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]
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]
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]
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]
By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa – For the first time in 2019, Mother Nature has taken the checkered flag at the Pepsi Lee County Speedway in Donnellson. Heavy rains all week long has given the track crew no chance of getting on the race track to get it ready for Friday, May 3. Therefore, Brian and Marcie Gaylord have been forced to cancel the action, which was suppose to be presented by Buford Dozing and Excavating. Friday night’s action was scheduled to kick off the 2019 point season for the I-Smile Silver IMCA Late Models. But now that will have to wait until next Friday, May 10, as Darkside Tint & Graphix, Driftwood 13, and Buford Dozing and Excavating help to bring the action. Also on the card for Friday, May 10th will be the Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, Roberts Tire Center IMCA Northern SportMods and Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compacts, all racing for track points. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (April 26) – Bill Roberts Jr. became the third different IMCA Modified winner at Lee County Speedway this season Friday night. In and out of the lead in the 20-lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, Roberts saw John Oliver Jr. use his high side momentum coming off turn four to edge ahead coming to the white flag. The two raced through turns one and two and down the backstretch side-by-side. Oliver drifted a little high coming off turn four to get the checkers, which allowed Roberts to go under him for his first win of the season at the track. Jeremy Pundt was the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car winner and Daniel Fellows was first in the Roberts Tire Center IMCA Northern SportMod main. Brandon reu topped the Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compact feature.
By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (April 19) – Mike Mullen made the long tow from Wisconsin pay off by winning Friday’s IMCA Modified main event at Lee County Speedway. Chad Giberson and Dakota Simmons led the field to green in the 20-lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Simmons grabbing the initial lead on John Oliver Jr. and Dennis LaVeine. Oliver used the momentum off the top to grab the top spot on lap five. Mullen made it a three-car battle for the lead then on lap eight passed Oliver Jr. to take away the top spot. The one and only caution of the race appeared on the next lap. On the restart, Mullen jumped back out front with Michael Long and Oliver close behind. Long tried to keep pace over the final half of the race but Mullen was able to hold on to score his first-ever win at Donnellson. Abe Huls was the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car winner and Daniel Fellows prevailed from a three-wide tussle with the lead and the victory [Read More]
By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (April 12) – Jeff Waterman began his pursuit of another Lee County Speedway track title with the opening night IMCA Modified feature victory. Friday’s 20-lap Budweiser IMCA Modified main saw Dennis LaVeine and Dakota Simmons draw the front row. LaVeine took advantage of his spot to jump out into the lead over Andrew Schroeder and Simmons. Schroeder looked under LaVeine over the next five laps, before the first caution of the race appeared. On the restart, LaVeine jumped back out front with Waterman, who started ninth, coming from fifth to second. While LaVeine worked the bottom of the track, Waterman used the top to try and wrestle the lead away. Coming off turn four on lap nine, Waterman used his momentum off the top to edge LaVeine at the line to take over the top spot. Waterman maintained his advantage following a lap 10 restart as Schroeder and LaVeine battled for second. The final half of the race would go caution free, which allowed Waterman to pull away. LaVeine was second [Read More]
DONNELLSON, Iowa – IMCA Late Model drivers can look forward to a warm reception when they return to Lee County Speedway this spring. The division headlines Friday night programs at Donnellson and promoter Brian Gaylord said news of the division’s return has generated a 100 percent positive response. “It’s going to be a big plus. Everyone we’ve talked to likes the idea and we’ve already heard of a lot of new cars being built,” said Gaylord. “We want to build the car count numbers up and that will help increase numbers in the grandstand.” IMCA Late Models were first sanctioned at Lee County in 1990 and last ran there weekly in 2010. The Deery Brothers Summer Series is in town on Aug. 2. Late Models will be one of five sanctioned divisions featured this season at Lee County, with opening night on April 12. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continues through Aug. 23. IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars have both run weekly at Donnellson for more than 20 years. Karl [Read More]
By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 17) – Abe Huls was the winner for the 100th time in his career Friday, prevailing at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Kevin Koontz and Cody McClure made up the front row but fourth starting John Oliver Jr. grabbed the lead and set the early pace out front while the rest of the field battled two- and sometimes three-wide behind him. Huls, who started fifth and fell back to sixth on the opening circuit, worked himself into the runner up spot on lap five and then went to work on Oliver for the top spot. Huls tried to work under Oliver as the two raced side-by-side around the 3/8-mile oval. Oliver was able to hold him off until lap 12, when Huls edged out front. Oliver stayed glued to Huls’ back bumper over the final laps but was unable to get by Huls for the win. Huls held on for his career 100th victory and sixth local win of the season ahead of Oliver, Jeremy Pundt and Beau Taylor. Bill Roberts [Read More]