July 22, 2004

Symmonds gets first career win at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 17)-Brandon Symmonds claimed his first career USRA Hobby Stock feature win on J's Foods night at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Others picking up feature wins included Tommy Elston (Late Models), Mark Burgtorf (USRA Modifieds), Mike Robinson (USRA Stock Cars), Jerry Reese, Jr. (USRA B-Modifieds), Dave Hudson (Cruisers), and Tyler Schulte (Pony Stocks).

Jody Wood took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 20 lap Late Model feature. Wood would hold the top spot until lap 4 when Tommy Elston, who started 6th, jumped to the outside of him coming out of turn four to take the lead. Elston then pulled away on the final 16 laps to pick up his 5th win of the season at Memphis. Wood held on to finish 2nd. Thad Trump came from 8th to finish 3rd while Denny Woodworth was 4th with Gordy Grubb coming home in 5th. Elston and Trump claimed heat race wins.

Newcomer Rich Smith took the lead on the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap USRA Modified feature, with Brad Ford close behind in second. Smith continued to lead as Mark Burgtorf, who started 6th, was closing to challenge for the top spot. Burgtorf would jump to the outside of Smith on lap 5 to take over the lead, but Smith would come back on the bottom to get the lead back on lap 6. Burgtorf would jump to the outside of Smith on lap 7 to take the lead back. Burgtorf then lead the final 8 laps to claim his 5th win of the season at the speedway.

Smith would come home 2nd, Martin Bennett was 3rd, Ryan Meyer was 4th, with Brad Ford rounding out the top 5. Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Mike Bennett.

The 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature saw Jim Brown and Jason Cook on the front row with Cook jumping out front on lap 1. Cook would hold the top spot until lap 5 when Mike Robinson slipped under him to grab the lead. Robinson would hold off a last lap challenge from Cook to pick up his 5th win of the season at Memphis. Ryan Cook came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Eric Flander was 4th, with Brown coming home in 5th. Butch Bailey and Brown picked up heat race wins.

Jerry Reese, Jr. took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature. Reese, Jr. would lead all 15 laps and held off several challenges from Jack Evans, Jr. to pick up his 8th win of the season at Memphis. Ron York was 3rd, Danny Daggs came from 10th to finish in 4th, with John Shaffer coming from 9th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were York and Gary Dreyer.

The 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was cut to 8 laps due to a time limit, with Brandon Symmonds emerging from the 28-car field to get his first career win. Symmonds would jump out front on lap 1, with Mike Shelton challenging him in second. Symmonds would hold off several challenges from Jeff Soper to pick up the win. Jeremy Hamlin was 3rd, Shelton would come from last after pitting on lap 1 for a flat tire, to get 4th, with Tony Becerra coming from 10th to round out the top 5. Jesse Garrett, Hamlin, Mark Holt and Soper would pick up heat race wins.

Brian Overhulser took the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Cruiser feature from his 3rd place starting spot, with David Hudson close behind in second. Overhulser would hold the lead until lap 5 when Hudson slipped by for the top spot. Hudson then held off Overhulser on the final 5 laps to pick up his 3rd win of the season at the speedway. Craig Spilker was 3rd, Keith Reed was 4th, with Michael St. Clair coming home in 5th. Heat race winners were Spilker and Hudson.

The 10 lap Pony Stock feature was a battle between Tyler Schulte and Dave Burdette, with Schulte holding on to claim his 4th win of the season at Memphis. Brandon Savage came from 15th to finish in 3rd, Brent Forest was 4th, with Andrew Hustead rounding out the top 5. Dennis Schulte and Burdette picked up heat race wins.

Coming up next week will be Bradley Insurance night at the speedway. The rained out Hobby Stock, Cruiser and Pony Stock features from July 9th will be ran first before the regular night of racing begins. Also there will be a candy dash thanks to RPM. Gates Open at 4:30 p.m., Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.



Results

Late Models

Heat Race 1: 1.Tommy Elston, Keokuk, IA 2.Lynn Monroe, Memphis 3.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 4.Rob Kirchner, Donnellson, IA 5.Russell Jeffries, Kirksville, 6.Jerry Asher, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Thad Trump, Kahoka 2.Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA 3.Denny Woodworth, Mendon, IL, 4.Gordy Grubb, Oskaloosa, IA, 5.Kevin Tomlinson, New London, 6.Jim Fuller, Memphis

Feature: 1.Elston, 2.Wood, 3.Trump, 4.Woodworth, 5.Grubb, 6.Burgtorf, 7.Kirchner, 8.Jeffries, 9.Monroe, 10.Asher, 11.Tomlinson, 12.Fuller

USRA Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL 2.Jerry Conners, Pleasant Valley, IA 3.Rich Smith, Davenport, IA 4.David Wietholder, Liberty, IL 5.Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA 6.Chris Eggers, Lancaster, 7.Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA 8.Bob Dale, Gorin 9.Mike Delozier, Carthage, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Mike Bennett, Des Moines, IA 2.Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL 3.Brad Ford, Mt.Pleasant, IA 4.Martin Bennett, Ankeny, IA 5.Jon Fuller, Memphis 6.Brad Stephens, Bussey, IA 7.Kevin Tomlinson, New London 8.Brad Moriarty, Des Moines, IA

