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I-44 Speedway gets one past Mother Nature
Military Appreciation Night at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. Photo by Austin Miller Photography
Military Appreciation Night at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. Photo by Austin Miller Photography
Jordan Kuehne, (815) 601-5673
 Williams Dodges Raindrops En Route to his Fourth Consecutive Win at LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY


(LEBANON, MO.) - Military Appreciation Night with the help of Budweiser at Lebanon I-44 Speedway got off to a very damp start and then once during the show she down-poured again but on both occasions the heated battles on the track out-weighed anything she could throw at the fans and racers.


The only thing that could seemingly slow down Cole Williams' streak were the rain drops that pelted Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday night, forcing two separate rain delays and halting action. Once racing resumed, Williams drove from the back of the pack, blowing through the field in just under 20 laps on the way to a fourth straight victory at Missouri's only asphalt oval and extending his points lead in the O'Reilly Auto PartsNASCAR Pro Late Models in the process.


Young gun Payton Lucas drove with the chops of a veteran to score his first win in the Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds, fending off a hard-charging Tyler Scott in a thrilling duel to the checkers. Robert Reeves and Justin Blake kept up their winning ways in the Monster Energy Sportsman and Hoosier Tire Road Warriors respectively, while Jimmy Poindexter broke Ben White's streak and held off his advances to grab the victory in the Coca-Cola Chargers.


A wild start marred the beginning of the 30-lap O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models main event before racing got underway in earnest. When it did, Jimmy Vanzandt raced to the top spot as fellow veteran Ken Dickinson tracked him through the field and into second. Dickinson immediately began applying pressure to Vanzandt's back bumper, peeking to the inside of each turn and trying to find a way around him for the lead.


Dickinson was making his move for the top spot when Grant Sharp and Cole Rouse made contact to bring out the second caution of the race with nine laps in the books. On the restart, it became a four-car battle for the lead as teenagers Matt Wallace and points leader Cole Williams joined the fray up front. Williams used the high side to get around both Wallace and Dickinson, moving up to second. Williams wasted no time on the way to his fourth consecutive win, powering past Vanzandt to the inside and grabbing the lead without breaking a sweat.


The final 15 laps were the Cole Williams show as the 17-year-old survived a late-race caution for a Ken Dickinson spin and walked away from the field en route to another comfortable victory, extending his points lead in the process.


Lil J.C. Newell charged through the field for an impressive runner-up finish while Vanzandt notched a podium result in third. Matt Wallace registered another solid effort in fourth as Brian Brown rallied for a fifth place effort.


Payton Lucas launched himself into the top spot during the early stages of the 25-lap Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds headliner as Tyler Scott and Ricky Icenhower did battle behind him for second. Scott fended off Icenhower's advances and began to eat away at the gap between himself and Lucas, cutting the margin to just four car lengths as the race moved past the halfway mark.


Lucas continued to pace the field as he picked off lapped traffic, navigating through the 12-car field as Scott closed. The defending champion almost turned around Lucas a couple of times, but 'The Kid' managed to hold him off over a heart-stopping final five laps, saving his car from a spin and grabbing his first career win in the division. Scott did all he could but settled for second as David Bates drove through the field and scored a podium finish in third.


The early advantage in the 15-lap Hoosier Tire Road Warriors main event went to Caston Jones as the field bunched up behind him. The battle for the lead went three-wide on the fifth lap and Carl Harlow held the top spot when the second rain delay of the evening brought out an extended caution period. When racing finally resumed, Justin Blake hounded Harlow's back bumper before emerging with the lead, as Harlow's effort at a crossover move fell short. The top two cars broke away from the rest of the pack, and despite Harlow's best efforts, Justin Blake grabbed his second consecutive victory. Alan Ellis managed a strong third place effort.


