This forecast reminds me of the weather that we had back in 2007 where we had more than 210 cars in the pits and raised more than $2,500 for the individuals and families who were battling kidney disease in the area. I can't be there this Saturday, but in hope of encouraging you to attend here is the story and results from that record-setting event.
Beautiful Weather Leads To Record-Setting Shiverfest
Donnellson, Iowa – Beautiful autumn weather blessed southeast Iowa on Saturday and the result was a record setting evening for the eighth running of “Shiverfest” at the Lee County Speedway. Over 210 cars in five divisions were in competition, a new record car count, in front of the largest crowd ever to come out for the season-ending event. Tony Fraise, Mike VanGenderen, Jake Wenig, Jim Gillenwater and Joe Zrostlik all claimed feature wins on a night when a new record amount was raised for the Southeast Renal Dialysis Units as well.
VanGenderen started from the pole position in the fifteen-lap Stock Car finale and hugged the bottom line around the 3/8-mile oval. Rob Henry challenged early, but could not overtake the leader and Eric Flander made the late pass of Henry to finish second. Tony Von Dresky finished fourth while Abe Huls rallied from nineteenth to finish fifth. The Modified feature was a thriller as Mark Schulte paced the field for the first seventeen laps before Tony Fraise was able to use the middle line to ease past with two laps to go. Schulte made one more bid, but could not return to the front as Fraise earned his second Shiverfest title. Brandon Banks ran strong in third with Bruce Hanford and David Holder completing the top five.
The Hobby Stock feature was next on the card and four different drivers held the lead during the fifteen-lap distance. Bob Lynch was out front for the first five circuits before yielding to John Oliver Sr., then it was Doug Fenton out front until lap eleven. With three laps to go Jake Wenig, was got married the night before, made the pass on Fenton and then held off the 2007 Lee County Speedway track champion for the win. Lynch, Oliver and Brandon Symmonds completed the top five.
The B-Modified feature got off to a rough start when leader Bob Woodrow slid sideways in front of the field coming to score lap number two collecting top contender Wyatt Lantz. Woodrow could not restart while Lantz went to the back of the twenty-five car field. Jim Gillenwater assumed the lead from there and was never challenged the remainder of the distance for the victory. Tony Olson made a late charge to come home second with Phillip Beard and Kory Meyer next in line. Lantz made a bold run through the field to finish in fifth.
The four cylinder Wild Things had a tough time getting started, but once they did it was all Joe Zrostlik as the Long Grove driver went flag-to-flag for the victory. Tyler Schulte came from the back of the pack to finish second with Brad Chandler, Michael Grossman and John Flury next in line.
With the support of sponsors, drivers and fans, Shiverfest raised over $2,500 for the individuals and families who are battling kidney disease at the Southeast Renal Dialysis Units in Mt. Pleasant, Keokuk, Fort Madison and Burlington. This amount was helped out when Paul Boles of Boles Auto Sales matched the winning 50/50 amount of $629 and when drivers Kevin Cale, Tyler Cale and Mike Leffler donated their winnings back to the dialysis units. Area sponsors who made direct contributions to the dialysis units included KILJ Radio, Hagge Insurance, Casebine Credit Union, Becker’s Jewelers, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Mike Henderson-Edward Jones Investments, Dave’s Foods, Access Energy Cooperative & Access Energy Propane, Mt. Pleasant Tire & Service, Balzer Incorporated, the Mt. Pleasant Hy-Fee Food Store and Cottage Realty.
A-Main – 1. Tony Fraise, Donnellson 2. Mark Schulte, Delhi 3. Brandon Banks, Washington 4. Bruce Hanford, Davenport 5. David Holder, Clarence MO 6. Donovan Lodge, Andover IL 7. Jeff Waterman, Quincy IL 8. Robbie Reed, Mexico MO 9. Nate Caruth, Ames 10. David Wietholder, Liberty IL 11. Bill Davis Jr., Des Moines 12. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington 13. Kevin Cale, Donnellson 14. Scott Olson, Preston 15. Don Erger, Brandon 16. Andy Krieger, Burlington 17. Rob Kirchner, Donnellson 18. Chad Staus, Sedalia MO 19. Lonne Heap, Media IL 20. Dean McGee, Galesburg IL 21. Mike Schump, Iowa City 22. Mitch Higdon, Fort Madison 23. Rich Smith, Davenport 24. Josh Foster, Montrose
B-Main – 1. Caruth 2. Waterman 3. Davis Jr. 4. Staus 5. Krieger 6. Kirchner 7. Bill Parks, Colchester IL 8. Mike Zemo Jr., Geneseo IL 9. Ed Thomas, Waterloo 10. Shawn Bistline, Marengo 11. Ricky Frankel, Quincy IL 12. Chris Larson, Keokuk 13. Rob Olson, Cedar Rapids 14. Mike Weikert Jr., Muscatine 15. Casey Schram, Sterling IL 16. Tyler Cale, Donnellson 17. Darin Thye, Burlington 18. Don Pataska, Green Island 19. Ron Lauritzen, Jesup 20. Shotrod Reese, Memphis MO
C-Main – 1. Zemo 2. Krieger 3. Pataska 4. Waterman 5. Parks 6. Frankel 7. Schram 8. Reese 9. Jon Orwig, Charition
1st Heat – 1. Smith 2. Lodge 3. Wietholder
2nd Heat – 1. Schulte 2. Reed 3. Higdon
3rd Heat – 1. Foster 2. Holder 3. K. Cale
4th Heat – 1. Hanford 2. Schump 3. Heap
5th Heat – 1. Fraise 2. Erger 3. S. Olson
6th Heat – 1. Banks 2. McGee 3. Roberts Jr.
