Sunday, June 16, 2013

This Week in Racing History – 1995

June 16 – Randy Martin and Shorty Acker enjoyed a little more time in the spotlight at State Fair Raceway in Sedalia, Mo., on Friday night. The pair – which has had more than their fair share of success on the historic half-mile dirt track – highlighted the “Friday Night Fever” card with Martin, of California, Mo., claiming the winged sprint car feature and Acker, of Windsor, Mo., doing the same in the late model division. Justin Boney of DeSoto, Kan. (modifieds), Byron Allison of Marshall, Mo. (super stocks) and Terry Schultz of Sedalia (street stocks) were the other winners on the weekly program.

June 16 – Parity continued to be the rule not the exception in the late model ranks on Friday night at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines. It was Des Moines driver Todd Cooney turn to earn a trip into victory lane as the division has turned out four different winner in as many races. Tom Spagnola of Des Moines would hold set the pace for the first 6 laps before Cooney slipped by for the lead and the eventual win. John Louge of Boone, Iowa would settle for third, Jarod Fleck of Des Moines grabbed fourth and Jason Toppenberg of Ames, Iowa, rounded out the top five. In other action, Mark Wilson of Des Moines topped Danny Young of Des Moines in the winged sprint car feature. Bill Davis, (IMCA modified), Don Killen (IMCA stock car), and Dave Monger (street stock), all of Des Moines, were also victorious.

June 16 – A huge crowd greeted NASCAR star Kyle Petty at the Farley (Iowa) Speedway on Friday night for the running of the “Winston Select 50”. Petty was on hand to sign autographs and take part in a motorcycle ride. The 50-lap NASCAR late model feature was dominated by Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill. Guss started the main event in the sixth spot and shot to the front early by passing on the low side. Guss took over the top spot before the race was 10 laps old, went to the high side of the track, and cruised to victory. Gary Webb of Davenport, Iowa, placed second, Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, took third, Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls, Iowa, fourth, and Ryan Dolan of Lisbon, Iowa, rounded out the top five.

June 16 – New winners highlighted the action at Bloomfield (Iowa) Speedway on Friday night. Tommy Elston of Keokuk, Iowa (IMCA late models), Jim Lynch of Bloomfield (IMCA stock car), and Rick Metcalf of Selma, Iowa (hobby stocks), were first-time winners at the 3/8-mile speed plant while Troy Folkerts of Albia, Iowa (IMCA modified) was a winner for the second time this season. Elston led start to finish in the IMCA late model main event in what was the first week this season that Terry Schlipman of Mendon, Ill., had not won the feature race.

June 17 – The weather was hot and so was the action at Kossuth County Raceway in Algona, Iowa on Saturday night. Kevin Berte of Whittemore, Iowa, took an exciting IMCA modified feature win over Denny Anderson of Rochester, Minn. Ricky Jo Smith and Tim Erpelding, both of Algona, took third and fourth respectively followed by Dave Wickman of Emmetsburg, Iowa. Greg Hilbert of Algona grabbed top honors in the IMCA stock car main event and Tom Taylor of Ventura, Iowa, was victorious in hobby stock feature action. 

June 17 – Rick Standridge of Divernon, Ill., took the lead from Junior Shickel and went on to win his first NASCAR late model feature of the season at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway on Saturday night. Tim Lance took the lead at the onset and led for the first 12 circuits before Shickel took over. His lead was brief, as Standridge began to close ground. Standridge took the top spot from Shickel on lap 18 and motored ahead for the victory. Dennis Pennycuff visited victory lane for the second time this year, winning the 20-lap NASCAR modified feature and Charley Hess, the four-year racing veteran, dominated the 15-lap sportsman feature, his third win of the season.

June 17 – Dirk Kirk of Salix, Iowa, won his first-ever NASCAR late model feature and ended Joe Kosiski’s three-race victory run during action at Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on Saturday night. Kirk, the pole sitter for the race, held off a late challenge from the Omaha hotshoe to post a popular win. In NASCAR modified action, Steve Olson of Sioux City, Iowa, held off challenges by Ron Lutjens of Brewster, Minn., Mike Jensen of Sioux City, and Ricky Stephan of South Sioux City, Neb., to win his first feature of the ’95 season.

June 17 – An overflow crowd of 8,071 watched Steve Carlson win the ARTGO Challenge Series feature at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo., on Saturday evening. It was the Wisconsin speedster’s second victory in as many nights, having won the previous night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, which opened ARTGO’s fifth annual “Western Swing”. Carlson started the evening wheeling his Chevrolet Monte Carlo around the 3/8-mile asphalt oval in 14.401 seconds to top a field of 42 qualifiers. In the 100-lap grind, Carlson, who started 10th on the invert, got around three-time NASCAR Short Track Series national champion Larry Phillips on lap 52 for the lead and never looked back. Kevin Cywinski would earn second, Tracy Shuler third, Larry Shuler fourth and Tom Carlson fifth.

