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J.C. Newell Survives at I-44 
#15 J.C. Newell takes his victory lap
#15 J.C. Newell takes his victory lap
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2013
Jordan Kuehne, (815) 601-5673
J.C. Newell Survives Wild Night of Racing at LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY 

(LEBANON, Mo.) - Lil' J.C. Newell made it look relatively simple, passing Cole Rouse just past the halfway mark and fending off O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models' points leader and fellow teenager Cole Williams over the final laps en route to his second win in the division. While it may have seemed simple, it was anything but for the young gun, who had to survive multiple lengthy caution periods and a pair of red flags on a humid and heated night on Missouri's only asphalt oval.


Newell wasn't the only one left to fend off the high temperatures and heated competition on the track, as David Bates survived his feature to claim his first checkered flag of the season in the Budweiser Modifieds and J.C. Newell made it a family sweep when he took the checkers in the Monster Energy Sportsman. Jimmy Poindexter padded his points lead in the Coca-Cola Chargers with a triumph on Coca-Cola Night at the Races while Justin Blake did the same with another win in the Hoosier Tire Road Warriors.


Joe Ross brought out an early caution in the 30-lap O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models showcase on the second lap of the event, bunching the field back up under yellow. When the green flag waved again, Cole Rouse returned to the point as the 12-car field stacked up behind him. Another caution flew with 21 laps remaining after Austin Fullerton's engine expired on the entrance to turn three.


A major incident with 19 laps to go left Jimmy Vanzandt's car in flames against the wall on the frontstretch as fire licked the night sky. Thankfully, the driver escaped from the burning car and feel to the attention of the EMS crew. After a lengthy red flag period to clean up the debris from the destroyed VanZandt machine, racing resumed with Rouse up front but it wasn't long before another caution flew, this one with major implications on the championship race. Seventeen-year-old North Carolina hotshoe Matt Wallace, sitting second in points behind fellow teenager Cole Williams, had mechanical issues and saw his night end on the hook with 18 laps to go.


When racing resumed, Lil' J.C. Newell nabbed second from Caleb Allison as Williams charged into third. Suddenly, it was a three-car fray for the lead as Rouse tried to make his back bumper as wide as possible. Rouse led when the caution flew for Holt's spin in turn four and the field slowed down once again.


On the restart, Newell rolled to the lead as Williams continued his march up to second. That's where his run would stop as Newell held on for his second triumph of the year with an impressive drive to the front. "It was wild out there tonight and Cole was coming at the end," said a drained Newell in the winner's circle. "I'm just glad I was able to find enough speed to hold on at the end and grab this win."


Williams extended his points lead with the runner-up finish while Brennan Willard came home third and posted another solid effort.


A wild start marred the start of the 25-lap Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds headliner and swept up co-points leader Scotty Allen in the process, bringing out a red flag on the second lap after a gaggle of cars came together and machines became mangled in a chain reaction. When racing began in earnest, David Bates brought the field to green as new points leader Tyler Scott worked through the field.


It took Scott all of seven laps to get from sixth to the bridesmaid's position, and the two-time defending series champion cut into Bates' advantage out front. As the laps wound down, Scott continued to slowly erase the leader's edge, but Bates' consistent circuits were enough to keep the young gun at bay. Scott ran out of time as Bates went wire-to-wire for his first feature win of the season.


Scott had a great night, though, claiming the top spot in the standings and giving himself a real chance at a third straight title. Terry Taylor scored a podium finish in third.


Jordan Nisbett nabbed the early edge in the 12-lap Coca-Cola NASCAR Chargers main event as points leader Jimmy Poindexter immediately worked his way through the field and began tracking him down. Poindexter, seeking another win for his resume, chased down Nisbett in just a couple of laps, diving to the bottom of the track and pushing past him for the lead at the halfway point. Things got wild after that, as Nisbett got turned around by a hard-charging Larry Hunter, sending both drivers for a wild ride on the Budweiser Wild Side and bringing out the caution with five laps to go. On the restart, Poindexter ended Lauren Buhr's advances and held on for another feature win, extending his points lead in the process as Buhr settled for second and Jason Walls took third.


The elder statesmen of Missouri's only asphalt oval, J.C. Newell, raced to the early lead in the 15-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Sportsman main event and quickly built up an insurmountable advantage up front. Behind the leader, Aaron Douglas raced into second and slipped away from the field as the top two drivers were clearly the class of the field. Douglas had nothing for Newell, however, as the 'Gentle Giant' held on for his third victory of the 2013 campaign. Douglas took home a runner-up finish while Randy Besser continued a strong season with his third place finish.


