By Dana Royer
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (July 18) – It was a Blast from the Past at 34 Raceway Saturday night as the 3/8-mile high bank celebrating its 50th season of racing. Admission price was rolled back to 1966 to $1.50, memorabilia was on display courtesy of Billy Dusenberry and yes, even the vintage race cars took to the track.
Tales from the past were shared throughout the evening by former racers and current Hall of Fame members were remembered. Even the trophies were a reminder of the first race at 34 Raceway, which was originally called 34 Raceway Park. Fifty years later, 34 Raceway is listed in the top 10 in continuous operating tracks in the country.
Race fans also dug deep as drivers went through the stands collecting money for the Cameron, Ill., families hit but a tornado last week.
Chase Klenk got his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win in a 20-lap event that ran non-stop and featured three- and four-wide racing throughout.
Klenk held off challenges from Andrew Hustead, John Brockway, Jake Wenig and Abe Huls for the win as the front five ran bumper to bumper from green to checkered.
Jeff Waterman took the lead from Milo Veloz on lap 14 and stayed in front the last six circuits to earn his first local Ryner Transportation IMCA Modified win this season. Scott Hogan moved up from his 11th place start to second.
Sean Wyett took the early lead and held off Jeff Mueller and Joey Gower to get his first Casebine Credit Union IMCA Northern SportMod win since the beginning of last season.
More than 100 cars were on hand for the history-making night.