May 25, 2006

Fraise, Wood, Dresden Pull Off Exciting Wins at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (May 20) - Ruth Enterprise and Farm Bureau Insurance Night provided the fans with some of the best racing action so far this season at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. As three out of the six feature events came down to the wire before a winner was determined. Taking home the hardware was Tony Fraise (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds), Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Jack Evans Jr. (Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds), Nathan Wood (USRA Hobby Stocks), Rodger Dresden (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Andrew Hustead (Hornets).

The Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modified 15-lap feature was the first to take to the track. Third-place starter, Jack Evans, Jr. grabbed the lead on lap 1. Evans, Jr. would go on to lead all 15 laps and claim his first win of 2006 at Memphis. Tony Dunker was second. Chris Leathers came home in third, Ron York was fourth, with Jerry Poor coming back to finish fifth.

Troy Alexander and Jeremy Hamlin drew the front row for the 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature, but it was fourth-place starter Matt Greiner who jumped out front on lap 1. Grenier would go on to lead all 18 laps and pick up his first win of 2006 at the speedway. Hamlin held on for second, Jason Cook came from 8th to finish 3rd. Heat race winners were Troy Alexander and Hamlin.

The 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was a battle between Mike Shelton and Nathan Wood. Wood, who was on the bottom of the speedway, and Shelton, who was up top, ran the final lap side-by-side. Coming off of four for the checkered flag, Wood would outdistance Shelton by less than a bumper to take a clean sweep for his week of racing, as he won at Oskaloosa on Wednesday and Friday at Bloomfield.

The Outlaw Hobby Stock 15-lap feature turned out to be another close battle to the checkered flag, with Rodger Dresden holding off Beau Taylor at the line for the win. Dresden and Taylor would run the final five laps side-by-side without making any contact. On the final lap coming out of four, Dresden would take a slight advantage to hold off Taylor for his first win of 2006 at Memphis.

Andrew Hustead slipped by the leaders on the outside to grab the lead on lap 2 of the in the 8-lap Hornet feature, and then pulled away to pick up his second win of the season at the speedway.

The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds, and what a finish it was. Mark Burgtorf grabbed the lead on lap 1 as Micheal Long, who started 12th, and Tony Fraise, who started 10th, were working their way towards the front. Long would take advantage of a caution on lap 11, as he jumped to the outside of Burgtorf on the restart to grab the lead on lap 12. But Fraise would slip under Long on lap 13 to take over the top spot. Long worked the top side of the speedway to get back by Fraise on lap 18. The duo would run the final two laps side-by-side before Fraise took the advantage coming off of turn four on the final lap to edge Long out at the line for his fourth win of the season at SCS. Martin Bennett came from 9th to finish 3rd, Burgtorf held on for 4th, with Mike Bennett in 5th.

Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, will be Scotland County Lanes and Memphis Democrat Night. The battle for the USRA Caseys General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track points continue in the Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds and USRA Hobby Stocks, with the Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets also battling for track points.

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