Jacobsma and Schlumbohm Win Wild I-90 Speedway Openers
HARTFORD, SD — Justin Jacobsma appeared to have lost the lead and the win in Saturday night’s Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature at I-90 Speedway with just two laps remaining before he eventually came out on top in a race-long battle with Jordan Martens. Martens, who lost the lead to Jacobsma at the half-way mark, exchanged passes with Jacobsma on the 19th lap of the 20-lap A-Main. The two also dueled with Brock Dump in an exciting finale even though the track had become rough during the evening’s features. All three drivers led at least four laps with Jacobsma leading 12 including the last 11. The win was the first at I-90 Speedway for the Hull, Iowa, driver.
Just as exciting was the season’s first USRA B-Modified feature which saw Devon Schlumbohm pass defending track champion Tracy Johnson on the final lap to earn his first career I-90 Speedway win. Johnson had led for 10-laps before Schlumbohm clicked off a perfect final lap. “Any time you can race beside Tracy it’s a blast,” said Schlumbohm whose car once belonged to 2010 track champion Cody Ahrendt. Johnson gained the lead from Mark DeBoer on the fifth lap when the former late model driver bowed to mechanical problems. The fifth lap restart was highlighted by several lead changes. Johnson passed Schlumbohm who passed Brock Hess who passed Jared Nytroe. Nytroe had been running second to DeBoer at the time of DeBoer’s caution.
Ater a one-year absence from I-90 Speedway, veteran racer Gary Brown, Jr., took advantage of his front row starting position and led all 15-laps of the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main. Craig Hanisch had moved from ninth to second when the race was stopped for debris on the frontstretch. He was unable to catch the leader when the race went green.
Tim Waltner began his Hobby Stock season in fine fashion as he lead all but one lap of the feature. Waltner gunned it past Jeremy Van Ede on the second lap en route to his 22nd career win at his home track. Waltner came from the third row.
For the second straight year, Laura Ebbesen won the opening night feature in the Fast Auto Wash Super Charger division. Joe Blake led the first six laps of the 10-lapper before Ebbesen took over.
Though making it cold and uncomfortable for the large number of fans that turned out on opening night, strong wind gusts helped dry the track which had been wet and muddy all week.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012
360 SPRINT CARS
Heat Winners: Dustin Beenken, Dusty Ballenger, Ryan Bickett
A Feature: 1. Justin Jacobsma, 2. Ryan Bickett, 3. Jordan Martens, 4. Dusty Ballenger, 5. Troy Schreurs, 6. Zeb Larsen, 7. Justin Glaser, 8. Daryl Reverts, 9. Kevin Flowers, 10. Mike Young, 11. John Lambertz, 12. Brock Dump, 13. Randy Droescher, 14. Terry Chester, 15. Dustin Beenken, 16. Luke Nagel, 17. Brandt O’Banion, 18. Jeff Edgington, 19. Jared Jansen (DNS), 20. Mitch Runge (DNS)
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
Heat Winners: Jesse Akkerman, Cory Yeigh, Gary Brown, Jr.
A Feature: 1. Gary Brown, Jr., 2. Craig Hanisch, 3. Jesse Akkerman, 4. Dale Furby, 5. Brett Larsen, 6. John Hoing, 7. Eric Moser, 8. Jim Hoing, 9. Zach Van Voorst, 10. Brylee Gough, 11. Terry Prouty, 12. Fred Konechne, 13. Don Bickett, 14. Cory Yeigh, 15. Scott Borkowski, 16. Kipp DeGroot, 17. Brandon Ferguson. 18. Billy Prouty, 19. Dan Jensen
Heat Winners: Tim Dann, Dustin Kruse, Brock Hess
A Feature: 1. Devon Schlumbohm, 2. Tracy Johnson, 3. Brock Hess, 4. Cameron Vande Weerd, 5. Tim Dann, 6. Dustin Kruse, 7. Harvey Vande Weerd, 8. Dave Kennedy, 9. Tyler Tesch, 10. Jared Nytroe, 11. Greg Eden, 12. Devon McMartin, 13. Doug Folkens, 14. Kevin Joachim, 15. Nathan VanSchepen, 16. Danny Harmon, 17. Mark DeBoer, 18. Chris Goetz (DNS), 19. Mike Powell (DNS), 20. Chris Tiesler (DNS), 21. Tyler Johnson (DNS)
Heat Winners: Zach Olivier, Tim Waltner, Dustin Gulbrandson
A Feature: 1. Tim Waltner, 2. Jeremy Van Ede, 3. Chan Lonneman, 4. Travis Schreurs, 5. Mike Chaney, 6. Zach Olivier, 7. Dylan Fitzpatrick, 8. Derek Baartman, 9. Justin Smith, 10. Don Brady, Jr., 11. Aaron Van Voorst, 12. Dustin Gulbrandson, 13. Jordan Kott, 14. Brad Hallem, 15. Shane Lamer, 16. Terry Larsen, 17. Rick Korthals, 18. Chad Kuhnert, 19. Mike Kiggins, 20. Josh Techner (DNS), 21. Derek Gramstad (DNS), 22. Tony Morehead (DNS)
Heat Winner: Court Ecklund
A Feature: 1. Laura Ebbesen, 2. Jessica Brandt, 3. Michael Pechous, 4. Tammy Lingen, 5. Court Ecklund, 6. Joe Blake, 7. Pam Rose (DNS), 8. Chris Duffy (DNS)