by Steve Zwemke
HARTFORD, SD — Ten drivers entered the 2nd annual Masters Classic at I-90 Speedway Saturday night – a race for 360 Sprint Car drivers who are at least 50 years old. Scott Van Maanen of Colman, with some assistance from last year’s winner, led all 20 laps for the win. The night didn’t begin so good for Van Maanen. His car suffered damage during his heat race in the regular Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car heats. After the DNF, several pit crew members helped Van Maanen get back into action including Randy Droescher, the inaugural Masters Classic champion. Though Kevin Flowers was all over Van Maanen like (add your favorite cliche here), Van Maanen kept the cushion away from Flowers. Flowers took a couple of shots at the bottom during the last two laps but couldn’t get the grip he needed. Flowers earned his second runner-up of the evening while Dale Furby was third.
Earlier, Furby led the first nine laps of an exciting Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature. Just a lap after Mike Young jumped the second turn and brought out a yellow, Tommy Barber came up with a showstopping pass to get by Furby and drive on to the win. Barber was unfazed by slower traffic as he flew to his first win of the season. “The car was absolutely perfect tonight,” said Barber. Again, Kevin Flowers contended for the lead while finishing second ahead of Eric Lutz.
Cory Yeigh survived three restarts to earn his first Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock win of 2013. Gary Brown Jr., and Travis Schreurs stuck with Yeigh through the first corners of the restart laps but Yeigh had the straightaway speed to pull away. “It’s been a rough year,” said Yeigh, adding “I gotta thank my dad for putting the motor together.” Yeigh led all 15 laps. Brown was second ahead of Schreurs.
It was pretty much the same story in the USRA B-Modified feature. Harvey Vande Weerd led every lap while Brock Hess and Chris Thompson pressed him on four restarts. Like Yeigh, Vande Weerd had the straightaway speed to score his first ever I-90 Speedway win. The race was cut by two laps, to 13, due to the track’s time limit on features. Eight drivers failed to finish the race.
Dylan Fitzpatrick was impressive in leading all 12 laps of the Hobby Stock A-Main. It was Fitzpatrick’s first win at I-90 Speedway since he took the 2011 Hobby Stock Nationals almost two years ago. Fitzpatrick was ecstatic in victory lane. He told the fans, “Without Travis Vanden Top I wouldn’t be here tonight. I wouldn’t choose to race for anyone else.” Derrick Scott closed in on Fitzpatrick late in the race but had to settle for second. Chad Lonneman finished third.
In a night of emotional wins, Joe Blake’s first win of 2013 read like a storybook. In his final race before leaving for Army basic training, Blake came from the second row to lead all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. “We’ve been trying so hard this year,” said Blake who won four features a year ago. “It was the scariest ride of my life. I was breathless the entire time,” he added. Blake told fans his dream is to race Late Model Street Stocks and that he’d like to resume racing at some point in his life.
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013
360 SPRINT CAR MASTERS CLASSIC
A Feature: 1. Scott Van Maanen, 2. Kevin Flowers, 3. Dale Furby, 4. Steve Ballenger, 5. Dave Ekern, 6. Lyle Howey III, 7. Jeff Edgington, 8. James Krueger, 9. Don Bickett, 10. Buck Wilson
Heat Winners: Lyle Howey III, Dale Furby
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Tommy Barber, 2. Kevin Flowers, 3. Eric Lutz, 4. Casey Abbas, 5. Joe Riedel, 6. Troy Schreurs, 7. Ryan Bickett, 8. Micah Schliemann, 9. Dale Furby, 10. John Lambertz, 11. Dusty Ballenger, 12. Jordan Opdahl, 13. Trisha Underberg, 14. Scott Van Maanen, 15. Matt Ziebarth, 16. Mike Young, 17. Jason Larson, 18. Justin Glaser, 19. Don Bickett, 20. Dave Ekern, 21. Ben Waxdahl
Heat Winners: Eric Lutz, Ryan Bickett, Dale Furby
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Cory Yeigh, 2. Gary Brown Jr., 3. Travis Schreurs, 4. Kipp De Groot, 5. Zach Van Voorst, 6. Rod Barse, 7. Kevin Larson, 8. Dean Dunkelberger, 9. Jim Hoing, 10. John Hoing, 11. Aaron Penning, 12. Fred Konechne, 13. Matt Steuerwald, 14. Craig Hanisch
Heat Winners: Kipp De Groot, Gary Brown Jr.
A Feature: 1. Harvey Vande Weerd, 2. Brock Hess, 3. Nate Mosterd, 4. Cameron Vande Weerd, 5. Chris Thompson, 6. Dudley Schroeder Jr., 7. Tim Dann, 8. Tyler Tesch, 9. Brad Van Voorst, 10. Jared Nytroe, 11. Nick Barger, 12. Connor Vande Weerd, 13. Alec Vanden Brink, 14. Marty Myers, 15. Dennis Martin, 16. Miah Christensen, 17. Dustin Kruse, 18. Dave Kennedy, 19. Chris Goetz, 20. Casey Winquist, 21. Doug Wallis
Heat Winners: Dennis Martin, Brock Hess, Harvey Vande Weerd
A Feature: 1. Dylan Fitzpatrick, 2. Derrick Scott, 3. Chad Lonneman, 4. Mike Chaney, 5. Zach Olivier, 6. Dustin Gulbrandson, 7. Paul Hartley, 8. Tim Waltner, 9. Don Brady Jr., 10. Brian Hoing, 11. Jim Baartman, 12. Aaron Van Voorst, 13. Travis Vanden Top, 14. Jessica Brandt, 15. Nate Barger, 16. Brian Campbell, 17. Logan Fitzpatrick, 18. Andrew Siemonsma
Heat Winners: Chad Lonneman, Travis Vanden Top, Dylan Fitzpatrick
A Feature: 1. Joe Blake, 2. Laura Ebbesen, 3. Justin Voeltz, 4. Nathan Visker, 5. Jason Haack, 6. Donna Bumann, 7. Justin Peterson, 8. Josh Lien, 9. Chad Carpenter
Heat Winners: Justin Voeltz, Joe Blake
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