VanderBeek, Dunker win back-to-back USRA features at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
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May 6, 2006  |  by Brian Neal

New Sharon, Iowa's Zack VanderBeek claimed his second consecutive USRA Stock Car feature win at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway on Saturday, May 6. Also pictured is flagman Kevin Eggleston. (Brian Neal photo)

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- Zack VanderBeek (USRA Stock Cars) and Tony Dunker (Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds) continued their quest for the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track championships Saturday by taking home their second wins in a row at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway on Discount Tire Service Night. Also picking up feature wins in their respective classes were Mike Shelton (USRA Hobby Stocks), Beau Taylor (Outlaw Hobbies) and Andrew Hustead (Hornets).

Shelton and Jason VanZomeren drew the front row for the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Shelton jumping out front on lap 1. Shelton went on to lead all 15 laps and held off a last-lap charge from Steve Allen to claim his first win of 2006 at Memphis. Ben Jones was third and Bill Gibson was fourth, with Nathan Wood coming home in fifth. Jones took home the heat race win.

Up next was the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby feature, with Michael St. Clair and Bobby McCartney leading the field to the green. St. Clair grabbed the top spot on the start and then held it until lap 5 when Rodger Dresden slipped under him for the lead. Dresden held the lead for only two laps, as Taylor jumped to his outside to take over the top spot on lap 7. But Dresden didn't give up easily, as he and Taylor ran the next five laps side by side. Taylor held off Dresden over the next three laps to take home an emotional win. Taylor honored his fallen brother, Bleau Taylor, in victory lane. It had been close to a month since his brother was taken by a massive heart attack during practice day at Memphis. Adam Birck was third, Jeff Soper came from 10th to finish in fourth, with Jim Lynch rounding out the top-5. Heat race wins went to Lynch and Soper.

The 8-lap Hornet feature was the next to take to the Speedway, with Cody Martin and Hustead on the front row. Hustead moved out front on the drop of the green flag and held off Tom Irwin to claim his first win of the season at the Speedway. Brent Hartley was third, Jayson Barnes was fourth and J.D. Murphy came home in fifth. Hartley took the checkers first in the heat race.

Matt Greiner and Jeremy Hamlin took the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Greiner moving out front on lap 1. Greiner held the top spot until lap 10 when VanderBeek, who started eighth, slipped under him for the lead. VanderBeek pulled away over the final five laps to pick up his second win in a row at Memphis. Greiner, Chris Wibbell and Jason Cook had a great three-wide battle for second, with Greiner coming out on top of that battle. Wibbell held on for third, Cook was fourth and Hamlin rounded out the top-5. Heat race wins went to VanderBeek and Greiner.

Up next was the 15-lap Advance Trading USRA B-Modified feature. Joe Hooper and Jack Evans Jr. drew the front row, with Hooper taking advantage of his start to grab the lead on lap 1. Hooper held the top spot until lap 5 when Chris Leathers jumped to his outside to take over the lead. Leathers only led for one lap, however, as Dunker, who started eighth, slipped under him for the top spot. But Leathers wouldn't give up easy as he and Dunker ran the next four laps side by side. Dunker held off Leathers over the final five laps to pick up his second win in a row at Memphis. Hooper held on for third and Jeff Waterman was fourth, with Jerry Shoemaker coming from 10th to round out the top-5. Waterman and Leathers each took home a heat race win.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be the return of the Keith's Foods Late Models, with the winner of the feature taking home a prize of $1,000. Also in action will be the Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds and USRA Hobby Stocks battling it out for USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track points. The Outlaw Hobbies and Hornets will also be in action.

Admission is $10 for adults, with kids (ages 6-12) $3 and children 5 & under admitted FREE. Pit passes are $20. Gates open 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:15 and racing at 6:30. Call (660) 465-8948 for race day information.

The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of Memphis on US 136 to SR 15, then east (at the Scotland County Fairgrounds)

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USRA Casey's General Stores Championship Series

Discount Tire Service Night

Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.

Saturday, May 6, 2006


Heat 1: 1. 33z-Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa; 2. 12-Eric Flander, What Cheer, Iowa; 3. 27R-Ryan Cook, West Point, Iowa; 4. 52-Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill.; 5. 6s-Jody Small, Rutledge; 6. 30c-Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.

