on Facebook.

Shryock, Mueller, Carter, Griffiths, and Barnes Cap Off the 2015 Racing Season With Wins at” Shiverfest”*

October 27th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – With the annual running of “Shiverfest” on Saturday, October 24th this only meant one thing, that it
was the final race of the 2015 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Midwest Performance and Power, along with Corky’s Racing Products helped present the action that brought 162 cars out for the final race of the season in Iowa.

Taking to the track first was the 15 lap Coors Light Hobby Stock feature, with Jacob Keiser and Neal Miller making up the front row. Keiser would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Miller and Dustin Griffiths, who started 8th. The action up front was slowed on lap 2 for the first and only time of the race, as Benji Clemons clipped a tire in turn 2 and rolled to bring out the red. He climbed from the car okay. On the restart Keiser moved back out front, with Griffiths and August Bach close behind. Griffiths tried to work under Keiser over the next 9 laps, when Keiser started to slow coming off turn 4 on lap 12. Which allowed Griffiths to slip under him to grab the top spot away. Coming to the white flag Griffiths would enter lapped traffic, which allowed Bach to close in on his back bumper. Then coming off turn 4 for the checkered Griffiths held off Bach at the line by half a car to pick up the win. Bach settled for 2nd, Justin Lichty was 3rd, Bill Bonnett started 7th and finished 4th, with Nick Ulin coming from 15th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 22 lap Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature, with John Oliver Jr. and Jeremy Pundt leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light came on, as Michael Larsen slowed to a stop down the backstretch after dropping the drive shaft in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart John Oliver Jr. grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Brian Mahlstedt and Mike Hughes. While Oliver Jr. set a fast pace out front, Damon Murty, who started 7th, and Jeff Mueller, who started 9th, were working their way towards the front.

The field was brought back to Oliver Jr.’s back bumper on lap 8, when a tire was clipped and pushed onto the track in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr., Mueller and Murty raced three wide off turn 2, with Oliver Jr. holding the top spot coming off turn 4. The battle up front was slowed for the second and final time on lap 10, when Ray Raker spun in turn 3 to bring out the caution. Oliver Jr. once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Mueller, Hughes, Murty and David Brandies, who started 10th, racing two wide behind him. With Oliver Jr. using the bottom of the track, Mueller went to the middle of the track to try and get around Oliver Jr. for the top spot. Coming off turn 4 on lap 17, Mueller would use his groove to take over the lead. Mueller then held on over the final 5 laps to claim his fourth win of the season at the track. Oliver Jr. settled for 2nd, Hughes was 3rd, Cayden Carter came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Brandies coming home in 5th.

Kimberly Abbott and Josh Barnes, who was moved to the outside of the front row when Ryan Havel scratched, led the field to the green flag in the 15 lap Armstrong Tractors Sport Compact feature, with Abbott grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Jake Benischek, who started 5th, and Barnes. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 2, when Randy Magnuson and Bryerson Tharp stopped in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Barnes would slip under Abbott to grab the top spot away, with Benischek working on her for the runner up spot. Barnes wasn’t able to pull away from Abbott, as heavy lapped traffic in front of him on lap 13 allowed her to challenge him for the top spot. Despite several attempts by Abbott over the final 2 laps, Barnes was able to hold on to pick up his sixth win of the season at the track. Abbott settled for 2nd, Benischek was 3rd, Darin Smith started 7th and finished 4th, with Brandon Reu rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison SportMod feature, with Sean Wyett and Brandon Dale making up the front row. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Jacob Beal spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Wyett jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Tony Dunker, who started 6th, and Dale. While Wyett paced the field out front, Dale, Dunker, Brayton Carter, who started 5th, Trevor Fecht, who started 8th, and Dan Drury, who started 12th, raced two and three wide behind him. The action up front was slowed for the second time, as Kyle Anderson and Erick Knutsen collided in turn 2 on lap 13 to bring out the caution. Wyett once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Dunker and Carter close behind. Carter went to the top of the track to take the top spot away from Wyett on lap 15. Just after lap 15 was scored complete Austin Paul, who started 19th and was running 5th, got into the back of Fecht in turn 4 and collected Drury, who was running 7th, to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Dunker and Wyett working to hold back Brandon Lennox, who started 13th. Debris down the front stretch on lap 17 would slow the battle up front. On the restart David McCalla got upside down in turn 1 and collected Kyle Olson and Dan Keltner to bring out the red. McCalla would climb from his car okay. On the restart Carter moved back out front and then held on over the final 3 laps to claim the win. Dunker was 2nd, Wyett held on for 3rd, Lennox was 4th, with Tony Olson coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 25 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Cayden Carter and Tommy Elston leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Shawn Ritter, Scott Simatovich, Ed Thomas, Kyle Brown and Andrew Schroeder collided in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Elston and Kelly Shryock. Shryock would slip past Elston for the runner up spot on lap 4 and then went to work on Carter for the lead. When the final caution of the race appeared on lap 5. A tire was clipped in turn 4 and pushed onto the track to bring out the yellow. Once again Carter moved back out front on the restart, with Shryock and Bruce Hanford close behind. Shryock went to the top of the track to take the top spot away from Carter on lap 17. But Carter would stay glued to Shryock’s back bumper, as they entered lapped traffic on lap 17. The two would swap the lead back and forth in the corners, with Carter being scored as the leader on lap 21. But Shryock would use the lapped traffic to slip past Carter on lap 22 and then held him off over the final 3 laps to score his first win of the season at the track. Carter settled for 2nd, Hanford was 3rd, Carter VanDenBerg started 10th and finished 4th, with Jeff Waterman coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

Be sure to keep up with the Lee County Speedway on their Facebook page and website at www.leecountyspeedway.com for any news being released for the 2016 season.

Brown, Van Der Wal, Griffiths, and Benischek Sweep the “4th Annual Fall Extravaganza” at the Lee County Speedway

October 14th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – Saturday night was the second and final night of the “4th Annual Fall Extravaganza” presented by
Armstrong Tractors, Budweiser, Donnellson Tire and Service, and Midwest Performance and Power at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA. After the final checkered flag was waved Kyle Brown (Budweiser Modifieds), Curtis Van Der Wal (Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (Coors Light Hobby Stocks), and Jake Benischek (Armstrong Tractors Sport Compacts) repeated their wins from Friday night, while Cayden Carter topped the Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 16 lap Coors Light Hobby Stocks, with Dustin Griffiths and Justin Lichty drawing the front row. Griffiths would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Justin Wacha and Brandon Symmonds. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first of four cautions appeared, as debris down the front stretch slowed the action. On the restart Griffiths jumped back out front, with Symmonds over taking Wacha for second. Debris down the backstretch on lap 5 brought the action to a halt for the second time of the race. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Wacha and Nick Ulin, who started 7th, both over taking Symmonds for the second and third spots. Cautions on lap 8 and 11, brought the field back to
Griffiths’ back bumper. But Griffiths grabbed the lead on the final restart and then held off Ulin to pick up his second win of the weekend and another $500 to go with it. Ulin settled for 2nd, Wacha was 3rd, Dale Porter started 9th and finished 4th, with Lichty holding on for a 5th place finish.

Up next was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison SportMod feature, with Austen Becerra and Erick Knutsen leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as debris in turn 1 brought out the yellow. On the restart third place starter Sam Wieben jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Becerra and Brayton Carter, who started 5th. After lap 1 was scored complete the yellow light would come on, as Matt Richards spun in turn 4 and collected Brandon Dale to bring out the yellow. Wieben moved back out front on the restart, with Carter over taking Becerra for the runner up spot. The third caution of the race appeared on lap 4, when Tony Olson, who started 22nd and had charged up to 7th, got into the guardrail in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Once again Wieben jumped out front on the restart, with Carter and Curtis Van Der Wal, who started 6th, battling for the runner up spot. One lap later, lap 5, Jake McBirnie, who was running 6th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Wieben moved back out front, with Carter and Van Der Wal close behind. Van Der Wal would clear Carter for the runner up spot on lap 7 and then went to work on Wieben for the top spot. Just as Van Der Wal got up beside Wieben for the lead, John Oliver Jr. would spin in turn 4 to slow the action down. Wieben grabbed the lead on the restart, with Van Der Wal trying to get under him. On lap 12 Van Der Wal was able to slip under Wieben coming off turn 2 to grab the top spot away on lap 13. Van Der Wal then started to pull away, when the final caution of the race appeared on lap 17. This time Michael Joe Bliven spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal moved back out front and then held off Carter to claim his second win of the weekend at the track and another $1,000 to go with it. Carter was 2nd, Wieben was 3rd, Tony Dunker, who started 16th and crossed the line in 4th, was docked 4 spots after the checkers for jumping the final restart, which moved Jim Gillenwater, who started 10th, up to 4th, and Jeremiah Hurst up to complete the top 5. Jeremy Pundt and Todd Reitzler made up the front row for the 22 lap Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature, with Pundt taking advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Kirk Kinsley and Reitzler. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when a tire was clipped in turn 4 and pushed onto the track to bring out the yellow. On the restart Pundt moved back out front, with Kinsley and Cayden Carter close behind. While Pundt worked the bottom of the track, Carter went to the top of the track to edge Pundt at the line by half a car length on lap 6 to grab the lead. At the same time Mike Hughes, who started 10th, had worked his way up to 3rd. Disaster would strike Pundt on lap 9, as he spun in turn 2 while running 4th. But he would do a 360 and kept going to prevent a caution from coming out. Carter would start to enter lapped traffic by lap 15, which allowed Hughes to close in on his back bumper. Hughes was able to get up beside Carter on lap 19, only to have the final caution appear to slow the battle down. Another tire was clipped and pushed onto the track in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Hughes, David Brandies, who started 6th, and Zach VanderBeek, who started 9th, racing three wide off turn 2 for the runner up spot. Carter held on over the final 3 laps to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Brandies won the battle for 2nd, Hughes was 3rd, VanderBeek was 4th, with Jeff Mueller coming from 12th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractors Sport Compact feature, with Jake Benischek and Shaun Slaughter drawing the front row. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Jacob Reiter and Renny McCarty spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Benischek jumped out front to lead lap 1 over Slaughter and Chuck Fullenkamp. After the completion of lap 1 the red would wave, as Daniel Campbell clipped a tire in turn 4 and rolled to bring out the red. He would climb from the car okay. Benischek moved back out front on the restart, with Slaughter and Fullenkamp close behind. The action up front was slowed for the third time on lap 3, when Adam Gates came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Once again Benischek grabbed the lead on the restart, with Slaughter trying to get under him for the lead. But three laps later, lap 6, another red would slow the battle up front. This time Jerrod Nichols got up on his side in turn 4 to bring out the red. On the final restart Benischek moved back out front and then held off Slaughter to pick up his second win of the weekend and another $300 to go with it. Slaughter settled for 2nd, Kimberly Abbott charged from 11th to finish in 3rd, Fullenkamp was 4th, with Luke Benischek coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 25 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Rich Smith and Matt Werner leading the field to the green flag. Smith would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Kyle Brown, who started 5th, and Werner. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 2, as Kevin Smith spun in turn 3 and collected Jeff Waterman to bring out the yellow. Bad thing for Waterman, who was suppose to start in 3rd, but pulled in on the parade lap and rejoined the back of the field just before the green flag was waved. On the restart Rich Smith moved back out front, with Brown and Andrew Schroeder close behind. While Smith worked the bottom of the track, Brown worked the top of the track to grab the lead away on lap 5. Brown then started to pull away from the battle behind him, even entering lapped traffic by lap 13. But a final caution on lap 15 would bring the field back to his back bumper. This time Mike Joski spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Brown jumped back out front, with Schroeder working to hold back Bruce Hanford, who started 11th, for the runner up spot. Hanford would slip past Schroeder on lap 17 for the second spot. But didn’t have time to chase down Brown for the lead, as he went on to claim his second win on the weekend and another $1,000 to go with it. Hanford settled for 2nd, Tyler Groenendyk started 7th and finished 3rd, Schroeder was 4th, with David Brown charging from 17th to round out the top 5.

The 2015 racing season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will come to a close on Saturday, October 24th, with the annual running of “Shiverfest”. In action on the night will be the Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison SportMods, Coors Light Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractors Sport Compacts. Look for more information to be released on the website at www.leecountyspeedway.com, or you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

Brown, Mueller, Van Der Wal, Griffiths, and Benischek Score Night 1 “Fall Extravaganza” Wins at the Lee County Speedway

October 11th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – After six weeks off from racing the Lee County Speedway got back into action on Friday, October 9th
with night 1 of the “4th Annual Fall Extravaganza”, being presented by Armstrong Tractors, Budweiser, Donnellson Tire and Service, and Midwest Performance and Power. One hundred and fifty cars signed in for the first night of competition, with Kyle Brown (Budweiser Modifieds), Jeff Mueller (Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars), Curtis Van Der Wal (Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (Coors Light Hobby Stocks), and Jake Benischek (Armstrong Tractors Sport Compacts) picking up feature wins.

The first feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison SportMods, with Curtis Van Der Wal and Kip Siems drawing the front row. Van Der Wal would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Logan Anderson and Jim Gillenwater. Van Der Wal then started to pull away from the side-by-side battle behind him, until the first caution of the race appeared on lap 6. Ethan Braaksma would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal jumped back out front, with Anderson and Gillenwater continuing their battle for second. Two laps later, lap 9, the second caution of the race slowed the action. This time Siems and Austen Becerra collided down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gillenwater, Anderson and Van Der Wal raced three wide off turn 2 for the lead, with Van Der Wal holding the top spot coming off turn 4. The battle for the top spot was slowed 2 laps later, when Robert Gould spun in turn 2 on lap 11 to bring out the yellow. Disaster would strike on the restart, when Anderson got sideways down the backstretch and collected Patrick Phillips, Tyler Soppe, Colton Livezey, Louis Lynch, and Gould to bring out the red. Soppe was taken by private vehicle to a local hospital to get checked out, while all other drivers climbed out of their cars okay. Van Der Wal would jump back out front on the restart, with Gillenwater and Brandon Dale, who started 12th, close behind. Van Der Wal then pulled away over the final 9 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track and the $1,000 top prize. Gillenwater was 2nd, Dale was 3rd, Tony Dunker came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Jake McBirnie coming from 11th to finish 5th.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractors Sport Compact feature, with Jake Benischek and Brandon Reu leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Benischek took advantage of his stating spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Reu and Josh Barnes. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution of the race appeared, as Darin Weisinger and Renny McCarty spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Benischek jumped back out front, with Barnes over taking Reu for the runner up spot. Benischek paced the field out front, while Reu and Barnes swapped the runner up spot. The action was slowed on lap 8, when Bryerson Tharp slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Benischek once again grabbed the lead on the restart over Reu and Barnes. One lap later, lap 9, Eric Stogdell got into the back of Kimberly Abbott, who spun down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Once again Benischek moved out front on the restart, with Barnes over taking Reu for the runner up spot. The battle up front was slowed for the fourth time, as Luke Benischek, who was running 5th, slowed to a stop in turn 1 on lap 13 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Stogdell clipped a tire in turn 4 and rolled to bring out the red. He climbed from his car okay. The following restart saw Jake Benischek jump back out front, with Reu and Barnes close behind. Benischek would hold on over the final 2 laps to score his first win at the track and the $300 top prize to go with it. Reu was 2nd, Shaun Slaughter came from 13th to finish 3rd, Barnes was 4th, with Chuck Fullenkamp coming home in 5th after starting in 8th.

Nathan Wood and Jeff Mueller drew the front row for the 22 lap Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Car feature, with Mueller grabbing the lead on lap 1 over David Brandies and Wood. Brandies would look under Mueller for the lead over the next 8 laps, when the first caution appeared on lap 9. Dean Kratzer spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mueller jumped back out front, with Brandies and Wood close behind. Brandies again tried to get under Mueller over the next 3 laps, when the second and final caution of the race appeared. This time Chad Krogmeier spun in turn 2 and collected Devon Timmerman and Kratzer to bring out the yellow. Mueller once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Brandies and Mike Hughes, who started 12th, following. Mueller would pull away over the final 10 laps to claim his third win in a row at the track and the $1,000 top prize. Brandies was 2nd, Wood was 3rd, Hughes was 4th, with Zack VanderBeek charging from 22nd to finish in 5th.

The 16 lap Coors Light Hobby Stock feature was up next, with Dale Porter and Dane Blozovich leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Porter would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Blozovich and Nick Ulin. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution of the race appeared, as Brandon Symmonds spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Blozovich slipped under Porter to take over the top spot, with Dustin Griffiths, who started 7th, close behind in third. The three car battle up front was slowed for the second time on lap 4, when Justin Wacha, who was running 4th, spun in turn 4 and collects Zach Swanson to bring out the yellow. On the restart Griffiths went to the bottom of the track to go from third to the lead, with Porter and Blozovich battling for the runner up spot. One lap later, lap 5, Sierra Wilsey rolled in turn 2 to bring out the red. She was taken to a local hospital to be checked out. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on over the final 11 laps to pick up his seventh win of the season at the track and the $500 top prize to go with it. Porter was 2nd, Blozovich was 3rd, Wacha recovered from his spin on lap 4 to come back up to finish in 4th, with Justin Lichty coming home in 5th.

The 25 lap Budweiser Modified feature was the final race to take to the track on the night, with Levi Nielsen and Cayden Carter drawing the front row. Carter used his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Nielsen and Kyle Brown. While Carter used the top of the track, Brown would use the bottom of the track to edge out Carter at the line to lead lap 6. The duo would start to pull away from the battles behind them, as they entered lapped traffic on lap 14. Coming off turn 4 on lap 16 Carter was able to take the top spot from Brown. But one lap later Brown would come back on the bottom to lead lap 17. Coming around to complete lap 18, Carter was able to slip under Brown to take the lead back. The following lap, lap 19, Brown went to the top of the track to take the top spot back. Brown then held on over the final 6 laps of a caution free race to claim his first win of the season at the track and the $1,000 top prize. Carter was 2nd, Bruce Hanford was 3rd, Michael Long charged from 14th to finish in 4th, with Richie Gustin rounding out the top 5.