Also in attendance: Don Wharton, Central City; Wayne Struchen, Marion; Frankie Wellman, Quincy IL; Chris Zogg, New Liberty; Charles Baker, Labelle MO; Phillip Cossel, Montrose; Larry McConnell, Danville; Scott Stecher, Muscatine; Dennis Betzer, Central City; Buster Pate, Hiawatha
A-Main – 1. Mike VanGenderen, Newton 2. Eric Flander, Barnes City 3. Rob Henry, Colona IL 4. Tony VonDresky, Davenport 5. Abe Huls, Carthage IL 6. Kirk Kinsley, Wapello 7. Bert McDaniel, Eldon 8. Greg Johnson, Burlington 9. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant 10. David Brandies, Wilton 11. John Oliver Jr., Burlington 12. Jeff Mueller, New London 13. Bob Ahrendson, Cedar Rapids 14. Doug Huls, Carthage IL 15. Jerry Pratt, Bennett 16. Dale Tetmeyer, Bettendorf 17. Chris Wibbell, Dallas City IL 18. Rod Richards, Coon Rapids 19. Tad Payne, Muscatine 20. Brian Jackson, Bloomfield 21. Todd Inman, Des Moines 22. Nick Fenton, Mt. Pleasant 23. Jerry Janssen, Plainville IL 24. Chip Kohl, Marion 25. Chris Webb, Biggsville IL
B-Main – 1. A. Huls 2. Cook 3. Ahrendson 4. Webb 5. Mueller 6. Tetmeyer 7. Oliver Jr. 8. Shane Watts, Burlington 9. Patty Fosaaen, Waukon 10. Nick Wroten, Rowley 11. Josh Newell, Oskaloosa 12. Jason Perry, Payson IL 13. Kyle Anderson, Oskaloosa 14. Corey Strothman, New London 15. Ray Raker, Danville 16. Cody Layman, Riverside 17. Dennis Harwood, Denmark 18. Shelly Mizell, Muscatine 19. Clayton Garden, Oskaloosa 20. John Byriel, Madrid
C-Main – 1. Perry 2. Harwood 3. Oliver Jr. 4. Mizell 5. Layman 6. Byriel 7. Anderson 8. Fosaaen 9. Kevin Brame, Maquoketa 10. Greg Gill, Muscatine
1st Heat – 1. Henry 2. Flander 3. Jackson
2nd Heat – 1. D. Huls 2. Johnson 3. Inman
3rd Heat – 1. Kinsley 2. Fenton 3. Kohl
4th Heat – 1. VanGenderen 2. McDaniel 3. Payne
5th Heat – 1. VonDresky 2. Wibbell 3. Brandies
6th Heat – 1. Pratt 2. Janssen 3. Richards
Also in attendance: Steve Hidelbaugh, Kelley; Jerry McElderry, Altoona; Derek Oberle, Evansdale; Dave Hemsted, Lone Tree; Todd Staley, Muscatine; Doug Newell, Oskaloosa; Dustin Graham; Dennis Hundley, Center Point
A-Main – 1. Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids 3. Phillip Beard, Crawfordsville 4. Kory Meyer, Big Rock 5. Wyatt Lantz, Bowen IL 6. Craig Spegal, New London MO 7. Bill Seyb, Donnellson 8. Beau Taylor, Canton MO 9. Levi Smith, Donnellson 10. Terry Houston, Mt. Sterling IL 11. Erick Knutsen, Center Point 12. Jason Riegel, Memphis MO 13. Tony Dunker, Quincy IL 14. Brad Iverson, Grinnell 15. Mike Wanders, Oskaloosa 16. Patrick Mahnken, Fulton MO 17. Mark Winkel, Letts 18. Lynn Starry, Excelsior Springs MO 19. Troy Burkhart, Center Point 20. James Maxey, Holliday MO 21. Robert Hooper, Camp Point IL 22. Adam Birck, Canton MO 23. Josh Larson, Keokuk 24. Justin Boyd, Williamsburg 25. Thad Gaylord, Fort Madison 26. Bob Woodrow, Perry MO
1st Heat – 1. Olson 2. Spegal 3. Gaylord
2nd Heat – 1. Lantz 2. Smith 3. Mahnken
3rd Heat – 1. Dunker 2. Beard 3. Gillenwater
Also in attendance: Jim Whitmer, Quincy IL
