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Williams Celebrates in "Our Town"
  
 
Cole Williams in Victory Lane - Photo by Austin Miller Photography
Cole Williams in Victory Lane - Photo by Austin Miller Photography
  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June24, 2013
  
Jordan Kuehne, (815) 601-5673
    
  
  

Williams Walks into the Winner's Circle for a Third Straight Time at LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY

 

(LEBANON, MO.) - Cole Williams made it look easy again on Saturday night, surviving a late-race caution and cruising to his third consecutive win in the headlining O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. With a celebration of Lebanon on a literal 'Chamber of Commerce night" at the races, Williams slipped past veteran Brian Brown at the midway point of the race and never looked back en route to the victory. In other racing action, sentimental favorites Scotty Allen and J.C. Newell won while Ben White and Austin Johnson scored second victories in their respective classes before a fireworks nightcap sent a packed house home happy.

 

 

The facility was packed as the surrounding community definitely showed their support of this great fundraiser for the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce in the 2013 "Our Town Your Town" Celebration.

 

 

 

 

Vino Alan, a Laquey, Missouri native and a finalist on the X Factor officially got the night started with some great vocals after the first session of the Monster Energy Motocross Stunt team wowed the crowd. The Lebanon Office of Emergency Management and all of their associated agency's did a great job of getting the huge crowd in the facility and helping make all things run smooth as the huge crowd maneuvered their way through the 50 plus vendors on the Lebanon I-44 Speedway Midway.  

 

 

 

 

A wild start to the 30-lap O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models main event was slowed by a caution on lap two as Brian Brown scored the lead in the beginning stages. Behind the leader, Joe Ross got into the back of Cole Rouse for second, almost sending Rouse around and stacking up the field behind them as Tucker Cory spun to avoid the mayhem as another caution came out with 27 laps to go.

 

 

 

On the restart, Brown once again broke away from the pack and grabbed a five car length advantage as Rouse wrestled second away from Ross. The teenager began to close the deficit between himself and Brown, peeking to the inside of the veteran on the entrance to turn one as the race eased past the halfway point. The young gun lost control of his machine as point's leader Cole Williams slipped around him and moved into the bridesmaid's position. Cory got sent through the spin cycle by Ross with 13 laps to go as yet another yellow slowed the proceedings and allowed Williams to close up to Brown's back bumper.

 

Williams wasted little time navigating his way into the top spot, blowing by Brown for the lead a lap after the green flag waved and checking out on the field. A late-race caution for a multi-car incident that swept up Cole Rouse and Tucker Cory bunched the field back up with 26 laps in the books and just four circuits remaining. The 17-year-old made his eight-hour trek from the Louisville, Kentucky-area worth it once again with a strong restart, grabbing his third consecutive checkered flag and stretching out his growing edge in the point standings.

 

"We got another one tonight because of patience," the teenager said in victory lane. "Sometimes you just have to wait for a spot to open up and I did that tonight. Once it did, I made my move. If we want to win a championship out here, consistency is the key and we are being consistent right now."

Lil' J.C. Newell came home in the runner-up spot while fellow teenager Matt Wallace finished third to make it three teenagers atop the podium. Brown settled for fourth while Joe Ross rounded out the top five in fifth.

 

Emerging with the early edge in the 25-lap Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds feature, Scotty Allen quickly pulled away from the pack and steadied himself with a two car length advantage out front. Allen's lead was erased when Paul Jepson blew a tire and made contact with the wall to bring out the caution with 16 circuits remaining.

 

When the green flag waved, Allen asserted himself as the man to beat as defending champion Tyler Scott turned up the pressure for second. Scott's aggressive maneuver ended up costing him third as David Bates slipped past the young gun when he got loose in turn two as the race rolled past halfway. With Bates battling point's leader Terry Taylor for the runner-up spot, eventually taking it with five laps to go, Allen stretched his lead to an insurmountable margin and held off the hard-charging Bates to the checkers.

