VanderBeek, Lantz, Allen, Soper, Grossman garner opening night wins at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
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April 21, 2007  |  by Brian Neal

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- Mother Nature hasn't been to kind so far this season for the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. But after four attempts to get the season started, it was a beautiful night for racing on Saturday as Zack VanderBeek (USRA Stock Cars), Wyatt Lantz (USRA B-Mods), Steve Allen (USRA Hobby Stocks), Jeff Soper (Outlaw Hobbys) and Michael Grossman (Hornets) took home season opening wins in the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series.

The first feature of the night was the 15-lap USRA B-Mod main event with Ron York and defending track champion Tony Dunker drawing the front row. Dunker took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1, but transmission troubles on lap 3 ended his hopes for a win. York inherited the lead after Dunker pulled out and then held on until lap 4 when Wyatt Lantz, who started sixth, slipped by for the top spot. Lantz held on for the final 11 laps to claim the win. Jack Evans Jr. came from seventh to finish in second, York held on for third, Joe Hooper came from 10th to finish in fourth, with Jim Gillenwater rounding out the top-5. Dunker and Lantz each took home a heat race win.

Up next was the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature with Shawn Smothers and Steve Allen leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was third-place starter Todd Reitzler grabbing the lead on lap 1. Reitzler held the top spot until lap 3 when Allen slipped by to take over the lead. Allen went on to lead the final 12 laps to pick up the win. Mike Shelton came from eighth to finish in second, Reitzler came home in third, Tim Kraber finished in fourth, while Chad Koch came from 11th to round out the top-5. Heat race winners were Allen and Kraber.

Brian Lemen and Ethan Hustead paced the field to the drop of the green flag in the eight-lap Hornet feature, but it was Michael Grossman, who started fourth, grabbing the top spot on lap 1. Grossman held off Andrew Hustead on the final lap to claim the win. Luke Davidson finished in third, Hustead held on for fourth, with Lemen coming home in fifth. Grossman made it a sweep of the night by claiming the win in the heat race.

The 10-lap USRA Stock Car feature was next, with Zack VanderBeek and Troy Alexander leading the field to the green. VanderBeek grabbed the lead on the start and never looked back as he pulled away to lead all 10 laps. Alexander edged out Matt Greiner by inches for second, Mark Holt was fourth, with Michael Browning rounding out the top-5. Greiner picked up the heat race win.

Brian Howerton and defending track champion Beau Taylor drew the front row for the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby feature, but it was third-place starter Keith Reed edging out Howerton by inches to lead lap 1. Reed held the top spot until lap 3 when Jim Lynch slipped under him to grab the lead. The field was slowed on lap 6 by a red flag when Josh Soper rolled in turn 2. On the restart, Jeff Soper jumped to the outside of Lynch to take over the lead. Soper then held off several attempts by Lynch over the final eight laps to claim the win. Rodger Dresden finished in third, fourth went to Brandon Symmonds, with Howerton holding on for a fifth-place finish. Lynch and Josh Soper each picked up a heat race win.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be the first appearance of 2007 for the USRA Late Models. The USRA Late Models will be going for a $3,000 top prize and $250 to start the feature. Also running will be the first points race for USRA Modifieds, with the USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobbys and Hornets continuing to battle for USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track points. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing getting underway at 6:30.

For more information, contact the RL Promotions offices at (515) 832-6000 or visit online. Race day info is available by calling the track hotline at (660) 465-8948. 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 Weekly Racing Series
Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.
Saturday, April 21, 2007


Heat: 1. 29 - Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa; 2. 7A - Troy Alexander, Memphis; 3. 33z - Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa; 4. 11 - Mark Holt, Memphis; 5. 13 - Michael Browning, Farmington, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 33z - VanderBeek; 2. 7A - Alexander; 3. 29 - Greiner; 4. 11 - Holt; 5. 13 - Browning.


Heat #1: 1. 4 - Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 44 - Josh Larson, Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 1 - Joe Hooper, Mendon, Ill.; 4. 6Y - Ron York, Edina; 5. 19 - Jason Riegel, Memphis; 6. 44H - Gordon Hudson, Arbela; 7. 32 - Ronnie Pumphrey, Altoona, Iowa.

Heat #2: 1. 22 - Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, Ill.; 2. 00 - Jack Evans Jr., Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 10 - Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, Iowa; 4. 71 - Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 5. 33s - Ramo Stott, Carthage, Ill.; 6. 12 - Adam Birck, Canton.

Feature: 1. 22 - Lantz; 2. 00 - Evans Jr.; 3. 6Y - York; 4. 1 - Hooper; 5. 10 - Gillenwater; 6. 44 - Larson; 7. 33s - Stott; 8. 12 - Birck; 9. 71 - Waterman; 10. 32 - Pumphrey; 11. 44H - Hudson; 12. 19 - Riegel; 13. 4 - Dunker.


Heat #1: 1. 3s - Steve Allen, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 2. 3z - Jason VanZomeren, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 3. 01s - Shawn Smothers, Albia, Iowa; 4. 8UP - Daniel Robbins, Greentop; 5. 5 - Chad Koch, Marshalltown, Iowa; 6. 8R - Clayton Robbins, Liberty.

Heat #2: 1. 27k - Tim Kraber, Ottumwa, Iowa; 2. 16 - Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, Iowa; 3. 22 - Todd Reitzler, Grinnell, Iowa; 4. 4J - Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, Iowa; 5. 34F - Robby Sands, Centerville, Iowa; 6. 2k - Derek Kirkland, Centerville, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 3s - Allen; 2. 16 - Shelton; 3. 22 - Reitzler; 4. 27k - Kraber; 5. 5 - Koch; 6. 4J - Lynch; 7. 34F - Sands; 8. 8UP - D. Robbins; 9. 2k - Kirkland; 10. 01s - Smother; 11. 3z - VanZomeren; 12. 8R - C. Robbins.


Heat #1: 1. 4L - Jim Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa; 2. 43s - Jeff Soper, Kahoka; 3. 8 - Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, Iowa; 4. 89 - Brian Howerton, Hurdland; 5. 23 - Larry Hooper, Wyaconda; 6. 59 - Jakoby Hooper, Kahoka.

Heat #2: 1. 8s - Josh Soper, Kahoka; 2. 1 - Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 2T - Beau Taylor, Canton; 4. 20 - Keith Reed, Fowler, Ill.; 5. 73 - Randy Reed, Quincy, Ill.; 6. 47 - Tim Pettibone, Moravia, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 43s - Jeff Soper; 2. 4L - Lynch; 3. 1 - Dresden; 4. 8 - Symmonds; 5. 89 - Howerton; 6. 20 - K. Reed; 7. 47 - Pettibone; 8. 23 - L. Hooper; 9. 59 - J. Hooper; 10. 73 - R. Reed; 11. 2T - Taylor; 12. 8s - Josh Soper.


Heat: 1. 2 - Michael Grossman, Keokuk, Iowa; 2. 20 - Andrew Hustead, Rutledge; 3. 6 - Luke Davidson, Argyle, Iowa; 4. 77Q - J.D. Murphy, Cincinnati, Iowa; 5. 62 - Ethan Hustead, Edina; 6. 84L - Brian Lemen, Cincinnati, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 2 - Grossman; 2. 20 - A. Hustead; 3. 6 - Davidson; 4. 62 - E. Hustead; 5. 84L - Lemen; 6. 77Q - Murphy.

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