June 17 – Gary Hopp made a clean sweep of Western Iowa Championship Series racing by winning the modified feature at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, on Saturday evening. Hopp’s victory came on the heels of a win at his hometown track Shelby County Speedway the previous night and put the Harlan, Iowa, pilot firmly in the points lead. After a first lap caution, it was green flag racing the next 19 circuits and Hopp routinely worked his way through traffic from his fifth row starting spot to take the top spot on lap 6 and hold it from there. Bart Schmidt, also of Harlan, took runner-up honors while Denison’s Brad McEwan grabbed third place.

June 17 – Denny Osborn of Cedar Falls, Iowa, continued his hot streak in the NASCAR late model division as he swept the program at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, on Saturday. Starting near the rear of the field, Osborn wasted no time working to the front and cruising to the win in the 25-lap feature. Duane Van Deest and Denny Hovinga put on a super show for the fans in the 20-lap modified feature as Hovinga tried every angle to pass Van Deest for the lead, but could not close the deal as Van Deest earned a hard-fought victory. Doug Filmer overtook early leader Monty Pringle and raced to victory in the stock car main event and Paul Atchison notched his first win of the season in the hobby stock class.

June 17 – Adverse track conditions proved to be no problem for Al Humphrey of Giltner, Neb., as the veteran driver raced past Mike Graham of Wood River, Neb., on the ninth go-round to post the 25-lap NASCAR late model victory at Mid-Continent Race Track near Doniphan, Neb., on Saturday. With track officials battling high temperatures and strong winds in a vain attempt to keep moisture in the racing surface, Humphrey found the conditions to his liking, racing the low side when necessary and the faster top side the rest of the way, in notching his third win of the season. Tommy Rowe of Grand Island, Neb., took second followed by Tony Gregg of Hastings, Neb., Jason Friesen of Sutton, Neb., and Kurt Franklin of Grand Island.

June 17- Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kan., held off both Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Ark., and Alan Vaughn of Belton, Mo., to win the Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) feature on Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Fort Smith, Ark. Close to 125 cars were on hand, including 35 late models competing in the 40-lap $2,500-to-win feature. Purkey moved from his pole position to head the 22-car field with Wallace in second and Vaughn in third. Purkey repeatedly denied Wallace and Vaughn a groove in which to pass and held on to lead the entire distance, winning by a car length at the wire.

June 17 – Kalona, Iowa’s Ron Boyse earned his first feature win of 1995 during mid-season championship night at West Liberty (Iowa) Raceway on Saturday evening. Boyse scored the 25-lap win for the NASCAR late models, driving a near-perfect race and holding off a late challenge from Denny Eckrich of Cosgrove, Iowa, to score the mid-season championship trophy. The NASCAR modified feature saw Jamey Wolfe of Cedar Rapids, Iowa emerge from the pack late in the race to take his second win of the season. Bobby Sexton of West Branch, Iowa found the high side of the track to his liking in winning the pro stock feature. 

June 18 – Rick Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, finally found his way to victory lane, winning the IMCA modified 20-lap feature at Greenbelt Speedway in Eldora, Iowa, on Sunday evening. Gustin inherited the lead at the halfway point when race leader Bill Davis of Des Moines dropped out with mechanical woes. Jeff Mitrisin of Oskaloosa, Iowa, grabbed runner-up honors after previous second place finisher Dan Banker of Mitchellville, Iowa, was penalized one spot for an infraction on a restart, placing him third behind Gustin and Mitrisin. In other action, defending IMCA stock car national champion Bobby Greiner Jr. of Norway, Iowa, finally got his first win of the season at Greenbelt, sailing to victory in the 15-lapper over Al Cakerice of Eldora. 

June 18 – Danny Lasoski never seems to let a year go by without making a stop on the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) “Northern Tour”. This year was no exception, as Lasoski outran four-time winner Gary Wright to the checkered flag at the Nebraska State Fair Speedway in Lincoln on Sunday evening. Lasoski got the jump on Wright at the start of the race and never gave him a chance, leading green to checkers in the non-stop event that gave no one any breathing room. Tommie Estes, Terry McCarl and Randy Smith rounded out the top five finishers. 

June 20 – After coming so close so many times, Jeff Anderson of Atlantic, Iowa, finally got the cigar. Anderson raced from the inside third row spot on the starting grid to take charge of the main event and make his first ever trip to the winner’s circle in the MAC Tools Winner Series for IMCA stock cars at Audubon (Iowa) County Speedway on Tuesday night. To the delight of the crowd, Anderson moved to the front quickly, as he passed Brian Blessington of Breda, Iowa early in the race, then held off the challenges of two-time IMCA national champion Steve Jackson of Des Moines for the victory. Following Anderson and Jackson across the line were Blessington, Mark Elliot of Webster City, Iowa, and Dale Boeckman of Wall Lake, Iowa.

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