 

Aaron Douglas drove to the early advantage in the 20-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Sportsman headliner as points leader Robert Reeves settled into second and began tracking him down. Reeves didn't wait long to make his move, diving to the inside of Douglas on the fourth lap and grabbing the lead on the exit of turn two. Reeves immediately put space between himself and the field as J.C Newell worked his way into the second position.

 

Newell began cutting into Reeves' lengthy advantage as the laps wound down, slicing it to just two car lengths before the caution waved for an incident in turn one involving Randy Besser and Austin Johnson. Reeves exited to the pits under yellow due to mechanical issues allowing Newell to inherit the lead with just four laps remaining. On the restart, Newell slipped away from Douglas and drove his way into victory lane for the first time in a couple years as the fans roared their approval for the 'Gentle Giant.'

 

 

The Coca-Cola NASCAR Chargers got off to a swift start as the small, but tight field went four-wide on the second lap. Ben White worked his way through the chaos and emerged with the top spot after shooting down from the high side of the high-banked oval on lap three. Jimmy Poindexter pushed the pace, peeking to the inside of White for the top spot before the leader slammed the door shut at the halfway mark. Poindexter continued to pressure White, working both sides of the track, but the veteran was unable to get around the leader as White held on for his second victory of the season.

 

 

 

 

Jacob Blair broke away for the early lead in the 12-lap Compliance Fire and Safety Pro National Baby Grand's feature. After a caution for a near-disaster, racing resumed with Blair back up front. Austin Johnson challenged Blair for the lead and worked his way around him at the halfway mark, snaring the top spot and building up a three car length cushion up front. That would be all the young gun would need en route to his second straight win in the series at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Racing returns to Missouri's only asphalt oval this Saturday night, June 29, as NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly action returns for Budweiser & Military Appreciation Night at the Races, week five of the 2013 Monster Energy Chase for the Cup. All active, retired or dependent family with a Military Photo ID will be honored and admitted free for the event. The O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models headline the action with the Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds, Monster Energy Sportsman, and Hoosier Tire Road Warriors in action to round out the evening's jam-packed slate of racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag waving at 7 p.m. sharp. 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 - June 22, 2013

Race Results

O'Reilly Auto Parts Pro Late Models

          Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2

 

 

1)       Car # 42 Cole Rouse                          1)         Car # 1   Brian Brown

2)       Car # 15 JC Newell                             2)         Car # 6   Matt Wallace

3)       Car # 46 Cole Williams                       3)         Car # 07 Terry Limberopoulos

4)       Car # 9   Tucker Cory                         4)        Car # 32 Brennon Willard

5)       Car # 27 Joe Ross                              5)         Car # 2   Grant Sharp

6)       Car # 20 Austin Fullerton                   DNS    Car # 21 Ken Dickinson

7)       Car # 35 Steve Holt                            DNS    Car # 47 Kaleb Allison

 

 

 

 

 

Feature

1)       Car # 47         Cole Williams                          Sellersburg, IN

2)       Car # 15         JC Newell                               Stoutland, MO

3)       Car #   6         Matt Wallace                           Concord, NC

4)       Car #   1         Brian Brown                           Strafford, MO

5)       Car # 27         Joe Ross                                  Kansas City, MO

6)       Car #   2        Grant Sharp                             Conway, MO

7)       Car # 20         Austin Fullerton                      Chelsea, OK  

8)       Car # 32         Brennon Willard                     Sleeper, MO

9)       Car #   9         Tucker Corey                          Quincy, IL

10)       Car # 07         Terry Limberopoulos               Cuba, MO

11)       Car # 42         Cole Rouse                              Fort Smith, AR

12)       Car # 35         Steve Holt                               Strafford, MO

DNS    Car # 47          Kaleb Allison                          Mexico, MO

DNS    Car # 21          Ken Dickinson                        Camdenton, MO

 

Budweiser Modifieds

 

          Heat 1                                                                            Heat 2

 