Robert Reeves rolled to the early lead in the shortened 12-lap Monster Energy Sportsman feature. Randy Besser followed him into second as Reeves quickly stretched his lead to a straightaway. Darin Owens' hard hit on the frontstretch wall brought out a yellow with nine laps to go and erased Reeves' advantage. The points leader wasted no time heading back to the front when the green flag waved, though, and he never looked back from there, collecting his third checkers of the season. Besser held steady and grabbed the bridesmaid's position while Austin Johnson notched a solid finish in third.


Jimmy Poindexter survived a damp race track and grabbed the early edge in the 10-lap Coca-Cola Chargers headliner. The veteran driver immediately came under fire from points leader Ben White, who slowly but surely cut the deficit to just a car length. With just a couple of laps to go, White looked to make his move, diving to the inside as the white flag waved. White couldn't make the last gasp move stick, settling for second as Poindexter held on for a wire-to-wire win. Jordan Nisbett came home third.


A special mid-week holiday racing program awaits fans on Wednesday, July 3, as NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly action returns for week six of the 2013 Monster Energy Chase for the Cup as I-44 Speedway salutes America. The O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models headline the action with the Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds, Monster Energy Sportsman also joined by some traveling Truck competitors, Hoosier Tire Road Warriors, and Coca-Cola Chargers in action. The five divisions of racing will be the appetizer before fans witness an enormous fireworks show to cap off the full slate of entertainment. Admission prices will remain the same and gates will open at the normal time of 5 p.m. with the first green flag waving at 7 p.m. sharp.


For more information on Lebanon I-44 Speedway, including a full 2013 schedule and more, visit the track website at or visit the track's Facebook and Twitter pages online.


Lebanon I-44 Speedway - June 29, 2013

Race Results


Late Models

          Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2


1)       Car #   1 Brian Brown                    1)         Car # 21 Ken Dickinson

2)       Car # 35 Steve Holt                        2)         Car # 20 Austin Fullerton

3)       Car # 32 Brennon Willard              3)         Car #   2 Grant Sharp

4)       Car # 67 Jim Vanzandt                  4)        Car #   6 Matt Wallace

5)       Car # 07 Terry Limberopoulos      5)         Car # 46 Cole Williams

6)       Car # 9 Tucker Cory                      6)         Car # 47 Kaleb Allison

7)       Car # 42 Cole Rouse                                                 


1)       Car # 47         Cole Williams                          Sellersburg, IN

2)       Car # 15         JC Newell                               Stoutland, MO

3)       Car # 67         Jimmy Vanzandt                     Springfield, MO

4)       Car #   6         Matt Wallace                           Concord, NC

5)       Car #   1         Brian Brown                           Strafford, MO

6)       Car #   07        Terry Limberopoulos               Cuba, MO

7)       Car # 47         Kaleb Allison                          Mexico, MO

8)       Car # 35         Steve Holt                               Strafford, MO

9)       Car # 21         Ken Dickinson                        Camdenton, MO

10)       Car # 32         Brennon Willard                     Sleeper, MO

11)       Car # 20         Austin Fullerton                      Chelsea, OK

12)       Car #   2         Grant Sharp                             Conway, MO

13)       Car # 42         Cole Rouse                              Fort Smith, AR

14)       Car #   9          Tucker Cory                            Quincy, IL




          Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2


1)         Car # 12 Scotty Allen                   1)       Car # 26 Payton Lucas

2)         Car # 25 Stephen Counterman    2)       Car # 66 Terry Taylor

3)         Car # 88 Paul Jepsen                   3)       Car # 91 David Bates

4)         Car # 10 Joe Bunkers                  4)       Car # 7   Ricky Icenhower    

5)         Car #   0 Chris Kerperien             5)       Car # 57 Tyler Scott

6)         Car #OO Chris Johnson               6)       Car #   6 Richard Lewis





1)         Car # 26         Payton Lucas                         Fair Grove, MO   

2)         Car # 57         Tyler Scott                              Nixa, MO      

3)         Car # 91         David Bates                            Fair Grove, MO

