Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2011 Race #3 Victory Lane Photos

Bush A-Main winner Ron Strubbe. Ron made a late run through the field to capture his second victory in as many races!

Sportsman A-main winner Jerry Brawner. Congrats on the sweep of the top two classes at the Ingalls Motor Speedway this week!

Sprint Car A-Main winner Jerry Brawner. He has led every lap of feature racing in this class this year. Who is going to step it up and make a run at the 88?

Cookies Race Recap - 2011 Race #3

Race #3 at the World Famous Ingalls Motor Speedway is in the books. It was a "FANTASTIC" day of racing as we had 26 entrys. We start as always with " The Busch Boys". We had a light mist fall during time trials but we got it in with the # 12 of Ron Strubbe taking home the 5 points with a time of 6.561. 2nd goes to the # 16 of young Evan Brawner with a 6.728 and upstart Derek Belcher in his # 60 car 3rd with a 6.752. We had 2 heats per round with Evan winning both of his heats in dominating fashion as he lapped the field. I have watched this young man progress over the last 2 years and I must say he ran 100 laps of smart racing. Good job kid. Both rounds of the 2nd heat were won by Strubbe. Fastest lap in the heats was set by Evan with a 6.452 and that ends up being our quickest lap of the day in this class. On to the Main. The 12 of Strubbe leads us to green with Brawner 2nd and Belcher 3rd. We go green and the 16 waste no time going after the 12 for the top spot and the # 1x of Bill Pennington goes after the 60 for 3rd until lap on lap 10 the # 99 of Bruce Moore spins off turn 2 collecting our leader Strubbe. The 12 drops to the tail handing the lead to the kid. We restart with the 1x in 2nd after he had bypassed the 60 just before the caution. On the restart Pennington gets by Brawner but the 16 takes the point right back. Lap 19 the 60 spins and bunches the field. Meanwhile Strubbe gets back to 3rd. We restart and our 3 leaders battle it out after another quick caution for the 60 again. We go back to green and the 1x makes a great pass in 1 & 2 to take the lead from the 16 and then on lap 30 the # 66 of Donny Hargraves spins and we get yet another restart. We go back to green and Strubbe gets into the Kid for 2nd sending both to the tail. So we reset the field with the 1x leading followed by the # 55 of J.R Parsley and the 60 of Belcher back up to 3rd. Green flys and Pennington pulls away and the 12 and 16 bypass the 60 and Strubbe, not to be denied, takes 2nd from Parsley and sets his sights on the 1x. Lap 48, the 16 and the 55 make contact fighting for 3rd. Brawner goes to pits shortly after this and loses mutiple laps ending the kids shot at a victory. Lap 53, Strubbe and Parsley get together on the backstretch and and this puts the 12 back on the tail once again. We restart and in 2 laps Strubbe is back to 3rd and on lap 60 Strubbe makes the pass for 2nd and begins his run to catch the 1x. Lap 66 Brawner and Moore get together in turn 4. We go green on lap 69 and Strubbe steals the lead from Pennington in turns 1 & 2 and on lap 71 we get our final yellow. This sets us up for a Green, White, Checker. Strubbe proves to be too much as he is 2 for 2 at the "Mini Madhouse" this year. The 12 also scores max points for the day. 2nd goes to first timer Pennington and Parsley gets by Belcher in the closing laps to take 3rd. Congrats to both of those guys for scoring a podium finish in their first starts at Ingalls Motor Speedway.

