Fraise, Wood, Dresden pull off exciting wins at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
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May 20, 2006  |  by Brian Neal

Tony Fraise kept his record perfect with a win in the Bentz GM Country USRA Modified feature on Saturday, May 20.

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- Ruth Enterprises and Farm Bureau Insurance Night provided the fans with some of the best racing action so far this season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway as three out of the six feature events came down to the wire before a winner was determined. Taking home the hardware in USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series action was Tony Fraise (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds), Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans Jr. (Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds), Nathan Wood (USRA Hobby Stocks), Rodger Dresden (Outlaw Hobbies) and Andrew Hustead (Hornets).

The Advance Trading USRA B-Modified 15-lap feature was the first to take to the track, with Amos Zimmerman and Jerry Poor leading the field to the green flag. But it was third-place starter Jack Evans Jr. who grabbed the lead on lap 1. Evans led all 15 laps and held off a final charge from Tony Dunker, who started 10th, to claim his first win of 2006 at Memphis. Chris Leathers came home in third and Ron York was fourth, with Poor coming back to finish fifth. Hooper and Dunker each picked up a heat race win.

Troy Alexander and Jeremy Hamlin drew the front row for the 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature, but it was fourth-place starter Matt Greiner who jumped out front on lap 1. Greiner went on to lead all 18 laps and pick up his first win of 2006 at the speedway. Hamlin held on for second, Jason Cook came from eighth to finish third, Colt Mather started 10th and finished in fourth and Michael Browning rounded out the top 5. Heat race winners were Alexander and Hamlin.

Up next was the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Steve Allen and Mike Shelton starting on the front row. Shelton took advantage of his starting spot to move out front on lap 1. Shelton continued to lead as Nathan Wood moved up to challenge for the top spot. Wood tried to get under Shelton with two laps to go, but Shelton came back on the high side to stay in the lead. Wood, who was on the bottom of the speedway, and Shelton, who was up top, ran the final lap side by side. Coming off of turn 4 for the checkered flag, Wood outdistanced Shelton by less then a bumper to take a clean sweep for his week of racing as he won at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Wednesday and again on Friday at the Mountain Dew Bloomfield (Iowa) Speedway. Bill Gibson was third, Allen held on for fourth and Rick Sands came home in fifth. Gibson took home the heat race win.

The Outlaw Hobby 15-lap feature turned out to be another close battle to the checkered flag, with Rodger Dresden holding off Beau Taylor at the line for the win. Brian Clark and Dresden drew the front row for the feature, with Dresden grabbing the top spot on the drop of the green flag. Dresden held the lead until lap 8 when Taylor, who started seventh, slipped under him for the lead. Dresden wouldn't give up easy, however, as he came back the next lap to take the lead back from Taylor. Dresden and Taylor ran the final five laps side by side without making any contact. On the final lap coming out of turn 4, Dresden took a slight advantage to hold off Taylor for his first win of 2006 at Memphis. Brian Howerton came from ninth to finish in third, Clark held on for fourth and Ryan Crandall rounded out the top five. Clark and Taylor would each take home a heat race win.

J.D. Murphy and Cody Martin led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 8-lap Hornet feature, with Martin moving out front on lap 1. Martin only held the top spot for one lap, as Andrew Hustead slipped by on the outside to grab the lead on lap 2. Hustead then pulled away for the final six laps to pick up his second win of the season. Martin held on for second, Murphy was third and Bill Young was fourth, with Brian Lemen coming home in fifth. The heat race was also won by Hustead.

The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds. And what a finish it was. Ryan Meyer and Mark Burgtorf drew the front row for the feature, with Burgtorf grabbing the lead on lap 1. Burgtorf continued to hold the top spot as Michael Long, who started 12th, and Tony Fraise, who started 10th, were working their way towards the front. Long took advantage of a caution on lap 11, as he jumped to the outside of Burgtorf on the restart to grab the lead on lap 12. But Fraise slipped under Long on lap 13 to take over the top spot. Long wouldn't give up, as he worked the top side of the Speedway to get back by Fraise on lap 18. Long, who ran the top of the speedway, and Fraise, who was on the bottom, ran the final two laps side by side. Fraise took the advantage coming off of turn 4 on the final lap to edge Long at the line for his fourth win of the season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Martin Bennett came from ninth to finish in third and Burgtorf held on for fourth, with Mike Bennett rounding out the top five. Meyer and Burgtorf each picked up a heat race win.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be Scotland County Lanes and Memphis Democrat Night. The battle for the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series continues in the Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobbies and Hornets.

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

Ruth Enterprises and Farm Bureau Insurance Night

Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Heat 1: 1. 82M-Ryan Meyer, Liberty, Ill.; 2. 99x-Martin Bennett, Ankeny, Iowa; 3. 14P-Travis Patch, Houlton, KS; 4. 12-Bob Dale, Gorin; 5. 24v-Mark VanWinkle, Hannibal; 6. 6-Kevin Cale, Donnellson, Iowa; 7. 14-Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa; 8. 20-Jared Durbin, Fort Madison, Iowa; 9. 5-Tim Sands, Conesville, Iowa; 10. 92-Mark Antal, Lancaster.

