Burgtorf holds off Birkhofer charge in late model win at 34 Raceway
By Dana Royer/34 Raceway
BURLINGTON, IA (6-1-13) – It was back to racing at 34 Raceway Saturday night June 1
following a double header washout Memorial Day weekend . But the wait was worth it
with some exciting races thrilling the fans. Going home with the winner’s checks
were Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Il. (UMP Late Models), Mitch Morris, Eldridge (IMCA
modifieds), John Schulz, West Burlington (305 sprints), Bobby Anders, Quincy, Il
(IMCA Sport Mods), John Oliver, Jr., Danville (IMCA Stock Cars) and Austen Becerra,
Carthage, Il. (4 Cylinders).
Coming up this week , Friday, June 7, 34 Raceway will be hosting the best of the
best in sprint car racing when the World of Outlaw STP Sprint Car series takes on
the 3/8 mile track with $10,000 on the line. The WoO sprints were last at 34
Raceway in 2009 when the Kasey Kahne owned sprint car raced by Joey Saldana took the
win. Sprint cup racer, Kahne, was on had to join Saldana in the winners circle that
night an would also be seen signing autographs. Also racing will be the W.T.
Gabeline and Sons Trucking 305 Sprints racing for a $700 to win check and track
points. Tickets are available at www.slspromotions.com or O’Reilly Auto parts.
HURRY, THEY ARE GOING FAST!!! Enter for a chance to win free tickets on 34 Raceway
There will be no racing on Saturday, June 8 but action will return with its Saturday
night program on June 15 with $5 Fan Appreciation Night.
The Weikert Iron and Metal IMCA Sport Mods took to the track for the first feature
of the night for their fifteen lap race. Victor Hastings set the pace leading the
first three laps until Bobby Anders would make a pass for the lead in turn two.
Anders continued to hold his lead as Tony Dunker closes in from his ninth place
start. Anders and Dunker would pull away from the field in the final four laps with
the two putting on a show for the fans. Anders would take the win for the second
straight week with a car length separating the leaders as the checkered flag flew.
Sean Wyett, Derek St. Clair and Hastings would round out the top five.
Bill Roberts took the early lead in the Coors Silver Bullet IMCA Modified feature
but it was Mitch Morris taking the win. Roberts led the field for the first nine
laps before Jeff Mueller would get by Roberts on a restart on lap ten. Mueller led
the field for six more laps. Then it was Morris’ turn at the front of the field
taking the lead on lap seventeen of the twenty lap feature. Mueller would bring out
the caution with a lost drive shaft on lap eighteen. When racing resumed Dennis
LaVeine and Roberts were running the second and third spots but wouldn’t be able to
catch Morris who went on to get his second win this year.
John Schulz picked up his first win this year in the W.T. Gabeline and Sons Trucking
305 Sprint feature. A nice field of twenty-two cars would take the green flag with
Damian Getchell and Shane Quam on the front row. Ryan Jamison would take the lead
from Getchell on lap two and led the field for the next five laps before Schulz
would go to the outside of Jamison for the lead coming out of turn two. Schulz was
flying and would pull away from the field to take the checkered flag and the win.
“The track was just awesome tonight. I could go anywhere I wanted”, said Schulz. “If
it’s like this Friday (for the World of Outlaw Sprints) fans will see a heck of a
The UMP Super Late Models, eighteen to be exact, was a thriller with a battle
between Mark Burgtorf and Brian Birkhofer at the finish. Chad Simpson took the
early lead in the twenty-five lap race but would pit with a flat giving the lead to
brother Chris on lap four. Chris led the field for the next eight laps when a puff
of smoke emerged from his car and would have to be towed to the infield . When
racing resumed, Burgtorf would take over the lead. But closing in was Brian
Birkhofer. Birkhofer closed in and took over the lead with one lap to go. But
Burgtorf wasn’t giving up as the two put on a show for the fans and regained his
lead on the final lap holding off Birkhofer for the win in an exciting finish.
Jason Perry, Denny Eckrich and Justin Reed would round out the top five. “Racing
with Brian and beating him makes this the race of the year for me”, said Burgtorf.
The UMP Super Late model series returns June 15.
The Pepsi IMCA Stock Cars had some big shoes to fill following a thriller late
model feature and they didn’t disappoint. Twenty one stock cars started the feature
with Les Blakley and Jeremy Pundt on the front row. Pundt took the early lead and
led the first two laps before John Oliver would make a pass to lead the field. The
final ten laps of the twenty lap feature was a thriller between Oliver, Jason Cook
and Abe Hulls with bumper to bumper action. As the leaders ran into lap traffic the
final three laps Cook would try to use that to his advange and would briefly take
over the lead on several occasions due to the traffic. But Oliver would find a way
get by the lap traffic and would hold off Cook for the win as they crossed the
finish line side by side. Huls would follow in third with Blaine Dopler and John
Richardson rounding out the top five.
The I Connect You/Louisa Communications IMCA 4 Cylinders would cap off the night
with eighteen cars starting the feature race. Austen Beccera picked up his first
win of the year at 34 Raceway. Becerra took the lead from his front row start and
would have to hold off challenges from Skip Dunker and Brent Hartley. On the final
lap Dunker would take a brief lead but Becerra would regain his spot and would take
the win with Dunker and Brent Hartley right behind.