Now the day in the "Sportsman Class". The pole was won by the # 7 of Jeremy Brawner with a lap of 6.430, 2nd goes to the # 38 of Dustin Hineman with a 6.464 and 3rd with a 6.538 goes to Jerry Brawner in his # 88. For you who are not paying attention 1st and 2nd seperated by .034. Round 1 of the 1st heat was won by Jerry in the 88 by .084 over his boy in the 7. The two were door to door comin to the line. GREAT RACE. Round 2 was also won by the 88. Jeremy in the 7 runs the fastest lap of the day with a 6.228. Both rounds 1 and 2 of our 2nd heat were won by the 38 of Hineman and the # 77 of Bill Herzhog equals the 7s fast lap by running his own 6.228. On to the 10 car main. All 10 with a shot at taking home a win at the "Madhouse". Hineman leads the field with the 88 2nd, The 7 of Brawner and the # 11 of John Foster 3rd and 4th. The 88 waste no time going after the 38 the two make contact on the back stretch and the 88 takes the spot, this allows the 7 to go after the 38 for 2nd and on lap 6 the two make contact sending both to the tail. This moves the 11 up to 2nd and the # 4 of Kevin Ligon (who hit the set up perfect today as he had a FAST hotrod) up to 3rd. We go green and the 88 pulls away until lap 18 when the 77 of Herzhog loses a belt and brings out the yellow flag. Meanwhile Ligon gets by Foster for 2nd. We go back green with the 88 pulling away this seems to be the theme for the day as Jerry was hitting his marks in both classes. Ligon and Foster battle for 2nd as the # 8 of Dave Brawner, his brother in the 7 and the 38 battle for 4th. The 7 gets by the 8 and the 11 to fight his way back to 3rd. Lap 30, while trying to take 2nd from Ligon, the 7 and 4 make contact in turn 2 but continue the fight down the backstretch, where the 4 hooks the 7, sending Brawner into the wall, ending his day. So we reset the field with the 88 leading followed by the 11,38,6,8 and the 4 all on the lead lap. Restart the top 3 run single file and the 8 of Brawner takes 4th from the # 6 of Jason Cook. Lap 38 Hineman gets by Foster for 2nd, with the 38 wanting a shot at that 88 car. Lap 43 Herzhog has a problem off turn 2 ending his day. Lap 47 the 4 and the # 21 of Jerry Morgan get together in turns 1 and 2 the 21 has throttle issues and has to bring it in for repairs. We go back to green and once again the 88 pulls away and our 6 lead lap cars space themselves out. Best battle under this short run was the 8 and the 6 battling for 4th, Cook coming away with it on lap 62. Lap 64 the # 87 of Jon Mason spins. On the restart Ligon gets 5th away from the 8 car. This takes us to the fuel stop. We start the 2nd half with the 88 still leading, Hineman 2nd, Foster 3rd, Cook 4th, Ligon 5th and Brawner 6th all on the lead lap. At the drop of the green the 8 gets the 4 for 5th but then the 8 gets lose allowing Ligon to get back by, and on lap 89 Ligon spins slowing our field. The 8 decides to take the tail on the restart and the 4 waste no time taking 4th from Cook but the 6 fights back and gets the spot back. Ligon and Mason get together on lap 95 sending the 4 back to the tail. Now this restart was very interesting. 88 waits til last second to take off and this forces the 38 to the high side in turns 1 and 2 allowing the 11 to grab 2nd. The 6 gets inside of the 38 for 3rd the two make contact on the backstretch, sending both to the tail. We get another quick yellow, followed by a 20 lap green flag run and par for the course the 88 pulls away from the 11 as the 38, 8 and 6 battle for 3rd. Hineman gets it and pulls away looking at his shot on Foster. Cook gets by Brawner for 4th but the two get together at start finish line to bring out our 11th caution. The closing laps we watched Cook to get back up to 3rd but lose the spot back to Hineman with 9 to go. On the final lap Hineman gets loose in Turn 1 and the 6 gets back by to grab the podium spot. Foster couldn't run down Brawner and comes home 2nd. Jerry wins his 1st race of 2011 and scores max points. Gonna be a tight battle for the championship in this competitive class. Congrats 88 and it was fun racing with you guys…..