Night 2 of the “4th Annual Fall Extravaganza” concludes tonight, Saturday, October 10th. The Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service Stock Cars, and Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison SportMods all battle for $1,000 to win, while the Coors Light Hobby Stocks battle for $500 to win, and the Armstrong Tractors Sport Compacts going for $300 to win. Entry fess for tonight will be $50 for the Modifieds, $40 for the Stock Cars and SportMods, $30 for the Hobby Stocks, and $25 for the Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 4 pm, with hot laps at 6 pm, and racing at 6:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $15, students (11-17) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes are $30, ages (7-13) $20, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Hogan, Oliver Jr., Gower, Koontz, and Abbott Crowned 2015 Champions at the Lee County Speedway

August 31st, 2015

Donnellson, IA – The final points night of the 2015 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa was held on
Friday, as PEPSI Memphis Bottling Co. presented season championship night. At the end of the nights events five new track champions were crowned.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractors IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kenny Smith and Kevin Garrett leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was fourth place starter Darin Weisinger Jr. who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Smith and Mike Reu. While Weisinger Jr. paced the field out front, the battles going on behind him went three and even four wide at times. Brandon Lambert, who started 5th, emerged from the pack to grab second on lap 2 and then went to work on Weisinger Jr. for the top spot. Using the top of the track coming off turn four on lap 3, Lambert would edge Weisinger Jr. at the line by inches to grab the lead away. Lambert then started to pull away from the battle for the runner up spot going on behind him. As Weisinger Jr., Mike Reu, Brandon Reu, who started 8th, Josh Barnes, who started 7th, and Kimberly Abbott, who started 9th, all raced two wide at times for that spot. But Brandon Reu’s run up front came to an end on lap 11 when he pulled off with engine troubles, and then was followed one lap later when Weisinger Jr. pulled off with troubles. This would allow Lambert to pull away in a caution free race to claim his first feature win of the season at the track. Abbott won the battle for 2nd and in the process picked up her first track championship at the track, Barnes was 3rd, Mike Reu was 4th, with Brent Hartley rounding out the top 5.

Up next the was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, with Jeremy Whitlock and Austin Howes making up the front row. Howes would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over John Oliver Jr., who started 6th, and Logan Anderson. Howes, who was working the top of the track, then had to work to hold off Anderson, who was working the bottom, over the next 3 laps. But coming off turn four to complete lap 4, Anderson was able to edge out Howes at the line to take over the top spot. Anderson then started to pull away from the battle for second between Howes, Oliver Jr., Brandon Dale, who started 7th, Austen Becerra, who started 5th, and Tony Dunker, who started 9th. The field was brought back to Anderson’s back bumper on lap 10, as the first caution of the race waved. Brandon Ruffcorn would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Anderson moved back out front, with Oliver Jr. in second and Becerra going from 5th to 3rd. Coming off turn four to complete lap 13, Oliver Jr. would look under Anderson for the lead. But Anderson was able to hold him off. That was until Oliver Jr. was able to make the low groove pay off on lap 14, as he slipped under Anderson for the top spot. The side-by-side action for the lead was slowed on lap 16, when Taylor Lear spun in turn 1 to bring out the caution. Oliver Jr. would jump back out front on the restart, with Anderson and Becerra racing side-by-side for second. Another lap scored complete, lap 17, produced the third and final caution of the race, as Colton Bowman spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Anderson went to the bottom of the track to slip past Oliver Jr. coming off turn 2 to grab the lead away. Anderson then held on over the final 2 laps to pick up his second win of the season at the track, and third in a row over the past week at three different tracks. Becerra would come home in 2nd, Dale was 3rd, Howes was 4th, with Dunker finishing in 5th. Joey Gower, who started 10th and finished 6th, claimed his first track championship at the track.

Brandon Symmonds and Dustin Griffiths made up the front row for the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Griffiths grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Mike Kincaid and Garrett Eilander. While Griffiths paced the field out front, Eilander, Dane Blozovich, who started 7th, and Kincaid raced side-by-side at times for the runner up spot. But Kincaid’s run up front came to an end on lap 10, when he spun in turn 2 to bring out the only caution of the race. On the restart Griffiths jumped back out front, while Blozovich and Eilander raced side-by-side for second. Contact between the two down the front stretch would result in Blozovich pulling in with a flat tire. Over the next three laps Eilander would look under Griffiths for the lead, with Griffiths able to hold him off each time at the line. Going into turn three on the final lap Eilander was able to get under Griffiths, but Griffiths would use the momentum off the top of turn four to edge out Eilander at the line for his sixth win of the season at the track. Eilander settled for 2nd, Symmonds was 3rd, Brandon Potts started 6th and finished 4th, with Rob Wilsey coming home in 5th. Kevin Koontz would finish 7th, which was good enough to secure his first track championship at the track.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jim Redmann and Andrew Hustead leading the field to the green flag. Redmann would use his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Hustead and Corey Strothman. Hustead, who was using the top of the track, used the momentum off turn four to take over the top spot from Redmann on lap 4. While the two battled out front for the lead, Jeff Mueller, who started 8th, Damon Murty, who started 10th, and Strothman raced three wide for the second spot on laps 6 and 7. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 8, as Jake Wenig spun in turn two to bring out the yellow. On the restart Murty went to the bottom of the track in turn two to grab the lead, with Mueller following him into second. Murty, who worked the top of the track, and Mueller, who worked the bottom, raced side-by-side for the top spot over the next six laps. But when Murty got into the guardrail in turn 3 on lap 15, this allowed Mueller to slip under him for the lead. One lap later, lap 16, Hustead got into Abe Huls and got him sideways in turn 4, which caused Jason Cook and Jeremy Pundt to collide to bring out the caution. On the restart Mueller moved back out front, with Murty and Redmann racing side-by-side for second. Mueller was able to hold off Murty over the final four laps to claim his second win in a row at the track. Murty settled for 2nd, Strothman was 3rd, Redmann was 4th, with John Oliver Jr. coming home 5th to secure his first track championship at the track.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Blake Woodruff and Dean McGee making up the front row. McGee would use his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Bill Roberts Jr. and Woodruff. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 6, as Eric Glass spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Roberts Jr. would use the bottom of the track to slip under McGee to grab the top spot. Going into turn 3 to complete lap 12, Scott Hogan, who started 7th, Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman, who started 5th, raced three wide for the lead. Waterman would use the momentum off the top of turn 4 to lead lap 12. Hogan, who was working the bottom of the track, tried to slip under Waterman over the next 2 laps, But Waterman was able to hold him off each lap. That was until lap 15, when Hogan was able to clear Waterman for the lead. Hogan then went on to lead the final 5 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track, which also helped him to secure his first track championship at the track. Waterman was 2nd, Darin Duffy started 10th and finished 3rd, Roberts Jr. was 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg coming home in 5th.

The next event coming up at the Lee County Speedway will be the 4th Annual Fall Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday October 9th and 10th. Both nights action will be brought to you by Donnellson Tire and Service, Midwest Performance and Power, and Budweiser. Make sure to stayed turned to the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com for more information about this event. Or you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

Mueller and Blozovich Score First Wins of the Season at the Lee County Speedway

August 23rd, 2015

Donnellson, IA – After taking two weeks off, the racing action returned to the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa on Friday. The night would mark the first visit of the season by the Sprint Invaders, as the first event was rained out earlier in the season. Presenting the nights action would be Mohrfeld Electric of Fort Madison, Iowa. At the end of the nights activities there would be two new winners and three repeat winners on the season standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, with Kevin Koontz and Brandon Symmonds leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Clayton Webster spun in turn 2 and collected Sierra Wilsey to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dustin Griffiths, who started 4th, would edge out Symmonds at the line by inches to grab the lead on lap 1. Griffiths then went on to lead the next 6 laps, when he started to slow with mechanical troubles. This would hand the lead over to Symmonds on lap 7. One lap later, lap 8, Dane Blozovich, who started 9th, would slip under Symmonds coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot. Blozovich then pulled away over the final 5 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Symmonds was 2nd, Mike Kincaid finished 3rd, Koontz was 4th, with Griffiths credited with 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, with Brandon Ruffcorn and John Oliver Jr. making up the front row. Oliver Jr. would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Ruffcorn and Austen Becerra. Ruffcorn’s run up front came to an end on lap 3, when he spun in turn 2 to bring out the first caution of the event. On the restart Oliver Jr. moved back out front, but now had Tony Dunker, who started 5th, and Brandon Lennox, who started 6th, glued to his back bumper. Dunker, who was working the bottom of the track, would edge out Oliver Jr. at the line on lap 6 to take over the top spot. The two would then race side-by-side for the lead over the next 8 laps. As Oliver Jr. was credited with leading lap 11, Dunker would lead lap 12, with Oliver Jr. scored as the leader on lap 13. Then just after the completion of lap 13 the second caution of the race appeared to slow the battle up front. Ruffcorn and Dakota Anderson would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dunker would slip under Oliver Jr. to grab the lead away. At the same time Brayton Carter, who started 10th, went to the very top of the track to slip past Oliver Jr. to move into second. One lap later, lap 14, the third and final caution appeared to slow the action up front. This time Logan Anderson spun in turn 2 and collected Austin Howes, and Robert Gould to bring out the yellow. Once again Dunker moved back out front on the restart, with Carter and Lennox close behind. Carter, who was working the top of the track, would take over the top spot from Dunker on lap 16. Carter then held off a last lap challenge from Lennox and Dunker to claim his second win of the season at the track. Lennox settled for 2nd, Dunker was 3rd, Joey Gower started 7th and finished 4th, with Oliver Jr. holding on for 5th.

Alyssa Steele and Kenny Smith led the field to the green flag in the 15 lap Armstrong Tractors IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Steele grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Lambert and Josh Barnes, who started 6th. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first and only caution of the race appeared, as debris down the front stretch slowed the action. On the restart Steele moved back out front over Lambert and Barnes. Steele then held the lead until lap 5, when Lambert went to the top of the track to grab the top spot away. While Lambert worked to hold off Barnes over the next 7 laps, Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th, was working her way towards the front. On lap 12 Abbott would slip under Barnes to grab the runner up spot and then went to work on Lambert for the lead. Coming off turn four for the white flag Abbott would use the bottom of the track to edge out Lambert at the line for the lead. Abbott then held on over the final lap to pick up her second win of the season at the track. Lambert settled for 2nd, Barnes was 3rd, Brandon Reu started 7th and finished 4th, with Mike Reu rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jake Wenig and Ryan Cook making up the front row. Ryan Cook would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jeremy Pundt and Wenig. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first and only caution of the race appeared, as Abe Huls came to a stop in turn 4 with a right front and rear flat tires. On the restart Ryan Cook moved back out front, with Wenig and Jeff Mueller, who started 5th, both over taking Pundt for the second and third spots. Ryan Cook then had to work to hold off Mueller over the next 7 laps. When Mueller slipped under Ryan Cook coming off turn 4 on lap 8 to take over the top spot. Mueller then pulled away over the final 12 laps to score his first win of the season at the track. Pundt recovered to finish in 2nd, Jason Cook started 10th and passed 7 cars to come home in 3rd, John Oliver Jr. started 7th and finished 4th, with Ryan Cook holding on for 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Larry McConnell and Dean McGee leading the field to the green flag. But it was fifth place starter Jerad Fuller who quickly moved to the front to lead lap 1 over Carter VanDenBerg, who started 7th, and McGee. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution of the race appeared, as Levi Smith spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart VanDenBerg would use the top of the track to edge out Fuller at the line to grab the lead away. VanDenBerg then started to put some distance on the battle behind him, until the second and final caution came out on lap 7. This time McConnell spun in turn 2 to bring the yellow out. Once again VanDenBerg jumped back out front on the restart, with Scott Hogan, who started 8th, over taking Fuller for the runner up spot. While VanDenBerg worked to hold off Hogan for the lead, Jeff Waterman would close in on the top two by lap 17 to set up a three car battle. But VanDenBerg wouldn’t make any mistakes over the final 3 laps, and went on to score his third win of the season at the track. Hogan settled for 2nd, Waterman was 3rd, Fuller was 4th, with Bill Roberts Jr. rounding out the top 5.

Coming up next week will be PEPSI Memphis Bottling Co. Season Championship night. At the end of the night the 2015 track champions will be crowned in the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractors IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates next week will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages 13-17 $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330, or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Waterman and Cook Get Their First Wins of the Season at the Lee County Speedway

August 2nd, 2015

*Donnellson, IA* – A busy night, both on and off the track, was held Friday night at the Lee County Speedway, as Hy-Vee, TSS Inc., Darkside Tint & Graphix, and Driftwood 13 Bar all presented the nights action. Also B&B Propane held a customer appreciation night at the track. The on track action produced two new winners and three repeat winners on the season.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, with Brandon Symmonds, who was moved to the pole when Kevin Koontz scratched, and Clayton Webster leading the field to the green flag. But it was fourth place starter Dustin Griffiths who moved out front to lead lap 1 over Nick Ulin and Symmonds. While Griffiths set the pace out front Ulin, Symmonds and Brandon Potts had a three car battle going for second. The first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 8 to slow the action up front. Sierra Wilsey would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Griffiths jumped back out front, with Ulin and Symmonds close behind. Griffiths would pull away over the final 6 laps to pick up his fifth win of the season at the track. Ulin was 2nd, Potts was 3rd, Webster was 4th, with Wilsey recovering from her spin to come back up to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, with John Oliver Jr., who was moved to the pole when Dakota Anderson elected to go to the rear, and Brandon Ruffcorn leading the field to green. Just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as Anderson slowed to a stop down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. moved out front to lead lap 1 over Brandon Dale and Ruffcorn. With Oliver Jr. out front, the battle for the runner up spot involved three cars racing two and even three wide at times. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 10, when debris in turn 4 brought out the yellow. Once again Oliver Jr. jumped back out front on the restart, with Tony Dunker, who started 8th, and Dale close behind. Dunker tried to get past Oliver Jr. for the lead over the next 4 laps, when Joey Gower, who started 10th, moved in to make it a three car battle for the lead. Coming out of turn 4 on lap 17 Gower went to the bottom of the track to slip past Oliver Jr. for the lead. Gower then held on over the final 3 laps to claim his fourth win of the season at the track. Dunker used a last lap pass to go from 4th to finish 2nd, Oliver Jr. was 3rd, Dale was 4th, with Brandon Lennox coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

Kenny Smith and Trent Orwig made up the front row for the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Orwig taking advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Mike Reu, who started 6th, and Brandon Lambert. Orwig set the pace out front, while Brandon Reu, who started 8th, and Josh Barnes, who started 7th, were working their way towards the front. Barnes would slip under Orwig coming out of turn 4 on lap 6 to take over the top spot, with Brandon Reu following him into second two laps later. Brandon Reu then followed in Barnes’ tracks over the final 7 laps of a caution free race to settled for 2nd. Barnes win was his fifth of the season at the track. Mike Reu was 3rd, Lambert was 4th, with Kimberly Abbott finishing 5th after starting in 9th.

Up next was the Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Cook and Andrew Hustead leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Hustead took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Cook and Ray Raker. Cook used the bottom of the track to slip under Hustead to lead lap 2. The action up front as slowed for the first time on lap 4, when Derrick Agee spun in turn 1 and collected Beau Taylor to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jeff Mueller, who started 9th, used the bottom of the track to take over the top spot, leaving Jason Cook and Ryan Cook battling for second. The second caution of the race appeared on lap 6, when Hustead spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. Mueller once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jason Cook and David Brandies, who started 10th, battling for second. Brandies would over take Jason Cook for the runner up spot on lap 8, and then set his sights on Mueller for the lead. The battle up front was slowed for the third time on lap 13, when John Oliver Jr. got into Corey Strothman while battling for fourth, which caused Strothman to spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mueller jumped back out front, with Brandies glued to his back bumper. Anther lap scored complete, lap 14, produced another caution, as Cole Simmons, who started 14th, got into Jeremy Pundt while battling for fifth. Pundt would spin in turn 2 to bring out the caution, while Simmons went pit side with a right front flat. Once again Mueller moved out front on the restart, with Brandies and Jason Cook following. Brandies tried to get under Mueller over the next 4 laps, when disaster struck the top 2 cars on lap 19. Brandies was able to slip under Mueller coming out of turn 2 to grab the lead going into turn 3. But Mueller would get into the left rear of Brandies coming off turn 4, as the two cars got stuck together to bring out the caution. Jason Cook inherited the lead on the green-white-checkered overtime finish, and then held on to claim his first win of the season at the track. Strothman recovered from his spin on lap 13 to make a last lap pass to finish 2nd, Jim Lynch started 11th and finished 3rd, Oliver Jr. recovered from his involvement in the lap 13 caution to come back up to finish 4th, with Raker coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Larry McConnell and Blake Woodruff on the front row. Woodruff would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dean McGee and Bill Roberts Jr. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 4, when Kelly Buckallew spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Woodruff moved back out front, with Tyler Groenendyk, who started 8th, over taking Roberts Jr. for the runner up spot. Woodruff, who was up top, then tried to hold off Groenendyk, who was on the bottom, but Groenendyk would slip under Woodruff coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 7. At the same time Scott Hogan, who started 9th, used the bottom groove to go from 4th to 2nd. Coming off turn 4 on lap 9 Hogan was able to slip under Groenendyk to take the lead away. Just as Hogan started to pull away, the second and final caution of the race appeared on lap 15. McConnell would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hogan moved back out front, with Jeff Waterman, who started 6th, over taking Groenendyk for the runner up spot. Going into turn 1 after the completion of lap 17, Hogan got sideways and fell from the lead to 4th. This would give Waterman the lead, with Carter VanDenBerg, who started 7th, over taking the second spot. Waterman then held off a last lap challenge from VanDenBerg to pick up his first win of the season at the track. VanDenBerg settled for 2nd, Greonendyk was 3rd, Hogan was 4th, with Robert Jr. holding on for 5th.

The Lee County Speedway will be idol for the next two weeks, before returning to action on Friday, August 21st. This will be the first visit of the season by the Sprint Invaders, with Mohrfeld Electric presenting the action. Also in action will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractors IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates on Friday, August 21st will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm.

