Elliott tops 31-car field, pockets $2,000 in Dart Iron Man Challenge at Nobles County Speedway
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August 1, 2010

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – A whopping $2,000 top prize was on the line Sunday as the Dart Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars made their fifth stop of the maiden campaign at the Nobles County Speedway.

A season-high 31 full-fendered USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars were in attendance to take on the quarter-mile clay oval overlooking I-90 in Worthington, Minn., and a chance at a big fat bag of loot.

In the 30-lap main event presented by UFCW Local 101, Greg Elliott of Webster City, Iowa, got around Keswick, Iowa’s Nathan Wood on the third lap and never looked back. Elliott finished second to his older brother, Mark, in the last Dart Iron Man Challenge event on June 22 at the Mineral City Speedway in Fort Dodge, Iowa, but that honor went to Jake Masters of Graettinger, Iowa, on Sunday night.

Masters held off Wood for the runner-up paycheck while Matt Greiner of Washington, Iowa, started and finished in the fourth position. Local favorite Ron Prins of Worthington thwarted a sweep of the top-5 by Hawkeye State pilots with his fifth-place finish.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to Lynn Panos of Protivin, Iowa; Steve Jackson of Polk City, Iowa; Kevin Donlan of Decorah, Iowa; Dan Christopher of Decorah, Iowa; and Dustin Larson of Rushmore, Minn.

Elliott’s win on Sunday night also made five different winners in five events during the inaugural season for the Dart Iron Man Challenge.

Points leader Mike Van Genderen of Newton, Iowa, blew a motor early in the “A” Main and wound up 22nd on the score sheets. Wood now leads the rankings over Jackson, Van Genderen, Elliott, Mike Bergan, Mark Elliott, Ryan Leeman, Jim Mitchell, Shane Weller and Logan Staley.

In other action, Ryan Gustin won the USMTS Modified main event, Jeremy Smith scored the victory in the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods and Dustin Larson topped the USRA Hobby Stock feature race.

After a day off on Monday, the Dart Iron Man Challenge travels to the Algona (Iowa) Raceway, Cresco (Iowa) Speedway; Jackson (Minn.) Speedway; and Murray County Speedway on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for back-to-back-to-back-to-back blockbuster battles paying $1,000 each to win.

To add to the excitement, film crews will be present in Cresco, Jackson and Slayton for recording all the USMTS action for the upcoming Dirt Knights TV show. Dirt Knights will be an on-going dramatic series of one-hour programs that will air twice a week for 13 weeks. The much-anticipated TV show is set to debut in January of 2011 on the VERSUS cable network - the fastest growing cable sports network in the nation, which reaches more than 75 million households.

In all, 14 dates at 12 premier speedways throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri dot the calendar for the inaugural campaign for the Dart Iron Man Challenge, which will accompany the popular USMTS Modifieds at each event.

Made possible by support from Dart Machinery and Allstar Performance, all races will pay a minimum of $500 to win and at least $100 to start. With 21 or more entries in the pit area, each race will pay at least $600 to win and $125 to start the main event.

The points fund carries a $1,000 top prize with the 10th-place finisher earning $100. In addition, each race will award national points in the USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Car division of the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series where the national champion will earn $700.

Dart will award a $75 certificate to the winner of each event and a $50 certificate to the ninth-place finisher.

The Dart Iron Man Challenge will score a driver’s 10 best points during the 14-race campaign toward the final year-end standings. Drivers are invited and encouraged to compete in all 14 shows, but perfect attendance is not be necessary to be eligible for the year-end points total.

A USRA license is not required to compete and/or earn points in the Dart Iron Man Challenge, but only USRA-licensed drivers will be eligible for points funds in either the Dart Iron Man Challenge or American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Each event will have a qualifying format similar to the USMTS, with heat race passing points determining the “B” Main and “A” Main line-ups.

USRA rules will apply at each event. Drivers are permitted to utilize the Rochester, Motorcraft or 1¾ Holley 4412 open carburetor but must be run with the Edelbrock Performer (Part #2701) or Weiand X-CELerator (Part ##7541) intake manifold. These intakes must be stock (no porting allowed). The 4412 carb must be stock and must be 1-11/16. For conforming to IMCA rules, the 350 carb is allowed with a 2,800-pound weight rule. Any driver running the 604 crate motor is allowed the 4-barrel carburetor.

To view the complete USRA rulebook, check out www.usraracing.com online.

