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Wood, Thornton share Iron Man Challenge spotlight at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

August 20th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Mo. –Both Nathan Wood and Ricky Thornton Jr. left the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway $1,000 richer than when they arrived Thursday night after capturing the feature wins for the Iron Man Challenge.

Wood, who won the very first Iron Man crown in 2010 and was the 2006 USRA Hobby Stock national champion, came from the fifth starting position and took the lead out of the gate.

From there, the Sigourney, Iowa, racer held off a furious charge from Dereck Green over the last half of the race to notch the victory for the Holley USRA Stock Cars.

Jason Cook, Todd Staley and Jesse Brown completed the top five.

In the 20-lap Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event, polesitter Galen Hassler paced the first 11 circuits before Ricky Thornton Jr. took command and went on to claim the victory.

Driving for Mike Tanner Racing from the ninth starting spot, Thornton took the win ahead of Brayton Carter while Curtis VanDerWal rebounded from an early-race spin to garner the third spot.

Hassler held on for fourth and Carter VanDenBerg rounding out the top five.

The Iron Man Challenge returns to action next week with four straight nights of racing for both the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds:

Wednesday, Aug. 23 – Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Thursday, Aug. 24 – Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 25 – Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Thornton rolls Oreo machine into USMTS victory lane at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

August 20th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Mo. –Hustling around the hairy high side for 40 laps, Ricky Thornton Jr. nabbed his first main event win during the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental Thursday night before a packed house at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Mo.

While it was Thornton’s sixth United States Modified Touring Series of the season, it was the first of the season behind the wheel of his favorite Larry Shaw Race Cars chassis and first since his initial USMTS victory in last year’s “Deuces Wild” prelude to the Grant Junghans Memorial.

Just moments after winning the 20-lap Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature, Thornton led the 24-car USMTS field to the green flag after securing the pole position.

The 26-year-old Chandler, Ariz., native quickly made his way to the highest line on the 4/10-mile dirt oval with fellow front-row starter Jason Hughes in tow.

While Hughes got underneath Thornton on several occasions as they sliced and diced their way through heavy lapped traffic, Thornton never wavered and posted a wire-to-wire victory in his Oreo Double Stuf machine to pocket the $3,000 top prize plus an additional $1,500 as part of the Rancho Milagro Bonus Bucks program.

Hughes, meanwhile, narrowed the gap between himself and points leader Stormy Scott with a runner-up finish as he seeks his third straight USMTS title and fourth overall.

Cade Dillard, who came up just three points shy of denying Hughes the crown last year, tried to deny Thornton the win on an early-race restart but could not make the pass and eventually settled for third place money.

In just his second USMTS start, Cayden Carter registered an impressive fourth-place finish after starting 11th on the grid, holding off a late charge from Scott who finished fifth.

Ryan Gustin bested Zack VanderBeek for sixth after a race-long back-and-forth battle, Travis Saurer was eighth, Rodney Sanders was the ninth car to cross the finish line and the final driver still on the lead lap at the end while Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top 10.

Earlier in the night, Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year points leader R.C. Whitwell got the short end of the stick when a handful of drivers were fighting for the same piece of real estate during Edelbrock Heat Race #3.

The resulting melee forced Whitwell’s race car to veer right as the group entered turn three, tipping over and then barrel-rolling several times before coming to a stop outside of the corner.

Whitwell was uninjured in the incident, got out his backup car and raced from 21st to 12th in the main event to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

Celebrating the life of one of the most popular USMTS racers of all time, the 2nd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial will take place Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

The racing world lost one of its finest ambassadors in March 2016, and the Grant Junghans Memorial race is an opportunity for his fans, family and friends to remember the good times and racing memories shared in his 27 years with us.

The one-day event will once again pay $10,002 to the winner of the main event, with no less than $1,002 to each of the feature race starters. Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will be racing for $2,222 to win and $222 to start their “A” Main.

Lucas Schott of Chatfield, Minn., topped the inaugural event last year, besting nearly 100 of the most prolific field of dirt modified drivers ever assembled.

Sponsors stepping up to make this race possible include Shop Quik Stores, ARMI Contractors, Rick Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning, Ramirez Motorsports, Rancho Milagro Racing, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Kenny’s Tile, Seeburg Muffler, Malvern Bank, RHRSwag.com, Shell Oil, Boubin Tire & Automotive/Real Racing Wheels, Town Oilfield Service, 33z Racing/VanderBuilt Race Cars, A&A Electric & Underground, MB Customs Race Cars, “Gator” & Lana Calhoun and Fast Shafts. An unbelievable fireworks show presented by Kenny’s Tile will also be a part of the night.

Pits open at 2 p.m., spectator gates open at 5, hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission seating is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 11-15. Children ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. A limited number of suite and terrace tickets are available by calling the Lakeside Speedway office at (913) 299-9206.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Basehor, Kansas City, Lenexa and Overland Park, plus Belton, Blue Springs, De Soto, Grain Valley, Independence, Kansas City, Kearney, Lees Summit, Shawnee and Smithville in Missouri. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Terry Phillips has four career USMTS victories here while Rodney Sanders and Jeremy Payne have each won three. Ryan Gustin, Nic Bidinger, Matt Dotson, Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Thornton Jr., Aaron Marrant and Schott each have one win here.

For fans unable to be there in person, RacinDirt.com will carry every lap live at www.racindirt.com.

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Early Bird Pricing saves fans serious money at Memphis USMTS show

August 8th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Mo.–Fans can save big money by getting their tickets early and online for the Pepsi Speedway USMTS special at the Scotland County Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 17.

The mega-show will be highlighted by the United States Modified Touring Series as they continue the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and the battle to become the 2017 USMTS national champion.

In addition to the stars and cars of the USMTS, the tripleheader will also spotlight the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. While Modified drivers will be fighting for at least a $3,000 top prize, the Stock Car and B-Mod feature winners will pocket $1,000 each.

Presented by J&J Ag, the event will be the 22nd visit by the USMTS to the semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval in the northeast corner of the Show-Me State, but the first since Ryan Gustin’s victory on June 19, 2010.

Fans can purchase discounted Early Bird Pricing tickets online at usmts.com/pepsispeedway before race day for significant savings..

Early Bird Pricing (online only):
Adult (16-61 years old): $15.00
Youth (6-15 years old): $7.00
Senior (62 years and older): $12.00

Early Bird Pricing ends at midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 16. All ticket sales on Thursday, Aug. 17, will be at the track. Ticket prices on race day are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth. Children ages 5 and under get in for free.

However, fans can still save by picking up a coupon good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Edina, Farmington, Kahoka, Kirksville, La Belle, Lancaster, Memphis and Queen City, as well as the store in Bloomfield, Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit caseys.com.

Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., and his USMTS Modified sponsored by Double Stuf Oreo will be available for a meet ‘n’ greet with fans at the Casey’s General Store located at 110 North Clay in Memphis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get a “Hot Ticket” worth $5 off adult admission directly from Thornton during his appearance.

On Thursday night, hot laps start at 7 p.m. with racing action getting underway at 7:30. Bring the whole family as the show includes a candy dash and a pair of bicycle giveaways for the kids.

Event sponsors include Pepsi Bottling of Memphis (Modifieds), Walker Motors of Memphis (Stock Cars) and Brewer Seeds (Lewis Seed) of Memphis (B-Mods).

Kelly Shryock has five USMTS wins at the Scotland County Speedway and Al Hejna owns four victories. In 2006 here, Hejna put an end to Shryock’s record-setting 11-race win streak. Jason Hughes is also a four-time winner here while Scott Menonigle won both features during the 2002 season.

The first race was held on Aug. 4, 2001, with Mike Spaulding picking up the win. Other drivers who have visited the USMTS winner’s circle here one time are Johnny Bone Jr., Tommy Myer, Dean Mahlstedt, Jon Tesch and Gustin.

Ryan Gustin won the main event the last time the USMTS visited the Scotland County Speedway on June 19, 2010.

The race track is located at the junction of US 136 and SR 15 in Memphis, Mo. (1.0 mile west of Memphis on US 136 to SR 15, then east. For more information, contact event promoter Jon Fuller at (660) 626-7550.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods return to Scotland County Speedway Aug. 17

July 30th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Mo. -It’s been more than ten years since the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods battled at the Scotland County Speedway but a new chapter will be written when the Iron Man Challenge invades the Memphis, Mo., oval on Aug. 17.

Part of a thrilling Thursday night tripleheader with the United States Modified Touring Series, the main event winners will both walk away with $1,000.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Veteran ace Steve Jackson of Polk City, Iowa, leads the Holley USRA Stock Car points heading into the Memphis clash while New Hampton, Iowa’s Cole Denner sits atop the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod rankings.

REMAINING 2017 IRON MAN CHALLENGE EVENTS

Aug. 15-16 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Aug. 17 … Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Aug. 24 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Aug. 25 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Aug. 26 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Aug. 31 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sept. 1 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sept. 2 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sept. 3 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sept. 16 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sept. 21-23 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Oct. 12-14 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)

The Scotland County Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of Memphis on US 136 to SR 15, then east.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Long and Carter Sweep the “Memphis Fall Nationals”

October 27th, 2016

*Memphis, MO* – The 2016 racing season at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri official came to a close on Saturday, October 22nd, with night 2 of the “Memphis Fall Nationals”. Mother nature helped out tremendously by provide everyone with a beautiful night for late October. When the final checkered flag flew on Saturday, Michael Long (Modified) and Cayden Cater (Stock Car) were the only two drivers to repeat their Friday night wins.

The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 15 lap Hobby Stocks, with Randy Byerly and Mike Hughes leading the field to the green flag. Hughes would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Clint Nelson and Danny Thrasher. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when Kenser Ellis spun off turn 4 to bring out the caution. On the restart Hughes moved back out front, with Nelson and Thrasher working to hold off Dustin Griffiths for the runner up spot. But on lap 6 Griffiths was able to slip past both to take the second spot, and then went to work on chasing down Hughes for the top spot. He would be helped on lap 8, when the second and final caution of the race appeared. This time Tim Hoselton spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Hughes moved out front on the restart, with Griffiths and Nelson close behind. Hughes would go on to lead the finals laps to pick up the win. Griffiths was 2nd, Nelson was 3rd, Garrett Eilander started 9th and finished 4th, with Thrasher holding on for 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap SportMod feature, with Austin Paul and Tim Plummer drawing the front row. But it was third place starter Brandon Dale who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Plumer and Tony Dunker. Curtis Van Der Wal,
who started 6th, would slip under Dale coming off turn 4 to take the top spot away on lap 7. Just as Van Der Wal started to pull away the first and only caution of the race came out on lap 19, to set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. On the restart Van Der Wal jumped back out front, with Plummer and Paul close behind. Going into turn 3 on the final lap Van Der Wal went low, while Plummer chose the middle. The two would come off turn 4 side-by-side, with Van Der Wal edging Plummer at the line by half a car length to claim the win and the $1,000 check. Plummer was 2nd, Paul was 3rd, Jim Gillenwater started 9th and finished 4th, with
Carter VanDenBerg passing 12 cars from his 17th place starting spot to come home in 5th.

Curt Marks and Tommy Elston drew the front row for the 25 lap Late Model feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Todd Frank spun in turn 1 and collected Sam Halstead, who was driving Lynn Richards #26R. On the original restart Elston moved out front on lap 1 over Derek Liles and Marks. Elston set such a blistering pace, that when the checkered flag was waved he had lapped up to the second place car. Elston’s win was worth $1,000 thanks to Dubuque Moving and Storage out of Dubuque, Iowa. Liles finished 2nd and was the only car left on the lead lap, Gunner Frank was 3rd, Dan Gordon was 4th, with Charles VanZante rounding out the top 5.

The 20 lap Stock Car feature was next to take to the track, with Kirk Kinsley and Jason Cook leading the field to the drop of the green. Kinsley took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Cook and Cayden Carter, who started 6th. The action was slowed for the first time just after the completion of lap 1, as Jeff Mueller, who was running 4th, spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Dustin Griffiths, who just purchased a Stock Car from Roger Kelderman and was running 7th, spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Carter go to the top of the track to over take Kinsley for the top spot. A third caution of the race slowed the action on lap 7, as Kevin Koontz lost the rear end in turn 4 and collected Randy Exline to bring out the yellow. On the restart Johnny Spaw, who started 8th and was running 3rd, spun in turn 2 and collected Jason See, who was running 6th, Kinsley and Chris Wibbell to bring the yellow light back on. Carter would move out front on the next restart, with Mike Hughes, who started 12th, and John Oliver Jr. close behind. Hughes and Oliver Jr. followed in Carter’s tire tracks over the next 8 laps, and was looking for Carter to make a mistake. When the final caution of the race came out on lap 16. This time Jason York went over the track in turns 3 and 4 to bring out the yellow. Carter once again grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on to pick up his second win of the weekend and another $1,000 top prize to go with it. Hughes was 2nd, Nathan Wood, who started 13th, over took Oliver Jr. late in the race to finish 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Tom Bowling Jr. coming home in 5th.

