May 12, 2005

Holt Takes Checkered Flag In Hobby Stock Feature At SCS

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (May 7,2005) - Cook’s Men Store Night produced four new winners and two repeat winners at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. As Ryan Cook (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans Jr (USRA B-Modifieds), Mark Holt (USRA Hobby Stocks) and Bill O’Haver (Cruisers) picked up their first wins of 2005 at the speedway, while Mark Burgtorf (USRA Modifieds) and Dennis Schulte (Hornets) made it back-to-back wins.

Jack Evans, Jr., and Jerry Reese, Jr., led the field of USRA B-Modifieds to the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap feature, with Evans, Jr., grabbing the top spot on lap 1. While Evans, Jr., was out front, a battle for second involving Reese, Jr., Jeff Waterman and Chris Larson, who started 6th, heated up. Larson was able to slip by both Reese, Jr., and Waterman late and then set his sites on Evans, Jr. But Evans, Jr., would hold off Larson on the final lap to pick up his first win of 2005 at Memphis. Ron York would come home in 3rd, Waterman was 4th, with Larry Newman rounding out the top 5. Larson and Evans, Jr., claimed heat race wins.

Up next was the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Tim Pettibone and Mark Holt on the front row. Holt would make the best of his front row start by grabbing the lead on the start and never looking back. Holt would lead all 12 laps to claim first win of 2005 at the speedway. Justin Hamelton and Abe Huls battled side by side through the 12-lap feature, with Hamelton holding on to finish 2nd over Huls, Brandon Symmonds came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Pettibone coming home in 5th. Heat winners were Holt and Tony Becerra.

The 10-lap Hornet feature had Ricky Miller and Donnie DeMint on the front row, but it was fourth place starter Dennis Schulte jumping out front on lap 1. Dennis would lead all 10 laps and held off several challenges from Tyler Schulte to pick up back-to-back wins at Memphis. DeMint was 3rd, Andrew Hustead came home 4th, with Jayson Barnes rounding out the top 5. D.Schulte and Jim Oliver III claimed heat race wins.

Bill O’Haver and Dave Hudson made up the front row for the 10-lap Cruiser feature, with Hudson moving out front on the drop of the green flag. Hudson held the top spot until lap 4, when mechanical problems forced him out. Craig Spilker would inherit the lead, with O’Haver and Michael St. Clair battling for second. O’Haver would overtake Spilker on lap 8 and then held off St. Clair on the last lap to claim his first win of 2005. Spilker crossed the line in 3rd, Keith Reed was 4th, with Tanya Wietholder coming home in 5th. O’Haver would also claim victory in the heat race.

Once again the 15-lap USRA Stock Car feature brought the crowd to their feet at the checkered flag, as Ryan Cook, Jason Cook and Matt Greiner waged a battle for the win. Mark White and Rodger Dresden started the feature on the front row, with White grabbing the advantage on lap 1. Ryan Cook, who started 5th, slipped under White on lap 3 to take over the top spot. While R.Cook was out front, J.Cook, who started 7th, and Greiner, who started 6th, battled for second. R. Cook was able to hold off J. Cook and Greiner by half a car length at the finish line to claim his first win of 2005 at Memphis. Dresden came home 4th, with Harley Hill rounding out the top 5. Heat winners were R. Cook and White.

The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap USRA Modifieds, with Mike Bennett and Bob Dale leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Bennett jumped out front on lap 1, with last week’s winner Mark Burgtorf close behind in second. Burgtorf would grab the lead away from Bennett on lap 6 and then went on to lead the final 14 laps to claim his second win in a row at the speedway. Tony Fraise came from 8th to finish in 2nd, Bennett was 3rd, Ryan Meyer was 4th, with Robby Warner coming home in 5th. Darin Walker and Burgtorf claimed victories in the heat races.

Comimg up next week at the Bentz GM Country Speedway will be Ruth Enterprise and US Bank Night. The Casey’s General Stores USRA Championship Series will continue in the Modified, Stock Car, B-Modified and Hobby Stock classes, along with the Cruisers and Hornets in action. Gates will Open at 5pm, Hot Laps at 6:15 and Racing to follow.

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