Long, Wood, Deutsch, Hovden triumph in Pepsi Memphis Nationals opener
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November 6, 2009

MEMPHIS, Mo. Fans were treated to a picture perfect night Friday as the Scotland County Speedway hosted the first of two days comprising the Pepsi Memphis Nationals. And for fans and competitors alike, the racing surface at 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval was flawless despite the track sitting dormant the entire 2009 season prior to Friday's big event.

USRA Hobby Stocks got the main event action going, and Chris Hovden kept his career-best season going by topping the 15-lap feature race. The 2009 USRA Hobby Stock National Champion made the long tow from Cresco, Iowa, pay off as he came from the 12th starting position to claim the checkered flag Friday night.

Hovden survived several late-race caution flags, including one with four laps to go that found second-, third- and fourth-place running Scott Spilde, Clayton Crump and Jason McDaniel piling up in turn 1.

Andrew Hustead held on for the runner-up finish, holding off 19th-starting Todd Reitzler. Spilde rebounded to claim the fourth spot with Steve Allen rounding out the top-5 finishers.

In the USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mod main event, Geoff Olson secured the lead on lap 3 and built a big advantage over the chasing pack during the next six laps. The yellow flag waved with seven laps to go, wiping out Olson's advantage. After the restart, Colter Deutsch shot from fourth to second during the first orbit, then blasted ahead of Olson one lap later.

Deutsch, who traveled more than seven hours from his hometown of Ellsworth, Minn., went unchallenged the rest of the way to claim the victory. Olson held on for second, with Brad Iverson coming home third. Veteran Bert McDaniel was fourth and Bobby Penney crossed beneath the checkered flag in fifth.

Nathan Wood's chance at one win ended earlier in the program when the rearend of his machine broke while running up front in the USRA Hobby Stock main event. Wood, however, polished off what might have been his second win of the night when he bested Matt Greiner in a thrilling 20-lap USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Car feature race.

Wood came from the 12th starting spot to garner the winner's share of the prize money while Greiner wound up right where he started in second place. Kurt Krauskopf finished a close third, Dave Warth claimed the fourth position and Mike Van Genderen held on for a fifth-place paycheck.

The USRA Modifieds brought the most entries to the opening night of the Pepsi Memphis Nationals, and they delivered an action-packed 25-lap feature to close the curtain on the evening's races. Michael Long of Quincy, Ill., is no stranger to the Scotland County Speedway, and he got reacquainted with victory lane after leading every lap of Friday night's feature.

Long disposed of polesitter Mark Schulte at the drop of the green flag. Meanwhile, Ryan Gustin quickly moved from his third row starting spot to take over second place on the fourth lap but could not close the gap between himself and Long.

A caution flag midway through the race gave Gustin the break he needed. Following Long into the first turn after the restart, Gustin ducked underneath the leader as they raced down the back-stretch. Long, however, held his ground and edged back in front of Gustin as they headed back to the flagstand then began to stretch his lead once again while Gustin searched high and low on the racing surface for a faster line.

Long continued unchallenged the rest of the way while Gustin settled for the runner-up honors. Zack VanderBeek was impressive in his first night out in a brand new 2010 Skyrocket Chassis as he raced from 18th on the starting grid to third at the finish line. Scott Dickey grabbed the fourth spot as he held off Donovan Lodge at the stripe.

The Pepsi Memphis Nationals continues on Saturday, and the weatherman has assured race fans of another beautiful sunshine-filled day for racing. Pit gates open at 12:00 with grandstand gates swinging open at 2:00 and the first heat race taking the green flag at 4:00. Outlaw Hobbys will also be on the racing card on Saturday.

A complete program is on tap. All drivers will draw heat race starting positions, with top qualifiers re-drawing for feature race starting positions.

SATURDAY'S PAYOUTS:

USRA Modifieds 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $550, 4. $450, 5. $400, 6. $300, 7. $250, 8. $200, 9. $175, 10. $150, 11. $125, 12. $120, 13. $115, 14. $110, 15. $105, 16-24. $100, Tow $50.

USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars 1. $700, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $175, 8. $150, 9. $130, 10. $120, 11. $110, 12-24. $100, Tow $50.

USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mods 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $175, 6. $150, 7. $140, 8. $130, 9. $120, 10. $110, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $80, 14-24. $75, Tow $50.

USRA Hobby Stocks 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $175, 6. $150, 7. $140, 8. $130, 9. $120, 10. $110, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $80, 14-24. $75, Tow $50.