For more information about this event you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330, or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Fuller Scores First Career Win at the Lee County Speedway

July 27th, 2015

Donnellson, IA- Friday night was another weekly race night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, with Conn Communications presenting the action. Thanks to Conn Communications all current U.S. Cellular customers got into the grandstands for FREE! The fans were treated to a driver picking up his first career feature win, while three other drivers claimed their first wins of the season and one other picked up his second win of the season at the track.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kenny Smith and Billy Cain leading the field to the green. But it was fifth place starter Mike Reu who quickly moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Lambert and Cain. Travis DeMint, who started 7th, would slip under Reu coming off turn 4 on lap 3 to edge him out at the line by inches to grab the top spot away. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 6, as Trent Orwig lost a right front tire in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart DeMint jumped back out front, with Reu and Kimberly Abbott, who started 9th, close behind. DeMint would pull away over the final 9 laps to what seemed to be his third win of the season at the track. But after post race inspection DeMint was disqualified for an illegal engine, which gave Mike Reu his first win of the season at the track. Abbott was moved up to 2nd, Lambert was moved to 3rd, Brandon Reu was moved to 4th, with Bryan Shipley, who started 11th, moved up to complete the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, with John Oliver Jr., subbing for Phillip Cossel in the #15, and Brandon Ruffcorn making up the front row. Oliver Jr. would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Ruffcorn and Austen Becerra. Just as Oliver Jr. started to pull away from the battle behind him, the first caution of the race appeared on lap 7. Debris in turn 1 would bring out the yellow. On the restart Adam Birck, Bob Cowman, Jim Walker, and Charles VanZandt collided in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Oliver Jr. moved back out front, while Jim Gillenwater, who started 9th, Tony Dunker, who started 6th, and Becerra raced three wide for the runner up spot. Gillenwater, who was using the bottom of the track, was able to get up beside Oliver Jr. on laps 13, 14 and 15, but Oliver Jr. was able to hold onto the lead on each lap at the line. Just after the completion of lap 15 Ruffcorn would spin in turn 4 and collected Wesley Mayfield to bring out the final caution and slow the battle up front. Oliver Jr. once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Gillenwater and Dunker close behind. Once again Gillenwater tried to get under Oliver Jr. over the final laps, but Oliver Jr. was able to hold him off to claim his first win of the season at the track in the SportMod division. Gillenwater settled for 2nd, Dunker was 3rd, Becerra was 4th, with Joey Gower coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

Sierra Wilsey and Brandon Symmonds led the field to green in the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Symmonds grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Nick Ulin and Brandon Potts, who started 6th. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution appeared for debris down the backstretch. On the restart Symmonds moved back out front, with Ulin and Potts close behind. Another lap scored complete, lap 2, produced another caution, as Dustin Griffiths and Wilsey got stuck together in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ulin slipped under Symmonds to grab the top spot away, while Dane Blozovich, who started 5th, and Potts also got past Symmonds to take over the second and third spots. Blozovich would follow in Ulin’s tracks over the next 10 laps, when the final caution came out on lap 13 to set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Clayton Webster would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Once again Ulin moved out front on the restart, with Blozovich and Potts glued to his back bumper. Coming to the white flag Blozovich would look under Ulin for the lead, as the two raced the final lap side-by-side. Ulin used the momentum off turn 4 coming to the checkered flag to edge Blozovich at the line by half a car to claim his second win of the season at the track. Blozovich settled for 2nd, Potts was 3rd, Griffiths recovered from the caution on lap 2 to come back up to 4th, with Dale Porter coming home in 5th.

Jake Wenig finally broke his season long bad luck streak at the Lee County Speedway, by picking up his first win of the season in the Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature. Wenig and Corey Strothman led the field to green in the 20 lap feature, with Wenig jumping out front on lap 1 over Strothman and John Oliver Jr. While Wenig set the pace out front the battle for second heated up, as Oliver Jr., Derrick Agee, who started 10th, and Jeff Mueller, who started 8th, raced two and three wide for the runner up spot. Mueller was able to use the bottom to grab the second spot on lap 12 and then went to work on Wenig for the lead. Wenig, who was using the top of the track, had to work to hold off Mueller, who was running the bottom, as Mueller pulled up beside Wenig on laps 16 and 18. Then going into turn 3 on the final lap Mueller was able to get up beside Wenig. But Wenig would use the momentum off the top of the track to edge out Mueller at the line to pick up the win in a caution free race. Mueller settled for 2nd, Agee was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Strothman holding on for 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Kelly Buckallew and Dean McGee making up the front row. McGee used his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Jerad Fuller and Buckallew. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution appeared, as Eric Glass spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart McGee moved back out front, with Fuller and Bill Roberts Jr. close behind. The action up front was slowed for the second and final time on lap 4, as debris in turn 3 brought out the yellow. Fuller went to the bottom on the restart to slip under McGee for the top spot, as McGee defended off Roberts Jr. for the runner up spot. While Fuller set a fast pace out front, Carter VanDenBerg, who started 7th, worked his way into second on lap 14. VanDenBerg tried to chase down Fuller for the lead, but without a caution Fuller held on to claim his first career feature win. VanDenBerg was 2nd, McGee was 3rd, Jeff Waterman started 6th and finished 4th, with Scott Dickey coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Coming up next Friday, July 31st will be Hy-Vee night, plus B&B Propane Customer Appreciation Night. Also TSS, Inc. will have the pit crew tire changing and the drunk driver simulators set up for the fans to try their luck at. Plus we can’t forget Darkside Tint & Graphix will be holding a candy dash.

The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $500 to win, while the Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars and Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods will be going for $400 to win. Also the Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks will be going for $250 to win, and the Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts will be racing for $200 to win.

Gate will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students 11-17 $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

Steward, VanDenBerg, Huls, Anderson, Potts, and Fullenkamp Score Lee County Fair Race Wins

July 13th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – After taking two weeks off, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa returned to action on Friday, July 10th. This week was the running of Iowa’s oldest county fair, with Friday nights events featuring weekly racing and the addition of the 305 Sprint Cars. The night would come to an end with three new winners and three
repeat winners standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kenny Smith and Brandon Lambert leading the field to the green flag. But it was fifth place starter Mike Reu who quickly moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Lambert and Josh Barnes, who started 7th. Barnes would slip past Lambert for the runner up spot on lap 3 and then went to work on Reu for the top spot. Reu was able to hold off Barnes until lap 7, when Barnes went to the top of the track off turn 4 to grab the lead away. This would leave Reu now having to defend off Travis DeMint, who started 9th, for the runner up spot. DeMint was able to slip under Reu for second on lap 10, and then worked on chasing down Barnes for the lead. DeMint was able to pull up beside Barnes for the lead on lap 12,
only to have his run ended on lap 13 as he slowed in turn 3 with troubles to bring out the only caution of the race. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Chuck Fullenkamp, who started 10th, over taking Reu for the second spot. Coming off turn 4 to take the white flag, Barnes car started showing heavy sparks from under the rear of the car. This would allow Fullenkamp to go by to pick up his second win of the season at the track. Reu was 2nd, Kimberly Abbott started 8th and finished 3rd, Eric Stogdell made his first visit of the season at the track and finished 4th after starting in 12th, with William Michel rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Kevin Koontz and Brandon Potts making up the front row. Potts would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Koontz and Brandon Symmonds. While Potts set the pace out front, Koontz and Symmonds raced side-by-side for the runner up spot. Symmonds was able to clear Koontz for second on lap 4, but by then Potts had built up a half a straight away lead. Without a caution there was no catching Potts. But unfortunately that wouldn’t happen, as Sierra Wilsey spun in turn 4 on lap 11 to bring out the caution and brought the field back to Potts’ back bumper. On the restart Potts moved back out front, with Symmonds looking under him for the lead. But Potts would hold off Symmonds over the final 3 laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Symmonds settled for 2nd, Clayton Webster made his first visit to the track pay off with a 3rd place finish, Koontz was 4th, with Wilsey coming home in 5th.

Brett Lowry and Logan Anderson led the field to green in the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Austin Howes spun in turn 1 from contact from John Oliver Jr. and collected Kyle Hill to bring out the yellow. On the restart Anderson grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Lowry and Adam Birck, who started 9th. After the completion of lap 1 another caution appeared, as Joey Gower spun in turn 1 and collected Oliver Jr. and Trenton Brink to bring out the yellow. Anderson jumped back out
front on the restart, with Birck over taking Lowry for the second spot. Just as Anderson started to put some distance on the battle behind him, another caution appeared on lap 4. This time debris in turn 4 would bring out the yellow. On the restart Austin Becerra, who started 6th, used the top of the track coming off turn 2 to grab the top spot away from Anderson, with Brandon Dale, who started 8th, moving into third. Becerra, who was working the top, and Anderson, who was on the bottom, raced side-by-side for the lead until lap 9, when another caution slowed the action up front.
A tire was clipped in turn 2 and pushed onto the racing surface to bring out the yellow. On the restart Becerra moved back out front, with Anderson and Dale close behind. The top three raced two and even three wide until lap 12, when Dale pulled off with rear suspension troubles to end his night. One lap later, lap 13, Colton Bowman spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Anderson would use the bottom of the track to edge Becerra at the line to take over the top spot. Becerra, wouldn’t give up, as he used the top of the track to pull even with Anderson over the next 4 laps. While the two raced side-by-side out front, Gower, who started 18th and spun in turn 1 on lap 1, had worked his way up to third to join the battle for the lead. The action up front was slowed for the final time on
lap 18, as debris in turn 2 brought out the yellow. On the restart Anderson jumped back out front, with Gower and Brandon Lennox, who started 12th, both over taking Becerra for the second and third spots. Gower would attempt to get under Anderson over the final two laps, but Anderson was able to hold him off to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Gower settled for 2nd, Becerra got back by Lennox on the final lap to finish in 3rd, Lennox was 4th, with Birck holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Blake Woodruff and Dean McGee scheduled to lead the field to green. But when McGee pulled into the pits on the parade lap with troubles, this would move Jeff Waterman to the outside of the front row for the start. Woodruff would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Waterman and Carter VanDenBerg, who started 6th. VanDenBerg used the bottom of the track coming off turn 2 to clear Woodruff for the top spot on lap 3. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 7, when Andrew Schroeder spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart VanDenBerg jumped back out front, with Jerad Fuller over taking Waterman for the runner up spot. Fuller would look under VanDenBerg for the lead over the next 5 laps, when the final caution appeared on lap 14 to slow the action down. This time Larry McConnell spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. VanDenBerg once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Fuller and Waterman close behind. Despite a few challenges from Fuller, VanDenBerg would hold on over the final 6 laps to claim his second win of the season at the track and third overall in his rookie year in the IMCA Modifieds. Waterman would slip past Fuller late in the race to finish in 2nd, Fuller was 3rd, Scott Hogan started 8th and finished 4th, with Schroeder recovering from his spin on lap 7 to come back up to finish in 5th.

Les Blakley and Andrew Hustead made up the front row for the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Hustead grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Jeremy Pundt and John Oliver Jr., who started 6th. Hustead then had to work to hold off Pundt, who was working the bottom, and Oliver Jr., who was up top, over the next 3 laps. Coming off turn 4 on lap 4, the top three went three wide for the top spot, with Pundt emerging as the leader on lap 5. While Pundt set the pace out front, Abe Huls, who started 7th and was working the bottom of the track, and Oliver Jr., who was up top, raced side-by-side for second, with Jason Cook looking for racing room behind them. Going down the backstretch on lap 15 Pundt would encounter a lapped car and went to the top to get around that lapped car. That moved proved to be costly for Pundt, as the lapped car also chose the top to enter turn 3. This would allow Huls to slip under him coming off turn 4 to take over the top spot on lap 16. Two laps later, lap 18, the action up front was slowed for the first and only time, as Trever Harris spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Huls moved back out front and then held on over the final two laps to claim his fifth win of the season at the track. Corey Strothman crossed the line in 2nd, Pundt was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Cook rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap 305 Sprint Cars, with Nick Guernsey and Dillan Roth drawing the front row. But just as the green flag was waved the red light would come on, as Dustin Clark got upside down in turn 1 to bring out the red. He would climb from his car okay. On the restart Guernsey would grab the lead on lap 1 over Roth and Jayson Ditsworth. While Guernsey, who was running the bottom of the track, set the pace out front, Donnie Steward would work the top of the track to try and get by for the lead. Coming off turn 4 on lap 9, Steward was able to clear Guernsey for the top spot. Steward then started to pull away from the field, in what looked to be a caution free race. That was until a tire was clipped and pushed onto the racing surface in turn 2 on lap 24 to bring out the yellow, and set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. On the restart Steward moved back out front, with Ditsworth and Andy Krieger, who started 10th, close behind. Going into turn 3 on the final lap Steward went to the bottom, which allowed Ditsworth to go to the top of the track. The two came off turn 4 side-by-side, with Steward edging out Ditsworth at the line by inches to claim his first win of the season at the track. Ditsworth settled for 2nd, Krieger was 3rd, Guernsey was 4th, with Brandyn Martin coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will take next Friday, July 17th off and will return to action on Friday, July 24th. July 24th will be Conn Communication night, with all U.S. Cellular customers getting into the grandstands for FREE! All you have to do is show your U.S. Cellular phone at the ticket window to get into the grandstands for FREE! Otherwise grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10. Gates will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm.

Gustin, Murty, Gower, and Barnes Victories on Thursday Night Racing at the Lee County Speedway

June 20th, 2015

*Donnellson, IA* – A rare Thursday night of racing took place at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as it was Budweiser Night at the speedway. This weeks action would feature a visit by the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds.

The first feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, with Nathan Bringer and Joey Gower drawing the front row for the event. Gower would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Bringer and Tony Dunker. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 2, as Travis Hartman, Jon Lear, and Dakota Anderson collided in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front, with Brandon Dale slipping past Dunker and Bringer to take over the runner up spot. While Dale and Dunker battled side-by-side for the second spot, Gower started to pull away. Dunker would final secure the runner up spot on lap 15, but by then Gower had built up a straightaway lead. Slowly Dunker would cut into that lead, as by lap 13 he pulled up to Gower’s back bumper. The two raced off turn 2 side-by-side coming to the white flag. Gower would use the momentum off of the top of the track to hold off Dunker on the final lap to pick up his second win in a row and third of the season at the track. Dunker was 2nd, Dale was 3rd, Brandon Lennox drove Wesley Mayfield’s #21M from 11th to 4th, with Jim Gillenwater coming from 9th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Darin Weisinger Jr. and Mike Reu leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Reu used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Josh Barnes and Brandon Lambert. Reu and Barnes then started to pull away from the battle behind them, with Barnes looking under Reu for the lead over the next 9 laps. Finally coming off turn 2 Barnes was able to slip under Reu to take over the top spot on lap 10. Barnes then held on over the final 5 laps of a caution free race to claim his second win in a row and fourth of the season at the track. Mike Reu settled for 2nd, Michael Grossman came from 9th to edge out 3rd at the line, Lambert was 4th, with Brandon Reu coming home 5th after starting in 13th.

Andrew Hustead and Damon Murty drew the front row for the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Murty grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Wood and Hustead. Wood used the bottom of the track coming off turn 4 to edge Murty at the line to lead lap 2 by inches. But Murty would use the momentum off turn 2 to grab the top spot back on lap 3. Murty then held off Wood over the final 17 laps of a caution free race to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Wood settled for 2nd, Hustead was 3rd, Jeremy Pundt was 4th, with Corey Strothman rounding out the top 5.

After four heat races, in which the top 3 from each, and two B Mains, in which the top 5 from each, along with two points provisionals, the 30 cars that signed in for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds was cut to the 24 car field for the 30 lap feature. Bill Roberts Jr. and Richie Gustin would draw the front row, with Gustin taking advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Roberts Jr. and Kyle Brown. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 3, as Patrick Flannagan came to a stop in turn 2 after loosing a motor down the front stretch. On the restart Gustin moved back out front, with Brown and Kurt Kile slipping past Roberts Jr. for the second and third spots. Just as Gustin started to pull away from the field, the second caution of the race appeared on lap 7. This time Ronn Lauritzen spun in turn 4 and collected Nick Roberts and Lonnie Heap to bring out the yellow. Gustin once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Brown and Kile close behind. After lap 8 was scored complete, another caution waved. Brandon Rothzen would get into the back of Tyler Groenendyk in turn 4, which caused Groenendyk to spin and end up on top of the tire in turn four to bring out the yellow.

On the restart Gustin jumped back out front, with Brown and Kile following. The top three started to pull away from the two and three wide racing behind them, when another caution on lap 11 slowed the action. Debris in turn 4 would bring out the yellow. Gustin again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Brown and Kile still close behind. Once again Gustin moved out front on the restart, with Brown and Kile following. This time Gustin and Brown started to pull away, with Kile slipping back into the clutches of Troy Cordes, who started 10th, for the battle for third. Cordes would over take Kile for that spot on lap 15, but was a full straightaway behind the two leaders. A red flag on lap 16 would help to bring the top two back to Cordes’ front bumper. Scott Hogan, who was running 5th, spun in turn 4 and collected Mitch Morris, Tyler Cale, Lauritzen, Jerad Fuller, Ed Thomas, and Rothzen to block the track in turn 4. The final restart saw Gustin grab the lead over Brown and Cordes. Gustin would lead the final 14 laps to claim his first Hawkeye Dirt Tour win of 2015 and taking home the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Brown settled for 2nd, Cordes was 3rd, Todd Shute came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Andrew Schroeder charging from 18th to round out the top 5.

The Lee County Speedway will take the next two weeks off, before returning to action on Friday, July 10th during the Lee County Fair. The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts will all be back in action. Also joining the card on that night will be the 305 Sprint Cars.

Gates will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

Gustin leads the way to IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour checkers at Lee County

June 20th, 2015

DONNELLSON, Iowa – After the long green flag run that ended the night, Richie Gustin drove home from Thursday’s IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Lee County Speedway with the biggest share of the green.

Gustin was scored first every time around the track in the 30-lapper for Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. The $1,000 victory was his series career-leading eighth and first this season.

Bill Roberts Jr. drew the pole but it was Gustin quickly into the lead from his outside front row starting spot. Kyle Brown came up from fourth and slipped past Gustin briefly on lap six, but Gustin got the front spot back for good by the time the circuit was scored.

Five cautions slowed the first half of the feature, which concluded with 14 green flag laps. Making the most of the fast top line, Gustin was five car lengths ahead of Brown at the checkers.

Troy Cordes raced from 10th starting to third, just ahead of Todd Shute. Andrew Schroeder was fifth while defending champion and current point leader Mike Van Genderen took sixth.

Gustin was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. The fourth installment of the 2015 tour is Tuesday, June 30, when Hancock County Speedway at Britt hosts a $3,300 to win event on Salute To Veterans Night.

Other winners on Bud Night at Donnellson were Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Joey Gower in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Josh Barnes in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Top billing for IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour on Bud Night at Lee County

June 17th, 2015

DONNELLSON, Iowa – The Hawkeye Dirt Tour takes top billing at Lee County Speedway’s Thursday, June 18 Bud Night special.

Touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win, a berth on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and a minimum of $150 to start.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Modifieds chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Regional, Allstar Performance State and special series points.

Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both for $500 to win, and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts both for $200 to win, with a draw/redraw format and for all applicable points.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 11-17 and free for kids 10 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25; there is no entry fee for Stock Cars, Northern SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

More information is available by calling 641 521-0330 and at the www.leecountyspeedway.com website.

Winners of the four previous Hawkeye Dirt Tour events held at Donnellson were Josh Foster of Newton in 2010, Michael Long of Quincy, Ill., in 2011, Steve Stewart of Burlington in 2013 and defending champion and current point leader Mike Van Genderen of Newton last July.

Series feature winners so far this season are Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D., and Jeremiah Hurst of Dubuque.

Top billing for IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour on Bud Night at Lee County

June 17th, 2015

DONNELLSON,Iowa – The Hawkeye Dirt Tour takes top billing at Lee County Speedway’s Thursday, June 18 Bud Night special.

Touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win, a berth on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and a minimum of $150 to start.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Modifieds chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Regional, Allstar Performance State and special series points.

Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both for $500 to win, and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts both for $200 to win, with a draw/redraw format and for all applicable points.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 11-17 and free for kids 10 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25; there is no entry fee for Stock Cars, Northern SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

More information is available by calling 641 521-0330 and at the www.leecountyspeedway.com website.

