Illinois, Burlington drivers top field Saturday at 34 Raceway
BURLINGTON — All six classes were back in action at 34 Raceway this week with three racers picking up their first wins of the season at the 3/8 mile high bank. Shane Quam, Gladstone, Ill., (305 sprints), Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., (IMCA Modifieds) and Daytona Fenton, Burlington (4 cylinders) all picked up their first wins of the season at 34 Raceway. Daniel Keltner, Coralville got is third feature win in the Coors Light Mod class and Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., and Jake Wenig, Burlington, both picked up their second wins of the year in the sport mod and stock car features respectively.
Coming up this week, Saturday, July 26, at 34 Raceway will be Brockway Company and Crazy Coyote night at the races with racing action in all six classes. With just six nights of point racing action remaining on the schedule it’s all out for the drivers.
Dean McGee won his first Ryner Transportation IMCA Modified feature of the year at 34 Raceway Saturday night holding off Bill Roberts, Jr., in a close finish. Darrow Lillie and Dustan Fenton sat on the front row of the 14-car field but it would be McGee taking the lead on the first lap of the twenty lap race. McGee led the entire race first holding off Mitch Morris, then Jeff Waterman. When a yellow flag came out with one lap to go, that set up a green, white checkered finish. With Bill Roberts in the third spot behind McGee and Waterman the yellow worked to his advantage as he moved into the second spot and challenged McGee on the final lap. The two crossed the finish line bumper to bumper with McGee holding off Roberts for the win. Morris holds a narrow one point lead over Roberts in the point standings with Jeff Waterman just six points behind Roberts.
Daniel Keltner raced to his third Coors Light Mod Lite feature win at 34 Raceway taking the lead from Collin Ball on lap three of the 12-lap feature. Keltner ran into lap traffic on the final lap but was able to maneuver around them and went on to take the checkered flag by several car lengths. Ball followed in second with Justin Buchholz, Devon Rouse and Michael Dominguez rounding out the top five. Keltner leads the point standings with 341 followed by Buchholz with 299 and Ball with 283 in the top three spots.
A nice field of 16 Casebine Credit Union IMCA Sport Mods took to the track for the third feature race of the night with Dakota Simons and Scott Williams on the front row. Simons took the first lap and lead the next six circuits before a yellow flag would come out on lap seven. Joey Gower would then take over the lead on the restart and would pull away to take the checkered flag for the second time this season. Simons, Bobby Anders, Sean Wyett and Creston Williams, who moved up from his fourteen position start, rounded out the top five. Bobby Anders holds the lead in the point standings with 304 points followed by Wyett with 286 and Gower with 283.
Fifteen Louisa Communications 4 Cylinders started the fourth feature of the night with Dustin Ravelin leading the field through lap eleven of the twelve lap feature. On the final lap of the race, Daytona Fenton would pass Ravelin on the back stretch for the lead and went on to get the win with Ron Kibble along his side as the crossed the finish line for a thriller finish. Austen Becerra, Blake Anderson followed as Ravelin dropped back to fifth. Becerra leads the point standings with 341 points followed by Kimberly Abbot with 315 and Jerrod Nichols with 279 in the top three.
Nineteen W.T. Gabeline and Sons Trucking 305 Sprints were on the track next for their 20-lap feature race. Donnie Steward behind the wheel in the familiar 16HD this week and Jacob Glasgow sat on the front row when the green flag flew. Following two red flags on the first two tries at the start when Cody Werhle flipped on the first try and John Schulz in the #73 flipped on the second try, they were off and racing with Glasgow taking the lead. Glasgow’s lead was cut short when Donnie Steward raced by on the third lap to take over the number one spot. Steward would pull ahead and was running smooth when on lap 15 a sudden puff of smoke emerged from his car and Steward would come to a stop on the front stretch ending his night. When racing resumed it was Shane Quam in the lead and and he would hold off Glasgow for his first win this year. Daniel Bergquist, Jayson Ditsworth and Justin Newberry would round out the top five. It’s a real battle in the 305 sprint point standings with four points separating the first through third spots. Justin Newberry leads the point race with 324 followed closely by Daniel Bergquist with 323 and Jayson Ditsworth with 320.
The Pepsi IMCA Stock Cars capped off the night with a thriller. Jake Wenig took the lead from Randy Wachter on lap four of the 15-lap, 14 car field. Tom Bowling moved into the second spot on lap four and it was a battle from there on with the two racing bumper to bumper and side by side. Bowling was able to get by Wenig on lap nine but wouldn’t hold it as Wenig got the lead back on the same lap. On lap 12 of the 15 lapper the leaders would run in to lap traffic but Wenig was able to move around them and would go on to take the checkered flag with Bowling on his bumper for an exciting finish. John Oliver would follow to finish third and Dane Fenton and Shane Watts rounded out the top five. Ray Raker would move up from his thirteenth position start to finish sixth. Oliver leads the point race with 298 points followed by Shane Watts with 286 and Jim Lynch in third with 281.