Race day info for the Scotland County Speedway is available by calling the track hotline at 660-465-8948. The 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 rules or other information about the United States Racing Association, check out the USRA website at www.usraracing.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Pepsi Memphis Nationals - Night 1 of 2
Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.
Friday, November 6, 2009

Showing finishing position, car number, driver, hometown and starting position in parentheses.

USRA HOBBY STOCKS

HEAT RACE #1:
1. 52 - Nathan Wood -- Keswick, IA (1)
2. 85 - Jason McDaniel -- Eldon, IA (6)
3. 62 - T.J. Henderson -- Douds, IA (2)
4. 3s - Steve Allen -- Oskaloosa, IA (4)
5. 61 - Tony Teninty -- Eldon, IA (7)
6. 31 - Dale Porter -- Pulaski, IA (5)
7. 78 - Andy Coleman -- Packwood, IA (3)

HEAT RACE #2:
1. 70 - Chris Hovden -- Cresco, IA (5)
2. 18x - Scott Spilde -- Ridgeway, IA (6)
3. 3c - Clayton Crump -- Centralia, MO (4)
4. 57 - Scott Shull -- Eldon, IA (2)
5. 62h - Ethan Hustead -- Rutledge, MO (3)
6. 22r - Todd Reitzler -- Grinnell, IA (1)
7. 15 - Jeremiah Fry -- Bloomfield, IA (7)

HEAT RACE #3:
1. 74 - Pete Hutzel -- Baxter, IA (2)
2. 20 - Andrew Hustead -- Rutledge, MO (6)
3. 27 - Clint Nelson -- Newton, IA (1)
4. 44t - Eathan Thompson -- Keokuk, IA (3)
5. 911 - Shawn Coleman -- Packwood, IA (5)
6. BigO - Jordan O'Haver -- Kirksville, MO (7)
7. 43s - Jeff Soper -- Kahoka, MO (4)

A MAIN:
1. 70 - Chris Hovden -- Cresco, IA (12)
2. 20 - Andrew Hustead -- Rutledge, MO (2)
3. 22r - Todd Reitzler -- Grinnell, IA (19)
4. 18x - Scott Spilde -- Ridgeway, IA (9)
5. 3s - Steve Allen -- Oskaloosa, IA (6)
6. 27 - Clint Nelson -- Newton, IA (7)
7. 62 - T.J. Henderson -- Douds, IA (11)
8. BigO - Jordan O'Haver -- Kirksville, MO (17)
9. 43s - Jeff Soper -- Kahoka, MO (21)
10. 57 - Scott Shull -- Eldon, IA (8)
11. 78 - Andy Coleman -- Packwood, IA (18)
12. 3c - Clayton Crump -- Centralia, MO (10)
13. 85 - Jason McDaniel -- Eldon, IA (4)
14. 31 - Dale Porter -- Pulaski, IA (15)
15. 62h - Ethan Hustead -- Rutledge, MO (14)
16. 74 - Pete Hutzel -- Baxter, IA (5)
17. 15 - Jeremiah Fry -- Bloomfield, IA (20)
18. 52 - Nathan Wood -- Keswick, IA (3)
19. 911 - Shawn Coleman -- Packwood, IA (16)
20. 61 - Tony Teninty -- Eldon, IA (13)
21. 44t - Eathan Thompson -- Keokuk, IA (1)

USRA KARL CHEVROLET B-MODS

HEAT RACE #1:
1. X2 - Chris Eggers -- Lancaster, MO (4)
2. 0 - Mike Wanders -- Oskaloosa, IA (5)
3. 39 - Brandon Symmonds -- Keokuk, IA (6)
4. 37a - Anthony Asher -- St. Joseph, MO (1)
5. 25 - Galen Hassler -- Hallsville, MO (8)
6. 1r - Rodger Dresden -- Keokuk, MO (9)
7. 21y - Bill Young -- Ottumwa, IA (3)
8. 8L - Tom Lathrop -- Ottumwa, IA (7)
9. 2a - Robert Penick -- Kirksville, MO (2)

