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Press Release For Immediate Release
 
PATIENCE PAYS OFF FOR WALLACE AT I-44
  
 
Matt Wallace in I-44 Speedway Victory Lane 07/20/2013
Matt Wallace lets the other O'Reilly NASCAR Pro Late Model drivers kiss the win goodbye
  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2013
  
Jordan Kuehne, (815) 601-5673
    
Racing Rewind - Wallace Patient To Score Victory At LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY 
 

(LEBANON, Mo.) - A year after getting into his fair share of bumps and battles at Missouri's only asphalt oval, 17-year-old Matt Wallace displayed the patient approach he's utilized all season with great success. Even though the weather all around the area was not in the racers favor the crowd at Emerson Climate Technologies Night at the Races witnessed the North Carolina teenager surviving a number of cautions and a late-race charge from points leader Cole Williams to emerge victorious on Saturday night at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in the headlining O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models, cutting into Williams' point lead in the process as the season approaches the stretch run. 

  

In other feature action, drivers who knew the way to victory lane found themselves there again, as Robert Reeves collected the Monster Energy Sportsman trophy and Jimmy Poindexter extended his advantage in the standings after a win in the Coca-Cola Chargers. Young gun Jacob Blair went wire-to-wire for the Compliance Fire & Safety Pro National Baby Grands win while Justin Blake scored another triumph in the Hoosier Tire Road Warriors.

  

Austin Fullerton found himself up front when the green flag waved on the headlining O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models and their 30-lap main event. Young guns Matt Wallace and Cole Williams quickly worked their way through the field and raced to the front together, catching Fullerton and second place Joe Ross with eight laps in the books to make it a four-car fray up front. Wallace and Ross made contact a lap later, allowing the teenagers to both jump up a spot.

  

Williams turned up the pressure on Wallace for the bridesmaid's position, tapping his rear-end and peeking to the inside on the entrance to each corner, as Ross closed up behind them once again. As the battle for second heated up, Fullerton continued to extend his lead to five car lengths. Williams finally used a power move on the exit of turn two to get around his rival with 12 laps remaining. A caution with ten laps to go bunched the field back up and erased Fullerton's sizable advantage.

  

On the restart, mayhem ensued as Williams made contact with Fullerton, sending the leader around. Most of the field managed to avoid the 17-year-old's car sitting in the middle of the track before Terry Limberopoulos made heavy contact with him on the backstretch, sending both drivers to the pits for the evening. Matt Wallace was the benefactor of the melee, inheriting the top spot. Two laps later, Lil' J.C. Newell went for a solo trip through the spin cycle as Williams charged through the field and back to fourth in just under two laps.

  

When the green flag waved, Wallace worked his way to a comfortable cushion as Williams got around Vanzandt for third. A Brennan Willard spin brought out the yellow with just two laps to go, but Wallace was strong enough to survive the late-race caution and collect his second win of the season.

  

"We held on there at the end," Wallace said in the winner's circle. "We got a few points on Cole and we need to keep doing that until the end of the year."

 

Joe Ross held off the charging Williams for the runner-up spot while Vanzandt notched a solid fourth place result. Brian Brown rounded out the top five.

 

Racing to the front in the 15-lap Monster Energy Sportsman feature was the 'Gentle Giant', J.C. Newell, as Randy Besser and Austin Johnson broke through the United States Super Truck traffic into second and third respectively. Points leader Robert Reeves rocketed past Johnson and into third as the race cruised past the halfway point. He blew past Besser for the second spot and needed only one lap to track down Newell, peeking to the inside to let the veteran know he was there. With just three laps to go, Reeves made the inside work and got around Newell for the lead and the win. Newell settled for second while Besser took a podium spot in third.

 

The Compliance Fire & Safety Pro National Baby Grands got off to a slow start after multiple starts and early cautions hampered the 15-lap event, slowing down the proceedings in a major way. When racing finally got underway in earnest, it was Jacob Blair racing to the front in dominant fashion, cruising to a comfortable wire-to-wire win, his first of the season at Missouri's only asphalt oval in 2013 for the touring series. Austin Johnson, who had won the first two races of the year for the Baby Grands, settled for a hard fought second, edging out Jamie Koontz at the line.