Winners of the four previous Hawkeye Dirt Tour events held at Donnellson were Josh Foster of Newton in 2010, Michael Long of Quincy, Ill., in 2011, Steve Stewart of Burlington in 2013 and defending champion and current point leader Mike Van Genderen of Newton last July.

Series feature winners so far this season are Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D., and Jeremiah Hurst of Dubuque.

Reitzler and Wroten Become New Winners at the Lee County Speedway

June 16th, 2015

Donnellson, IA- Who would have thought that after two days of heavy rains, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa
would be able to race on Friday night. The crew arrived early to find the track raceable, but the pits needed some work in order to get the Armstrong Tractor, Miller Lite, and 101.7 The Bull Night put into the books. After several hours of packing the pits the action was set to go, which featured the debut of the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models for the 2015 season.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with William Michel and Kimberly Abbott drawing the front row for the event. But when Michel elected to start in the rear, this would move Darin Weisinger Jr. to the pole next to Abbott. But it was fifth place starter Mike Reu who quickly moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Abbott and Brandon Reu, who started 8th. Abbott would slip under Mike Reu coming off turn 2 to take the top spot away on lap 2. At the same time Josh Barnes, who started 10th, moved in to challenge for the lead. On lap 5 Barnes would us the same move as Abbott, the bottom off turn 2, to grab the lead away. Barnes then went on to lead the final 10 laps of a caution free race to pick up his third win of the season at the track. Abbott was 2nd, Brandon Reu was 3rd, Darin Smith was 4th, with Mike Reu holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Kevin Koontz and Daniel Wauters leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Koontz would take advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Wauters and Leah Wroten, who started 5th. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 2 the top three cars of Brandon Symmonds, Wroten, and Koontz were three wide, with Symmonds scored as the leader of lap 2. Wroten, who was working the top of the track, would edge out Symmonds at the line to lead lap 3. Wroten and Symmonds then battled side-by-side for the top spot on laps 6 and 7, with Wroten holding off Symmonds at the line each lap. Despite several more challenges from Symmonds over the final 11 laps of the caution free race, Wroten would hold on to claim her first
feature win at the track. Symmonds settled for 2nd, Brandon Potts was 3rd, Koontz was 4th, with Wauters rounding out the top 5.

Dan Keltner and Logan Anderson drew the front row for the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, with Keltner grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Anderson and Joey Gower. Keltner then worked to hold off Gower for the top spot over the next 6 laps, when the first caution of the race appeared. Phillip Cossel would slow to a stop down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower slipped under Keltner coming off turn 4 to grab the top spot away on lap 7. One lap later, lap 8, Brett Lowry, who was running 7th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Gower would jump back out front on the restart, with Jim Gillenwater and Dustin Crear both over taking Keltner for the second and third spots. Just as Gower was starting to pull away, another caution waved on lap 17. This time Austen Becerra slowed with a broken left front to bring out the caution. On the restart Anderson and Crear got together in turn 2 while battling for 3rd, which caused Leroy Groenendyk to spin in turn 2 and Anderson to slowed to a stop down the backstretch to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Gower jump back out front, with Gillenwater and Brandon Lennox, who started 14th, close behind. Just after lap 18 was scored complete, Adam Birck, who started 15th and was running 4th, spun in turn 4 and collected Keltner, Kyle Hill, Travis Peterson, Casey Lancaster, and Nathan Bringer to bring out the caution. Gower once again grabbed the lead on the restart and then held off Gillenwater to become the first repeat winner of the season at the track. Gillenwater settled for 2nd, Tanner Klingele edged out Lennox at the line to grab 3rd, Lennox was 4th, with Brandon Dale, who started 13th, recovering from his left front flat under the lap 17 caution to come back up to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Todd Reitzler and Jeremy Pundt drawing the front row. But just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as Jeff Mueller spun in turn 2 and collected John Oliver Jr. and Austin Cassat to bring out the yellow. The following restart saw Reitzler move out front to lead lap 1 over Pundt and Jake Wenig. Another caution on lap 8 slowed the action up front, as Sam McClure spun in turn 4 and collected Cassat, Mueller and Corey Strothman to bring out the yellow. On the restart Reitzler jumped back out front, with Nathan Wood over taking Pundt for second. Wood then tried to work under Reitzler over the next 9 laps, when another caution slowed the action on lap 12. This time Andrew Hustead spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Reitzler moved out front on the restart, with Wood having to work to hold off Abe Huls, who started 10th, for the runner up spot. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 15, when Wenig spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Reitzler again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Pundt and Huls over taking Wood for the second and third spots. Coming to the white flag Reitzler, who was running the bottom, was working to hold off Pundt, who was up top, while Wood, who was working the bottom, and Huls, who was up top, were battling side-by-side for third. Coming out of turn 4 for the checkered flag Pundt would bobble, which allowed Reitzler to hold on to claim his first win of the season at the track. Huls and Wood both slipped by Pundt to finish 2nd and 3rd, Mueller, who spun on the start also slipped past Pundt to finish in 4th, with Pundt coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Lonnie Heap and Steve Stewart drawing the front row. But when Heap was a scratch, this would move Tyler Groenendyk to the pole for the start. Groenendyk would take advantage of the move to grab the lead on lap 1 over David Brown and Scott Hogan, who started 7th. The action was slowed on lap 2, when Paul Nelson spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Groenendyk moved back out front, with Hogan over taking David Brown for the runner up spot. Groenendyk and Hogan then started to pull away from the rest of the field, until the second and final caution appeared on lap 11. This time Brandon Banks, who started 9th and was running 4th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Once again Groenendyk jumped out front on the restart, with Hogan and David Brown following. Groenendyk would lead the final 9 laps to claim his third win of the season at the track. Hogan settled for 2nd, Bill Roberts Jr. was 3rd, Kyle Brown started 12th and finished 4th, with Brandon Rothzen coming from the rear to round out the top 5.

Coming up next Thursday, June 18th will be Budweiser Night with the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds making an appearance at the track. The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win and $150 to start, while the Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars and Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods going for $500 to win. The Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts will be gunning for a top prize of $200 to win. All classes will be draw / redraw.

Gates will open at 5 pm, with hot laps at 7 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $15, students (11-17) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE!. Pit Passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Stovall Wins Thriller; Saturday Action Postponed

June 15th, 2015

Donnellson, IA -For the second time in as many visits, Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, proved itself thrilling for the fans of the Lucas Oil MLRA. During the 40 lap main event Jesse Stovall, Jason Utter and Chad Simpson all took turns pacing the field. Stovall was strongest at the end pocketing the big check, his seventh overall with the series.

“It was a pretty wild race there,”commented Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “I just had to slow down and pace myself. I kind of found me a line there at the end where I could get around them guys. Tonight we really had to work for this one, so I’m pretty proud of it.”

For much of the early portion it appeared either Utter or Simpson were headed for victory. Stovall fell back to third while the other two sliced in and out of lapped traffic. Slowly, Stovall made strides back towards the front and completed the race winning pass on lap 35. Just one lap later Simpson slowed and pulled the infield with a broken ball joint. Stovall clicked off the final three laps uncontested and crossed the line with nearly an eight second cushion.

“I wanted one more,” said second place finisher Jason Utter. “We got into a lapped car about three quarters of the way through the race. I don’t know if it pulled a quarter panel out or what, but it just never felt the same. Obviously something was rubbing and it (tire) finally blew with a lap or two to go.”

Utter’s run is one more in a string of successes this season. The Lee County Speedway runner up is his best finish yet, and now gives him top five finishes in four of the last five events. California driver Jason Papich rounded out the top three in his second Lucas Oil MLRA appearance of the season.

Denny Eckrich and Ryan Gustin were fourth and fifth respectively. RC Whitwell was the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger and Sunoco Rookie of the Race with a 15 spot improvement and 9th place finish.

Saturday’s action at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri has been postponed due to precipitation and saturation in the pit area. Officials are discussing options for future dates.

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Carter, Dale and Grossman Collect Their First Wins of the Season at the Lee County Speedway

June 8th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – After a week off thanks to mother nature, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa got back to action on Friday night. It was Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison, Iowa night at the races, along with bring your dog to the track night. At the end of the night Cayden Carter (Budweiser IMCA Modifieds), Brandon Dale (Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods), and Michael Grossman (Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts) all collected their first wins of the season at the track.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kyle Hamelton and Kevin Garrett leading the field to the green flag. But it was fifth place starter Michael Grossman who quickly moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Garrett and Mike Reu. The first and only caution of the event appeared on lap 3, as debris in turn 4 brought out the yellow. On the restart Grossman jumped back out into the lead, with Brandon Reu, who started 6th, and Mike Reu following behind. Grossman would then start to pull away from the field, as Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th, was working her way towards the front. Abbott over took Brandon Reu for second on lap 10 and then went to work on cutting into Grossman’s lead. But without a caution there was no catching Grossman on this night, as he picked up his first win of the season at the track. Abbott settled for 2nd, Brandon Reu was 3rd, Cody Washburne started 9th and finished 4th, with Mike Reu rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 10 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, and despite only two cars the race was very entertaining to watch. Dustin Griffiths used the top of the track to grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Kevin Koontz. Koontz, who was glued to the bottom of the track, slipped under Griffiths to take the lead on lap 3. But Griffiths would come back on the top of the track to take the lead back on lap 3. Koontz was scored the leader on lap 4, as the two continued to race side-by-side. Griffiths would lead lap 6, with Koontz grabbing the lead on lap 7. The two would swap the lead back and forth on laps 8 and 9. Coming off turn 2 on the final lap Griffiths move past Koontz to grab the lead and then held on to claim his fourth win of the season at the track. Koontz finished in 2nd.

Scott Boles was suppose to start on the pole of the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, but when he scratched from the event it would move Robert Gould to the pole next to Phillip Cossel. Cossel would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Kyle Hill and Gould. Just as lap 1 was scored complete the caution light would come on, as Austen Becerra spun in turn 3 and collected Ashton Johnson to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hill went to the bottom of the track to grab the lead away from Cossel. Hill then held the top spot until another caution appeared on lap 9. This time Joey Gower, who started 9th and had worked his way up to 5th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow.

Brandon Dale, who started 5th, would use the bottom of the track to slip under Hill to take over the top spot on the restart. Hill, who was using the top of the track, used the momentum off turn 4 on lap 11 to grab the lead away from Dale. Dale wouldn’t give up, as he tried to slip under Hill over the next 3 laps. But a caution on lap 14 would slow the action up front. This time Brandyn Ryan would spin in turn 4 on lap 14 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hill jumped back out front, with Dale and Austen Howes, who started 7th, close behind. Hill, who was up top, and Dale, who was on the bottom, ran the next 2 laps side-by-side, with Dale edging out front on lap 16. Hill would try to come back on the top of the track over the final 4 laps, but Dale was able to hold him off to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Hill settled for 2nd, Howes was 3rd, Cossel was 4th, with Rick Barlow Jr. coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, with Jake Wenig and Jason See making up the front row. Wenig would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jim Redmann and David Brandies. Brandies, who was working the middle of the track, would edge out Wenig on lap 4 to take over the top spot. Brandies then started to pull away from the two and three wide battles going on behind him, that was until the first caution appeared on lap 11. Ray Raker spun in turn 4 to bring out the the yellow. On the restart Shane Paris, who was running 8th, got into Jeremy Pundt, who was running 6th, which caused Pundt to spin down the front stretch to bring the caution light back on.

The following restart saw Brandies jump back out front, with Abe Huls, who started 9th and used all grooves to get to the front, glued to his back bumper. While Brandies stayed glued to the bottom, Huls went up top to grab the top spot away from Brandies on lap 14. Brandies then tried to work under Huls over the next 3 laps, when the final caution of the race appeared. This time Wenig spun in turn 2 and collected Paris to bring out the yellow. On the restart Huls moved back out front, with Brandies trying to work under him for the lead. Huls would go on to lead the final 3 laps to claim his fourth win of the season at the track. Brandies settled for 2nd, John Oliver Jr. started 8th and finished 3rd, Redmann was 4th, with Raker recovering from his spin on lap 11 to come back up to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Ryan Cook and Dean McGee on the front row. McGee used his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Cayden Carter and Cook. Carter would use the bottom of the track to slip under McGee to take the top spot away on lap 2. Carter then started to pull away from the field. McGee wouldn’t give up, as he closed back in on Carter’s back bumper on lap 13. Carter, was working the bottom, while McGee used the top. That was until McGee showed Carter the top was working best on lap 15, when he pulled up beside Carter. Carter then shot to the top of the track coming off turn 2, which forced McGee to go to the bottom going into turn 3. The two would come out of turn 4 on lap 16 side-by-side, with Carter holding on to the lead by inches. Carter then held on over the final 4 laps of a caution free race to claim his first win of the season at the track. McGee settled for 2nd, Scott Hogan started 9th and finished 3rd, Blake Woodruff was 4th, with Jeff Waterman coming home in 5th.

Coming up next Friday, June 12th is the much anticipated Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models at the Lee County Speedway, being presented by Armstrong Tractor, Miller Lite and 101.7 The Bull. The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts will also be in action with a draw / redraw format.

Gates will open at 5 pm, with the draw cut-off at 6:45 pm, hot laps will be at 6:45 pm, and racing at 7:15 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $20, students (11-17) $10, and kids 10 and under FREE! Pit passes will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, and ages 6 and under $10.

For more information you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or log onto the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Groenendyk, Huls, Dunker, Ulin, and DeMint Visit Lee County Speedway Victory Lane

May 28th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – After two straight weeks of rain outs the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa got back to action on Friday night with PEPSI Memphis Bottling Night. When the final checkered flag waved Tyler Groenendyk (Budweiser IMCA Modifieds), Abe Huls (Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars), Tony Dunker (Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods), Nick Ulin (Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks), and Travis DeMint (Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts) found their way to victory lane.

The 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature was the first to take to the track, with Brandon Lambert and Barry Taft leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Lambert would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Brandon Reu, who started 6th, and William Michel. Reu worked the bottom of the track to slip under Lambert for the top spot on lap 3. The action up front was slowed on lap 4, when debris in turn 4 brought out a caution. On the restart Reu jumped back out front, but now had Travis DeMint, who started 9th, glued to his back bumper. DeMint tried to get around Reu for the lead over the next 4 laps, but Reu was able to hold him off each lap. That was until lap 9, when DeMint was able to slip under Reu to grab the lead. DeMint then led the final 7 laps to claim his second win of the season at the track. Reu held on for 2nd, Kimberly Abbott started 8th and finished 3rd, Lambert was 4th, with Josh Barnes, who fell to last on the start, recovering to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Kevin Koontz and Nick Ulin on the front row. Ulin used his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Dustin Griffiths, and Brandon Symmonds. Griffiths would look under Ulin over the entire 14 laps, as Symmonds followed both of them waiting for them to make a mistake. But Ulin was able to hold on the entire 14 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Griffiths settled for 2nd, Symmonds was 3rd, John Irwin was 4th, with Koontz rounding out the top 5.

Brandon Ruffcorn and Brian Woodruff was suppose to lead the field to the green in the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, but when Woodruff elected to go to the rear that would move Austin Howes to the outside of the front row. Just as the green flag waved the yellow light would come on, as Ashton Johnson spun in turn 4 to bring out the caution.

On the restart Ruffcorn moved out front to lead lap 1 over Howes and Phillip Cossel. Howes, who was working the top of the track, was able to take the top spot away from Ruffcorn on lap 2. The action up front was slowed on lap 3 when Travis Hartman came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Howas jumped back out front on the restart, with Cossel over taking Ruffcorn for the runner up spot. While Howes set the pace out front, Adam Birck, who started 10th, Joey Gower, who started 11th, and Tony Dunker, who started 12th, were working their way towards the front. Howes lead, which was a half a straight away, was wiped out on lap 8 when Colton Bowman spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart a tire was clipped in turn 4 and pushed out onto the track to bring the caution light back on. The following restart saw Howes move back out front over Birck and Gower. Birck, who was working the bottom of the track, was able to slip under Howes to grab the lead away on lap 14. At the same time Dunker joined the battle up front to make it a three car battle for the top spot. With Birck and Howes both working the bottom of the track, Dunker decided to got to the top. Coming to the white flag Dunker was able to take over the lead. But Birck wouldn’t give up as he pulled even with Dunker coming off turn 2. Dunker would use the momentum off of turn 4 coming to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Birck settled for 2nd, Howes was 3rd, Robert Gould was 4th, with Ruffcorn coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Fullenkamp and Jim Redmann making up the front row. Redmann took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jeremy Pundt and Fullenkamp. Redmann, who was working the top, and Pundt, who was working the bottom, ran the second lap side-by-side. Pundt would use the bottom of the track to edge out Redmann for the top spot on lap 3.

Just as lap 3 was scored complete Jason See spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Andrew Hustead, who was running 4th, spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Redmann get into the back of Pundt, who spun in turn 3 and collected Derrick Agee, who started 10th and had worked his way to 5th, to bring the yellow light back on. A third attempt of a restart saw Abe Huls, who started 6th, slip under Fullenkamp to take the top spot, with David Brandies, who started 7th, close behind in 3rd. Brandies would slip under Fullenkamp on lap 5 to move into second and then set his sights on Huls for the lead. Huls and Brandies, who were both running the bottom, then started to pull away from the two wide racing going on behind them. Brandies tried to get under Huls for the top spot over the next 10 laps, but Huls was able to hold him off every lap. Then coming off turn 2 on lap 14 Brandies was able to get up beside Huls, as the two raced into turn 3. Contact between the two resulted into Brandies cutting down a right rear tire, as he pulled into the infield on lap 15 to end his night. From there Huls pulled away to claim his third win of the season at the track. Jason Cook, who started 11th, was able to slip under Nathan Wood, who started 8th, on the last lap to finish 2nd, with Wood in 3rd, Pundt recovered from the spin on lap 3 to come back up to finish 4th, with Fullenkamp holding on for 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with AJ Johnson and Jerad Fuller leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Johnson would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Fuller and Jeff Waterman. Johnson, who was running the bottom, and Fuller, who was up top, ran the first 7 laps side-by-side with Johnson edging out in front on each lap.

That was until lap 8, when Fuller was able to taker the top spot away. Once Johnson got passed he would move to the top of the track, which allowed Tyler Groenendyk to use the bottom to make it a three car battle for the top spot. Coming off turn 4 on lap 11 Groenendyk was able to edge out Fuller at the line to take over the top spot. One lap later, lap 12, Ryan Cook, who was running 7th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Groenendyk jumped back out front, with Fuller, Johnson, Scott Hogan and Bill Roberts Jr. battling for second. The final 8 laps went caution free, with Groenendyk pulling away to pick up his second win of the season at the track. Fuller won the battle for 2nd, Roberts Jr. was 3rd, Johnson was 4th, with Hogan rounding out the top 5.

Coming up next week at the Lee County Speedway will be the first visit of the season by the Sprint Invaders, which is being presented by Mohrfeld Electric. Also in action on the night will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stocks Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5 pm, with hot laps at 6:45 pm, and racing starting at 7:15 pm. Grandstands will be adults $16, seniors (60+) $14, students (11-17) $8, and kids 10 and under FREE! Pit passes will be $30, ages 7-13 $20, and ages 6 and under $10.

