DeFrance, Auringer, Staley, Griffith, Stanton, Oberhelman hit the jackpot at Hamilton County Speedway

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July 14, 2018

Darrell DeFrance won the Malvern Bank Super Late Model feature.
Darrell DeFrance won the Malvern Bank Super Late Model feature.

High stakes racing took center stage Saturday night at the Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive with several drivers cashing in big during the inaugural running of "The Gambler" at the historic half-mile clay oval in Webster City, Iowa.

On top of the regular weekly purses that are already best in the region, more than $4,000 in cash was doled out to the top three heat race finishers, drivers who “rolled the dice” and others who were lucky enough to draw a mystery envelope throughout the night.

The very last mystery envelope of the night was opened up in victory lane by Darrell DeFrance.

After blasting from the eighth starting spot to his second straight Malvern Bank Super Late Model win, the 58-year-old racing veteran from Marshalltown peeled open his envelope to find the night’s biggest prize of $500 which had slipped by more than 50 others drivers who had previously selected from the pool throughout the night.

That brought his winnings to $1,100 for the night and the win helped to extend his season-long points lead in the division.

Webster City’s Ryan Griffith and Jason Hanne claimed the second and third spots, respectively, with Paul Nagle of Nevada coming home in fourth and Gabe Umbarger of Garner fifth.

In the Olsen Family USRA Modifieds, J.D. Auringer of Evansdale pocketed $500 and racked up his fifth win of the season the hard way by coming from the tenth starting position.

Opening night winner Nate Hughes of Humboldt finished second, Ron Ver Beek of Oskaloosa was third, Scott Olson of Blairsburg came from 11th to finish fourth and Carlisle’s Garett Wilson completed the top 5.

Todd Staley has been searching for his first win behind the wheel of a stock car for nine seasons, and finally found the winner’s circle Saturday at his hometown track after a thrilling Seneca Foundry USRA Stock Cars feature race.

Staley, who began promoting the track this past winter, started fourth on the grid, and held off the challenges from Webster City’s Reid Keller and tenth-starting Steve Jackson of Polk City for the win.

Jason Minnehan of Churdan finished fourth and fifth went to Jesse Brown of Nashua.

In the Stein Heating & Cooling USRA B-Mods, Ty Griffith of Webster City made it two straight and three wins overall this season, collecting the $400 top prize in the process.

Brandon Toftee of Otho followed Griffith across the finish line while Alex Zwanziger of Nashua was third, 11th-starting Rocky Caudle of Ellsworth fourth and Latimer’s Levi Chipp fifth.

Eric Stanton of Carlisle drove into Integrity Trucking Victory Lane for the fifth time this season in the Diamond in the Rough USRA Hobby Stocks.

Daniel Ayers of Webster City took home runner-up honors, followed by Derek Willert of Marble Rock, 11th-starting Jamie Songer of Ankeny and Zac Smith of Mason City.

Making his first start behind the wheel of a USRA Tuner during the 2018 campaign, Lyle Oberhelman of Fort Dodge captured the main event victory over Ryan Bryant of Mason City and rent-a-ride driver Jamie Staley of Webster City. Brad Mayland of Britt was fourth and Garner’s Sam Umbarger rounded out the top 5.

USMTS returns Tuesday: The road warriors in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit return to the historic half-mile oval of dirt this Tuesday night with the Iron Man Challenge featuring Seneca Foundry USRA Stock Cars and Stein Heating & Cooling USRA B-Mods plus Diamond in the Rough USRA Hobby Stocks on the four-division card.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and racing starts at 7:15. General admission is $20 with kids ages 12-16 and seniors 65+ just $15. Children 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Come meet USMTS competitors “Big Daddy” Joe Duvall and Cory Crapser at the Casey’s General Store located near the race track at 700 Superior St. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and see Duvall's awesome No. 91 Spike Energy MB Customs Modified powered by Pace Performance and Crapser's No. 07 Snickers MB Customs powered by Troy's Shop.

