by Steve Zwemke
HARTFORD, SD — Jack Dover led all 25 laps of the 3rd annual Loren Barstad Memorial for Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Cars at I-90 Speedway, but Lee Grosz is the driver who will be remembered along with past winners Mitch Runge and Ryan Bickett. Grosz worked his way up from 13th to an impressive third at the race’s end – a good night for any racer. But his night would get better as the top finishers hit the scale. Dover’s car crossed the scale first. He was disqualified after three checks found his car too light. Up next was front row starter Gregg Bakker. His car was also too light. As they say, the third time was the charm as Grosz’s 4j was the first of the top finishers to make weight. In victory lane Grosz said his team decided to go heavy on fuel based on strong winds during the night. As did Runge and Bickett, Grosz dedicated the win to Loren Barstad whom Grosz had met while racing in ASCS Northern Plains series events. Due to the disqualifications handed to Dover and Bakker, Robby Wolfgang was scored in second with Eric Lutz in third.
The 3rd annual Loren Barstad Memorial, presented by Automotive Services Incorporated, became a true full-night event this season as drivers raced for extra money to win in every division.
Gary Brown Jr., earned $600 for his win in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Brown came out on top in a three wide battle with Travis Schreurs and Craig Hanisch early in the race and then caught up with Cory Yeigh, passing him on the fifth lap. Brown then carved out a perfect line for himself and rode the last 11 laps to victory. Travis Schreurs got around Yeigh on the final lap for second.
Mitch Van Engen was a convincing winner in the USRA B-Modified feature. Van Engen, who has been an occasional visitor to I-90 Speedway, took control of the race after passing Tim Dann on the fourth lap. Van Engen then went on to lap several cars en route to a commanding victory, his first ever at I-90 Speedway, which originated from the fifth row. Harvey Vandeerd ran second. Dave Kennedy, third, was the best of three Gary’s Tire Service entries.
Four lead changes and some great racing between Tim Waltner and Zach Olivier highlighted the Hobby Stock A-Main. Waltner took the lead from Dustin Gulbrandson on the second lap. Waltner’s fellow fourth-row starter, Zach Olivier, got around him on lap 8 after the two battled door-to-door. Waltner again led at lap 10 but Olivier regained the lead and took the checkered flag to win the 12 lap event giving him two wins in two nights of racing. Gulbrandson finished third and Dusty Van Der Brink, who also challenged for the lead early, finished a strong fourth.
2012 Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers champion Laura Ebbesen returned to I-90 Speedway with a win. Donna Bumann led the first two laps before being passed by Joe Blake. With three laps to go, Bumann’s car got high in the third turn and then rolled several times after catching the top of the track. Bumann was okay. However, when the caution light came back on, Blake was unable to get his car rolling. He was sent to the rear of the field after requiring a push. The penalty put Josh Lien in the lead but that would only last a lap as Laura Ebbesen powerd by him for her 11th career win at I-90 Speedway.
Kids Night is on the schedule for next Saturday with free race car rides for kids prior to pre-race ceremonies.
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Lee Grosz, 2. Robby Wolfgang, 3. Eric Lutz, 4. Ryan Bickett, 5. Stu Snyder, 6. Casey Heser, 7. John Lambertz, 8. Kaley Gharst, 9. Matt Juhl, 10. Derrick Lusk, 11. Dusty Ballenger, 12. Jason Eckard, 13. Kevin Flowers, 14. Jody Rosenboom, 15. Justin Jacobsma, 16. Brock Dump, 17. Troy Schreurs, 18. Justin Glaser, 19. Jack Dover (DQ), 20. Gregg Bakker (DQ)
B Feature 1: 1. Kevin Flowers, 2. Stu Snyder
B Feature 2: 1. Casey Heser, 2. Justin Glaser
Heat Winners: Brock Dump, Gregg Bakker, Robby Wolfgang, Jack Dover
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Gary Brown Jr., 2. Travis Schreurs, 3. Cory Yeigh, 4. John Hoing, 5. Craig Hanisch, 6. Kipp De Groot, 7. Billy Prouty, 8. Jim Hoing, 9. Dale Furby, 10. Zach Van Voorst (DNS), 11. Brett Larsen (DNS), 12. Dan Jensen (DNS)
Heat Winners: Gary Brown Jr., Craig Hanisch
A Feature: 1. Mitch Van Engen, 2. Harvey Vande Weerd, 3. Dave Kennedy, 4. Tim Dann, 5. Dudley Schroeder Jr., 6. Jeremiah Christensen, 7. Cody Ahrendt, 8. Michael Powell, 9. Marty Myers, 10. Dustin Kruse, 11. Nick Barger, 12. Cameron Vande Weerd, 13. Don Brady Jr., 14. Jared Nytroe, 15. Connor Vande Weerd, 16. Darin Noyes, 17. Zac Pruner, 18. Doug Wallis, 19. Craig Hanisch, 20. Casey Winquist
B Feature: 1. Dustin Kruse, 2. Nick Barger, 3. Jared Nytroe, 4. Casey Winquist
Heat Winners: Tim Dann, Dudley Schroeder Jr., Dave Kennedy
A Feature: 1. Zach Olivier, 2. Tim Waltner, 3. Dustin Gulbrandson, 4. Dusty Van Der Brink, 5. Paul Hartley, 6. Don Brady Jr., 7. Logan Fitzpatrick, 8. Jordan Kott, 9. Derrick Scott, 10. Travis Vanden Top, 11. Brian Hoing, 12. Nick Brady, 13. Todd Uhl, 14. Jessica Brandt, 15. Brian Campbell, 16. Brad Hallem, 17. Mike Chaney, 18. Rodny Cook (DNS), 19. Deven Van Veldhuizen (DNS)
Heat Winners: Zach Olivier, Jordan Kott, Tim waltner
A Feature: 1. Laura Ebbesen, 2. Josh Lien, 3. Chad Carpenter, 4. Justin Peterson, 5. Nathan Visker, 6. Harley Bauman, 7. Joe Blake, 8. Zac Rose, 9. Donna Bumann, 10. Brad Scholl, 11. Justin Voeltz
Heat Winners: Laura Ebbesen, Donna Bumann
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