For more information about the Lee County Speedway you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Woodruff Scores First Career Modified Feature Win at the Lee County Speedway

May 6th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – Another Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa meant another night of beating mother nature, as showers moved into the area during the night. But only a few sprinkles fell from the skies to allow all the nights events to be completed on Roberts Tire Center Night. At the end of the night three drivers picked up there first win of the season at the track, with one of them getting there first career Modified feature win, while two others were repeat winners.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts, with Kyle Hamelton and Barry Taft leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was third place starter Michael Grossman who moved out front on lap 1, with Mike Reu and Taft battling for second. After the completion of lap 2 William Michel would spin in turn 3 and collected Trent Orwig to bring out the caution. On the restart Grossman moved back out front, with Brandon Reu over taking Mike Reu for the second spot. One lap later, lap 4, Kimberly Abbott, who started 9th, Mike Reu and Taft came off turn 2 three wide for the runner up spot, while Josh Barnes, who started 8th, was looking for a hole to make it four wide. Abbott won the battle for the second spot coming to complete lap 5 and then went to work on Grossman for the top spot. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 8 Abbott was able to slip under Grossman to lead by inches. The two would race side-by-side until lap 10, when Abbott completed the pass to take command of the race. Abbott then started to pull away, while Grossman and Barnes battled side-by-side for the runner up spot on laps 12 & 13. Grossman was able to win the battle for second coming to the white flag and then tried to chance down Abbott for the win. But she would hold him off coming out of turn 4 to pick up here first win of the season at the track. Grossman was 2nd, Barnes was 3rd, Brandon Reu was 4th, with Mike Reu rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 12 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Kevin Koontz and Dustin Griffiths making up the front row. Griffiths would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Nick Ulin and Brandon Symmonds. While Griffiths started to pull away, Ulin and Symmonds would battle for the runner up spot. But without the help of any cautions there was no catching Griffiths on this night, as he claim his third win in five weeks at the track. Ulin won the battle for 2nd, Symmonds was 3rd, with Koontz coming home in 4th.

Brandon Ruffcorn and Ashton Johnson led the field to the green in the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, with Ruffcorn grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Johnson and Joey Gower, who quickly moved up from 7th. After the completion of lap 1 Robert Gould and Brian Woodruff spun down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower would use the bottom of the track to grab the lead, with Adam Birck, who started 8th, and Kyle Hill following. Disaster would strike Birck on lap 3, while running 4th, he would spin in turn in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Gower once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Bobby Six and Brayden Carter, who started 11th, battling for second. The action up front was slowed for the third time, as Austen Becerra spun in turn 4 on lap 6 and collects Johnson to bring out the caution. On the restart Gower moved back out front, with Six and Carter continuing there battle for second. Just as Gower was starting to pull away from the battle behind him, another caution appeared on lap 10. This time Brandon Dale, who started 13th and had worked his way to 5th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Gower once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Carter finally over taking Six for the runner up spot. While Gower set the pace out front, Carter had to work to hold off Tony Dunker, who started 11th, in the battle for second. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 17, when Gould spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower bobbled in turn 1, which allowed Carter to slip under him to take over the top spot. Coming to the white flag Dunker was able to get around Gower for second and then tried a last lap pass to pick up the win. But Carter was able to hold him off to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Dunker settled for 2nd, Gower was 3rd, Birck recovered from his spin on lap 3 to come back up to finish 4th, with Six rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jake Wenig and Ryan Fullenkamp leading the field to the green flag. Wenig would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jeremy Pundt and Fullenkamp. Pundt, who was using the bottom of the track, would slip under Wenig to take over the top spot on lap 2. While Pundt set the pace out front John Oliver Jr., who started 8th, was using the bottom to work his way to the front. Oliver Jr. was able to slip under Pundt on lap 6 to grab the lead away, as David Brandies, who started 9th, moved into third. Oliver Jr. and Pundt worked the bottom of the track while Brandies used the middle to make it a three car battle for the lead. But disaster would strike Brandies on lap 12 when he spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front over Pundt and Ray Raker, who started 12th. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 18 Pundt was able to slip under Oliver Jr. to take the lead away. But Oliver Jr. wouldn’t give up, as he slipped under Pundt coming off turn 4 for the checkered flag to pick up his third win in 5 weeks at the track. Pundt settled for 2nd, Brandies recovered from his spin on lap 12 to come back up to finish 3rd, Corey Strothman was 4th, with Andrew Hustead finishing 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with AJ Johnson and Blake Woodruff making up the front row. Woodruff took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Steve Stewart and Jeff Waterman. While Woodruff set the pace out front, Carter VanDenBerg, who pick up his first career Modified feature win last week at the track, started working his way towards the front from his 8th place starting spot. On lap 8, VanDenBerg was able to slip past Waterman for the second spot and then went to work on chasing down Woodruff for the top spot. But without a caution and Woodruff making no mistakes there was no catching Woodruff on this night, as he claimed his first career IMCA Modified feature win. VanDenBerg settled for 2nd, Waterman was 3rd, Tyler Groenendyk was 4th, with Andrew Schroeder rounding out the top 5.

Coming up next Thursday, yes that is Thursday May 7th, the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will make there first of two visits to the track in 2015. Also in action on the night will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts. These classes will use a draw / redraw system, with national, state, regional and track IMCA points being awarded. There will aslo be no registration fee charged for any of the support classes.

The action will be presented by Armstrong Tractor, Miller Lite and 101. 7 The Bull. Gates next Thursday will open at 5:30 pm, draw cut-off at 6:45 pm, with hot laps at 6:45 pm, and racing at 7:15 pm. Grandstand admission will be Adults $20, Students (11-17) $10, and Kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $30.

For more information about this event you can visit the website at www.leecountyspeedway.com or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

VanDenBerg Scores Career First IMCA Modified Feature Win at the Lee County Speedway

April 28th, 2015

Donnellson, IA- The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA played beat mother nature, for what seemed like the third
time in four races so far in 2015, as rains covered most of the area. But everything would hold off long enough to get WCM MetalWorks and Donnellson Tire and Service Night put in the books. At the end of the night there would be four two new winners and one repeat winner standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 15 lap Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts, with John Whalen and Barry Taft leading the field to the green flag. Taft would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Michael Grossman and Whalen. Josh Barnes, who started 12th, quickly worked his way to the front, as Taft, Grossman and Barnes raced three wide for the lead going into turn 3 on lap 6. Taft was able to hold onto the lead each lap, until lap 8, when Barnes slipped under him to grab the top spot away. While Barnes set a fast pace out front, Grossman and Taft would race side-by-side for second on lap 10. The action up front was slowed for the first time on the completion of lap 10, as Colton Keck lost a right front wheel in turn 4 to bring out the caution. On the restart Barnes moved back out front, with Travis DeMint, who started 11th, and William Michel, who started 6th, moved into second and third. Debris in turn 1 on the completion of lap 11, slowed the field down for the second time. Barnes once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with DeMint and Michel close behind. DeMint and Barnes came off turn 4 to the white flag side-by-side, with DeMint edging out front at the line to grab the lead. Barnes car slowed going into turn 1, which allowed DeMint to pull away for his first win of the season at the track and breaking Barnes’ two week winning streak. Kimberly Abbott started 9th and took second on the last lap, Chuck Fullenkamp started 10th and finished a close 3rd, Michel held on for 4th, with Grossman rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Leah Wroten and Brandon Symmonds making up the front row for the event. But it was fourth place starter Dane Blozovich who jumped out into the lead on lap 1 over Dustin Griffiths and Wroten. Then going into turn 1 on the completion of lap 1 disaster would strike, as Griffiths got into the back of Blozovich and spun him to bring out the caution. Blozovich had to much damage to continue, while Griffiths was sent to the pits for rough driving. On the restart Wroten would inherit the lead over Garrett Eilander, who started 5th, and Symmonds. Eilander would slip under Wroten on lap 3 to grab the lead, and then was slowed on the completion of that lap. As Calvin Dhondt spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. Eilander moved back out front on the restart, with Symmonds and Wroten close behind. While Eilander worked the bottom of the track, Symmonds would work the middle, as the two raced side-by-side for the lead on laps 9 thru 10. Coming out of turn 4 on lap 12 Symmonds was able to edge Eilander at the line to grab the lead. But Eilander wouldn’t give up, as the two raced side-by-side for the final two laps. Symmonds was able to edge out Eilander at the line by a half a car length to pick up his first career IMCA Hobby Stock win and his first since back in the outlaw days in 2012.

Austin Howes and Austen Becerra led the field to the green flag in the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would appear, as debris down the backstretch brought out the yellow. On the restart Becerra grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Nathan Bringer and Howes. After the completion of lap 1 Dan Keltner would spin in turn 4 and collected Colton Livezey to bring out the yellow. Becerra moved back out front on the restart, but now had Adam Birck, who started 7th, and Brandon Dale glued to his back bumper. Birck would slip under Becerra on lap 4 to take over the top spot and then was slowed after the completion of that lap. As Brandon Ruffcorn spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Bobby Six spun in turn 2 and collected Bringer, Phillip Cossel, Ashton Johnson, Colton Bowman and Ruffcorn to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Birck jump back out front, with Becerra and Dale battling for second. Birck then started to pull away from the battle behind him, until a caution on lap 9 brought the field back to his back bumper. Dale, who was running 6th, spun in turn 3 and collected Tony Olson, who started 11th and was running 7th, to bring out the yellow. Birck once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Becerra working to hold back Dakota Simmons, who started 9th, for the runner up spot. Shawn Ritter, who started 10th and was running 6th, spun in turn 4 on lap 13 to bring out the final caution of the race. On the restart Birck moved back out front, with Becerra and Joey Gower, who started 13th, battling for second. Birck would pull away over the final 7 laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Becerra held on for 2nd, Gower was 3rd, Simmons was 4th, with Olson recovering from his involvement in the lap 9 caution to come back up to finish 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jake Wenig and Jeremy Pundt on the front row. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Andrew Hustead spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jason Cook, who started 3rd, grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Wenig and Pundt. While Cook worked the bottom of the track, Abe Huls, who started 6th, went to the top of track to take over the top spot on lap 4. The action up front was slowed on lap 6, when debris in turn 4 brought out the yellow. On the restart a tire was clipped in turn 4 and pushed onto the track to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Huls move back out front, with Cook working to hold off John Oliver Jr., who started 8th, for the second spot. Just as Huls started to pull away from the field, the final caution appeared on lap 10. Another tire in turn 2 was clipped and pushed out onto the track to bring out the yellow. Once again Huls jumped back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. over taking Cook for second. Oliver Jr. was able to challenge Huls for the top spot for a couple of laps, before Huls pulled away to pick up his second win in a row at the track. Oliver Jr. settled for 2nd, Cook was 3rd, Ray Raker was 4th, with Nathan Wood coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with AJ Johnson and Dustin Smith leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Todd Cramer spun in turn 1 and Brandon Rothzen spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Smith spun in front of the field and collected Dugan Thye to bring the caution light back on. The following restart saw Carter VanDenBerg, who started 6th, edge out Johnson at the line to lead lap 1 by inches. After the completion of lap 1 Johnson would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. VanDenBerg jumped back out front on the restart, with Bill Roberts Jr. and Tyler Groenendyk close behind. When VanDenBerg drifted high in turn 4 on lap 3, Roberts Jr. would slip under him to grab the lead away. The battle up front was slowed on lap 7, when Jeff Waterman, who was running 7th, spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Roberts Jr. moved back out front, with VanDenBerg working to hold off Kyle Brown, who started 12th, for the second spot. Roberts Jr., who was running the bottom, and VanDenBerg, who was running the top, raced laps 8 and 9 side-by-side, with VanDenBerg edging Roberts Jr. out at the line to lead lap 9. The final caution of the event appeared on lap 12, when Smith spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. VanDenBerg jumped back out front on the restart, with Roberts Jr. working to hold back Brown for second. While the battle went on for second, VanDenBerg would pull away to claim his first career IMCA Modified feature win. Roberts Jr. won the battle for 2nd, Brown was 3rd, Groenendyk was 4th, with Andrew Schroeder coming from 8th to round out the top 5.

Coming up next Friday, May 1st at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be Roberts Tire Center Night at the races. Points battles will continue in the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7:30 pm and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information you can contact Mike VanGenderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Schroeder, Huls, and Gower Become New Winners at the Lee County Speedway

April 19th, 2015

Donnellson, IA- What a beautiful night for racing on a Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, as
it was Casey’s General Stores Night. After the final checkered fell on the night there would be three new winners standing in victory lane, and two repeat winners.

The first feature to take to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts, with William Michel and Matt Moore leading the twenty-two car field to the green flag. Michel would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Trent Orwig, and Josh Barnes, who quickly moved up from his 9th place starting spot. Barnes would over take Orwig for second on lap 2 and then went to work on Michel for the top spot. Michel, who was running the top of the track, and Barnes, who was working the bottom, came off turn 4 on lap 7 side-by-side, with Barnes coming out on top on lap 8 to grab the lead. After the completion of lap 9 the red flag was thrown, as Kenny Smith who was sitting in the infield in turn 2 needed medical attention. On the restart Barnes jumped back out front, but now had Travis DeMint, who started 11th, and Michael Grossman, who started 8th, glued to his back bumper. DeMint tried to work under Barnes over the next 4 laps, when the caution light came on on lap 13. Colton Keck would loose a right front tire in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Brandon Lambert would loose a right front tire in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart had Barnes grab the lead, with DeMint looking under him for the lead going into turn 1. But Barnes would hold off DeMint over the final 2 laps to pick up his second win in a row at the track. DeMint settled for 2nd, Michel was 3rd, Chuck Fullenkamp came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Orwig rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Nick Ulin and Dustin Griffiths making up the front row. Griffiths used his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Ulin and Brandon Symmonds. Just like last weeks feature, Ulin looked under Griffiths several time over the 14 lap event. But he had Symmonds breathing down his back if he made any mistakes trying to get around Griffiths for the lead. Griffithswouldn’t make any mistakes, as he held on to claim his second win in a row at the track. Ulin was 2nd, Symmonds was 3rd, Leah Wroten was 4th, withJohn Irwin coming home in 5th.

Austen Becerra was scheduled to start on the pole of the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature, but had motor troubles that forced his to scratch from the event. This would move Robert Gould to the pole, with Nathan Bringer to his outside. On the drop of the green flag fifth place starter Brandon Dale moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Bringer and Gould, who crossed the line side-by-side. Bringer’s run up front came to an end on lap 2, as he spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dale jumped back out front, with Joey Gower, who started 7th, over taking Gould for the second spot. Gower, who was working the bottom of the track, would slip under Dale on lap 4 to take over the top spot and then started to pull away. But debris down the backstretch on lap 8 would slow Gower’s pace down and bring the field back to his back bumper. On the restart Gower moved back out front, with Dale working to hold back Adam Birck, who started 9th, for the runner up spot. Gower would pull away over the final 12 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Birck was 2nd, Gould would cross the line in 3rd but was disqualified for being 10 pounds light at the scales, Tom Lathrop, who started 11th would cross the line in 4th and was also disqualified for being 10 pounds light on the scales, this would move Bob Cowman, who started 10th up to finish in 3rd, Dale, who was running 2 on lap 15 and pulled off with over heating troubles was moved up to 4th, with Bobby Anders, who was running 4th on lap 15 and pulled off with over heating troubles, was moved up to a 5th place finish.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Fullenkamp and Jason Cook leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Cook, Fullenkamp, and Abe Huls went into turn 3 three wide, with Cook using the momentum off the top of the track to grab the lead on lap 1. Cook, who was running the top of the track, and Abe Huls, who was running the bottom, crossed the line on laps 6 and 7 side-by-side for the lead, with Cook edging Huls at the line each lap to keep the lead. But Huls was able to slip under Cook coming off turn 4 on lap 8 to grab the top spot away. While Huls and Cook battled for the top spot, Nathan Wood, who started 9th, Michael Peterson, Jeremy Pundt, John Oliver Jr., Corey Strothman, Jim Redmann, and Zack VanDerBeek raced two and three wide for spots three thru ninth. Pundt’s run up in the top 5 would come to an end on lap 16 when he clipped a tire in turn 2 and pushed it onto the track to bring out the yellow. The damage to Pundt’s front end would force him to the pits. On the restart Huls moved back out front, with Cook working to hold back Wood for the second spot. While Cook and Wood battled side-by-side for second, Huls would pull away over the final 4 laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Wood won the battle for 2nd, Cook was 3rd, Peterson was 4th, with Strothman rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with AJ Johnson and Bill Roberts Jr. making up the front row. But it was third place starter Andrew Schroeder who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman. Schroeder would set a fast pace out front, while Waterman, Brandon Rothzen, who started 7th, Roberts Jr., and Scott Hogan, who started 9th, battled two wide for the second spot. Hogan, who was running the bottom, slipped under Waterman for the runner up spot on lap 18 and would look to chase down Schroeder for the top spot. But without the help of a caution and Schroeder a straight-away ahead, there was no catching Schroeder who would claim his first win of the season at the track. Hogan settled for 2nd, Waterman was 3rd, Rothzen was 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg coming home in 5th.

Coming up next week at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be WCM MetalWorks and Donnellson Tire and Service night at the races. The battle for track points will continue in the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates next week will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstands will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, STUDENTS (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages (6 & under ) $10.

For more information about the Lee County Speedway you can check out there website at www.leecountyspeedway.com, or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

Groenendyk, Oliver Jr., Six, Griffiths, and Barnes Top Points Opener at the Lee County Speedway

April 16th, 2015

*Donnellson, IA* – After taking a week off from racing, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa returned to action with there PEPSI Memphis Bottling season points opener. For the second event in a row mother nature tried to keep that from happening, as strong storms moved thru the area on Thursday night. But the track was spared by this
storm, which allowed Tyler Groenendyk (Budweiser IMCA Modifieds), John Oliver Jr. (Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars), Bobby Six (Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks), and Josh Barnes (Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts) to find victory lane.

The first feature to track to the track was the 15 lap Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compacts, with John Whalen and Josh Barnes drawing the front row for the event. Barnes would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Kimberly Abbott and Whalen. While Barnes set a fast pace out front, Abbott was working to hold off Michael Grossman, who started 5th, for second. With Brandon Rue, who started 7th, Whalen, and Barry Taft battling two and even three wide for the fourth spot. Grossman would over take Abbott around the mid point of the race and then tried to track down Barnes for the top spot. But without a caution, Barnes was able to hold on to pick up the win. Grossman settled for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Reu was 4th, with Seith Woodruff coming
from 10th to round out the top 5.