Barry Taft and Brandon Reu led the field to the green in the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, but it was third place starter Kimberly Abbott who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Reu and Taft. Abbott then had to work to hold them off, when the first and only caution of the race slowed the action on lap 3. Ryan Moore went over the track in turns 3 and 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Abbott moved back out front, with Jake Dietrich over taking Reu and Taft for the runner up spot. Reu was able to work back under Dietrich to reclaim the runner up spot on lap 5, and then went to work on Abbott for the lead. Over the final 5 laps Reu looked under Abbott coming off the corners. But Abbott was able to hold him off to claim the win. Reu was 2nd, Darin Smith over took Dietrich late to finish 3rd, Dietrich was 4th, with Taft holding on for 5th.

The 25 lap Modified feature was the final event to take to the track, with Shane DeMay and Cayden Carter drawing the front row. Carter took advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Dakota Hayden and Zack VanderBeek. Just after the completion of lap 1 the first and only caution of the race appeared, as Jared Fuller, who was running 5th, spun in turn 2 and collected Patrick Flannagan, who was running 8th, and Derrick Stewart to bring out the yellow. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with VanderBeek over taking Hayden for second. While Carter worked to hold back VanderBeek and Hayden, all eyes were on Michael Long. Long, who started 18th, used the top of the track to quickly work his way towards the front. On lap 10 Long would over take VanderBeek for the runner up spot and then went to work on chasing down Carter for the lead. Carter started to enter lapped traffic on lap 13, which allowed Long to close in on him. Long then used the lapped traffic to slip past Carter for the top spot on lap 17. Carter was able to stay close to Long thru heavy lapped traffic, but Long would go on to pick up his second win on the weekend and another $1,000 check to go with it. Carter settled for 2nd, VanderBeek was 3rd, Hayden was 4th, with Bruce Hanford coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

Long, Carter, Lennox, Ballard, and Reu Score Wins on Night 1 of the “Memphis Fall Nationals”

October 26th, 2016

*Memphis, MO*- Night 1 of the “Memphis Fall Nationals” kicked off on Friday, which also began the final weekend of racing during the 2016 racing season at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. Despite the cool evening temperatures, the action on track was enough to help keep the fans warm throughout the night.

The 20 lap Stock Car feature was the first to take to the track, with Todd Reitzler and Nathan Wood drawing the front row for the event. Reitzler would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over
Mike Hughes, who started 6th, and Jeff Mueller, who started 5th. Hughes, who was working the top of the track, used the momentum to take the top spot away from Reitzler on lap 3. The action up front was slowed for the
first and only time on lap 8, when Brian Derry spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Hughes jumped back out front, with Mueller and Cayden Carter, who started 8th, battling for second. Carter would use the same move that Hughes used earlier to get the lead, by using the momentum off turn 4 to take the lead on lap 14. After Carter took the lead, Hughes moved from the bottom to the top of the track to follow Carter. Which allowed Mueller to work the bottom and make it a three car battle for the lead. Despite a few challenges over the final laps, Carter was able to hold on to pick up the win and the $1,000 check. Mueller was 2nd, Hughes was 3rd, Jason Cook came from 10th to finish in 4th, with Johnny Spaw rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, with Kenny Smith and Darin Smith leading them to the green flag. But it was fourth place starter Brandon Reu who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Smith and Barry Taft, who started 5th. Disaster would strike a few of the front runners on lap 5, when Eric Misner spun in front of the leaders in turn 4 and collected Smith, Brandon Lambert and Alyssa Steele to bring out the caution. On the restart Reu moved back out front, with Taft and Jake Dietrich following close behind. The final caution of the race appeared on lap 8, when Steele stopped down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Reu once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Taft and Dietrich close behind. Taft tried to get under Reu over the final laps, but Reu was able to hold him off to pick up the win. Taft settled for 2nd, Kimberly Abbott, who started 8th, nipped Dietrich at the line to finish in 3rd, Dietrich was 4th, with Casey Lambert finishing 5th after starting in 13th

Rob Wilsey and Dustin Griffiths lead the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Griffiths jumping out front on lap 1 over Nathan Ballard and Wilsey. The lead for Griffiths only lasted 1 lap, as Ballard slipped past him on lap 2 to take over the top spot. Just after lap 2 was scored complete the first and only caution of the race appeared. Debris in turn 2 would bring out the yellow. On the restart Ballard jumped back out front, with Mike Hughes, who started 6th, moving into the runner up spot. Hughes would challenge Ballard for the top spot over the final few laps. But Ballard was able to hold him off to claim the win. Hughes was 2nd, Mike Kincaid was 3rd, Clint Nelson started 7th and finished 4th, with Griffiths holding on for a 5th place finish.

Up next was the 20 lap SportMod feature, with Brandon Dale and Jerry Hinton drawing the front row. But it was fifth place starter Brayton Carter who quickly moved to the front to lead lap 1 over Dale and Curtis Van Der Wal. Disaster would strike the second and third place runners on the completion of lap 1, as Dale spun in turn 2 from contact from Van Der Wal. Dale would restart from the rear of the field, as Van Der Wal retied to the pits with brake problems. On the restart Jim Gillenwater, who started 11th, used the bottom of the track to grab the top spot away from Carter, as Brandon Lennox, who started 9th, moved into third. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 6, when Jami Ritter spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Gillenwater jumped back out front on the restart, with Carter and Lennox battling for second. Lennox worked the top of the track to grab second away from Carter on lap 7, and then went to work on Gillenwater for the lead. Coming off turn 4 on lap 12, Lennox used the momentum off the top to take the top spot away from Gillenwater. Gillenwater tried to work back under Lennox over the next 5 laps, when the final caution of the race appeared on lap 17. Mike Tanner came to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lennox jumped back out front and then held off Gillenwater to pick up the win and the $1,000 top prize. Gillenwater settled for 2nd, Logan Anderson came from 10th to finish in 3rd, Carter was 4th, with Tim Plummer finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

The final feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap Modifieds, with Rob Jennings and Kyle Brown leading the field to green. Brown, who was up top, edged out Zack VanderBeek, who was working the bottom, at the line by inches to lead lap 1, with Cayden Carter close behind in third. The battle up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, as Milo Veloz spun in turn 3 and Dugan Thye went over the track in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Donovan Lodge spun in turn 1 and collected Larry McConnell to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Michael Long, who started 10th, slip past Brown to grab the lead away. But Brown would slip back past Long on lap 4 to get the lead. The two would trade slid jobs over the next three laps, before Long took command of the race on lap 8. Long then pulled away to claim the win and the $1,000 check. Brown was 2nd, VanderBeek was 3rd, Andrew Schroeder finished 4th after starting in 12th, with Kurt Kile starting 9th and coming home in 5th.

Carter and Taft Sweep the Bottom Heavy Nationals

October 5th, 2016

Memphis, MO- Saturday night wrapped up the second and final night of the “Bottom Heavy Nationals” at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. Back in action was the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts, with the Lee County Late Models joining the card for the night.

