October 20, 2005

Three-Day Race Finale Packs the House at SCS

By Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (Oct. 15) - The final night of the 1st Annual Memphis Nationals at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway, saw 226 race cars return in hopes of taking home the big prize.

Andy Eckrich (Late Models), Dean Mahlstedt (Modifieds), Brad Pinkerton (Stock Cars), Jim Gillenwater (B-Modifieds), Brandon Rothzen (Hobby Stocks), Michael St. Clair (Cruisers) and Tyler Schulte (Hornets) all took home the big paychecks in front of a standing room only crowd.

The first feature of the night was the 12-lap Hornet feature, with Joe Zrostlik and David Lorton leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Zrostlik jumped out front on lap 1, with Lorton and John Brown battling for second. Tyler Schulte, who started seventh, moved up quickly to challenge Zrostlik for the top spot. Schulte was able to slip by Zrostlik on lap 6 and then held him off on the final 6 laps to take the win and the $300 check back to Montrose, IA. Rob Chase came from 9th to finish in third, Dennis Schulte came home in fourth, with Joe Evans coming from 11th to round out the top five.

Michael St. Clair and Dave Hudson made up the front row for the 12 lap Cruiser feature, with St. Clair grabbing the lead on the start. St. Clair went on to lead all 12 laps to claim the $300 top prize. Bill O'Haver came home second, third went to Craig Spilker, with Keith Reed in fourth, and fifth going to Tony Schulte after starting fourteenth.

The 15-lap Hobby Stock feature was up next, with Jake Wenig and Ben Moudry leading the field to the green. Moudry would take advantage of his front row start to take the lead on lap 1. Moudry then held the top spot until lap 9, when John Oliver Jr. slipped by for the lead. Oliver Jr. would hold off Moudry over the final 6 laps to cross the finish line in first.

But after going through tech, Oliver Jr., second place finisher Moudry and fourth place finisher Brian Clark were disqualified. So going home with the $700 check was third place finisher Brandon Rothzen. Jake Wenig was moved to second, third went to Dan Wenig, fourth to Chris Wibbell, who started 15th, with Robert Brown coming from 22nd to finish in fifth.

Tony Dunker and Wyatt Lantz led the field to the drop of the green in the 15 lap B-Modified feature, with Lantz jumping out front on lap 1. Lantz had built a good lead over second place Jim Gillenwater, when the caution came out on lap 8. Lantz would hold off Gillenwater on the restart, but Gillenwater would slip by on lap 10 to take over the top spot. Gillenwater then went on to lead the final 5 laps to claim the win and the $1,000 top prize that went with it. Lantz settled for second, Jerry Poor was third, Jeff Waterman was fourth, with Bob Woodrow rounding out the top five.

Up next was the 20-lap Stock Car feature, which had Jason Cook and Brad Pinkerton on the front row. Cook would move out front on lap 1, with Pinkerton close behind in second. Pinkerton worked the middle of the track to grab the lead away from Cook on lap 6. Cook, who was running the bottom, and Pinkerton, who was in the middle, ran the final 14 laps side by side. Pinkerton would hold off Cook at the line to pick up the win and the $2,000 check. Mike Harwood finished in third, Shane Weller was fourth, with Matt Greiner coming from 14th to round out the top five.

Tony Fraise and Dean Mahlstedt led the field to the drop of the green in the 30-lap Modified feature, with Fraise moving out front on lap 1. Fraise would only hold the top spot until lap 2, when Mahlstedt jumped to his outside to take over the lead. Mahlstedt maneuvered through lap traffic over the final half of the race to go on and pick up the win. The Garner, IA driver's win was worth $5,000, and may have been his biggest of his racing career.

Mark Burgtorf came home second, Bruce Hanford was third, Brad Pinkerton came from 12th to finish in fourth, with Kevin Cale coming home in fifth.

The final event of the night was the 40-lap Late Model feature. Matt Furman and Andy Eckrich made up the front row for the feature, with Eckrich grabbing the lead on lap 1. Eckrich would survive a late race caution to hold off Brian Harris and take home the $5,000 paycheck. John VanDenBerg came home third, Tommy Elston came from 11th to finish in fourth, with Rob Moss rounding out the top five.

Coming up next week, October 21st & 22nd, will be the season finale for both the O'Reilly USMTS and the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway. On Friday, October 21st the O'Reilly USMTS Modified will be racing for $2,000 to win. While the Stock Cars will be going for $300 to win, B-Modifieds and Hobby Stocks for $200, and the Cruisers and Hornets for $100 to win. Then on Saturday, October 22nd the O'Reilly USMTS Modifieds will be going for $3,000 to win. With the Stock Cars going for $1,200 to win, B-Modifieds and Hobby Stocks for $500, Cruisers for $250 and Hornets for $200 to win.

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