The Ottumwa Courier

July 23, 2013

Nathan Wood gets 100th Career Win

THE PIT STOP
By SCOTT WATSON

---- — Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop.

Sigourney racer Nathan Wood made his 100th career trip to victory lane back on Friday, July 12, at the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction.

Wood started racing in 2001 in the Hobby Stock division and raced a Hobby Stock for six full seasons before he made his move to the Stock Cars. Wood was the 2006 United States Racing Association Hobby Stock National Champion and has several track championships to his credit over the years. Congratulations to Wood on reaching the milestone.

Danny Lasoski picked up his 99th win at The Knoxville Raceway this past Saturday night. The “Dude From Dover” will be gunning for number 100 at Knoxville in the upcoming weeks with some big events coming up at the Sprint Car Capitol of the World which might make for some tough sledding to record number 100 for Lasoski at Knoxville.

The NASCAR Truck Series will be racing tomorrow night at The Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Eldora is a half-mile dirt oval and is owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart. Stewart purchased the track in 2004 from legendary promoter, Earl Baltes, who had owned the track since it opened in 1954.

Eldora hosts some big dirt racing events each year that include the Prelude to the Dream, Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal and the World 100. With the trucks making their appearance at Eldora, this marks the return of a NASCAR Series to a dirt track for the first time in 42 years.

The last dirt track race for NASCAR was September 30, 1970, at The North Carolina State Fairgrounds where Richard Petty won his 117th of 200 career wins. That race was also conducted on a Wednesday night and also on a half-mile dirt oval.

When the NASCAR series heads to road course events during the year there are always some of the race teams that bring in drivers that have excelled on road course events. It was speculated that this Truck Series event might bring in some dirt-track racers and that speculation is correct.

Among the drivers hired to race at Eldora tomorrow night, is legendary Dirt Late Model driver, Scott Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, Tennessee, who will be driving a truck owned by NASCAR driver, Kyle Busch. Bloomquist has won pretty much every big event for Dirt Late Models in his career but has never driven a NASCAR Truck.

It will be interesting to see if this experiment works as well as it does for the road course events. The trucks aren’t designed for dirt track events so we’ll see how the racing goes on the dirt track Wednesday night.

The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa has their night of racing tomorrow night being sponsored by KISS FM 101.5. The Iowa Sportsman Series will be on the card of racing along with their regular weekly divisions.

Friday night at Eddyville Raceway Park will be a test-and-tune night along with the High School division back in action. Saturday is a regular bracket point’s race at Eddyville as well as being the Rick Reese Memorial event.

The Bloomfield Speedway has Spilman Auto Parts Night Saturday night and they are also having an Ugly Truck Contest. This should be pretty neat to see who will be crowned as having the ugliest truck.

The Knoxville Raceway has a night of racing Saturday night with Candi’e Flowers as the sponsor. The 305 Sprinters are scheduled on the night of racing along with the 410 and 360 Sprinters.

Figure 8 racing also returns to Barnes City on Saturday night.

Well I better go for this week. Thanks for reading. I’ll see you at the track. Gone racin’.

SIGOURNEY FIGURE 8 RESULTS

7-20-13

CRUISERS

Heat #1 – 1, Tyler Pence / Bryan Stephenson, Sigourney; 2, Brad & Stephen Olson, What Cheer; 3, Josh & Curt Myers, Sigourney.

Heat #2 – 1, Brad Craig / Travis Timm, Hartwick; 2, Daniel Olson / Andy Thomas, What Cheer; 3, Cory Pace / Tonia Bruns, Oskaloosa.

B Main – 1, Tony Roth / Scott Strong, Grinnell; 2, Ashton Hartwig / Deal Keasling, What Cheer.

A Main – 1, Olson / Olson; 2, Roth / Strong; 3, Olson / Thomas; 4, Myers / Myers; 5, Pace / Bruns; 6, Hartwig / Keasling; 7, Craig / Timm; 8, Pence / Stephenson.

PICKUP TRUCKS

Heat - 1, Shana Stocker, Sigourney; 2, Rick Krueger, Sigourney; 3, Tyler Snakenburg, Sigourney.

A Main – 1, Krueger; 2, Stocker; 3, Snakenburg; 4, Jeff Nace, Lovilia; 5, Cory VanDenHevel, What Cheer; 6, Kenneth Krueger, Ollie; 7, Dustin Bensmiller, Sigourney; DNS – Chris Bates, Keswick.

STOCK

Heat #1 – 1, AJ Vandermeiden, Oskaloosa; 2, Marty Almond, Rose Hill; 3, Mike Lund, Seymour.

Heat #2 – 1, Justin Bringman, Delta; 2, Jarred Gann, Sigourney; 3, Jordan Vandermolen, Pella.

B Main – 1, Kenton Dunsbergen, Sully; 2, Bruce Kline, Brooklyn.

A Main – 1, Vandermolen; 2, Vandermeiden; 3, Dunsbergen; 4, Cody Kuntz, Washington; 5, Kline; 6, Almond; 7, Bringman; 8, Lund; 9, Gann; 10, Matt Smalley, Sully.

PRO STOCK

Heat #1 – 1, Wayne Webert, Williamsburg; 2, Jerrod Thompson, Sigourney; 3, Glenn Stoddard, Barnes City.

Heat #2 – 1, Butch Lester, Newton; 2, Dave Sellers, Sigourney; 3, Mike Brown, New Sharon.

B Main – 1, Nate Wanders, Lynnville; 2, Aaron Molyneux, Oskaloosa.

A Main – 1, Thompson; 2, Brown; 3, Siraj Thomason, Montezuma; 4, Molyneux; 5, Stoddard; 6, Wanders; 7, Webert; 8, Matt Collins, What Cheer; 9, Lester; 10, Sellers.

OPEN

Heat #1 – 1, Nate Watts, Oskaloosa; 2, Joe Icenbice, Deep River; 3, Corey Danner, Oskaloosa.

Heat #2 – 1, Mark Schuring, Otley; 2, Don Wauters, Altoona; 3, Wayne Webert, Williamsburg.

A Main – 1, Allen Scholten, Lynnville; 2, Watts; 3, Wauters; 4, John Watts, Oskaloosa; 5, Danner; 6, Schuring; 7, Icenbice; 8, Webert; 9, William Hartwig, New Sharon.