July 5, 2007
Long, Lantz Take Two Wins at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (June 30) - The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway fans were treated to three extra features on Saturday, June 30th, as the rained out main events from the fair night opened the night’s racing action.
Taking home feature wins were Michael Long (both USRA Modifieds), Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Wyatt Lantz (both USRA B-Modifieds), Jason McDaniel (makeup USRA Hobby Stocks), Bill Gibson (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brandon Symmonds (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Brooke Hassler (Hornets).
Starting the night off was the rained out 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Jason McDaniel taking advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1. McDaniel would pull away to lead all 15 laps to pick up his second win of the season at Memphis.
Derek Kirkland came home second. Mike Shelton was third. Tim Kraber finished fourth with Bill Gibson rounding out the top five.
Up next was the 20-lap USRA Modified makeup feature. Dennis Elliott jumped out front on the drop of the green flag from his front row starting spot and had built a straight away lead, until a caution came out on lap 15. Michael Long, who had started 8th, had worked his way to second by the time the caution came out.
On the restart, Elliott jumped to the top of the speedway and Long went low. They ran side-by-side the final five laps. Long would edge out Elliott at the line by inches to take his third win in a row.
Ryan Meyer was third. Jody Wood was fourth and Martin Bennett came home in fifth.
The final makeup feature was the 15-lap USRA B-Modifieds, with Wyatt Lantz taking the lead from his front row start. Lantz would hold the top spot until lap 4, when Jim Gillenwater, who started 8th, slipped under him for the lead.
A restart on lap 6 gave Lantz the shot he needed to get back by Gillenwater for the top spot. Lantz then held off Gillenwater over the final 6 laps, as the feature was cut short for too many cautions. He claimed his second win of the season at Memphis. Ron York was third. Gary Wilson came from fourteenth to finish in fourth with Adam Birck rounding out the top five.
Now it was time to start the regular night’s feature, with the 15-lap USRA Stock Cars up first. Michael Browning took advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on the drop of the green flag. Browning would hold the top spot until lap 7, when Greiner went to his outside to take over the lead. Greiner then held off Browning over the final 8 laps to claim his fourth win of the season at the speedway.
Larry Krog was third. Kyle Chinn was fourth with Troy Alexander coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Greiner and Krog.
Brandon Symmonds moved out front on lap 1 of the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature from his front row starting spot with Josh Soper and Rodger Dresden close behind. Symmonds would hold off all challenges from Soper and Dresden to lead all 15 laps and pick up his third win of the season at Memphis.
Josh Soper edged out Dresden for second. Jim Lynch was fourth with Jeff Soper rounding out the top five. Jeff Soper and Dresden picked up the heat race wins.
Up next was the 10-lap Hornet feature, with Brooke Hassler coming from fourth to grab the lead on the drop of the green flag. Brooke Hassler then held off Galen Hassler over the final laps to claim his first win of the season at the track. Andrew Hustead was third. Lowell Smith was fourth with Luke Davidson coming home in fifth. Brooke made a sweep of the night by taking home the heat win.
The 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature saw Derek Kirkland take the lead from his front row starting spot on lap 1. Kirkland would hold the top spot until lap 5 when Mike Shelton moved by for the lead, only for the caution to come out and giving the lead back to Kirkland. On the restart, Bill Gibson, who started 6th, jumped to the outside to take over the lead. Gibson then led the final 10 laps to pick up his fourth win of the season at Memphis. Shelton came home second. Jason McDaniel came from eighth to finish in third. Bob Lynch was fourth with Steve Allen rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were Gibson and McDaniel.
Ron York jumped out front on lap 1 of the 18-lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Jim Gillenwater close behind in second. York held the top spot until lap 3, when Gillenwater slipped under for the lead. A restart on lap 8 saw Wyatt Lantz, who started 12th, get by Gillenwater for the lead. Lantz then held on for the final 10 laps to pick up his second win on the night.
Adam Birck had a career best third. Gary Wilson charged from fifteenth to finish in fourth with York holding on for fifth. Josh Larson, Gillenwater and Lantz took home heat race wins.
The final and best feature of the night was the 20-lap USRA Modifieds. Mark Burgtorf took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on the drop of the green flag. Burtorf held the top spot until lap 5 when Mark VanWinkle, who started 8th, slipped under him for the lead. Burgtorf would come back on the top to get the lead back on lap 6.
VanWinkle wouldn’t give up, as he took the lead once again on lap 8, only to loose it back to Burgtorf on lap 10. VanWinkle would take the lead back from Burgtorf on lap 11 and then held it until lap 13, when Michael Long, who started 10th, slipped by for the lead.
Long then held off all challenges over the final 7 laps to pick up his second win of the night and fourth in a row at Memphis. Burgtorf got by VanWinkle to take second. Vance Wilson came from eleventh to finish in fourth with Tony Fraise rounding out the top five.
Heat race winners were Martin Bennett, Ryan Meyer and Burgtorf.
Coming up next week will be another regular night of racing, as the battle for the USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series national and track points continue. In action will be the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets.
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