And as always we wrap things up with the day in the "Crazy" sprint car class. Jerry Brawner in his 88 car blisters the field in time trials with a time of 6.188. 2nd with a 6.311 was the # 15 of Frank Boling and 3rd was Jeremy Brawner in the # 7 with a 6.338. The 88 backs up his pole run by winning both rounds of heats. We had only 5 cars start the Main as two of our racers couldn't make the start. Jerry in his 88 leads us to green with Jeremy 2nd and the # 75 of Bill Herzhog 3rd. The 88 pulls away as the 7 and 75 battle for 2nd, allowing the # 6 of Jason Cook to get into the mix. The 7 slips up, allowing the 75 to get by for 2nd, and 1 lap later the 6 takes 3rd putting the 7 back to 4th. Lap 11 we get our only caution when the 6 spins the 75 while trying to take 2nd, collecting the 7. All 3 cars line back up the way they were running. We go on a 62 lap green flag run as we watch the 88 pull out to a 1/4 track lead. Herzhog, Brawner and Cook battle it out for the runner up spot as no one was gonna catch the 88. 7 gets by the 75 and 10 laps later Cook gets Herzhog for 3rd. By this time the 88 was out to a 1/2 track lead and the 7 leads the 6 by 20 car lenths. Cook manages to run down Jeremy and with 10 to go BUT the 6 loses a little horsepower and the 7 pulls away. Cook did however run our fastest lap of the day with a 6.060, beating out Jerry by only 0.004. Jerry Brawner has led every Main lap this year in his 88 car. Jerry also scores max points and sweeps the day in our two top classes. Hope you all enjoy my race recap. Good luck to all that are going to Ohio for the Tri State. See ya at the next one......................6

Monday, May 23, 2011

Points and Lap Times from Race #3 are posted.

Thanks to all that came out for Race #3 on May 21st. Even though we had to dodge a few rain drops, I think all in all it was a very great day for racing! We had 26 cars show up this week, making it the largest field of the year so far at the Mini-Madhouse! Thanks to Bob Louk for running the booth this week.

I have posted points and lap times, just click on the tabs above to access them. Keep in mind that only IQSR members can score and accumulate points.

Check back soon for Cookie's Race Recap, it will be posted in the next few days. The next race at Ingalls Motor Speedway is June 25th. It is our Tri-State race, so everyone please come out and help show the other tracks how we do it at IQSR!

I would also encourage all of you to attend the first Tri-State Race at Freddie's on June 4th if you can. Also, good luck to anyone that is planning to make the trip to Dallas for NCS Race #3 on June 10th and 11th.

Thanks again to all who attended last Saturday!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Tomorrow's race

Hey guys. Looks like rain may be in the area again tomorrow, although we should be fine to get in the full program. I would like to get started a little earlier though, as the rain chances go up as the day goes on. For tomorrow's race only, we will open the track for practice at 12:00 pm, and we will qualify at 3:00 pm. All other races will remain as posted on the schedule.

Please pass this along to anyone who may not be checking the website.

I am looking forward to the first night race of the season! Or should I say the first night finish....

Hope to see all of you at the track tomorrow!


Friday, May 6, 2011

The Race for tomorrow, May 7th, is cancelled due to the threat of rain.

True to form, Mother Nature is making it hard on the new president again. I really don't want to cancel the race because of the threat of rain, but I think it is best if we postpone the race tomorrow. It would be easy for me to say lets give it a shot, but I am one of the lucky ones that lives only a few miles from the track. I don't want to see the members that travel a great distance to get here make the drive for nothing. All of the weather forecasts that I watched show that it will rain between 10 am and 1 pm, then have a possibility of another shower later in the afternoon. The weather channel lists the rain chances as 50% or greater from 10am to 6 pm.

With that said, I am cancelling the race for tomorrow. We will likely reschedule it for August 13th, which was the rain date built into the schedule. More about that will be discussed in the next drivers meeting.

The next race will be May 21st, and it will be the first night race of the season.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.

Jon Mason

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Member List/Car Numbers

I have updated the member list and selected car numbers. It has a new look, and is very similar to the points. Everyone please check to make sure I have assigned the correct numbers to you, and to reserve any numbers I have forgotten. Please email me if I have missed you, or if you need to claim a number.