The 14 lap Sport Compacts was the first feature to take to the track. When Josh Barnes scratched from the event, this would move Barry Taft to the pole next to Darin Smith for the start. Taft would take advantage of being moved to the pole by grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Smith and Brandon Reu, who started 5th. One lap later, lap 2, Reu over took Smith for the runner up spot and then went to work on Taft for the top spot. Reu tried to work under Taft over the next 10 laps, but Taft was able to hold him off each lap. Then coming off turn 4 to get the white flag, Reu was able to get a fender under Taft. But the first and only caution of the race slowed Reu’s momentum on that lap. Jaden DeLonjay would spin in turn 1 to bring out the yellow and set up a 2 lap over time shoot out. On the restart Taft moved back out front, with Reu and Ron Kibbe, who started 7th over taking Smith for third, close behind. Taft would hold on over the final laps to pick up his second win of the weekend at the track. Reu was 2nd, Kibbe was 3rd, Smith was 4th, with Jake Benischek rounding out the top 5.

Up next was the 20 lap Stock Car feature, with John Oliver Jr. and Jason Cook leading the field to the green flag. But just as the green flag waved the caution light would come on, as Jake Wenig spun in turn 2 and collected Dallon Murty, Jeremy Pundt, Abe Huls, and Kevin Koontz to bring out the yellow. On the restart Oliver Jr. jumped out front on lap 1 over Mike Hughes and Cook. Cook over took Hughes for second on lap 2 and then tried to work under Oliver Jr. for the lead over the next 4 laps. When David Brandies, who was running 7th, spun in turn 1 to bring out the caution. Oliver Jr. once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Hughes and Cook continuing their battle for second. While Oliver Jr., Hughes and Cook worked the bottom of the track, Cayden Carter, who started 7th, was working the top to make it a four car battle for the lead. Disaster would strike two of the top runners on lap 17. Hughes was able to get under Oliver Jr. coming off turn 2 to take the lead away, with Oliver Jr. trying to get back under him going into turn 3. Coming off turn 4 contact between the two would send Hughes spinning and bringing out the yellow.

Cook inherited the lead on the restart, with Carter and Jeff Mueller, who started 6th, following close behind. Coming off turn 4 to the white flag Carter, who was up top, pulled even with Cook for the lead. The two would race side-by-side, with Mueller looking for a way around. Then coming off turn 4 to get the checkered, Cook slid high and made contact with Carter. Which allowed Mueller to get up beside Cook, as the two drag raced down the front stretch for the win. Cook was able to inch out the win at the line. Mueller settled for 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Todd Reitzler started 11th and finished 4th, with Nathan Wood coming from 12th to round out the top 5.

Jeff Guengerich and Tommy Elston starting the Lee County Late Model 25 lap feature from the front row, with Elston jumping out front on lap 1 over Guengerich and Sam Halstead. The action was slowed for the first and only time on lap 2, when Brandon Ruffcorn spun in turn 2 and collected Tegan Evans to bring out the yellow. On the restart Elston moved back out front, with Halstead over taking Guengerich for the runner up spot. Elston quickly moved in to start lapping cars, which also cost him the race. When Ruffcorn slowed in turn 4 on lap 10, Elston would run into the back of him. But with no damage done, Elston would pull away to cruise to an easy win. Halstead was 2nd, Guengerich was 3rd, Derek Liles was 4th, with John VanDenBerg coming from 7th to finish 5th.

The 25 lap Modified feature was next, with Andrew Schroeder moving to the pole next to Cayden Carter when Steve Stewart was a scratch. Carter took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Schroeder and Bill Roberts Jr. The Modifieds had troubles getting going, as three cautions in the first 5 laps slowed the action. Kelly Buckallew spun in turn 1 on lap 3 to bring out the first caution. Then Larry McConnell went for a spin in turn 2 on lap 4 to bring out the second yellow. The final caution of the race appeared on lap 5, when Scott Simotavich spun in turn 3. On the restart Carter moved back out front, with Schroeder and Roberts Jr. following. While Schroeder tried to keep pace with Carter, the battle was for third. As Roberts Jr., Kyle Brown, Bruce Hanford, who started 8th, Jeff Waterman, and Kurt Kile, who started 13th, raced two wide at times for the spot. Without a late race caution there was no catching Carter, who claimed his second win of the weekend. Schroeder was 2nd, Kile won the battle for 3rd, Brown was 4th, with Hanford coming home in 5th.

Damon Murty, who was driving Bill Bonnett’s #19, and Nathan Wood led the field to the green flag in the 14 lap Hobby Stock feature. But it was third place starter Nick Ulin who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Murty and Dustin Griffiths. Ulin then held the top spot until lap 3, when Murty used the momentum off the top of the track to take the top spot away. Murty then held off several challenges from Ulin over the final laps to pick up the win. Ulin was 2nd, Griffiths was 3rd, Wood was 4th, with Mike Kincaid finishing in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 18 lap SportMods, with Kyle Hill and Jim Gillenwater making up the front row for the event. Gillenwater would jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Logan Anderson and Curtis Van Der Wal. Just like the Modifieds, the SportMods had troubles getting going, as four cautions in the first 4 laps slowed the action. Hill, who was running 4th, spun in turn 2 on the completion of lap 1 to bring out the first yellow. Then John Oliver Jr. went for a spin in turn 2 on lap 2 to bring out the second caution. Cory Van Zante, who was running 6th, would spin in turn 2 on lap 3 to bring out the third yellow. The fourth and final caution of the race appeared on lap 4, when third place runner Van Der Wal appeared to break something on the front and went over the track in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gillenwater jumped back out front, with Brayton Carter and Anderson close behind. Anderson would over take Carter for the runner up spot on lap 6, and then went to work on Gillenwater for the lead. But Gillenwater would hold him off to claim the win. Anderson settled for another 2nd, Sean Wyett started 9th and finished 3rd, Tim Plummer had another impressive run after starting in 14th and finishing 4th, with Carter VanDenBerg passing 10 cars from his 15th place starting spot to come home in 5th.

Next up for the third and fourth races of the fall specials is the “MUSCO Lighting Fall Challenge” at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th. The Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, and Hobby Stocks will all be racing for $1,000 to win in a complete show and payouts each night. Also racing both nights will be the Sport Compacts, which are going for a top prize of $250 to win each night.

For more information please visit the Southern Iowa Speedway’s website at www.oskyspeedway.com.

Carter, Mueller, Van Der Wal, Hughes and Taft Open Bottom Heavy Nationals With Wins

October 3rd, 2016

Memphis, MO – The Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri, which has set idol since mid July, kicked of the nine race fall nationals special events on Friday night. In action on the night during the Bottom Heavy Nationals, was the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Compacts.

