Oliver repeats at Pepsi Lee County Speedway

By Brian Neal

DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 7) – John Oliver Jr. went back-to-back with his second consecutive Budweiser IMCA Modified feature win Friday at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway.

Levi Smith and Mitch Boles led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 18-lap event, with Boles grabbing the early lead over Smith and Jeff Waterman. Boles held the top spot until lap three, when Waterman got under him.

The second of two restarts saw Waterman jump back out front, John Oliver Jr., who started eighth, and Brandon Lennox, who started ninth, close behind. Oliver followed in Waterman’s tire tracks over the next seven laps, waiting for an opportunity to get the lead away from him. 

Coming off turn four to complete lap 16, Waterman slid up the track, which allowed Oliver to shoot under him for the lead. Oliver then held Waterman off over the final laps to claim his second win in a row at the track. Waterman was second and Dennis LaVeine finished third.

Austen Becerra lead the final five laps to pick up his second local Roberts Tire Center IMCA Northern SportMod win of the season at the track, breaking Daniel Fellows’ four-race win streak. 

Jon Orwig held off Brandon Reu over the final laps to claim his first Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compact win of the season at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway.