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Lil JC Newell First Late Model Win 07032013
"Lil" JC Newell in Victory Lane
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Newell Holds off Williams to Nab His First Career Win at LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY


(LEBANON, MO.) - On a night that featured fireworks on and off the race track, it was only fitting that the driver that finally broke O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models points leader Cole Williams' four race stranglehold on victory lane was a fellow young gun who's getting hot at the right time. Lil' J.C. Newell started near the front and never relinquished the top spot over the final portion of the feature on the way to his first career win in the division, holding off a mad dash by Williams, who spun out, charged from the back of the field to second, and almost tracked down his teenage compatriot just before the July 3rd "Salute to America" fireworks celebration. 


Other racing action featured exciting action as well with Scotty Allen and Justin Blake continuing their hot streaks with wins in the Budweiser Modifieds and Hoosier Tire Road Warriors respectively. Jimmy Poindexter scored a second straight trip to victory lane in the Coca-Cola Chargers and Austin Johnson walked away to a first career checkers in the Monster Energy Sportsman main event.

Steve Holt surged into the top spot when the green flag waved on the evening's marquee event, the 30-lap O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models headliner. Teenager Lil' J.C. Newell swiftly applied pressure to Holt's back bumper as fellow young gun Matt Wallace closed up behind in third. Newell nudged past Holt for the top spot on lap five and quickly put some space between himself and Wallace, who followed the leader into the bridesmaid's position.

A caution waved with 22 laps remaining after points leader Cole Williams, winner of the last four features in the division, went for a solo trip through the spin cycle in turn one. On the restart, Newell came under fire from Wallace for the lead, but eased away from him as the race moved on. By the time Williams had charged back into the top-five, Newell was a straightaway ahead. Williams snagged second from Austin Fullerton with just six laps remaining as Wallace dropped back to fourth. Williams sliced the deficit in half, but ran out of time as Newell held on for his first career win in the division.

"We just tried to hold on for all we had," Newell said in the winner's circle. "I gotta thank everybody who has helped me so far this year for making this possible."

Williams rallied back for an impressive runner-up finish while Fullerton posted a podium finish in third. Wallace held on for fourth, edging out Holt at the line.

Scotty Allen soared to the lead in the beginning stages of the 25-lap Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds feature. Behind the leader, defending champion Tyler Scott pushed past David Bates for second and began to slowly track down the leader. It wasn't long before Bates was back at it, pressuring Scott for the bridesmaid's position as Allen tried to build a cushion up front.

As the laps wound down, Allen continued to pace the field as Scott eased away from Bates and Ricky Icenhower for second. Allen managed to keep enough space between himself and Scott to notch his second win of the season and remain in the lead in the point standings. Behind the top two, Icenhower got around Bates for a podium spot in third and Saturday night's first-time winner, Payton Lucas, finished in fifth.

Aaron Wilke grabbed the early edge in the 15-lap Hoosier Tire Road Warriors main event, but he quickly came under pressure from points leader Justin Blake and Carl Harlow. Harlow peeked to the inside of Wilke for the top spot, while Blake tried the high side to no avail at first. With just three laps remaining, Blake finally made the high side work, getting around Wilke for the top spot and slipping away before a caution flew for contact between Harlow and Wilke for second. Blake held on to the lead and grabbed his third victory of the season, extending his points lead in the process. Harlow finished second and Les Mallard grabbed a podium finish in third.

In a special non-points event, it was more of the same for the Monster Energy Sportsman as Robert Reeves grabbed the top spot on the opening lap of the 12-lap main event ran in conjunction with the United States Super Trucks. Reeves was coming under fire from young gun Austin Johnson for the top spot when the two made contact and the caution waved for Johnson spinning in turn three all by himself.

After a wreck on the restart wiped out the elder J.C. Newell, a lengthy caution period bunched the field back up. Reeves rolled to the front again when the green flag waved, but suddenly slowed at the halfway mark as Johnson was the fortunate benefactor, inheriting the top spot and walking away from the field for his first career win at Missouri's only asphalt oval. Eddie Tidwell prevailed in the United States Super Trucks portion of the event.

The wild and wacky Coca-Cola Chargers lived up to their reputation during Wednesday night's 12-lap feature event, with a plethora of stoppages due to mayhem and melees while Jimmy Poindexter stole the points lead and grabbed the top spot halfway through the event. The man he took it from, Larry Hunter, tried desperately to track him down. The veteran wouldn't be able to do it however, as Poindexter held on for his second win in a four-day span.

Drivers will now take a break from racing this weekend in observance of the Laclede County Fair before action returns to Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday, July 20 for the seventh week of Monster Energy Chase for the Cup action in 2013. A full slate of racing action headlined by the O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models is scheduled with gates opening at 5 p.m. and the first green flag waving at 7 p.m.