Coupons good for $2 off an adult ticket are available on race day at Casey's General Stores locations in Alden, Clarion, Dakota City, Dayton, Dows, Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, Gilbert, Goldfield, Jewell, Roland, Story City and Webster City. To find the location nearest you visit www.caseys.com or download the Casey’s app for your mobile device.

The Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive is located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. in Webster City, Iowa (1200 Bluff St, Webster City, IA 50595) at the historic Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

For more information, call (515) 832-6000 or check out www.HamiltonCoSpeedway.com. You can also get social on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RaceWebsterCity or Twitter at www.twitter.com/HamiltonCoSpeed (@HamiltonCoSpeed).

Opening in July 1910, the Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The semi-banked half-mile dirt track was completed in the spring of 1939, and the first races were held on the track in September of that year.

To learn more about the USRA, visit usraracing.com or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at facebook.com/usraracing, follow twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at usraracing.com/subscribe.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive, Webster City, Iowa
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

MALVERN BANK SUPER LATE MODELS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 15X Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa.
2. (1) 91 Gabe Umbarger, Garner, Iowa.
3. (5) 5 Rusty Patterson, Mason City, Iowa.
4. (3) 05 Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa.
5. (4) 66 Todd Johnson, Mitchellville, Iowa.
6. (6) 2 Carey Umbarger, Garner, Iowa.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 99D Darrell DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa.
2. (5) 22 Charlie McKenna, Ames, Iowa.
3. (4) 76 Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa.
4. (3) 87 John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa.
5. (2) 7 Jenna Johnson, Mitchellville, Iowa.

Feature:
1. (8) 99D Darrell DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, $1,100.
2. (4) 15X Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, $450.
3. (7) 76 Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, $350.
4. (1) 05 Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, $225.
5. (6) 91 Gabe Umbarger, Garner, Iowa, $225.
6. (5) 5 Rusty Patterson, Mason City, Iowa, $175.
7. (3) 2 Carey Umbarger, Garner, Iowa, $150.
8. (9) 22 Charlie McKenna, Ames, Iowa, $140.
9. (2) 66 Todd Johnson, Mitchellville, Iowa, $130.
DNS – 7 Jenna Johnson, Mitchellville, Iowa, $75.
DNS – 87 John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, $75.

OLSEN FAMILY USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 00 Tristan Vesterby, Webster City, Iowa.
2. (3) 8X Scott Olson, Blairsburg, Iowa.
3. (7) 29 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa.
4. (6) 12 Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa.
5. (4) 2 Jerid Ratzke, Webster City, Iowa.
6. (5) 5D Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls, Iowa.
7. (2) 49J Jason Murray, Hartford, Iowa.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 41 Nate Hughes, Humboldt, Iowa.
2. (5) 00J J.D. Auringer, Evansdale, Iowa.
3. (3) 3W Garett Wilson, Carlisle, Iowa.
4. (4) 36A Andy Edwards, Parkersburg, Iowa.
5. (7) 48J Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa.
6. (6) 75 Christopher Elliott, Webster City, Iowa.
7. (1) 45H Jason Hickingbottom, Ogden, Iowa.
8. (8) 100 Chris Teel, Webster City, Iowa.

Feature:
1. (10) 00J J.D. Auringer, Evansdale, Iowa, $500.
2. (4) 41 Nate Hughes, Humboldt, Iowa, $400.
3. (6) 29 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa, $350.
4. (11) 8X Scott Olson, Blairsburg, Iowa, $300.
5. (2) 3W Garett Wilson, Carlisle, Iowa, $250.
6. (8) 75 Christopher Elliott, Webster City, Iowa, $200.
7. (13) 49J Jason Murray, Hartford, Iowa, $175.
8. (7) 5D Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls, Iowa, $150.
9. (5) 2 Jerid Ratzke, Webster City, Iowa, $140.
10. (3) 48J Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa, $130.
11. (14) 45H Jason Hickingbottom, Ogden, Iowa, $120.
12. (12) 12 Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa, $110.
13. (1) 36A Andy Edwards, Parkersburg, Iowa, $105.
14. (15) 100 Chris Teel, Webster City, Iowa, $100.
15. (9) 00 Tristan Vesterby, Webster City, Iowa, $95.