 

Geoff Ledford raced to the early edge in the 15-lap Hoosier Tire Road Warriors headliner as points leader Justin Blake busted through the 11-car field with little time wasted, assuming the bridesmaid's position on lap two and quickly cutting Ledford's lead in half. As the race moved past halfway, Blake jumped to the inside of Ledford and tried to take the top spot away. Ledford resisted, forcing Blake to the bottom of the track, but the top dog in the series had enough power to make the move stick as he raced by en route to his fourth win in a row, extending his points lead in the process. Ledford grabbed second while Aaron Wilke scored a podium finish in third.

 

Jordan Nisbett nabbed the top spot in the 12-lap Coca-Cola Chargers main event as points leader Jimmy Poindexter zoomed up to third on the opening lap. Poindexter used the slingshot momentum of the high side of the asphalt oval to get around Larry Hunter for second, erasing Nisbett's lead in the span of a lap. Using lapped traffic as a pick, Poindexter took control and paced the field to the white flag, fending off Nisbett's crossover move to hold on for his third straight win. Nisbett registered a season-best runner-up finish while Hunter came home third.

 

Racing returns to Missouri's only asphalt oval this Saturday night, July 27, as a quick turnaround awaits the headlining O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models in the seventh 'Kickin' Asphalt' program of the 2013 campaign, as they will be racing double features to make up for some of the early season rainouts. The Budweiser Modifieds highlight an exciting undercard while the Monster Energy Sportsman, Hoosier Tire Road Warriors and Coca-Cola Chargers will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. with the green flag set to wave at 7:00 p.m. sharp on the evening's jam-packed slate of racing action, and fans can look forward to the same great prices with double the late model action!

 

Adults are just $10 in the Budweiser Fan deck or the Monster Energy Grandstands and only $15 on the Budweiser "Wild Side" with discounts for Seniors, Juniors and Military. Kids 10 & under are always FREE at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. Limited eating is also available for some future events in the Central Bank VIP Suites.

 

For more information on Lebanon I-44 Speedway, including a full 2013 schedule and more, visit the track website at www.i44speedway.net or visit the track's Facebook and Twitter pages online.

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Lebanon I-44 Speedway - July 20, 2013

Race Results -  O'Reilly Auto Parts Pro Late Models

 

Heats

 

1)       Car # 3   Brennon Willard                               1)   Car # 67 Jimmy Vanzandt

2)       Car # 42 Cole Rouse                                     2)   Car # 46 Cole Williams            3)       Car #   9 Tucker Cory                                     3)  Car #   6 Matt Wallace

4)       Car # 35 Steve Holt                                       4)   Car # 15 JC Newell

5)       Car # 27 Joe Ross                                         5)   Car #   1 Brian Brown

6)       Car # 47 Kaleb Allison                                   6)   Car # 20 Austin Fullerton

7)       Car # 07 Terry Limberopoulos                                                          

 

Feature

 

1)       Car #   6         Matt Wallace                           Concord, NC

2)       Car # 27         Joe Ross                                  Kansas city, MO

3)       Car # 46         Cole Williams                          Sellersburg, IN  

4)       Car # 67         Jimmy Vanzandt                     Springfield, MO

5)       Car # 1           Brian Brown                           Strafford, MO

6)       Car # 35          Steve Holt                               Strafford, MO

7)       Car #   9          Tucker Cory                            Quincy, IL

8)       Car # 15         JC Newell                               Stoutland, MO

9)       Car # 47         Kaleb Allison                          Mexico, MO

10)       Car #   3          Brennon Willard                     Sleeper, MO

11)       Car # 42         Cole Rouse                              Fort Smith, AR

12)       Car # 20         Austin Fullerton                      Chelsea, OK

13)       Car # 07         Terry Limberopoulos               Cuba, MO

 

Monster Energy Sportsman

Heat     

                                            

                        1)        Car #   6   Robert Reeves                  

                        2)        Car # 22 Austin Johnson                                          

                        3)         Car # 84 JC Newell

                        4)        Car # 21 Randy Besser

                        5)         Truck # 75 Larry Turner

                        6)         Car # 76 Jake Piel

                        7)         Truck # 1 Eric Caudell

                        8)         Car # 48 Jimmy Fohn

                       

