Saturday, October 14, 2017

Kloos, Blackhurst, Bayston Top Jacksonville

Friday night I made my first visit of 2017 to the Jacksonville,Il Speedway . Five classes of cars made up the 100 plus entries for the first of two nights of October racing. We arrived as hot laps were starting at 6:30, and the show moved quickly into race mode. A total of 15 heat races and three B-mains set the fields for feature action, with the Lucas Oil Power I midgets up first for 30 laps on the fairgrounds 1/4 mile. Spencer Bayston sat on the front row and led the opening circuit, with Jake Newman in second. The red flag waved on lap five when Austin Odell flipped his #97x in turn one, just one of many cars to get upside down during the night. Bayston continued to lead, but the yellow came out one lap later, and back under green, Zeb Wise moved to second. On lap ten, as the leader approached slower traffic, the caution flew again, and as the cars circled the oval, Wise headed to the work area with a flat tire. This moved Newman to second, but Tyler Courtney took the spot away on the restart. Tenth starting Logan Seavey was now in fourth, with the final caution coming one lap later. With things finally settled down, Bayston and Courtney put separation on the field, entering lapped traffic just past the halfway mark. With Bayston running the cushion, Courtney made a move on the inside on lap 22 and again one lap later. But a slower car broke his momentum, and Boyston then moved down the track a bit. Courtney drove a bit too hard into turn one on the final lap and had to check up, with Bayston leading flag to flag for the win. Courtney held on for second, followed by Seavey, Tucker Klassmeyer, and Tyler Thomas. The MOWA 410 sprint cars were up next for 25 laps. The 29 car field had been pared down to 20 starters, with Mike Terry Jr and Katlynn Leer on row one. Leer brought out an early red with a flip in turn one. She was able to restart on the tail of the complete restart, but soon retired to the pits. Another pair of yellows marred the opening laps, as Jason Keith set the pace. Sixth starting Jake Blackhurst moved to second on lap five, with fellow row three starter Brad Loyet taking third. Keith had a comfortable lead as he hit slower traffic on lap eight. With Blackhurst and Loyet closing, it qickly became a three car battle, and Loyet grabbed second on lap twelve. Keith suddenly slowed on lap 14, ending his run, turning the top spot over to Loyet. Paul Nienhiser had now advanced to sixth after starting in row nine. The driver of the #9 suffered a flat tire in his heat, then advanced from row five to second in the caution free B-main. Loyet opened a big lead, and was in lapped traffic by lap 20. But with four laps to go, Logan Faucon stopped on the high side of the track, and Loyet looped his ride trying to miss the disabled car, suffering enough damage to end his run. Blackhurst was now out front for the single file restart, with Josh Schneiderman in second. With two laps remaining, Joe B Miller moved to the runner up spot, but settled for second behind the victorious Blackhurst. Schneiderman held third ahead of Terry and Nienhiser. The Big Ten super late model championship was up next, with a rather disappointing eleven cars signed in for the $1200 top prize. Michael Kloos and Matt Bailey lined up on row one for 20 laps. The feature was based on passing points as they had attempted to time trial, but the transponder system was not working properly. As the green flag waved, Kloos jumped to the lead, with Bailey and Rusty Griffaw joining him in a three car breakaway. The caution came out on lap eight as Griffaw came to a stop in turn one with rearend suspension damage. The final caution came as racing resumed for a stalled Cody Maguire. Once racing resumed, Kloos opened a comfortable lead, while Bailey stretched his advantage over the third place battle between Jason Suhre and Greg Kimmons. Kloos cruised to the win ahead of Bailey, Kimmons, Suhre, and Vance Wilson. Jeff Ray ran sixth, besting Maguire, Andrew Barnes, and Rudy Zaragoza. Rick Standridge was honored during intermission for 50 years of racing, but he dropped out of the late model feature and was credited with tenth. Two features remained for the UMP street stocks and the Power I micro midgets, but it was nearing 11:00, so we headed for the car, pleased with a solid night of racing in the books. Thanks to Ken Dobson and the Jacksonville staff for their hospitality and the chance at one more late season race. The sprints and midgets along with UMP modifieds will be in action today, Saturday, starting at about 4:00. Next up for me, weather permitting, will be Sunday night at Quincy Raceways, with six classes of racing, including the UMP Pro late models. Hot laps at 6:00. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weathered Out Again