HEAT RACE #2:
1. 5 - Colter Deutsch -- Ellsworth, MN (2)
2. 8 - Brad Iverson -- Grinnell, IA (5)
3. 62 - Bill Gibson -- Knoxville, IA (4)
4. 7 - Carter VanDenBerg -- Oskaloosa, IA (3)
5. 1 - Paul Underwood -- Ottumwa, IA (7)
6. 57 - Thad Gaylord -- Fort Madison, IA (6)
7. D1 - Drew Lawson -- Oskaloosa, IA (9)
8. 30x - Josh Modde -- Des Moines, IA (1)
9. 96 - Jacob Grotewiel -- Clifton Hill, MO (8)

HEAT RACE #3:
1. 98 - Bert McDaniel -- Eldon, IA (4)
2. 16p - Bobby Penney -- Lawson, MO (1)
3. 11w - Larry Winn -- Hallsville, MO (7)
4. 4b - Bill Bentley -- Madison, MO (5)
5. 85 - Jason McDaniel -- Eldon, IA (9)
6. 15 - Phil Cassel -- Montrose, IA (8)
7. 74 - Patrick Profpta -- Keokuk, IA (2)
8. 4c - Curt Paste -- Dearborn, MO (6)
9. 7up - Curtis Barnes -- Greentop, MO (3)

HEAT RACE #4:
1. 10 - Cayden Carter -- Oskaloosa, IA (1)
2. 2g - Geoff Olson -- Ames, IA (8)
3. 16 - Mike Shelton -- Bloomfield, IA (4)
4. 14 - Brian Schrage -- Cresco, IA (3)
5. 3s - Miles Shelman -- Ames, IA (7)
6. 88x - Jimmy Broszeit -- Postville, IA (9)
7. 05 - Troy Garner -- Belton, MO (6)
8. 23b - Brett Bumgardner -- Hawkeye, IA (2)
9. 12 - Matt Moore -- Ottumwa, IA (5)

B MAIN:
1. D1 - Drew Lawson -- Oskaloosa, IA (6)
2. 57 - Thad Gaylord -- Fort Madison, IA (2)
3. 15 - Phil Cassel -- Montrose, IA (3)
4. 23b - Brett Bumgardner -- Hawkeye, IA (12)
5. 88x - Jimmy Broszeit -- Postville, IA (4)
6. 05 - Troy Garner -- Belton, MO (8)
7. 1r - Rodger Dresden -- Keokuk, MO (1)
8. 8L - Tom Lathrop -- Ottumwa, IA (9)
9. 96 - Jacob Grotewiel -- Clifton Hill, MO (14)
10. 74 - Patrick Profpta -- Keokuk, IA (7)
11. 2a - Robert Penick -- Kirksville, MO (13)
12. 21y - Bill Young -- Ottumwa, IA (5)
13. 30x - Josh Modde -- Des Moines, IA (10)
14. 4c - Curt Paste -- Dearborn, MO (11)
15. 12 - Matt Moore -- Ottumwa, IA (16)
16. 7up - Curtis Barnes -- Greentop, MO (15)

A MAIN:
1. 5 - Colter Deutsch -- Ellsworth, MN (12)
2. 2g - Geoff Olson -- Ames, IA (4)
3. 8 - Brad Iverson -- Grinnell, IA (7)
4. 98 - Bert McDaniel -- Eldon, IA (3)
5. 16p - Bobby Penney -- Lawson, MO (2)
6. 1 - Paul Underwood -- Ottumwa, IA (18)
7. 16 - Mike Shelton -- Bloomfield, IA (10)
8. 0 - Mike Wanders -- Oskaloosa, IA (11)
9. 62 - Bill Gibson -- Knoxville, IA (8)
10. 85 - Jason McDaniel -- Eldon, IA (19)
11. 39 - Brandon Symmonds -- Keokuk, IA (5)
12. 11w - Larry Winn -- Hallsville, MO (1)
13. D1 - Drew Lawson -- Oskaloosa, IA (21)
14. 25 - Galen Hassler -- Hallsville, MO (17)
15. X2 - Chris Eggers -- Lancaster, MO (6)
16. 14 - Brian Schrage -- Cresco, IA (16)
17. 57 - Thad Gaylord -- Fort Madison, IA (22)
18. 4b - Bill Bentley -- Madison, MO (15)
19. 3s - Miles Shelman -- Ames, IA (20)
20. 7 - Carter VanDenBerg -- Oskaloosa, IA (14)
21. 23b - Brett Bumgardner -- Hawkeye, IA (24)
22. 37a - Anthony Asher -- St. Joseph, MO (13)
23. 10 - Cayden Carter -- Oskaloosa, IA (9)
24. 15 - Phil Cassel -- Montrose, IA (23)

