Smidt takes first career hobby stock win, Eastman sweeps stock car action
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July 23, 1999

BRITT, IA (July 23, 1999) - Heat and humidity that put the heat index well over 100 degrees didn't stop the drivers competing at the Hancock County Speedway last Friday from putting on an exciting show for the Robert Hiscock Memorial Fair Race on a track that was fast.

The Robert Hiscock Family sponsored and presented the trophies in memory of Robert Hiscock, Jr., who was a longtime member of the Hancock County Fair Board and was instrumental in the construction of the Hancock County Speedway. It was 4-H & FFA Night

Tony Smidt of Britt in the #32 hobby stock picked up his first career feature win ever in the hobby stock feature. He started in the front row and held off challenges from Randy Hadacek of Britt and Earl Webner of Garner as they advanced through the field. Jason Daniels of Britt also looked strong coming from mid pack, but it was Smidt, Webner, Hadacek, and Daniels at the wire.

Alex Webner of Garner jumped to the lead from his second row starting position on the very first lap in the Limited 360 Modified feature and held off Don Reimers of Rockwell who jumped right into second spot coming from mid pack. Meanwhile, point leader Larry Cook of Ft Dodge was steadily working his way through the field from the back. Webner was the fastest on this night and he won the fast paced feature that went green to checkered and was completed in five minutes. Reimers finished second with Cook in third.

Wade Eastman of Nora Springs continues his winning ways in his quest for the track championship and his battle for a National title in the IMCA Stock car class. He had a clean sweep on Friday winning his heat, the dash, and the feature. He was also awarded an extra $50 from the Hiscock Family for the "Hard Charger Award" advancing from his tenth place start to first.

Cody Miller of Mason City led for the first half of the stock feature when Scott Bloemke of Belmond took the lead. Eastman was right behind Bloemke as they advanced from mid field together. Bloemke led for five laps with Eastman right on his tail. Eastman got his nose around Bloemke in corner two and edged ahead on the back straight with six laps remaining. Bloemke hung with him with Kelly Tapper of Boone on his tail in the third spot. That was the way it ended at the checkered, Eastman, Bloemke, Tapper.

Al Hejna of Ventura won the Modified dash, bettering his previous second place qualifying position for the Bud Shootout in August. He declined the "Challenge" citing that the track conditions were too "fast"'. Tommy Myer, the previous feature winner, also declined and the challenge remains at $800

The modified feature was plagued with an abundance of yellows. Jon Wood of Woden led for the first half of the race from his front row start. Tommy Myer of Blooming Praire , Mn took over the lead and was leading with five laps to go, when he developed mechanical problems and had to go to the trailer. This opened the door for Mike Hejna of Clear Lake who was running strong all night in either second or third spot. Hejna inherited the lead on the twentieth lap and flew to the finish of the 25 lap event with Woods in second and Larry Portis of Nora Springs taking third.

Contingency Connection winners for the night were Jerry Besch, Jr. of West Bend in the Stock Cars and Dan Anderson of Clear Lake in the Modifieds.

Keith Schmitz leads the modified point race with a sixteen point advantage over Ron Pope. Al Hejna and Larry Portis are tied for third just two points behind Pope.Wade Eastman has a twenty five point lead over Kelly Tapper in the Stock Cars.Scott Bloemke and Craig Berhow have two points separating them for third. Earl Webner leads the Hobby points with a fifteen point lead over Shane Monson. Jason Daniels is two points behind Monson for third, and John Simpson and Brad Bakken are tied for fourth.Larry Cook has a nineteen point lead over Matt Assink in the Limited mod class with Brad Willier in third just three points behind Assink.

This Wednesday, July 28 the United States Modified Touring Series will be competing on this fast oval for $2000 to win. The Limited 360 Modifieds and the Hobby Stocks will also be competing. Hot laps start at 6:45 with races at 7:15.

