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Press Release For Immediate Release
 
NASCAR Modified Rewind at I-44

  
NASCAR Whelen All American Series   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2013
  
Kevin Greven, (417) 399-5756
  
Contributed by Ronnie Williams
    

2013 NASCAR Modified Rewind at Lebanon I-44 Speedway

 

 

(LEBANON, Mo.) - As the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Lebanon I-44 Speedway Championship banquet draws closer, the chase for the Monster Energy Championship in the Budweiser Modified class went right down to the wire. 

  

Going into the 2013 short-track asphalt season at the High-Banks of the Lebanon I-44 Speedway the talk was could Nixa, Missouri lead foot Tyler Scott take home a third consecutive Budweiser Modified Championship and the 1st since 2001 under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Banner in the tier 2 division.

 

The "Nixa Nightmare" had his hands full all season long in the points chase with Veteran Modified Chassis Builder Scotty Allen of Urbana and his Big Surf Water Park/Ruble Racing Engines/ Allen Autosports machine. In the stretch drive home, Scott took home his third Consecutive track championship aboard his Ed Medlin/Family Pharmacy/RLB Financial/ Lefthander machine. Scott won 4 of the last 5 features of 2013, racking-up a near perfect season despite the heavy talents in the Modified field.

 

For Scott, his season saw the 57 car capture 6 feature wins while grabbing 6 runner-up spots and a 4th place finish. A post-race rules infraction cost him another victory as he finished ahead of Allen by 70 points in the final standings while his starting average position for 2013 was 9th on the starting grid. 22 different drivers competed in the Monster Energy Championship Chase.

 

The Budweiser open wheeled ground-pounders took to the high-banks on May 11th with Scott holding off veteran David Bates for the win with former NASCAR Regional Champion Ricky "The Iceman" Icenhower following as 16 cars took the green flag for the season opener after losing 2 weeks to weather.

 

On May 18th before a packed house on the Mercy Masters CRA/JEGS special, Icenhower showed he was ready for the challenge as he dominated the feature event as Scott came charging from the rear to finish a solid second and Mike Counterman made a podium finish in third place finish after having motor issues on the opening night while running up front.

 

For the May 25th event, Scott took the checkered flag first, but fell in the standings after a post race issue in tech nulled the win placing David Bates into the winner's circle and becoming the third different winner while Counterman known as the "Young Gun" came in second which placed Terry Taylor in the point lead.

 

For June 9th, Scott came back in a big way winning feature number 2 as a new 2013 contender Peyton Lucas grabbed the runner-up spot while David Bates was fighting an over-heating motor for a third place finish. 15 Modifieds took the opening green as the feature came down to the last lap to be decided.

 

After a week off, on June 22nd, Scotty Allen went back to some old school Asphalt Modified set-ups and hit the nail on the head by becoming the 4th different winner in 5 features for 2013. David Bates and current point leader Terry Taylor followed while Scott was in 4th as Allen was making a strong surge in the point standings.

 

The June 29th event featured yet another new winner as Peyton Lucas was smooth as the Asphalt Oval he races on as he fended-off Tyler Scott's attempts . Lucas became winner number 5 of the season as The Nixa Nightmare grabbed the runner-up spot while David Bates took home a third place spot.

 

During the I-44 Speedway Salute to America with a special Wednesday night program on July 3rd, Scotty Allen provided plenty of fireworks with a strong showing of horsepower in taking win number 2 of the season and sneaking back into the point lead. Tyler Scott and Ricky Icenhower followed the high-flying Ford around the oval.

 

After receiving a week off, the Budweiser Modifieds came back on July 27th with 14 cars starting the feature and young Peyton Lucas of Fair Grove took charge early and then held off Tyler Scott and David Bates in a nail-biter all 25 laps long as Allen's point leader started to shrink.

 

The speedway suffered it's 5th rainout of the season on Aug. 3rd as the stretch drive for the Monster Energy Cup Championship was just around the corner.

 

Returning to action on Aug. 10th, Peyton Lucas came from the 10th starting spot and flexed his muscle around the high-banks and took advantage of contact between Allen and Scott to capture his third win of the season. Scott and Allen rallied back to the second and third place spots as Scott was nipping back in the point standings.

 

The first of two major turning points of the season happened on Aug.17th as a major wreck on the start of the race destroyed the cars of Chris Kerperien and last year's Charger Champion Paul Jepson while ending the night of Terry Taylor, David Bates and involved most of the field. Allen and Lucas barely avoided the wreck as Scott had to pit and repair minor damage. While Allen was trying to place more distance in the standings, it was Scott charging from the rear for win number 3 and his first since June 9th. Scotty Allen and Peyton Lucas would also stand on the podium that night.

 

For the Aug 24th event, Scott started 10th and shot to the high side during the long green runs in capturing his 4th win of the season with again Allen and Lucas finishing behind the winner as the NASCAR tier 2 track championship was up for grabs.

 

The final turning point happened on Aug 31st as the starting field number of 13 proved to be unlucky for Allen. With 3 wide racing happening early in the feature event, a major crash happened in turn 2 as Ricky Icenhower, Scotty Allen, Chris Johnson and Richard Lewis were all involved in the wreck as Allen was done for the night. This night belonged to veteran David Bates as the team had been fighting constant overheating problems and replaced the motor. The move proved to be correct as win number 2 was waiting for the 91 car with Tyler Scott and Terry Taylor following the Fair Grove veteran driver.

 

For the last 2 features in Sept. the finishes on the podium were the same as Tyler Scott took advantage of the long green flag runs to take wins number 5 and 6 as Bates and Peyton Lucas finished in the runner-up and third place positions both nights.

 

The Budweiser Modifieds featured 5 different winners this season with an average car count of right at 13 for 2013 as 14 feature events were on tap for the tier 2 division which was worth $1,000 for the track championship in addition to other contingency prizes.

 

The top 10 in track points along with 40 plus other teams and drivers will be honored on Saturday November 23 in Springfield, Mo. at the Ramada Convention Center as over $75,000 will be handed out to drivers who competed in 70% or more of the races offered to them in 2013.

 

For reservations and ticket information contact General Manager Kevin Greven at 417-399-5756 and for more information about the upcoming I-44 NASCAR Whelen All American Series action on Missouri's only active Asphalt and NASCAR short-track visit www.I44Speedway.net and be sure to view and like the I-44 Speedway facebook page.

 

For 2014 The High-Banks of the I-44 Speedway will again fly the NASCAR Whelen All American Series banner and will start the 5th season back with Short-track Asphalt Racing action featuring Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Road Warriors and Chargers.

  

2013 NASCAR Budweiser Modified Top 10

 

1

   Tyler Scott

   57

   Nixa

1502

2

   Scotty Allen

   12

   Urbana MO

1432

3

   Terry Taylor

   66

   Fair Grove MO

1383

4

   David Bates

   91

   Fair Grove MO

1370

5

   Payton Lucas

   26

   Fair Grove MO

1352

6

   Richard Lewis

   6

   Willard MO

1192

7

   Christopher Johnson

   00

   Lebanon MO

877

8

   Stephen Counterman

   25

   Fair Grove MO

820

9

   Paul Jepsen

   88

   Rolla MO

691

10

   Joe Bunkers

   10

   Harrisonville MO

660

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About Lebanon I-44 Speedway

 

Lebanon I-44 Speedway is Missouri's only NASCAR facility and 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 on Route 66 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.

 

For all of the latest information always visit 

www.i44speedway.net   

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 

lebanoni44speedway@yahoo.com

24069 Route 66

Lebanon, MO 65536 

Track (417) 532-2060

Cell (417) 399-5756

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