Heat 2: 1. 69M-Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 45-Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa; 3. 32-Mike Bennett, Des Moines, Iowa; 4. 29-Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa; 5. 05-David Wietholder, Liberty, Ill.; 6. 18-Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 7. 17-Steve Stewart, Washington, Iowa; 8. 2R-Jerry Reese Jr., Memphis; 9. 21-Lynn Monroe, Memphis; 10. 5s-David Snyder, Greentop.

Feature: 1. 45-Fraise; 2. 18-Long; 3. 99x-Martin Bennett; 4. 69M-Burgtorf; 5. 32-Mike Bennett; 6. 82M-Meyer; 7. 05-Wietholder; 8. 29-Elliott; 9. 12-Dale; 10. 17-Stewart; 11. 24v-VanWinkle; 12. 14P-Patch; 13. 2R-Reese Jr.; 14. 6-K. Cale; 15. 21-Monroe; 16. 20-Durbin; 17. 14-T. Cale; 18. 5-Sands; 19. 92-Antal; 20. 5s-Snyder.


Heat 1: 1. 7A-Troy Alexander, Memphis; 2. 409-Howard Gordon Jr., Oskaloosa, Iowa; 3. 27R-Ryan Cook, West Point, Iowa; 4. 13-Michael Browning, Farmington, Iowa; 5. 79J-Brian Jackson, Moravia, Iowa; 6. 55H-Brandon Elenbaas, Memphis.

Heat 2: 1. 95-Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis; 2. 29-Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa; 3. 11-Mark Holt, Memphis; 4. 27J-Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; 5. 8-Colt Mather, Webster, Iowa; 6. 30c-Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.

Feature: 1. 29-Greiner; 2. 95-Hamlin; 3. 27J-J. Cook; 4. 8-Mather; 5. 13-Browning; 6. 409-Gordon Jr.; 7. 11-Holt; 8. 30c-Huls; 9. 6s-Jody Small, Rutledge; 10. 55H-Elenbaas; 11. 27R-R. Cook; 12. 7A-Alexander; 13. 79J-Jackson.


Heat 1: 1. 1-Joe Hooper, Mendon, Ill.; 2. 00-Jack Evans Jr., Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 86-Jerry Poor, Novelty; 4. 27-Jesse Garrett, Batavia, Iowa; 5. 6Y-Ron York, Edina; 6. 14-Jeremy Baker, Canton; 7. 44H-Gordon Hudson, Arbela.

Heat 2: 1. 4-Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 7s-Brandon Savage, Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 17-Chris Leather, Macon; 4. 20-Larry Newman, Kirksville; 5. 7-Amos Zimmerman, Memphis; 6. 71-Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.

Feature: 1. 00-Evans Jr.; 2. 4-Dunker; 3. 17-Leathers; 4. 6Y-York; 5. 86-Poor; 6. 27-Garrett; 7. 1-Hooper; 8. 71-Waterman; 9. 20-Newman; 10. 14-Baker; 11. 7-Zimmerman; 12. 7s-Savage; 13. 44H-Hudson.


Heat: 1. 38-Bill Gibson, Knoxville, Iowa; 2. 16-Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, Iowa; 3. 52-Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa; 4. 3s-Steve Allen, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 5. 3z-Jason VanZomeren, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 6. 34H-Chris Hudson, Memphis; 7. 27F-Rick Sands, Milan.

Feature: 1. 52-Wood; 2. 16-Shelton; 3. 38-Gibson; 4. 3s-Allen; 5. 27F-Sands; 6. 3z-VanZomeren; 7. 34H-Hudson.


Heat 1: 1. 88-Brian Clark, Kahoka; 2. 1-Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 89-Brian Howerton, Hurdland; 4. 25c-Ryan Crandall, Brashear; 5. 4J-Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, Iowa; 6. 23-Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda; 7. 34H-Dave Hudson, Memphis; 8. 12B-Jessie Buss, Quincy, Ill.

Heat 2: 1. 2T-Beau Taylor, Canton; 2. 4L-Jim Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa; 3. 12-Adam Birck, Canton; 4. 24J-Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, Ill.; 5. 47-Tim Pettibone, Moravia, Iowa; 6. 20-Keith Reed, Fowler, Ill.; 7. 11B-Jeremy Buss, Quincy, Ill.

Feature: 1. 1-Dresden; 2. 2T-Taylor; 3. 89-Howerton; 4. 88-Clark; 5. 25c-Crandall; 6. 47-Pettibone; 7. 4J-B. Lynch; 8. 23-Hooper; 9. 12-Birck; 10. 12B-Jessie Buss; 11. 20-Reed; 12. 4L-J. Lynch; 13. 24J-Hamelton; 14. 11B-Jeremy Buss; 15. 34H-Hudson.


Heat: 1. 20-Andrew Hustead, Rutledge; 2. 21x-Cody Martin, Queen City; 3. 77Q-J.D. Murphy; 4. 00-Brent Hartley, Niota, Ill.; 5. 21-Bill Young, Drakesville, Iowa; 6. 84L-Brian Lemen, Cincinnati, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 20-Hustead; 2. 21x-Martin; 3. 77Q-Murphy; 4. 21-Young; 5. 84L-Lemen; 6. 00-Hartley.

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