112 SIGN IN SATURDAY, MAY 3rd WINNERS INCLUDE: DITSWORTH, WATERMAN, OLIVER, ANDERS, BUCHHOLZ & BECERRA
West Burlington, IA (Saturday, May 3, 2014) – Another Saturday night, and another night of racing action completed at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. Last weeks events saw 100 cars signed in on the night but that number was beaten this week, as 112 cars signed in for action. At the end of the night there were four new winners and two repeat winners standing in victory lane, as Jayson Ditsworth (305 Sprints), Jeff Waterman (IMCA Modifieds), John Oliver Jr. (IMCA Stock Cars), Bobby Anders (IMCA SportMods), Justin Buchholz (Mod Lites), and Austen Becerra (4 Cylinders) picked up feature wins.
The first feature to take to the track on the night was the 20 lap IMCA Modifieds, with Dugan Thye and Jeff Waterman leading the field to the green flag. Waterman would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Thye and Tyler Glass. Waterman then started to pull away from the field, when the first caution of the event appeared on lap 8. Larry McConnell spun his machine in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Waterman moved back out front, with Thye and Glass battling for the second spot. The action up front was slowed on lap 10, as Dustan Fenton got into the back of Bill Roberts Jr. while battling for 5th, with Roberts Jr. spinning in turn 2 and collecting Dennis LaVeine to bring out the yellow. Waterman once again jumped out front on the restart, with Glass over taking Thye for the second spot. But one lap later the caution would appear for McConnell’s spin in turn 2, which was his second solo spin and ending his night. On the restart Waterman moved back out front, with Glass working to hold off Mitch Morris, who started 9th, for the second spot. While Waterman continued to pace the field the action behind him was hot and heavy, as Glass, Morris, Thye, Brandon Rothzen, who started 7th, and Rich Smith, who started 10th, all battling for the runner up spot. Smith’s run towards the front came to an end on lap 15, as he dropped the drive shaft in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Waterman grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on over the final 5 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Glass won the battle for 2nd, Morris was 3rd, Rothzen 4th, and Thye coming home in 5th.
Up next was the 12 lap Mod Lite feature, with Jared Halcomb and Gary Snyder making up the front row for the event. But it was third place starter Michael Dominguez who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Halcomb and Daniel Keltner, who started 5th. Just as lap 1 was complete, Rock Christofferson spun in turn 2 to bring out the first yellow of the event. On the restart Justin Buchholz, who started 6th, used the top of the track to grab the lead away from Dominquez. Buchholz then started to pull away from the field, when the final caution of the race appeared on lap 8. This time Dan Guss spun down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Buchholz moved back out front on the restart, with Keltner and Shon Sanders, who started 9th, close behind. On the white flag lap Keltner was able to use the bottom groove to get up beside Buchholz coming out of turn two to head down the backstretch. The two entered turn 3 side-by-side and came out of turn 4 the same way, with Buchholz using the momentum up top to edge Keltner at the line by inches to claim his second win of the season at the track. Keltner settled for 2nd, Sanders was 3rd, Jimmy Halcomb came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Collin Ball rounding out the top 5.
Bo Hunter and Chad Krogmeier led the field to green in the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car feature, with Hunter grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Jake Wenig and Krogmeier. The action up front was slowed on lap 2, when contact from Wayne Landheer caused Ray Raker to spin in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Shane Watts, who started 6th, over took Hunter to grab the top spot. Watts then worked to hold off Wenig, Hunter and John Oliver Jr., who started 9th, over the next 4 laps, when the second caution appeared on lap 6. Wenig’s run up front came to an end, as he stopped in turn 4 with smoke coming from under the hood to bring out the yellow. Once again Watts moved out front on the restart, with Oliver Jr. over taking Hunter for the second spot. But one lap later, lap 7, Dane Fenton spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow out. Watts again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Oliver Jr. close behind. When Watts drifted high in turn 3 on lap 12, that allowed Oliver Jr. to slip under him for the top spot. Watts wouldn’t give up though, as he tried to get under Oliver Jr. over the final 8 laps. But Oliver Jr. would hold him off to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Watts settled for 2nd, Hunter held on for 3rd, Krogmeier was 4th, with Raker recovering from the lap 2 spin to come back up to 5th.
Kyle Peterson and Chase Wanner made up the front row for the 20 lap 305 Sprint feature. But just as the green flag was waved the red flag appeared, as Cody Wehrle and Dustin Whiting rolled in turn 3 to bring out the red. Both drivers climbed from there machines okay. The following restart saw Peterson jump out front on lap 1 over Dustin Clark and Shawn Whiting. But a spin by Janelle Schneiderman in turn 2 on lap 2 slowed the action. On the restart Peterson moved back out front, with Clark working to hold off Jayson Ditsworth, who started 12th, in the battle for second. Clark’s run up front came to an end on lap 8, as he slowed to a stop in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. Peterson once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Ditsworth and John Schulz, who started 15th, close behind. The action up front was slowed on lap 13, when Wanner spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Peterson jumped back out front, with Ditsworth close behind. Peterson, who was using the bottom of the track, and Ditsworth, who was up top, crossed the line on lap 14 and 15 side-by-side. Ditsworth would use the momentum up top to grab the lead on lap 16 and then held it until the final caution on lap 17. This time Mark Ellefritz spun in turn 2 and collected Heath Bundy to bring out the yellow. Ditsworth moved out front on the restart and then held on to claim his first win of the season at the track. Peterson was 2nd, Daniel Bergquist came from 8th to finish in 3rd, Justin Newberry started 7th and finished 4th, with Donnie Steward coming from 11th to round out the top 5.
