(From Dewain Hulett, Lee County Speedway)
For the first time in 2011 Mother Nature didn’t threaten Friday night racing action at Lee County Speedway, which kicked of this year’s campaign with a late model feature victory by Ray Guss, Jr. highlighting the schedule.
Other feature winners included Dan Wenig in hobby stocks, Dylan Book in sport mods, Darin Smith in wild things, Jeff Mueller in stock cars and Josh Foster in modifieds.
Mark Burgtorf and Guss started side-by-side on the front row of the 25-lap late model main event, Guss took the lead into turn one and never trailed, although he was pressured through lapped traffic by Burgtorf in the green-to-checkered event. Jason Perry finished third, while Justin Reed took the fourth spot, followed by Jeff Aikey in fifth.
Foster survived a couple late cautions and use the high side of the racetrack to pick up his first modified feature win of 2011. Dennis LeVeine pressed the leader through the last two-thirds of the race but couldn’t find a way past before settling for second. Brandon Rothzen came from the sixth row to finish third, while Tyler Cale moved from the fifth row to fourth. Jim Roach rounded out the top five.
Mueller was the class of the stock car field, posting a relatively easy victory. Jim Redman and others were in a heated battle behind the leader before he finally secured second. Jason Cook, who fell to sixth at one point, rallied to take third. Matt Greiner was fourth and Cale Samberg finished fifth.