June 8, 2006

Browning Collects First Career USRA B-Mod Win at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (June 3) - Micheal Browning held on for his first career Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modified feature win at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, on MFA Elevator & Produce and MFA Plant Foods night. Repeat winners visited victory lane in the Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets.

The first feature of the evening was the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stocks, with Beau Taylor and Bob Lynch on the front row. Taylor would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1, with Lynch and Rodger Dresden battling close behind in second. Taylor would go on to lead all 15 laps and held off Jeff Soper, who started tenth, on the final lap to claim his second win of 2006 at Memphis.

Dresden held on for third, Brian Howerton was fourth, with Lynch holding on for fifth. Taylor and Soper each won a heat race.

Rick Sands and Daniel Robbins led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature. But it was fifth place starter Mike Shelton quickly moving up to take the lead on lap 1, with sixth place starter Nathan Wood following in second. Shelton and Wood put on another hotly contested battle for the top spot throughout the 12-lap event. Shelton was able to hold off Wood until he slipped high in turn two on lap 9, allowing Wood to get by for the lead. Wood then held off Shelton over the final three laps to pick up his fourth win in a row at the speedway. Bill Gibson would finish in third, Robby Sands was fourth, with Rick Sands rounding out the top five. The heat race win also went to Wood.

The 8-lap Hornet feature was up next, with Andrew Hustead and Brent Hartley drawing the front row. Hartley jumped into the lead on lap 1, with Hustead close in second. Hartley would go on to lead all 8 laps to claim his second win of 2006 at the speedway. Hustead was second, J.D. Murphy was third, Cody Martin was fourth, with Bill Young coming home in fifth. Hartley made it a clean sweep by winning the heat.

Up next was the 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Ryan Cook and Eric Flander making up the front row for the event. Flander made the most of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1, with Cook and Colt Mather battling close behind for second. Flander would only lead lap 1, as Mather slipped under him to take over the top spot on lap 2. Mather continued to pace the field, as Zack VanderBeek, who started seventh, and Jason Cook, who started tenth, were working their way towards the front. VanderBeek would make his move into the lead on lap 9, as he overtook Mather on the topside of the speedway. VanderBeek then held the top spot until lap 11, when Jason Cook slipped under him to take over the lead. Jason then held off VanderBeek over the final seven laps to claim his second win in a row at Memphis. Mather held on for third, Flander was fourth, with Ryan Cook rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were Mather and VanderBeek.

Tom Bowen and Michael Browning drew the front row for the 15 lap Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modified feature, with Browning jumping into the lead on the drop of the green flag. Browning would then hold off several challenges from Tony Dunker on the final five laps to claim his first career B-Modified feature win. Jeff Waterman came home third, Joe Hooper was fourth, with Larry Newman coming home in fifth. Dunker and Waterman each picked up a heat race win.

The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds, with Kevin Cale and Martin Bennett making up the front row. Cale moved out front on the drop of the green flag, with Bennett close behind in second. Bennet would slip under Cale on the second lap to take over the top spot and would pull away from the field until a lap 16 caution. On the restart, Bennett once again grabbed the lead, but now had Tony Fraise, who started sixth, battling him for the top spot. Fraise would slip under Bennet on lap 18 and then held on for the final two laps to pick up his fourth win of 2006 at Memphis. Mark Burgtorf would come home in third, Cale held on for fourth, with Michael Long coming from eleventh to round out the top five. Heat race winners were Zack VanderBeek, Burgtorf and Long.

Tony Fraise pulled into victory lane and then dedicated his win to Ed Sheckler. Ed has been battling cancer and returned to the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway for the first time in six weeks.

Tony said, ďThis one is for Ed, and it is nice to see him back at the speedway tonight.Ē

Coming up next week will be the return of the Keithís Foods Late Models. Plus the battle for the USRA Caseyís General Stores Weekly Racing Series continues in the Bentz GM Country Modifieds, Stock Cars, Toni Dunker Advance Trading B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Outlaw Hobby Stocks, with the Hornets also in action. Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstand at 5, hot laps at 6:30, with racing to follow.

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