USRA KARL CHEVROLET STOCK CARS

HEAT RACE #1:
1. 93 - Michael Jaennette -- Newton, IA (3)
2. 57v - Mike Van Genderen -- Newton, IA (1)
3. 10 - Abe Huls -- Carthage, IL (4)
4. 60 - Kurt Krauskopf -- Decorah, IA (6)
5. 41 - Cody Henkes -- Postville, IA (8)
6. 7a - Troy Alexander -- Memphis, MO (5)
7. 72 - Doug Yates -- Monticello, IA (2)
8. 1 - Rich Vogt -- Fairfield, IA (7)

HEAT RACE #2:
1. 00 - Rick Girard -- Columbia, MO (1)
2. 12m - Gary Blackburn -- Fulton, MO (3)
3. 27j - Jason Cook -- Mt. Pleasant, IA (6)
4. 52 - Nathan Wood -- Keswick, IA (2)
5. 12h - Dakota Hayden -- Wilton, IA (8)
6. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (5)
7. 7 - Kelly Smith -- Kirksville, MO (7)
8. 24a - Andrew Page -- Columbia, MO (4)

HEAT RACE #3:
1. 29 - Matt Greiner -- Washington, IA (1)
2. 05 - John Oliver Jr. -- Danville, IA (4)
3. 3w - Dave Warth -- Danville, IA (2)
4. 4m - Howard Gordon Jr. -- Oskaloosa, IA (6)
5. 52w - Chris Wibbell -- Dallas City, IL (5)
6. 22 - Dereck Sammons -- Kahoka, MO (7)
7. 1c - Clell Evans -- Kirksville, MO (8)
8. 5x - Logan Lowe -- Kirksville, MO (3)

A MAIN:
1. 52 - Nathan Wood -- Keswick, IA (12)
2. 29 - Matt Greiner -- Washington, IA (2)
3. 60 - Kurt Krauskopf -- Decorah, IA (4)
4. 3w - Dave Warth -- Danville, IA (3)
5. 57v - Mike Van Genderen -- Newton, IA (1)
6. 27j - Jason Cook -- Mt. Pleasant, IA (6)
7. 7a - Troy Alexander -- Memphis, MO (16)
8. 05 - John Oliver Jr. -- Danville, IA (5)
9. 10 - Abe Huls -- Carthage, IL (10)
10. 4m - Howard Gordon Jr. -- Oskaloosa, IA (11)
11. 7 - Kelly Smith -- Kirksville, MO (20)
12. 72 - Doug Yates -- Monticello, IA (19)
13. 5x - Logan Lowe -- Kirksville, MO (24)
14. 52w - Chris Wibbell -- Dallas City, IL (15)
15. 41 - Cody Henkes -- Postville, IA (13)
16. 93 - Michael Jaennette -- Newton, IA (7)
17. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (17)
18. 00 - Rick Girard -- Columbia, MO (9)
19. 24a - Andrew Page -- Columbia, MO (23)
20. 12m - Gary Blackburn -- Fulton, MO (8)
21. 12h - Dakota Hayden -- Wilton, IA (14)
22. 1 - Rich Vogt -- Fairfield, IA (22)
23. 1c - Clell Evans -- Kirksville, MO (21)
24. 22 - Dereck Sammons -- Kahoka, MO (18)

USRA MODIFIEDS

HEAT RACE #1:
1. 18L - Michael Long -- Quincy, IL (7)
2. 40 - Scott Dickey -- Packwood, IA (9)
3. 27m - Mark Schulte -- Delhi, IA (8)
4. 88d - Matt Dotson -- Clark, MO (1)
5. 746 - David Holder -- Clarence, MO (4)
6. 95 - Lonnie Wyman Jr. -- Fulton, MO (3)
7. 11s - Steve Stormer -- New Hampton, MO (10)
8. 74x - John Melloway -- Hallsville, MO (5)
9. 67 - Tim Dotson -- Sturgeon, MO (2)
10. 20x - Jeremiah Asher -- St. Joseph, MO (6)

HEAT RACE #2:
1. 47s - Brandon Savage -- Keokuk, IA (1)
2. 18 - Jim Gillenwater -- Keokuk, IA (3)
3. 5 - Jake Simpson -- Algona, IA (7)
4. 6 - Larry Winn -- Hallsville, MO (4)
5. 9 - Charles Baker -- Labelle, MO (6)
6. 00 - Josh Steele -- St. Joseph, MO (2)
7. 73 - Truman Asher -- St. Joseph, MO (5)
8. 5s - David Snyder -- Greentop, MO (10)
9. 31 - Corey Dripps -- Waterloo, IA (8) DNS
10. 2t - Beau Taylor -- Canton, MO (9) DNS