34 Raceway June 1 results
UMP SUPER LATE MODELS
FEATURE: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Il., 2. Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, 3. Jason
Perry Payson, Il., 4. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 5. Justin Reed, Quincy, Il., 6. Clint
Kirkham, Camden, Il., 7. Dennis Woodworth, Quincy, Il., 8. Bob Gardner, Germantown
Hills, Il., 9. Ron Elbe, Augusta, Il., 10. Jared Schlipman, Mendon, Il., 11. Russ
Adams, Princeville,Il., 12. Greg Kimmons, Pleasant Plains, Il., 13. Jay Chenoweth,
West Burlington, 15. Chris Simpson, Oxford, 16. Chad Simpson, Mount Vernon, 17.
Rick Frankel, Quincy, Il., 18. Dewayne Keifer, St. Genevieve, Mo. HEAT WINNERS:
Kiefer, Chris Simpson, DASH: Johnson. TIME TRIALS FAST TIME: Birkhoffer.
W.T. GABELINE AND SONS TRUCKING 305 SPRINTS
FEATURE: 1. John Schulz, West Burlington, 2. Andy Huston, Roseville, Il., 3. Shane
Quam, Gladstone, Il., 4. Dustin Whiting, Burlington, 5. Jarrod Schneiderman, West
Burlington, 6. Corey Timmerman, Burlington, 7. Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, 8. Cody
Wehrle, Burlington 9. Damian Getchell, Sperry, 10. Jacob Glasgow, West Burlington,
11. Dave Getchell, Sperry, 12. Harold Pohren, New London, 13. Nick Guernsey,
Burlington, 14 Jayson Ditsworth, Gladstone, Il., 15. Justin Newberry, Danville, 16.
Tony Bundy, Monmouth, Il., 17. Donnie Steward, West Burlington, 18. Dillan Roth,
Burlington, 19. Andy Baugh, Mason City, Il., 20.Kyle Peterson, Gladstone, Il., 21.
Heath Bundy, Oquawka, Il., 22. Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis. HEAT WINNERS: Timmerman,
COORS SILVER BULLET IMCA MODIFIEDS
FEATURE: 1. Mitch Morris Eldridge, 2. Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington, 3. Bill
Roberts, Jr., Burlington, 4. Jeff Waterman, Quincu, Il., 5. Matt Werner, Colona, ll,
6. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Il., 7. Elmer Arnold, Sperry, 8. Dugan Thye,
Burlington, 9. Jeff Mueller, New London, 10. Dustan Fenton, Burlington, 11. Dean
McGee, Galesburg, Il., 12. Andy Krieger, Burlington, 13. Levi Smith, Donnellson, 14.
Lonne Heap, Media, Il.. HEAT WINNERS: Morris, LaVeine.
PEPSI IMCA STOCK CARS
FEATURE: 1. John Oliver, Jr., Danville, 2. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, 3. Abe Huls,
Carthage, Il., 4. Blaine Dopler, Wapello, 5. John Richardson, Morning Sun, 6. Brett
Timmerman, Wapello, 7. Kirk Kinsley, Wapello, 8. Ryan Cook, Hillsboro, 9. Shane
Richardson, Morning Sun, 10. Jeremy Pundt, Donnelson,11. Kris Walker, Oskaloosa, 12.
Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, 13. Mark Bowman, Burlington, 14. Travis Hartman,
Burlington, 15. Les Blakley, Fairfield, 16. Ray Raker, Danville, 17. Jim Lynch,
Donnellson, 18. Tom Bowling, Danville, 19. John Brockway, Morning Sun, 20. Alex
Buffington, Wapello, 21. Travis Plummer, Burlington, 22. Dan Wenig, West Burlington.
HEAT WINNERS: Pundt, Dopler, Oliver.
WEIKERT IRON AND METAL IMCA SPORT MODS
FEATURE: 1. Bobby Anders, Quincy, Il., 2. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Il., 3. Sean Wyett,
Danville, 4. Derek St. Clair, Donnellson, 5. Victor Hastings, Oquawka, Il., 6.
Creston Williams, Atkins, 7. Dane Fenton, Burlington, 8. Rob Wilsey, 9. Kyle Hill,
New London, 10. Ethan Thompson, Keokuk, 11. Austin Schulte, Keokuk, 12. Lyle
Timmerman, Wapello, 13. Greg Uppimghouse, Plainville, Il., 14. Scott Williams,
Atkins, 15. Jake Morris, Eldridge, 16. Adam Shelman, Ames. HEAT WINNERS: Anders,
I CONNECT YOU/LOUISA COMMUNICATIONS 4 CYLINDERS
FEATURE: 1. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Il., 2. Brent Hartley, Niota, Il., 3. Skip
Dunker, Ursa, Il., 4. Ron Kibbe, Danville, 5. Wayne Noble Wapello, 6. Brandon
Lambert, Carthage, Il., 7. Jacob Brown, Wapello, 8. John Whalen, Ainsworth, 9. Shawn
Baker, Burlington, 10. Bryerson Tharp, Grandview, 11. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point,
Il., 12.Travis Smith, LaHarpe, Il., 13. Kevin Mortimer, Biggsville, Il., 14. Roy
Norton, Burlington, 15. Brandon Mehaffy, Danville, 16. Brian Mehaffy, Danville, 18.
Dustin Ravelin, Burlington. HEAT WINNERS: Harley, Dunker, Whalen.
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