Cook, Gipple win weekend events at 34 Raceway
WEST BURLINGTON — Making their first of four stops at 34 Raceway were the Midwest Performance and Power Pit Bikes and Quad Racers.
Jody Steward of Burlington took the checkered flag in the pit bike feature and Tanner Gipple of New London won the quad feature on Saturday night at the race track in West Burlington.
Also taking home a trophy and winner’s check from 34 Raceway on Saturday night was Mt. Pleasant’s Jason Cook, who won the IMCA Stock Cars.
Other winners included Chase Flatt of Monmouth, Ill. (Mod Lites) and Skip Dunker (4 Cylinders).
Although the Pepsi IMCA Stock Cars were the final event of the evening, all twenty-one cars put on an exciting show for the fans.
Jim Lynch, Jason Cook and John Oliver would battle for the top three positions with Cook and Lynch exchanging leads several times early on in the 20-lap feature.
A Red flag on the nineteenth lap for a fire on one of the cars made for a green, white, checker finish. Cook continued to hold his lead and would take the win with John Oliver holding off Lynch at the finish line. Brett Timmerman and Todd Reitzler rounded out the top five.
The Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) also made a stop at 34 Raceway, with 24 410 sprint cars trying for the $3,000 check.
The 34 Raceway track crew worked overtime to get the track race ready despite a rainy week.
Ian Madsen of Knoxville held off a hard charge by Terry McCarl to take the checkered flag in the 30-lap feature event. Madsen was planning on wrapping up a championship at the Sydney Speedway in Australia on Saturday night.
Travel issues arose for the St. Mary’s, New South Wales native, and he ended up at 34 Raceway in Burlington, racing at the Midwest Open Wheel Association opener. He made the most of it by sweeping the night’s events, holding off Terry McCarl, who charged from the tail of the field.