May 17, 2007

Five New Winners Visit Victory Lane at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (May 12) - After a week off due to rain, Gas and More Night at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway turned out to be a beautiful night for racing. Michael Long (USRA Modifieds), Jim Gillenwater (USRA B-Modifieds), Bill Gibson (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brandon Symmonds (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Luke Davidson (Hornets) each visited victory lane for the first time in 2007 at Memphis, while Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars) claimed his second consecutive feature win.

The night started off with the 15-lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Jared Fuller and Jack Evans, Jr. leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Fuller took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1, but Jim Gillenwater would slip under him on lap 2 to take over the top spot. Gillenwater then went on to lead the final 13 laps, in a caution free race, to pick up his first win of 2007.

Evans, Jr. held on to finish in second. Tony Dunker came from 10th to finish in third. Ron York was fourth with Jeff Waterman coming home in fifth. Dunker and Evans, Jr. each picked up a heat race win.

Up next was the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Bob Lynch and Tim Kraber drawing the front row for the event. On the drop of the green, Kraber would jump out into the lead and then held it until lap 9, when Bill Gibson, who started sixth, edged him out at the line for the top spot. Gibson then held off Kraber over the final six laps to claim his first win of the season at the speedway.

Mike Shelton came home in third. Lynch held on to finish fourth with Mike Leffler rounding out the top 5. Heat race winners were Kraber and Gibson.

J.D. Murphy and Chuck Fullenkamp lead the field to the green in the 10-lap Hornet feature, but it was fourth place starter Luke Davidson grabbing the top spot on lap 1. Davidson then held off Fullenkamp over the 10 laps to pick up his first win of 2007.

CJ Loring finished in third. Andrew Hustead was fourth with Murphy recovering from a lap 1 roll over to come back to finish in fifth. Hustead picked up the heat race win.

The 18-lap USRA Modified feature had David Snyder and Bob Dale on the front row, with Dale jumping out into the lead on the drop of the green flag. Dale would hold the top spot until lap 9, when Michael Long, who came from the rear after a lap 5 spin, charged by for the lead. Long then went on the lead the final 9 laps to claim his first win of the season at Memphis.

Martin Bennett came home second. Dale held on to finish in third. Ryan Meyer came from 10th to finish in fourth with Scott Dickey, who started 11th, rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were Jody Wood and Long.

Brandon Symmonds and Brian Howerton drew the front row for the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, with Symmonds grabbing the lead on lap 1. Symmonds survived a couple of restarts to hold on to pick up his first win of the season.

Jim Lynch came from ninth to finish in second. Jeff Soper was third. Jim Oliver Jr. came home fourth with Josh Soper coming back after a lap 4 spin to round out the top 5. Josh and Jeff Soper each picked up a heat race win.

The best feature of the night was saved for last, as the 15-lap USRA Stock Cars took to the speedway. Michael Browning and Mike Brown led the field to the green flag, with Browning jumping out front on lap 1. Browning would hold the top spot for one lap, as Matt Greiner edged him at the line by inches to lead lap 2.

Colt Mather would move up to challenge Greiner for the lead on lap 5, with Mather grabbing the top spot on lap 6. Greiner and Mather ran the next two laps side-by-side, before Greiner grabbed the advantage on lap 9. Greiner then held off a last lap attempt by Mather to claim his second consecutive win.

Browning held on for third. Mark Holt was fourth with Troy Alexander coming home in fifth.

Racing action at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway continues next week, as the battle for Caseys General Stores USRA Weekly Racing Series national and track points moves forward. Doing battle will be the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets. Gates next week will open at 5 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6:30 and racing to follow.



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