Elston dominates in USRA Late Model debut at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
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April 28, 2007  |  by Brian Neal

Tommy Elston will be chasing the 2007 USRA Late Model National Championship.

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- The USRA Late Models made their debut at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway on Saturday with Tommy Elston of Keokuk, Iowa, topping the field to claim the $3,000 top prize. Also picking up wins on the night for the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series were Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds), Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Tony Dunker (USRA B-Mods), Jason McDaniel (USRA Hobby Stocks), Rodger Dresden (Outlaw Hobbys) and Dale Porter (Hornets).

The 12-lap USRA Stock Car feature was the first to take to the speedway, with Matt Greiner and Troy Alexander leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Greiner took advantage of his front row start, with Alexander close behind in second. Greiner continued to hold down the top spot as Alexander worked to hold off Colt Mather, who started fifth. Mather got by Alexander on lap 10 for second and then worked on Greiner for the lead with two laps left. Greiner held off Mather on the last lap by a half-car-length to pick up his first win of the season at Memphis. Alexander held on for third, Mark Holt was fourth and Chris Leathers came home in fifth. Greiner also claimed the heat race win.

Up next was the 15-lap USRA B-Mod feature with Jack Evans Jr. and Ron York drawing the front row. Evans jumped out into the lead on the drop of the green with York and Tony Dunker battling for second. Evans held the top spot until lap 3 when Dunker slipped under him for the lead. Dunker, the defending USRA B-Mod track champion, went on to lead the final 12 laps to claim his first win of 2007 at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Wyatt Lantz, who started eighth, got by Evans on the last lap to come home in second. Joe Hooper finished fourth and York held on for fifth. Heat race winners were Dunker and Lantz.

Beau Taylor and Tim Pettibone led the field to the drop of the green flag in the Outlaw Hobby feature with Pettibone edging out Taylor at the line to lead lap 1. Pettibone continued to hold the top spot as Rodger Dresden, who started sixth, Jeff Soper, who started eighth, and Taylor waged a three-car battle for second. Dresden slipped under Pettibone on lap 8 to grab the lead and then held off a last-lap challenge from Soper to pick up his first win of the season. Taylor held on for third and Brandon Symmonds was fourth, with Rob Wilsey coming from 12th to round out the top-5. Symmonds and Soper each claimed a heat race win.

The 10-lap Hornet feature was next with Kevin Garrett and J.D. Murphy drawing the front row. Murphy took advantage of his front row starting spot to move out front on lap 1. Murphy then held the lead until lap 3 when Luke Davidson slipped by for the top spot. Davidson then tried to hold off Dale Porter, who started seventh, but couldn't hold him off as Porter got by on lap 7 to take over the lead. Porter held off Davidson over the final three laps to claim his first win of the season at Memphis. Porter made a clean sweep of the night by claiming the heat race win too.

Up next was the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature with Jason McDaniel and Jim Walker on the front row for the event. McDaniel grabbed the lead on the drop of the green flag with Walker close behind in second. McDaniel went on to lead all 15 laps in a caution-free feature to pick up his first win of the season. Bill Gibson came from seventh to finish in second, Jimmy Hayes was third, Bob Lynch was fourth and Tim Kraber came home in fifth. Heat race winners were Jim Sulser and McDaniel.

Scott Dickey and Tony Fraise drew the front row for the 20-lap USRA Modified feature with Fraise jumping out front on the drop of the green flag. Fraise continued to hold the top spot as Michael Long, who started ninth, was working his way toward the front. Disaster almost struck Fraise on lap 13 as a lapped car slid into the right rear of Fraise's car. The lapped car got sideways in front of Long, who had nowhere to go and hit the lapped car broadside to end his hopes of a win. Fraise recovered with no damage to lead the final seven laps to pick up his first win of the season. Martin Bennett was second, Ryan Meyer was third, Jody Wood was fourth and Jeff Gerhardt charged from 16th to round out the top-5. Bennett and Bob Dale each picked up a heat race win.