Up next was the 12 lap Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock feature, with Dustin Griffiths and Kevin Koontz leading the field to the green flag. Griffiths grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Mike Kincaid and Nick Ulin. With Griffiths out front, Kincaid worked to hold back Ulin for the second spot, that was until lap 5 when Ulin slipped under Kincaid off turn 4 on lap 5 to take over the runner up spot. Ulin then went to work on Griffiths for the lead. Ulin would look under Griffiths coming off the corners over the final 2 laps. But Griffiths was able to hold off Ulin to claim the win. Ulin was 2nd, Kincaid was 3rd, with Koontz in 4th.

Austin Howes and Bobby Six lead the field to the drop of the green flag in the Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature. But just as the green flag was dropped the caution light would come on, as Groenendyk and Robert
Gould spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Under the caution Howes would pull into the pits with troubles, which moved Austen Becerra to the pole for the restart. On the restart Becerra would grab the lead on lap 1 over Six and Kyle Hill. Becerra’s lead out front only lasted 1 lap, as Six used the top of the track to grab the top spot away on lap 2. Becerra then tried to get under Six until he spun in turn 2 on lap 4 with a broken right front to bring out the caution. Six once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Dan Keltner over taking Hill for the second spot. Joey Gower, who started 8th, made his move into second on lap 12, using the bottom of the track, and then went to work on Six for the lead. Gower was able to pull up beside Six over laps 14 and 15, but coming out of turn 4 on lap 16 Gower was held up by a lapped car which allowed Six to pull away. Six then held on to pick up his first career SportMod feature win. Gower settled for 2nd, Phillip Cossel was 3rd, Brandon Dale was 4th, with Keltner holding on for
5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car feature, with Jason See and John Oliver Jr. drawing the front row. Oliver Jr. would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over See and Corey Strothman. The battle up front was slowed on lap 5, when Ryan Fullenkamp, who was running 8th, spun in turn 1 to bring out the caution. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Strothman and Nathan Wood, who started 6th, battling for the runner up spot. Wood went to the top of the track on lap 11 to over take Strothman for second and then went to work on Oliver Jr. for the lead. Wood was able to pull up along side Oliver Jr. coming off turn 4 on lap 13, with Oliver Jr. edging him at the line to keep the lead. Brad Egbert would come to a stop in turn 3 on lap 15 to bring out the caution and slow the action. Once again Oliver Jr. moved out front on the restart, with Strothman, Wood, and Jim Redmann, who started 14th, going three wide off turn 2 for the runner up spot. Strothman, who was running the bottom of the track, slipped under Oliver Jr. off turn 4 on the white flag lap to grab the lead by inches. But Oliver Jr. would use the momentum off the top of the track in turn 2 to grab the lead back, and then held on to claim his second win in a row at the track. Wood was 2nd, Redmann was 3rd, Strothman was 4th, with Jeremy Pundt coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Jerad Fuller and Brandon Banks leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag was dropped the caution light would come on, as Fuller got the jump on the field to bring out the yellow. On the restart third place starter Tyler Groenendyk slipped under Banks and Fuller to grab the lead on lap 1. Groenendyk then went to the top of the track, which allowed Banks to run the bottom, as the two raced side-by-side until lap 4. Brian Woodruff would spin in turn 3 to bring out the yellow, and slow the battle up front. On the restart Groenendyk jumped back out front, with Banks working to hold off Scott Hogan, who started 10th, for the runner up spot. Banks, who was using the bottom of the track, made one last move to try and get under Groenendyk on lap 7. But Groenendyk held on to the lead. Groenendyk then pulled away over the final 13 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Hogan was 2nd, Banks was 3rd, Brandon Rothzen came from 8th to 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg rounding out the top 5.

Coming up next week at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa will be Casey’s General Stores night at the track. The battle for track points continues in the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Small Engine and Service IMCA Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30 pm, with hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors $9, students (11-17) $5, and kids 10 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages (7-13) will be $15, and ages (6 and under) will be $10.

For more information you can check out the website at www.leecountyspeedway.com or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

Droste, Oliver Jr., Olson, Luellen, and Fullenkamp Victorious at the “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza”

April 3rd, 2015

Donnellson, IA – Despite mother natures several attempts to cancel the “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza” presented by Midwest Performance & Power of Keokuk, Iowa, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa was able to get the full event in on Sunday, March 29th. As a result Tyler Doste (Budweiser IMCA Modifieds), John Oliver Jr. (Donnellton Tire IMCA Stock Cars), Tyler Olson (Shottekirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods), Austin Luellen (Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks), and Chuck Fullenkamp (Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts) found there way to victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, with Justin Lichty and Derek Hodges drawing the front row for the event. But it was third place starter Austin Luellen who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Lichty and Hodges. While Luellen set a fast pace out front Dustin Griffiths, who started 4th, and Mike Kincaid, who started 6th, battled there way towards the front. Before Griffiths found his way into second, Luellen had built up a straightaway lead. There was no catching Luellen on this night, as he went on to pick up the win and the $400 top prize. Griffiths settled for 2nd, Hodges was 3rd, Kincaid was 4th, with Lichty rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature, with Chuck Fullenkamp and Barry Taft leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Fullenkamp took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Taft and Danny Sassman Jr., who started 6th. With Fullenkamp out front, Taft, Ryan Walker, who started 7th, and Jake Benischek, who started 5th, battled two and even three wide at times for the third spot. As that battle continued on, Fullenkamp was working to hold off Sassman Jr. for the top spot. Sassman Jr. was able to get under Fullenkamp on lap 10, as the two raced side-by-side for the lead until lap 12 when Fullenkamp pulled back out front. Fullenkamp then held on over the final 2 laps of a caution free race to pick up the win and the $300 top prize. Sassman Jr. settled for 2nd, Walker held off a charging Kimberly Abbott, who started 10th, for the third spot, Abbott was 4th, with Adam Gates coming home in 5th.

Tyler Cale and Brandon Lennox drew the front row for the 20 lap Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMod feature. Lennox used the best of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Tony Olson and Austen Becerra, who charged from 8th to 3rd on the first lap. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first of four cautions appeared, as a spring out of Nathan Bringer’s car was laying in turn 4. On the restart Olson was able to slip under Lennox to grab the top spot away. The second caution was waved on lap 2, as Cale came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Once again Olson grabbed the lead on the restart, with Lennox and Becerra battling for the second spot. Joey Gower, who started 6th, moved in on lap 4 to make it a three car battle for second. The action up front was slowed for the third time on lap 7, as Adam Birck spun to a stop in turn 4. On the restart Olson moved back out front over Becerra and Gower, only to be slowed one lap later for the final caution of the race. This time Rich Vogt spun into the wall in turn 2 to bring out the red, as a fuel leak had to be burnt off the track before they could get back to racing. Olson once again grabbed the lead on the restart over Becerra and Gower. Olson started to pull away from the battle behind him, until he entered lapped traffic late in the race, which allowed Becerra to close in on him coming to the white flag. Coming off turn four Olson had two lapped cars racing side-by-side in front of him and had to make a move quickly to hold off Becerra at the line to claim the win and the $500 top prize. Becerra settled for 2nd, Gower was 3rd, Bobby Anders was 4th, with Austin Kaplan coming from 12th to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Car feature, with Les Blakley and Michael Bilyeu leading the field to the green flag. But it was third place starter Abe Huls who grabbed the lead on lap 1, when Blakley and Bilyeu got tangled up in turn 2 to allow Huls to slip under them for the lead. This also made the rest of the field take evasive action, which allowed Huls to build up a lead over Dane Fenton and Jim Lynch. With Huls still out front, there was a seven car battle going on behind him for the runner up spot, As Fenton, Damon Murty, who started 8th, Lynch, John Oliver Jr., who started 9th, Jason Cook, Jay Schmidt, and Greg Gill ran side-by-side and even three wide at times on laps 7,8,9, and 10. Oliver Jr. would use the top side of the track to break out of the battle for second by the midway part of the race and brought Murty with him. Both drivers would chase down Huls by lap 15, as Oliver Jr. was able to race side-by-side with Huls on laps 16 and 17. Coming off turn 4 on lap 17 Oliver Jr. used the momentum off the top side to grab the lead away from Huls. Huls, who was running the bottom, Murty, who was in the middle, and Oliver Jr., who was up top, went into turn 4 on lap 18 three wide. But Murty would get loose and spun down into Huls to help straighten himself out, which resulted in Oliver Jr. to be able to pull away for the win and the the $500 top prize. Huls held on for 2nd, Murty was 3rd, Schmidt crossed the line in 4th in his first ever appearance at the track, with Fenton coming home in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, with Cayden Carter and Johnny Walker drawing the front row for the event. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Walker bounced off the cushion in turn 1 and shot to the low side of the track where Dylan Hoover was. Walker would make contact with Hoover, which resulted in him spinning to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Tyler Droste was moved to the outside of the front row, which he took advantage of to grab the lead on lap 1 by inches over Carter. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 4, when Hoover spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Droste jumped back out front on the restart, with Carter, Jason Wolla, who started 6th, and Hunter Marriott, who started 8th, battling for the runner up spot. While Droste set a fast pace out front, Carter, who was running the bottom, Marriott, who was running the middle, and Wolla, who was up top, ran two and even three wide on laps 7 and 8. That action was slowed for the final time on lap 8, when Dugan Thye spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Droste moved back out front, with Carter working to hold off Marriott for second. Droste would pull away over the final 12 laps to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize to go with it. Marriott was 2nd, Wolla was 3rd, Carter held on for 4th, with Scott Hogan coming home in 5th.

Just a reminder there will be no racing at the Lee County Speedway on Friday, April 3rd. But the speedway will come back on Friday, April 11th for the PEPSI Memphis Bottling points opener. In action on the night will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk of Ft. Madison IMCA SportMods, Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts. Be sure to check out the website at www.leecountyspeedway.com for all the information about the 2015 season at the Lee County Speedway.

Lee County Speedway Announces Schedule Changes to This Weekends “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza”

March 28th, 2015

Donnellson, IA – Mother nature just doesn’t know what time of the year it is, as the calendar says it is Spring but Winter just won’t give up. With the frigid temperatures forecasted for Friday, this has forced the Lee County Speedway to make some changes to this weekends “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza” presented by Midwest Performance & Power of Keokuk, IA.

The action will now kick off on Saturday, March 28th with a complete draw / redraw show and payout. That will be followed by another complete draw / redraw and payout show on Sunday, March 29th.

Highlighting the weekend will be the IMCA Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win each night, with the winner earning the right to have there name put on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational race held during the IMCA Supernationals.

Also in action both nights will be the IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA SportMods battling for $500 to win each night. While the IMCA Hobby Stocks will be gunning for a top prize of $400 to win each night, and the IMCA Sport Compacts racing for $300 to win each night.

Both nights will be IMCA sanctioned with national, regional and state points being awarded. So all IMCA rules apply for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

Saturday, March 28th the gates will open at 4 pm, with hot laps at 6 pm, and racing at 6:30 pm. Then on Sunday, March 29th the gates will open at 3 pm, with racing at 5 pm. There will be NO hot laps on Sunday, as this will help to get the fans and race teams back on the road to home early.

Grandstand admission both nights will be Adults $12, Students (11-16) $6, and Kids 6 & under FREE!!! Pit passes each night will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

Anybody still looking for a hotel to stay in over the weekend are encouraged to contact Boulders Inns & Suites in Fort Madison, IA. To make a reservation you can call 319-246-1401 and ask for the Boulders Racer Rate, which will be $59 per night plus taxes. Or you can visit there website at www.bouldersinnfortmadison.com. Boulders Inns & Suites is the official hotel of the Lee County Speedway in 2015.

There are also some Suites available to rent at the track for the weekend, which are $75 for one night or $120 for both nights. They will go fast, so make sure you call 641-521-0330 to make your reservation.

Driver’s don’t forget that the perfect attendance for the weekly racers getting a $1 off each normal weekly show starts this weekend.

For more information about this event you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Lee County Speedway Spring Extravaganza special now March 28, 29

March 27th, 2015

DONNELLSON, Iowa– Lee County Speedway’s season-opening Spring Extravaganza has been rescheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $1,000 to win each night. Both features are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for top prizes of $500 each night at Donnellson while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts race for $300 to win.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded both nights.

Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. There are no hot laps on Sunday, when racing starts at 5 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students ages 7-17 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $25 for adults, $15 for students ages 7-13 and $10 for kids six and under.

More information about the Spring Extravaganza is available by contacting promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330 or gendel57V@gmail.com, on Facebook and at the www.leecountyspeedway.com website.

Overnight accommodations are available by contacting the Boulder Inn & Suites in Fort Madison. The hotel website is www.boulderinnfortmadison.com.

The third annual Spring Extravaganza is sponsored by Midwest Performance and Power of Keokuk and had originally been scheduled for March 27 and 28

Spring Extravaganza” Set to Open the 2015 Season at the Lee County Speedway

March 10th, 2015

Donnellson, IA– The 2015 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA is set to begin with the “3rd Annual
Spring Extravaganza” on Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th. Midwest Performance & Power in Keokuk, Iowa are helping to present the action in the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Sport Compacts both nights.

The “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza” at the Lee County Speedway will be headlined by a $1,000 to win feature for IMCA Modifieds on both Friday and Saturday nights. With both features being qualifiers for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Also in action on both nights will be the IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA SportMods running for $500 to win each night, while the IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Sport Compacts will be racing for $300 to win each night. Past champions of the “Spring Extravaganza” include Scott Hogan (2013 Modifieds), Richie Gustin and Jimmy Gustin (2014 Modifieds), Damon Murty (2013 Stock Cars), Todd Reitzler and Abe Huls (2014 Stock Cars), Clint Luellen (2013 SportMods), Brett Lowry swept (2014 SportMods), Andy Coffman (2013 Hobby Stocks), Mike Kincaid swept (2014 Hobby Stocks), Skipp Dunker
(2013 Sport Compacts), Brad Chandler and Adam Gates (2014 Sport Compacts). Will one of these drivers put their name in the record books for the “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza”, or will there be new winners visiting victory lane for the 2015 event?

Entry fees per night are $40 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and SportMods, $20 for Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts. Each night will be a complete program, with a draw / redraw format used on both nights.

The “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza” will be following all IMCA rules. With national, regional and state points being awarded on both nights. Pit passes both nights will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10. While the grandstands for each night will be adults $12, students (7-17) $6, and kids 6 & under FREE!

Pit gates on Friday will open at 5:00 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday night the pit gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 6:00 p.m. and racing kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

A practice night is set for Thursday, March 26th, with the gates opening at 5 p.m. and the first hot lap session beginning at 7 p.m. Pit passes on this night will be $20.

For more information about the “3rd Annual Spring Extravaganza” you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 <641%20521-0330> or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Carter Claims Two Wins at “Shiverfest”

October 27th, 2014

Donnellson, IA – What a great way to put an end to the 2014 racing season in the state of Iowa, with the annual “Shiverfest” event at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA presented by Farmington Tax and Accounting. Not only did mother nature co-operate, with temps hoovering around the low 70′s by race time. But the drivers turned out to support this event, with 172 cars signed in on the night from 5 states.

After 20 heat races, and 8 B-Mains, the twenty-four car fields were set in the Budweiser Modifieds, Donnellson Tire Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, and Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts divisions.

The first feature to take to the track was the 22 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod, with Brayton Carter and Joey Gower drawing the front row for the event. Gower would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Carter and Austin Howes, who started 5th. While Gower set a fast pace out front, Richie Gustin, who started 13th in the Shawn Ritter #7SR machine, and Jenae Gustin, who started 11th, were making their way towards the front. Richie Gustin would take over the runner up spot on lap 6, while Jenae slipped into 4th. But by that time Gower had built up a straight-away lead, even while battling lapped
traffic. It looked like there was no hope in catching Gower, that was until the first caution of the race appeared on lap 17. A tire was clipped and thrown onto the racing surface in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front, leaving Jenae and Richie Gustin to battle each other side-by-side for the runner up spot. But the action up front was slowed for the second and final time on lap 18, when Sean Wyett spun in turn 4 and collected Logan Anderson to bring out the yellow. Gower once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jenae and Richie Gustin close behind. Coming to the white flag Jenae Gustin, who was using the top in turns 1 and 2 and the middle of turns 3 and 4, was able to get up beside Gower going into turn 3. But Gower, who was glued to the bottom, was able to hold her off at the line to pick up the win. Jenae Gustin settled for 2nd, Richie Gustin was 3rd, Brett Lowry was 4th, with Howes coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap Coor’s Light Hobby Stock feature, with Brett Vanous and Dustin Griffiths drawing the front row for the event. Just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Quinton Miller and Bobby Greene slowed to a stop down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Waylan Raines spun in turn 2 to bring the caution light back on. A third attempt of a start saw Griffiths jump out front to lead lap 1 over Vanous and Travis Bunnell. One lap in the books produced another caution, as Sierra Wilsey spun in turn 4 on lap 2 to bring out the yellow. Griffiths once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Jacob Keiser, who started 7th, moving into the runner up spot. Another lap completed, lap 3, only meant another caution, as Gina Gruebel spun in turn 2 from contact from Tim Gebel to bring out the yellow. On the restart Griffiths moved back out front, with Keiser, Bunnell, Justin Wacha, who started 5th, and August Bach, who started 12th, battling for the runner up spot. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 6, when Raines spun in turn 4 for his second solo caution to end his night. Griffiths once again jumped out front on the restart, with Wacha over taking Keiser for the runner up spot. While Griffiths paced the field out front, Wacha, Keiser, Bach and Bunnell battle two and event three wide at times for the runner up spot. Despite a few attempts by Wacha to slip under Griffiths over the final laps, Griffiths was able to hold on to claim the win. Keiser over took Wacha on the final lap to finish in 2nd, Justin Lichty passed 12 cars from his 16th place starting spot to finish in 4th, with Bunnell rounding out the top 5.