A-Main – 1. Jake Wenig, West Burlington 2. Doug Fenton, Burlington 3. Bob Lynch, Ottumwa 4. John Oliver Sr., Burlington 5. Brandon Symmonds, Keokuk 6. Dean Kratzer, Fort Madison 7. Terry Shaffar, State Center 8. Rob Wilsey, Keokuk 9. Chad Krogmeier, Burlington 10. Chris Hovden, Cresco 11. Derek St. Clair, Donnellson 12. Alex Buffington, Wapello 13. Tom Elsen, Clarence MO 14. Beau Taylor, Canton MO 15. Brian Howerton, Hurdland MO 16. Dan Wenig, Middletown 17. Brandon Peitz, Burlington 18. Keith Reed, Fowler IL 19. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell 20. Jason Gerdes, Lomax IL 21. Jim Oliver Jr., Beardstown IL 22. Jamie Orwig, Chariton 23. Neil Thesing, Oakdale MN 24. Jeff Hamlin, Edina MO
B-Main – 1. Wilsey 2. Krogmeier 3. Hamlin 4. Buffington 5. Reed 6. Reitzler 7. Chuck Fullenkamp, Fort Madison 8. Austin Schulte, Keokuk 9. Randy Reed, Quincy IL 10. Myron Mason, Montrose 11. Laverne Bowman, Burlington 12. Mark Hora, Oxford 13. Larry Hooper, Wyaconda MO 14. Mike Leffler, Ottumwa 15. Jakoby Hooper, Kahoka MO 16. Steve Bugg, Green Ridge MO 17. Kevin Cheney, Quincy IL 18. T.J. Henderson, Douds 19. Rodney Grother, Cedar Rapids 20. Clayton Crump, Centralia MO
C-Main – 1. Wilsey 2. Schulte 3. L. Hooper 4. Bowman 5. Fullenkamp 6. R. Reed 7. Mason 8. Grother 9. Bobby Six, Keokuk 10. Jason Billings, Keokuk
1st Heat – 1. Symmonds 2. Fenton 3. Hovden
2nd Heat – 1. Lynch 2. Elsen 3. Gerdes
3rd Heat – 1. J. Wenig 2. Peitz 3. Orwig
4th Heat – 1. Shaffar 2. Taylor 3. Thesing
5th Heat – 1. Kratzer 2. Oliver Jr. 3. D. Wenig
6th Heat – 1. Howerton 2. Oliver Sr. 3. St. Clair
Also in attendance: Brian Holmes, Wapello; Vic Hastings, Oquawka IL; Ray Tedrow, Salem; Jim Powell, Hannibal MO; Jeremy Pundt, Donnellson; Jon Rooney, Donnellson
Four Cylinder “Wild Things”
A-Main – 1. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove 2. Tyler Schulte, Montrose 3. Brad Chandler, Cedar Rapids 4. Michael Grossman, Keokuk 5. John Flury, Epworth 6. Wayne Noble, Morning Sun 7. Gabe Harrison, Warsaw IL 8. Dakota Hayden, Wilton 9. Rob Harding, Camanche 10. Chuck Fullenkamp, Fort Madison 11. Jeff DeLonjay, Quincy IL 12. Daniel Keltner, Wapello 13. Dane Fenton, Burlington 14. Jeremy Gesling 15. Nathan Chandler, Cedar Rapids 16. Heather Wilsey, Keokuk 17. Corey Sheetz, Keota 18. Cody Griggs, LaGrange MO 19. Bryan Rodeffer, Fort Madison 20. Hamza Smaljovic, Hamilton IL 21. Rob Hammel, Hamilton IL 22. Jordan DeLonjay, Quincy IL 23. Travis DeMint, Basco IL 24. C. J. Loring, Keokuk
B-Main – 1. Harding 2. Rodeffer 3. Gesling 4. T. DeMint 5. Jon Lear, Center MO 6. Jeremy Billings, Keokuk 7. Don DeMint, Basco IL 8. Richard Phillips Jr., MartinsburgAlso in attendance: Tyler Westercamp, Rome; Alton Williams, Farson; Looney O’Brien, Muscatine; Don Bergthold, North Liberty; Gary Woodson, Monroe City MO; Brian Bries, Norway; John Klauser, Quincy IL; Harris Smajlovic, Hamilton IL; Lew Aikman, Hannibal MO; Levi Evans, Stockport; Jonah Smith, Wapello; Colton Keith, Galesburg IL; Edward Keith, Galesburg IL