The first feature to take to the track was the 16 lap SportMods, with Brett Lowry and Brayton Carter making up the front row. Carter would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Lowry and Brandon Dale. Lowry tried to slip under Carter over the next 5 laps, when the first caution of the race appeared. Kyle Olson would spin in turn 1 after contact with Austen Becerra to bring out the yellow. On the restart Lowry grabbed the top spot away from Carter, who also lost the runner up spot to Curtis Van Der Wal. One lap later, lap 8, Van Der Wal would slip under Lowry coming off turn 4 to grab the lead away. Then after the completion of lap 8 the caution came out, as Michael Goodwin spun in turn 4 from contact with Jeff Roberts to bring out the yellow. On the restart Craig Garner spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Van Der Wal move back out front, with Lowry and Jim Gillenwater close behind.

Van Der Wal then tried to pull away from the battle for the runner up spot going on between Lowry, Gillenwater, Logan Anderson, who started 7th, and Tim Plummer, who had charged his way up from his 17th place starting spot, when the final caution came out on lap 12. This time Hunter Longnecker and Roberts spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal moved back out front, with Lowry and Anderson battling for the second spot. With two laps to go Anderson was able to get past Lowry for the runner up spot, and then went to work on chasing down Van Der Wal for the lead. But Van Der Wal would hold on to pick up the win. Anderson settled for 2nd, Lowry was 3rd, Plummer was 4th, with Gillenwater coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 12 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Mike Hughes and Dustin Griffiths leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Hughes would grab the lead on lap 1 over Griffiths and Bill Bonnett. On lap 3 Griffiths run up front came to an end when he pulled into the infield with a left rear flat. This would leave Bonnett to try and chase down Hughes for the lead. But without a caution, Hughes would pull away to claim the win. Bonnett was 2nd, Mike Kincaid was 3rd, Sierra Wilsey was 4th, with Justin O’Haver rounding out the top 5.

Cayden Carter and Steve Stewart made up the front row for the 20 lap Modified feature. But just as the green flag waved the caution light came on, as fourth place starter Kurt Kile spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Stewart grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Carter and Jerad Fuller. The battle up front was so intense that racing was three wide coming off turn four to complete lap 2. But when Fuller and Scott Dickey collided off turn 4 battling for third, the caution appeared to slow the action. Stewart moved back out front on the restart, with Carter and now Bruce Hanford close behind. Coming off turn 4 to complete lap 4, Carter was able to slip past Stewart to grab the top spot away. Then just after the lap was scored complete, the caution light came on for debris down the front stretch. On the restart Carter jumped back out front, with Stewart and Hanford still close behind. But another lap, lap 5, was scored and another caution appeared, as Eric Glass spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow.

Once again Carter moved back out front, with Stewart and Kyle Brown, who started 20th after arriving late, charging his way into the battle up front. With all eyes on the lead pack, Andrew Schroeder, who started 17th, and Kile, who spun on the start, were working their way towards the front. Just when Carter started to put some distance on the rest of the field, the final caution of the race came out on lap 18. This would set up a 2 lap shoot out, with Carter grabbing the lead on the restart over Stewart and Hanford. Carter then held on to pick up the win. Stewart was 2nd, Hanford was 3rd, Brown finished his charge in 4th, with Jeff Waterman coming home 5th after starting in 9th.

Up next was the 14 lap Sport Compact feature, with William Michel and Josh Barnes making up the front row for the event. Barnes would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Barry Taft and Kimberly Abbott. Taft tried to slip under Barnes over the next 7 laps, when they started to enter lapped traffic. Coming out of turn 4 to complete lap 8, Taft was able to use the lapped traffic to edge out Barnes by inches for the top spot. But Barnes would come back on the top of the track to take the lead back on lap 9. Taft continued to try and work under Barnes over the next 4 laps, but Barnes was able to hold him off. Then coming out of turn 4 on the final lap Taft was able to get under Barnes, as the two raced side-by-side down the front stretch. Taft would edge out the win at the line. Barnes settled for 2nd, Abbott was 3rd, Jake Benischek came from 13th to finish 4th, with Brandon Lambert finishing 5th.

The 18 lap Stock Car feature was the final feature to take to the track, with Jeff Mueller and Cayden Carter leading the field to the green. Mueller used his starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Carter and Mike Hughes. The action up front was two wide for first and third, as Mueller, on the bottom, tried to hold off Carter, who was up top, for the lead. At the same time Hughes, was working the bottom, had John Oliver Jr. to his outside, as the two were looking for a way to get to the lead. On lap 8 the action up front was slowed for the first and only time, as Jake Wenig slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Mueller moved back out front, with Hughes over taking Carter for the runner up spot. With Mueller glued to the bottom of the track, Hughes and Carter went to the top of the track to try and wrestle the lead away. This would allow Oliver Jr. to move into the runner up spot on lap 15, as he followed Mueller on the bottom. Oliver Jr. then tried to work under Mueller over the final laps, but Mueller was able to hold him off to claim the win. Oliver Jr. was 2nd, Carter was 3rd, Hughes was 4th, with Nathan Wood rounding out the top 5.

Nine Race Fall Specials at Three Tracks Set to Kick-Off This Weekend

October 1st, 2016

*Memphis, MO* – The Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri has been idol since July, but will host the “Memphis Bottom Heavy Fall Special” this weekend on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st. Which will also kick-off a nine race fall special events at three tracks in the area.

In action both nights this weekend will be the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Compacts, with the Lee County Late Models joining the card on Saturday night. Both nights will be a complete
show, with a full payout each night. All drivers will draw for there starting spot in the heat races each night, with passing points being used to help determine any B Mains being ran and the feature line-ups.

Each night the Modifieds will be racing for $580 to win and second paying $600, with $125 guaranteed to start the feature. While the Stock Cars and SportMods are racing for $480 to win and second paying $500, with $100
guaranteed to start the feature. The Hobby Stocks are racing for $380 to win and second paying $400, with $100 guaranteed to start the feature. And the Sport Compacts are going for $280 to win and second paying $300, with
$50 guaranteed to start the feature. But if more then 30 cars show up on any night in the Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods then they will be racing for $1,000 to win. The Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts will be
gunning for $500 to win if 30 plus cars show up any night. A top prize of $2,000 will be offered in the Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods if 40 plus cars show up any night, while the Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts will be going for $1,000 to win if 40 plus cars show up on any night. Entry fees for each night will be $50 for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, and SportMods, with the Hobby Stocks entry fee each night being $40, and the Sport Compacts entry fee each night being $30. The Lee County Late Models will race Saturday for $500 to win, with no entry fee.

