May 3, 2007

Elston Takes Checkers in 2007 Late Models Debut at SCS

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (April 28) - The Caseys General Stores USRA Weekly Racing Series Late Models made their debut at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, with Tommy Elston topping the field to claim the $3,000 top prize. Also picking up wins on the night were Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds), Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Tony Dunker (USRA B-Modifieds), Jason McDaniel (USRA Hobby Stocks), Rodger Dresden (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Dale Porter (Hornets).

The 12-lap USRA Stock Car feature was the first to take to the speedway, with Matt Greiner and Troy Alexander leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Greiner would take advantage of his front row start, with Alexander close behind in second. Greiner continued to hold down the top spot, as Alexander worked to hold off Colt Mather, who started fifth. Mather would get by Alexander on lap 10 for second and then worked on Greiner for the lead with two laps left.

Greiner would hold off Mather on the last lap by a half a car length to pick up his first win of the season at Memphis. Alexander held on for third. Mark Holt was fourth with Chris Leathers coming home in fifth.

Up next was the 15-lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Jack Evans, Jr. and Ron York drawing the front row. Evans, Jr. jumped out into the lead on the drop of the green with York and Tony Dunker battling for second.

Evans, Jr. would hold the top spot until lap 3, when Dunker slipped under him for the lead. Dunker then went on to lead the final 12 laps to claim his first win of 2007 at the speedway. Wyatt Lantz, who started eighth, got by Evans, Jr. on the last lap to come home in second. Joe Hooper would finish in fourth with York holding on for fifth.

Beau Taylor and Tim Pettibone led the field to the drop of the green flag in the Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, with Pettibone edging out Taylor at the line to lead lap 1. Pettibone continued to hold the top spot, as Rodger Dresden, who started sixth, Jeff Soper, who started eighth, and Taylor waged a three-car battle for second. Dresden would slip under Pettibone on lap 8 to grab the lead and then held off a last lap challenge from Soper to pick up his first win of the season. Taylor held on for third. Brandon Symmonds was fourth with Rob Wilsey coming from 12th to round out the top 5.

The 10-lap Hornet feature was next, with Kevin Garrett and J.D. Murphy drawing the front row. Murphy would take advantage of his front row starting spot to move out front on lap 1. Murphy then held the lead until lap 3, when Luke Davidson slipped by for the top spot. Davidson then tried to hold off Dale Porter, who started seventh, but couldnt hold him off as Porter got by on lap 7 to take over the lead. Porter would hold off Davidson over the final 3 laps to claim his first win of the season at Memphis.

Up next was the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stocks feature, with Jason McDaniel and Jim Walker on the front row for the event. McDaniel grabbed the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Walker close behind in second. McDaniel would go on to lead all 15 laps in a caution-free feature to pick up his first win of the season at the speedway. Bill Gibson came from seventh to finish in second. Jimmy Hayes was third. Bob Lynch was fourth with Tim Kraber coming home in fifth.

Scott Dickey and Tony Fraise drew the front row for the 20-lap USRA Modified feature, with Fraise jumping out front on the drop of the green flag. Fraise continued to hold the top spot, as Michael Long, who started ninth, was working his way towards the front. Disaster almost struck Fraise on lap 13, as a lapped car ran into the right rear of Fraises car. The lapped car got sideways in front of Long, who had nowhere to go, hitting the lapped car broadside and ending his hopes of a win. Fraise recovered with no damage to lead the final seven laps to pick up his first win. Martin Bennett was second. Ryan Meyer was third. Jody Wood was fourth with Jeff Gerhardt charging from 16th to round out the top five.

The final feature of the night was the 30-lap USRA Late Model feature, with $3,000 top prize waiting the winner. Tommy Elston and Gary Wilson drew the front row for the event, with Elston grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag. Elston continued to hold the top spot, as Wilson and Chad Simpson battled side-by-side for the second spot. Elston would go on to lead all 30 laps to pick up the win. Wilson held off Simpson at the line to finish in second. Chris Smyser came home in fourth with Mark Burgtorf rounding out the top five.

The battle for the Caseys General Stores USRA Weekly Racing Series track and national points continues next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Action in the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets will get underway with hot laps at 6 p.m., with racing to follow.

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