Total posts: 3279
posted July 25, 2001 02:28 PM
Elliott enjoys series win, commiserates for Christians
DONNELLSON, Iowa (July 24) - Mixed feelings rode across the finish line Tuesday night with Mark Elliott.
Elliott won the rain-shortened Best of the Midwest Series feature race Tuesday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson. The $750 victory was his third straight in the series for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Cars and put the Webster City driver atop the overall point standings.
Still, Elliott commiserated for previous points leader Jeremy Christians, who was scored 22nd after being sidelined in an early three-car entanglement.
Christians had led the series points chase since winning the opening event and has been making the long tow to series races - and to a couple events that ended up raining out - from Horicon, Wis.
He's now tied with Brian Blessington for second place, 14 points behind Elliott.
"I'm glad for the win but this isn't the way I want to beat him (Christians)," said Elliott. "He's put so much time into making these races and I'm bummed that it happened the way it did."
Jeremy Miller led most of the feature, part of the Budweiser Stock Car Nationals program, before Elliott took the high side of the track to the front.
The feature was just underway when the rain started and converted a surface that started out dry slick to slippery.
Miller ended the night in second, with Bert McDaniel, Brant Fuhs and Jim Redmann rounding out the top five.
Redmann improved 13 places from his starting spot.
Heat winners were Fuhs, Blessington, Cliff Gray and Shawn Anderson. Michael Browning won the "B" feature.
Next up for the Midwest Motorsports Best of the Midwest Series is the Night of 1,000 Stars show at Hancock County Speedway in Britt on Aug. 9.
Feature Results - 1. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 2. Jeremy Miller, Batavia; 3. Bert McDaniel, Eldon; 4. Brant Fuhs, Eldon; 5. Jim Redmann, Lockridge; 6. Brian Blessington, Breda; 7. Rick Brown, Kellogg; 8. Jim Lynch, Bloomfield; 9. Mickey Kerr, Fairfield; 10. Jim Mueller Jr., Mount Pleasant; 11. Bobby Barnes, Letts; 12. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant; 13. Randy Stalder, Washington; 14. Cliff Gray, Waterloo; 15. Mike Albertsen, Audubon; 16. Ryan Meyer, Mount Pleas-ant; 17. Mike Nichols, Harlan; 18. Dennis Harwood, Mount Pleasant; 19. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee, Wis.; 20. Mark Lein-bach, Columbus Junction; 21. Michael Browning, Bonaparte; 22. Jeremy Christians, Horicon, Wis.; 23. Shawn Anderson, Haverhill.