Pittman, Schmitt look to continue winning ways on Pepsi Night at Cresco
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May 20, 2005

CRESCO, Iowa -- This Sunday night, May 22, the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, will present Pepsi Night at the lightning-fast 3/8-mile clay oval with a stout field of win-thirsty USRA Modified and Stock Car drivers looking to put an end to a pair of winning streaks.

Last week, Kevin Pittman of Waterloo won his second straight USRA Modified main event with a thrilling last-to-first charge. Pittman had his work cut out for him as he started 10th in the 25-lap nightcap, but his workload became much heavier as he was forced to the pits early in the race to change a flat tire. "Porky" returned to the track on the lead lap but in last place, then marched through the field and held off ninth-starting Darin Duffy for the win.

Duffy was handed his second consecutive runner-up finish and will be looking to do one better for the Cresco Speedway fans this Sunday. Just six points separate points leader Pittman, second-place Doug Hillson and third-ranked Duffy.

If that wasn't enough pressure, several other top-notch pilots are expected this Sunday as the O'Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series is idle. Gopher State superstars Mike Sorensen and Tommy Myer claimed the checkers during the first two nights of racing at Cresco. Officials expect them to return this weekend with more of the O'Reilly USMTS posse, including Clear Lake's Al Hejna.

"I've planned to be in Cresco twice this year but been wrecked in Britt, and couldn't make it," said Hejna. "I do plan to be there this Sunday and give Porky a run."

In the USRA Stock Car ranks, Tom Schmitt will look to continue his near-perfect mark at Cresco. After a second-place finish on opening night, Schmitt has found victory lane in each of the last three feature races. A win last Sunday will get Schmitt a starting spot no better than 10th this week, so Tory Reicks and Jason Schlangen hope to keep him behind them for the entire distance. Schlangen, who beat Schmitt on opening night at Cresco, is fresh off a crowd-pleasing charge in Thursday's Great American Stock Car Challenge in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and hopes to keep his momentum going in Cresco. Reicks has three straight top-3 finishes, but is still searching for his first trip to the winners circle in 2005.

General admission for this Sunday's Pepsi Night is just $9 for adults, with $7 for seniors and students. Kids 11 and under are admitted FREE. Pit passes are $25.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:45, with racing to follow.

The Cresco Speedway continues to offer one of the most lucrative weekly payouts in the state of Iowa. In addition, USRA-licensed drivers compete against drivers from other USRA-sanctioned tracks for a share of the USRA Casey's General Stores Championship Series national points fund.

For more information call the Cresco Speedway office at 515-832-7944 or visit www.CrescoSpeedway.com.

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CRESCO SPEEDWAY

Points standings (top 10) as of May 20, 2005

USRA MODIFIEDS

1. 26P Kevin Pittman .... 340 (2 wins)

2. 72 Doug Hillson .... 336

3. 19 Darin Duffy .... 334

4. 35K Ron Konkel .... 330

5. 24 Tim Heins .... 307

6. 35 Jeff Schluetter .... 280

7. 90 Chuck Stanton .... 269

8. 11 Kerry Ledebuhr .... 212

9. 93 Bob Fischer .... 196

10. 65 Tommy Myer .... 195 (1 win)

Other winner: 19x Mike Sorensen (1 win)

USRA STOCK CARS

1. 18 Tom Schmitt .... 395 (3 wins)

2. 27T Tory Reicks .... 353

3. 27 Jason Schlangen .... 343 (1 win)

4. 97 Lynn Panos .... 336

5. 62 Kevin Bidne .... 318

6. 23 Brian Gjere .... 313

7. 27x Shawn Peter .... 306

8. 40 Shay Curtin .... 298

9. 51 Jeff Vsetecka .... 284

10. 5 Mike Bergan .... 273

USRA HOBBY STOCKS

1. 44 Dillon Anderson .... 374 (1 win)

2. 70 Steve Holthaus .... 346

3. 41 Darin Balk .... 340 (1 win)

4. 58 Shane Panos .... 338

5. 85 Ben Moudry .... 335 (1 win)

6. 33 Kevin Donlan .... 319

7. 15M Mitch Hovden .... 314

8. 9 Patty Fosaaen .... 292

9. 5 Russell Einck .... 258

10. 37 Carl Colsch .... 206

Other winner: 22 Justin Elsbernd (1 win)

STREET STOCKS

1. 18 Scott Spide .... 373 (1 win)

2. 40 Austin Curtain .... 358 (1 win)

3. 16 Jeremy Oakes .... 333 (1 win)

4. 56H Brandon Hare .... 326

5. 20 Beau Langland .... 319

6. 38 Nick Schwebach .... 314

7. 41B Marc Banks .... 296

8. 41 Carissa Wagner .... 265 (1 win)

9. 27K Andy Kelly .... 186

10. 29 Cody Cook .... 154

HORNETS

1. 7D Steve Dwyer .... 387 (3 wins)

2. 7K Andy Stinsor .... 349

3. 17 Randy Koshatka .... 341

4. 86 Ryan Happel .... 303

5. 87 Justin Yahnke .... 260

6. 28 Terry Lafleur .... 257 (1 win)

7. 31 Dan McCready .... 236

8. 4D Frank Durnan .... 191

9. 18 John Schroeder .... 190

10. 74 Ben Passa .... 146


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