by Steve Zwemke
HARTFORD, SD — If, in fact, we were talking baseball statistics, Eric Lutz would be a .600 hitter and his slugging percentage would be off the charts. Lutz made it three wins in five starts Saturday as he captured the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature on Hard Core Speed Shop Night at I-90 Speedway. Dale Furby led 12 solid laps before getting caught in slower traffic. Furby cleared one backmarker with Lutz on his tail but a second car in close proximity slowed him enough for Lutz to steal the lead. Furby continued to follow in second until the final lap when his car started to get sideways coming out of the second turn. Amazingly, Furby saved his car from a total spin and kept it going to eek out a Top 5 finish. Troy Schreurs got by Furby for a second place finish. Ryan Bickett and Dusty Ballenger also got by Furby on the final lap for third and fourth. Lutz called the win bittersweet as his dad and chief mechanic was on vacation and missed the race. “I’ll have to give him a call tonight and let him know,” said Lutz in victory lane. Lutz’s two non-wins at I-90 Speedway this season have been third place finishes. Now that’s stepping up to the plate!
Three-time track champion Matt Steuerwald piloted his car to victory lane for the first time this season by winning the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. Steuerwald passed Howard Baartman on the second lap and led the final 14 laps. Steuerwald looked unstoppable early, but Craig Hanisch reeled in the leader and mounted quite a challenge. “Hanisch could’ve doored me, but he’s a class act,” said Steuerwald in discussing the final laps of the race. Steuerwald explained that Hanisch could’ve easily sent him up the track with a little contact and gotten by for a possible win while adding that his car wasn’t as fast as he had hoped it would be. Hanisch was second ahead of Travis Schreurs, Howard Baartman and Dan Jensen.
Cody Ahrendt returned to I-90 Speedway for the first time in over two months and grabbed his second USRA B-Modified feature win. Ahrendt came from the third row to immediately challenge Aaron Wiersma. Wiersma fought a tight race car while leading the first seven laps. Ahrendt shot by on lap eight and led the rest of the way. Dave Kennedy was the only other driver to get by Wiersma as he finished second. Kennedy’s impressive run started from the sixth row and it moved him to within nine points of Tim Dann atop the point standings. Brock Hess came from the seventh row to finish fourth ahead of Dennis Martin.
Paul Hartley had the quote of the night after his Hobby Stock win. “Low budget man as I am, smokin’ all the time, I’m finally here,” was Hartley’s exclamation in victory lane. Hartley went over the list of mechanical issues his team has dealt with this season but also noted his 6H car has a new transmission. Hartley started on the front row and led all 12 laps for his first ever I-90 Speedway win. Mike Chaney got by Logan Fitzpatrick on the final lap to finish second. Dustin Gulbrandson and points leader Zach Olivier were forth and fifth.
The Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main turned into an exciting three car battle between Josh Lien, Joe Blake and Laura Ebbesen. Lien led the first eight laps before a blown tire sent him to the pits. Blake assumed the lead for a green/white/checker finish and helf off Ebbesen for the win. Justin Voeltz was forced pitside during the race which allowed Justin Peterson to regain the points lead from Voeltz with a 10 point separation.
I-90 Speedway hosts the Hobby Stock Nationals on Saturday, August 24. The race pays $500 to win and also features the new “I-90 Progressive Jackpot.” Racers, crew members, sponsors and fans can contribute (in front of the beer stand) to the winner’s share from the time the gates open until the end of intermission. Announcers Donn MacArthur and Steve Zwemke will provide constant updates on where the Jackpot stands with all money being added to the $500 winner’s share. The Hobby Stock Nationals starts at $500 to win! Where will it end?
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Eric Lutz, 2. Troy Schreurs, 3. Ryan Bickett, 4. Dusty Ballenger, 5. Dale Furby, 6. Kevin Flowers, 7. Jordan Opdahl, 8. Justin Glaser, 9. Mike Young, 10. Trisha Underberg, 11. Taylor Forbes, 12. Matt Ziebarth, 13. John Lambertz, 14. Tommy Barber, 15. Jeffrey Schruers, 16. Ryan Jones
Heat Winners: Ryan Bickett, Dale Furby
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Matt Steuerwald, 2. Craig Hanisch, 3. Travis Schreurs, 4. Howard Baartman, 5. Dan Jensen, 6. Kipp De Groot, 7. John Hoing, 8. Aaron Penning, 9. Billy Prouty, 10. David Kuchta, 11. Jim Hoing, 12. Kevin Larson, 13. Brylee Gough, 14. Brandon Ferguson, 15. Gary Brown Jr., 16. Shaun Taylor, 17. Cory Yeigh
Heat Winners: Billy Prouty, Craig Hanisch, Gary Brown Jr.
A Feature: 1. Cody Ahrendt, 2. Dave Kennedy, 3. Aaron Wiersma, 4. Brock Hess, 5. Dennis Martin, 6. Tim Dann, 7. Cameron Vande Weerd, 8. Tyler Tesch, 9. Craig Hanisch, 10. Dudley Schroeder Jr., 11. Keith Sanders, 12. Marty Myers, 13. Chris Goetz, 14. Harvey Vande Weerd, 15. Nick Barger, 16. Zach Van Voorst, 17. Marty Grilley, 18. Doug Wallis, 19. Connor Vande Weerd, 20. Jared Nytroe
B Feature: 1. Zach Van Voorst, 2. Connor Vande Weerd, 3. Marty Myers, 4. Tyler Tesch, 5. Doug Wallis
Heat Winners: Aaron Wiersma, Cody Ahrendt, Nick Barger, Craig Hanisch
A Feature: 1. Paul Hartley, 2. Mike Chaney, 3. Logan Fitzpatrick, 4. Dustin Gulbrandson, 5. Zach Olivier, 6. Tim Waltner, 7. Jim Baartman, 8. Brian Hoing, 9. MIchael Pechous, 10. Andrew Siemonsma, 11. Jessica Brandt, 12. Brian Campbell, 13. Derrick Scott, 14. Travis Vanden Top, 15. Don Brady Jr.
Heat Winners: Paul Hartley, Dustin Gulbrandson
A Feature: 1. Joe Blake, 2. Laura Ebbesen, 3. Justin Peterson, 4. Donna Bumann, 5. Nathan Visker, 6. Josh Lien, 7. Chad Carpenter, 8. Justin Voeltz, 9. Matt Scholl, 10. Jason Haack
Heat Winners: Laura Ebbesen, Justin Voeltz
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