May 5, 2005
Burgtorf Starts 2005 Race Season Right Where He Left Off
by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (April 30,2005) - The Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway finally got the 2005 racing season started, after Mother Nature washed out last weekend’s O’Reilly USMTS doubleheader. Picking up wins in the Casey’s General Stores USRA Championship Series features were Mark Burgtorf in the USRA Modifieds, Matt Greiner in the USRA Stock Cars, Wyatt Lantz in the USRA B-Modifieds and Chris Wibbell in the USRA Hobby Stocks. Also claiming victories in their respective divisions were Michael St. Clair in the Cruisers and Dennis Schulte in the Hornets.
The first feature of the night was the USRA B-Modifieds, with Kelly O’Haver and Wyatt Lantz leading the field to the green flag. Lantz would jump into the lead on the start and then pulled away in the caution free race to pick up the win. Chris Larson was a distant 2nd, Ron York came home 3rd, Tony Dunker was 4th, with Jeff Waterman rounding out the top 5. Heat Race wins went to Jack Evans, Jr. and Larson.
Next up was the USRA Stock Car feature. Matt Greiner and Troy Alexander led the field to the drop of the green flag, with Greiner taking the lead on lap 1. Greiner then held the top spot until lap 13, when Mike Robinson went by on the bottom for the lead. Greiner would come back on the bottom to lead lap 14. Greiner and Robinson would come out of turn four on the final lap side-by-side, with Greiner edging Robinson at the line by inches to claim the win. Jason Cook crossed the line in 3rd, Ryan Cook was 4th, with Alexander coming home in 5th. Robinson and R.Cook each pick up heat race wins.
The USRA Modified feature was third, with Michael Long and Mike Bennett on the front row. Long took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1. Long would hold the top spot until lap 8, when Tony Fraise slipped by on the bottom of the speedway for the lead. Mark Burgtorf would work his way towards the front on lap 14, with Fraise coming back on the bottom to get the lead back on lap 15. Burgtorf then worked past the top side of Fraise on lap 16 to get the lead back and then held off Long and Fraise on the final two laps for the win. Bennett came home in 4th, with Mark Van Winkle coming from 10th to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were Long and Burgtorf.
Brandon Savage and Jim Oliver led the field of Hornets to the drop of the green flag. But it was fifth place starter Dennis Schulte grabbing the lead on lap 1. Dennis would lead all 10 laps to pick up the win. Savage edged Tyler Schulte for 2nd, Oliver was 4th, with Brent Forest coming home in 5th. D.Schulte and Savage claimed the heat race wins.
Up next was the Cruiser feature, with Jeremy Buss and Michael St. Clair on the front row. Craig Spilker would slip by both on the start to lead lap 1, with St. Clair close behind in second. St. Clair would slip under Spilker on lap 5 for the top spot, with Spilker coming back on the top to get the lead back on lap 7. St. Clair worked under Spilker on lap 8 for the lead and then held him off on the final two laps to claim the win. Bill O’Haver was 3rd, Keith Reed coming home in 4th, with Buss slipping to 5th. Heat race winners were Dave Hudson and Keith Reed.
The final feature of the night was the USRA Hobby Stocks. Justin Hamelton and Mike Shelton led the field of 23 to the green flag, with Hamelton jumping out front on lap 1. Shelton would work past Hamelton on the top side on lap 3 and then held it for one lap. As he and Mark Holt got together, spinning Shelton and sending both to the back. Hamelton inherited the lead on the restart, with Chris Wibbell close behind in second. Wibbell would jump to the outside of Hamelton on lap 5 to take over the top spot and then held it for the final 10 laps to claim his first win at Memphis. Abe Huls came from 12th to finish in 2nd, Hamelton held on to finish in 3rd, Brandon Symmonds was 4th, with Tony Becerra rounding out the top 5. Matt Snyder, Wibbell and Holt claimed heat race wins.
Coming up next week will be Cook’s Men Store Night, with the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds and USRA Hobby Stocks, along with Cruisers and Hornets in action. Gates will Open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm.
Casey’s General Stores USRA Championship Series
Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway
Heat #1: 1. 18-Michael Long, Quincy, IL; 2. 45-Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA; 3. 99-Ted Allen, Canton; 4. 32-Mike Bennett, Des Moines, IA; 5. 77z4-Josh Foster, Montrose, IA; 6. 05-David Wietholder, Liberty, IL; 7. 12-Bob Dale, Gorin; 8. 10-Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA
Heat #2: 1. 69m-Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL; 2. 24v-Mark Van Winkle, Hannibal; 3. 82m-Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL; 4. 24-Darin Walker, Bowling Green; 5. 49-Ken Bryant, Ottumwa, IA; 6. 29-Dennis Elliott, Mt.Ayr, IA; 7. 2-David Snyder, Greentop; 8. 15-Phillip Cossel, Montrose, IA
Feature: 1. Burgtorf 2. Long 3. Fraise 4. Bennett 5. Van Winkle, 6. Dale 7. Foster 8. Wietholder 9. Meyer, 10. 49-Ken Bryant, 11. Gillenwater 12. Cossel 13. Elliott 14. 99-Ted Allen, 15. Walker, 16. Snyder
USRA Stock Cars
Heat #1: 1. 78R-Mike Robinson, Moravia, IA; 2. 27J-Jason Cook, Mt.Pleasant, IA; 3. 7A-Troy Alexander, Memphis; 4. 85H-Harley Hill, Kahoka; 5. 55H-Richard Hudson, Arbela; 6. 6s-Jody Small, Rutledge.