Thursday night Fred and I headed out to the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa for night number one of the Fall Bash hosted by Darkside Promotions. After seeing the "good to go" message on Facebook, we were anticipating a full night of racing on the fairgrounds 1/4 mile. Arriving early, we were pleased to see cars lined up at the gate and the pit area already filling up. As one driver had messaged me earlier, the pit road was a muddy mess, but the parking areas were good, and the track prep crew was hard at work. Between the track condition and the back up of cars on a week night, it soon became obvious that the 6:00 hot lap time was a pipe dream, and we would be in for a long night. It was announced that the drivers would be asked to help roll in the track at 6:30. Then the rumblings began. First a late model drivers wife let us know that they would not be racing on what would likely be a soft and rough track, and they were headed home, to be joined by another late model team. As we walked the pits, we saw another pair of late models pulling out and a two car late model and modified team loading up. Then it was the stock cars loading up. Finally about 7:30, the drivers meeting was called, and about 15 minutes later the announcement came that the majority of drivers did not want to race on the surface as it was, and the Thursday portion of the show would be pushed back and combined with the Friday show, with hot laps set for 5:00. So with over 200 cars in the pits, including at various times 36 late models, the night was over early. Refunds were given to folks in the bleachers and in the pits who were willing to stand in line. Although I would be willing to make the 300 mile round trip to see the show, I had plans in place to take in the Big Ten late model, MOWA sprint car show tonight at Jacksonville,Il. Raceway. Thanks to Darkside for their hospitality and best of luck to all the drivers tonight in Tipton. The sun is shining as I sit at the computer this morning, so hopefully my streak of watching graders and pickups circle the track instead of race cars ends tonight. It is warming up, so everyone head for a track somewhere tonight!

Monday, October 9, 2017

0 for the Weekend

The weatherman was the big winner this weekend as far as my racing plans went. Friday night I had plans to head to the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa for night one of the Fall Extravaganza. However, rains on Thursday night followed by a gloomy rainy day on Friday resulted in the two day show being pushed to Saturday and Sunday. I was already committed to an overnight outing on Saturday in southern Missouri. Although we drove in rain well into Saturday afternoon, the weather to the north was good enough for the show in Donnellson to go on. Sunday I arrived back home in plenty of time to head to Quincy,Illinois Raceways for racing in five divisions, including the crate late models. When I got to the track, the grader was broke down, and the track crew spent the next couple of hours on repairs. Meanwhile track packing continued until about 7:15, when word came down that the track was a lost cause, and the nights events would be cancelled. There had simply been too much rain in the area over the previous three days. By this time, we decided that it would be futile to head for Donnellson, as the hour trip would likely put us in the middle of feature racing given their early start time. So it was back home to watch playoff baseball. With the car count and cheering sections being split between tracks, both were a bit short at Quincy. There were a couple of surprise entries in the late model division, however, with Tegan Evans making the long pull down from Clinton, Iowa, while Jeff Ray made his first visit to Quincy. Jeff typically can be seen racing around central Illinois. Additionally, Denny Woodworth has purchased the car driven previosly by Trent Grotz, and it now sports a #B1, with veteran driver Vance Wilson behind the wheel. The crate lates have been added to the card next Sunday at Quincy along with the D II midgets, modifieds, sport mods, stock cars, and sport compacts. The track is also scheduled to run on Sunday, October 22 before calling it a season. Up next for me is night one of the three night Darkside Fall Bash at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa this Thursday, October 12. This night will feature topless late models and IMCA stock cars both racing for a $1,500 top prize. Also in action will be modifieds, sport mods, 4 stocks and my first 2 man cruiser race in several seasons. Friday night there are a couple options on the table, including UMP super late models and MOWA sprint cars in Jacksonville,Illinois, and UMP late models and modifieds in support of a $3,000 to win B-modified special at Tri City Speedway in Pontoon Beach,Il. So far, the weather looks good for any of these excellent choices. The forecast is not good so far for Sunday, but hopefully that will change as the week progresses. The 2017 season is winding down quickly, so try and support the tracks that are still giving us our racing fix!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Abbott Wins First of 2017 at Quincy

