Marolf masters IMCA Late Model field at Drive For 5

By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 26) – Round two of Pepsi Lee County Speedway’s Shottenkirk Parts Ex­press Drive For 5 ended with Nick Marolf taking home $1,000.  Marolf and Andy Nezworski drew the front row for the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature, and Marolf used the draw to his advantage by leading lap one over Dustin Griffin and Nezworski.  While Marolf paced the field out front, Griffin and Nezworski battled side-by-side on numerous occasions for the runner-up spot. On lap 13, Nezworski got by Griffin for the spot and went to work on Marolf for the lead. Late lapped traffic, however, allowed Marolf to pull away for his first win of the season at Donnell­son. Nezworski was second, Griffin was third, Tommy Elston was fourth with Sam Halstead com­ing home fifth. Round three of Drive For 5, presented by Ideal Ready Mix, Floyd’s Waste Systems, J.J. Nichting Company Case IH, Woodworth Attorney at Law, Triple Seven Trucking, Triple R Performance Engines, KQ92, and Big Country 103.1, will be July 17. Feature results – 1.  Nick Marolf; 2.  Andy Nezworski; 3.  Dustin [Read More]


Burgtorf tops first Drive For 5 at Donnellson

By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 12) – Round one of Pepsi Lee County Speedway’s Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA Sunoco Late Model Drive For 5 went to a driver well acquainted with the fast way around the oval at Donnellson.  Mark Burgtorf pocketed the $1,000 Friday night victory in the Lynn Richards no. 15R ride. Burgtorf and Matt Strassheim drew the front row for the 22-lap feature. While Burgtorf set a fast pace out front, Strassheim, Tommy Elston, Darin Duffy, Denny Woodworth and Dustin Griffin bat­tled for position behind him. The first caution appeared on lap 11 following a multi-car tangle. Burgtorf moved back out front on the restart, with Elston, Duffy and Woodworth close behind. The final caution of the race came on lap 16. Again, Burgtorf rocketed back out front on the restart with Duffy overtaking Elston for the runner-up spot. Duffy tried to keep pace with the leader but Burgtorf was too strong and picked up his first win of the season. Duffy was second, Woodworth got by Elston on the final lap to get [Read More]


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 [Read More]


Lee County Drive For 5 schedule adjusted

By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that took all of April’s and most of May’s scheduled race events at Pepsi Lee County Speedway, promoters Brian and Marcie Gaylord have announced several schedule changes to the Drive For 5 program for IMCA Sunoco Late Models. There will still be five $1,000 to win feature qualifying nights to help set the stage for a potential $5,000 IMCA Sunoco Late Model Drive For 5 payday in mid September at the track. Four of the qualifying nights will take place on weekly Friday night events, on June 12, June 26, July 17 and Aug. 21, with one qualifying night on Saturday, Aug. 1. Drivers who compete in at least four of those events will be eligible to run for a top prize of $5,000 in the Saturday, Sept. 12 finale.  Shottenkirk Parts Express, local sponsor of the division, is the title sponsor of Drive For 5 as well. Other sponsors include Ideal Ready Mix, J.J. Nichting Company Case IH, Floyd’s Waste Systems, Triple Seven Trucking, and Triple R Performance Engines. IMCA [Read More]


Elston tops IMCA Late Model opener at Lee County

By Brian Neal  DONNELLSON, Iowa (May 29) – Opening night IMCA Sunoco Late Model honors belonged to Tommy Elston Friday at Pepsi Lee County Speedway.  Ron Boyse and Elston led the field to green, with Boyse edging out Elston by a nose at the line to lead the first of 20 laps.  But Elston used the momentum off the top of the track to grab the lead away from Boyse on lap two. Denny Woodworth, who started fifth, slipped past Boyse on lap three to take over the runner-up spot and from there Woodworth tried to stay in Elston’s tire tracks. The race stayed green and Elston cruised to his first win of the season. Woodworth was second and Nick Marolf third.                                                                                                     Michael Long was the IMCA [Read More]


IMCA championship chase starts Friday at Lee County Speedway

DONNELLSON, Iowa – The race for track championships in five IMCA divisions starts Friday night at Lee County Speedway.  The May 29 program sees IMCA Sunoco Late Models running for $700 to win, IMCA Modifieds for $600 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods both for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for a top check of $250.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and state, as well as track points are at stake. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with racing to follow 7 p.m. hot laps. Pit passes are $30. The grandstand will be closed and social distancing guidelines will be in effect in the pit area.  Friday’s race program will be broadcast by Done Right TV. More information about the Lee County event is available by calling 319 371-6744. 

Deery Bros Late Model Summer Series

Deery win at Donnellson another milestone for Aikey

DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 2) – It had been several years since the last time Lee County Speed­way hosted the Deery Brothers Summer Series.  It had been even longer since Jeff Aikey drove to victory lane following an IMCA Late Model tour race at Donnellson. Both absences ended Friday night. Aikey finally caught passed race-long leader Andy Eckrich with four circuits left in the 40-lapper, then pulled away to the $2,000 checkers. The victory was his second of the season and series-leading career 70th. Aikey’s one previous Lee County win came in April of 1996. “Andy was tremendous out there,” said Aikey, equally quick to compliment the track prep crew at Donnellson. “And what a race track!  High, low, you could run wherever you wanted to go. It was a great show for the fans.” John Emerson, 11th starting Tommy Elston and Joe Zrostlik completed the top five. Eckrich had started from the pole and set a blistering pace on the initial start and again following the second of two lap 14 restarts. Eric Pollard, who’s won [Read More]

Deery Bros Late Model Summer Series

Deery Series has new point leader for Friday show at Lee County

DONNELLSON, Iowa – There’s a new point leader when the Deery Brothers Summer Series makes its much anticipated return to Lee County Speedway this Friday. The Aug. 2 event at Donnellson is the fifth installment of the 2019 IMCA Late Model tour. Joel Callahan of Dubuque is one of the four different drivers with series wins thus far and put his name at the top of the point standings with a fifth place finish last Wednesday at West Union. Friday’s main event, the 495th in series history, pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.  Pit gates are open all day. The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 off for veterans, $8 for stu­dents ages 11-17 and free for ages 10 and under. Pit passes are $30 for adults, $20 for kids ages 7 to 13, $15 for ages 4-6 and $5 for three and under. Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl [Read More]


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 [Read More]


Simmons scores first career IMCA Modified win

By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (May 10) – Dakota Simmons raced to the first IMCA Modified victory of his career Friday at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Levi Smith and Simmons led the field to green in the Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Sim­mons grabbing the early lead. Simmons started to pull away from the rest of the field before the first and only caution appeared on lap eight. On the restart, Simmons jumped back out front with Bill Roberts Jr. and John Oliver Jr. close be­hind. Oliver got past Roberts on lap 10 but by then Simmons had built up a straightaway lead. Coming to the white flag, Oliver had cut Simmons’ lead down to about three car lengths but that was as close as he could get, as Simmons went on to claim his first career Modified win. Tommy Elston won the 20 lap I-Smile Silver IMCA Late Model main event despite the best efforts of challenger Brian Harris.  Fifth-starting David Brandies topped the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature and Daniel [Read More]