After a couple of weeks where points leader Justin Blake couldn't quite get to the front, the top dog in the Hoosier Tire NASCAR Road Warriors returned in a major way, racing to the front of the pack in the 15-lap feature. Blake managed to survive a late-race caution and never looked back en route to a wire-to-wire win. The points leader padded his lead and grabbed another win in a magical season, continuing his dominant run toward what is looking like a Monster Energy Chase for the Cup title. Carl Harlow settled for second and Steve Shaw ended up in third with another great finish.


Racing returns to Lebanon I-44 Speedway next Saturday night, September 7th, for United Insurors Night at the Races as the season winds down and only two weeks remain in the Monster Energy Chase for the Cup. The O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models headline the action with twin 25-lap features while all five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will be in action once again, including the Budweiser Modifieds, Monster Energy Sportsman, Hoosier Tire Road Warriors, and Coca-Cola Chargers. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 7 p.m. sharp on an exciting night of racing action. Fans can expect the same great prices with the bonus of an extra Pro Late Models feature!


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 - August 31, 2013

Race Results

O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Late Model's


          Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2


1)        Car # 42 Cole Rouse                 1)         Car #  15 JC Newell  

2)        Car #   2 Grant Sharp                2)         Car # 6   Matt Wallace

3)        Car # 20 Austin Fullerton           3)         Car # 27 Joe Ross

4)        Car #    47 Kaleb Allison           4)        Car # 46 Cole Williams

5)        Car #    35 Steve Holt                5)         Car # 67 Jimmy Vanzandt

6)        Car #  07 Terry Limberopoulos  6)         Car #   3   Brennon Willard





1)       Car #    15        JC Newell                                Stoutland, MO

2)       Car #   46        Cole Williams                          Sellersburg, IN

3)       Car #      3       Brennon Willard                      Sleeper, MO                          

4)       Car #     47       Kaleb Allison                           Mexico, MO

5)       Car #   42       Cole Rouse                              Fort Smith, AR

6)       Car #   35        Steve Holt                                Strafford, MO

7)       Car #    6        Matt Wallace                            Concord, NC

8)       Car #    07       Terry Limberopoulos               Cuba, MO

9)       Car #   67       Jimmy Vanzandt                      Springfield, MO

10)      Car #      2       Grant Sharp                             Lebanon, MO

11)       Car #   20        Austin Fullerton                       Chelsea, OK

12)       Car #   27        Joe Ross                                  Kansas City, MO


Budweiser NASCAR Modified's


Heat 1                                                        Heat 2


1)         Car # 91   David Bates              1)         Car # 57   Tyler Scott         

2)        Car # 66   Terry Taylor                2)         Car # 7   Ricky Icenhower            

3)         Car # 64   David Strode             3)         Car # 12   Scotty Allen                   

4)         Car # 11   Rodrick Icenhower     4)         Car # 11X Robert Baltzell  

5)         Car # 00   Chris Johnson            5)         Car #   26   Payton Lucas

6)         Car # 25 Stephen Counterman    6)         Car # 6     Richard Lewis

7)         Car # 10   Joe Bunkers




1)       Car #   91       David Bates                            Fair Grove, MO

2)       Car # 57       Tyler Scott                              Nixa, MO

3)       Car #   66       Terry Taylor                            Fair Grove, MO

4)       Car # 25       Stephen Counterman              Fair Grove, MO

5)       Car # 11       Rodrick Icenhower                 Fair Grove, MO

6)       Car #   00       Chris Johnson                          Lebanon, MO

7)       Car #   64       David Strode                          Independence, MO

8)       Car # 11X      Robert Baltzell                        Ozark, MO

9)       Car #    6        Richard Lewis                         Willard, MO

10)       Car #   12        Scotty Allen                            Urbana, MO  

11)     Car #   26       Payton Lucas                          Fair Grove, MO

12)     Car #     7         Ricky Icenhower                     Fair Grove, MO

13)     Car #   10         Joe Bunkers                             Harrisonville, MO


Monster Energy NASCAR Sportsman



1)        Car # 84   JC Newell         

2)        Car # 22   Austin Johnson    

3)         Car # 97   Ron Hartford      

4)        Car # 7   Aaron Douglas

5)         Car # 21   Randy Besser

6)         Car # 48   Jimmy Fohn




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

2)        Car #  7        Aaron Douglas                        Lebanon, MO

3)        Car #   21       Randy Besser                          Branson, MO

4)        Car #   22       Austin Johnson                       Inola, OK

5)        Car #   97       Ron Hartford                          Raytown, MO

6)        Car #   48       Jimmy Fohn                            Eldridge, MO


Hoosier Tire NASCAR Road Warriors's


          Heat  1                                                        Heat 2                                   

1)         Car #   34 Caston Jones                    1)         Car #   90 Steve Shaw          

2)         Car #  8 Aaron Wilke                         2)         Car #   15 Justin Blake

3)         Car #  38 Michael Funcannon            3)         Car #   7 Carl Harlow

4)         Car #  1 Gary Barrows                       4)         Car #   21 Les Mallard

5)         Car #  00 Michael Juergensen           5)         Car #   45 Geoffrey Ledford

6)         Car #   52 Alan Ellis                          6)         Car #   3   Dusty Ball

                                                                     7)         Car #   0 Tony Johnson




1)       Car # 15        Justin Blake                             Lebanon, MO

2)       Car #  7        Carl Harlow                            Exeter, MO

3)       Car #   90       Steve Shaw                             Rogersville, MO

4)       Car #  8        Aaron Wilke                            Bridgetown, MO

5)       Car # 21        Les Mallard                             Fair Grove, MO

6)       Car #   OO      Michael Juergensen                 Lebanon, MO

7)       Car #   45        Geoffrey Ledford                   Neosho, MO

8)       Car #   52        Alan Ellis                                Strafford

9)       Car #   1         Gary Barrows                          Versailles, MO          

10)       Car #   38        Michael Funcannon                 Cassville, MO

11)       Car #     3        Dusty Ball                               Lebanon, MO

12)       Car #   34        Caston Jones                           Belle, MO

13)       Car #   0        Tony Johnson                          Lebanon, MO


Coca-Cola NASCAR Charger's



1)         Car #   95   Jordan Nisbett

2)         Car #     5   Jimmy Poindexter

3)         Car #   74   Larry Hunter

4)         Car #   10   Jason Walls

5)         Car #   11 Lauren Buhr

6)         Car #   37 Jary Hudson

7)         Car #   12 Niklis Taylor

8)         Car #   89 Patrick McKnight                         

9)         Car #   40 Mark Glorfeld

10)       Car # 7 Amanda Anderson




1)         Car #   5         Jimmy Poindexter Jr                           Willard, MO

2)         Car #   11       Lauren Buhr                                        Neosho, MO

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

4)         Car #   95       Jordan Nisbett                                     Lebanon, MO

5)         Car #   12        Niklis Taylor                                       Willard, MO

6)         Car #   37        Jary Hudson                                        Edgar Springs, MO       

7)         Car #   40        Mark Glorfeld                                     Springfield, MO

8)         Car #   89        Patrick McKnight                               Rolla, MO

9)         Car #   74        Larry Hunter                                       Laquey, MO


Admission prices for the Monster Energy grandstands & Budweiser Fan Deck will remain just $10 for Adults, ages 16 and older, in the grandstands while Adult admission on the 'Budweiser Wild Side' will remain just $15. Discounted admission will be offered in both locations for Military members with an ID present, as well as Seniors (ages 65 and older) and Juniors (ages 11-15), and Children (ages 10 and younger) will be admitted for free. A grandstand Family Pass for two Adults and two Juniors plus any number of Children is available for $25, while six Adults entering in the same vehicle on tiered parking will be admitted to the 'Budweiser Wild Side' for $75.


Lebanon I-44 Speedway is located four miles east of the Lebanon city limit on Historic Route 66. 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 the track's 2013 'Kickin' Asphalt' racing schedule may be found on the facility's official website,, on Facebook at, and on Twitter (@i44Speedway). 

Lebanon I-44 Speedway offers an alcohol-free Monster Energy Grandstand, featuring aluminum seating with seat-backs, along with Budweiser "Wild Side" tier parking for cars, pickup trucks and RV's where patrons may park, tailgate and view the races.  A great view is also available on the grandstand side in the Budweiser "Fan Deck" area for those that would enjoy an adult beverage.  

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

Big Surf Water Park - Preferred Amusement Park

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, Home Depot, Independent Stave Inc., JEGS, KZNN Superstation, Lebanon Ready Mix, Liberty Tire, Lindsay Auto Group, McGunegill Engine Performance, Missouri Tool & Automation, Owens Sandblasting, Ozarks Harley Davidson, Regional Radio - KJEL, Reliable Toyota, Rock Auto, Royal Purple, Shadel's Colonial Chapel, Sherwin Williams, Show Me Guns, Sprint, Starnes Auto, Totally You, Toyota Motorsports, Unilever, United Insurors, US Foods, 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

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