HARTFORD, S.D. — Tracy Johnson earned his fifth USRA B-Modified win Saturday night at I-90 Speedway. It was also his third straight appearance in victory lane. Those are pretty impressive statistics, but maybe not quite as impressive as how he won this week’s feature. Johnson, who started on the fifth row, was sent to the rear after an early race incident which involved at least three cars. It happened in turn one right after a green flag and Johnson, after the race, insisted that he didn’t cause the caution. As it turned out the call mattered little. Johnson tap danced his way through the field, getting around the likes of Dave Mulder, Harvey Vande Weerd and Dave Kennedy near the front, and finally catching the leader, Tyler Johnson. The brothers battled intensely with Tracy on the bottom and Tyler on the cushion until Tyler spun in the second turn on the final lap. Tracy had no problem leading the rest of the field over the last two laps with the green/white/checker finish. Johnson’s five wins have come over the last eight weeks with his other finishes all being seconds.
An early 360 may have cost Troy Schreurs his second straight Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car Win. Schreurs did a total 360 coming out of turn four on the third lap. Meanwhile, Ryan Bickett was flying on the top side and led the final 18 laps after motoring past Schreurs. Remarkebly, Schreurs was able to keep his car going after his spin and still managed to finish second. Lou Kennedy Jr., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was a surprise visitor. The veteran racer put on a good show for the fans and finished third after starting 12th.
Bickett’s win clouded the picture at the top of the point standings. Three time defending champion Dusty Ballenger is still at the top but now leads Bickett by only 17-points and John Lambertz by just 20-points.
Cory Yeigh was unstoppable in his second Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock win. Yeigh started fifth and was able to pull away from points leader Gary Brown Jr., even on a restart. Yeigh noted the different lines he had to run during the race, choosing to race the bottom through one and two, but then it was, “Hammer Down,” as he said through three and four. Brown was second with Scott Borkowski coming in third.
Dustin Gulbrandson’s Hobby Stock win went mostly uncontested. Gulbrandson grabbed the lead on the first lap and then waited patiently while caution after caution slowed the event. In between stoppages, Travis Schreurs was able to come from the fifth row to second and provide a little competition late in the race. Still, Gulbrandson looked to have the strongest car on the track. “Any time you have Travis behind you, you get a little nervous,” said Gulbrandson. Due to the number of cautions, two laps were cut from the feature.
Joe Blake became a four time winner in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. Blake passed Michael Pechous on the second lap and then outraced Laura Ebbesen over the final nine laps as the two cars separated from the rest of the field.
The Little Guy Nationals is scheduled for this Saturday at I-90 Speedway. The Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks will race with top wings with $700 going to the winner.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Ryan Bickett, 2. Troy Schreurs, 3. Lou Kennedy Jr., 4. John Lambertz, 5. Dusty Ballenger, 6. Tommy Barber, 7. Joe Riedel, 8. Justin Glaser, 9. Mike Young, 10. Terry Chester, 11. Ryan Jones, 12. Scott Van Maanen, 13. Randy Droescher, 14. Dave Ekern, 15. Neil Dvorak, 16. Jordan Opdahl, 17. Brodie McKeown, 18. Jared Riedel, 19. Kevin Flowers
Heat Winners: Mike Young, Dusty Ballenger, Troy Schreurs
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Cory Yeigh, 2. Gary Brown Jr., 3. Scott Borkowski, 4. Dale Furby, 5. Matt Steuerwald, 6. Craig Hanisch, 7. Don Bickett, 8. Dan Jensen, 9. Brylee Gough, 10. Zach Van Voorst, 11. Jim Hoing, 12. Terry Prouty, 13. Billy Prouty, 14. Eric Moser
Heat Winners: Cory Yeigh, Matt Steuerwald
A Feature: 1. Tracy Johnson, 2. Dave Kennedy, 3. Harvey Vande Weerd, 4. Dave Mulder, 5. Dustin Kruse, 6. Aaron Penning, 7. Jeremy Rozeboom, 8. Marty Myers, 9. Greg Roemen, 10. Chris Goetz, 11. Cory Gronewold, 12. Anthony Van Everdingen, 13. Tyler Johnson, 14. Tyler Tesch, 15. Mark Vanden Top, 16. Tim Dann, 17. Leon Mulder, 18. Craig Hanisch, 19. Alan Vanden Brink, 20. David Nicholson
B Feature: 1. David Nicholson, 2. Tyler Tesch, 3. Marty Myers, 4. Greg Roemen, 5. Alan Vanden Brink
Heat Winners: Tyler Johnson, Anthony Van Everdingen, Dave Mulder
A Feature: 1. Dustin Gulbrandson, 2. Travis Schreurs, 3. Zach Olivier, 4. Don Brady Jr., 5. Tim Waltner, 6. Derrick Scott, 7. Mike Chaney, 8. Derek Baartman, 9. Travis Vanden Top, 10. Logan Fitzpatrick, 11. Brian Hoing, 12. Paul Hartley, 13. Tony Morehead, 14. Justin Smith, 15. Aaron Van Voorst, 16. Jordan Kott, 17. Randy Haberer, 18. Dusty Van Der Brink, 19. Brad Hallem
Heat Winners: Jordan Kott, Mike Chaney, Dustin Gulbrandson
A Feature: 1. Joe Blake, 2. Laura Ebbesen, 3. Tammy Lingen, 4. Jessica Brandt, 5. Connor Vande Weerd, 6. Michael Pechous, 7. Court Ecklund, 8. Pam Rose, 9. Justin Voeitz, 10. Charlie Koepp, 11. Donna Bumann, 12. Chad Carpenter, 13. Nathan Visker