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posted July 12, 2001 04:03 PM
VINTON, Iowa - It's crunch time.
The Midwest Motorsports Best of the Midwest Series for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Cars starts a frenetic eight day stretch with races Tuesday night, July 17 at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan and Thursday evening, July 19 at Alta's Buena Vista Raceway.
Then it's off to Lee County Speedway in Donnellson for a two-day show, the first in the series' seven-plus seasons, on Monday and Tuesday, July 23-24.
The series returns to Shelby County for the first time since 1998, when Jeff Anderson of Atlantic took the checkers in the Sept. 19 feature. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., with hot laps immediately after the 6:50 pm. drivers' meeting.
Racing starts at 7:35 p.m.
Boone's Denny Stoneburner won the last two series events at Buena Vista Raceway, in 1998 and 1999.
Gates to the pit area at Alta open at 5 p.m., with 6:45 p.m. hot laps and 7:30 p.m. racing.
Only one previous series event has been held at Lee County Speedway. Bobby Greiner Jr. of Ottumwa won that race enroute to capturing the inaugural tour championship in 1994.
Pit gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. both days at Donnellson.
The first five Midwest events of the season have produced as many different winners, Jeremy Christians of Horicon, Wis., Jeff Wollam of Marshalltown, Skeeter Paris of Boone, Brian Blessington of Breda and Mark Elliott of Webster City.
While Christians continues to lead the series point standings, Elliott earned his 12th career circuit win in the latest event, held July 10 at the Arlington, Minn., Raceway.
Elliott and Anderson had gone into that event tied for the all-time lead with 11 victories each. Anderson broke his tail-bone in a spectacular rollover that left his car a wreck, but is expected to be back in series action next week.
Best of the Midwest racers will end the series with another three races in eight days, on Aug. 9 at Hancock County Speed-way in Britt, Aug. 14 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines and Aug. 16 at Tri-Star Speedway in Lux-emburg, Wis.