SENECA FOUNDRY USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (6) 14 Todd Staley, Webster City, Iowa.
2. (3) 2J Steve Jackson, Polk City, Iowa.
3. (1) 11 Jesse Brown, Nashua, Iowa.
4. (4) 2N Donavan Nunnikhoven, Sully, Iowa.
5. (5) 47 Parker Slagle, Eagle Grove, Iowa.
6. (7) 10 Jeremy Addes, Raymond, Iowa.
7. (2) 66L Brent Lyman, Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 87T Travis Shipman, Mason City, Iowa.
2. (6) 7H Phil Holtz, Manchester, Iowa.
3. (4) 7 Jason Minnehan, Churdan, Iowa.
4. (5) 19 Reid Keller, Webster City, Iowa.
5. (3) 59L Vincent Loewen, Hubbard, Iowa.
6. (2) 18 Roger Caquelin, Dows, Iowa.

Feature:
1. (4) 14 Todd Staley, Webster City, Iowa, $400.
2. (3) 19 Reid Keller, Webster City, Iowa, $300.
3. (10) 2J Steve Jackson, Polk City, Iowa, $250.
4. (8) 7 Jason Minnehan, Churdan, Iowa, $200.
5. (9) 11 Jesse Brown, Nashua, Iowa, $175.
6. (7) 87T Travis Shipman, Mason City, Iowa, $150.
7. (11) 2N Donavan Nunnikhoven, Sully, Iowa, $130.
8. (2) 47 Parker Slagle, Eagle Grove, Iowa, $120.
9. (1) 10 Jeremy Addes, Raymond, Iowa, $110.
10. (6) 59L Vincent Loewen, Hubbard, Iowa, $100.
11. (5) 7H Phil Holtz, Manchester, Iowa, $95.
12. (12) 18 Roger Caquelin, Dows, Iowa, $90.
13. (13) 66L Brent Lyman, Iowa Falls, Iowa, $85.

STEIN HEATING & COOLING USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 85T Brandon Toftee, Otho, Iowa.
2. (1) 81 Jared Boumeester, Waseca, Minn.
3. (5) 56 Ty Griffith, Webster City, Iowa.
4. (6) 32Z Alex Zwanziger, Nashua, Iowa.
5. (3) 88N Nate Albrant, Thompson, Iowa.
6. (8) 10R Brandon Ratcliff, Kamrar, Iowa.
7. (7) 32S Blair Simmons, Des Moines, Iowa.
8. (4) 10 Todd Hanson, Clear Lake, Iowa.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 1 Doug McCollough, Webster City, Iowa.
2. (4) 99 Rocky Caudle, Ellsworth, Iowa.
3. (6) 49 Nate Whitehurst, Mason City, Iowa.
4. (5) 66 Levi Chipp, Latimer, Iowa.
5. (1) T16 Taylor Elliott, Webster City, Iowa.
6. (7) 38S Paul Atchison, Webster City, Iowa.
7. (8) 11 Paul Price, Iowa Falls, Iowa.
8. (3) 40 George Gilliland, Lehigh, Iowa.

