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Press Release For Immediate Release
 
Pro Late Model Points Now Even Tighter
 
Larry Hunter taking the bottom groove
Larry Hunter taking the bottom groove
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2013
  
Jordan Kuehne, (815) 601-5673
    
O'Reilly Auto Parts Pro Late Model Points Now Even Tighter At LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY 
 

(LEBANON, Mo.) - If Matt Wallace wants to win a title this year, he might as well win every single NASCAR Whelen All American Series race along the way. The 17-year-old North Carolina hotshoe said as much in victory lane Saturday night during Monster Energy & Caddy Shack Golf Cars Night at the Races after collecting his fourth win of the 2013 campaign at Lebanon I-44 Speedway, slipping past fellow young gun Austin Fullerton for the top spot with just under ten laps remaining and never looking back on his way to the checkers. Points leader Cole Williams maintained a slim advantage in the standings with his third place result.

 

In other action, Payton Lucas found his way into the winner's circle again for the Budweiser Modifieds while J.C. Newell scored another triumph in the Monster Energy Sportsman. Justin Blake grabbed another victory in the Hoosier Tire Road Warriors and Larry Hunter nabbed his first checkers of the year in the Coca-Cola Chargers.

 

The 'Grasshopper' jumped into the early lead in the O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models 30-lap main event, pacing the 13-car field to the green as fellow teenager Matt Wallace emerged in second. As Fullerton set a blistering pace and broke away from Wallace and the pack, Ken Dickinson went on a scary ride, flying up to the turn three wall near the entrance to the pits, but was able to continue.

 

When racing resumed, Fullerton found himself out front once again as Wallace pulled away from Jim Reaves and closed to within a couple car lengths of the leader. Wallace worked over Fullerton for the top spot as the field shrunk in their rearview mirrors, finally pushing past him for the lead with ten laps to go and quickly pulling away to a three car length edge out front. Behind the leaders, points leader Cole Williams got around Lil' J.C. Newell for third, but Wallace was able to slice into his points lead with his fourth win of the season.

 

"We were able to bounce back and be patient up front at the start," Wallace said in the winner's circle. "I guess we gotta go win eight features (to win the championship) now."

Fullerton finished second while Cole Williams maintained his points lead in third. Lil' J.C. Newell made the top four finishes all teenagers while Brennan Willard rounded out the top five.

 

Scotty Allen assumed command when the green flag waved on the 25-lap Budweiser Modifieds headliner, immediately coming under pressure from veteran David Bates for the top spot. Behind the leaders, defending champion Tyler Scott surged through the field and into third. As the race eased past the halfway mark, Scott closed up on Bates' back bumper for second.

 

Scott got around Bates with little trouble and sliced the deficit between himself and the leader in half before the caution waved for action in the back of the pack. Allen led the field to the restart, and was out front when Scott made contact with him, sending the leader for a spin on the frontstretch and relegating them both to the rear of the field as Payton Lucas inherited the top spot.

 

Lucas broke away from the field on the restart and emerged with comfortable advantage over Bates. As the laps wound down, Allen and Scott charged back through the field and into the top-three, but it was Lucas who held on for the win, his third of the season. Scott settled for second as Allen came home third.

 

The 'Gentle Giant' loomed large at the start of the 20-lap Monster Energy Sportsman main event, as J.C. Newell roared to the lead at lap three and checked out on the field as points leader Robert Reeves tried to work his way through the field. Randy Besser followed Newell to the front, taking second away and cutting into the leader's advantage before a caution waved with 12 laps remaining.

 

On the restart, Newell continued to lead as Besser broke away from the pack and tried to track him down. Besser managed to cut into Newell's advantage but wasn't able to ever get to his bumper, as Newell held on for his second win of the season. Besser settled for second as Aaron Douglas returned and garnered a third place result. Ron Hartford charged through the field and held off a pair of challengers for the win in the United States Super Trucks feature, ran in conjunction with the Sportsman event.