1)         Car # 26 Payton Lucas                        1)         Car # 66 Terry Taylor

2)         Car # 12 Scotty Allen                           2)         Car # 91 David Bates

3)         Car # 57 Tyler Scott                             3)         Car # 88 Paul Jepsen

4)         Car # 64 David Strode                         4)         Car # OO Chris Johnson

5)         Car # 10 Joe Bunkers                          5)         Car #   6 Richard Lewis

6)         Car # 0 Chris Kerperien                       DNS    Car #   5 Riley Sharp

 

 

 

 

                                                                                               

Feature

1)         Car # 12        Scotty Allen                            Urbana, MO

2)         Car # 91         David Bates                            Fair Grove, MO        

3)         Car # 66         Terry Taylor                            Fair Grove, MO

4)         Car # 57         Tyler Scott                              Nixa, MO

5)         Car # OO       Chris Johnson                          Lebanon, MO

6)         Car #   6         Richard Lewis                         Willard, MO

7)         Car # 64         David Strode                          Independence, MO

8)         Car # 10         Joe Bunkers                             Harrisonville, MO

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

10)       Car # 26         Payton Lucas                          Fair Grove, MO

11        Car # 88         Paul Jepsen                              Rolla, MO

 

Monster Energy Sportsman

 

Heat

                                                1)        Car #   6 Robert Reeves

                                                2)        Car # 84 JC Newell

                                                3)        Car # 22 Austin Johnson

                                                4)        Car # 48 Jimmy Fohn

                                                5)        Car # 76 Jake Piel

                                                6)        Car #   21 Randy Besser

                                                7)        Car #   7 Aaron Douglas

                                                8)         Car # 25 Darin Owens

 

Feature

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

2)         Car #   7         Aaron Douglas                        Lebanon, MO

3)         Car #   21        Randy Besser                          Branson, MO

4)         Car # 76         Jake Piel                                  Webster Grove, MO

5)         Car # 48         Jimmy Fohn                            Eldridge, MO

6)         Car # 22         Austin Johnson                       Inola, OK

7)         Car #   6          Robert Reeves                         Camdenton, MO

DNS     Car # 25         Darin Owens                           Springfield, MO

 

Coca-Cola Chargers

 

Heat

                                                1)         Car # 44 Ben White

                                                2)         Car #   5 Jimmy Poindexter

                                                3)         Car # 11 Lauren Buhr

                                                4)         Car # 10 Jason Walls

                                                5)         Car # 89 Patrick McKnight

                                                6)         Car # 51 Jeff Butts

                                                7)         Car # 37 Jary Hudson

                                                8)         Car #   0 Brian Lewis

                                               

Feature

1)         Car #   44        Ben White                                           Rolla, MO

2)         Car #   5         Jimmy Poindexter Jr                           Willard, MO

3)         Car #   11        Lauren Buhr                                        Neosho, MO

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

5)         Car #   89        Patrick McKnight                               Rolla,   MO

6)         Car #   51        Jeff Butts                                           

7)         Car #   37        Jary Hudson                                        Edgar Springs, MO

8)         Car #   O        Brian Lewis                                         Willard, MO

 

Compliance Fire & Safety Baby Grand's

 

Heat

                                                1)         Car # 81 Jacob Blair

                                                2)         Car # 22 Austin Johnson

                                                3)         Car # 44 Jamie Koontz

                                                4)         Car # 16 Mark Barkley

                       

Feature

 

1)         Car #   22        Austin Johnson                          Inola, OK

2)         Car #   81        Jacob Blair                                  Kansas City, MO

3)         Car #   16        Mark Bentley                               Pineville, MO

4)         Car #   20        Jody Moore                                 Ft. Smith, AR

5)         Car #   33        Crispen Beaver                           Joplin, MO

6)         Car #   44        Jamie Koontz                              Rogers, Ar                           

7)         Car #   29        Ryan Crabtree                             Republic, MO

 

 

 

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, 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 

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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