2010 DART IRON MAN CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:

Wed May 26 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, IA (winner: Nathan Wood)
Thu May 27 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (winner: Mike Van Genderen)
Sat Jun 19 … Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, MO (winner: Steve Jackson)
Tue Jun 22 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (winner: Mark Elliott)
Sun Aug 1 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN (winner: Greg Elliott)
Tue Aug 3 … Algona Raceway, Algona, IA ($1,000 to win)
Wed Aug 4 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, IA ($1,000 to win)
Thu Aug 5 … Jackson Speedway, Jackson, MN ($1,000 to win)
Fri Aug 6 … Murray County Speedway, Slayton, MN ($1,000 to win)
Wed Aug 18 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, IA ($600 to win)
Sat Aug 28 … 24 Raceway, Moberly, MO ($600 to win)
Tue Aug 31 … Marshalltown Speedway, Marshalltown, IA ($600 to win)
Wed Sep 1 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, IA ($600 to win)
Thu Sep 2 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA ($600 to win)

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Dart Iron Man Challenge for USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars – Round 5 of 14
Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Sunday, August 1, 2010

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown. The top 16 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (6) 11 Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa.
2. (3) 1 Greg Elliott, Webster City, Iowa.
3. (4) 2j Steve Jackson, Polk City, Iowa.
4. (7) 67 Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa.
5. (1) 5L Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
6. (5) R31 Ryan Leeman, Roland, Iowa.
7. (2) 33 Kevin Donlan, Decorah, Iowa.
8. (8) 3 Jason Hoffman, Canby, Minn.

HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 45k Brad Klaasssen, Adrian, Minn.
2. (2) 5x Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.
3. (6) 5 Mike Bergan, Ridgeway, Iowa.
4. (4) 93 Mike Jaennette, Newton, Iowa.
5. (3) 42 Dan Christopher, Decorah, Iowa.
6. (7) M5 Jim Mitchell, Webster City, Iowa.
7. (8) 6L Jim Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
8. (5) 5 Chris Balsrok, Sibley, Iowa.

HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (5) 31 Trent Schroeder, Worthington, Minn.
2. (4) 29 Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa.
3. (3) 14 Todd Staley, Webster City, Iowa.
4. (7) 5p David Peters, Slayton, Minn.
5. (6) 58 Heath Tenkley, Hartley, Iowa.
6. (2) 20r Gary Rotenberger, Calmar, Iowa.
7. (8) 23 Mark DeBoer, Adrian, Minn.
8. (1) 95 Tom McKenzie, Sioux City, Iowa.

HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (3) 52 Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa.
2. (7) 57v Mike Van Genderen, Newton, Iowa.
3. (5) 02 Ron Prins, Worthington, Minn.
4. (4) 97 Lynn Panos, Protivin, Iowa.
5. (1) 00 Danny Cole, Lansing, Iowa.
6. (6) 32 Rich Gregoire, Russell, Minn.
7. (2) 5e Mel Elsberry, Orange City, Iowa.

“B” MAIN (12 laps, top 8 advance):
1. (9) 6L Jim Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
2. (3) 42 Dan Christopher, Decorah, Iowa.
3. (2) 5L Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
4. (11) 33 Kevin Donlan, Decorah, Iowa.
5. (1) 58 Heath Tenkley, Hartley, Iowa.
6. (8) 32 Rich Gregoire, Russell, Minn.
7. (6) R31 Ryan Leeman, Roland, Iowa.
8. (5) M5 Jim Mitchell, Webster City, Iowa.
9. (10) 23 Mark DeBoer, Adrian, Minn.
10. (12) 5e Mel Elsberry, Orange City, Iowa.
11. (15) 95 Tom McKenzie, Sioux City, Iowa.
12. (14) 5 Chris Balsrok, Sibley, Iowa.
13. (13) 3 Jason Hoffman, Canby, Minn.
14. (4) 00 Danny Cole, Lansing, Iowa.
15. (7) 20r Gary Rotenberger, Calmar, Iowa.

“A” MAIN (30 laps):
1. (2) 1 Greg Elliott, Webster City, Iowa.
2. (6) 11 Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa.
3. (3) 52 Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa.
4. (4) 29 Matt Greiner, Washington, Iowa.
5. (10) 02 Ron Prins, Worthington, Minn.
6. (16) 97 Lynn Panos, Protivin, Iowa.
7. (11) 2j Steve Jackson, Polk City, Iowa.
8. (20) 33 Kevin Donlan, Decorah, Iowa.
9. (18) 42 Dan Christopher, Decorah, Iowa.
10. (19) 5L Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
11. (14) 14 Todd Staley, Webster City, Iowa.
12. (22) 32 Rich Gregoire, Russell, Minn.
13. (9) 5x Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.
14. (8) 31 Trent Schroeder, Worthington, Minn.
15. (7) 5 Mike Bergan, Ridgeway, Iowa.
16. (17) 6L Jim Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
17. (23) R31 Ryan Leeman, Roland, Iowa.
18. (21) 58 Heath Tenkley, Hartley, Iowa.
19. (13) 5p David Peters, Slayton, Minn.
20. (1) 45k Brad Klaasssen, Adrian, Minn.
21. (15) 93 Mike Jaennette, Newton, Iowa.
22. (5) 57v Mike Van Genderen, Newton, Iowa.
23. (24) M5 Jim Mitchell, Webster City, Iowa.
24. (12) 67 Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa.

Lap Leaders: Wood 1-3, Elliott 4-30.
Hard Charger: Donlan (started 20th, finished 8th).
Dart Awards: Elliott, Christopher.
Next Race: Tuesday, Aug. 3, Algona (Iowa) Raceway.
Points Standings (top 10): Wood 466, Jackson 439, Van Genderen 434, G. Elliott 333, Bergan 301, Mark Elliott 277, Leeman 275, Mitchell 251, Shane Weller 231, Logan Staley 203.

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