 

A calamitous start marred the beginning of the Hoosier Tire Road Warriors main event as four cars were swept up in opening lap mayhem, knocking out several contenders in the 12-car field as the 15-lap feature was forced to basically start over.

 

When racing did get underway in earnest, points leader Justin Blake burst into the top spot and broke away from the pack as Steve Shaw settled into second. A hard incident involving Chuck Higdon and Caston Jones brought out an extended red flag two laps later. Blake wasted little time returning to a commanding spot out front as the rest of the field spread out behind him. The laps ticked off in rapid succession as Blake went wire-to-wire for another win, extending his points lead in the process. Aaron Wilke grabbed second while Steve Shaw scored a podium finish in third.

 

Jason Walls worked his way into the top spot in the beginning stages of the 12-lap Coca-Cola Chargers feature, pacing the field to the caution flag on lap three. Just one lap later, it was Walls who brought out the caution after taking a wild ride along the frontstretch wall at the expense of Jordan Nisbett. Larry Hunter held the top spot when racing resumed as points leader Jimmy Poindexter searched high and low for speed in the bridesmaid's position. Poindexter's last lap dash closed the gap to under a car length, but the points leader had to settle for second as Hunter found his way into the winner's circle for the first time in 2013 in an exciting finish.

 

Racing returns to Missouri's only asphalt oval this Saturday night, August 17, for Whelen Engineering Night at the Races as the headlining O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models lead the way in the tenth 'Kickin' Asphalt' program of the 2013 campaign with another set of 25-lap double features. 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 will receive double the late model action for the SAME great price!

 

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 - August 10, 2013

Race Results

Late Models

 

          Heat 1                                                    Heat 2

1)       Car # 21 Ken Dickinson                   1)        Car # 3   Brennon Willard

2)       Car # 07 Terry Limberopoulos          2)        Car # 15 JC Newell

3)       Car #  9 Tucker Cory                        3)        Car # 47 Kaleb Allison

4)       Car #   67 Jimmy Vanzandt               4)       Car # 46 Cole Williams

5)       Car #   35 Steve Holt                         5)        Car #   6 Matt Wallace

6)       Car #   18 Jim Reaves                        6)        Car # 20 Austin Fullerton

7)       Car #   42 Cole Rouse                        7)        Car # 98 Terry Smith

                                               

Feature

1)       Car #   6         Matt Wallace                           Concord, NC

2)       Car # 20         Austin Fullerton                      Chelsea, OK

3)       Car # 46         Cole Williams                          Sellersburg, IN  

4)       Car # 15         JC Newell                               Stoutland, MO

5)       Car # 3           Brennon Willard                     Sleeper, MO

6)       Car # 18         Jim Reaves                              Strafford

7)       Car #   35        Steve Holt                               Strafford, MO

8)       Car # 47         Kaleb Allison                          Mexico, MO

9)       Car # 67         Jimmy Vanzandt                     Springfield, MO

10)       Car # 9           Tucker Cory                            Quincy, IL

11)       Car # 07         Terry Limberopoulos               Cuba, MO

12)       Car # 42         Cole Rouse                              Fort Smith, AR

13)       Car # 21         Kennie Dickinson                   Camdenton, MO

DNS    Car # 98         Terry Smith                             Belton, MO

 

MODIFIED

 

                             Heat 

                   1) Car #   6 Richard Lewis

                        2) Car # 66 Terry Taylor

                        3) Car # 25 Stephen Counterman

                        4) Car # 26 Payton Lucas

                        5) Car # 12 Scotty Allen

                        6) Car # 91 David Bates

                        7) Car # 88 Paul Jepsen

                        8) Car # 10 Joe Bunkers

                        9) Car # 11 Mark Riddle

                     10) Car # 57 Tyler Scott

Feature

1)        Car # 26         Payton Lucas                          Fair Grove, MO

2)        Car # 57          Tyler Scott                              Nixa, MO

3)        Car # 12          Scotty Allen                            Urbana, MO

4)        Car #   6          Richard Lewis                         Willard, MO

5)        Car # 25         Stephen Counterman              Fair Grove, MO

6)        Car # 88         Paul Jepsen                              Rolla, MO

7)       Car # 66         Terry Taylor                            Fair Grove, MO

8)        Car # 11          Mark Riddle                            Springfield, MO

