West Burlington, IA (Saturday, July 12, 2014) – After two weeks of special events and a rain out in between those, 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA returned to there weekly program on Saturday night. After the nights events were over two drivers scored their first career feature wins, with another one winning there first of the season, and three others winning for multiple times this year at the track.
The first feature up on the night was the 20 lap IMCA Modifieds, with Darrow Lille and Dustan Fenton leading the field to the drop of the green flag. But it was fourth place starter Dean McGee who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Fenton and Dennis LaVeine. While McGee started to stretch out his lead over the field, Mitch Morris, who started 9th, and Jeff Waterman, who started 6th, were working there way towards the front. Those two drivers moved into second and third on lap 5 and then went to work on chasing down McGee for the lead. They would get help on lap 13, when Chadwick Giberson spun in turn 1 to bring out the first caution of the event. On the restart McGee jumped back out front, with Waterman, Morris and Bill Roberts Jr., who started 7th, all battling for the runner up spot. The action up front was slowed for the second and final time on lap 19, when Lillie spun in front of the field in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. This would set up a one lap dash to the finish, as the green and white flag was waved at the same time on the restart. McGee moved back out front on the restart and then held off Roberts Jr. on the final lap to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Roberts Jr. settled for 2nd, Waterman was 3rd, Tyler Glass was 4th, with Morris holding on for 5th.
The 12 lap Mod Lite feature was next to take to the track, with Devon Rouse and Collin Ball making up the front row for the event. Ball took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over Daniel Keltner and Rouse. Just after the completion of lap 1 the caution light would come on, as Jimmy Halcomb spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ball moved back out front, with Keltner and Justin Buchholz close behind. But Halcomb would spin into the wall in turn 3 on the completion of lap 2 to bring out his second solo caution to end his night. On the restart Keltner used the top of the track to grab the lead and then went on to pick up the win. Ball was 2nd, Buchholz was 3rd, Rouse was 4th, with Michael Dominguez coming from 8th to round out the top 5.
Dakota Simmons and Scott Williams led the field to the green in the 15 lap IMCA SportMod feature, with Simmons grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Brett Timmerman and Adam Shelman. Simmons then had to work to hold them off, when the first caution of the event appeared on lap 6. Ethan Allen came to a stop in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Joey Gower, who started 5th, slipped under Simmons to grab the lead on lap 7. Just after the lap was scored complete, the second and final caution appeared, as Shelman, who was running 4th, spun down the front stretch to bring out the yellow. Gower jumped back out front on the restart, with Simmons working to hold back Bobby Anders, who started 8th, for the runner up spot. Gower would go on to lead the final 8 laps to claim his second win of the season at the track. Simmons held on for 2nd, Anders was 3rd, Sean Wyett came from 7th to finish in 4th, with Creston Williams recovering from his hit into the turn 4 wall in the heat to come from 14th to finish in 5th.
Up next was the 12 lap 4 Cylinder feature, with Daytona Fenton and Dustin Ravelin making up the front row for the event. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Roy Norton lost a right front tire in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Ravelin used his front row starting spot to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Fenton and Ron Kibbe. The action up front was slowed for the second time on lap 5, as debris in turn 1 brought out the yellow. Ravelin moved back out front on the restart, with Fenton and Kibbe battling for the runner up spot. Five laps later, lap 10, debris in turn 3 brought out the final caution of the race to set up a 2 lap dash to the finish. On the restart Ravelin moved back out front, with Fenton and Kibbe close behind. Going down the backstretch on the final lap Ravelin’s car slowed, which allowed Fenton and Kibbe to slip under him. Fenton then held off Kibbe at the line by inches to pick up his first career feature win. Kibbe settled for 2nd, Austen Becerra came from 8th to finish in 3rd, new comer Blake Anderson started 9th and finished in 4th, with Ravelin holding on to finish in 5th.
