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May 31st, 2014 - Ben Kates Continues His Winning Ways Over the Weekend
1Kates Motorsports returned to the Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, Iowa) on Friday night. First up on the docket was the make-up feature from one week ago after activities were cancelled due to a fatal incident at the facility. Ben was already locked into the sixth starting position on the grid for the event, and charged to victory over Jack Housley, Glenn Gladson Jr., Brandon Brinton, and Jerid Ratzke.

As the track's regular Weekly Racing Series program got underway, a sixth to second run in heat race action position Kates starting seventh in the finale. In the main event he drove by five other competitors en route to a second place finish behind race winner, Matt Webb.

Full results from both events are available at www.IowaStateFairgrounds.org

1Saturday evening saw the team returning to Boone Speedway (Boone, Iowa), as Ben Kate continued his stellar 2014 season. In preliminary action, Kates picked up a heat race win to lock into the main event. He went on to score his ninth victory of the season over Johnathon Logue, Lynn Brockett, and Mike Stark.

Full results from the event are available at www.RaceBoone.com


May 26th, 2014 - Kates Increases 2014 Win Total to Seven!
1It was back to Buena Vista Speedway (Alta, Iowa) on Wednesday night, and picked up his sixth win of the 2014 season in convincing fashion. Ben locked into the fourth starting spot on the grid for the feature via a second place finish in heat race action. In the feature Kates assumed the point on lap two, and despite several charges from Tim Rupp and Logan Scott he held on for the victory in his #23k Kates Motorsports/Harris Sport Mod. Tim Rupp, Logan Scott, Mike Bailey, and Ryan Roder rounded out the top five finishers. Full results from the event are available at www.BuenaVistaRaceway.com

1Saturday night the team returned to familiar territory at Boone Speedway (Boone, Iowa). Twenty-three IMCA Sport Mods registered for the event, and Ben found himself battling the handle on his #23k entry. He started his outing with a third place finish in heat race action, and went on to record a thirteenth place finish in the feature.

Kates Motorsports was back a Boone Speedway on Monday evening for a special Memorial Day program. Twenty-eight competitors were registered for battle and after finishing second in his heat race, Ben charged to his seventh victory of the season over Jared Hansen, Sam Wieben, Jerry Hinton, and Johnathon Logue.

Full results from bother events are available at www.RaceBoone.com


May 17th, 2014 - Ultra Busy Weekend for Kates Motorsports
1Ben and the Kates Motorsports team began a busy weekend schedule on Wednesday night at Buena Vista Speedway (Alta, Iowa). A field of twenty IMCA Sport Mods entered the mid-week program, and Kates drew the pole for his heat race. After winning his heat race to lock into the third starting spot for the main event, Ben went on to battle amongst the top five early before settling to a seventh place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the event are available at www.BuenaVistaRaceway.com

Thursday night found the team pitted at the Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway (Spencer, Iowa). Ben started third in his heat race and drove to the win, earning him a spot in the redraw for the main event. Kates drew the ninth starting spot for the feature, and after battling in the top ten early mechanical issues brought his night to an early end. Complete results can be found at www.ClayCountyFair.com

1The team returned to famaliar territory on Friday night at they visted the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway (Des Moines, Iowa). Fifteen IMCA Sport Mods were in action at the oval, and a fifth to third run in heat race action earned Ben the seventh starting spot for the finale. In the feature Kates battled his way to a third place finish behind race winner, Glenn Gladson Jr., and Andy Tiernan. Jerid Ratzke and Matt Webb rounded out the top five finishers. For complete results from the event visit www.IowaStateFairgrounds.org

The busy weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at Boone Speedway (Boone, Iowa) for another Weekly Racing Series event. Twenty-one entries filled the pit area, and Kates used a heat race win to lock into the feature. During the main event Ben raced to a fourth place finish behind race winner, Tim Love, Cory Rose, and Jake McBirnie.Full results can be found at www.RaceBoone.com


May 10th, 2014 - Kates Grabs Fifth Victory of 2014 at Boone!
1It was back to the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway (Des Moines, Iowa) for the team on Friday night. Fourteen entries were on hand for the Weekly Racing Series event at the oval, and a fourth place finish in his preliminary heat race positioned Ben starting third on the grid for the feature event. He would go on to battle neat the front of the pack throughout the race before crossing the finish line in second behind race winner, Brandon Brinton. Colby Heishman, Matt Webb, and D.J. Robinson would round out the top five finishers. For complete results from the event visit www.IowaStateFairgrounds.org

1The team returned to Boone Speedway (Boone, Iowa) on Saturday night, which saw Kates motor his way to his fifth win of the season at the 1/4 mile oval. Ben drove to a second place finish in his heat race to earn the tenth starting spot on the grid for the main event. When the feature went green Kates wasted no time charging his way to the front, and assumed the point from early leader Lynn Brockett on lap four. Kates continued to pull away in the remaining laps en route to Victory Lane over Brockett, Doug Smith, Brandon Williams, and Carter Vandenberg. Full results can be found at www.RaceBoone.com


May 3rd, 2014 - Mixed Bag of Weekend Results for Ben Kates
1Ben Kates entered a pair of Weekly Racing Series events over the weekend, beginning on Friday night with a trip to the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway (Des Moines, Iowa). Fifteen Sport Mod competitors were on hand for the event, and Ben started his night by driving to the win from fourth in his heat race, earning him the eight starting spot for the feature. During the course of the main event he raced in the top ten before slipping to a twelfth place finish at the checkered flag. Complete results from the event are available at www.IowaStateFairgrounds.org

1Saturday night took the team back to Boone Speedway (Boone, Iowa) as twenty-seven entries filled the pits. Ben would enjoy a solid outing as he once again picked up the win in his heat race to lock into the main event. Kates battled near the front of the pack for much of the event before settling for a third place finish behind race winner, Mike Stark, and Brandon Williams. Johnathon Logue and Taylor Museelman rounded out the top five finishers. Full results can be found at www.RaceBoone.com

 

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