July 19, 2007

Fraise Ends Longís Run at Head of Modified Class

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (July 14) - One streak came to an end, while another was extended on Primerose Realty and Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping Night at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway.

Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds) snapped Michael Longís winning streak, while Wyatt Lantz (USRA B-Modifieds) added to his consecutive victory string on Saturday night. Also claiming wins were Zack VanderBeek (USRA Stock Cars), Jason McDaniel (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brandon Symmonds (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and CJ Loring (Hornets).

The night started off with the 15-lap USRA Stock Car feature, with two and three wide racing to excite the crowd. Michael Browning took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on the drop of the green flag, with Mark Holt close behind in second.

Browning, who was running the bottom of the speedway, and Holt, who was up top, swapped the top spot on laps 2 and 3, as Holt led lap 2 by inches and Browning coming back to lead lap 3 by a nose. As Browning and Holt battled for the top spot, Zack VanderBeek, Colt Mather, who started 12th, and Matt Greiner were running two and three wide for third. VanderBeek would jump to the outside of Browning on lap 10 to take over the top spot and then held off a last-lap charge from Mather to pick up his third win of the season at Memphis. Greiner would finish in third. Kale Foster came home in fourth with newcomer Butch Bailey rounding out the top five. VanderBeek and Browning claimed heat race wins.

Up next was the 10-lap Hornet feature, with J.D. Murphy and Joe Gollaher drawing the front row. Gollaher would jump out front on lap 1, with CJ Loring, Lew Aikman and Luke Davidson close behind in second, third and fourth. Gollaher then held the top spot until lap 8, when Aikman slipped by for the lead. But Aikmanís hopes for a win ended the next lap, as he pulled out with mechanical troubles, giving the lead over to Loring. Loring then held off Gollaher over the final lap to claim his first win of the season. Davidson came home in third. Fourth went to Andrew Hustead who started 11th with Jeremy Pundt coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Davidson and Aikman.

Steve Allen and Rusty Sands led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Sands grabbing the lead on lap 1. Sands would hold the top spot until lap 5, when Bill Gibson, who started sixth, slipped under him for the lead. Gibson then tried to work to hold off the challenges of Jason McDaniel and Mike Shelton, as the three drivers worked the speedway in three different groves. McDaniel would jump to the outside of Gibson to take the lead on lap 8. With Gibson running the middle and Shelton down low the battle would be two and three wide until the checkered flag. McDaniel, Gibson and Shelton came off of turn four for the checkers three wide, with McDaniel edging out the win over Gibson by a nose, who beat Shelton for second by inches.

For McDaniel it was his fourteenth win of 2007 on July 14th and his second of the weekend as he picked up the win Friday at Bloomfield. Steve Allen held on to finish in fourth with Sands coming from the rear after a spin to finish in fifth. Allen and Gibson picked up the heat race wins.

The 15-lap USRA B-Modified feature had Jared Fuller and Brian Clark leading the field to the drop of the green flag with Fuller grabbing the lead. Fuller then held the top spot until lap 6, when Wyatt Lantz, who started eighth, jumped to his outside to take over the lead. Lantz then held off Adam Birck to claim his fourth win in a row at Memphis. Jeff Waterman would come home in third. Jason Riegel was fourth with Clark holding on to finish a career best fifth. Fuller and Lantz took home the heat race wins.

Brandon Symmonds and Beau Taylor drew the front row for the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, with Symmonds grabbing the lead on lap 1. Symmonds would lead all 15 laps and hold off a last-lap challenge from Jeff Soper, who started 6th, to claim his fourth win of the season at the track. Taylor held on for third. Rodger Dresden came from eighth to finish in fourth with newcomer Derek St. Clair coming home in fifth. Heat race wins went to Symmonds and St. Clair.

The final feature of the night was the 18-lap USRA Modifieds with Charles Baker and Tony Fraise leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Fraise took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 with Ryan Meyer following him in second.

While Fraise was out front, Zack VanderBeek, who started 8th, Michael Long, who started 10th, and Martin Bennett were working there way towards the front. But Fraise would lead all 18 laps to break Longís five-race winning streak to pick up his second win of the weekend, after claiming the win on Friday at Bloomfield. VanderBeek would come home in second. Long settled for third. Bennett was fourth with Jody Wood rounding out the top five. Long and VanderBeek took home the heat race wins.

The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be taking off the next two weeks to prepare for the final month of racing. Many exciting things will be announced in the coming days. Racing will return on August 4th with the OíReilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series invading the speedway. This will also be the Ed Sheckler Memorial Race. Also in action will be the USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks, Hornets and the new Pro Hornets.

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