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 - July 3, 2013

Race Results

Late Models

          Heat 1                                        Heat 2


  1)       Car #  42  Cole Rouse         1)   Car #  46  Cole Williams

  2)       Car #  67  Jimmy Vanzandt   2)   Car #    1  Brian Brown

  3)       Car # 32  Brennon Willard   3)   Car #   21  Ken Dickinson

  4)       Car # 07  Terry Limberopoulos   4)   Car #   20  Austin Fullerton

  5)       Car # 47  Kaleb Allison             5)   Car #    6  Matt Wallace

  6)       Car # 35  Steve Holt                  6)   Car #  15  JC Newell

 DNS    Car #  9  Tucker Cory                                                


  1)       Car #  15         JC Newell                               Stoutland,  MO

  2)       Car #  46         Cole Williams                          Sellersburg, IN   

  3)       Car #  20         Austin Fullerton                      Chelsea,  OK

  4)       Car #    6         Matt Wallace                           Concord,  NC

  5)       Car #  35         Steve Holt                               Strafford,  MO

  6)       Car #  21         Ken Dickinson                        Camdenton,  MO

  7)       Car #  47         Kaleb Allison                          Mexico,  MO

  8)       Car #    1         Brian Brown                           Strafford,  MO

  9)       Car #  07         Terry Limberopoulos               Cuba,  MO

10)       Car #  32         Brennon Willard                     Sleeper,  MO

11)       Car #  42         Cole Rouse                              Fort Smith,  AR

12)       Car #   67        Jimmy Vanzandt                     Springfield,  MO

DNS    Car #   9          Tucker Cory                            Quincy,  IL



          Heat 1                                            Heat 2


1)         Car # 25  Stephen Counterman       1)   Car #  91  David Bates

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

3)         Car # OO Chris Johnson                3)   Car # 57  Tyler Scott

4)         Car #   6  Richard Lewis               4)   Car # 12  Scotty Allen          

5)         Car #  10  Joe Bunkers                  5)   Car # 26  Payton Lucas

6)         Car #   0  Chris Kerperien            DNS    Car # 27  Kevin Hunt





1)         Car #  12         Scotty Allen                       Urbana,  MO         

2)         Car #  57         Tyler Scott                         Nixa,  MO      

3)         Car #  7           Ricky Icenhower                Fair Grove,  MO

4)         Car #  91         David Bates                       Fair Grove,  MO

 5)        Car #  26         Payton Lucas                      Fair Grove,  MO

6)         Car #  66         Terry Taylor                      Fair Grove,  MO

7)         Car #  25         Stephen Counterman           Fair Grove,  MO

8)         Car # OO        Chris Johnson                     Lebanon,  MO

9)         Car #   6          Richard Lewis                    Willard,  MO

10)       Car # 10          Joe Bunkers                        Harrisonville,  MO

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

DNS    Car #  27         Kevin Hunt                          Spring Hill,  KS





                Cars                                                  Trucks                                        1)   Car #  22  Austin Johnson                 1)    Truck #   97  Ron Hartford                2)  Car #   6  Robert Reeves            2)  Truck  #  75  Eric Caudwell

3)  Car #  84  JC Newell                 3)   Truck  #  22T  Eddie Tidwell

4)  Car #  48  Jimmy Fohn



1)         Car #   22        Austin Johnson                       Inola,  OK

2)         Truck #   22     Eddie Tidwell                        

3)         Car #  48         Jimmy Fohn                            Eldridge,  MO

4)         Truck #  97      Ron Hartford

5)         Car #  6           Robert Reeves                         Camdenton,  MO

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

7)         Truck #  75      Eric Caudwell



Heat 1                                                Heat 2

1)    Car #  1  Garry Barrows                  1)   Car #   7  Carl Harlow

2)    Car # 30  David Jennings                 2)   Car # 15  Justin Blake

3)    Car # 21  Les Mallard                     3)   Car # 45  Geoffrey Ledford

4)    Car # 8  Aaron Wilke                       DNS    Car    52  Allan Ellis   

5)    Car # 9  Chuck Higdon                     DNS    Car #  99  Riley Sharp

6)    Car #   O  Michael Jurgensen                                     

7)    Car #  38  Mike Funcannon                           



1)         Car #  15         Justin Blake                             Lebanon,  MO        

2)         Car #   7          Carl Harlow                            Exeter,  MO   

3)         Car #  21         Les Mallard                             Fair Grove,  MO

4)         Car #  1           Gary Barrows                          Versailes,  MO

5)         Car #  34         Caston Jones                           Belle,  MO

6)         Car #   8          Aaron Wilke                            Bridgeton,  MO

7)         Car #   0          Michael Juergensen                 Lebanon,  MO

8)         Car #  30         David Jennings                      

9)         Car #    9         Chuck Higdon                         Strafford,  MO      10)       Car #  45         Geoffrey Ledford                   Neosho,  MO

11)       Car #  38         Mike Funcannon                     Cassville,  MO

12)       Car #  52         Allen Ellis                               Strafford,  MO

DNS     Car # 99          Riley Sharp                             Springfield,  MO




                                                1)         Car #  5   Jimmy Poindexter

                                                2)         Car #  10  Jason Walls

                                                3)         Car #  95  Jordan Nisbett

                                                4)         Car #  74  Larry Hunter

                                                5)         Car #   7  Amanda Anderson

                                                6)         Car #  89  Patrick McKnight

                                                7)         Car #   51  Jeff Butts

                                                DNS    Car #  11  Lauren Buhr

                                                DNS    Car #   0  Brian Lewis 





1)         Car #      5       Jimmy Poindexter Jr                   Willard,  MO

2)         Car #     74      Larry Hunter                              Laquey,  MO

3)         Car #    95       Jordan Nisbett                           Lebanon,  MO

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

5)         Car #   51       Jeff Butts

6)         Car #     7        Amanda Anderson                      Lebanon,  MO       

7)         Car #   89        Patrick McKnight                       Rolla,  MO

8)         Car #    O        Brian Lewis                               Willard,  MO

DNS    Car #   11        Lauren Buhr                                 Neosho,  MO



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

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Lebanon, MO 65536 

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Lebanon I-44 Speedway

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