300 Raceway Opening Night Wins to Bruening, O'Neil & Olson
Farley, Iowa: A new era in stock car racing began on Friday night at the 300 Raceway (formerly Farley Speedway) with an action packed night of racing on the 3/8 mile dirt track in Farley, Iowa. The track under the ownership of the Simon family provided a three class program with all drivers racing for an expanded purse.
The headliner of the night sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants was the 40 lap main event for the Late Models. Tyler Bruening took off from his pole position by virtue of drawing the number one pill in the qualifiers re-draw. Bruening led the race flag to flag in route to the win. The action behind Bruening was hot and heavy as Jason Rauen, Ryan Dolan and Jeremiah Hurst all held the 2nd spot during the race. When the checkers flew it was Dolan finishing second ahead of Hurst and Joel Callahan.
The Modifieds 25 lap feature saw Tucson, AZ driver Jake O'Neil advance from the outside second row to take the lead early in the main and sail on to an impressive win. O'Neil was forced to battle through lap traffic late in the race but was still able to win comfortably ahead of Kelly Shryock who advanced from a fifth row start. Following the 25 lap feature all the Modified drivers voted on who they thought turned in the best performance in the Modified main event. Kelly Shryock was astounded in victory lane when he was presented $1,000 from the Simon family for being voted outstanding performer in the feature event.
The SportMod 20 lap feature win went to Cedar Rapids driver Tony Olson. Olson shot out front from his outside front row starting position and went on to lead until the late stages of the feature when Brandon Schmitt from Beaver Dam, WI took over a very short lived lead. Olson was able to move back into the lead with a couple circuits left. Schmitt took second ahead of Curt Hilmer.
The stage is now set for a major special event at the 300 Raceway as the Lucas Oil Late Model Touring Series will come to the Northeast Iowa speed plant in Farley, Iowa. Friday, May 17th the Truck Country 50 will be held with a $12,000 pay day awaiting the winner. The Country's very best Open Late Model drivers will be on hand gunning for the prestigious Lucas Oil win. The Modifieds and SportMods will also be in action. Hot laps will take to the track at 6:30 pm with qualifying and racing to follow.
Article Credit: Jerry Mackey
Submitted By: Derek Collum