Heat #2: 1. 27R-Ryan Cook, West Point, IA; 2. 93-Mark White, Kirksville; 3. 29-Matt Greiner, Washington, IA; 4. 1-Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA; 5. 8s-Todd Phillips, Ollie, IA
Feature: 1.Greiner 2.Robinson, 3.Jason Cook 4.Ryan Cook 5.Alexander 6.White, 7.Hill, 8.Dresden 9. Small, 10.Hudson, 11.Phillips
Heat Race #1: 1. 00-Jack Evans, Jr. Keokuk, IA; 2. 71-Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 3. KO99-Kelly O’Haver, Kirksville 4. 63-Pete Gramc, Quincy, IL; 5. 2R-Jerry Reese, Jr. Baring.
Heat #2: 1. 67-Chris Larson, Keokuk, IA; 2. 22L-Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, IL; 3. 4-Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 4. 6Y-Ron York, Edina; 5. 38-Tom Bowen, Labelle.
Feature: 1.Lantz, 2.Larson, 3.York, 4.Dunker, 5.Waterman, 6.O’Haver, 7.Bowen, 8.Reese, Jr. 9.Evans, Jr. 10.Gramc
USRA Hobby Stocks
Heat Race #1: 1. 22-Matt Snyder, Green City; 2. 24J-Justin Hamelton, Hamilton; 3. 2T-Beau Taylor, Canton; 4. 16-Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA; 5. 8-Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA; 6. 47-Tim Pettibone, Moravia, IA; 7. 8s-Josh Soper, Kahoka; 8. 43-Larry Hooper, Wyaconda
Heat Race #2: 1. 52-Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, IL; 2. 2-Tony Becerra, Carthage, IL; 3. 80c-Kevin Cheney, Quincy, IL; 4. 88-Brian Clark, Kahoka; 5. 23-Jimmy Hooper, Wyaconda; 6. 94F-Bob Fletcher, Wyaconda; 7. 2k-Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA; 8. 89-Brian Howerton, Edina
Heat Race #3: 1. 11-Mark Holt, Memphis; 2. 30c-Abe Huls, Carthage, IL; 3. 11x-Jim Oliver, Jr. Beardstown, IL; 4. 35c-Clint Heidenwith, Unionville; 5. 4B-Jim Lynch, Farmington, IA; 6. 5A-Chris Anthony, Farmington, IA; 7. 25c-Larry Logston, Kirksville
Feature: 1.Wibbell, 2.Huls, 3.Hamelton, 4.Symmonds, 5. Holt, 6.Becerra, 7.Heidenwith, 8.Jim Lynch, 9.Josh Soper, 10.Pettibone, 11. Jimmy Hooper, 12.Jim Oliver, Jr. 13. Anthony, 14.Kirkland, 15.Logston, 16.Shelton, 17. Snyder, 18.Cheney, 19.Larry Hooper, 20.Fletcher, 21. Taylor, 22.Clark, 23. Howerton
Heat Race #1: 1. 34H-Dave Hudson, Memphis; 2. 70R-Craig Spilker, Quincy, IL; 3. 3-Michael St. Clair, Wayland; 4. 14-Jason Billings, Keokuk, IA; 5. 15-Amy Mason, Warsaw, IL
Heat Race #2: 1. 20-Keith Reed, Quincy, IL; 2. Big0-Bill O’Haver, Kirksville; 3. 11-Jeremy Buss, Quincy, IL; 4. 01-Brad Hudson, Arbela
Feature: 1.St. Clair, 2.Spilker, 3.Bill O’Haver, 4.Reed, 5.Buss, 6.Dave Hudson, 7.Billings, 8.Brad Hudson, 9.Mason
Heat Race #1: 1. 0-Dennis Schulte, Keokuk, IA; 2. 55-Brent Forest, Keokuk, IA; 3. 4T-Travis DeMint, Basco, IL; 4. 8-Jerry Symmonds, Keokuk, IA; 5. 11D-Danny Miller, Gorin; 6. 30-Ricky Miller, Gorin
Heat Race #2: 1. 7-Brandon Savage, Keokuk, IA; 2. 96-Tyler Schulte, Montrose, IA; 3. 10-Jim Oliver, III, Hamilton, IL; 4. 75-Rob Hammel, Hamilton, IL; 5. Big0Jr-Logan Lowe, Kirksville, MO
Feature: 1.Dennis Schulte, 2.Savage, 3.Tyler Schulte, 4. Jim Oliver III, 5.Forest, 6. Hammel, 7. DeMint, 8.Symmonds, 9.Ricky Miller, 10.Danny Miller, 11.Logan Lowe
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