Results from 34 Raceway July 19
W.T. GABELINE AND SONS TRUCKING 305 SPRINTS
FEATURE: 1. Shane Quam. Gladstone, Ill., 2. Jacob Glasgow, West Burlington, 3. Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, 4. Jayson Ditsworth, Gladstone, Ill., 5. Justin Newberry, Danville, 6. Nick Guernsey, Burlington, 7. Chase Wanner, Agency, 8. Dave Getchell, Sperry, 9. Andrew Genkinger, Mt. Pleasant, 10. Heath Bundy, Oquawka, Ill., 11. Dillan Roth, Burlington, 12. Andy Krieger, Burlington, 13. Donnie Steward, West Burlington, 14. Andy Huston, Roseville, Ill., 15. Shawn Whiting, West Burlington, 16. Roger Krieger, Burlington, 17. Dustin Whiting, Burlington, 18. John Schulz, West Burlington, 19. Cody Wehrle, Burlington, 20. Gary Bonar, Burlington. HEAT WINNERS: Berquist, Whiting, A. Krieger.
RYNER TRANSPORTATION IMCA MODIFIEDS
FEATURE: 1. Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., 2. Bill Roberts, Jr., Burlington, 3. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 4. Tyler Glass, Cedar Rapids, 5. Mitch Morris, Eldridge, 6. Dusty Kraklio, Durant, 7. Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington, 8. Milo Veloz, Colona, Ill., 9. Dugan Thye, Burlington, 10. Dustan Fenton, Burlington, 11. Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, Ill., 13. Chadwick Giberson, Packwood, 14. Troy Greiner, Fairfield. HEAT WINNERS: Fenton, LaVeine.
PEPSI IMCA STOCK CARS
FEATURE: 1. Jake Wenig, Burlington, 2. Tom Bowling, Danville, 3. John Oliver, Jr., Danville, 4. Dane Fenton, Burlington, 5. Shane Watts, Burlington, 6. Ray Raker, Danville, 7. John Brockway, Morning Sun, 8. Jim Lynch, Donnellson, 9. Randy Wachter, Burlington, 10. Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, 11. Mark Bowman, Burlington 12. Wayne Landheer, Carmen, Il., 13. Jimmy Comins, East Moline, Ill., 14. Travis Hartman, Burlington. HEAT WINNERS: Watts, Oliver.
CASEBINE CREDIT UNION IMCA SPORT MODS
FEATURE: 1. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 2. Dakota Simons, Libertyville, 3. Bobby Anders, Quincy, Ill., 4. Sean Wyett, Danville, 5. Creston Williams, Newhall, 6. Brett Timmerman, Wapello, 7. Scott Van Buskirk, Hedrick, 8. Kyle Hill, New London, 9. Jason Doyle, Cedar Rapids, 10. David Cloke Burlington, 11. Adam Shelman, Ames, 12. Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa, 13. James Chesmore, Wapello, 14. Brian Woodruff, Abington, Ill., 15. Ethan Allen, Fort Madison, 16. Scott Williams, Atkins. HEAT WINNERS: Wyett, Shelman.
LOUISA COMMUNICATIONS 4 CYLINDERS
FEATURE: 1. Daytona Fenton, Burlington, 2. Ron Kibbe, Danville, 3. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Il., 4. Blake Anderson, West Burlington, 5. Dustin Ravelin, Burlington, 6. Richard Bank, Keokuk 7. Larry Miller, Burlington, 8. Rachael Reger, Burlington, 9. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 10. Jeff Delonjay, Quincy, Ill., 11. Jerrod Nichols, Stronghurst, Ill., 12. Shawn Baker, Burlington, 13. Bryerson Tharp, Grandview, 14. Roy Norton, Burlington, 15. Kevin Mortimer, Biggsville, Ill., 16. Brian Mehaffy, Danville. HEAT WINNERS: Reger, Becerra.
COORS LIGHT MOD LITES
FEATURE: 1. Daniel Keltner, Coralville, 2. Collin Ball, Wapello, 3. Justin Buchholz, Davenport, 4. Devon Rouse, Burlington, 5. Michael Dominguez, Lone Tree, 6. Matt Gavin, Kirkwood, Ill., 7. Jared Halcomb, Monmouth, Ill., 8. Graham Fate, Peoria, Ill., 9. Jimmy Halcomb, Kirkwood, Ill., HEAT WINNERS: Rouse.