by Steve Zwemke
HARTFORD, SD — To say fans at I-90 Speedway saw a stellar show BEFORE the annual fireworks display would not be an exaggeration. The excitement began during the night’s features and really peaked during the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car A-Main thanks to Troy Schreurs, Tommy Barber and a host of others.
Tommy Barber, looking for his first win in more than two years, got out to a huge lead in just three laps before Dale Furby brought out the first caution. Furby skidded off the first turn and then stopped on the front stretch in need of a wrecker. Barber again jumped out to a huge lead until Jordan Opdahl spun on the ninth lap. Another restart had Barber flying with several other cars moving up through the field including Jody Rosenboom from the fifth row, Dusty Ballenger and Ryan Bickett from the sixth row and Troy Schreurs who started 14th. Schreurs, using the top side of the track, blew past Ryan Bickett into second and caught up with Barber by the time the leader started seeing backmarkers. With slower cars running side-by-side in front of him, Barber slipped underneath both cars in turn four in hopes of leaving Schreurs behind. Schreurs matched Barbers heroic move on the front straightaway and then got the leader in turn one. Schreurs then led the last three laps to earn his second win of the season. “I hate going to the bottom so bad but I tried it and it was fast,” Schreurs said while talking about the passes that led to his win. Bickett gained 9 positions to finish third and Ballenger moved up seven to finish fourth. Jody Rosenboom was fifth in his first I-90 Speedway appearance in the Wasmund owned 5w Sprint Car.
Gary Brown Jr.’s patience paid off with a victory in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature, his second of the season. Pole sitter Zach Van Voorst’s car was set up nicely as he led the first eight laps. Brown waited out the top side over several laps before passing Van Voorst to lead the final seven laps. Brown described the track as having a perfect high line and a bottom. He said, “It was hard to commit to it but you have to trust your instincts,” in discussing his choice of the upper groove. Van Voorst’s second place finish was his season’s best. Points leader Travis Schreurs was third. The race ran free of cautions and the field clicked off 15 laps in just over four minutes.
Four laps of the USRA B-Modified A-Main were cut due to I-90 Speedway’s 20 minute time limit on features. Dave Kennedy led the first five laps but an apparent flat tire took him to the work area. Dudley Schroeder Jr., who had won Wagner Speedway’s feature the previous evening, inherited the lead and never gave it up. But, Schroeder was disqualified after tech officials declared his car had an illegal ignition. The win went to Miah Christensen who had started in the seventh row. It was his second in three weeks and it’s also worth noting he won the other feature as a provisional driver for Marty Myers. Dennis Martin ran a strong race to finish second and Kevin Joachim was third in his first I-90 Speedway race of 2013.
“The track was wide and fast,” said Dustin Gulbrandson after his Hobby Stock feature win – certainly wide enough for him to pass Travis Vanden Top on the final lap. Vanden Top got loose in the second turn on the final lap. He led 10 laps of the 12 lap A-Main. Vanden Top did hold on for second ahead of Aaron Van Voorst.
And Laura Ebbesen earned her second feature wins just a couple of hours after returning from a trip to Mexico. She passed Justin Peterson on the fourth lap of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. Ebbesen has not finished worse than second in her five races this season.
The Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Series comes to I-90 Speedway on Saturday, July 6. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm. Visit www.i90speedway.com for more information.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Troy Schreurs, 2. Tommy Barber, 3. Ryan Bickett, 4. Dusty Ballenger, 5. Jody Rosenboom, 6. John Lambertz, 7. Micah Schliemann, 8. Dave Ekern, 9. Kevin Flowers, 10. Mike Young, 11. Scott Van Maanen, 12. Ryan Jones, 13. Matt Ziebarth, 14. Jordan Opdahl, 15. Trisha Underberg, 16. Taylor Forbes, 17. Don Bickett, 18. Dale Furby, 19. Justin Glaser, 20. Jesse Lindberg (DNS)
Heat Winners: Scott Van Maanen, Dusty Ballenger, John Lambertz
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Gary Brown Jr., 2. Zach Van Voorst, 3. Travis Schreurs, 4. Cory Yeigh, 5. Craig Hanisch, 6. Kipp De Groot, 7. Billy Prouty, 8. Matt Steuerwald, 9. John Hoing, 10. Aaron Penning, 11. Rod Barse, 12. Fred Konechne, 13. Jim Hoing, 14. Dan Jensen, 15. Kevin Larson
Heat Winners: Billy Prouty, Travis Schreurs
A Feature: 1. Miah Christensen, 2. Dennis Martin, 3. Kevin Joachim, 4. Dustin Kruse, 5. Brock Hess, 6. Cameron Vande Weerd, 7. Harvey Vande Weerd, 8. Dave Kennedy, 9. Tyler Tesch, 10. Marty Myers, 11. Tim Dann, 12. Nick Barger, 13. Marty Grilley, 14. Doug Wallis, 15. Greg Roemen, 16. Zac Pruner, 17. Aaron Wiersma, 18. Connor Vande Weerd, 19. Chris Goetz, 20. Jared Nytroe, 21. Anthony Van Everdingen, 22. Dudley Schroeder Jr.
Heat Winners: Tyler Tesch, Aaron Wiersma, Dave Kennedy
A Feature: 1. Dustin Gulbrandson, 2. Travis Vanden Top, 3. Aaron Van Voorst, 4. Mike Chaney, 5. Tim Waltner, 6. Logan Fitzpatrick, 7. Don Brady Jr., 8. Zach Olivier, 9. Randy Haberer, 10. Dusty Van Der Brink, 11. Brian Hoing, 12. Chad Lonneman, 13. Derrick Scott, 14. Nate Barger, 15. Jessica Brandt, 16. Dylan Fitzpatrick, 17. Paul Hartley, 18. Jordan Kott, 19. Brian Campbell, 20. Michael Pechous, 21. Lou Krohn
Heat Winners: Derrick Scott, Mike Chaney, Dustin Gulbrandson
A Feature: 1. Laura Ebbesen, 2. Justin Peterson, 3. Justin Voeltz, 4. Josh Lien, 5. Joe Blake, 6. Nathan Visker, 7. Chad Carpenter, 8. Donna Bumann
Heat Winner: Joe Blake
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