Meyer, Browning, Hayes claim first checkers of season at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
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June 17, 2006  |  by Brian Neal

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway once again provided fans with some great side-by-side racing action on Saturday, as three drivers earned their first feature wins of the season on Memphis Auto Parts Night. Ryan Meyer (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds), Michael Browning (USRA Stock Cars) and Jimmy Hayes (USRA Hobby Stocks) each picked up their first feature wins of the season at Memphis, while Jack Evans Jr. (Advance Trading B-Modifieds), Beau Taylor (Outlaw Hobbies) and Brent Hartley (Hornets) were repeat winners.

The first feature of the evening was the 15-lap Advance Trading B-Modifieds, with Jim Gillenwater and Josh Larson drawing the front row. On the drop of the green flag, it was third-place starter Jack Evans Jr. jumping out into the lead. Evans held off several challenges from Gillenwater to lead all 15 laps and claim his second win of 2006 at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Ron York came from ninth to finish in third, Toni Dunker started 10th and finished fourth, with Jerry Poor rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were Dunker and Gillenwater.

Josh Soper and Jimmy Hooper led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby feature, but it was fifth-place starter Brad Weber moving up to grab the top spot on lap 1. Weber only held the lead for one lap as Beau Taylor slipped under him to grab the top spot on lap 2. Taylor then held onto the top spot until lap 5 when Rodger Dresden got under him to take over the lead. Dresden and Taylor ran the next four laps side-by-side before Taylor got the advantage out front. Taylor held on for his third win of the season, while Soper crossed the line in second, followed by his father, Jeff Soper, in third. Dresden lost a drive shaft in turn 3 but still finished fourth, with Adam Birck coming home in fifth. Josh and Jeff Soper picked up the heat race wins.

Brent Hartley grabbed the lead on lap 1 of the five-lap Hornet feature and never looked back, as he claimed his third win in a row at Memphis. Andrew Hustead came home in second, Matt Moore was third, J.D. Murphy was fourth and Brian Lemen rounded out the field. The heat race win went to Hustead.

The 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was up next, with Derek Kirkland and Cory Brown leading the field to the drop of the green flag, but it was fifth-place starter Nathan Wood taking the lead on lap 1, with Jimmy Hayes and Mike Shelton battling close behind for second. Wood held the top spot until lap 4, when Hayes slipped under him for the lead. Hayes held off several challenges from Shelton over the final 11 laps to claim his first win of the season. Wood held on for third and Bill Gibson was fourth, with Mark Moore coming home in fifth. Wood and Gibson each picked up a heat race win.

Dennis Elliott and Aaron Poe drew the front row for the 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modified feature, with Elliott edging out Ryan Meyer at the line to lead lap 1. Meyer was able to work under Elliott on lap 2 to take over the top spot. Meyer then fought off defending track champion Tony Fraise over the final laps to pick up his first win of 2006. Mike Bennett came from 11th to finish in third and Elliott held on for fourth, with David Wietholder rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to Elliott, Fraise and Mark Burgtorf.

The final race of the evening was the 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Bert McDaniel and Michael Browning leading the field to the drop of the green. Browning took advantage of his front row starting spot to move out front on lap 1, then held off several challenges from McDaniel over the final 17 laps to claim his first USRA Stock Car feature win at Memphis for 2006. Jason Cook came home in third, Ryan Cook was fourth, with Jeremy Hamlin coming home in fifth. Shane Weller, Browning and McDaniel each took the checkers in the heat races.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be a doubleheader of racing during the Scotland County Fair. On Tuesday, June 20, Prim Rose Realty and Eggelston Bookkeeping present the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders, along with the Mid America 305 Winged Sprints. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6:15 and racing to follow. Admission is $15 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children 5 & under get in FREE. Pit passes are $25.

Then on Thursday, June 22, the battle for the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series continues during the Scotland County Fair. On the card will be the Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Advance Trading B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Outlaw Hobbies presented by Verl Gordy, Pams Cakes and 20-20 Motorsports. Gates will once again open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6:15 and racing to follow. Admission is $12 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children 5 & under get in FREE. Pit passes are $25.

There will be no races at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway on Saturday, June 24, so make plans to attend both events during the Scotland County Fair.

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). For more information, call (660) 465-8948 or visit online.

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USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series

Memphis Auto Parts Night

Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.

Saturday, June 17, 2006


Heat 1: 1. 29-Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa; 2. 12-Bob Dale, Gorin; 3. 82M-Ryan Meyer, Liberty, Ill.; 4. 05-David Wietholder, Liberty, Ill.; 5. 18-Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 6. 5-Tim Sands, Conesville, Iowa; 7. 92-Mark Antal, Lancaster.

Heat 2: 1. 45-Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa; 2. 2R-Jerry Reese Jr., Memphis; 3. 22-Brandon Banks, Washington, Iowa; 4. 13-Aaron Poe, Warrensburg; 5. 21-Lynn Monroe, Memphis; 6. G77-Chad Goff, Monmouth, Ill.

Heat 3: 1. 69M-Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 32-Mike Bennett, Des Moines, Iowa; 3. 20-Jared Durbin, Fort Madison, Iowa; 4. 105-Kevin Peters, Monmouth, Ill.; 5. 2B-Tim Bradley, LeClaire, Iowa; 6. 5s-David Snyder, Greentop.

Feature: 1. 82M-Meyer; 2. 45-Fraise; 3. 32-Bennett; 4. 29-Elliott; 5. 05-Wietholder; 6. 18-Long; 7. 22-Banks; 8. 12-Dale; 9. 21-Monroe; 10. 105-Peters; 11. 20-Durbin; 12. 2B-Bradley; 13. G77-Goff; 14. 5s-Snyder; 15. 5-Sands; 16. 13-Poe; 17. 69M-Burgtorf; 18. 2R-Reese Jr.; 19. 92-Antal.


