Long stays hot at Pepsi Lee County Speedway

By Brian Neal 

DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 5) – Michael Long was back in Pepsi Lee County Speedway’s victory lane after holding off Mark Burgtorf in the Friday night feature for IMCA Modifieds. 

Long and Jardin Fuller led the field to the green flag, Long jumping into the lead over Fuller and Mark Burgtorf. Burgtorf and Denny Eckrich both got by Fuller and went to work on chasing down Long.

However, Long pulled away before the first caution appeared on lap 13. On the restart, Long stayed out front with Burgtorf and Eckrich taking chase. The action was slowed for the second and final time for a yellow on lap 17. 

Long then held off Burgtorf for the win. Austin Howes was third.

Austen Becerra went three-wide for the lead, then outran Jim Gillenwater for the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory. 

Coming up Friday, June 12 will be the first of five Drive For 5 qualifying nights for the IMCA Sunoco Late Models. Sponsored locally by Shottenkirk Parts Express, the IMCA Late Models will be racing for a top prize of $1,000. 

Drive For 5 which is also being presented by Ideal Ready Mix, Floyd’s Waste Systems, J.J. Nicht­ing Company Case IH, Triple Seven Trucking, and Triple R Performance Engines. IMCA Modi­fieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the card.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors (60+) $9, students (11-17) and veterans $5 and kids 10 & under free. Pit passes will be $30, ages 7-13 $20, ages 4-6 $10, and three and under $5.