Up next was the 15 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Rodger Dresden and Creston Williams leading the field to the green. Dresden took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Creston Williams and Jonny Williams. Creston Williams used the bottom of the track to grab the lead on lap 3, only to have Dresden come back on the top of the track to grab the lead back on lap 4. Dresden then held off Creston Williams for the lead, until Bobby Anders used the bottom of the track to grab the top spot on lap 6. Just as the action up front was getting action packed, the first caution of the race appeared on lap 12. Scott Williams would get into the wall down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Robert Perry spun in turn 2 to bring the yellow light back on. The follow restart had Anders moved back out front, but now had Tony Dunker, who started 7th, and Ryan Fullenkamp, who started 8th, glued to his back bumper. Dunker tried to work under Anders over the final laps, but Anders would hold on to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Fullenkamp was 2nd, Dresden was 3rd, Creston Williams crossed the line in 4th but was disqualified in tech, which moved Sean Wyett, who started 17th, up to 4th, and Brett Timmerman, who started 16th, up to 5th.
The final feature up on the night was the 12 lap 4 Cylinders, with Ron Kibbe and Dustin Ravelin making up the front row for the event. Ravelin would take advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Kibbe and Brandon Setser, who started 7th. The action up front was slowed for the first time on lap 3, when Mike Hornung Jr. came to a stop down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ravelin moved back out front, with Kibbe and Jacob Brown close behind. Ravelin’s run up front came to halt on lap 4, when contact from Kibbe caused him to spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Cody Washburne spun down the backstretch to bring the yellow light back on. Brown inherited the lead on the restart, with Austen Becerra, who started 8th, close behind. Becerra would grab the top sport away from Brown on lap 7 and then was slowed on the completion of that lap for a caution. Billy Stanford got into Shawn Baker off turn 2, which caused Baker to get into the wall down the backstretch and bring out the caution. On the restart Becerra jumped back out front and then held it over the final 5 laps to claim his second win of the season at the track. Setser was 2nd, Wayne Noble came from 18th to finish in 3rd, John Whalen started 12th and finished in 4th, with Rachael Reger coming home in 5th.
Notes from 34: The 112 cars signed in on the night were made up by 23 4 Cylinders, 22 305 Sprints, 22 SportMods, 16 Stock Cars, 15 Mod Lites, and 14 Modifieds……Dean McGee made his 2014 season debut on Saturday night and started the Modified feature in 11th. He passed 5 cars en route to a 6th place finish….Darrow Lillie started 13th and finished in 8th……Dan Guss, who started 10th in the Mod Lite feature, recovered from his lap 8 spin to come back up to finish in 6th….Rock Christofferson recovered from his lap 1 spin to come back up to 9th….Graham Fate came from 15th to finish in 10th….Michael Dominguez, who was running 2nd, pulled off on lap 4 with troubles to end his night in 12th….Greg Rossell, driving the car Jimmy Halcomb drove to the win last week, pulled off just as the field was about to go green with troubles to end his night in 14th….Devon Rouse had troubles in the heat which forced him to scratch from the feature……Tom Bowling Jr. started the Stock Car feature in 11th and passed 5 cars to finish in 6th….Dane Fenton, who started 13th, recovered from his lap 3 spin to come back up to finish in 8th….Wayne Landheer came back to finish 10th after his involvement in the lap 2 spin….Tim Kraber came from 16th to finish in 12th….John Brockway, who was suppose to start 5th, elected to go to the tail. He only made one lap before pulling off with troubles to end his night in 16th……Nick Guernsey started the 305 Sprint feature in 9th and finished 6th….Shane Quam came from 10th to finish 7th….Andy Krieger passed 11 cars from his 19th place starting spot to finish in 8th….Andy Huston came from 17th to finish in 9th….Chase Wanner recovered from his lap 13 spin to come back up to 11th….Janelle Schneiderman also recovered from her spin on lap 2 to come back to finish in 12th….Dave Getchell started 20th and finished 14th….John Schulz, who started 15th and worked his way to 3rd, clipped a tire in turn 4 on lap 14 and broke the right front. He would pull his car into the infield to end his night in 16th….Jacob Glasgow and Austin Sears had troubles in hot laps that forced them to scratch for the night……Jared Miller passed 8 cars from his 15th place starting spot in the SportMod feature to come home in 7th….Dustin Crear came from 22nd to finish in 10th….Robert Perry, who started 21st, recovered from his lap 12 spin to come back up to finish in 14th….Tony Dunker was credited with 15th when he had a right front flat tire on the white flag lap while battling for the lead….Bobby Six got into the wall in turn 3 in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature….Joey Gower was involved in a wreck in the heat, which caused to much damage that forced him to scratch from the feature……Jeffery DeLonjay came from 13th in the 4 Cylinder feature to finish in 6th….Kimberly Abbott started 15th and finished in 7th….Jerrod Nichols came from 14th to finish in 8th….Ron Kibbe recovered from his involvement in the lap 4 spin to come back up to finish 10th….Dustin Ravelin also recovered from the lap 4 spin to come back up to 11th….Brian Mehaffy came from 16th to finish in 13th….Kevin Mortimer started 17th and finished in 14th….ChuckFullenkamp, who was running 4th, slowed to a stop on the lap 4 caution with troubles to end his night in 18th….William Michel pulled off with troubles under the lap 4 caution, while running 5th and ended his night in 19th….Duane Dixon had troubles after the heat to scratched from the feature.
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