Three Titles Still Up For Grabs This Saturday at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

Three Titles Still Up For Grabs This Saturday at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

 

by Brian Neal

Memphis, MO (Aug. 21) – It’s hard to believe that it is season championship time of the season already, but this Saturday, August 25 will be Cunningham Fertilizer Season Championship Night at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway.

 

Two close track points battles will be decided in the USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series Hobby Stocks and Outlaw Hobby Stocks, while the first ever Late Model national champion will be honored at the track where the season began back in April. The other four divisions, the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds and Hornets, have all but locked up there 2007 titles.

 

In the battle for first ever USRA Late Models National Champion, Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, IA currently leads Lancaster, Missouri’s Chris Smyser by a mere one point, while two time winner for 2007 Tommy Elston of Keokuk, IA sits third. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls, IA holds a 6 point lead over Des Moines, Iowa’s Curt Schroeder for the fourth position. Todd McKee of Massena, IA, Chris Fontana of Pella, IA and Oxford, Iowa’s Chris Simpson rest in the 7th thru 9th place in points. While Columbus Junction, Iowa’s Jason Utter has a slim 4 point lead over Justin Reed of Quincy, IL for the battle for the tenth place finish in the national championship. But all this could change before they reach the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO, as they will do battle on Wednesday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA and then head to the Mt. Dew Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, IA on Friday.

 

Michael Long of Quincy, IL has to sign in for competition on Saturday and his first ever USRA Modified Track Title at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be his for 2007. Long currently leads Ankeny, Iowa’s Martin Bennett by 66 points, with 45 show up points for Long being good enough for him to earn the title. The defending track champion, Ryan Meyer of Liberty, IL holds down the third spot, with Tony Fraise of Donnellson, IA leading Mt. Ayr, Iowa’s Dennis Elliott by 11 points for the battle for fourth. Elliott, who sits fifth in points, has a 21 point advantage over Jody Wood of Donnellson, IA for the spot. Gorin, Missouri’s Bob Dale currently holds a 15 point lead over Matt Greiner of Washington, IA for the battle for seventh in points. While David Snyder of Greentop, MO has a 22 point advantage over Kirksville, Missouri’s Jerry Asher for the ninth place finish in points. Asher who will try to over come Snyder for 9th has, will also have to try to hold off Jerry Reese of Baring, MO for the tenth place finish in points.

 

The USRA Stock Car Champion for 2007 is Matt Greiner of Washington, IA, his 288 point advantage over Mark Holt of Memphis, MO is more then enough to lock up the title for 2007. But Holt has to work to hold off Troy Alexander of Memphis, MO for the second place finish in points, as the two are separated by 29 points. Quincy, Illinois’ Kale Foster leads Colt Mather of Webster, IA by 30 points for the battle for fourth. While Clell Evans of Kirksville, MO holds a 13 point cushion over Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, IA for sixth in points, with Novelty, Missouri’s Butch Bailey leading Kyle Chinn of Clarence, MO by 13 points for the battle for ninth. But Chinn has to work to hold off Doug Huls of Carthage, IL and Kirksville, Missouri’s Mark White for a top ten finish, as 14 points separate the three drivers.

 

Wyatt Lantz of Bowen, IL has locked up his first ever USRA B-Modified track title at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, as he leads Canton, Missouri’s Adam Birck by 159 points, more then enough to give him the title. But Birck, a rookie in the B-Modified class for 2007, has to work to hold off Quincy, Illinois driver Jeff Waterman for the second place finish, with 15 points separating the two drivers. Jason Riegel of Memphis, MO holds a 13 point advantage over Keokuk, Iowa’s Jim Gillenwater for the battle for fourth in points, with Jared Fuller of Memphis, MO, Brian Clark of Canton, MO, another rookie driver in the B-Modified class, Keokuk, Iowa’s Josh Larson, Ron York of Edina, MO holding down the sixth thru ninth place in points. While Larry Newman of Kirksville, MO will work to hold off Mendon, Illinois’ Joe Hooper for a top ten in points, with 26 points separating the two drivers.

 

One title still up for grabs is the USRA Hobby Stock division, as Mike Shelton of Ottumwa, IA and Knoxville, Iowa’s Bill Gibson are separated by 19 points. Shelton needs a fifth place finish or better and the 2007 title will be his, a sixth place finish a a win by Gibson will have the two drivers dead locked. Derek Kirkland of Centerville, IA holds down the third place in points, with Oskaloosa, IA driver Steve Allen currently sitting in fourth. The battle for the fifth place in points will be a hot one, as Curtis Barnes of Greentop, MO, Tim Kraber of Ottumwa, IA, Bob Lynch of Ottumwa, IA and Eldon, Iowa’s Jason McDaniel are all separated by 11 points. With Robby Sands of Centerville, IA and Clayton Robbins of Liberty, MO will battle for the ninth and tenth place in points, with only one point dividing the two drivers.

