July 28, 2005

Fraise Extends Winning Streak to Five Straight Races

by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (July 30) - Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds) continued to add to his winning streak at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway, as the USRA Caseyís General Stores Championship Series rolled forward. Also adding to their win columns on Slayton Polaris and Helena Night were Tommy Elston (Late Models), Jason Cook (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans Jr. (USRA B-Modifieds), Abe Huls (USRA Hobby Stocks), Michael St. Clair (Cruisers) and Dennis Schulte (Hornets).
The first feature to take to the track was the 15-lap USRA B-Modifieds, with Kelly OíHaver and Jack Evans, Jr., on the front row. Evans, Jr., grabbed the top spot on the drop of the green flag and would build a good lead, when the caution came out on lap 13.
On the restart, Evans, Jr., stayed out front with Jim Gillenwater, who started 7th, and Wyatt Lantz, who started 8th, trying to get by the #00 car.
But Evans, Jr., would hold them off to claim his sixth win of 2005 at Memphis. Finishing fourth was Michael Browning, with Larry Newman coming home in fifth. Joe Blivens and Evans, Jr., won the heat race events.
Dave Hudson and Michael St. Clair led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 10-lap Cruiser feature, with St. Clair jumping out to the lead on lap 1. St. Clair would hold off several challenges from Hudson to pick up his third win of the season. Jeremy Buss came from eighth to finish in third, Bill OíHaver started tenth and finished fourth, with Daniel Robbins coming from eleventh to round out the top 5. Heat race winners were Hudson and St. Clair.
Next up was the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Jim Walker and Jim Lynch on the front row. On the drop of the green flag, Abe Huls, who started fifth, charged up to take the top spot, with Walker and Mike Shelton battling for second. Huls would hold off a charge from Tony Becerra, who was back behind the car he rolled at the fair last Tuesday, to pick up his second win of the season at the speedway. Shelton was third, Walker held on for fourth, with Mark Holt coming from eleventh to round out the top five. Holt, Becerra and Huls each picked up a heat race win.
The 10-lap Hornet feature had Travis DeMint and Bill Young on the front row, but it was fourth place started Brandon Savage grabbing the lead on lap 1. Savage would hold the top spot until lap 3, when Dennis Schulte, who started seventh, slipped under him for the lead. Schulte then held off Savage through heavy lapped traffic to claim his fifth win of 2005 at Memphis. Brent Forest was third, DeMint was fourth, with Jim Hamilton coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Savage and Schulte.
Jason Cook and Michael Browning led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Cook moving out front on lap 1. Cook would go on to lead all 15 laps to claim his 5th win of the season at the speedway. Browning was second, Troy Alexander came from seventh to finish in third, Ryan Cook was fourth, with Matt Greiner rounding out the top five. R. Cook and Alexander picked up the heat race wins.
Tony Fraise extended his winning streak to five, as he claimed the win in the 20-lap USRA Modified feature. Fraise and Zack VanderBeek drew the front row for the feature, with Fraise jumping out front on lap 1. Fraise then held off Mark Burgtorf during the last restart to pick up his fifth win in a row at Memphis. VanderBeek was third. Ryan Meyer came from tenth to finish in fourth, with Kevin Cale coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Fraise and Burgtorf.
The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap Late Model special presented by Wood Amoco BP. Tommy Elston and Denny Woodworth led the field to the drop of the green flag, with Elston moving out front on lap 1. Elston would pull away from the field to pick up his second win in a row at the speedway. Chris Smyser was second. Jody Wood was third. Jeff Laue was fourth, with Thad Trump coming from ninth to round out the top five. Elston and Smyser claimed wins in the heat races.
Coming up next week will be the OíReilly United States Modified Touring Series as they end their four-day swing at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. Next weekís sponsors are Walker Motors Collision and Repair and Spilman Auto Parts. The OíReilly USMTS series has tried two times this season to get a race in at Memphis, but Mother Nature hasnít been too kind.
Fans are hoping the third timeís the charm.
Gates next week will open at 5:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing to follow.

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