Heat 2: 1. 29-Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa; 2. 27J-Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; 3. 7A-Troy Alexander, Memphis; 4. 95-Jeremy Hamlin; 5. 11-Mark Holt, Memphis; 6. 04-Steve Steinkuhler, Camp Point, Ill.

Feature: 1. 33z-VanderBeek; 2. 29-Greiner; 3. 52-Wibbell; 4. 27J-J. Cook; 5. 95-Hamlin; 6. 12-Flander; 7. 11-Holt; 8. 27R-R. Cook; 9. 7A-Alexander; 10. 30c-Huls; 11. 6s-Small; 12. 04-Steinkuhler.


Heat 1: 1. 71-Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 7s-Brandon Savage, Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 27-Jesse Garrett, Batavia, Iowa; 4. 38-Tom Bowen, LaBelle; 5. 11s-John Shaffer, Memphis; 6. 14-Jeremy Baker, Canton; 7. 44H-Gordon Hudson, Arbela.

Heat 2: 1. 17-Chris Leather, Macon; 2. 4-Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill.; 3. 1-Joe Hooper, Mendon, Ill.; 4. 00-Jack Evans Jr., Keokuk, Iowa; 5. 88s-Jerry Shoemaker, Kirksville; 6. 39-Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 4-Dunker; 2. 17-Leathers; 3. 1-Hooper; 4. 71-Waterman; 5. 88s-Shoemaker; 6. 38-Bowen; 7. 27-Garrett; 8. 7s-Savage; 9. 11s-Shaffer; 10. 14-Baker; 11. 44H-Hudson; 12. 39-Symmonds; 13. 00-Evans.


Heat: 1. 42-Ben Jones, Williamsburg, Iowa; 2. 52-Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa; 3. 3s-Steve Allen, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 4. 38-Bill Gibson, Knoxville, Iowa; 5. 3z-Jason VanZomeren, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 6. 16-Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, Iowa; 7. 2k-Derek Kirkland, Centerville, Iowa; 8. 01s-Shawn Smothers, Albia, Iowa; 9. 15c-Steve Cook, Golden, Ill.

Feature: 1. 16-Shelton; 2. 3s-Allen; 3. 42-Jones; 4. 38-Gibson; 5. 52-Wood; 6. 3z-VanZomeren; 7. 01s-Smothers; 8. 15c-Cook; 9. 2k-Kirkland.


Heat 1: 1. 4L-Jim Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa; 2. 12-Adam Birck, Canton; 3. 89-Brian Howerton, Edina; 4. 1M-Bobby McCartney, Kirksville; 5. 3-Michael St. Clair, Kahoka; 6. 23-Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda; 7. 34H-Dave Hudson, Memphis; 8. 11B-Jeremy Buss, Quincy, Ill.

Heat 2: 1. 43s-Jeff Soper, Kahoka; 2. 88-Brian Clark, Kahoka; 3. 2T-Beau Taylor, Canton; 4. 1-Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, Iowa; 5. 47-Tim Pettibone, Moravia, Iowa; 6. 80c-Kevin Cheney, Quincy, Ill.; 7. 29H-Rick Hutcherson; 8. 24J-Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, Ill.

Feature: 1. 2T-Taylor; 2. 1-Dresden; 3. 12-Birck; 4. 43s-Soper; 5. 4L-Lynch; 6. 88-Clark; 7. 3-St. Clair; 8. 47-Pettibone; 9. 1M-McCartney; 10. 80c-Cheney; 11. 29H-Hutcherson; 12. 24J-Hamelton; 13. 34H-Hudson; 14. 23-Hooper; 15. 11B-Buss; 16. 89-Howerton.


Heat: 1. 00-Brent Hartley, Dallas City, Ill.; 2. 20-Andrew Hustead, Rutledge; 3. 7T-Tom Irwin, Bloomfield, Iowa; 4. 21x-Cody Martin, Queen City; 5. 77Q-J.D. Murphy, Cincinnati, Iowa; 6. 13-Jayson Barnes, Alexandria; 7. 21-Bill Young, Drakesville, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 20-Hustead; 2. 7T-Irwin; 3. 00-Hartley; 4. 13-Barnes; 5. 77Q-Murphy; 6. 21-Young; 7. 21x-Martin.

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