 

The other title up for grabs is the Outlaw Hobby Stocks, with Kahoka, Missouri’s Jeff Soper holding a 8 point lead over Brandon Symmonds of Keokuk, IA. Many possibilities will give either driver the title for 2007. Rodger Dresden of Keokuk, IA will work to hold off Donnellson, Iowa’s Jim Lynch, as the two drivers are separated by 21 points. The defending track champion, Beau Taylor of Canton, MO hold down the fifth spot, while Josh Soper of Kahoka, MO and Larry Hooper of Wyaconda, MO are divided by 7 points in the battle for a sixth place finish. Tim Pettibone of Moravia, IA and Hamilton, Illinois’ driver Justin Hamelton have a 5 points difference for the battle for eighth, with Brian Howerton of Hurdland, MO rounding out the top ten.

 

Luke Davidson of Argyle, IA has to sign in for competition on Saturday and his first Hornet title will be his, as he has a 78 point lead over J.D. Murphy of Cincinnati, IA. Defending tack champion, Andrew Hustead of Rutledge, MO sits in third, with Ethen Hustead of Rutledge, MO, Lew Aikman of Hannibal, MO and Brian Lemen of Cincinnati, IA holding down fourth thru sixth in points. Ottumwa, Iowa’s Jim Garrett and Kirksville, MO Dalton McCartney are separated by one point in the battle for seventh, while Michael Grossman of Keokuk, IA and Dale Porter of Pulaski, IA are divided by 5 points in the battle for ninth and tenth.

 

The final race for the USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series track points will be one you won’t want to miss. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m., hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow this Saturday at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway.

 

Current Top Ten In Points as of August, 18, 2007:

 

USRA Modifieds

Rank

 

Car #

 

Driver’s Name

 

Points

1

 

18

 

Michael Long

 

1014

2

 

99

 

Martin Bennett

 

948

3

 

82m

 

Ryan Meyer

 

887

4

 

45

 

Tony Fraise

 

812

5

 

29

 

Dennis Elliott

 

801

6

 

z4

 

Jody Wood

 

780

7

 

12

 

Bob Dale

 

716

8

 

29x

 

Matt Greiner

 

701

9

 

5s

 

David Snyder

 

578

10

 

97

 

Jerry Asher

 

556

 

USRA Stock Cars

Rank

 

Car #

 

Driver’s Name

 

Points

1

 

29

 

Matt Greiner

 

1246

2

 

11

 

Mark Holt

 

958

3

 

7a

 

Troy Alexander

 

929

4

 

44

 

Kale Foster

 

697

5

 

8

 

Colt Mather

 

667

6

 

13

 

Michael Browning

 

623

7

 

1L

 

Clell Evans

 

404

8

 

33z

 

Zack VanderBeek

 

391

9

 

111

 

Butch Bailey

 

337

10

 

81c

 

Kyle Chinn

 

322

 

USRA B-Modifieds

Rank

 

Car #

 

Driver’s Name

 

Points

1

 

22

 

Wyatt Lantz

 

1225

2

 

12

 

Adam Birck

 

1066

3

 

71

 

Jeff Waterman

 

1051

4

 

19

 

Jason Riegel

 

961

5

 

10

 

Jim Gillenwater

 

948

6

 

77

 

Jared Fuller

 

852

7

 

88

 

Brian Clark

 

780

8

 

44

 

Josh Larson

 

731

9

 

6y

 

Ryan York

 

623

10

 

20

 

Larry Newman

 

473

 

USRA Hobby Stocks

Rank

 

Car #

 

Driver’s Name

 

Points

1

 

16

 

Mike Shelton

 

1178

2

 

38

 

Bill Gibson

 

1159

3

 

2k

 

Derek Kirkland

 

905

4

 

3s

 

Steve Allen

 

841

5

 

21x

 

Curtis Barnes

 

686

6

 

27k

 

Tim Kraber

 

683

7

 

4j

 

Bob Lynch

 

680

8

 

85

 

Jason McDaniel

 

675

9

 

34f

 

Robby Sands

 

614

10

 

8r

 

Clayton Robbins

 

613

 

Outlaw Hobby Stocks

Rank

 

Car #

 

Driver’s Name

 

Points

1

 

43s

 

Jeff Soper

 

1190

2

 

8

 

Brandon Symmonds

 

1182

3

 

1

 

Rodger Dresden

 

1154

4

 

4L

 

Jim Lynch

 

1133

5

 

2t

 

Beau Taylor

 

1023

6

 

8s

 

Josh Soper

 

918

7

 

23

 

Larry Hooper

 

911

8

 

47

 

Tim Pettibone

 

771

9

 

24j

 

Justin Hamelton

 

766

10

 

89

 

Brian Howerton

 

721

 

Hornets

Rank

 

Car #

 

Driver’s Name

 

Points

1

 

6

 

Luke Davidson

 

1172

2

 

77q

 

J.D. Murphy

 

1088

3

 

20

 

Andrew Hustead

 

1022

4

 

62

 

Ethan Hustead

 

901

5

 

66

 

Lew Aikman

 

454

6

 

84L

 

Brian Lemen

 

281

7

 

26

 

Jim Garrett

 

240

8

 

11d

 

Dalton McCartney

 

239

9

 

2

 

Michael Grossman

 

200

10

 

31

 

Dale Porter

 

195

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