After a beautiful opening night, the weather took a wild turn this past Wednesday at the Buena Vista Raceway where shirt sleeve's from one prior week went to as many cloths as possible for "Speeds Golf Cart" Night and week number two.
A strong southerly breeze blew directly into the grandstands as many people decided not to get dressed up for winter night, but to wait for warmer nights ahead.
One race fan that was not stopped by the winter like weather was Kayla Stubbe, who was celebrating her 16th birthday. "Now that I can drive there is only one place that I wanted to be and that is at the races."
After the National Anthem at 7:30 it was business as usual for the eighty race teams that made their way to the raceway. Just as things were off and running, it didn't take long for the night to be slowed as rookie driver Chris Duitsman found out the hard way to end his night as he rolled his car off of turn three during the second race of the night. He climbed from the car unhurt, but badly damaging his racecar.
All of the heat races were run in record time as the feature events began to pull out onto the raceway. Jess Bieret, a rookie driver in the Rasmussen Ford Bomber division took the lead in the ten-lap event. His lead was short lived because Devin Smith took the top spot.
Last week's winner with the clean car, Adam Hicks, finished second followed by Eric Puhrman and Tim Hansen.
Donovan Smith led from start to finish in the Storm Lake Truck & Trailer I.M.C.A. Hobby Stock feature. Luke Wanninger put the pressure on Smith through the entire event, and finished second. Tony Pogeler and Matt Mahoney rounded out the top four.
Jake Simpson made it two wins in two weeks in the Storm Lake Honda Artic Cat 360 B-Mods. Simpson battled Doug Barglof and Brandon Lucas throughout the event and didn't take the lead until the final lap. On the final lap, the top four changed, with Dan Hanselman second followed by Harvey VanDeWeerd and last year's track champion, Mark White.
It was three wide from the drop of the green flag for the Scooters Bar & Grill I.M.C.A. Stock Cars, as Bud Mattson took the lead from the drop of the green flag. Rookie Randy Lawrey gave Mattson the early challenge. Brian Blessington pressured Mattson; he took the lead on lap six and went on to win.
The final feature vent was the Fitzpatrick Auto Center I.M.C.A. Modified 20-lap feature. For the second week in a row, many yellow flags and one red flag marred the event. Jeff Stephens flipped his car wildly down the back straight-a-way on lap two, bringing out the red flag. Stephens' car was removed from the track by two wreckers, as Jeff climbed from the car unhurt.
Leon Reuter led during the first part of the race before Ricky Stephen took a lead. Mechanical trouble sent Stephen to the pits, but Jay Noteboom charged from the back of the pack after spinning on lap five to take the lead and go on to score the win.
Week number three will roar to life next Wednesday night with KPTH Fox 44 night at the races. Hot laps begin at 6:45 and the first race of the night getting underway at 7:30.