In fairness to the new members coming in, the following policy will be implemented starting immediately with respect to car number selection. If any member that has a car number reserved does not sign up for the club the following year, that number will be released at the end of the first year in which club dues were not paid. For example, Racer X is an IQSR member for 2011, but does not sign up in 2012. His or her number would be held as a courtesy until the end of 2012. At that time, the number would be released, and be available for any member to claim starting with the 2013 winter meeting.

Next race is Saturday May, 7th. Track opens at 9 am for practice, qualifying at 12:00 pm sharp! Hope to see all of you there!


Cookie's Race Recap - 2011 Race #1

The 2011 IQSR season at the World Famous "Mini Madhouse" got underway Saturday, April 23rd with some GREAT short track racing. We start with the "Busch Boys". The pole was won by Jeff Grahn in his # 26 car with a time of 7.150, 2nd goes to Championship contender Ron Strubbe in the 12 car and young Evan Brawner was 3rd. The first round of heats was won by Strubbe, and in round 2 Ingalls rookie Chris Hogue in the # 70 car pulls off a win. Chris looked very good today in his 1st race at the Madhouse. The Main was full of excitement with Hogue leading the field to the green with Strubbe and Grahn 2nd and 3rd. Grahn waste no time taking 2nd away from the 12 but Strubbe takes the runner up spot back a lap later. Hogue leads the early laps. We had some early cautions and by lap 25 Strubbe was making his bid for the lead until the yellow flies for the 16 of Brawner, when he takes out the # 32 of his dad, Chris Brawner. On lap 30, dad repays young Evan by showing the boy who is the elder. On the restart Hogue and Strubbe battle for the lead until the 26 of Grahn decides to make it a 3 car battle and makes contact with the 12, allowing Hogue to pull away. Lap 37 yellow flies again when Evan and Jeff get together in turn 3 and it brings out a red flag. The 70 dies and Hogue is unable to refire his car, handing the lead to Strubbe. Lap 67 the 32 spins in turns 1 & 2 and our leader makes HARD contact, Strubbe is able to continue but Rookie Chris Brawner is forced to carry his car behind the wall. Welcome to RC racing Chocolate..This hands the lead to the #26 of Grahn just before the fuel stop. We start the 2nd half with The 70 and the 26 fighting for the lead when at lap 92 the two get together, handing the lead back to Strubbe. Laps 107 and 114 the 26, 12, and 60 of Derek Belcher get themselves into trouble, putting young Evan up front for the 1st time today. The 16 and Hogue start mixing it up, allowing Strubbe to retake the lead. Lap 141 the 12 and 26 get together on the frontstretch and Grahn cannot refire his car and ends his chances at a win. The 26 did however run our fastest lap in the Main...This hands the lead back to the kid in the 16 car for a shootout with Strubbe. Coming into turn 3 with a lap and a half to go Strubbe gets into the back of Evan and they both get sideways and Strubbe slips by Evan through the grass and leads the final lap to go on to the WIN..This season should be very fun to watch in this class. CONGRATS 12.....