9)        Car # 10          Joe Bunkers                             Harrisonville, MO

10)       Car # 91          David Bates                            Fair Grove, MO

Sportsman & Trucks

                     Heat                                                 

                   1)        Car #               6   Robert Reeves                  

                        2)        Car #   21 Randy Besser                                          

                        3)         Car #   54 Aaron Douglas

                        4)        Car#   84 JC Newell

                        5)         Truck #97 Ron Hartford

                        6)         Truck # 22 Eddie Tidwell

                        7)         Truck # 1 Eric Caudell

                        8)         Car #   48 Jimmy Fohn

                        9)         Car #   22 Austin Johnson

Feature

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

2)        Car # 21         Randy Besser                          Branson, MO

3)        Truck # 97       Ron Hartford                          Raytown, MO                                               

4)        Car # 54         Aaron Douglas                        Lebanon, MO

5)        Car # 22         Austin Johnson                       Inola, OK

6)        Car # 48         Jimmy Fohn                            Eldridge, MO

7)        Truck # 1         Eric Caudell                            Piedmont, OK

8)        Truck#22         Eddie Tidwell                         Tulsa, OK

ROAD WARRIORS

 

Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2

1)         Car # 8 Aaron Wilke                          1)         Car # 45 Geoffrey Ledford

2)         Car # 9 Chuck Higdon                       2)         Car # 21 Les Mallard

3)         Car # 1 Gary Barrows                        3)         Car # 52 Alan Ellis

4)         Car # 27 Nick Cherry                         4)         Car # 90 Steve Shaw  

5)         Car # 99 Riley Sharp                          5)         Car # 15 Robert Blake

6)         Car # 34 Caston Jones                                                                      

7)         Car # 14 Kasey Buckley                               

Feature

1)       Car # 15         Justin Blake                 Lebanon, MO                        

2)       Car #   8         Aaron Wilke                Bridgetown, MO

3)       Car # 90         Steve Shaw                 Rogersville, MO  

4)       Car # 21         Les Mallard                 Fair Grove, MO

5)       Car # 45         Geoffrey Ledford       Neosho, MO 

6)       Car # 99         Riley Sharp                 Springfield, MO

7)       Car #   1         Gary Barrows              Versailes, MO

8)       Car # 27         Nick Cherry                Springfield, MO

9)       Car #   9         Chuck Higdon                        Strafford, MO           

10)       Car # 34         Caston Jones               Belle, MO

11)       Car # 52         Allen Ellis                   Strafford, MO

12)       Car # 14         Kasey Buckley           

 

Chargers

Heat

 

                                                1)         Car # 11 Lauren Buhr                     

                                                2)         Car # 74   Larry Hunter

                                                3)         Car #   5 Jimmy Poindexter

                                                4)         Car # 95 Jordan Nisbett

                                                5)         Car # 44 Ben White

                                                6)         Car # 10 Jason Walls

                                                7)         Car # 37 Jary Hudson

                                                8)         Car #   7   Amanda Anderson

                                                9)         Car # 89   Patrick McKnight

Feature

1)         Car #   74        Larry Hunter                           Laquey, MO

2)         Car #     5        Jimmy Poindexter Jr               Willard, MO

3)         Car #   44       Ben White                               Rolla, MO

4)         Car #   11       Lauren Buhr                            Neosho, MO

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

6)         Car #   89       Patrick McKnight                   Rolla, MO                                      

7)         Car #   7        Amanda Anderson                  Lebanon, MO

8)         Car #   37       Jary Hudson                            Edgar Springs, MO

9)         Car #   95       Jordan Nisbett                         Lebanon, MO

 

 

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.

 

 

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, www.i44speedway.net, 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

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

Fax (417) 532-7624 

Lebanon I-44 Speedway

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I-44 Speedway Public Relations Director
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