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Long and Gillenwater Claim Back-to-Back Features at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

by Brian Neal
Memphis, MO (June 16) – RaceMart Night at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, MO was hot, both air temperature and on track action. Michael Long (USRA Modifieds) and Jim Gillenwater (USRA B-Modifieds) picked up back-to-back feature wins, while Matt Greiner (USRA Stock Cars), Bill Gibson (USRA Hobby Stocks), Brandon Symmonds (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Codey Phillips (Hornets) claimed feature wins in there divisions.
The first feature of the night was the 8 lap Hornets, with Luke Davidson taking the lead on the drop of the green flag. Davidson, Codey Phillips and Andrew Hustead battle two and three wide for the lead for the first five laps. But Davidson would be able to hold them off until lap 7, when Phillips slipped under him for the lead. Phillips then held off Davidson on the final lap to pick up his first win of the season at Memphis. Hustead held on for third, Bobby McCartney was fourth, with Jim Garrett coming home in fifth. Hustead picked up the heat race win.
Up next was the 15 lap Outlaw Hobby Stock feature. Rodger Dresden jumped out front on lap 1 and then worked to hold off Brandon Symmonds and Justin Hamelton. Dresden would hold them off until lap 13, when Symmonds slipped under him to grab the top spot. Symmonds then held off Dresden over the final two laps to claim the win. Hamelton came home in third, Tim Pettibone was fourth, with Jim Lynch rounding out the top 5. Heat race winners were Josh Soper and Symmonds.
Ron York took advantage of his front row start to move out front on the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature. While York was out front, Wyatt Lantz and Jim Gillenwater, who started 12th, were battling to wrestle the lead away from York. York was able to hold off Gillenwater until lap 8, when he slipped under him for the lead. Gillenwater then pulled away over the final 7 laps to pick up his second consecutive win at the speedway. Lantz came home in second, York held on for third, Jeff Waterman was fourth, with Dustin Boling coming home in fifth. Waterman and York took home the heat race wins.
The Stock Car feature may have been short on cars, but the feature was one of the best of the night, with two and three wide action going on for all 12 laps. Mark Holt edged Bert McDaniel out at the line by inches to claim the lead on lap 1, with Matt Greiner, Troy Alexander and Michael Browning running three wide for third. Greiner worked under Holt to cross the stripe on lap 5 side-by-side, with Alexander and Browing working closely behind. Finally on lap 7, Greiner would emerge as the leader and then held off Alexander over the final five laps to claim his third win of the season at Memphis. Browning came home in third, Kiel Morton was fourth, with McDaniel rounding out the top 5. The heat race also went to Greiner.
Bill Gibson took advantage of his front row start to jump out front on lap 1 of the USRA Hobby Stock feature. Gibson would go on to lead all 15 laps to pick up his third win of the season at the speedway. Jimmy Hayes would finish second, Tim Kraber was third, Bob Lynch was fourth, with Jason McDaniel coming home in fifth. Donavan Nunnikhoven and McDaniel took home the heat race wins.
The final feature of the night was the 20 lap USRA Modifieds, with Dennis Elliott and Tony Fraise on the front row. Fraise jumped out front on the drop of the green, with Elliott and Bob Dale close behind in second and third. Fraise continued to lead the field, as Michael Long, who started tenth, and Martin Bennett, who started ninth, worked there way towards the front. Long and Bennett would run side-by-side for five laps after a lap 7 caution, as they tried to work past Fraise for the lead. Fraise would hold them off until lap 15, when Long worked past him on the top of the speedway. Long then went on to lead the final 5 laps to claim his second consecutive win at Memphis. Bennett would come in second, Fraise held on for third, Elliott came home in fourth, with Dale holding on for fifth. Heat race winners were Long and Elliott.
Coming up at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will be the Fair Race on Thursday, June 21st. The USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series battle for national and track points will continue in be the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks and Outlaw Hobby Stocks. There will be no racing on Saturday, June 23rd. But when racing returns on June 30th with the MLRA Late Models invading the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway.
USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series
Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, MO
Saturday, June 16, 2007 – RaceMart Night
USRA Modifieds
Heat 1: 1. 18-Michael Long, Quincy, IL; 2. 45-Tony Fraise, Donnellson, IA; 3. 99-Martin Bennett, Ankeny, IA; 4. 21-Jeff Gerhardt, Niota, IL; 5. 4-Tony Dunker, Quincy, IL; 6. 38JB-Michael Joe Bliven, Quincy, IL; 7. 22-Brandon Banks, Washington, IA; 8. 97-Jerry Asher, Kirksville, MO; 9. 82M-Ryan Meyer, Liberty, IL
Heat 2: 1. 29-Dennis Ellioot, Mt. Ayr, IA; 2. z4-Jody Wood, Donnellson, IA; 3. 12-Bob Dale, Gorin, MO; 4. 29x-Matt Greiner, Washington, IA; 5. 2R-Jerry Reese, Baring, MO; 6. 5s-David Snyder, Greentop, MO; 7. 5-Tim Sands, Conesville, IA; 8. 46x-Tyler VandeKamp, Knoxville, IA; 9. 19R-Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA
Feature: 1. 18-Long; 2. 99-Bennett; 3. 45-Fraise; 4. 29-Elliott; 5. 12-Dale; 6. 29x-Greiner; 7. z4-Wood; 8. 21-Gerhardt; 9. 38JB-Bliven; 10. 5-Sands; 11. 97-Asher; 12. 19R-Gustin; 13. 82M-Meyer; 14. 4-Dunker; 15. 46x-VandeKamp; 16. 5s-Snyder; 17. 22-Banks; 18. 2R-Reese
USRA Stock Cars
Heat: 1. 29-Matt Greiner, Washington, IA; 2. 81-Bert McDaniel, Eldon, IA; 3. 11-Mark Holt, Memphis, MO; 4. 13-Michael Browning, Farmington, IA; 5. 7A-Troy Alexander, Memphis, MO; 6. 3k-Kiel Morton, Kirksville, IA; 7. 93-Mark White, Kirksville, MO
Feature: 1. 29-Greiner; 2. 7A-Alexander; 3. 13-Browning; 4. 3k-Morton; 5. 81-McDaniel; 6. 11-Holt; 7. 93-White
USRA B-Modifieds
Heat 1: 1. 71-Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL; 2. 22-Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, IL; 3. 36-Dustin Boling, Lentner, MO; 4. 19-Jason Riegel, Memphis, MO; 5. 12-Adam Birck, Canton, MO; 6. 10-Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, IA
Heat 2:  1. 6Y-Ron York, Edina, MO; 2. 44-Josh Larson, Keokuk, IA; 3. 77-Jared Fuller, Memphis, MO; 4. 88-Brian Clark, Canton, MO; 5. 33s-Ramo Stott, Kirksville, MO; 6. 20-Larry Newman, Kirksville, MO
Feature: 1. 10-Gillenwater; 2. 22-Lantz; 3. 6Y-York; 4. 71-Waterman; 5. 36-Boling; 6. 12-Birck; 7. 19-Riegel; 8. 88-Clark; 9. 77-Fuller; 10. 44-Larson; 11. 33s-Stott; 12. 20-Newman
USRA Hobby Stocks
Heat 1: 1. 5N-Donavan Nunnikhoven, Sully, IA; 2. 9-Jimmy Hayes, Moravia, IA; 3. 27k-Tim Kraber, Ottumwa, IA; 4. 16-Mike Shelton, Ottumwa, IA; 5. 34F-Robby Sands, Centerville, IA; 6. 78-Andy Coleman, Linby, IA; 7. 8R-Clayton Robbins, Liberty, MO
Heat 2: 1. 85-Jason McDaniel, Eldon, IA; 2. 2k-Derek Kirkland, Centerville, IA; 3. 38-Bill Gibson, Knoxville, IA; 4. 4J-Bob Lynch, Ottumwa, IA; 5. 65-Wes White, Bloomfield, IA; 6. 21x-CVurtis Barnes, Greentop, MO; 7. 07-Ernie Bunch, Kirksville, MO
Feature: 1. 38-Gibson; 2. 9-Hayes; 3. 27k-Kraber; 4. 4J-Lynch; 5. 85-McDaniel; 6. 5N-Nunnikhoven; 7. 2k-Kirkland; 8. 16-Shelton; 9. 34F-Sands; 10. 78-Coleman; 11. 8R-Robbins; 12. 21x-Barnes; 13. 07-Bunch; 14. 65-White
Outlaw Hobby Stocks
Heat 1: 1. 8s-Josh Soper, Kahoka, MO; 2. 47-Tim Pettibone, Moravia, MO; 3. 24J-Justin Hamelton, Hamilton, IL; 4. 4L-Jim Lynch, Donnellson, IA; 5. 23-Larry Hooper, Wyaconda, MO; 6. 89-Brian Howerton, Hurdland, MO
Heat 2: 1. 8-Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk, IA; 2. 1-Rodger Dresden, Keokuk, IA; 3. 59-Jakoby Hooper, Kahoka, MO; 4. 2T-Beau Taylor, Canton, MO; 5. 43s-Jeff Soper, Kahoka, MO
Feature: 1. 8-Symmonds; 2. 1-Dresden; 3. 24J-Hamelton; 4. 47-Pettibone; 5. 4L-Lynch; 6. 8s-Josh Soper; 7. 23-L. Hooper; 8. 59-J. Hooper; 9. 89-Howerton; 10. 43s-Jeff Soper; 11. 2T-Taylor
Heat: 1. 20-Andrew Hustead, Rutledge, MO; 2. 03-Codey Phillips, Martinsburg, IA; 3. 6-Luke Davidson, Argyle, IA; 4. 11D-Bobby McCartney, Kirksville, MO; 5. 26-Jim Garrett, Ottumwa, IA; 6. 62-Ethan Hustead, Edina, MO; 7. 77Q-J.D. Murphy, Cincinnati, IA
Feature: 1. 03-Phillips; 2. 6-Davidson; 3. 20-A. Hustead; 4. 11D-McCartney; 5. 26-Garrett; 6. 77Q-Murphy; 7. 62-E. Hustead