Logan Forler of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, led all 25 laps to capture Saturday night’s Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series feature at I-90 Speedway. Forler finished in the top eight in passing points, a result of his second place finish in the third heat. Forler started fifth and finished runner-up to I-90 Speedway veteran Micah Schliemann. He received the pole position for the feature during the intermission redraw and took full advantage. Second place finisher Jeff Swindell and third place Jason Johnson, a past I-90 Speedway winner, spent the entire race chasing Forler. Their task grew more difficult later in the race as the top side took rubber. “I knew I had quite a bit of tire left so I drove it as hard as I could,” Forler said in discussing the final half-dozen laps of the feature. Johnny Herrera placed fourth and Tony Bruce, Jr. was fifth. Top finishing local drivers were Micah Schliemann (sixth) and Dylan Peterson (eighth). Peterson was the top driver out of the B-Main.
The best race of the night was the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature. Pole sitter Cameron Vande Weerd held off Brad Haas for the first two laps until Chris Thompson got past both drivers. However, Thompson’s lead dwindled as Miah Christensen worked the cushion and eventually got by Thompson on the eighth lap. At about the same time Vande Weerd began to surge again on the track’s bottom. He ran close to Christensen for several laps and got alongside Christensen in turns one and two but couldn’t make the pass. On the final lap, a slower car moved up the track as the leaders came out of the second turn, allowing Vande Weerd to take the lead and race to the win. Christensen’s misfortune turned into a seventh place finish as Dudley Schroeder Jr., Dave Kennedy, Chris Thompson, Mason Daughers and Dustin Kruse also got by him on the final lap.
The Hobby Stock A-Main also had three different leaders. Logan Fitzpatrick led for the first two laps before Travis Vanden Top took over. Dustin Gulbrandson started in the sixth row and got around Vanden Top just after the field saw the crossed flags. From there, Gulbrandson motored into victory lane for the second straight week. After the race, Gulbrandson took a moment to thank his pit crew who had swapped out shocks on the car. He also thanked his car builder Tim Dann of TDR Chassis.
Justin Voeltz had a pretty easy go of it in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers. He led all ten laps while Donna Bumann and Joe Blake traded paint in their battle for second. It was Voeltz’s second win of the season.
In other news and notes, the 2nd annual Masters Classic 360 Sprint Car Race for drivers 50 years of age and older has been rescheduled after last month’s rain out. The Masters Classic is now scheduled for Saturday, July 27.
SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013
LUCAS OIL ASCS 360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Logan Forler, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Jason Johnson, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Tony Bruce Jr., 6. Micah Schliemann, 7. Dustin Morgan, 8. Dylan Peterson, 9. Dusty Ballenger, 10. Brad Loyet, 11. Randy Hibbs, 12. Cole Wood, 13. Bryan Gossel, 14. Joe Riedel, 15. Gregg Bakker, 16. Seth Bergman, 17. Robby Wolfgang, 18. Billy Alley, 19. Jody Rosenboom, 20. Eric Lutz, 21. Troy Schreurs, 22. Cody Ledger