Race night number three of the long weekend found me at Quincy Raceways, where four of the regular classes were joined by the USAC/IMRA DII Midgets. With three nights of racing at Tri City and two at Scotland County, car counts were down a bit, but the action was still hot and heavy on a crisp fall evening. With heat races in the books, the IMCA stock car feature ran first. Four cars took the green flag, with Jesse Wegs on the trailer after he pulled out of the heat race in a cloud of smoke. The .29 mile oval had been reworked at intermission, with turn one still a bit slippery. Jerry Jansen looped his ride on the opening lap to necessitate a restart. Brian Hoener charged to the lead, with Abe Huls in pursuit. However, Abe lost the handle on the #30C also in turn one, recovering before he spun, but dropping to third. He quickly rebounded to the runner up spot, but with no more cautions, he could not run down Hoener. Jansen and newly wed Jake Powers ran door to door for several laps, with Powers eventually taking command of the third spot. The midgets ran next, with all nine on hand taking the green for 20 laps. Following a false start, Chance McDermand took the early lead. On the third circuit, Andy Baugh powered to the lead, and one lap later Mitchell Davis moved to second. Davis was mounting a challenge to Baugh as the pair encountered slower traffic on lap eleven, however Davis got caught behind a lapped car on lap twelve, allowing Baugh to stretch his advantage. With no caution periods, Baugh cruised to the checkers. Davis held the runner up spot ahead of McDermand and Broc Hunnell. The UMP modified 20 lap finale was up next. Late arrival Dugan Thye jouned the back of the pack. A caution on the opening lap saw Bill Roberts restarting at the tail of the field. Dave Weitholder charged from row two to lead the opening circuit, ahead of row one starter Shaun Deering. The next yellow came on lap three for a spinning Thye. One lap later the yellow waved for a spinning Tim Ippensen. Roberts joined Ippensen at the tail, while Russ Coultas, who spun to avoid, was allowed to keep his spot. After a false start caution for debris, Joey Gower used the Delaware restart to take over the runner up spot. Weitholder was stretching his lead ahead of a lap nine caution for a spinning Roberts. Back under green, Deering overtook Gower on lap eleven using the high line around the track. With Weitholder running the inside line, Deering was closing fast when another debris caution came on lap 17. A final caution for Mark Enk came with only two laps remaining. On the green, white, checkers finish, Deering again climbed to the top side and made the last lap pass for the win. Weitholder settled for second followed by Gower, Spencer Havermale and Thye. The IMCA sport compacts were up next for 15 laps. Track champion Craig Bangert had pulled out of his heat race and was a no show for the feature. Meanwhile, Kimberly Abbott, who did not start her heat, atgged the tail of the now nine car feature. Jeffrey Delonjay paced the opening circuit from his front row start. Abbott Charged to third by lap three, and took over second three laps later. Following a lap seven caution for Wayne Chamblee, Delonjay and Abbott began to distance themselves from the pack. Kimberly used a top side pass to take the lead on lap ten, then held on for the win. It was the first victory of the year at her home track for the 2016 track champion. Delonjay came home second ahead of Darin Weisinger Jr., David Prim, and Jaden Delonjay. The final feature was the 18 lapper for the IMCA sport mods. Brandon Lennox came from outside row two to lead lap one, while Austin Howes in the Kevin Tomlinson #49 rebounded to lead lap two. The first stoppage then came for a spinning Mike Goodwin. Back under green, Howes looped his car on lap four. Lennox opened a big lead, as a four car battle for second developed between Tanner Klingele, Bobby Six, Austen Becerra, and Daniel Fellows. Becerra took the spot on lap ten, and a lap twelve yellow for John Renier wiped out a big Lennox advantage. When racing resumed, Becerra used a slide job to try to gain the top spot, but Lennox fought back on the lower line. The two ran side by side on lap 14 ahead of another yellow for Renier. As racing resumed. Howes charged back to third, and this time the slide job in turn four saw Becerra take the lead. Austen then held on for his fifth win of the last two weekends. Lennox held off Howes for second, Klingele was fourth, and Six ran fifth. The final checkers waved about 9:00. Despite the story that the QR scoreboard could not be repaired, the new track owners found out otherwise, and the crowd broke into applause as track announcer Doug Mealy pointed this out. Jacob Jones was making his first start in the comapct class, just turning laps, when he suddenly found himself with his first win. One by one, three leaders fell by the wayside, until onlt Todd Jensen and Jones remained. But coming to the checkers, Jensens car stalled out before he could get to the finish line, leaving Jones the surprise winner! Quincy Raceways is scheduled to run for the next three Sunday nights, with the UMP Pro Crate late models on tap October 8. They will now be running for a $700.00 top prize. Modifieds, stock cars, sport mods, and sport compacts will also be on the card. Next on my schedule will be Friday night action of the two day special at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson. After a family event on Saturday, I hope to be back at Quincy Raceways on Sunday. There is still plenty of racing in the Tri State area through October, so take adavantage and help out these promoters who are feeding our racing fix!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Scotland County Speedway Roars to Life on Friday

A solid Friday night crowd filed in to the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis,Mo. on Friday night for the first of four fall racing programs. Six classes of competition drew what race manager Mike VanGenderen stated was an opening night record 136 race teams. The program got rolling a bit after the advertised 7:00 start time, but the cars conyinued to roll in well past 7:00. A whopping 18 heat races plus three B mains set the feature fields and after intermission we went main event racing on what was fast becoming a chilly fall evening. Only eleven hobby stocks checked in on the night, with Mike Hughes, who dropped down from the stock car class late in the season quickly establishing himself as the man to beat. He took the lead on lap two of the 14 lap event, surviving a handful of caution periods, including a nasty flip by Heather Baum, to pick up the win. Aaron Martin outran Nick Ulin for third, followed by former Moberly,Mo. track champion Tim Dawson, and Jamie Songer. A dozen laps of sport compact four cylinder action saw all 23 cars come to the track. Jake Benischek started on row one and jumped to the early lead. On the third circuit, Cody Cleghorn made hard contact with the fence between turns one and two, rolling his car and damaging the fence where track officials had made pit watchers vacate before the races began. As with the Baum rollover, we had extended down time while the area was shored up. Another caution on lap five slowed the action, but Benischek remained in charge to the checkers. Row two starter Brandon Reu kept the leader in sight, but came home second. Barry Taft brought a big cheering section and early on looked like he might go to the front, eventually settling for third. Chuck Fullenkamp and Brandon Housley completed the top five. Sport mods have become the growing class in the Tri State area, and 39 signed in on Friday, with 25 qualifying for the 18 lap feature. Austen Becerra has been on fire since debuting his new ride, and he found himself with a front row strat. He was locked in a early battlw with Austin Howes driving the Kevin Tomlinson #49, and sport mod rookie Daniel Fellows. Howes actully found his way around Becerra early, but the first of several cautions negated the pass. When racing resumed, row five starter Brandon Lennox charged to third. With a Delaware restart on the next caution, Lennox took second, but Howes retook the spot ahead of a lap ten yellow. Now Logan Anderson was the man on the move, and he was soon locked in a battle for second with Lennox, as Howes fell back. Brayton Carter had ducked to the work area during a early caution to change a flat tire, restarting on the tail, but he entered the top five on lap 13. The big lead Becerra had opened was wiped out by another caution with three laps remaining. But there was no stopping Becerra, who picked up his fourth win in his last four starts at four different tracks over the last two weekends. Anderson took second, with Lennox third. Carter advanced to fourth, and Howes held on for fifth. A mix of engine packages made up the eleven car late model field. Tommy Elston in his UMP Pro Crate late model ran second in his heat race, but pulled the number one chip in the redraw to set on the pole, with heat one runner up Gunner Frank alongside. While Elston seemed like the clear favorite, Cayden Carter in his IMCA spec engine # 10C had other ideas. Tommy paced the first lap, while fourth starting Carter pulled even as lap two was scored. Carter led the next trip past the flagstand, as the front two put distance on the other six starters. As the 20 laps clicked off caution free, the Oskaloosa, Iowa youngster opened a sizable lead, while Elston held a comfortable margin over third place Sam Halstead. Missouri modified hot shoe Kevin Blackburn was on hand with a former Mike Hoover late model with a number "1" duct taped on the side of the plain blue machine, and he came home fourth. Derek Liles completed the top five ahead of Gunner Frank, Brandon Savage, and Chase Frank. Father Todd Frank, Jim Knapp in the # 57, and Iowa driver Greg Cox did not make the feature call. It was now stock car time, with 24 of the 29 cars on hand ready for 20 laps of action on the 3/8 mile. It was struggle to get things going, with a couple of early cautions scrambling the order. Jeff Mueller, wheeling the Corey Strothman #C4 found himself at the back of the pack, along with polesitter Brandon Jay, who had to change a tire. When things finally got rolling, Abe Huls was on the pole, and he paced the first lap. Nathan Wood took over on lap two, taking dustin Griffiths along. Row five starter Johnny Spaw powered to second on lap four. Wood and Spaw ran the inside line, while Griffiths rode the cushion, and Hild fought back on the low side to third on lap nine. Abe gained the runner up spot on the next lap, and he then moved to the high line. Spaw retook second as Mueller entered the top five. On lap 15, Mueller was fourth, and passed Huls for third on lap 18. But Wood had the field covered, outdistancing Spaw, Mueller, Huls, and Griffiths. The final race of the night was 23 modifieds for 22 laps. Kyle Brown and Jeff Waterman rolled off in row one, crossing the line for the first circuit in that order, with Cayden Carter in third. Following a lap five stoppage, Carter moved to second, setting up a battle with Brown before another yellow. Now Waterman had his hands full, with Bruce Hanford and Jardin Fuller wanting the third spot. As those three put on a show, Carter stayed glued to Brown until a caution with seven laps left. When racing resumed, Carter blasted to the lead, opeing a nice lead. One final caution came on lap 19, but there was no catching Carter, as he added the $1,000.00 payoff to his late model win. Brown took runner up honors over Fuller, Hanford, and Waterman. The full night of racing ended just after midnite, not a bad finish for a Friday night with so many cars. As I type this, night number two is under way, as other plans kept me away from the track today. If you could not make it to Memphis this weekend, I recommend you make plans for the third weekend of October, when the track roars back to life. There is Sunday night racing the next four Sundays at Quincy Raceways, and VanGenderen and crew will be staging Friday and Saturday night action next weekend at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson,Iowa. Don't miss out!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Harrison and Unzicker Stay Hot at Tri City

This late September racing weekend opened early with the Thursday night one running of the three night Mod Mania at Kevin and Tammy Gundakers 3/8 mile speed plant in Pontoon Beach,Il. Thursday night car counts are usually strong and this year was no exception, with 56 UMP modifieds and 30 UMP late models signed in. Although less than the 2016 numbers, it was more than enough for a quality show, with plenty of heavy hitters in both divisions. Thursday was the only night with separate hot laps scheduled, as the remaining two nights will combine them with group qualifying. Following hot laps, the mods timed in, four at a time, to set lineups for eight ten lap heat races. North Carolina ace Nick Hoffman was the only driver to break the 16 second mark with a lap at 15.899 seconds to collect the $500.00 fast time bonus. Late model quick time went to Shannon Babb at 14.761 seconds. Babb was one of three drivers competing in both classes, along with Bobby Pierce and Chris Simpson driving the Kelly Kovski #10K. With three late models on the track at a time, Pierce was the lead car finishing his first lap when the yellow waved for Jimmy Miller, who stalled out. Although the scoreboard recorded a time for Pierce, officials waved it off, intending to restart the round. Unfortunately, Pierce pulled to the infield with a flat tire, unable to take his laps. Then as qualifying ended, he attempted to come back out, but was apparently denied, leaving him with a " no time " lap, putting him on the tail of his heat race. The mod heat races clicked off in good time, with only the winners advancing from the eight ten lappers. Hoffman, second quick Michael Long, Mike Harrison and Babb won the first round of heats. A pair of late model heats were scheduled to run next, but five of the seven cars for mod heat five came to the track instead. Rather than pull them off, officials then went to the trailers of the remaining two drivers to get them on the track early. This was the only real snafu in the very efficiently run program. Kenny Wallace advanced from that heat, and when the three remaining mod heats ran later, it was Tait Davenport, Dave Weitholder in the best race of the night over Rick Stephenson, and Pierce with wins. The four late model ten lappers adavanced the top four from each race. Winners were all pole sitters, Babb, Tim Manville, Ryan Unzicker, and Simpson. Local hot shoe Michael Kloos was running second in the first heat when he smacked the turn three wall, ending his night, and Wisconsin driver Mark Rose was in a transfer spot in heat three when he suddenly veered into the backstretch fence. Pierce started last in heat two, powering his way to second at the checkers. With no intermission scheduled, the mods ran a C-main to move cars coming home sixth and seventh in the heats to the pair of B-mains, won by Danny Schwartz and Brent Mullins. A lone late model B main went to pole sitter Dewayne Kiefer. The top four were joined by provisional starters Mike Hammerle and Brent McKinnon, setting a 22 car late model feature field. The 30 lap late model feature paying $2,000.00 to win was moved ahead of the modified headliner. Babb and Manville sat on row one, with Babb holding a slight edge as lap one was scored. As the pair continued side by side, Manville looked to be ahead on lap three, and the only caution period of either feature came on lap four for debris. Unzicker had been riding in third, and he moved to second on the Delaware restart. He was side by side with Manville as lap five was scored, with Simpson slipping around Babb for third. Unzicker hooked up on the low line, while Manville moved from the cushion to a middle line, but Ryan made his move to the lead on lap twelve. Slower traffic became a factor on the 14th circuit, and Unzicker deftly used the lapped cars to open a comfortable lead. With the race staying green, he cruised to yet another win as he tries to close in on UMP national points leader Rusty Schlenk. Manville held off a challenging Simpson for second, with Babb and Pierce recording top five finishes. The next five was led by Frank Heckenast Jr. over Tony Jackson Jr. in the Raymod Merrill # 12M, Jason Feger, Schlenk, and Daryn Klein. It was now time for the 30 lap mod finale, paying $3,000.00 on night one. First heat winner Hoffman had spun a three for the inverted start, putting likely nation point champ Harrison on the pole with Long on the outside. Harrison shot to the lead using the bottom groove, while Long pounded the cushion looking for momentum.With Michael mounting a challenge, Harrion moved up in turns one and two, then ran a middle line in three and four. The two car breakaway ended as Harrison began to put distance on Long by lap seven. Meanwhile there were good battles behind the leaders, as Hoffman, Babb , and Pierce duked it out for third, while Wallace and Weitholder went side by side for sixth. The leader caught slower traffic on lap twelve as Babb began to fade. Pierce took over third on the now black slick surface on lap 14. With Harrison on cruise control, Pierce began to stalk Long, taking the runner up spot on the 22nd trip around the oval. Long fought back as the two raced side by side for the next three laps. Long was second again on lap 25. but Pierce took the spot two laps later. Meanwhile, Hoffman joined to fray, edging Long for third on the final circuit. Wallace scored a top five, followed by Weitholder, Babb , Schwartz, Mullins, and Stepenson also in the top ten. Thanks to buddy Fred for driving last night, and I will return the favor tonight as we head out shortly for night one of the two day show at the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis,Mo. Six classes of cars will be in action in the fall extravaganza, with all but the crate late models returning on Saturday.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Two More Nights in the Books

Boosted by the unseasonably warm temps. I was able to add a pair of race nights to my 2017 book over the weekend. Saturday, Darryl and I headed north to the West Liberty Raceway for night number two of the Liberty 100, featuring the Derry Brothers IMCA late model season ending 100 lap main event. A total of 30 late models attempted to qualify on Friday night, with a dozen securing spots for the Saturday headliner. Only Jay Johnson did not return on Saturday, but Justin Kay checked in to tag the tail of one of the B-mains, keeping the count at 30. Kay also brought along his IMCA modified. The other four regular IMCA classes were also in action, running features only, as they did not have enough entries to necessitate further qualifying races. Nick Marolf picked up the win in the first B main after starting on the pole position, while Andy Eckrich came from row three to top the final qualifier. Kay started ninth in the second twelve lapper, and finished second to Eckrich. In addition to the top five in each B main, a pair of provisional starters made up the 24 car starting grid. The 14 car IMCA sport mod 20 lapper ran first, a six caution 35 minute marathon that saw Tim Plummer lead from flag to flag for the win. Tyler Soppe, who was in Davenport, Iowa on Friday night along with Kay, came from the back to finish second. In contrast, the 13 IMCA stock cars ran 20 laps non stop. Polesitter Johnny Spaw, who also competed in a second late model from the Marolf stable, led from flag to flag for the win. David Brandies challenged Spaw early on before giving way to Matt Gilchrist. Gilchrist picked up the runner up finish, with Brandies in third. Kay started on the 17th and final spot for the IMCA modified 25 lapper, while track champion Chris Zogg sat on the pole. A major pile up on the opening lap took out contenders Brad Diercks and Bill Roberts. Back under way, Zogg shot to the lead. With the 9Z in command, Kay moved into the top ten on lap three, and was sixth by lap nine. With only one more caution slowing the race, Kay continued to pick his way forward, fifth on lap 16, fourth on lap 20, and third on the 23rd circuit. That was as far as he would go, as Zogg picked up the win ahead of Jerad Brown. Kay was third followed by Joel Callahan and Dakota Hayden. Jason Klerk deReus survived one caution period to pick up a flag to flag win in the eight car IMCA spoer compact finale. It was n ow time for the late model finale. Polesitter Kyle Hinrichspaced the opening lap, with row two starter Tyler Bruening moving to second on lap two. With the front duo putting distance on the pack, Bruening took the lead on lap ten.. Back in the pack, the Eckrich brothers, Denny and Andy, battled side by side for sixth. The first caution came on lap 25, as Luke Merfeld tagged the turn one wall. At this point, 16th starting Kay was in the top ten. A multi car crash on the restart damaged the car of series point leader Jesse Sobbing, as well as Callahan and Kay, who changed ties during the caution, restarting on the tail. Cayden Carter rebounded to second on the restart. with another caution for Rob Moss on lap 30. Hinrich retook second on the restart, and now it was Denny Eckrich and 23rd starting Matt Ryan on the move. Eckrich took third on lap 32, while Ryan moved to sixth two laps later. During a lap 39 caution, Hinrichs retired to the pits. Back under green, Bruening opened a big lead, and Jake Neal advanced to third, and Ryan began to fade. with Neal within striking distance of the points title, Sobbing went to the work area at each opportunity to work on his damaged car. Following a lap 47 yellow, Neal took second. Andy Eckrich moved to fourth, and Kay was back in the top ten. five laps later, Eckrich took third, and Kay moved to eighth. Bruening held a straightaway leads as Kay picked his way to fifth on lap 63. With Eckrich and Carter battling side by side, Kay used a high to low move out of turn two to pass both cars going down the back chute. Ten laps later he used the same move to overtake Neal for second. But he was a full straightawy behind the leader with 20 laps to go. The race stayed green, and nine laps later, he had caught Bruening. As the leaders encountered slower traffice on lap 92, Bruening tried a high line out of turn four, while Kay took the low road to the lead. Although there were two more cautions, there was no catching Kay, who picked up the $5,000 top prize. A lap 94 caution knocked several cars out of top ten runs, while Neal and Bruening swapped the runner up spot. At the checkers, it was Kay, Bruening, Neal, Andy Eckrich, and Marolf. Kevin Kile ran sixth, ahead of Ryan Dolan, Carter, Ron Boyse, and Chris Horn. Sobbing stayed on the track, finishing 15th, and securing the series title. On Sunday, I hooked a ride to the Bill Waite Memorial at the LaSalle,Il Speedway for a night of open late model, 410 sprint, and midget racing. Jeff Broeg has a detailed write up on the open wheel classes with his " Backstretch " column, and I admit, I put my pen away and just watched the action. But irt seems I cannot watch a late model race without taking notes, so... 28 late models joined the 31 sprints and 26 midgets, and the lates went 40 laps around the quick quarter mile for a $4,000 first place prize. Iowa drivers Jeremiah Hurst and Chris Simpson sat on row one. Hurst led the opening circuit, with Simpson taking over the next trip around. Fifth starting Dennis Erb Jr took the runner up spot on lap five, as Simpson built a commanding lead. Third starting Jason Feger rebounded to third on lap eight, then used his trademark high line to take second . By lap twelve, Feger had closed the gap to the leader, and they hit heavy trafiic on lap 19. Simpson and Feger crossed the line side by side as lap 30 was scored, and Jason muscled to the front on the next lap. But the caution came out before lap 31 was scored, and Simpson was deemed the leader for the restart. Anothe caution came on lap 33, and back under green, Erb took over second on the Delaware restart. Simpson pounded the cushion, while Erb searched the inside line. Coming to the white flag, Chris missed his mark slightly up high, bobbling just enough for Dennis to take the lead. And as the checkers waved, it was Erb Jr. taking the win. Simpson held second, followed by Feger, Paul Parker, and Hurst. Very unofficially, I had the second five as Jay Sparks, Mike Spatola, Brad Stewart, Scott Schmitt, and Rob Toland. With the weather still looking good for next weekend, there are several great options for racing, and I hope to put several more nights in the book. Check the specials calender at Positively Racing, and keep in mind the Quincy Raceways is hosting Sunday night racing through October 22, as well. So get out and enjoy some racing!