August 12, 2004

Elston and Burgtorf claim bonus wins at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (August 7)-Tommy Elston (Late Models) and Mark Burgtorf (USRA Modifieds) claimed bonus wins on Farm Bureau Insurance & US Bank night at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Also picking up feature wins include Ryan Cook (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans, Jr. (USRA B-Modifieds), Mike Shelton (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brian Overhulser (Cruisers) and Dennis Schulte (Hornets).

Tommy Elston, who was to start 2nd in the 20 lap Late Model feature, was challenged by promoter Todd Staley to start in the rear and if he won he would give him a $200 bonus. Elston took the challenge and started 15th. Justin Fuller would take Elstonís starting spot and took the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Jody Wood close behind in second.

Wood would slip under Fuller to take over the top spot on lap 2. Wood then led the next two laps, before Denny Woodworth jumped to his outside to take the lead on lap 4. While Woodworth and Wood were battling for the lead, Elston was working his way towards the front. A caution on lap 8 helped bring the field back to Elston, who was up to 5th.

Woodworth would take the lead on the restart and then held on until lap 10, when Elston slipped under him for the lead. Elston then led the final 10 laps to pick up the win and the $200 bonus. Woodworth was 2nd, Wood was 3rd, Thad Trump came from 9th to finish 4th, with Sonny Findling rounding out the top 5.

Dick Weber and Elston claimed heat race wins.

Staley then challenged Tony Fraise and Mark Burgtorf, who were on the front row of the 20 lap USRA Modified feature, to start in the rear and if they finished first and second then he would give them a $100 bonus. Both drivers accepted the challenge and started 14th and 15th.

Mike Delozier and Brad Ford then started on the front row, with Ford grabbing the lead on the start. Ford and Zack Vanderbeek were battling for the top spot, while Burgtorf and Fraise were quickly working there way to the front.

Burgtorf would jump to the outside of Ford on lap 8 to take over the top spot and then held off Fraise to collect the win and the bonus.

Rich Smith came from 9th to finish in 3rd, Vanderbeek was 4th, with Ryan Meyer coming from 10th to round out the top 5.

Heat race winners were Burgtorf and Jim Gillenwater.

The 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature once again came down to the final lap before a winner could be determined.

Ryan Cook took the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Mike Robinson challenging him in second. Robinson would jump to the outside of R. Cook to take over the top spot on lap 2. Robinson, who was running the top of the speedway, and R. Cook, who was running the bottom, would run side by side for the final 13 laps, with R.Cook leading lap 11. Robinson would come back to lead lap 12. Then both came out of turn four side by side on the last lap, with R.Cook edging out Robinson by inches to claim the win.

Jim Brown was 3rd, Jim Lynch came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Jason Cook coming home in 5th. Brown and R.Cook picked up heat race wins.

Jack Evans, Jr. took the lead on lap 1 of the 12 lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Larry Newman close behind in second.

Evans, Jr. would lead all 12 laps to pick up his first win of 2004 at Memphis. Ron York was 2nd, Danny Daggs was 3rd, John Shaffer was 4th, with Newman rounding out the top 5.

Heat race winners were Evans, Jr. and York.

The 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature saw Jeff Soper jump out front on lap 1, with Mark Holt and Mike Shelton challenging him for the lead.

Soper would hold the top spot until lap 7 when Shelton slipped under him to take the lead. Shelton then held off Soper the next 5 laps to claim his 4th win of the season at the speedway.

Jim Walker was 3rd, Holt was 4th, with Tony Becerra coming from 10th to round out the top 5. Brandon Symmonds, Shelton and Holt picked up heat race wins.

Michael St. Clair took advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Cruiser feature. St. Clair would lead until lap 8 when Brian Overhulser, who started 8th, jumped to his outside to take over the top spot. Overhulser then held off St. Clair on the final two lap to pick up the win. Eric Bergheger was 3rd, Keith Reed was 4th, with Shawn Crowell coming from 13th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were St. Clair and Overhulser.

Dave Burdette took the lead on lap 1 of the 10 lap Hornet feature, with Dennis Schulte close behind in second. Burdette would hold the top spot until lap 7, when Schulte slipped by him for the lead. Schulte then pulled away on the final 3 laps to pick up the win. Brent Forest was 2nd, Travis DeMint came from 10th to finish in 3rd, Pat Mallonee was 4th, with Donnie DeMint rounding out the top 5. Burdette and Brandon Savage picked up heat race wins.

Coming up this week at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway Saturday, August 14th will be the RaceMart Late Model special. Late Models will be going for a top prize of $1,000 to win. Along with the Late Models will be USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Cruisers and Hornets racing for points. Gates next Saturday will open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.

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