The open competition Midgets were on hand for the first time in 2020. Drivers from six different states were represented, with Emerson Axsom of Franklin, IN leading the first six laps. On lap seven, St. Peters, MO driver Sam Johnson moved into the top spot to pace the field in the 20-lap event. The three car battle at the front of the field also included Central Illinois driver, Jake Neuman. The last ten laps of the race went without a caution flag and Johnson raced to the victory. Axsom, Neuman, Mitchell Davis, and Kyle Simon completed the top five.
The show of the night arguably came in the 20-lap DIRTcar Modified feature event. 22 drivers lined up for the start, as another stellar field was on hand. Brian Diveley, former Big Ten Super Late Model champion, raced into the lead at the start but action was hot and heavy on his heels. By the end of lap two, Ray Bollinger, who had won the previous two features, took over the top spot. Bollinger was followed by Donovan Lodge and Diveley through the early stages of the race before Austin Lynn started his trek to the front. Lynn moved into third shortly before halfway and took over second right at the halfway mark. From that point on, it was a side-by-side battle for the holiday trophy. Bollinger ran the top, while Lynn ran the bottom for the final ten laps of the race, with Bollinger’s momentum keeping him slightly ahead. That is, until the final corner of the final lap when Lynn was able to clear him and come across the stripe as the winner. Following the Mason City, IL driver were Bollinger, Lodge, Brian Lynn, and Diveley.
The Pro Late Model race was another thriller, as 25 were pitside to start the night. 20 cars made it to the feature event with some of the best in DIRTcar Pro Late competition on hand. Dakota Ewing took the early lead, while Brandon Eskew took over on lap two. Eskew led until lap seven when Ewing took the top spot back. Ewing looked to be on his way to victory until a lap 17 caution bunched the field up for a final shootout. Ewing led lap 18 before Eskew got by on the bottomside. Ewing jumped the turn two cushion moments later, ending his chances as Eskew was followed by Jose Parga, Jake Little, Ewing, and Blaze Burwell at the line.
One of the largest DIRTcar Hornet fields in recent memory was on hand as 28 cars were in the pits. The field was narrowed down to 20 after the heats and b-main. A three car breakaway ensued with Erik Vanapeldoorn, Brady Reed, and Dallas Strauch out front. Vanapeldoorn led the points coming into the night but hadn’t claimed a feature victory. That changed, however, as the Clinton, IL driver raced to the checkered just ahead of his two challengers. Reed and Strauch were followed by David Lauritson and Nick Johnson.
The highly exciting race program was followed by an impressive firework display, lighting the night sky.
Racing will continue on Friday night, July 10 at Lincoln Speedway as Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Nutech Seed DII Midgets, and Hornets will be in action. Those who attended the July 3 program are asked to turn their wristbands in on July 10 for $3 off general admission, as a gift for attending back-to-back weeks.
Pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $15 while kids 11 and under are free.
For more information, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.
FEATURE RESULTS (Top 10’s)
(1) 6 +5 Sam Johnson St Peters, MO 72 (2) 1 -1 Emerson Axsom Franklin, IN 15 (3) 3 – Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N (4) 4 – Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D (5) 5 – Kyle Simon Covington, OH 23S (6) 2 -4 Landon Simon Indianapolis, IN 2 (7) 8 +1 Austin O’Dell Rochester, IL 97 (8) 9 +1 Jeff Beasley Urbana, IL 83 (9) 10 +1 John Heitzman San Jose, IL 00 (10) (DNF) 7 -3 Luke Howard Overland Park, KS 2H
(1) 4 +3 Austin Lynn Mason City, IL 72A (2) 5 +3 Ray Bollinger Kewanee, IL 77 (3) 6 +3 Donovan Lodge Andover, IL 32L (4) 9 +5 Brian Lynn Mason City, IL 14 (5) 1 -4 Brian Diveley Springfield, IL 11D (6) 2 -4 Brandon Roberts Ashland, IL 35 (7) 10 +3 Derrick Carlson Murrayville, IL 37 (8) 13 +5 Mike Brooks Peoria, IL 3 (9) 16 +7 Dawson Cook Morton, IL 64 (10) 15 +5 Nick Neville Mackinaw, IL 555
DIRTcar Pro Late Models
(1) 2 +1 Brandon Eskew Ashland, IL 11E (2) 3 +1 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P (3) 4 +1 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J (4) 1 -3 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg, IL 25 (5) 6 +1 Blaze Burwell Mt Vernon, IL 44 (6) 9 +3 Ryan Little Springfield, IL 38L (7) 19 +12 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M (8) 18 +10 Colby Sheppard Williamsville, IL 27 (9) 8 -1 Devin McLean Mt Vernon, IL 33 (10) 5 -5 Roben Huffman Midland City, IL 33H
(1) 1 – Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton, IL E77 (2) 4 +2 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B (3) 3 – Dallas Strauch East Peoria, IL 24D (4) 12 +8 David Lauritson Normal, IL 15 (5) 6 +1 Nick Johnson Bartonville, IL 30J (6) 8 +2 Jeremy Hancock Peoria, IL 28J (7) 2 -5 Mike Eskew Springfield, IL 21 (8) 5 -3 Devin Burton Mansfield, IL 22D (9) 13 +4 Jimmy Dutlinger Hanna City, IL 28 (10) 11 +1 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357