LEBANON, Mo. — official track release — Lebanon I-44 photo —
The NASCAR Budweiser Modifieds will highlight round number five of the NASCAR Chase for the Championship with a huge 50 lap feature Saturday night at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway.
A full racing program of O’Reilly Auto Parts Pro Late Models, Hoosier Racing Tire Street Stocks, Coca-Cola Chargers and the Sportsman division are also on the card as Missouri Eagle presents Budweiser Night at the Races.
Fair Grove’s Ricky Icenhower will be looking to continue his hot streak which started at mid-season last year. Icenhower has won three of the four features this season so far on the three-eighths mile asphalt oval. A late caution allowed Icenhower to move into the lead on the restart in claiming the win last week.
Current Budweiser Modified point leader and former Pro Late Model Track Champion Tim Swearengin of Springfield and defending champion Stephen Counterman of Fair Grove are coming off good runs last week and the longer distance will allow them to test the strategy involved in the feature event.
Points runner-up Richard Lewis along with Brian Lewis, rookie Todd Lauvray, Joe Bunkers, Kevin Blackburn, one of the winningest modified drivers in area asphalt racing history David Bates, Phil Harris, Chris Johnson, David Strode, Rodrick Icenhower, Ron Hartford, Adam Carmichael, Mark Riddle and others will be looking for a season best finish in the 50 lap event.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Pro Late Model point leader J.C. Newell of Stoutland maintains a 29 point lead over defending champion Kaleb Allison of Mexico. Allison is sorting out a new car after the 2014 championship winning car was wrecked at the end of the season at Nashville, while Newell is running with a new car and different motor program this season.
1999 Champion Ken Dickinson of Camdenton is setting a solid third in the standings and is looking stronger each week with his new ride as the Donahue brothers — Kevin and Kyle — are hot on his bumper along with a consistent Jimmy Vanzandt waiting in the shadows. With Kyle Donahue’s win last week, four different winners in four features have this as perhaps the tightest Pro Late Model field in many seasons.
2014 Sportsman Champion Paul Jepson of Rolla is coming off a runner-up spot from last week and is quickly becoming a factor in the already talented field. Allison moved into second in the NASCAR Missouri State standings after last weekend behind Newell, while the Donahue brothers stay glued together in third and fourth.
A new point leader sets the pace in the NASCAR Hoosier Racing Tire Street Stocks, as Les Mallard’s second win of the season moved him to the top by 32 markers over Jordan Nisbett. An ever growing class this season, the competition level is at an all-time high with strong car counts and three different winners out of four features.
The battle for third place between Lauren Buhr and Zach Morgan is tight and the rest of the field has really brought the class some great finishes.
Rolla’s Ben White maintains a slim four point margin over 2013 NASCAR Coca-Cola Charger Champion Jimmy Poindexter with his second win of the season, while Bolivar’s Nik Taylor is coming off a heat race win and a third place feature finish for the rookie driver. Rolla’s Japheth Nisbett is close behind in fourth.
With three different winners in four events so far this season, the field is well known for three and four wide racing action for the Speedway’s entry level class.
The NASCAR Sportsman class has provided four different winners in four races and has a tight point battle as Lebanon’s Aaron Douglas has only a 19 point margin over veteran James “Grandpa” Newell. Eldridge’s Jimmy Fohn is only 25 markers from the top spot.
The close competition and excitement in this division is quickly becoming a fan favorite with the different style of bodies.
For more information visit the track’s website at www.i44speedway.net.
CREDIT: Lebanon I-44 Speedway