Feature

 

1)         Car # 6           Robert Reeves                         Camdenton, MO

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

3)        Car # 21         Randy Besser                          Branson, MO

4)        Car # 22         Austin Johnson                       Inola, OK

5)        Truck # 1         Eric Caudell                            Piedmont, OK

6)        Truck # 75      Larry Turner                            Tuttle, OK     

7)        Car # 76         Jake Piel                                  Webster Grove, MO

8)        Car # 48         Jimmy Fohn                            Eldridge, MO

 

Hoosier Tire Road Warriors

 

Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2

1)         Car # 00 Michael Juergensen                  1)         Car # 15 Justin Blake

2)         Car # 8 Aaron Wilke                                2)         Car # 21 Les Mallard

3)         Car # 9 Chuck Higdon                             3)         Car # 45 Geoffrey Ledford

4)         Car # 34 Caston Jones                            4)         Car # 0 Christopher Johnson

5)         Car #   1 Gary Barrows                             DNS    Car # 52 Alan Ellis

6)         Car #   27 Nick Cherry                              DNS    Car # 99 Riley Sharp        

                                   

Feature

 

1)       Car # 15         Justin Blake                             Lebanon, MO                        

2)       Car # 45         Geoffrey Ledford                   Neosho, MO

3)       Car #   8          Aaron Wilke

4)       Car # 21         Les Mallard                             Fair Grove, MO

5)       Car # OO        Michael Juergensen                 Lebanon, MO

6)       Car # 34         Caston Jones                           Belle, MO

7)       Car #   52        Allen Ellis                               Strafford, MO

8)       Car # 9           Chuck Higdon                         Strafford, MO                       

9)       Car # 99         Riley Sharp                             Springfield, MO

10)       Car # 27         Nick Cherry                            Springfield, MO

11)       Car # 1           Gary Barrows                          Versailes, MO

DNS    Car # 0           Chris Johnson                          Lebanon, MO

 

Coca-Cola Chargers

 

Heat

 

 1)         Car # 95   Jordan Nisbett                               

 2)         Car # 5   Jimmy Poindexter

 3)         Car # 74   Larry Hunter

 4)         Car # 89   Patrick McKnight

 5)         Car # 10   Jason Walls

 6)         Car # 7   Amanda Anderson

 7)         Car # 37 Jary Hudson

 8)         Car # 44 Ben White

 DNS    Car # 11 Lauren Buhr

 

Feature

 

1)         Car #      5       Jimmy Poindexter Jr                           Willard, MO

2)         Car #   95       Jordan Nisbett                                     Lebanon, MO

3)         Car #   74       Larry Hunter                                       Laquey, MO

4)         Car #   89       Patrick McKnight                               Rolla, MO

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

6)         Car #   11       Lauren Buhr                                        Neosho, MO                

7)         Car #   7        Amanda Anderson                              Lebanon, MO

8)         Car #   37       Jary Hudson                                        Edgar Springs, MO

DNS    Car #   44       Ben White                                           Rolla, MO

 

Compliance Fire & Safety Baby Grands

 

Heat

 

 1) Car # 22 Austin Johnson

 2) Car # 81 Jacob Blair

 3) Car # 44 Jamie Koontz

 4) Car # 33 Zack Morgan

 5) Car # 16 Mark Bartley

 6) Car # 20 Jodi Moore

 7) Car # 57 Josh Conway

 

Feature

 

1)         Car # 81         Jacob Blair                              Kansas City, MO

2)         Car # 22         Austin Johnson                       Tulsa, OK

3)         Car # 44         Jamie Koontz                          Rogers, Ar

4)         Car # 33         Zack Morgan                           Lebanon, MO

5)         Car # 20         Jodi Moore

6)         Car # 16         Mark Bartley                           Pineville, MO

7)         Car # 57         Josh Conway                           Rogers, AR   

 

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, www.i44speedway.net in the coming weeks. Keep up with news about Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lebanon-I-44-Speedway, and on Twitter (@i44Speedway).

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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.

 

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

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

Fax (417) 532-7624 

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I-44 Speedway Public Relations Director
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