WEST BURLINGTON, IA (7-18-15) – It was a Blast from the Past at 34 Raceway Saturday night July 18 with the 3/8 mile high bank celebratint its 50th season of racing. Admission price was rolled back to 1966 to $1.50 ticket price, memoriabilia was on display courtesy of Billy Dusenberry and yes even the vintage race cars took to the track along with 34 Raceway 305 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Sport Mods. Tales from the past were remembered throughout the evening by former racers and current Hall of Fame members were remembered. Even the trophys were a reminder of the first race at 34 Raceway, which was originally called 34 Raceway Park. 50 years later, 34 Raceway is listed in the top ten in continuous running tracks in the country. Race fans also dug deep as drivers went through the stands collecting money for the Cameron, Il. families hit but a tornado last week.
Point battles continue for the 34 Raceway regular weekly classes with Ben Wagoner, (Emden, Il.) winning the 305 Sprint feature, Jeff Waterman (Quincy, Il.,) took the win in the IMCA Modified feature, Chase Klenk, (New London), won his first IMCA Stock Car feature and Sean Wyett (Danville) took the win in the IMCA Sport Mod feature.
Coming up this week at 34 Raceway is RickSales and Crazy Coyote Bike Night. Crazy Coyote Riders are invited to bring their bike for a lap around the track at intermission.
With over 100 cars competing there was plenty of action for the fans. The first feature of the night saw the Casebine Credit Union IMCA Sport Mods take to the track with Milo Veloz and Sean Wyett leading the sixteen car field to the green flag. Wyett took the early lead and held off Jeff Mueller and Joey Gower to get his first win since the beginning of last season. Brett Timmerman and Scott Van Buskirk would round out the top five.
Another nice field of W.T. Gabeline and Sons Trucking 305 Sprints saw Nathan Murders and Dave Getchell on the front row of the twenty car field. Getchell quickly took the lead in the 20 lap feature. On lap five, Ben Wagoner would get by Getchell for the lead and would go on to get his first 34 Raceway Sprint win this season. The only caution of the race came out on lap eleven but it would be non stop for the remaining nine laps. Brandyn Martin, would get by Getchell for second on lap fourteen as Wagoner would go on to get the win by several car lengths. Getchell, Donnie Steward and Dillan Roth would round out the top five.
You won’t see a better stock car feature than fans did Saturday night. Twenty cars took to the track for their 20 lap feature event it was a great one. Fans saw bumper to bumper, side by side, three wide, and even four wide racing in 20 laps of non stock action. Surviving the challenge from several, New London’s Chase Klenk would get his first IMCA Stock Car feature win. Klenk had to hold off challenges from Andrew Hustead, John Brockway, Jake Wenig, Abe Hulls for the win as the top six would run bumper to bumper throughout.
Jeff Waterman took the lead from Milo Veloz on lap fourteen of the 18 car, twenty lap Ryner Transportation IMCA Modified feature and would get his first win this season. Scott Hogan moved up from his eleventh place start to finish second followed by Veloz, Ryan Cook and Mitch Morris to round out the top five.
34 Raceway July 18, 2015 results
W.T. GABELINE AND SONS TRUCKING 305 SPRINTS
FEATURE: 1. Ben Wagoner, Emden, Il., 2. Brandyn Martin, Eldon, 3. Dave Getchell, Sperry, 4. Donnie Steward, West Burlington, 5. Dillan Roth, Burlington, 6. John Schulz, West Burlington, . Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, 8. Jayson Ditsworth, Gladstone, Il., 9. Andy Krieger, Burlington, 10. Dustin Clark, Eldon, 11. Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, 12. Justin Newberry, Danville, 13. Cody Wehrle, Burlington, 14. Nathan Murders, Burlington, 15. Nick Guernsey, Burlington, 16. Harold Pohren, New London, 17. Tyler Glass, Cedar Rapids, 18. Heath Bundy, Oquawka, Il., 19. Devon Rouse, Burlington, 20. Shawn Whiting, West Burlington, 21. Bailey Eliott, California, Mo. HEAT WINNERS: Stewart, Roth, Wagoner.
RYNER TRANSPORTATION IMCA MODIFIEDS
FEATURE: 1. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Il., 2. Scott Hogan, Vinton, 3. Milo Veloz, Colona, Il., 4. Ryan Cook, Burlington, 5. Mitch Morris, Eldridge, 6. Tyler Glass, Cedar Rapids, 7. Dean McGee, Galesburg, Il., 8. Dustin Smith, Tayler Ridge, Il., 9. Dugan Thye, Burlington, 10. Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, Il., 11. Jonathan Olmscheid, Willmar, Mn., 12. Bob Dominacki, Bettendorf, 13. Paul Nelson, Colchester, Il., 14. Chadwick Giberson, Packwood, 15. Darrow Lillie, Burlington, 16. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Il., 17. Rich Smith, Taylor Ridge, Il., 18. Lonnie Heap, Monmouth, Il., 19. Bill Roberts, Jr., Burlington, 20. Dave Warth, Danville. HEAT WINNERS: Hogan, McGee, Veloz.
PEPSI IMCA STOCK CARS
FEATURE: 1. Chase Klenk, New London, 2. Jake Wenig, Burlington, 3. Andrew Hustead, Rutledge, Mo., 4. Abe Huls, Carthage, Il., 5. John Oliver, Jr., Danville, 6. Tom Bowling, Danville, 7. Devon Timmerman, Wapello, 8 Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, 9. Shane Watts, Burlington, 10. Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson, 11. Ray Raker, Danville, 12. Blaine Dopler, Wapello, 13. Joe Gerdes, Burlington, 14. Ryan Cook, Burlington, 15. Mark Bowman, Burlington, 16. Derek Schwandt, Danville, 17. John Brockway, Morning Sun, 18. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, 19. Randy Wachter, Burlington, 20. Dane Fenton, Burlington. HEAT WINNERS: Fenton, Brockway, Hustead.
CASEBINE CREDIT UNION IMCA SPORT MODS
FEATURE: 1. Sean Wyett, Danville, 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, 3. Joey Gower, Quincy, Il., 4. Brett Timmerman, Wapello, 5. Scott Van Buskirk, Hedrick, 6. Brandon Lennox, New London, 7. Aaron Mitchell, Knoxville, Il., 8. Wesley Mayfield, Hull, Il., 9. Dustin Ravelin, Burlington, 10. Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa, 11. Jacob Morris, Eldridge, 12. Kyle Hill, New London, 13. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Il., 14. Creston Williams, Newhall, 15. Ed Wasson, Burlington, 16. Travis Hartman, Burlington. HEAT WINNERS: Gower, Timmerman.