Onto the the "Sportsman" action….Qualifing was won by the # 2 car of Todd Holloway with a time of 6.679, 2nd goes to the Jason Cook in his # 6 car with a 6.700, and Jerry Brawner grabs 3rd with a 6.752. Round 1 of the heats were won by Holloway and Dustin Hineman in the 38 car. The 38 ran the quickest lap in all the heats. Round 2 of the heats were won by Jerry B and John Foster in his 11 car. Foster ran the # 11 car in memory of our friend Richard Hindman, who we lost last year. I have said it before and I'll say it again, you are a class act Foster....The Main was a heck of a race. The 88 led the field to the green, with Foster and Hineman 2nd and 3rd. The start of the race was a good one, with the 88 and 11 battling it out for the lead, and Hineman and Holloway fighting for 3rd. The 38 pulls away, but Holloway gets his groove and runs Hineman back down, taking the spot. Lap 15 Holloway spins in turn 2 sending him to the tail. This moves the # 7 of Jeremy Brawner up to 4th. On Lap 22, Foster gets loose off turn 2, allowing the 38 and 7 to move up, and dropping the 11 to 4th. At that time, the # 8 of Dave Brawner, Kevin Ligon in the # 4 car, and the # 21 of Jerry Morgan get together, collecting the 7 and the 11. This allows the 2 of Holloway to get back up to 4th. Lap 30 the 38 gets into the boss in the 88 while trying to take the lead from Jerry sending both to the tail. This hands the lead to the 7 but Holloway wastes no time stealing the lead from the 7. Lap 34 Ligon hooks the 88 sending "Pappy" into the frontstretch wall and ending the day for our 2010 Champ. Caution flies again just 2 laps later when the 11 and 7 make contact in turn 4 as they battled for 2nd, handing the position to the 6 of Cook. Holloway keeps it out front of Cook and pulls away under a 34 lap Green flag run. Foster and Hineman bypass the 6 and move up to 2nd and 3rd.WHEW!!!. We are now to the fuel stop. We start the 2nd half with a GREAT 3 car battle and the 2 car comes out on top and pulls away from the 11 and 38. Lap 90 the 21 of Morgan spins and allows Foster and Hineman to close back up on Todd. The 11 tries the 2 for the lead but can't get it done and Foster falls into the clutches of Hineman until on lap 100 the 38 loses power and gets clobbered by the 6, both cars forced to the tail but are able to continue. Lap 105 the 38 brings out another caution when he and the 4 of Ligon get together. So we reset the field with the 2 leading followed by 11,6 and 38 all on the lead lap. This gives Foster yet another shot at Holloway but the 2 is unshakeable. Our final yellow comes out on lap 115 for a man on pit road and this will be the 11s last shot at the 2. We go green to the end with Todd "Rowdy" Holloway taking the first checker flag of 2011 in this very close division. Foster and Hineman battle hard for 2nd in the closing laps with the 38 getting it..VERY NICE RACING GUYS!!!

Last we recap the day in the Wild and Crazy Sprint car class. The pole was won by a rookie in sprinters, the # 75 of Bill Herzog with a lap of 6.387. 2nd fastest in time trials was the 6 of Jason Cook. 3rd goes to Frank Boling in the # 15 car. The 6 and 15 were only separated by .010. Herzhog backs up his pole run with a heat win in the 1st round. In the 2nd round of this heat, the 75 made contact with Boling, putting Herzog out and he struggled the rest of the day. Our 2010 Champ Todd Holloway in his # 2 car gets the heat win. Both round 1 and 2 of our 2nd heats were won by the 88 of Jerry Brawner. We need to give ourselves a hand for 140 laps in the heats and only 1 caution, nice job guys! Onto the Main….88 is our leader with Holloway and Cook 2nd and 3rd. Green flies and Brawner pulls away to a nice lead until lap 6 when the 7 of Jeremy Brawner and Boling get together out of turn 4. We go back to green and Holloway tries Brawner but the 88 proves to be too strong and pulls out to nearly a 15 car length lead when on lap 27 the 6 of Cook loses a Motor mount bolt, ending his day. The 88 was the class of the field as he runs out to another big lead until lap 58, when the # 4 of Kevin Ligon hits the frontstretch wall and the 2 spins in turn 3. This hands 2nd to the 7 car of Brawner to try and make a run at his dad. Holloway just didn't have enough to get back and have a shot at either Brawner. The 7 couldn't get it done and has to settle for 2nd. Lap 74 the 77 of Dave Brawner brings out our final yellow and the checkered flag is joined with the yellow. Jerry "Pappy" Brawner leads flag to flag and wins the 1st A- Main of 2011.Congrats to Jerm and Todd on your podium finishes. Hope you all enjoyed my recap.........6
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