The final feature of the night was the 30-lap USRA Late Model feature with a $3,000 top prize awaiting the winner. Tommy Elston and Gary Wilson drew the front row for the event, with Elston grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag. Elston continued to hold the top spot as Wilson and Chad Simpson battled side-by-side for the second spot. Elston went on to lead all 30 laps and pick up the win to etch his name in the record books as the first-ever USRA Late Model feature winner. Wilson held off Simpson at the line to finish in second. Chris Smyser came home in fourth, with Mark Burgtorf rounding out the top-5. Heat race wins went to Rickey Frankel and Elston.

The battle for the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series title continues next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Action in the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobbys and Hornets will get underway with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing to follow.

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USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series
Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.
Saturday, April 28, 2007


Heat 1: 1. 33-Rickey Frankel, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 55-Gary Wilson, Frankford; 3. 1st-Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill.; 4. 46-Thad Trump, Kahoka; 5. 14-Chris Fontana, Pella, Iowa; 6. 79-Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill.; 7. 18-Troy McKee, Massena, Iowa; 8. 77-Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Heat 2: 1. 45-Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa; 2. 7-Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 3. 25-Chad Simpson, Mount Vernon, Iowa; 4. 22-Jeff Guengerich, Washington, Iowa; 5. 25s-Chris Smyser, Lancaster; 6. 6-Jay Chenoweth, Wapello, Iowa; 7. 8m-Todd McKee, Massena, Iowa; 8. 21-Lynn Monroe, Memphis.

Feature: 1. 45-Elston; 2. 55-Wilson; 3. 25-Simpson; 4. 25s-Smyser; 5. 7-Burgtorf; 6. 22-Guengerich; 7. 77-Aikey; 8. 1st-Reed; 9. 46-Trump; 10. 6-Chenoweth; 11. 8m-Todd McKee; 12. 79-Warner; 13. 14-Fontana; 14. 18-Troy McKee; 15. 33-Frankel; 16. 21-Monroe.


Heat 1: 1. 99-Martin Bennett, Ankeny, Iowa; 2. 82m-Ryan Meyer, Liberty, Ill.; 3. Z4-Jody Wood, Donnellson, Iowa; 4. 18-Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 5. 29-Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa; 6. 29x-Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa; 7. 5-Tim Sands, Conesville, Iowa; 8. 9-Charles Baker, Labelle; 9. 92-Mark Antal, Lancaster.

Heat 2: 1. 12-Bob Dale, Gorin; 2. 45-Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa; 3. 40-Scott Dickey, Packwood, Iowa; 4. 90-Lonnie Heap, Media, Ill.; 5. 38jb-Michael Joe Bliven, Quincy, Ill.; 6. 105-Kevin Peters, Monmouth, Ill.; 7. 21-Jeff Gerhardt, Niota, Ill.; 8. 5s-David Snyder, Greentop.

Feature: 1. 45-Fraise; 2. 99-Bennett; 3. 82m-Meyer; 4. Z4-Wood; 5. 21-Gerhardt; 6. 29-Elliott; 7. 12-Dale; 8. 105-Peters; 9. 38jb-Bliven; 10. 29x-Greiner; 11. 9-Baker; 12. 40-Dickey; 13. 18-Long; 14. 92-Antal; 15. 90-Heap; 16. 5-Sands; 17. 5s-Snyder.


Heat: 1. 29-Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa; 2. 7a-Troy Alexander, Memphis; 3. 11-Mark Holt, Memphis; 4. 79j-Brian Jackson, Moravia, Iowa; 5. 8-Colt Mather, Webster, Iowa; 6. 12m-Chris Leather, Macon.

Feature: 1. 29-Greiner; 2. 8-Mather; 3. 7a-Alexander; 4. 11-Holt; 5. 12m-Leathers, 6. 79j-Jackson.


