October 11, 2007

Pits Packed For Opener of Pepsi Fall Nationals

Memphis, MO (Oct. 5) - What a great night for racing at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, with temperatures in the lower 70ís at race time on Friday during the 3rd Annual Pepsi Fall Nationals. Taking home feature wins on the night were Dean Mahlstedt (USRA Modifieds), Zack VanderBeek (USRA Stock Cars), Wyatt Lantz (USRA B-Modifieds), Jason McDaniel (USRA Hobby Stocks), Ben Moudry (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Luke Davidson (Hornets).

The first feature to take to the track was the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, with Ben Moudry and Beau Taylor drawing the front row for the event.

Moudry would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on the drop of the green flag. Moudry then worked to try and hold off Jake Wenig, as the two drivers ran side-by-side several times before Wenig pulled out with front-end troubles.

Moudry then held off Cody Henkes, who started 10th, to pick up the win. Jeff Soper would finish in third. Rob Wilsey was fourth. Keith Reed was fifth, with Brandon Symmonds taking the final qualifying spot for Saturdays feature.

Up next was the 10-lap Hornet feature, with Devin Still and Andrew Hustead leading the field to the green. But it was third place starter and 2007 track champion Luke Davidson jumping out front on lap 1. Davidson then held the lead until lap 6, when Tyler Whalen slipped by for the top spot. But Whalen had a tire go down on lap 8, giving the lead back to Davidson who held off Bill Whalen over the final two laps to claim the win. Jim Garrett was third. Bill Young was fourth with Brent Hartley rounding out the top five.

Zack VanderBeek and Jason Cook drew the front row for the 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature, with VanderBeek moving out front on lap 1. Cook, Tom Schmitt, who started seventh, and Matt Greiner, who changed motors after hot laps and started 21st, moved up to battle three-wide for the second spot. VanderBeek would go on to lead all 18 laps and held off a last lap challenge from Schmitt to grab the win.

Greiner would finish in third. Cook was fourth. Mike Van Genderen was fifth, with Mike Robinson coming from 17th to take the final transfer spot into Saturdayís feature.

The 15 lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was up next, with Alan Hultz and Mike Shelton drawing the front row for the event. Shelton would take advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on the drop of the green flag. Shelton would continue to hold the top spot, as Bill Gibson, Jim Tull and Jason McDaniel battled two- and three-wide for second. Gibson would jump to the outside of Shelton on lap 9 to take over the lead, with McDaniel following into second. Gibson, who was running the bottom, and McDaniel, who was running up top, would run the final five laps side-by-side. Coming off the fourth turn on the final lap, the two drivers dragged down the front stretch to the finish line, with McDaniel edging out the win by inches over Gibson,

Tull was third. Shelton held for fourth. Jimmy Hayes was fifth, with Mark Moore grabbing the final transfer spot into Saturdayís feature.

Up next was the 16-lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Craig Spegal and Wyatt Lantz leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Lantz jumped out front on lap 1 and then held on in a shortened race to pick up the win.

Tony Dunker came from the rear after being involved in an early crash to finish in second. Joe Hooper started 16th and would finish in third. Jeff Waterman came from 14th to finish in fourth. Robbie Reed came from 20th to finish in fifth, and Terry Houston came from 21st to take the final transfer spot for Saturdayís feature.

The final feature of the night was the 25-lap USRA Modified feature, with Mark Burgtorf and Blake Sedgwick drawing the front row for the event. Burgtorf would take advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1, with Mark VanWinkle, Richie Gustin and Al Hejna battling for second.

Burgtorf held the top spot until lap 20, when Dean Mahlstedt, who started 9th, slipped by for the lead. Mahlstedt then held on over the final five laps to claim his 4th feature win in a row in his last four starts. Burgtorf held on for second. Hejna was third. VanWinkle was fourth, with Ryan Gustin rounding out the top five.

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