John Oliver Jr. and Michael Peterson let the field to the drop of the green flag in the 24 lap Donnellson Tire Stock Car feature, with Oliver Jr. grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Abe Huls and David Brandies.The battle up front was slowed for the first time on lap 3, when Jason See spun in turn 1 and collected Brian Mahlstedt and Jake Powers to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped back out front, with Huls and Brandies continuing their battle for the runner up spot. While Oliver Jr. worked to hold back Huls and Brandies for the top spot, Cayden Carter, who started 11th, moved in to the battle. Carter used the top of the track to slip past Brandies and Huls for the second spot on lap 10, and then went to work on Oliver Jr. for the lead. But the second and final caution of the race on lap 12, slowed the action up front. This time debris in turns 3 and 4 brought out the yellow. On the restart Carter went to the bottom of the track to slip under Oliver Jr. for the top spot, leaving Oliver Jr. to battle with Brandies for second. While all eyes were on the battle up front, Jason Cook, who started 9th, was slowly creeping his way into the battle. On lap 22 Cook was able to slip under Brandies for second and then went to work on Carter for the lead. Coming to the white flag lap Cook was able to get up beside Cater off turn 4, only to have Carter use the momentum off the top of the track to keep the lead. But going into turn 3 Cook went to the bottom, while Carter went to the high side. Cook then held off Carter at the line to pick up the win, that was until post race inspection. Cook was found to have illegal cylinder heads and the wrong carburetor / motor combination, which resulted in him being disqualified. This would give Carter the win. Brandies was moved up to 2nd, Oliver Jr. was moved up to 3rd, Todd Reitzler was moved up to 4th, with Andy Aultenburg, who made the trip down from Minnesota, getting moved up to finish 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compact feature, with Bryan Shipley and Brandon Lambert drawing the front row for the event. Shipley took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Michael Grossman and Lambert. Grossman would use the bottom of the track to slip past Shipley for the top spot on lap 2. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 4, when Eric Lambert spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Grossman moved back out front, with Adam Gates, who started 8th, moving into the runner up spot. Gates, who was running the top of the track, was able to grab the lead away from Grossman on lap 6 and then started to pull away from the field. But a caution on lap 12, for spin in turn 4 by Eric Lambert that brought out his second solo caution of the race, would bring the field to his back bumper. On the restart tight racing down the backstretch sent John Whalen rolling into turn 3 to bring out the red. He climbed from his car okay. The following restart saw Grossman use the bottom of the track to slip under Gates to move back out front and then held on over the final lap to pick up the win. David Helenthal came from 6th to finish in 2nd, Brandon Rue passed 9 cars from his 12th place starting spot to come home in 3rd, Gates held on for 4th, with Kimberly Abbott rounding out the top 5.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 25 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Richie Gustin, in Shawn Ritter’s #7SR SportMod, and Levi Nelson leading the field to the green flag. Richie Gustin would use his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Jimmy Gustin, who started 5th, and Nelson. While Richie Gustin paced the field out front, Kelly Shryock, who started 7th, and Cayden Carter, who started 11th, were using the top of the track to move towards the front. Shryock took over second on lap 10, while Carter moved into fourth. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 14, when Ryan Maitland spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Richie Gustin moved back out front, while Carter went thru the middle off turn 4 to slip past Shryock for the runner up spot. Two laps later, lap 17, Carter used the top of the track to edge Richie Gustin at the line by inches to take over the top spot. Carter then held on over the final 8 laps to pick up his second win of the night and third straight at the track. Shryock was 2nd, Richie Gustin held on for 3rd, Bruce Hanford was 4th, with Tony VonDresky coming home in 5th.

The 3rd Annual Fall Extravaganza Set For This Weekend at the Lee County Speedway

October 10th, 2014

Donnellson, IA – After six weeks since the regular points season ended, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA is set to get back into action this weekend with the 3rd Annual Fall Extravaganza presented by Hy-Vee of Fort Madison and Keokuk, Iowa, Budweiser, PEPSI Memphis Bottling Co., and Armstrong Small Engine Sales & Service. The action will kick off on Friday, October 10th, with heats, semis and features being held in all five classes. Then will conclude on Saturday, October 11th, with heats, semis and features once again being held in all five classes.

Alot of money is on the line for all five classes each night, as the Budweiser Modifieds will be going for a top prize of $1,000 to win and $100 to start both Friday and Saturday. While the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be gunning for a top prize of $1,000 to win and $85 to start both Friday and Saturday. The Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks will be going for $500 to win and $65 to start, while the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts are racing for $300 to win and $50 to start both Friday and Saturday.

All the action will kick off on Friday, October 10th with the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts all drawing for their starting spots in the heat races, with semis being ran where needed to be. The nights action will conclude with features in all five classes.

Saturday, October 11th will be the final night. All drivers will once again draw for their starting spots in the heat races, with semis being ran where need be. Then to finish off the weekend the Budweiser Modifieds, the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be racing for $1,000 to win, while the Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks will be gunning for a top prize of $500 and the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts racing for $300 to win.

Don’t forget the pit gates and grandstands will open on Friday at 5:00 pm, with hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Then Saturday the pit gates and grandstands will swing open at 4:30 pm, with hot laps set for 6:00 pm, and racing starting at 6:30 pm.

Pit passes for Friday are $30, ages 7-13 $20, and ages 6 & under $10, while grandstand prices will be adults $15, students (11-17) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE! Saturday nights pit passes will be $30, ages 7-13 $20, and ages 6 & under $10, while the grandstands will be adults $15, students (11-13) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE!

There is any entry fee that will be required to be paid on Friday and Saturday night before you can draw for your starting spot. Those are $50 for the Budweiser Modifieds, $45 for the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, $30 for the Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, and $25 for the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts. You do not have to race Friday to be able to race on Saturday, as they are two complete shows. But you will still have to pay the entry fee of $50 for the Budweiser Modiifeds, $45 for the Donnellson Tire Stocks and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, $30 for the Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, and $25 for the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts.

Camping with showers are available for the weekend. Anybody wishing to have electrical hook ups will be charged $20 per night. Those who wish to camp out can bring there campers with them on Friday and make a weekend out of it. Plus there are 3 suites available for this weekend, which can be rented for $60 for 1 night or $100 for the whole weekend. Get get your reservation in, first come first serve, you are encouraged to call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

For more information about this event, including rules and a full payout, you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Gustin, Huls, Lowry, Kincaid and Gates Top Night 2 of “2nd Annual Spring Extravaganza” at the Lee County Speedway

April 2nd, 2014

Donnellson, IA= The second and final night of the “2nd Annual Spring Extravaganza”, presented by Cole Implement and Fleck Sales Miller Lite / Coor’s Light, was put into the record books on Sunday. At the end of the night Jimmy Gustin (Budweiser Modifieds), Abe Huls (Donnellson Tire Stock Cars), Brett Lowry (Shottenkirk Parts express SportMods), Mike Kincaid (Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks), and Adam Gates (Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts) were standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compact feature, with Josh Barnes and Brandon Lambert drawing the front row for the event. But it was fourth place starter Adam Gates who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Barnes and Brannon Bechen. While Gates started to pull away, the battle for second was heating up. Bechen, Kimberly Abbott, who started 7th, Chuck Fullenkamp, and Austen Becerra, who started 9th, were racing side-by-side for the runner up spot. But by the time they settled that position, Gates pulled away in the caution free race to claim the $300 win. Bechen won the battle for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Becerra was 4th, with Fullenkamp coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Budweiser Modified feature, with Casey Greubel and Bill Roberts Jr leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Greubel took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dylan Hoover and Jimmy Gustin. Greubel and Hoover started to pull away from the field, leaving Steve Stewart, who started 5th, battling Jimmy Gustin for the third spot. But the first and only caution of the event on lap 12 would bring the field back to there back bumpers. Brad Lautenbach, who was running 6th, got sideways in turn one and collected Jeff Mueller, who was running 7th, to bring on the yellow light. On the restart Greubel drifted high, which allowed Jimmy Gustin, Stewart and Brandon Rothzen, who started 7th, to slip past for the top three spots. Stewart would try to get under Jimmy Gustin over the final 8 laps, only to have Gustin hold him off for win and the $1,000 top prize. Stewart settled for 2nd, Rothzen was 3rd, Greubel held on for 4th, with Jeff Waterman coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Abe Huls and John Oliver Jr. led the field to green in the 18 lap Donnellson Tire Stock Car feature, with Huls grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Oliver Jr. and Les Blakley. Huls worked to hold off Oliver Jr. for the lead, while Blakley, Jake Wenig, who started 7th, and Troy Hovey waged battle for the third spot. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 6, when debris in turn 2 brought out the yellow light. On the restart Huls moved back out front, with Oliver Jr. close behind in second. Huls and Oliver Jr. started to pull away from the rest of the field, as Blakley, Hovey, Brett Timmerman, who started 9th, and Wenig battled for the third spot. Timmerman slowed in turn 2 with a flat right rear tire after contact with Wenig on lap 16 to bring out the second and final yellow. Huls once again jumped back out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. close behind. Huls would hold off Oliver Jr. over the final 3 laps to pick up the win and the $500 top prize. Oliver Jr. settled for 2nd, Wenig was 3rd, Jason Cook came from 10th to finish 4th, with Hovey coming home in fifth.

Up next was the 18 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature, with Brett Lowry and Jake McBirnie drawing the front row for the event. Lowry would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Tony Dunker and Phillip Cossel. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first caution of the event appeared, as Matt Petrzelka slowed with troubles. On the restart Lowry moved back out front, with Dunker working to hold back Cossel and Brandon Dale. The action up front was slowed for the second time, as Jared Miller slowed to bring out the second yellow of the event. Lowry once again grabbed the lead on the restart, only to be slowed for the final time on lap 7. This time Ryan Fullenkamp spun to bring the yellow light on. On the restart Lowry jumped back out front, with Dunker working to hold back Cossel in the battle for second. Lowry would go on to lead all 18 laps to make a sweep of the weekend and claimed another $500 to go with it. Dunker won the battle for 2nd, Cossel was 3rd, Dale was 4th, with Curtis Van Der Wal passing 4 cars from his 9th place starting spot to finish in fifth.

The final feature of the night was the 16 lap Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, with Mike Kincaid and Danny Thrasher leading the field to the drop of the green. Kincaid would move out front on lap 1 over Dustin Griffiths and Jacob Keiser. While Kincaid paced the field out front, Griffiths, Keiser, Thrasher and Jason See battled for the second spot. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 10, as a tire was clipped and pushed out onto the track in turn 2. On the restart Kincaid jumped back out front, with Keiser working to hold back See. Kincaid was able to hold on over the final 6 laps to sweep the weekend and claiming his second career feature win and the $400 top prize to go with it. Keiser settled for 2nd, See was 3rd, Thrasher was 4th, with Andrew Hustead coming home in 5th.

Coming up next week at the Lee County Speedway will be the first of two visits by the Brockway Mechanical & Roofing Sprint Invaders, presented by Farmington Tax & Accounting and Armstrong Small Engine Repair / Mahindra Tractors. Also in action on the night will be the first points races of the 2014 season for the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, Coor’s Light IMCA Hobby Stocks and Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts.

Pit gates will open at 5:00 pm, grandstands at 5:30 pm, hot laps at 6:45 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Pit passes will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, and ages 6 & under $10, while grandstand prices will be adults $15, students (11-17) $7, and kids 10 & under FREE!

For more information about this event you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Lee County Speedway Opener Goes to Gustin, Reitzler, Lowry, Kincaid and Chandler

April 4th, 2014

Donnellson, IA – The 2014 season at the Lee County Speedway kicked off on Saturday with night 1 of the “2nd Annual Spring Extravaganza”, presented by Cole Implement and Fleck Sales Miller Lite / Coor’s Light. Ending the night in victory lane was Richie Gustin (Budweiser Modifieds), Todd Reitzler (Donnellson Tire Stock Cars), Brett Lowry (Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods), Mike Kincaid (Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks), and Brad Chandler (Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts).

The first feature up on the night was the 18 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature, with Brett Lowry and Carter VanDenBerg, the 2013 track champion, drawing the front row for the event. Lowry would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over VanDenBerg and Cory VanZante. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first and only caution of the event appeared, as Brandon Lennox, Bobby Six, and Jim Brown spun down the front stretch. On the restart Lowry moved back out front, with VanDenBerg working to hold back VanZante and Sean Wyett, who started 7th. While Lowry started to pull away the battle for second heated up, as VanDenBerg, VanZante, Wyett, Tony Dunker, who started 11th, Vance Wilson, who started 12th, and Ryan Fullenkamp, who started 26th, battled it out. Lowry would go on to lead all 18 laps to pick up the win and the $500 check to go with it. VanDenBerg won the battle for 2nd, VanZante was 3rd, Wyett was 4th, with Dunker rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 18 lap Donnellson Tire Stock Car feature, with Todd Reitzler and Jake Wenig making up the front row. Reitzler grabbed the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Jim Lynch working to hold back Damon Murty, who started 5th. The battle up front became a five car battle when Abe Huls, the defending track champion who started 6th, and John Oliver Jr., who started 9th, worked there way to the front. But Reitzler was able to hold off all challenges in the caution free race to pick up the win and the $500 top prize. Murty settled for 2nd, Huls was 3rd, Lynch held on for 4th, with Oliver Jr. coming home in 5th.

Scott Hogan and Les McLenehan, who made the pull down from Estevan Saskatchewan, Canada, made up the front row for the 20 lap Budweiser Modified feature, with McLenehan grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Hogan and Richie Gustin, who started 5th. McLenehan and Gustin waged a great battle for the lead on laps 6 and 7, as the two ran side-by-side for the top spot. Gustin was able to clear McLenehan on lap 8 to take over the top spot, leaving McLenehan to have to battle with his brother Jimmy Gustin. Richie Gustin started to pull away from the battle for second, when the first and only caution of the race appeared on lap 15. Brandon Rothzen, who was running 5th, got into the guardrail in turn 3 and brought out the yellow. On the restart Richie Gustin moved back out front, but now had Jimmy Gustin on his back bumper. Richie was able to hold back Jimmy over the final 5 laps to claim the win and the $1,000 top prize. Jimmy Gustin settled for 2nd, McLenehan was 3rd, Ronn Lauritzen came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Troy Cordes passing 7 cars from his 12th place starting spot to round out the top 5.

The 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compact feature took to the track next, with Cody Cleghorn and Barry Taft drawing the front row for the event. But it was third place starter William Michel who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Cleghorn and Taft. The action up front was slowed on the completion of lap 1, when Patrick “Skipp” Dunker, Brandon Lambert, Matt Moore and Alyssa Steele collided in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Michel jumped back out front, with Cleghorn and Adam Gates, who started 10th, challenging him for the top spot. Cleghorn made the move into the lead on lap 3, only to loose it on lap 4 to Gates. But the battle up front wasn’t over, as Brad Chandler, who went to the rear on the lap 1 restart, was charging back towards the front. He would work himself into second on lap 5 and then slipped past Gates on lap 6 to grab the top spot. Chandler then held off Gates over the final 8 laps to claim the $300 win. Chandler dedicated the win to his fallen father Merv Chandler, who passed away a few short months ago. Gates settled for 2nd, Austen Becerra came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Brannon Bechen was 4th, with Taft holding on for a fifth place finish.

The final feature of the night was the 14 lap Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, with Dustin Griffiths and Mike Kincaid leading the field to the drop of the green. Kincaid would move out front on lap 1 over Griffiths and Nathan Ballard. While Kincaid paced the field out front, Nick Ulin, who started 5th, and defending track champion Jason See, who started 8th, were working there way into the battle for the lead. Ulin tried everything possible to get past Kincaid over the final 2 laps. But Kincaid was able to edge out Ulin at the line by inches to pick up his first career feature win and the $400 top prize to go with it. Ulin settled for 2nd, See was 3rd, Griffiths was 4th, with Gina Greubel coming from 9th to finish in 5th.

Spring Extravaganza” Set to Open the 2014 Season at the Lee County Speedway

March 27th, 2014

Donnellson, IA – The 2014 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA is set to begin with the “Spring Extravaganza” on Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30th. Cole Implement and Fleck Sales Miller Lite / Coor’s Light are helping to present the action in the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts both nights.

The “Spring Extravaganza” at the Lee County Speedway will be headlined by a $1,000 to win feature for Modifieds on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

Also in action on both nights will be the Stock Cars and SportMods running for $500 to win each night, Hobby Stocks for $400 to win both nights and Sport Compacts for $300 to win each night.

Entry fees per night are $40 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and SportMods, $20 for Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts. Each night will be a complete program, with a draw / redraw format used on both nights.

The following rules will be used for the “Spring Extravaganza” weekend: All IMCA rules apply for the Modifeds except American Racer or Hoosier G60 tires may be used, with grooving allowed only on the front. Aluminum headed motors (non-crate) must add 50 lbs. of lead on the front by the motor. Roller motors and stud girdles are legal. Quick Change rear ends are legal. Rear suspension must be IMCA legal. Front tubular okay. Fuel pump on transmission is legal. 7800 RPM chip must be ran with all open motors. No rear spoiler, unless running a 604 Crate per IMCA rules. Stock Cars will also run under all IMCA rules, with the exception of American Racer or Hoosier G60 tires may be used, with grooving allowed only on the front. Plus aftermarket blocks are okay to use in the Stock Cars. SportMods will follow IMCA or USRA rules, with the exception of American Racer or Hoosier G60 tires may be used, with grooving allowed only on the front. Hobby Stocks will use all IMCA rules, with the exception that a floater rear end being legal. Sport Compacts will follow all IMCA rules.

Pit passes both nights will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10. Grandstand admission each night will be adults $12, students (11-17) $6, and kids 10 & under FREE!

Pit gates on Saturday will open at 3:00 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6:00 p.m. Then on Sunday night the pit gates will open at 1:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 2:00 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 3:30 p.m. and racing kicks off at 4:00 p.m.

Make sure you arrive early on Saturday, March 29th, as there will be a car show and kids rides in front of the grandstands from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Then sit back in your seats and see if defending “Spring Extravaganza” winners Scott Hogan (Modifieds), Damon Murty (Stock Cars), Clint Luellen (SportMods), Andy Coffman (Hobby Stocks) and Patrick “Skipp” Dunker (Sport Compacts) can defend there titles.

A practice night is set for Friday, March 28th, with the gates opening at 5 p.m. and the first hot lap session beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information about the “Spring Extravaganza: you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 <641%20521-0330> or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Spring Extravaganza” Set to Open the 2014 Season at the Lee County Speedway

March 7th, 2014

Donnellson, IA- The 2014 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA is set to begin with the “Spring Extravaganza” on Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th. Cole Implement and Fleck Sales Miller Lite / Coor’s Light are helping to present the action in the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts both nights.

The “Spring Extravaganza” at the Lee County Speedway will be headlined by a $1,000 to win feature for Modifieds on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Also in action on both nights will be the Stock Cars and SportMods running for $500 to win each night, Hobby Stocks for $400 to win both nights and Sport Compacts for $300 to win each night.

Entry fees per night are $40 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and SportMods, $20 for Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts. Each night will be a complete program, with a draw / redraw format used on both nights.

The following rules will be used for the “Spring Extravaganza” weekend: All IMCA rules apply for the Modifeds except American Racer or Hoosier G60 tires may be used, with grooving allowed only on the front. Aluminum headed motors (non-crate) must add 50 lbs. of lead on the front by the motor. Roller motors and stud girdles are legal. Quick Change rear ends are legal. Rear suspension must be IMCA legal. Front tubular okay. Fuel pump on transmission is legal. 7800 RPM chip must be ran with all open motors. No rear spoiler, unless running a 604 Crate per IMCA rules. Stock Cars will also run under all IMCA rules, with the exception of American Racer or Hoosier G60 tires may be used, with grooving allowed only on the front. Plus aftermarket blocks are okay to use in the Stock Cars. SportMods will follow IMCA or USRA rules, with the exception of American Racer or Hoosier G60 tires may be used, with grooving allowed only on the front. Hobby Stocks will use all IMCA rules, with the exception that a floater rear end being legal. Sport Compacts will follow all IMCA rules.

