St. Clair scores biggest win of career, bags $1,000 at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
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July 29, 2006  |  by Brian Neal

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- Michael St. Clair picked up his first feature win in the Outlaw Hobby division at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway on Fan Appreciation Night presented by Bradley Insurance and Cook's Men Store. The win was also St. Clair's biggest paycheck of his racing career, as the Outlaw Hobby Stocks raced for the big prize of $1,000 to win and $100 to start for bringing in the most cars on the night. Also taking home checkers on the evening were Mark Burgtorf (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds), Zack VanderBeek (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans Jr. (Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds), Nathan Wood (USRA Hobby Stocks) and Brent Hartley (Hornets).

The eight-lap Hornet feature was the first to take to the speedway, with Ethan Hustead and J.D. Murphy making up the front row for the event. But it was sixth place starter Brent Hartley charging up to grab the lead on lap 1. Hartley would hold off a last lap charge from Andrew Hustead, who started fifth, to pick up his sixth win of the season at the speedway. Murphy held on for third, Brian Lemen was fourth, with Ethan Hustead holding on for fifth. Hartley made a clean sweep of the night by claiming the checkers in the heat race.

Up next was the 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Mark Holt and Troy Alexander drawing the front row. Alexander took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1, with Holt, Jason Cook, Zack VanderBeek and Matt Greiner battling it out for second. Alexander would hold on to the top spot until lap 5, when VanderBeek slipped under him for the lead. VanderBeek then pulled away from the field over the final 13 laps to claim his third win of the season at the track. Greiner won the battle for second, Cook was third, Alexander held on for fourth, with Eric Flander coming from 13th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were VanderBeek and Holt.

Dave Hudson and Jason VanZomeren led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, but it was fourth place starter Mark Moore edging out VanZomeren to lead lap 1. Moore held off VanZomeren until lap 3, when he slipped by to grab the top spot. VanZomeren looked to be heading for his first feature win of the season at the Speedway until disaster struck on lap 12 when he spun in turn 2. Nathan Wood, who started 10th, inherited the lead and then held on for the final three laps to pick up his eighth win of the year at the track. Bob Lynch was second, Bill Gibson came from ninth to finish in third, Jim Walker came from eighth to finish in fourth, with Mike Shelton coming from 13th after lap 1 to round out the top 5. Wood and VanZomeren each picked up a heat race win.

The 15-lap Advance Trading USRA B-Modified feature was up next, with Jerry Poor and Larry Newman making up the front row for the event. Poor would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1. Poor would only lead for one lap, as Tony Dunker slipped under him to grab the top spot on lap 2. Dunker then had the lead until a restart on lap 9, when Jack Evans Jr., who started seventh, jumped to his outside to take over the top spot. Evans would hold on over the final six laps to pick up his third win of 2006 at Memphis. Dunker came home in second, Jim Gillenwater came from tenth to finish in third, Jeff Waterman was fourth, with Rob Carter coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Evans and Dunker.

Zack VanderBeek and Bob Dale led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 18-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modified feature, with VanderBeek moving out front on lap 1. VanderBeek would only lead for one lap, as Mark Burgtorf, who started eighth, jumped to his outside to lead lap 2 by inches. Burgtorf led the final 16 laps to claim his third win of the season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. VanderBeek held on for second, Martin Bennett was third, Ryan Meyer was fourth, with Michael Long coming from 13th to round out the top 5. Burgtorf and Mike Bennett each picked up a heat race win.

The final feature of the evening was the 18-lap Outlaw Hobby event, with the winner taking home a top prize of $1,000 by virtue of the class having the most entries for the evening's events. Brian Clark and Jim Lynch drew the front row for the feature, with Clark grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag. Clark then held on to the top spot until lap 9, when Adam Birck slipped under him for the lead. Birck looked to be heading for the big prize until disaster struck him on lap 12, when he slowed for a right rear flat. On the restart, Michael St. Clair jumped out into the lead, with Clark and Jeff Soper battling it out for second. St. Clair pulled away over the final six laps to claim his first career Outlaw Hobby Stock feature win and the biggest paycheck of his racing career. Soper edged out Clark at the line for second, Beau Taylor came from 10th to finish in fourth, with Rodger Dresden coming from 11th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were Soper, Birck and Taylor.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will feature the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) invading the Speedway for the 2nd Annual Memphis Shootout presented by Walker Motor & Collision and Spilman Auto Parts. The battle for the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track points continues in the Stock Cars, Advance Trading B-Modifieds and Hobby Stocks, plus the Outlaw Hobbies and Hornets competing for track points.