The complete payout for each night will be the following:
*MODIFIEDS* – 1. $580, 2. $600, 3. $400, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $190, 8. $175, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $135, 12.-24. $125 TOW $60…
*STOCK CARS & SPORTMODS* – 1. $480, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $150, 8. $140, 9. $130, 10. $125, 11. $120, 12.-24. $100 TOW $50…
*HOBBY STOCKS* – 1. $380, 2. $400, 3. $250, 4. $200, 5. $175, 6. $150, 7. $125, 8. $120, 9. $115, 10.
$110, 11. $105, 12.-24. $100 TOW $40…
*SPORT COMPACTS* – 1. $280, 2. $300, 3. $200, 4. $150, 5. $125, 6. $110, 7. $100, 8. $85, 9. $75, 10. $70, 11.
$65, 12. $60, 13.-24. $50 TOW $30.

Hot Laps on Friday will begin at 7 PM, with Racing to follow. Then on Saturday Hot Laps will get started at 6 PM, with Racing to follow. Grandstand admission for each night will be adults $15, students (7-16) $7,
and kids 6 & under FREE! Pit passes each night will be $30, ages (7-13) $20, and ages 6 & under $10. 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 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 schedule for the nine race fall specials:

Friday, Septmeber 30th & Saturday, October 1st – Memphis Bottom Heavy
Nationals at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO
Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th – MUSCO Lighting Fall Challenge
at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA
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.

Scotland County Speedway event cancelled

May 9th, 2016

Memphis, Missouri – Lucas Oil MLRA and Scotland County Speedway officials have jointly decided to cancel tonight’s event due to the high likelihood of precipitation later this afternoon.

“We always hate to lose an event, but the forecast for later on today really doesn’t look favorable for racing,” said Lucas Oil MLRA Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich. “We don’t want the racers to pull here to watch it rain, and we don’t want the fans to show up and have to pull the plug either. It’s best to just make the decision early today.”

Next on the schedule for the Lucas Oil MLRA is a twin bill next weekend at Dubuque Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway. For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Night 2 at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO Goes to Densberger, Murty, Luellan, Anderson and Grossman

March 25th, 2015

*Memphis, MO*- Night 2 of the “Midwest Bottom Heavy Spring Nationals” at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO was held on Saturday, March 21st. The same five classes, Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Compacts, were back in action. But Mike Densberger (Modifieds), Damon Murty (Stock Cars), Clint Luellen (SportMods), Shannon Anderson (Hobby Stocks), and Michael Grossman (Sport Compacts) found there way to victory lane on this night.

The first feature to take to the track was the 12 lap Sport Compacts, with Josh Barnes and Billy Cain drawing the front row. Barnes would take advantage of his front row start to edge out Michael Grossman, who started 5th, at the line by inches to lead lap 1. But Grossman would slip under Barnes on lap 2 to take over the top spot. While Grossman pulled away from the field, Kimberly Abbott who started 9th, was working her way towards the front. For the second night in a row the Sport Compact feature went caution free, which allowed Grossman to cruise to an easy win. Barnes held on for 2nd, Abbott edged out 3rd on the final lap over Trent Orwig in 4th, with Travis DeMint coming from 8th to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 14 lap Hobby Stock feature, with Shannon Anderson and Ryan Grochala leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Anderson took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Austin Luellen, who started 5th, and Grochala. The lead for Anderson only lasted for 2 laps, as Luellen slipped under him on lap 3 to take over the top spot. But Anderson didn’t give up easy, as he looked under Luellen over laps 4 and 5, only to have Luellen hold him off. But coming off turn 2 onlap 6 Anderson was able to make the pass of Luellen to grab the lead back. Anderson then led the final 8 laps to pick up the win. Luellen settled for 2nd, Bill Bonnett started 6th and finished 3rd, Adam Armstrong came from 7th to finish in 4th, with Dustin Griffith finishing in 5th after starting in 8th.

Abe Huls and Jason Cook drew the front row for the 18 lap Stock Car feature. But it was fourth place starter Damon Murty who made a through the middle pass to grab the lead on lap 1 over Huls and Cook. While Murty set a fast pace out front Huls, Cook, John Oliver Jr., Cayden Carter, who started 13th, Nathan Wood, and Michael Jaennette, who started 8th, had a great side-by-side battle going for second thru seventh. That was until lap 15 when Carter, who was running 5th, lost an engine going into turn 1 to bring out the first caution of the race. On the restart Murty jumped back out front over Cook and Huls. But two laps later. lap 17, Erick Knutsen would spin in turn 4 to bring the yellow light back on and set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Murty once again grabbed the lead on the restart and held on to pick up the win. Cook was 2nd, Huls was 3rd, Jaennette was 4th, with Ryan Fullenkamp coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 18 lap SportMod feature, with Joey Gower and Jason McDaniel leading the field to green. Gower took the lead on lap 1 over Jim Gillenwater and Andrew Schroeder, who was driving Colten Livezey #29 car, and then held it until lap 2 when the first caution came out. Siraj Thomason would spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower moved back out front with Clint Luellen, who started 7th, glued to his back bumper. Luellen jumped to the outside of Gower coming off turn 4 on lap 4 to grab the top spot away at the line by inches. Luellen then started to pull away until a caution appeared on lap 15 to set up a green-white checkered over time finish. This time Austin Howes, who started 10th and was running 6th, dropped a drive shaft down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. The final restart saw Luellen move back out front, with Jenae Gustin, who started 9th, close behind in second. Gustin tried to stay with Luellen over the final 2 laps, but Luellen was able to hold her off to claim the win. Gustin settled for 2nd, Gower was 3rd, Austin Kaplan came from 11th to finish in 4th, with Brandon Dale rounding out the top 5.

The final feature of the night was the 20 lap Modifed, with Mike Densberger and Todd VanEaton drawing the front row. Densberger would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Richie Gustin and Hunter Marriott. The action up front was slowed on lap 2 when debris in turn 2 brought out the yellow. On the restart Densberger jumped back out front, with Marriott over taking Gustin for the second spot. Densberger, who ran the very top of the track, then worked to hold off Marriott, who went into the corners low an tried to slip in front of Densberger, over the next 9 laps. While Gustin, who ran the top of the track, worked to hold back Michael Long, who also tried to go into the corners low and slip up in front of Gustin. All this action was slowed for the second time on lap 10, when Kyle Graves spun in 4 to bring out the yellow. Once again Densberger moved out front on the restart, with Marriott, Gustin and Long close behind. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 14, when Jacob Murray, who was running 5th, spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Densberger moved back out front on the restart, with Marriott looking under him for the lead. But Densberger would hold on over the final 6 laps to pick up the win. Marriott settled for 2nd, Gustin was 3rd, Long was 4th, with Jeff James coming from 10th to finish in 5th.