HEAT RACE #3:
1. 46x - Porter Collins -- Clarence, MO (2)
2. 32 - Donovan Lodge -- Andover, IL (4)
3. 63 - Robert Kirchner -- Donnellson, IA (1)
4. 05 - David Wietholder -- Liberty, IL (8)
5. 33z - Zack Vanderbeek -- New Sharon, IA (7)
6. 17L - Craig Spegal -- New London, MO (3)
7. 12 - Adam Birck -- Canton, MO (5)
8. B4 - Justin Reed -- Quincy, IL (9)
9. 5t - Tim Sands -- Conesville, IA (6)

HEAT RACE #4:
1. 19r - Ryan Gustin -- Marshalltown, IA (2)
2. 2 - Joey Schaefer -- Waterloo, IA (3)
3. 4j - Scott Weber -- Festus, MO (6)
4. 15 - Dan DeMey -- Denison, IA (5)
5. 7w - Mark Widmar -- Ottumwa, IA (4)
6. 62 - Greg Cox -- Altoona, IA (9)
7. 79 - Josh Bindseil -- Columbia, MO (8)
8. 86 - Philip Wernert -- Galesgille, WI (7)
9. 14x - Kevin Tomlinson -- New London, MO (1)

B MAIN:
1. 62 - Greg Cox -- Altoona, IA (4)
2. 17L - Craig Spegal -- New London, MO (3)
3. 95 - Lonnie Wyman Jr. -- Fulton, MO (1)
4. 12 - Adam Birck -- Canton, MO (7)
5. 67 - Tim Dotson -- Sturgeon, MO (13)
6. 79 - Josh Bindseil -- Columbia, MO (8)
7. 11s - Steve Stormer -- New Hampton, MO (5)
8. 86 - Philip Wernert -- Galesgille, WI (12)
9. 74x - John Melloway -- Hallsville, MO (9)
10. B4 - Justin Reed -- Quincy, IL (11)
11. 5s - David Snyder -- Greentop, MO (10)
12. 5t - Tim Sands -- Conesville, IA (15)
13. 00 - Josh Steele -- St. Joseph, MO (2)
14. 20x - Jeremiah Asher -- St. Joseph, MO (17)
15. 73 - Truman Asher -- St. Joseph, MO (6)
16. 31 - Corey Dripps -- Waterloo, IA (14) DNS
17. 14x - Kevin Tomlinson -- New London, MO (16) DNS
18. 2t - Beau Taylor -- Canton, MO (18) DNS

A MAIN:
1. 18L - Michael Long -- Quincy, IL (2)
2. 19r - Ryan Gustin -- Marshalltown, IA (5)
3. 33z - Zack Vanderbeek -- New Sharon, IA (18)
4. 40 - Scott Dickey -- Packwood, IA (6)
5. 32 - Donovan Lodge -- Andover, IL (8)
6. 27m - Mark Schulte -- Delhi, IA (1)
7. 2 - Joey Schaefer -- Waterloo, IA (4)
8. 7w - Mark Widmar -- Ottumwa, IA (19)
9. 88d - Matt Dotson -- Clark, MO (13)
10. 62 - Greg Cox -- Altoona, IA (21)
11. 05 - David Wietholder -- Liberty, IL (14)
12. 95 - Lonnie Wyman Jr. -- Fulton, MO (23)
13. 15 - Dan DeMey -- Denison, IA (15)
14. 4j - Scott Weber -- Festus, MO (9)
15. 5 - Jake Simpson -- Algona, IA (7)
16. 47s - Brandon Savage -- Keokuk, IA (12)
17. 17L - Craig Spegal -- New London, MO (22)
18. 9 - Charles Baker -- Labelle, MO (17)
19. 46x - Porter Collins -- Clarence, MO (11)
20. 12 - Adam Birck -- Canton, MO (24)
21. 6 - Larry Winn -- Hallsville, MO (20)
22. 746 - David Holder -- Clarence, MO (16)
23. 18 - Jim Gillenwater -- Keokuk, IA (3)
24. 63 - Robert Kirchner -- Donnellson, IA (10)



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