Heat 1: 1. 20w-Shane Weller, Agency, Iowa; 2. 95-Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis; 3. 34-Pat Rachels, Knoxville, Iowa; 4. 04-Steve Steinkuhler, Camp Point, Ill.; 5. 44H-Brandon Elenbaas, Memphis; 6. 44R-Tanya Sederburg, Pulaski, Iowa.

Heat 2: 1. 13-Michael Browning, Farmington, Iowa; 2. 8-Colt Mather, Webster, Iowa; 3. 29-Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa; 4. 52-Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill.; 5. 6s-Jody Small, Rutledge; 6. 11-Mark Holt, Memphis.

Heat 3: 1. 81-Bert McDaniel, Eldon, Iowa; 2. 27J-Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; 3. 27R-Ryan Cook, West Point, Iowa; 4. 7A-Troy Alexander, Memphis; 5. c4-David Warner, Keosauqua, Iowa; 6. 9-Buddy Cundiff, Harrisburg.

Feature: 1. 13-Browning; 2. 81-McDaniel; 3. 27J-J. Cook; 4. 27R-R. Cook; 5. 95-Hamlin; 6. 34-Rachels; 7. 29-Greiner; 8. 52-Wibbell; 9. 6s-Small; 10. 04-Steinkuhler; 11. c4-Warner; 12. 11-Holt; 13. 7A-Alexander; 14. 9-Cundiff; 15. 55H-Elenbaas; 16. 44R-Sederburg; 17. 8-Mather; 18. 20w-Weller.


Heat 1: 1. 4-Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 00-Jack Evans Jr, Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 86-Jerry Poor, Novelty; 4. 6Y-Ron York, Edina; 5. 20-Larry Newman, Kirksville; 6. 7-Craig Spegal, New London; 7. 27-Jesse Garrett, Batavia, Iowa; 8. 14-Jeremy Baker, Canton; 9. 1-Joe Hooper, Mendon, Ill.

Heat 2: 1. 10-Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, Iowa; 2. 71-Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 3. 13-Michael Browning, Farmington, Iowa; 4. 7s-Brandon Savage, Keokuk, Iowa; 5. 7L-Josh Larson, Keokuk, Iowa; 6. 38-Tom Bowen, LaBelle; 7. 44H-Gordon Hudson, Arbela; 8. 55R-Robbie Rains, Bonaparte, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 00-Evans Jr.; 2. 10-Gillenwater; 3. 6Y-York; 4. 4-Dunker; 5. 86-Poor; 6. 7s-Savage; 7. 13-Browning; 8. 71-Waterman; 9. 7-Spegal; 10. 20-Newman; 11. 38-Bowen; 12. 44H-Hudson; 13. 7L-Larson; 14. 27-Garrett; 15. 1-Hooper; 16. 14-Baker; 17. 55R-Rains.


Heat 1: 1. 52-Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa; 2. 16-Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, Iowa; 3. 2k-Derek Kirkland, Centerville, Iowa; 4. 98-Cory Brown, Ottumwa, Iowa; 5. 27F-Rick Sands, Milan; 6. 4J-Jeff Finley, Ottumwa, Iowa.

Heat 2: 1. 38-Bill Gibson, Knoxville, Iowa; 2. 9-Jimmy Hayes, Moravia, Iowa; 3. 2M-Mark Moore, Ottumwa, Iowa; 4. 34F-Robby Sands, Centerville, Iowa; 5. 34H-Chris Hudson, Memphis; 6. 94-David Morrison, Bloomfield, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 9-Hayes; 2. 16-Shelton; 3. 52-Wood; 4. 38-Gibson; 5. 2M-Moore; 6. 98-Brown; 7. 34F-Robby Sands; 8. 94-Morrison; 9. 34H-Hudson; 10. 2k-Kirkland; 11. 4J-Finley; 12. 27F-Rick Sands.


Heat 1: 1. 8s-Josh Soper, Kahoka; 2. 3B-Brad Weber, Donnellson, Iowa; 3. 1-Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, Iowa; 4. 47-Tim Pettibone, Moravia, Iowa; 5. 89-Brian Howerton, Hurdland; 6. 4L-Jim Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa; 7. 3-Michael St. Clair, Kahoka; 8. 6s-Earl Six, Keokuk, Iowa.

Heat 2: 1. 43s-Jeff Soper, Kahoka; 2. 2T-Beau Taylor, Canton; 3. 88-Brian Clark, Kahoka, NO; 4. 23-Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda; 5. 12-Adam Birck, Canton; 6. 24J-Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, Ill.; 7. 20-Keith Reed, Fowler, Ill.

Feature: 1. 2T-Taylor; 2. 8s-Josh Soper; 3. 43s-Jeff Soper; 4. 1-Dresden; 5. 12-Birck; 6. 88-Clark; 7. 47-Pettibone; 8. 3B-Weber; 9. 3-St. Clair; 10. 89-Howerton; 11. 4L-Lynch; 12. 24J-Hamelton; 13. 20-Reed; 14. 23-Hooper; 15. 6s-Six.


Heat: 1. 20-Andrew Hustead, Rutledge; 2. 12-Matt Moore, Ottumwa, Iowa; 3. 00-Brent Hartley, Niota, Ill.; 4. 77Q-J.D. Murphy, Cincinnati, Iowa; 5. 84L-Brian Lemen, Cincinnati, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 00-Hartley; 2. 20-Hustead; 3. 12-Moore; 4. 77Q-Murphy; 5. 84L-Lemen.

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