4)         Car #   7          Ricky Icenhower                     Fair Grove, MO

5)         Car # 25        Stephen Counterman              Fair Grove, MO

6)         Car # 12         Scotty Allen                            Urbana, MO

7)         Car # 88         Paul Jepsen                              Rolla, MO

8)         Car # OO        Chris Johnson                          Lebanon, MO

9)         Car # 66          Terry Taylor                            Fair Grove, MO

10)       Car # 10          Joe Bunkers                             Harrisonville, MO

11)       Car #   6          Richard Lewis                         Willard, MO

12)       Car # O          Chris Kerperien                       Ft. Leonard Wood, MO





 1)        Car #   6 Robert Reeves

        2)        Car # 22 Austin Johnson

        3)        Car # 21 Randy Besser

        4)        Car # 84 JC Newell

        5)        Car # 25 Darin Owens

        6)        Car # 48 Jimmy Fohn




1)         Car #   6          Robert Reeves                         Camdenton, MO

2)         Car #   21        Randy Besser                          Branson, MO

3)         Car # 22         Austin Johnson                       Inola, OK

4)         Car # 84         JC Newell (Gentle Giant)       Decauterville, MO

5)         Car # 48         Jimmy Fohn                            Eldridge, MO

6)         Car # 25         Darin Owens                           Springfield, MO



Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2


1)         Car # 7   Carl Harlow                    1)         Car # 52 Alan Ellis

2)         Car # 21 Les Mallard                    2)         Car # 45 Geoffrey Ledford

3)         Car # 15 Justin Blake                   3)         Car # 30 David Jennings

4)         Car # 00 Michael Juergensen      4)         Car # 1 Garry Barrows         

5)         Car # 34 Caston Jones                 5)         Car # 9 Chuck Higdon

6)         Car #   0 Chris Johnson               6)         Car # 8 Aaron Wilke

DNS    Car # 27 Nick Cherry                       




1)         Car # 15         Justin Blake                         Lebanon, MO                        

2)         Car #   7          Carl Harlow                          Exeter, MO   

3)         Car # 52         Alan Ellis                              Strafford, MO

4)         Car # 00         Michael Juergensen             Lebanon, MO

5)         Car #   9          Chuck Higdon                     Strafford, MO

6)         Car # 21         Les Mallard                           Fair Grove, MO

7)         Car #   8          Aaron Wilke                          Bridgeton, MO

8)         Car # 30         David Jennings                      

9)         Car #   1         Gary Barrows                        Versailes, MO

10)       Car # 45         Geoffrey Ledford                   Neosho, MO

11)       Car # 34         Caston Jones                        Belle, MO

12)       Car #   0          Chris Johnson                      Lebanon, MO

DNS    Car # 27          Nick Cherry                            Springfield, MO




                                                1)         Car # 44 Ben White

                                                2)         Car # 10 Jason Walls

                                                3)         Car # 74 Larry Hunter

                                                4)         Car # 95 Jordan Nisbett

                                                5)         Car # 89 Patrick McKnight

                                                DNS    Car #   0 Brian Lewis



1)         Car #      5       Jimmy Poindexter Jr                     Willard, MO

2)         Car #   44       Ben White                                       Rolla, MO

3)         Car #   95       Jordan Nisbett                               Lebanon, MO

4)         Car #   10       Jason Walls                                   St. James, MO

5)         Car #   74        Larry Hunter                                  Laquey, MO

6)         Car #   89        Patrick McKnight                          Rolla, MO

7)         Car #   37        Jary Hudson                                 Edgar Springs, MO

DNS    Car #   O        Brian Lewis                                     Willard, MO


Lebanon I-44 Speedway is located four miles east of the Lebanon city limits on Historic Route 66 and Missouri's only NASCAR sanctioned facility. Patrons using Interstate 44 may take Exit 135 and then drive approximately one mile east on Route 66 to the track's main entrance. Additional information about this event, including a full schedule of events, the rules being enforced, and a purse distribution, will be released on the facility's official website, in the coming weeks. Keep up with news about Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Facebook at, and on Twitter (@i44Speedway).





