By: Trevor Maeder
Racing Defeats Mother Nature for Liberty 50 Show
Fans, Drivers and Officials stood on their toes Saturday afternoon in hopes that a cooperative Mother Nature would allow the action to take place at ACS for Iowa Corn District 7 Committee Night with the Lucas Oil MLRA, MARS, Corn Belt Clash Series coming to town for the $5,000 to win Ray Houck Memorial Liberty 50. Mother Nature cooperated just enough to allow racing action to take place.
(Lee Collom Giving Jesse Stovall the double checkers) Photo courtesy of: Linda Freeman
Stovall leads Green to Checkered, Collects $5,000
Jesse Stovall won last year’s Liberty 50, and he came to ACS fresh off a win in the Alphabet Soup race at I-80 Speedway on Friday night. Stovall started on the front row and paced the field through the entire race while fending off charges from Terry Phillips and Jason Papich. Stovall made the best of many restarts in the caution filled 50 lap feature to secure his second consecutive Liberty 50 win and the $5,000 payday. Defending MLRA Champion Terry Phillips finished second, Jason Papich made the trek from California to finish third, Dave Eckrich fourth and 2012 ACS late model track champion J.C Wyman rounded out the top five.
Baker Collects First Win at ACS
The #9x Keystone Light Kompact had already been in the Miller Lite “The Original” Victory Lane prior to Saturday night. Joe Baker had not, and he changed that last week. Baker started the night off with a dominating heat race win and followed it up by leading the entirety of the feature to collect his first ever win at ACS. Bryan Vannausdle finished second, Jake Dixon third, John Kinser fourth and Dean Richards fifth.
Jenkins Gets Fourth Win
Between I-80 Speedway and ACS, Ryan Jenkins had amassed 8 wins during his 2016 season, and he made it 9 on last week as the youngster shook off early race woes to garner his fourth win of the season in the Stalker Chevrolet B-Mods. Rookie Bob Bopp led the first part of the race before Shawn Kralik was able to gain the advantage. Kralik didn’t hold the lead long as Jenkins quickly and methodically muscled his way to the front eventually taking the lead from Kralik for his fourth win of the season and putting more cushion on his current points. Kralik came home second, followed by David Schwartz with a season high third, Josh Cooper worked his way up from being involved in an early race accident to fourth while last week’s winner Jacob Hobscheidt rounded out the top five.
It was “Miller Time”
Greg Miller had an impressive start to his Northland Oil Pro-stocks season. The veteran accumulated two wins in the first three nights of the season. Since then, however Miller has struggled. He ended the struggle on last week taking advantage of his favorable third place starting position by taking the lead early on and never looking back to capture his third win of the season. Point leader Joe Zadina came home second, Dusty Van Horn took third in his appearance to ACS this season, David Nail Jr. fourth and Cody Clark fifth.
Another One For “Cool Hand” Luke
Luke Ramsey is off to a dominant start in the Chat Mobility Hobby Stocks. Ramsey and his “Taylor County Mafia” had four wins already under his belt, as well as a comfortable point lead. By the end of night Ramsey had widened his point lead and picked up win number five of the season. Ramsey did not do so without a battle however as early on it looked as if Tom Myers had the car to beat until Myers and Jerid Lund made contact and opened the door for Ramsey. Lund followed Ramsey waiting for a mistake, but it never came as “Cool Hand” Luke calmly picked up his fifth win of the season. Jerid Lund picked up a season best second place followed by his brother Jesse Lund third, Buck Schafroth fourth and Tim McCollum fifth.
Dennis Has Six and Counting
Last week did not go Jesse Dennis’ way. The two-time defending Poet Biorefining Modified saw his streak of five consecutive wins end last week when he suffered a broken axle halfway through the race while leading. Dennis was able to bounce back from a first lap spin to collect his sixth win of the season. After spinning out Dennis had to work his way through the pack and eventually made it around race leader Jeff “The Candy Man” Wiggins and never looked back. Wiggins picked up his second consecutive runner-up finish followed by Jon Plowman third, Todd Van Eaton fourth and Brad Bergren fifth.
Next Week at ACS: Fireworks, A Chance at $3,000 and MORE!
Next week at ACS is shaping up to be a dandy. As we celebrate Independence weekend, Coors Light & KSOM will “Light Up The Sky” with a wonderful fireworks display, one lucky fan also has the possibility of winning $3,000 ($500 cash, $2500 certificate of deposit) courtesy of Malvern Bank. Will one of the top six starting B-Mod drivers make someone $3,000 richer or will it rollover for the sixth consecutive week? Come celebrate with us at ACS and find out this Saturday night!
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