Long, Jaennette, Gustin, Luellen, and Abbott Start the 2015 Racing Season With Wins in Memphis, MO

March 24th, 2015

*Memphis, MO* – The 2015 racing season in Northeast Missouri kicked off on Friday, March 20th at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO, with the “Midwest Bottom Heavy Nationals”. In action on the night was the Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Compacts. At the end of the night Michael Long (Modifieds), Michael Jaennette (Stock Cars), Jenae Gustin (SportMods), Austin Luellen (Hobby Stocks), and Kimberly Abbott (Sport Compacts) were all standing in victory lane.

The first feature to take to the track was the 12 lap Sport Compacts, with Kimberly Abbott and Travis DeMint drawing the front row for the event. Abbott would take advantage of her front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Josh Barnes, who started 5th, and Trent Orwig. While Abbott set a fast pace out front, Michael Grossman who started 8th was working his way towards the front. Grossman would over take Barnes for second on lap 10, and then tried to chase down Abbott for the lead. But without a caution Abbott was able to hold on to pick up her first win of the season. Grossman settled for 2nd, Orwig was 3rd, DeMint was 4th, with Seith Woodruff coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 16 lap SportMod feature, with Jim Gillenwater and Jenae Gustin leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Gillenwater would edge out Gustin at the line to lead lap 1. Those two driver would run the first few laps side-by-side, before Gillenwater would grab a little bid of an advantage. Gustin would try to get under Gillenwater coming off turn four on laps 10, 11, and 12. But Gillenwater would hold her off every time. That was until lap 13, when she slipped under him to grab the top spot away. Gillenwater would use the middle groove coming off turn 2 to grab the lead back on lap 14. Coming to the white flag Gustin would slip under Gillenwater to take the lead back and then held him off on the final lap to pick up the win. Gillenwater was 2nd, Austin Howes was 3rd, Joey Gower came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Brett Lowry finishing 5th after starting in 8th.

Dustin Griffith and Nick Ulin drew the front row for the 14 lap Hobby Stock feature. But it was fourth place starter Austin Luellen who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Ulin and Ryan Grochala, who started 5th. Ulin’s run up front came to a stop early, as he lost a right rear wheel down the backstretch on lap 2 to bring out the one and only caution of the event. On the restart Luellen jumped back out front, but now had Shannon Anderson, who started 6th, and Mike Kincaid, who started 11th, glued to his back bumper. Despite Anderson staying close to Luellen over the final laps, Luellen was able to hold on to pick up the win. Anderson settled for 2nd, Kincaid was 3rd, Grochala was 4th, with Bill Bonnett passed 8 cars from his 13th place starting spot to finish in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Modified feature, with Scott Dickey and Cayden Carter leading the field to green, after Jim Lynch, who was suppose to start second, scratched from the event with troubles. Carter would take advantage of his move from the fourth place starting spot to starting second to grab the lead on lap 1 over Dickey and Hunter Marriott, who started 6th. Just as Carter started to pull away from the battle behind him, the first caution of the race appeared on lap 5. Shane DeMey would slow in turns 1 and 2 with a right rear flat to bring out the yellow. On the restart Michael Long, who started 11th, slipped under Carter in turn 3 to grab the top spot away. Carter, who was running the bottom of the track, and Marriott, who was up top, ran side-by-side for the next several laps, until Marriott grabbed the spot away on lap 12. Just as Carter did earlier in the race, Long started to pull away from the battle behind him until the second caution of the race came out on lap 17. Dylan Hoover would spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Long jumped back out front on the restart, with Carter over taking Marriott for the second spot. There was no catching Long on the final 3 laps, as he pulled away to pick up the win. Carter would edge out a 2nd place finish over Marriott in 3rd at the line by inches, Todd VanEaton came from 9th to finish in 4th, with Mike Densberger charging from 20th to finish in 5th.

The final feature to take to the track was the 18 lap Stock Car, with Michael Jaennette and Erick Knutsen drawing the front row. Jaennette would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over John Oliver Jr. and Damon Murty, who started 6th. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 2, when Tyler Pickett, who was running 4th, spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jaennette moved back out front over Oliver Jr. and Dalton Lynch, who started in 8th. Jaennette then started to pull away from second, when the second caution of the race appeared on lap 6. This time Knutsen would spin in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. Once again Jaennette grabbed the lead on the restart, with Murty and Dalton Lynch over taking Oliver Jr. for the second and third spots. Just when Jaennette started to put some distance between himself and Murty, the third and final caution came out on lap 11. Dalton Lynch, who was running 4th, spun in turn 4 and collected Ryan Fullenkamp, who was running 5th, to bring out the yellow. The final restart saw Jaennette jump back out front, with Murty and Jim Lynch, who started 11th, close behind. But there was no stopping Jaennette on this night, as he held on to claim the win. Murty was 2nd, Jim Lynch was 3rd, Oliver Jr. was 4th, with Abe Huls coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Michehl Won Thriller Hobby Stock Feature at Hamilton County

April 28th, 2014

Webster City, Iowa – After being rained out the two previous weeks, Saturday Night as the Hamilton County Speedway got his 76th season underway. This year also brings another guy in charge as the “Flyin Electrician” Jason Van Sickel took over for the Hamilton County Fairboard and he was greeted with 77 race teams signed in to race.

Tommy Beekman lead the entire way in the eight lap Oberhelman Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact Feature and completing the sweep as he also won the heat race. Lyle Oberhelman came home in the runner up spot in his only appearance of the season as next week, he will become car owner for his daughter Mackenzie and son Matt. Nick Hogan, Keaton Graffunder and Danny Sassman Jr rounded out the top five.

The Conley’s Trucking IMCA Sport Mods feature was caution filled and before one lap was completed the caution came out when three cars got together in turn two. On the restart, Jeremy Embrey jumped to the lead with Bob Sutherland in tow. The caution came out again on lap four and this forced a restart and this time it was Jared Van Deest grabbing the lead away. Van Deest began to pull away and look to be heading on to the easy win but the caution came with two laps to go. Van Deest got a great restart but the caution came out two more times on lap 17 forcing a green-white-checkered finish and making it 19 laps. Van Deest went on to take the win. Sutherland was second, Brandon Toftee was third, Embrey came across in fourth and Jerid Ratzke was fifth.

Matt Mundt and Corey Roe redrew the front row in the Casady Brothers Implement IMCA Hobby Stock 15 lap feature. Mundt grabbed the top spot early but Randy Embrey worked his way by Roe and Danny Ayers and set his sights on Mundt. Just after the completion of lap two the came out when Adam Strunk and Kevin Berger got together on the backstretch. Embrey grabbed the lead way from Mundt on the restart but then the caution came out for the final time on lap six when Bryce Sommerfeld came to a stop in turn two. Embrey continued to lead meanwhile Myles Michehl worked his way up to second from his seventh place starting spot. Michehl and Embrey began to battle for the lead and Michehl grabbed the lead away on lap 11. Michehl went on to take the win on the first night out in the new car. Craig Graham worked his way by Embrey late in the race to finish second with Embrey in third. Mundt and Roe finish fourth and fifth respectively.

Mary Ann’s Speciality Foods Stock Cars 18 lap feature saw John Campbell and Damon Murty start on the front row. Campbell grabbed the early lead but Jeff Deal chase him down and grabbed it away on lap five. Deal cruised on to the easy win which he dedicated to his father. Lance Deal came home in runner spot. Campbell was third, Steve Meyer was fourth and Murty was fifth.

Chalfant Plumbing and Neighbors Heating and Cooling IMCA Late Models 20 lap feature saw Racing Veteran Darrel DeFrance and Curt Schroeder on the front row. The initial start was called off but on the restart it was DeFrance grabbing the lead. DeFrance never looked back as he cruised on to the easy win. Schroeder finish second, Ryan Griffith finish third, Todd Cooney came home fourth andd Jason Hahne was fifth.

Final feature of the night was the George White Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds 20 lap feature. Two young drivers Chase Ellingson and Nick Roberts lead the field to the green and it would be Roberts grabbing the lead and never looking back as he would win by a full straightaway. Mark Elliott worked his way to second and tried to chase down the youngster but was unable to and settle for second. Ellingson, Greg Elliott and Brandon Leeman rounded out the top five.

Thanks to everybody for coming out on a very chilly and windy night to watch the great racing action. The Hamilton County Speedway and Hamilton County Fairboard hope you are able to come out next Saturday Night. Hot Laps at 6:30 P.M. and Racing to Follow

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Jason Feger Wins First Career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Event at Hamilton County

July 19th, 2013

WEBSTER CITY, IA – In his inaugural appearance at the historic Hamilton County Speedway, Jason Feger wins his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. In front of a capacity crowd, Feger cruised to the victory after passing Steve Francis
on lap 15 and pulled away in the final laps to become this season’s 14th different winner on the LOLMDS tour. Francis finished second, followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Don O’Neal, and Brian Birkhofer.

“It feels great to finally get a Lucas Oil Series win. We have won in a lot of different series, but to get this one is really special. To beat such a talented field of drivers like Francis, [Don] O’Neal, [Billy] Moyer, and [Scott] Bloomquist, we couldn’t ask for a better night as a team. After having a little bad luck recently, we were due for a good finish. We have been getting on each other’s nerves recently, but the crew has worked their tails off, and this win should take the pressure off of us,” stated Feger in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

“When I saw them watering the topside of the track before the feature, I was really salivating at the chance to run up there! The car was fast all night, starting from the time we unloaded it. I had confidence that we could get to the front early and stay there. Steve [Francis] and I diced through traffic, I tried a couple of different lines, and was finally able to get by him on the outside,” continued a jubilant Feger. He is driver of the Cheap Cars, Box Seat Productions, Rhyne Competition Engines, Bob Pierce Race Cars entry.

Francis was at the helm of the Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, Georgia Boot-sponsored Barry Wright Race Cars #15. He scored his second runner-up finish in a row and narrowed the series points lead to a mere 20 points behind John Blankenship. “Congratulations to Jason on the win! I was hoping the track would stay racy all night. The first part of the race we could run anywhere on the track, then it started taking some rubber, and we couldn’t make up any ground on Feger after that. Thanks to everyone on both Bowyer Dirt Motorsports teams for working so well together,” stated Francis.

Earl Pearson Jr. finished a solid third place finish on Wednesday Night. His Longhorn Chassis Chevrolet is owned by Bobby Labonte Racing, and is sponsored by Lucas Oil Products and MAVTV American Real. “We got here late tonight, but we were able to set fast time in Group A and win our heat. The car was strong for the entire night. Feger and Francis had a good race in front of me and we were just a tick off from them, but we will certainly take this finish and head to Nebraska!”

Completing the top ten were Scott Bloomquist, Chad Simpson, John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, and Billy Moyer. In preliminary action, Steve Francis set the overall fast time (Group B) amongst the 29 entrants, with a lap of 19.459 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 19.655 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Steve Francis, and Jason Feger won their respective heat races. Wendell Wallace won the B-Main.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will round out its July Midwest swing with the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. The event will include a practice session on Thursday, July 18. There will be two rounds of heats on Friday night, July 19. Capping off the trip to I-80 on Saturday, July 20, there will be B-Mains and the 80-lap main event. For more information, visitwww.i-80speedway.com

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Ruter comes up big at Webster City with Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour win

June 8th, 2013

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Ryan Ruter came up big at another big time IMCA Xtreme Mo­tor Sports Modified event Thursday night at Hamilton County Speedway.

Ruter reeled in Richie Gustin on the 11th circuit and led to the finish of the Karl Performance Haw­keye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN main event at Webster City.

The win, Ruter’s tour career first, paid $1,000.

Gustin started from the pole, led the first 10 laps and weaved through traffic with Ruter, pulling alongside but never able to complete the pass, before finishing second, four car lengths off the pace.

Scott Olson, Mark Elliott and Jon Snyder completed the top five. The only caution of the night came on lap eight when Zach Less got too close to the wall.

Ruter was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, having won the Charlie Hart Memorial at I-35 Speedway on Sunday.

Brian Harris was the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature winner at Webster City. Both series had been postponed from June 4 because of inclement weather.

Devin Smith topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Doug Smith was the Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod winner.

Another midweek doubleheader is next for Deery Series and Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour drivers on Tuesday, June 11 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton.

Harris improves on consistency at Hamilton County with second straight Deery Series win

June 8th, 2013

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Brian Harris continues to improve on consistency. After starting the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models with three consecutive third-place finishes, Harris won a second straight tour feature Thursday
evening at Hamilton County Speedway.

The checkers at Webster City were good for $3,000. Also the winner on May 21 at Farley, Harris worked his way up from 11th starting and led the last 25 times around the track in the 40-lapper.

Ray Guss Jr., another two-time series winner this season, finished a distant second. Denny Eckrich, Andy Eckrich and Jeff Aikey completed the top five.

Spencer Diercks drew the pole and led the first 14 laps, staying in command through two early restarts. His night ended on lap 15, however, after Diercks got too high on the track and caught the wall.

Aikey, who’d started third, and Harris restarted on the front row. Harris took the lead at that point, holding off all challengers the rest of the way.

The last caution came with eight laps to go for top four running Darrel DeFrance, who restarted at the rear and raced his way back to 12th.

The victory was the Deery career seventh for Harris. He’d also won at Hamilton County in 2005. Guss was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels drawing winner.

Ryan Ruter of Kanawha was the Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN feature winner. Both the Late Model and IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series events at Webster City had been postponed from June 4 because of inclement weather.

Devin Smith topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Doug Smith was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner.

Another midweek doubleheader is next for Deery and Hawkeye Dirt Tour drivers, on Tuesday, June 11 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton.