May 18, 2006
Wibbell Earns First Career Win at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (May 13) - Chris Wibbell, who is competing in his first full season in the stock car class, took home his first career USRA Stock Car feature win Saturday at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway. Tommy Elston (Keith’s Foods Late Models), Tony Fraise (Bentz GM Country USRA Modifieds), Tony Dunker (Toni Dunker Advance Trading USRA B-Modifieds), Nathan Wood (USRA Hobby Stocks), Adam Birck (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Tyler Schulte (Hornets) also took home top honors in the feature events on Saturday.
The first feature to take to the speedway was the Toni Dunker Advance Trading B-Modifieds. While Chris Larson was out front, Jack Evans, Jr. and Tony Dunker had a fierce battle going for second. Then disaster struck on lap 5, when Dunker got into the back of Evans, Jr. going into turns three and four, spinning both drivers and sending them to the back. Larson once again grabbed the lead on the restart. Larson would then lead until lap 8, when Dunker came charging back through the field to take the top spot. Dunker would then pull away from the field on the final seven laps to claim his third win in a row at Memphis. Larson would come home in second. Brandon Savage had a career best third with Michael Browning coming from ninth to finish fourth and Jim Waterman recovering from his lap two spin to finish in fifth.
The 12-lap USRA Hobby Stock feature was next and fifth place starter Mike Shelton charged up to lead lap 1. Shelton would continue to lead, as Nathan Wood, who started seventh, was working his way towards the front. Wood would try to get under Shelton on lap 11, but Shelton would fight back on the outside to keep the lead. But Wood got the advantage going into turn three on the final lap to edge out Shelton for his second win of 2006 at the speedway. Gibson held on for third, VanZomeren was fourth, with Chris Hudson coming home in fifth.
Tyler Schulte, who started third, took the lead on lap 1 of the 8-lap Hornet featureand never looked back taking home his first win of the season at Memphis.
Jared Durbin and Ryan Meyer led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap Bentz GM Country USRA Modified feature, with Durbin jumping into the lead on the start. Durbin would hold the top spot until lap 4, when Tony Fraise, who started 12th, quickly moved up to take the lead. Fraise would then go on to lead the final 16 laps and held off a late charge from Michael Long, who started tenth, to claim his second win of the season at the speedway. Kevin Cale came home in third, Bob Dale came from fourteenth to finish in fourth, with Brandon Banks coming from sixteenth to round out the top five.
The 18-lap USRA Stock Car feature turned out to be the best race of the evening, with a close finish between Chris Wibbell and Jason Cook. Rookie Jeremy Hamlin and newcomer Trent Vrchoticky took the field of twenty-one to the green flag, with Hamlin grabbing the lead on lap 1. Hamlin would hold the top spot until lap 5, when Chris Wibbell slipped under him for the lead. Wibbell continued to pace the field, when a caution came out on lap five. Wibbell once again grabbed the lead on the restart, but had Jason Cook and another newcomer Howard Gordon Jr. battling him for the top spot. Cook would slip under Wibbell on lap 13 going into turn two, but Wibbell held tough in the middle of the track, as the two came off of turn four side by side. Wibbell in the middle and Cook on the bottom went around the speedway on the final lap side by side, with Wibbell edging out Cook by less than a foot to claim his first career USRA Stock Car feature win. Gordon Jr. was third, Hamlin held on for fourth, with Mark Holt coming from eleventh to finish in fifth. Wibbell, Gordon Jr. and Hamlin each took home heat race wins.
Jeff Soper and Adam Birck made up the front row for the 12-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, with Birck taking advantage of his front row start to lead lap 1. Birck then held on for all twelve laps to pick up his first win of the season at Memphis. Soper held on for second.
The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap Keith’s Foods Late Models. Chris Smyser and Jody Wood led the field to the drop of the green flag, with Smyser moving out front on lap 1. Smyser held the lead, as Mark Burgtorf and Tommy Elston battled for second. Elston made a move into the top spot on lap 13, as he slipped to the outside of Smyser to grab the lead. Elston then led the final seven laps to take home the $1,000 top prize. Burgtorf got by Smyser to come home second.
Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be Ruth Enterprise and Farm Bureau Insurance Night at the speedway. The battle for the USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series continues in the Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobby Stocks and Hornets. Pit gates will open at 4:30, grandstand at 5, hot laps at 6:30, with racing to follow.