Baumli, Bowers continue to add Bethany wins

J.J. Baumli collected his third IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win at Bethany Speedway this season on Saturday night. (Photo by Judy Staley)

BETHANY, Mo. (Aug. 1) – Steven Bowers Jr. and J.J. Baumli both continued their winning ways at historic Bethany Speedway Saturday evening.

Bowers has taken control of the IMCA Modified division locally as he chases the national championship, having won all but one feature at Bethany this year heading into the night.

At the start, Mike Dotson took the point and battled Nicholas Carpenter while Bowers started 10th and was working through the pack, bringing Shayne Bailey with him. Out of turn two, Bowers and Carpenter split Dotson high and low and ran three wide all the way down the backstretch and into three.

Bowers came out with the lead and went on to win with Carpenter in second and Dotson third.

Carson Masoner led early in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main, then Blake Peeler took the lead and tried to get away from everybody. Baumli drove to the outside and to the front as Peeler stayed on the bottom.

Baumli picked up win number three this year. Peeler had a strong run finishing second in only his fourth race back and Sam Scott was third.

The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods have proven to be a who’s who of feature winners this season at Bethany and Tim Eaton quickly moved into the lead on Saturday. 

Tim Stallbaumer worked the bottom while Eaton worked the top. They continued to battle for the lead as a handful of cars raced for third behind them. Austin Charles had restarted at the back but became one of those cars battling. 

One by one, Charles picked off cars on his way to the front of the pack. The checkered came out with Charles on the move, but running out of laps to have a shot. Eaton gave himself a great birthday present with the feature win. Stallbaumer was second with Charles third. 

The next race will be Aug. 22 with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on the ticket.