In addition to the big Modified show, the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will also present the inaugural All-Star Hot Dog Eating Contest. The match-up will feature the top 7 drivers in O’Reilly USMTS points, the top 3 in each weekly class points, plus seven lucky fans. The wiener-woofing winner will take home $100. The event will start shortly after 5 p.m.

RL Promotions promoter Todd Staley has also announced that the Hornet class will be opened up to allow cars running under Donnellson rules to compete for the remainder of the 2006 season.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 and racing to follow.

For more information, call the RL Promotions offices at (515) 832-6000 or call (660) 465-8948 for race day information. The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway is online at The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1 mile west of Memphis, Mo., on US 136 to SR 15, then east (at the Scotland County Fairgrounds).

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USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series

Fan Appreciation Night presented by Bradley Insurance and Cook’s Mens Store

Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Heat 1: 1. 69M-Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL; 2. 33z-Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, IA; 3. 82M-Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL; 4. 2R-Jerry Reese Jr., Memphis; 5. 21-Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA; 6. 5s-David Snyder, Greentop; 7. 18-Michael Long, Quincy, IL.

Heat 2: 1. 32-Mike Bennett, Des Moines, IA; 2. 99x-Martin Bennett, Ankeny, IA; 3. 05-David Wietholder, Liberty, IL; 4. 12-Bob Dale, Gorin; 5. 20/20-Chris Eggers, Lancaster; 6. 20-Jared Durbin, Ft. Madison, IA.

Feature: 1. 69M-Burgtorf; 2. 33z-VanderBeek; 3. 99x-Martin Bennett; 4. 82M-Meyer; 5. 18-Long; 6. 32-Mike Bennett; 7. 12-Dale; 8. 20-Durbin; 9. 05-Wietholder; 10. 20/20-Eggers; 11. 2R-Reese Jr.; 12. 21-Wood; 13. 5s-Snyder.


Heat 1: 1. 33z-Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, IA; 2. 27J-Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, IA; 3. 7A-Troy Alexander, Memphis; 4. 52-Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, IL; 5. 29-Matt Greiner, Washington, IA; 6. 04-Steve Steinkuhler, Camp Point, IL; 7. 21-Jared Miller, Pulaski, IA; 8. 12J-Eric Flander, What Cheer, IA; 9. 95-Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis.

Heat 2: 1. 11-Mark Holt, Memphis; 2. 6s-Jody Small, Rutledge; 3. 93-Mark White, Kirksville; 4. c4-David Warner, Keosauqua, IA; 5. 26-Greg Harsch, Bloomfield, IA; 6. 3k-Kiel Morton, Kirksville; 7. 27R-Ryan Cook, West Point, IA; 8. 13-Michael Browning, Farmington, IA.

Feature: 1. 33z-VanderBeek; 2. 29-Greiner; 3. 27J-J. Cook; 4. 7A-Alexander; 5. 12J-Flander; 6. 52-Wibbell; 7. 93-White; 8. 95-Hamlin; 9. 11-Holt; 10. c4-Warner; 11. 04-Steinkuhler; 12. 27R-R. Cook; 13. 26-Harsch; 14. 6s-Small; 15. 21-Miller; 16. 3k-Morton; 17. 13-Browning.


Heat 1: 1. 00-Jack Evans Jr., Keokuk, IA; 2. 86-Jerry Poor, Novelty; 3. 7L-Josh Larson, Keokuk, IA; 4. 5-Rob Carter, Quincy, IL; 5. 13-Michael Browning, Farmington, IA; 6. 73-Tony Morton, Kirksville; 7. 33-Todd Morton, Kirksville; 8. 99-Amos Zimmerman, Memphis.

Heat 2: 1. 4-Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 2. 71-Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 3. 1-Joe Hooper, Mendon, IL; 4. 10-Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA; 5. 20-Larry Newman, Kirksville; 6. 38-Tom Bowen, LaBelle; 7. 04-Rusty Tobias, Hannibal; 8. 7s-Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA.

Feature: 1. 00-Evans Jr.; 2. 4-Dunker; 3. 10-Gillenwater; 4. 71-Waterman; 5. 5-Carter; 6. 7s-Savage; 7. 1-Hooper; 8. 13-Browning; 9. 86-Poor; 10. 38-Bowen; 11. 20-Newman; 12. 73-Tony Morton; 13. 7L-Larson; 14. 33-Todd Morton; 15. 99-Zimmerman; 16. 04-Tobias.


Heat 1: 1. 52-Nathan Wood, Sigourney, IA; 2. 16-Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA; 3. 38-Bill Gibson, Knoxville, IA; 4. 2M-Mark Moore, Ottumwa, IA; 5. 34D-Dave Hudson, Memphis; 6. 34H-Chris Hudson, Memphis; 7. BIG0-Bill O'Haver, Kirksville; 8. 8R-Clayton Robbins, Liberty; 9. 07-Ernie Bunch, Kirksville.

Heat 2: 1. 3z-Jason VanZomeren, Oskaloosa, IA; 2. 4J-Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA; 3. 27k-Tim Kraber; 4. 80-Jim Walker, Mystic, IA; 5. 34F-Robby Sands, Centerville, IA; 6. 55-Rick Wilson, Ottumwa, IA; 7. 1-Paul Underwood, Ottumwa, IA; 8. 27F-Rick Sands, Milan.

Feature: 1. 52-Wood; 2. 4J-Lynch; 3. 38-Gibson; 4. 80-Walker; 5. 16-Shelton; 6. 1-Underwood; 7. 34F-Robby Sands; 8. 27F-Rick Sands; 9. BIG0-O'Haver; 10. 34H-C. Hudson; 11. 3z-VanZomeren; 12. 2M-Moore; 13. 27k-Kraber; 14. 8R-Robbins; 15. 55-Wilson; 16. 07-Bunch; 17. 34D-D. Hudson.


Heat 1: 1. 43s-Jeff Soper, Kahoka; 2. 3-Michael St. Clair, Kahoka; 3. 1-Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA; 4. 3B-Brad Weber, Donnellson, IA; 5. 11B-Jeremy Buss, Quincy, IL; 6. 16-Matt Burgtorf, Quincy, IL.

Heat 2: 1. 12-Adam Birck, Canton; 2. 4L-Jim Lynch, Donnellson, IA; 3. 8-Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA; 4. 47-Tim Pettibone, Moravia, IA; 5. 23-Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda; 6. 24J-Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, IL.

Heat 3: 1. 2T-Beau Taylor, Canton; 2. 89-Brian Howerton, Hurdland; 3. 88-Brian Clark, Kahoka; 4. 12B-Jessie Buss, Quincy, IL; 5. 14-Jason Billings, Keokuk, IA; 6. 15-Amy Mason, Warsaw, IL.

Feature: 1. 3-St. Clair; 2. 43s-Soper; 3. 88-Clark; 4. 2T-Taylor; 5. 1-Dresden; 6. 8-Symmonds; 7. 12-Birck; 8. 4L-Lynch; 9. 3B-Weber; 10. 47-Pettibone; 11. 16-Burgtorf; 12. 12B-Jessie Buss; 13. 11B-Jeremy Buss; 14. 14-Billings; 15. 15-Mason; 16. 23-Hooper; 17. 89-Howerton; 18. 24J-Hamelton.


Heat: 1. 00-Brent Hartley, Niota, IL; 2. 20-Andrew Hustead, Rutledge; 3. 1-Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA; 4. 84L-Brian Lemen, Cincinnati, IA; 5. 77Q-J.D. Murphy, Cincinnati, IA; 6. 2x-Ethan Hustead, Edina.

Feature: 1. 00-Hartley; 2. 20-A. Hustead; 3. 77Q-Murphy; 4. 84L-Lemen; 5. E. Hustead; 6. 1-Hamilton.

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