April 26, 2007
Shryock Tops Season-Opening USMTS Show at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (April 21) - Mother nature hasn’t been too kind so far this season to the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, as four attempts have been made to get the season started. But what a beautiful night for racing on Saturday, as Kelly Shryock (O’Reilly USMTS), Zack VanderBeek (USRA Stock Cars), Wyatt Lantz (USRA B-Modfieds), Steve Allen (USRA Hobby Stocks), Jeff Soper (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Michael Grossman (Hornets) took home season- opening wins.
The first feature of the night was the 15-lap USRA B-Modifieds, with Ron York and defending track champion Tony Dunker drawing the front row. Dunker took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1, but transmission troubles on lap 3 ended his hopes for a win.
York inherited the lead after Dunker pulled out and then held on until lap 4, when Wyatt Lantz, who started sixth, slipped by for the top spot. Lantz held on for the final 11 laps to claim the win. Jack Evans, Jr. came from seventh to finish in second. York held on for third. Joe Hooper came from tenth to finish in fourth, with Jim Gillenwater rounding out the top five.
Up next was the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Shawn Smothers and Steve Allen leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was third place starter Todd Reitzler grabbing the lead on lap 1.
Reitzler would hold the top spot until lap 3, when Allen slipped by to take over the lead. Allen would go on to lead the final 12 laps to pick up the win.
Mike Shelton came from eighth to finish in second. Reitzler came home in third. Tim Kraber finished in fourth, while Chad Koch came from eleventh to round out the top five.
Brian Lemen and Ethan Hustead led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 8-lap Hornet feature, but it was Michael Grossman who started fourth grabbing the top spot on lap 1. Grossman held off Andrew Hustead on the final lap to claim the win.
Luke Davidson would finish in third. Ethan Hustead held on for fourth, with Lemen coming home in fifth.
The 10-lap USRA Stock Car feature was next, with Zack VanderBeek and Troy Alexander leading the field to the green. VanderBeek grabbed the lead on the start and never looked back, as he pulled away to lead all 10-laps. Alexander edged out Matt Greiner by inches for second, Mark Holt was fourth, with Michael Browning rounding out the top five.
Brian Howerton and defending track champion Beau Taylor drew the front row for the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, but it was third place starter Keith Reed edging out Howerton by inches to lead lap 1. Reed would hold the top spot until lap 3, when Jim Lynch slipped under him to grab the lead.
The field was slowed on lap 6 by a red flag when Josh Soper rolled in turn two. On the restart, Jeff Soper would jump to the outside of Lynch to take over the lead. Soper then held off several attempts by Lynch over the final 8 laps to claim the win.
Rodger Dresden would finish in third. Fourth went to Brandon Symmonds, with Howerton holding on for a fifth place finish.
The final feature of the night was the 35-lap O’Reilly USMTS, with Tommy Myer and Richie Gustin, Jr. drawing the front row for the event. Myer would take advantage of his front row starting spot to edge out Gustin, Jr. for the lead on lap 1.
Myer then held the top spot until lap 4, when Kelly Shryock jumped to his outside to take over the lead. Shryock then survived six restarts during the event to hold on for his fifth O’Reilly USMTS win in a row for 2007.
Mark Burgtorf came home in second and Al Hejna was third. Fourth went to Zack VanderBeek after starting thirteenth, with Brad Pinkerton charging from twenty-third to round out the top five.
Heat race wins went to Burgtorf, Hejna, Tony Fraise and Michael Long, while VanderBeek and Ryan Gustin took home the semi wins.
Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be the first appearance of 2007 for the USRA Late Models. The Late Models will be going for a $3,000 top prize and $250 to start the feature. Also running will be the first points race for USRA Modifieds, with the USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets continuing to battle for USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track points. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m.