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Fayette Co. Speedway
West Union, IA
Fri./Sat. July 12 & 13
By Tom Tracker
Decorah's Kevin Bidne Wins Stock Car Shootout 50
Kevin Bidne from Decorah held off a full field of stock cars as he took the checkered flag and the $2000 payout in the 2nd Annual RacepartsStore.com Stock Car Shootout 50. Starting from the outside 1st row position, he took the lead in the 1st lap, and never gave it up during the exciting 50 lap race that required only 2 restarts, and really gave the racers a chance to show the crowd what they could do. Many in the crowd felt it was the best stock car race they had seen in the 2002 season. Following closely behind Bidne were Riceville's Scott Bauer coming in second, Decorah's Tom Hovey getting 3rd, with Dale Kuennen of Calmar, and Tom Schmitt of Independence rounding out the top 5 spots. They battled throughout the race for the 2nd-5th spots, with the outcome unknown until the final straight away. Promoters Tim & Tom Anderson are already making plans for next year's Shootout the same week, but plan to move it to a Thur./Fri. show to allow more area drivers to compete.
The Late Model division ran their feature on Fri., and was won by Cam Granger of West Union, giving him 3 feature wins, followed by Darin Burco of Independence, and Dale Hackwell, Jr. of Washburn for 2nd and 3rd.
The Modifieds also went Fri. night, and the win went to Kevin Pittman of Waterloo as he held off Todd Kelley of Fredericksburg and Todd Ihde of Decorah for the top spot.
The Hobby Stock division was won by Lawler's Tory Reicks, with last week's double feature winner Brian Irvine coming in second, and Jeremy Moellers of Elma taking 3rd.
The Pure Stock class checkered flag went to Jeremy Oakes of Spring Grove, with Todd Halverson of Decorah 2nd, and Brian Radloff of Monona 3rd.
The Hornet feature was once again won by Steve Dwyer of LaCrosse, with Scott Kronn of Holmen and Danny Cole of Lansing filling the top 3 spots.
The 2 Man Cruiser feature was won by the team of Jeremy Steger and Bill Meyer of Edgewood, with Travis Flack and Jason Clinton of Communia taking 2nd, followed by Justin Hansel and Andy Meyer of Garber finishing 3rd.
This week's Fayette Co. Fair Races promises to be another crowd pleaser with all 6 weekly classes of Late Model, Modified, Stock, Hobby, Pure & Hornet competing.