Feature:
1. (1) 56 Ty Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, $400.
2. (2) 85T Brandon Toftee, Otho, Iowa, $300.
3. (6) 32Z Alex Zwanziger, Nashua, Iowa, $250.
4. (11) 99 Rocky Caudle, Ellsworth, Iowa, $200.
5. (4) 66 Levi Chipp, Latimer, Iowa, $175.
6. (9) 1 Doug McCollough, Webster City, Iowa, $150.
7. (13) 81 Jared Boumeester, Waseca, Minn., $130.
8. (15) 49 Nate Whitehurst, Mason City, Iowa, $120.
9. (8) 10 Todd Hanson, Clear Lake, Iowa, $110.
10. (12) 38S Paul Atchison, Webster City, Iowa, $100.
11. (10) T16 Taylor Elliott, Webster City, Iowa, $95.
12. (14) 32S Blair Simmons, Des Moines, Iowa, $90.
13. (5) 11 Paul Price, Iowa Falls, Iowa, $85.
14. (16) 40 George Gilliland, Lehigh, Iowa, $80.
15. (7) 10R Brandon Ratcliff, Kamrar, Iowa, $75.
16. (3) 88N Nate Albrant, Thompson, Iowa, $75.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH USRA HOBBY STOCKS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 7B Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa.
2. (1) 96R Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa.
3. (5) 18Z Zac Smith, Mason City, Iowa.
4. (6) 74 Matt Smith, Des Moines, Iowa.
5. (3) 89 Dakota Feickert, Webster City, Iowa.
6. (8) 85 Seth Jansen, Ogden, Iowa.
7. (7) 10 Danny Sassman, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
8. (4) 88N Nathan Parkhill, Webster City, Iowa.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 1 Derek Willert, Marble Rock, Iowa.
2. (3) 4D Daniel Ayers, Webster City, Iowa.
3. (7) 42T Tyson Overton, Carlisle, Iowa.
4. (2) 10D Bryan Derry, Collins, Iowa.
5. (6) 25T Tanner Redman, Blairsburg, Iowa.
6. (4) 05 Mark Kennedy, Webster City, Iowa.
7. (5) 11G Jayden Glenn, Stratford, Iowa.
8. (8) 49 Brayden Henely, Webster City, Iowa.

Feature:
1. (5) 7B Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, $300.
2. (4) 4D Daniel Ayers, Webster City, Iowa, $250.
3. (3) 1 Derek Willert, Marble Rock, Iowa, $200.
4. (11) 96R Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, $170.
5. (9) 18Z Zac Smith, Mason City, Iowa, $140.
6. (8) 89 Dakota Feickert, Webster City, Iowa, $120.
7. (7) 85 Seth Jansen, Ogden, Iowa, $110.
8. (15) 88N Nathan Parkhill, Webster City, Iowa, $100.
9. (1) 42T Tyson Overton, Carlisle, Iowa, $95.
10. (2) 10D Bryan Derry, Collins, Iowa, $90.
11. (12) 05 Mark Kennedy, Webster City, Iowa, $85.
12. (16) 49 Brayden Henely, Webster City, Iowa, $80.
13. (10) 74 Matt Smith, Des Moines, Iowa, $75.
14. (14) 11G Jayden Glenn, Stratford, Iowa, $70.
15. (6) 25T Tanner Redman, Blairsburg, Iowa, $65.
16. (13) 10 Danny Sassman, Fort Dodge, Iowa, $60.

USRA TUNERS

Heat:
1. (1) 41X Lyle Oberhelman, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
2. (5) 37 Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa.
3. (4) 11 Sam Umbarger, Garner, Iowa.
4. (3) 3 Jamie Staley, Webster City, Iowa.
5. (2) 45 John Dahlsten, Pomeroy, Iowa.
6. (6) NO7 Brad Mayland, Britt, Iowa.

Feature:
1. (3) 41X Lyle Oberhelman, Fort Dodge, Iowa, $125.
2. (2) 37 Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, $100.
3. (1) 3 Jamie Staley, Webster City, Iowa, $0.
4. (6) NO7 Brad Mayland, Britt, Iowa, $75.
5. (4) 11 Sam Umbarger, Garner, Iowa, $65.
6. (5) 45 John Dahlsten, Pomeroy, Iowa, $60.

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