About Lebanon I-44 Speedway


Lebanon I-44 Speedway is Missouri's only weekly Asphalt Racing Oval settled nearly 300 miles from any other and is Missouri's only NASCAR sanctioned facility. Located in Lebanon, Missouri, along Interstate 44 adds easy access from any direction. Just about 45 minutes to the East of Springfield, Missouri on I-44 and just 2 hours East of St. Louis on I-44 as well as just 30 minutes south of Lake of the Ozarks.


Lebanon I-44 Speedway has a history of producing great racecar drivers, and some of the biggest stars in American motorsports honed their skills on our tracks high banked 3/8-mile asphalt oval. Legends such as the great Larry Phillips, the only 5-time national champion in NASCAR's weekly racing series, along with NASCAR stars like Mike Wallace, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and the late Tony Roper have either won races or even track championships over the years.     


Lebanon I-44 Speedway has perhaps the smoothest racing surface of any weekly racing facility in the nation along with new aluminum backed Monster Energy grandstand seating, Budweiser "Wild Side" tier parking that you can pull up in your car or tailgate in your pickup and enjoy all of the racing from a great view, the new Central Bank VIP Suites in the middle of the front stretch and entering turn one is the newest addition, the Budweiser Fan Deck.


Lebanon I-44 Speedway runs many special events throughout the race season as well as an exciting NASCAR weekly show that consists of Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Road Warriors and the Chargers with special appearances by the United States Super Truck Series, Pro National Baby Grand Cars, NASCAR racing special events and various Concerts.


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2013 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Official Partners:

NASCAR - National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

Budweiser - Official Beer

Caddy Shack Golf Cars - Official Golf Cars

Central Bank - Preferred Banking Partner

Compliance Fire & Safety - Preferred Fire & Safety Provider

Green Earth technologies - Preferred "Totally Green" Clean Tech Company 

Hampton Inn / Lebanon - Preferred Hotel

Holiday Inn Express / Lebanon - Preferred Hotel

Hoosier Tire - Official Race Tire

K&N Engineering - Preferred Performance Filter

Mercy - Official Health Care Provider

Missouri Eagle - Official Beer, Energy Drink & Tea Supplier

Monster Energy - Official Energy Drink

O'Reilly Auto Parts - Preferred Auto Parts Store

Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr. Pepper - Official Supplier: Soft Drinks, Water, Sports Drinks

Peace Tea - Official Tea

Racing Electronics - Official Communications Supplier

Safety-Kleen - Preferred Environmental Services Company

Springfield Yamaha - Official UTV & ATV Supplier

Sunoco - Official Racing Fuel

Super 8 / Lebanon - Preferred Hotel


2013 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Supporting Partners:

Advanced Electric & Communications, Auto Body Supply, Auto Meter, Commerce Bank, Cometic Gaskets, Contingency Connection, Dickies Barbecue, Emerson Climate Technologies, Energy Companies, ESPN Radio, E-Z Disposal, Graven Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Headley's Value Tire Center, Helton's Home Furnishings, Heritage Bank, Independent Stave Inc., JEGS, KZNN Superstation, Lebanon Ready Mix, Liberty Tire, Lindsay Chevrolet, McGunegill Engine Performance, Missouri Tool & Automation, Owens Sandblasting, Ozarks Harley Davidson, Regional Radio - KJEL, Reliable Toyota, Rock Auto, Royal Purple, Shadel's Colonial Chapel, Show Me Guns, Sprint, Starnes Auto, Totally You, Toyota Motorsports, Unilever, United Insurers, Waffle House, Whelen Engineering, Willard Asphalt, Z102.3 Radio, 107.9 The Coyote

Lebanon I-44 Speedway

Kevin Greven 

General Manager

24069 Route 66

Lebanon, MO 65536 

Track (417) 532-2060

Cell (417) 399-5756

Fax (417) 532-7624 

Lebanon I-44 Speedway

Jordan Kuehne
I-44 Speedway Public Relations Director
I-44 Speedway Writer/Trackside Announcer

Racing Online Columnist

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