Heat 1: 1. 4-Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill.; 2. 1-Joe Hooper, Mendon, Ill.; 3. 6y-Ron York, Edina; 4. 3-Bob Woodrow, Perry; 5. 44-Josh Larson, Keokuk, Iowa; 6. 44h-Gordon Hudson, Arbela.

Heat 2: 1. 22-Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, Ill.; 2. 00-Jack Evans Jr., Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 19-Jason Riegel, Memphis; 4. 71-Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 5. 12-Adam Birck, Canton; 6. 32-Ronnie Pumphrey, Altoona, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 4-Dunker; 2. 22-Lantz; 3. 00-Evans; 4. 1-Hooper; 5. 6y-York; 6. 71-Waterman; 7. 44-Larson; 8. 3-Woodrow; 9. 12-Birck; 10. 19-Riegel; 11. 44h-Hudson; 12. Pumphrey.


Heat 1: 1. 11s-Jim Sulser, Centerville, Iowa; 2. 9-Jimmy Hayes, Moravia, Iowa; 3. 80-Jim Walker, Mystic, Iowa; 4. 2m-Mark Moore, Ottumwa, Iowa; 5. 4j-Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, Iowa; 6. 34f-Robby Sands, Centerville, Iowa; 7. 3z-Jason VanZomeren, Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Heat 2: 1. 85-Jason McDaniel, Eldon, Iowa; 2. 38-Bill Gibson, Knoxville, Iowa; 3. 16-Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, Iowa; 4. 27k-Tim Kraber, Ottumwa, Iowa; 5. 3s-Steve Allen, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 6. 27f-Rick Sands, Milan; 7. 2k-Derek Kirkland, Centerville, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 85-McDaniel; 2. 38-Gibson; 3. 9-Hayes; 4. 4j-Lynch; 5. 27k-Kraber; 6. 80-Walker; 7. 11s-Sulser; 8. 16-Shelton; 9. 34f-Robby Sands; 10. 3z-VanZomeren; 11. 27f-Rick Sands; 12. 3s-Allen; 13. 2m-Moore; 14. 2k-Kirkland.


Heat 1: 1. 8-Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, Iowa; 2. 1-Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, Iowa; 3. 89-Brian Howerton, Hurdland; 4. 4L-Jim Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa; 5. 20-Keith Reed, Fowler, Ill.; 6. 73-Randy Reed, Quincy, Ill.; 7. 11w-Keith Vanvelzer.

Heat 2: 1. 43s-Jeff Soper, Kahoka; 2. 2t-Beau Taylor, Canton; 3. 47-Tim Pettibone, Moravia, Iowa; 4. 23-Larry Hooper, Wyaconds; 5. 06-Jerry Jansen, Plainville, Ill.; 6. 03-Rob Wilsey, Keokuk, Iowa; 7. 59-Jakoby Hooper, Kahoka.

Feature: 1. 1-Dresden; 2. 43s-Soper; 3. 2t-Taylor; 4. 8-Symmonds; 5. 03-Wilsey; 6. 4L-Lynch; 7. 47-Pettibone; 8. 89-Howerton; 9. 20-K. Reed; 10. 06-Jansen; 11. 23-L. Hooper; 12. 59-J. Hooper; 13. 73-R. Reed; 14. 11w-Vanvelzer.


Heat: 1. 31-Dale Porter, Polaski, Iowa; 2. 77q-J.D. Murphy, Cinnati, Iowa; 3. 6-Luke Davidson, Argyle, Iowa; 4. 26-Jim Garrett, Ottumwa, Iowa; 5. 21y-Bill Young, Ottumwa, Iowa; 6. 12-Matt Moore, Ottumwa, Iowa; 7. 29-Kevin Garrett, Bloomfield, Iowa.

Feature: 1. 31-Porter; 2. 6-Davidson; 3. 77q-Murphy; 4. 21y-Young; 5. 26-J. Garrett; 6. 12-Moore; 7. 29-K. Garrett.

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