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Fisher Scores First Career 305 Sprint feature win

Jul 21, 2017

By Brian Neal, 34 Raceway

 

WEST BURLINGTON — Saturday was Sonny’s Market night at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, as it was another weekly points event. On this night three drivers won their first feature of the season at the track, one of them earned their first career. Then four others picked up their multiple wins of the season at the track.

The 20-lap Victory Lane Suspensions IMCA Modified was the first to take to the track, with George Spence III and Chadwick Giberson leading the field to green. Spence III would take advantage of his front row start to jump out into the lead on lap 1 over Giberson and Creston Williams. Just as Spence III started to put some distance between himself and the battle behind him, the first caution of the race slowed the field on lap four. Williams, who was running 5th, spun in turn two to bring out the yellow. On the restart Spence III moved back out front, with Dustin Smith and Dugan Thye getting past Giberson, who got off the track in turn 2 and fell to the back. After lap five was scored complete the second caution came out, as Brandon Rothzen slowed to a stop in turn one to bring out the yellow. Spence III once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Smith and Thye battling for second. Again Spence III started to pull away from the battle behind him, when the third and final caution of the race brought the field back to his back bumper on lap 10. Darrow Lillie spun in turn four to bring out the yellow. On the restart Spence III jumped back out front, with Smith and Thye still following. Spence III then pulled away over the final laps to claim his first win of the season at 34 Raceway. Dustin Smith was seonc, Bill Roberts Jr. crossed the line in third but was penalized for spinning Thye in turn four on the final lap. This would move Rich Smith to third, Dean McGee was moved up to 4th, with Dennis LaVeine getting moved to 5th after starting in ninth.

Up next was the 15-lap Sunoco Fuel Mod Lite feature, with Austin Bowling and Brian Tipps making up the front row. Tipps used his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Michael Dominguez and Devon Rouse, who started sixth. The lead for Tipps lasted until lap three, when Rouse went by on the top of the track to grab the top spot away.

While Rouse set the pace out front, Mike Morrill, who started eighth, was working his way towards the front. On lap five Morrill took second from Tipps and then went to work on cutting into Rouse’s lead. Morrill was helped in his efforts to cut into the lead of Rouse when the first caution of the race appeared on lap 10. Ashtin Seager spun in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Morrill worked under Rouse to edge him out at the line to grab the lead. Then just after the completion of the lap another caution came out, as debris down the front stretch brought out the yellow. Morrill would jump back out front on the restart, with Dominguez over taking Rouse for second. Another caution came out on the completion of lap 12, when Bowling spun in turn two to bring out the yellow. This would bring the race to the time limit, with one attempt of a green-white-checkered finish. On the restart Morrill jumped back out front, with Dominguez and Rouse battling for second. Morrill would go on to lead the final laps to score his second win of the season at the track. Dominguez won the battle for second, Rouse was third, Dave Nelson started 10th and finished fourth, with Seager recovering from his spin on lap 10 to come back up to finish in fifth.

Colton Fisher and Andy Krieger led the field to green in the 20-lap WT Gabeline & Sons Trucking 305 Sprint feature, with Fisher grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Krieger and Nick Guernsey. Fisher, who was setting a fast pace, started to pull away from the rest of the field, and looked like he was heading to an easy win. But the first caution of the race came out on lap 14, and brought the rest of the field back to his back bumper. Chris Campbell would spin in turn two to bring out the yellow.

On the restart Fisher moved back out front, with Krieger and Daniel Bergquist close behind. Another lap scored complete, lap 15, produced another caution, as Rob Pohren spun off the track in turn two to bring out the yellow. Fisher once again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Krieger working to hold off Jarrod Schneiderman, who started ninth. Schneiderman would slip past Krieger for second on lap 18, and then tried to chase down Fisher for the lead. But Fisher would hold on to score his first career 305 Sprint feature win. Schneiderman was 2nd, Krieger was third, Tanner Gebhardt was fourth, with Bergquist rounding out the top five.

The 15-lap Pepsi IMCA Stock Car feature was up next, with Mark Bowman and Cody Washburne making up the front row. Washburne took advantage of his starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Ray Raker and Jake Wenig. Raker would follow in Washburne’s tire tracks over the next 9 laps, and was waiting for Washburne to make a mistake. On lap 11 Washburne got high coming off turn two, which allowed Raker to slip past to take over the top spot.

Two laps later, lap 13, Tom Bowling Jr., who started eighth, slipped past Washburne for second and then went to work on Raker for the lead. Coming off turn four to get the white flag Bowling Jr. got up beside Raker, with Raker edging him out at the line. Then just as the lap was scored complete the first and only caution came out. Washburne, who was running 3rd, spun in turn two to set up a one lap dash to the finish. On the restart Raker grabbed the lead and held off Bowling Jr. to pick up his second win of the season at the track. John Oliver Jr. finished 3rd after starting in ninth, Dane Fenton was fifth, with Wenig coming home in 5th.

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