Next Friday, July 30 is sponsored by the Land of Hob Auto Parts in Britt. It will be Winnebago Manufacturing employee night. Winnebago employees showing current employee ID card will receive $2.00 discount off GRANDSTAND admission.Hot laps 7:00 Races 7:30

RESULTS

IMCA MODIFIED

HEAT 1

Mike Hejna, Tommy Myer, Albert Wytaske, Todd Stinehart, Rick Schuller, Dan Anderson, Jason Slegh, Ryan Hiscocks, Rich Lewerke

HEAT 2

Al Hejna, Jon Wood, Scott Olson, Rob Rose, Keith Schmitz, Kevin Hoeft, Nathan Chodur, Ross Wyatt

HEAT 3

Ron Pope, Larry Portis, Mikey Christians, Scott Davis, Derek Cink, George Gilliland, Jimmy Davis

DASH

Al Hejna, Tommy Myer, Mike Hejna, Albert Wytaske, Jon Wood

A FEATURE

Mike Hejna, Jon Wood, Larry Portis, Ron Pope, Keith Schmitz, Todd Stinehart, Scott Davis, Scott Olson, Jimmy Davis, Al Hejna, Albert Wytaske, Kevin Hoeft, Nathan Chodur, Dan Anderson, Tommy Myer, Rich Lewerke, Derek Cink, Mikey Christians, George Gilliland, Ryan Hiscocks, Ross Wyatt, Rob Rose, Rick Schuller, Jason Slegh

IMCA STOCK CAR

HEAT 1

Cody Miller, Cory Oftedahl, Kevin Opheim, Russell Trulson, Scott Bloemke, Jerry Besch Jr, Jeff Dolphin, Clint Wendel, Amy Woodward

HEAT 2

Wade Eastman, Craig Berhow, Kelly Tapper, Terry Whitehurst, Travis Hoeft, John Pletcher, Steve Inman, Craig Gray

DASH

Wade Eastman, Cody Miller, Craig Berhow, Cory Oftedahl, Kevin Opheim, Kelly Tapper

A FEATURE

Wade Eastman, Scott Bloemke, Kelly Tapper, Craig Berhow, Cody Miller, Kevin Opheim, Cory Oftedahl, Russell Trulson, Terry Whitehurst, Steve Inman, Jeff Dolphin, Jerry Besch Jr, Clint Wendel, Amy Woodward, Travis Hoeft, John Pletcher, Craig Gray

LIMITED 360 MODIFIED

HEAT 1

Don Reimers, Larry Cook, Brad Willier, Scott Anderson, James Krejci, Kevin Jorgenson

HEAT 2

Alex Webner, Bryan Frayne, Paul Kraft, Matt Assink, Josh Omans

DASH

Larry Cook, Bryan Frayne, Alex Webner, Don Reimers, Brad Willier, Paul Kraft

A FEATURE

Alex Webner, Don Reimers, Larry Cook, James Krejci, Paul Kraft, Matt Assink, Josh Omans, Brad Willier, Kevin Jorgenson, Scott Anderson, Bryan Frayne

IMCA HOBBY STOCK

HEAT 1

Steve Smith, Dan Haugland, Shane Monson, Weston Koop, Dan Flugge, Gary Pesicka, Nick West, Tim Tickel

HEAT 2

Jason Daniels, Scott Anderson, Rob Flugge, Earl Webner, Gerald Santee, Brad Bakken, Jared Dirks

HEAT 3

Tony Smidt, Dan Hanselman, Randy Hadacek, John Simpson, Rob Hughes, Ben Becker, Adam Lackore

DASH

Dan Haugland, Steve Smith, Dan Hanselman, Scott Anderson, Tony Smidt

A FEATURE

Tony Smidt, Earl Webner, Randy Hadacek, Jason Daniels, Steve Smith, Brad Bakken, Rob Hughes, John Simpson, Dan Hanselman, Gary Pesicka, Gerald Santee, Dan Haugland, Tim Tickel, Jared Dirks, Weston Koop, Shane Monson, Rob Flugge, Nick West, Dan Flugge, Scott Anderson, Ben Becker, Adam Lackore


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