DONNELLSON, Iowa (July 20, 2012) – A busy Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa on Conn Communication and US Cellular Night, with many prizes given away including 9 pairs of tickets to the August 4th NASCAR Nationwide race at the Iowa Speedway. The on track action produced one first career first time winner and four repeat winners, as Tyler Cale (Budweiser IMCA Modifieds), Jason Cook (Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars), Jim Gillenwater (Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods), Jake Wenig (Coor’s Light LCS Hobby Stocks), and Anthony Cassat (Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts) visited victory lane.
The 20 lap Budweiser IMCA Modifieds featured Adam Birck and Ryan Cook on the front row. But disaster would strike Birck, as he spun in turn 2 on the drop of the green to brin out the first caution. That would move Brandon Savage up to the front row for the restart, which he took advantage of to lead lap 1 over Cook. Savage then started to pull away from the field, when the second caution of the race came out on lap 6. Bill Roberts, who was running 5th, came to a stop into the front stretch wall just under the flag stand to bring out the yellow. On the restart Savage once again jumped out into the lead, with Cook working to hold back Brandon Banks, who started 7th. Savage again started to put some distance on the battle for second, when another caution came out on lap 9 to bring the field back to his back bumper. This time Michael Browning slowed to a stop in turn 4 with right front damage to bring out the yellow. Once again Savage grabbed the lead on the restart, while Cook drifted to high in turn 2 and fell from 2nd to 8th. Disaster would strike Savage on lap 12, as he slowed with mechanical troubles to bring out the fourth caution of the race, which meant 1 lap was added to the number of laps completed. Josh Foster, who started 8th, would inherit the lead on the restart, with Tyler Cale, who started 6th, over taking Banks in the battle for second. The action up front was slowed for the final time on lap 16 as Kyle Hill spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow, which added another lap to the number of laps completed. Foster again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Cale close behind. Disaster would strike Foster coming to the white flag as he cut a left rear tire, allowing Cale to get by for the top spot. Cale then held off Banks on the final lap to pick up his third win of the season at the track. Banks settled for 2nd, Jeff Waterman came from 9th to finish in 3rd, Lonnie Heap was 4th, with Cook recovering from his lap 10 bobble to come back to finish in 5th.
The final feature of the night was the 15 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, with Charles VanZandt and Levi Smith on the front row. After four cautions before a lap was completed, the drivers would settle down to run laps 4-15 caution free. Smith would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out front on lap 1 over John Oliver Jr. Smith then held the lead until lap 6, when Jim Gillenwater, who came from the rear after being involved in a caution on the start, slipped under him to grab the top spot. Gillenwater then pulled away from the field to claim his fourth win of the season at the track. Smith held on for 2nd, Kevin Cale came from 19th to finish in 3rd, Tony Dunker also came from the rear after being involved in one of the early cautions to finish in 4th, with Brandon Ruffcorn coming from 17th to round out the top 5.
Coming up next Friday, July 27th at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA will be Mohrfeld Electric Night. The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win and $100 to start, an event which was rained out back on April 13th.
The IMCA Modifieds will be a draw/redraw event, with no track registration fees or no entry fees!
Also on the schedule will be the Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods, Coor’s Light LCS Hobby Stocks and Sunline Auto Parts IMCA Sport Compacts.
Grandstand tickets will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students 11-17. Children 10 and under are FREE! Pit passes will be $25.
Don’t forget, if you purchased a ticket to the July 20th races at the Lee County Speedway, bring that ticket back and get in for just $5 on July 27th. Again, his works for anyone who purchased a ticket to last week’s event.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps at 7 p.m and with racing set to go green at 7:30 p.m.
Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, IA
Friday, July 20, 2012 – Conn Communications and US Cellular Night
Budweiser IMCA Modifieds
Feature: 1. 14 Tyler Cale, Donnellson, IA; 2. 22 Brandon Banks, Washington, IA; 3. 71w Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 4. 90 Lonnie Heap, Media, IL; 5. 27 Ryan Cook, New London, IA; 6. 18H Derek Hamm, Donnelson, IA; 7. 4B Scott Boles, New London, IA; 8. 14B Kyle Hill, New London, IA; 9. N14 Paul Nelson, Colchester, IL; 10. 77 Josh Foster, Ft. Madison, IA; 11. 47s Brandon Savage, Canton, MO; 12. 10 A.J. Fike, Galesburg, IL; 13. 3D Dustan Fenton, Burlington, IA; 14. 13 Michael Browning, Farmington, IA; 15. 5R Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, IA; 16. 12 Adam Birck, Canton, MO
Heat 1: 1. 47s Savage; 2. 14 Cale; 3. 13 Browning; 4. 77 Foster; 5. 5R Roberts Jr.; 6. 10 Fike; 7. 14B Hill; 8. N14 Nelson
Heat 2: 1. 27 Cook; 2. 90 Heap; 3. 12 Birck; 4. 71w Waterman; 5. 22 Banks; 6. 3D Fenton; 7. 18H Hamm; 8. 4B Boles
Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods
Feature: 1. 10 Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA; 2. 19J Levi Smith, Donnellson, IA; 3. 4k Kevin Cale, Donnellson, IA; 4. 3 Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 5. 11R Brandon Ruffcorn, Donnellson, IA; 6. 0 Tom Elsen, Shelbina, MO; 7. 12 Brandon Dale, Gorin, MO; 8. 97J Jacob Smith, Donnellson, IA; 9. 52 Rick Barlow Jr., Montrose, IA; 10. 105 John Oliver Jr., Danville, IA; 11. 80v Charles VanZandt, Camp Point, IL; 12. 6c Bob Cowman, Quincy, IL; 13. 11M Danny Miller, Gorin, MO; 14. 00 Jack Evans, Keokuk, IA; 15. 5 Jay Kirchner, Donnellson, IA; 16. 67 Chris Larson, Keokuk, IA; 17. 15 Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA; 18. J2 Jimmie Fierge, Quincy, IL; 19. 23J Josh Smith, Burlington, IA (DNS)
Heat 1: 1. 3 Dunker; 2. 105 Oliver Jr.; 3. 12 Dale; 4. 00 Evans; 5. 6c Cowman; 6. 23J Josh Smith; 7. 4k Cale
Heat 2: 1. 52 Barlow Jr.; 2. 0 Elsen; 3. 97J Jacob Smith; 4. 80v VanZandt; 5. 5 Kirchner; 6. 11R Ruffcorn
Heat 3: 1. 10 Gillenwater; 2. 67 Larson; 3. 15 Cossel; 4. 19J Levi Smith; 5. J2 Fierge; 6. 11M Miller