July 7, 2005
Cook Captures Biggest Win Of Career at SCS Stock Car Shootout
by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (July 2) The USRA Casey’s General Stores Championship Series continued at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway, with J’s Foods presenting night four of the six-night Stock Car Shootout Swing. Jason Cook (USRA Stock Cars) drove to the biggest win of his career in the 30 lap feature, with Tony Fraise (USRA Modifieds), Chris Larson (USRA B-Modifieds), Tony Becerra (USRA Hobby Stocks), Michael St. Clair (Cruisers) and Brandon Savage (Hornets) also picking up feature wins on the night.
The 15-lap USRA B-Modified feature was the first of the night, with Jack Evans, Jr. and Chad Lebsock leading the field to the drop of the green flag. Evans, Jr. would take the lead on the start, with Jerry Reese, Jr. and Chris Larson challenging him. Reese, Jr. tried to get by Evans, Jr. on lap 7 when he spun in turn four, sending him to the rear. On the restart, Evans, Jr. would slow with mechanical problems, handing the top spot over to Larson. Larson then led the final eight laps to pick up his first win of 2005 at Memphis. Jeff Waterman was second. Jerry Poor came from ninth to finish in third. Reese, Jr. recovered from his spin to finish fourth with John Shaffer rounding out the top five. Waterman and Larson claimed wins in the heat races.
Up next was the USRA Hobby Stock feature, with Mike Shelton and Tony Becerra getting the luck of the draw. Shelton moved out front on lap 1, with Becerra, Brandon Symmonds, Brian Howerton and Abe Huls battling for second. Becerra would jump to the outside of Shelton on lap two to take over the lead, with Huls and Howerton moving up to challenge Shelton for second. Becerra then held on for the final 13 laps to claim his first win of 2005 at the speedway. Huls edged out Howerton and Shelton for second, with Symmonds coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Becerra, Mark Holt and Jim Walker.
Danny Miller and J.D. Murphy led the Hornet feature to the green flag, with Dennis Schulte coming from fourth to lead lap one. Brandon Savage, who started seventh, grabbed the lead from Schulte on lap 2, with Schulte coming back on the bottom to take the top spot on lap four. Savage gained the lead back on lap five, on the top of the speedway, and then pulled away to his third win of the season at Memphis. Schulte was second, Murphy was third, Andrew Hustead was fourth, with Brad Parsons rounding out the top five. Savage and Hustead picked up the heat race wins.
The 10-lap Cruiser feature saw Tony Schulte and Shawn Crowell on the front row, with Schulte jumping out front on lap 1. Michael St. Clair would come from sixth to grab the top spot from Schulte on lap 2. St. Clair then held off several challenges from Dave Hudson, who started seventh, to pick up his second win of the season. Jeremy Buss was third, Larry Powell was fourth, with Bill O’Haver coming home in fifth. Heat race winners were Craig Spilker and St.Clair.
Mike Hughes and Bob Dale made up the front row for the 20-lap USRA Modified feature, with Hughes grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag. Hughes would hold the top spot until lap six, when Zack VanderBeek slipped under him for the lead followed by Tony Fraise, who started 10th. VanderBeek then tried to hold off Fraise, but Fraise would slip by VanderBeek on lap 12 to take the lead. Fraise then pulled away on the final eight laps to claim his second win of 2005 at Memphis. VanderBeek held off Mark Burgtorf, who started ninth, for second. Hughes slipped to fourth, with Ryan Meyer rounding out the top five. Jim Gillenwater and Burgtorf claimed wins in the heat races.
The final feature of the evening was the 30-lap USRA Stock Car Shootout feature, with the winner taking home a top prize of $1,000.
Troy Alexander and Zack VanderBeek drew the front row for the feature, with VanderBeek taking the lead on the drop of the green flag. Jason Cook, the track points leader, came from seventh to slip under VanderBeek on lap seven for the top spot. Cook then held off VanderBeek and Paul Underwood over the closing laps to pick up the biggest win of his career. Michael Browning was fourth, while Alexander came from the rear after his lap-18 spin to round out the top five. Heat race winners were Cook, VanderBeek and Alexander.
Coming up next week at the Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway will be Gas and More Night. The USRA Casey’s General Stores Championship Series will continue in the Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Modifieds and Hobby Stocks, with the Cruisers and Hornets also competing for track points. Gate will open at 5pm, hot laps at 6:15 and racing to follow.