Shawn Whiting and Jacob Glasgow led the field to the green flag in the 305 Sprint feature. But just as the green flag was waved the caution light would come on, as Heath Bundy spun off turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Cody Wehrle got into the turn 3 wall and rolled to bring out the red. He would climb from the car okay. The following restart produced another red flag, as John Schulz, who was driving the #73 owned by Kenneth Bragg, rolled down the front stretch to bring the red light back on. He would climb from the car okay. A fourth attempt of a start saw Glasgow grab the lead on lap 1 over Whiting and Donnie Steward, who started 11th in his return to the 16HD car. Whiting’s run up front came to a stop on lap 2, when he spun from his second place running spot to bring out the yellow. On the restart Nick Guernsey, who was running 5th, clipped the cone on the front stretch and brought out the caution. He was docked one spot on the restart. Steward jumped to the top of the track on the restart to grab the lead away from Glasgow and then started to pull away from the field. Steward looked like he was going to pick up the easy win, when on lap 14 he slowed to a stop off turn 4 with a blown motor. Shane Quam, who started 5th, inherited the lead on the restart and then went on to lead the final 6 laps to claim his first career feature win. Glasgow was 2nd, Daniel Bergquist came from 9th to finish in 3rd, Jayson Ditsworth passed 6 cars from his 10th place starting spot to finish in 4th, with Justin Newberry coming from 12th to round out the top 5.
The final feature up on the night was the 20 lap IMCA Stock Cars, with Wayne Landheer and Randy Wachter making up the front row for the event. Wachter used his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over John Brockway and Chad Krogmeier. The action up front was slowed for the first and only time on lap 2, when Travis Hartman spun in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Jake Wenig, who started 6th, slipped past Wachter to grab the top spot away on lap 3. One lap later, lap 4, Tom Bowling Jr., who started 10th, slipped past Wachter for the runner up spot. Bowling Jr. tried to get under Wenig over the final 16 laps, as the two raced side-by-side at times off turn 4. But Wenig was able to hold him off to pick up his second win of the season at the track. Bowling Jr. settled for 2nd, John Oliver Jr. came from 9th to finish in 3rd, Dane Fenton was 4th, with Shane Watts coming home in 5th after starting in 8th.
Notes from 34: Dusty Kraklio made his first start of the season at 34 Raceway in the Modifieds and started 9th in the feature. He would pass 3 cars to come home in 6th….Milo Veloz Jr. also made his first start of the season at 34 Raceway. He started the feature in 12th and passed 4 cars to come home in 8th….Blake Woodruff came from 13th to finish in 11th……Matt Gavin drove one of Jimmy Halcomb’s Mod Lite for the first time. He started the feature in 5th and spun early but kept going to fall all the way to 9th. He would climb his way back up to finish in 6th……Scott VanBuskirk made his first start of the season at 34 Raceway in the SportMod feature. He would start 9th and finished in 7th….Jason Doyle also made his first start of the season at 34 Raceway and started 13th in the feature. He passed 4 cars to come home in 9th….Dave Cloke came from 15th to finish in 10th….Tom Lathrop started 16th and finished in 12th……Richard Bank started the 4 Cylinder feature in 10th and finished in 6th….Larry Miller passed 8 cars from his 15th place starting spot to finish in 7th….Kimberly Abbott was suppose to start 7th, but was late to staging and had to start at the rear. She would climb up to finish in 9th….Jeffery DeLonjay started 12th and finished 10th….Jerrod Nichols came from 13th to finish in 11th….Brian Mehaffy had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature……Chase Wanner started the 305 Sprint feature in 17th and passed 10 cars to come home in 7th….Dave Getchell passed 7 cars from his 15th place starting spot to come home in 8th….New comer Andrew Genkinger started 19th and passed 10 cars to finish in 9th….Heath Bundy, who started 16th, recovered from his lap 1 spin to come back up to finish in 10th….Dillan Roth, who was running 4th coming to the checkered, jumped the cushion in turn 3 and rolled to end his night in 11th….Andy Krieger was running 7th when he pulled off on lap 14 caution with troubles to end his night in 12th….Andy Huston started 8th and was running 5th, when he pulled off with troubles on lap 5 to end his night in 14th….Gary Bonar had troubles in his heat race that forced him to scratch from the feature……Ray Raker started the Stock Car feature in 13th and passed 7 cars to finish in 6th….Chad Krogmeier was running 6th coming to the checkered flag, when he spun in turn 4 to end his night in 10th.