Feature: 1.Burgtorf, 2.Smith, 3.Martin Bennett, 4.Meyer, 5.Ford, 6.Mike Bennett, 7.Conners, 8.Cossel, 9.Eggers, 10.Wietholder, 11.Fuller, 12.Stephens, 13.Moriarty, 14.Tomlinson, 15.Gillenwater, 16.Dale, 17.Delozier

USRA Stock Cars

Heat Race 1: 1.Butch Bailey, Novelty 2.Eric Flander, What Cheer, IA 3.Ryan Cook, West Point, IA 4.Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA 5.Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA 6.Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA 7.Kiel Morton, Kirksville

Heat Race 2: 1.Jim Brown, Fremont, IA 2.Troy Alexander, Memphis 3.Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA 4.Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA 5.Michael Browning, Edina 6.Jeff Murphy, Columbus Junction, IA 7.Trent Vrchoticty, Columbus Junction, IA

Feature: 1.Robinson, 2.J.Cook, 3.R.Cook, 4.Flander, 5.Brown, 6.Alexander, 7.Lynch, 8.Phillips, 9.Bailey, 10.Dresden, 11.Murphy, 12.Vrchoticty, 13.Morton, 14.Browning

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat Race 1: 1.Ron York, Edina 2.Jack Evans Jr, Keokuk, IA 3.Jerry Reese Jr., Baring 4.Amos Zimmerman, Memphis 5.John Shaffer, Memphis 6.Todd Morton, Kirksville 7.Joe Hooper, Mendon, IL

Heat Race 2: 1.Gary Dreyer, Quincy, IL, 2.Larry Newman, Kirksville 3.Logan Trueblood, Memphis 4.Pete Toubekis, Keokuk, IA 5.Danny Daggs, Kahoka, 6.Tony Morton, Kirksville 7.Luke Holst, Augusta, IL 8.David Snyder, Greentop

Feature: 1.Reese, Jr., 2.Evans, Jr., 3.York, 4.Daggs, 5.Shaffer, 6.Newman, 7.Toubekis, 8.Holst, 9.Todd Morton, 10.Snyder, 11.Dreyer, 12.Tony Morton, 13.Trueblood, 14.Zimmerman, 15.Hooper

USRA Hobby Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Jesse Garrett, Batavia, IA 2.Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL 3.Randy Phillips, Columbus Junction, IA 4.Michael Lay, Lewistown 5.JR Miller, Fairfield, IA 6.Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL 7.Scott Phillips

Heat Race 2: 1.Jeremy Hamlin, Memphis 2.Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA 3.Jerard Fisher, Pulaski, IA 4.Richard Hudson, Arbela 5.Mark Jacob, Carthage, IL 6.Bill Crowell, Kahoka 7.Earl Six, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 3: 1.Mark Holt, Memphis, 2.Jim Walker, Mystic, IA 3.Robert Kibbe, Salem, IA 4.Patrick Profeta, Keokuk, IA 5.Ryan McCarty, 6.Gordon Hudson, Arbela 7.Abe Huls, Carthage, IL

Heat Race 4: 1.Jeff Soper, Kahoka 2.Jason Overhulser, Alexandria, 3.Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 4.Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA 5.Josh Soper, Kahoka 6.Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda 7.Kevin Londrie

Feature: 1.Symmonds, 2.Jeff Soper, 3.Hamlin, 4.Shelton, 5.Becerra, 6.Walker, 7.Kibbe, 8.R.Phillips, 9.Josh Soper, 10.Lynch, 11.Hooper, 12.Profeta, 13.Cheney, 14.McCarty, 15.Crowell, 16.S.Phillips, 17.Huls, 18.Londrie, 19.Fisher, 20.Overhulser, 21.Holt, 22.Lay, 23.G.Hudson, 24.Six, 25.R.Hudson, 26.Miller, 27.Garrett, 28.Jacob

Cruisers

Heat Race 1: 1.Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL 2.Jody Small, Rutledge 3.Brian Overhulser, Alexandria 4.Michael St.Clair, Wayland 5.Jason Henry, Augusta, IL 6.Eric Bergheger, Hannibal 7.Kevin Fountain, Arbela

Heat Race 2: 1.David Hudson, Memphis 2.Keith Reed, Quincy, IL 3.Bill O'Haver, Kirksville 4.Jon Antal, Lancaster 5.Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA 6.Shawn Crowell, Alexandria

Feature: 1.Hudson, 2.Overhulser, 3.Spilker, 4.Reed, 5.St.Clair, 6.O'Haver, 7.Antal, 8.Bergheger, 9.Small, 10.Henry, 11.Crowell, 12.Fountain, 13.Kirkland

Pony Stocks

Heat Race 1: 1.Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA 2.Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA 3.Brent Forest, 4.Ryan Miller, Gorin 5.Brenda Wear, 6.Jim Hamilton, Keokuk, IA 7.Austin Schulte, Keokuk, IA 8.Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA

Heat Race 2: 1.Dave Burdette, Keokuk, IA 2.Rob Hammel, Hamilton, IL 3.Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA 4.Andrew Hustead, Rutledge 5.Sean Cannon, 6.Rick Miller, Gorin 7.Michael Prebe

Feature: 1.T.Schulte, 2.Burdette, 3.Savage, 4.Forest, 5.Hustead, 6.Prebe, 7.Cannon, 8.A.Schulte, 9.Rick Miller, 10.Wear, 11.Ryan Miller, 12.Symmonds, 13.Hamilton, 14.D.Schulte, 15.Hammel

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