August 9, 2007
Car Count Tops 100 For Ed Sheckler Memorial Races at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway
by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (August 4) - Pepsi presented the Ed Sheckler Memorial at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway with the O’Reilly USMTS Modifieds highlighting the evening events. Jon Tesch (USMTS Modifieds), Tom Schmitt (USRA Stock Cars), Wyatt Lantz (USRA B-Modifieds), Bill Gibson (USRA Hobby Stocks), Jake Wenig (Outlaw Hobby Stocks), Lew Aikman (Hornets) and Dennis Schulte (Pro Hornets) topped the features in their respective divisions.
The first feature of the night was the 12-lap USRA Hobby Stocks, with Mike Shelton and Dustin Griffiths drawing the front row for the event. Shelton jumped out front on the drop of the green flag and then held the lead until lap 8, when Bill Gibson slipped under him for the top spot.
Gibson then held off Shelton over the final four laps to claim his sixth win of the season at Memphis. Jim Tull finished in third. Derek Kirkland was fourth with Steve Allen coming home in fifth. Gibson made a sweep of the night by claiming the heat race win.
Up next was the 15-lap USRA Stock Car feature, with Butch Bailey and David Wietholder leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it is was fourth place starter Tom Schmitt, making his first appearance of 2007 at the speedway, grabbing the lead on lap 1.
Schmitt would go on to lead all 15 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Colt Mather came from sixth to finish in second. Zack VanderBeek charged from 10th to finish in third. Matt Greiner came from ninth to finish in fourth with Troy Alexander rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were VanderBeek and Mather.
Dalton McCartney and Luke Davidson led the field to the green flag in the 10-lap Hornet feature, with Davidson grabbing the lead on lap 1. Davidson then held the top spot until lap 2, when Lew Aikman slipped by for the lead. Aikman then held on for the final 8 laps to claim his first win of 2007 at Memphis. Andrew Hustead was second. Davidson held on for third. Fourth went to Chuck Fullenkamp with Ethen Hustead coming home in fifth. Andrew Hustead picked up the heat race win.
The most exciting feature of the night was the 15-lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature, with two and three wide racing going on for all 15 laps. Derek St. Clair and Rob Wilsey drew the front row, with Wilsey jumping out front on lap 1. Wilsey and St. Clair got together in turn three on lap 2, spinning Wilsey and sending both to the rear. Jim Lynch would inherit the lead on the restart, with Jake Wenig, who started 12th, close behind him in second. Wenig would jump to the outside of Lynch to grab the top spot on lap 4, but Lynch came back on lap 6 to get the lead back. Wenig, who was running the top of the speedway, edged out front to lead lap 7, with Lynch, who was running the bottom, coming back to lead lap 8. Lynch would hold the top spot until lap 12, when Wenig worked under him for the lead. Wenig then held off Lynch on the final 3 laps to claim his first win of the season at the speedway. Rodger Dresden was third. Jeff Soper was fourth with Brandon Symmonds coming from 10th to round out the top five. Heat race winners were Symmonds and Beau Taylor.
Brian Clark and Porter Collins led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap USRA B-Modified feature, with Collins grabbing the lead on lap 1. Collins then held the top spot until lap 3, when Brandon Savage slipped under him for the lead. Savage only led one lap, as Jim Gillenwater got by on lap 4 for the top spot. Wyatt Lantz, who started 10th, worked his way up to grab the lead on lap 6 and then pulled away to grab his fifth consecutive feature win at the track. Savage held on to second. Joe Hooper was third. Jason Riegel was fourth with Gillenwater coming home in fifth. Gillenwater and Lantz took home the heat race wins.
Up next was the 8-lap Pro Hornet feature, with Rob Hammel and Dennis Schulte on the front row. Schulte would take advantage of his front row start to lead lap 1 over Hammel. Schulte would lead all 8 laps to claim the win. Hammel was second. Gabe Harrison was third. Hamza Smajlovic was fourth with Michael Grossman in fifth. The heat race win went to Hammel.
The final feature of the night was the 35-lap O’ Reilly USMTS Modifieds, with Jason Hughes and Mark Burgtorf drawing the front row. Hughes would take advantage of his starting spot to jump out front on lap 1. Hughes would hold the top spot until lap 20, when Michael Long jumped to his outside to take over the lead. Long would hold the lead for two laps, as Jon Tesch, who started 8th, worked under him to grab the top spot on lap 22. Tesch then held off Kelly Shryock and Long over the final 13 laps to pick up the $2,000 top prize.
Zack VanderBeek came from 11th to finish in fourth with Ron VerBeek coming home in fifth. Dean Mahlstedt, VerBeek, Tesch, Shryock and Mark VanWinkle topped the heat races, while Bruce Hanford and Al Hejna took home the B-Main wins.
Coming up next week at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be another USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series Night, with extra money up for grabs in all USRA classes. The USRA Modifieds will be going for a top prize of $1,200, while the USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks and Outlaw Hobby Stocks all go for $400 to win.