Pit passes both nights will be $25, ages (7-13) $15, and ages 6 & under $10. Grandstand admission each night will be adults $12, students (7-13) $6, and kids 6 & under FREE!

Pit gates on Friday will open at 5:00 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday night the pit gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 6:00 p.m. and racing kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

A practice night is set for Thursday, March 27th, with the gates opening at 5 p.m. and the first hot lap session beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information about the “Spring Extravaganza: you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 <641%20521-0330> or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

SHIVERFEST Wins Go to Gustin, Lynch, Van Der Wal, Griffiths, and Michel*

October 29th, 2013

Donnellson, IA – The 2013 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA came to a close with the running of the
Farmington Tax & Accounting SHIVERFEST. Even though the temperatures were on the cool side, there were 127 drivers signed in on the night to help put an end to the 2013 season. At the end of the night Jimmy Gustin (Budweiser Modifieds), Jim Lynch (Donnellson Tire Stock Cars), Curtis Van Der Wal (Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks), and William Michel (Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts) were standing in victory lane.

The first feature up on the night was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts, with Austen Becerra and Laine VanZandt drawing the front row for the event. Becerra took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over VanZandt and Mike Hornung Jr. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 2, as Kyle Hamelton came to a stop in turn 2 with troubles to bring out the caution. On the restart Scott Smith, Merv Chandler and Seith Woodruff collided to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Becerra jump back out front, with Darin Smith and William Michel, who started 10th, battling for the second spot. While Smith and Michel swapped the second spot, Becerra enjoyed the lead out front. Coming to the white flag Michel moved under Becerra to run the last lap side-by-side. Michel would edge Becerra at the line by a half a car length to pick up the win. Becerra settled for 2nd, Chandler recovered from the
lap 3 crash to come back up to 3rd, Kimberly Abbatt was 4th after starting in 8th, with John Whalen coming from 7th to round out the top 5.

Jason See and Cody Cleghorn led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap Coor’s Light Hobby Stock feature. But just as the green was waved the red flag would appear, as Dane Blozovich got sideways off turn four and was drill in the door by Rick Barlow Jr. Both drivers climbed from there cars ok. On the restart Cleghron jumped out front on lap 1, with See working to hold back Dustin Griffiths, who started 8th, in the battle for second. Griffiths wasn’t satisfied with battling for second, as he jumped to the top of the track in a three wide move to grab the lead away on lap 3. But Griffiths’ paced was slowed one lap later, lap 4, when Casey Greubel and Nathan Ballard collided at the end of the backstretch to bring out the yellow. Griffiths again grabbed the lead on the restart only to be slowed on lap 5, as Rick Barlow Sr. slowed to a stopped in turn 1 to bring the caution out. Once again Griffiths grabbed the lead on the restart and once again was slowed on lap 7, as Ballard spun in turn 3 to bring the yellow out. Griffiths again jumped out front on the restart, with Mike Hughes, who came from the rear after a lap 1 flat, over taking Cleghorn for second. Griffiths and Hughes would pull away from the battle for third over the final 8 laps, to set up a two car battle for the lead. Hughes would try to get under Griffiths coming off turn four on the final two laps, but Griffiths would hold him off each time to claim the win. Hughes was 2nd, Jacob Keiser was 3rd, Cleghorn held on for 4th, with See coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature, with Logan Anderson and Sean Wyett leading the field to the green. But just as the green flag was dropped the yellow light would come on, as Tony Johnson spun in turn 1 and collects Rodger Dresden to bring out the caution. On the restart Anderson jumped out front on lap 1 over Curtis Van Der Wal and Wyett. Anderson then held the lead until lap 4, when Van Der Wal slipped under him to take over the top spot. Van Der Wal then set a fast pace over then next 13 laps even as he entered heavy lapped traffic on lap 12, leaving Anderson, Carter VanDenBerg, who started 7th, and Brian Mahlstedt, who started 10th, battling for second. Van Der Wal’s big lead was
evaporated on lap 17, as Anderson, who was running 3rd, spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal moved back out front, with Mahlstedt over taking VanDenBerg for second, but the caution would appear on the completion on lap 18 to slow the action down. This time Jeff DeLonjay spun down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. Once again Van Der Wal grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on over the final 2 laps to pick up the win. VanDenBerg won the battle for 2nd, Mahlstedt was 3rd, Brett Lowry came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Derek St. Clair
passing 12 cars from his 17th place starting spot to round out the top 5.

Lane Kauffman and Jim Lynch led the field to the green in the 20 lap Donnellson Tire Stock Car feature, with Kauffman grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Cayden Carter and Corey Stout. Kauffman then held the lead until lap 3, when Carter slipped past to grab the top spot. But disaster would strike Carter in turn 3 coming to lap 4, when he spun in front of the field to bring out the caution. Stout would inherit the lead on the restart, with Kirk Kinsley and Lynch battling for the second spot. Lynch would jump to the top side of turn three and four to grab the lead away from Stout on lap 6, leaving Stout to hold back Abe Huls, who started 9th, for second. The action up front was slowed on lap 8, as Casey Greubel spun into the wall in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Les Blakley spun in turn 1 and collected Dean Kratzer to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Lynch jump back out front, with Huls, Stout, John Oliver Jr, who started 10th, Mincer and Jason Cook, who started 12th, battling for second thru sixth. The only thing to slow Lynch down was a tire in turn 2, as he clipped in on lap 12 and threw it onto the track to bring out the caution. Ron Henry would spin in turn 4 on lap 13 to bring the yellow light back on. Lynch again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Stout, Cook and Huls close behind. Once again Lynch clipped the tire in turn 2 and threw it onto the track on lap 18 to bring out the yellow to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Lynch again grabbed the lead on the restart and held on to claim the win. Stout won the battle for 2nd, Cook finished in 3rd, Huls held on for 4th, with Oliver Jr. rounding out the top 5.

The final feature up on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Jimmy Gustin and Tyler Glass drawing the front row for the event. Gustin would take advantage of his front row start to jump out front on lap 1 over Kyle Brown, who used the bottom groove to come from 5th to 2nd. Brown used that same groove to edge out Gustin at the line on lap 3 to grab the top spot. But Gustin would come back on the top side of lap 4 to get the lead back. Those two drivers ran the next 4 laps side-by-side, before encountering lapped traffic. The heavy lapped traffic allowed Jeff Waterman to close in on the top two to make it a three car battle for the lead. Brown would use a lapped car to slip under Gustin on lap 11 to take over the top spot. But Gustin charged back on the top of the track to take the lead back on lap 13. While Gustin lead the field, Waterman and Brown would swap the second spot on lap 15. But heavy lapped traffic wouldn’t allow Waterman to get close enough to challenge Gustin for the win, as he held on for his first win at the track. Waterman settled for 2nd, Brown was 3rd, Cayden Carter came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Ronn Lauritzen coming home in 5th.

Stay tuned to the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com for the 2014 season plans!

Lauritzen, Huls, Van Der Wal, Griffiths, and Gates Cash In at the Lee County Speedway

October 15th, 2013

Donnellson, IA- Mother nature provided the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA with some great weather both Friday and Saturday for the 2nd Annual Discount Tire Service Fall Extravaganza presented by Cole Implement. The two day show kicked off on Friday, October 11th with qualifying night sponsored by PEPSI Memphis Bottling, with the final night being sponsored by Budweiser Golden Eagle Distributing.

This years qualifying night used a two heat race format, with points being awarded for each finishing position. In all five classes the drivers would draw for there starting spot in the first set of heats races. Then the second set of heats races would be inverted, using the same draw numbers. When both sets of heat races were finished the points were totaled up, with the top eight being locked into Saturday nights big features. Saturday all non qualified drivers, including any new cars, drew for there starting spots for the B mains. Then any driver not qualifying out of the B mains got one more chance to make it by running last chances races. Dashes were ran for the those who earned enough points to lock them in from Fridays heat races to determine the first four rows of the features. After all the qualifying races were over it was time to go feature racing to see who would take home the big money.

The first feature up on the night was the 18 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts, with Adam Gates and Merv Chandler leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But just as the green flag was dropped the caution light would come on, as Kimberly Abbot spun in turn 2 after contact from Brandon Reu. On the restart Gates jumped out into the lead, with Josh Barnes and Chandler battling for the runner up spot. While Gates was pulling away from the field, the action for the second spot was heating up. Barnes, Chuck Fullenkamp, Chandler and William Michel, who started 11th, were running two
and even three wide for the spot. The only thing to slow down Gates on the night was a second caution on lap 15, as Rob Kibbe came to a stop off turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Gates moved out front on the restart, leaving John Whalen, Austen Becerra, who started 16th, and Fullenkamp battling for the second spot. Gates would hold on over the final 3 laps to pick up his second consecutive Fall Extravaganza win and the $500 top prize. Whalen held on to finish 2nd, Fullenkamp won the battle for 3rd, Becerra finished 4th and claimed the Dunker Concrete $50 hard charger award, with John Richardson coming from 13th to round out the top 5.

Mike Hughes and Dustin Griffiths led the field to the green in the 20 lap Coor’s Light Hobby Stock feature, with Griffiths grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Hughes and Bill Richards. Hughes would put pressure on Griffiths for the top spot over the next 10 laps, while Richards worked to hold back Bill Bonnett, who started 6th, in the battle for third. But when Gina Greubel spun in front of the leaders on lap 11, both Griffiths and Hughes went for a spin cycle to avoid plowing into her car. Since the yellow was called for Greubel’s spin, both Griffiths and Hughes were giving there spots back. On the restart Griffiths jumped back out front, with Hughes close behind in second. Despite pressure from Hughes over the final 8 laps, Griffiths was able to hold on to claim his second consecutive Fall Extravaganza win and picked up a $1,000 top prize. Hughes settled for 2nd, Bonnett won the battle for 3rd, Richards was 4th, with Jason See taking home a fifth place finish.

Up next was the 25 lap Donnellson Tire Stock Car feature, with Louis Lynch and Todd Reitzler making up the front row for the event. Lynch would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over John Oliver Jr. and Reitzler. Oliver Jr., who was running the bottom of the track, slipped under Lynch coming of turn four on lap 2 to take over the top spot. While Oliver Jr. led the field, Lynch was working to hold back Reitzler, Abe Huls, who started 5th, and Cayden Carter in the battle for the runner up spot. Huls would work his way into the second spot on lap 9 and then went to work on Oliver Jr. for the lead, that is until the first caution of the event came out on lap 10. Troy Brierton would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. moved back out front, with Huls, Reitzler and Carter battling for the runner up spot. Going into turn 3 to complete lap 16 Oliver Jr. slipped up enough to allow Huls to slid under
him, while Carter worked to the top of the track to make it three wide coming out of four. Huls would edge out front to grab the lead on lap 16, leaving Oliver Jr., Carter and Reitzler battling for the second spot. Reitzler used the bottom groove to slid into second on lap 18 and then went to work on Huls for the top spot. Reitzler would pressure Huls over the
final 7 laps, even getting up beside him coming out of turn four for the checkered. But Huls was able to hold on to pick up the win and the $1,500 top prize. Reitzler settled for a close 2nd, Oliver Jr. held on for 3rd, Carter was 4th, with Les Blakley coming from 8th to round out the top 5.

Curtis Van Der Wal and Brett Lowry made up the front row for the 22 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Dakota Simmons spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal jumped out front on lap 1 over Lowry and Bobby Anders. Van Der Wal then started to pull away from the battle for second, until the second caution of the event appeared on lap 4. This time Bradley Holtmeyer spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Van Der Wal once again grabbed the top spot on the restart, with Lowry working to hold back Anders in the battle for second. The action up front came to halt on lap 5, when contact from Anders sent Lowry spinning off turn four. But Lowry would stay in the gas and did a complete 360 to keep going, which caused the field to take action to avoid Lowry. As a result of that 9 cars, which included Bard Iverson, Tony Johnson, Brandon Dale, Scott VanBuskirk, Carter VanDenBerg, Holtmeyer, Dustin Crear, Bobby Six, and Simmons, ended up piled up down the middle of the front stretch to bring out the red flag. Once back to green Van Der Wal moved back out front, with Lowry now working to hold back Jim Gillenwater and Tony Dunker. Another caution on lap 6 slowed the action, as Creston Williams got into the back of Chris Larson who spun in turn 4 and collected Jeremy Pundt. Van Der Wal once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Dunker coming from 4th to second. Dunker tried to stayed glued to Van Der Wal’s back bumper, until the fifth caution appeared on lap 12. This time Anders, who was running 5th, clipped a tire in turn four and spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal again jumped back out front, with Dunker close behind in second. Dunker again tried to stay glued to his back bumper, when another caution came on on lap 17. This time Phillip Cossel spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light on. Van Der Wal once again grabbed the lead on the restart and looked to be heading to the win, until the final caution came out on lap 20. Tony Johnson spun his machine in turn 4 to bring out the yellow and set
up a two lap dash to the finish. On the restart Van Der Wal moved back out front and held on over the final 2 laps to claim the $1,500 top prize. Dunker finished 2nd, Lowry was 3rd, Gillenwater was 4th, with Rodger Dresden coming home in 5th. Logan Anderson, who started 24th and passed 18 cars to finish 6th, won the $50 hard charger bonus from Dunker Concrete.

The final feature up on the night was the 25 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Scott Hogan and Ronn Lauritzen making up the front row. Lauritzen would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Hogan and Jeff Mueller. Lauritzen, who was working the bottom of the track, Hogan who was up top, and Mueller who was working the bottom started to pull away from the field. While the lead trio battle out front, Kyle Brown, who started 5th, and Jimmy Gustin, who started 8th, were working there way towards the front. There progress was helped on lap 12, when Brandon Ruffcorn spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lauritzen jumped back out front, with Brown over taking Hogan for the runner up spot. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 14, as Dugan Thye spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. Lauritzen once again grabbed the lead on the restart, leaving Brown and Hogan to battle for the runner up
spot. While Lauritzen and Brown worked the bottom of the track, Hogan found something up top to make it a three car battle for the lead. Coming to the white flag Hogan was able to get up beside Lauritzen, who was working to hold back Brown. Lauritzen was able to hold on off of turn four coming to the checkers to take home the $1,500 top prize. Hogan settled for 2nd, Brown was 3rd, Gustin finished in 4th, with Brandon Rothzen coming from 12th to take home a 5th place finish.

Coming up on Saturday, October 26th will be the Farmington Tax & Accounting Shiverfest. Rides thru the pits will start at 3:00 pm, Trick-Or-Treating (sponsored by the drivers) will started at 3:30 pm, then Box Car races will be held at 4:00 pm, with Hot Laps starting at 4:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, students (7-17) $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! Pit passes are $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information about the last event of the 2013 season at the Lee County Speedway you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

The 2nd Annual Fall Extravaganza Set For This Weekend at the Lee County Speedway

October 11th, 2013

Donnellson, IA – After six weeks since the regular points season ended, the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA is set to get back into action this weekend with the 2nd Annual Discount Tire & Service Fall Extravaganza presented by Cole Implement. Thursday night October 10th will get the weekend kicked off with a practice night, with the action set to take place on Friday, October 11th, with the action be presented by PEPSI Memphis Bottling Co. and ending on Saturday, October 12th, with Budweiser presenting the action.

Alot of money is on the line for all five classes, as the Budweiser Modifieds will be going for a top prize of $1,500 to win and $200 to start. While the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be gunning for a top prize of $1,500 to win and $150 to start. The Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks will be going for $1,000 to win and $150 to start, while the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts are racing for $500 to win and $75 to start.

All the action will kick off on Thursday, October 10th with a practice night. Pit gates will open at 5:30 pm, with the first hot laps secession starting at 7:00 pm. Hot laps will continue until all drivers are satisfied with there cars. Pit passes will be $20 for the driver and car, and $15 for anybody else wanting to go into the pits. Grandstands will be open for FREE admission on Thursday for fans to come out and watch there favorite driver get there cars dialed in before Friday nights action.

Then on Friday, October 11th the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts will draw for there first set of heat races to determine there starting line ups. Those heat races will be ran, with points awarded for each finishing position. Then the second set of heats will be inverted, with the highest drawn number in each class starting on the pole. Those heats will be ran, with points again be awarded for each finishing position. Then both heat race points will be totaled up to determine what top 8 drivers in all five classes will be locked into Saturday nights big A Mains.

Saturday, October 12th will be the final night, which will be topped off with all five big A Mains. All drivers, including any new cars, will redraw for the B Mains, with any last chance races needed being ran to give drivers two chances of making into the big A Mains. Then to finish off the weekend the Budweiser Modifieds, the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods will be racing for $1,500 to win, while the Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks will be gunning for a top prize of $1,000 and the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts racing for $500 to win.

Don’t forget the pit gates and grandstands will open on Thursday at 5:30 pm, with the first hot laps session starting at 7:00 pm. Then on Friday the pit gates and grandstands will open at 5:00 pm, with hot laps at 6:45 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Saturday the pit gates and grandstands will swing open at 4:30 pm, with hot laps set for 6:00 pm, and racing starting at 6:30 pm.

Pit passes for Thursday will be $20 for all drivers and there cars, with anybody else wishing to go to the pits being charged $15. Grandstands for Thursday will be FREE! Then on Friday pit passes will be $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10, while grandstand prices will be adults $12, students (7-13) $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! Saturday nights pit passes will be $30, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10, while the grandstands will be adults $15, students (7-13) $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! But a two day pit pass will be offered on Friday for $50, giving you a savings of $5. While a two day grandstand pass will be offered to the adults for $22, also giving you a savings of $5.

There is any entry fee that will be required to be paid on Friday night before you can draw for your starting spot. Those are $75 for the Budweiser Modifieds, $70 for the Donnellson Tire Stock Cars and Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods, $50 for the Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks, and $40 for the Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts. You do not have to race Friday to be able to race on Saturday. But you will still have to pay the entry fee and race for half the purse, unless you choose to pay double the entry fee to race for the full purse.

Camping with showers are available for the weekend. Anybody wishing to have electrical hook ups will be charged $20 per night. Those who wish to camp out can bring there campers with them on Thursday and make a weekend it out of it. Plus there are 3 suites available for this weekend, which can be rented for $75 for 1 night or $125 for the whole weekend. Get get your reservation in, first come first serve, you are encouraged to call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

For more information about this event, including rules and a full payout, you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at www.leecountyspeedway.com.

Lee County’s Spring Extravaganza pays $1,000 to IMCA Modified winner

March 24th, 2013

DONNELLSON, Iowa – A $1,000 to win feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds headlines Lee County Speedway’s Friday, March 29 Spring Extravaganza.

The Modified race is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both run for $500 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $200 to win.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.

Pit gates at Donnellson open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m.

Entry fees are $30 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and Northern SportMods, $20 for Hobby Stocks and $15 for Sport Compacts. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students ages 7-17, and free for six and under. Pit passes are $25.

The special is sponsored by Mohrfeld Electric. More information is available from promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330.