by Steve Zwemke
HARTFORD, SD — Sioux Falls Hobby Stock racer Zach Oliver won his second straight Hobby Stock Nationals Saturday night at I-90 Speedway in a race that earned him $1143. Dustin Gulbrandson led the first eight laps of the 16 lap A-Main. Gulbrandson and Olivier battled side-by-side for many laps – not an uncommon sight this season. Olivier slide-jobbed Gulbrandson on the ninth lap and led the rest of the way as Gulbrandson and Mike Chaney gave him stiff competition. “It was Deja vu,” said Olivier. “It reminded me of last years track,” he added while talking about the race in victory lane. He also referred back to his heat race as he hit the wall and damaged a couple of ball joints and the fan. Olivier brought up the issues while thanking his crew for getting the car ready for the feature. The feature started at $500 to win, however, the inception of the “I-90 Progressive Jackpot” more than doubled Olivier’s winnings. Generous contributions from businesses, track officials, racers and fans amounted to $643 in the winner-take-all Jackpot. Chaney got around third-place finisher Gulbrandson late in the race to pick up a $100 bonus from Tim Dann, owner for TDR Chassis, for having the highest finishing TDR-built car.
It was also a hugely successful night for the Schreurs racing team as brothers Troy and Travis won their features. Troy Schreurs led all 20 laps of the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature. Schreurs was able to stay fast on a track that changed greatly over the course of the race. While in staging, he watched his brother Travis work the track. “I saw he was rockin’ the top in one and two,” he said. “I hit my marks and went as fast as I could.” Schreurs made a bold pass to get by Justin Glaser on the opening lap to go right to the front. Points leader Ryan Bickett was second and Glaser was third albeit far behind the winner.
As mentioned, Travis Schreurs won an earlier feature by taking an uncharacteristically long Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. The race was shortened to an 11 lap A-Main due to time limit constraints. Early leaders Matt Steuerwald and Craig Hanisch both bowed out with mechanical problems. Cory Yeigh inherited the lead on lap 8 but spun, giving the lead to Schreurs. All Schreurs had to do was stay in front during a green/white/checker finish. He did it and scored his fifth feature win of 2013. It was still a nice accomplishment, even with the number of cautions, as Schreurs was sent to the rear of the field early in the race. His car suffered damage when Fred Konechne made contact on the back straightaway. Billy Prouty stayed out of trouble and finished second ahead of Jim Hoing.
Cody Ahrendt has returned to I-90 Speedway with a vengeance. After a two-month absence Ahrendt has come back to win two consecutive USRA B-Modified features. Ahrendt passed Marty Myers on the second lap of the 15 lap A-Main and then had to hold off his teammate, Miah Christensen the rest of the way. “I knew Miah was barkin’ at my door so I had to run hammer down,” said Ahrendt. Greg Roemen’s car got better as the race wore on. He finished right behind Christensen in third.
The USRA point standings became increasingly tight as Tim Dann leads Dave Kennedy by just four points with two weeks left in the regular season. Kennedy finished sixth on Saturday night, two positions ahead of Dann.
Laura Ebbeson is now a four-time winner in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. She has an impressive streak of four wins and six runner-ups in her 10 starts at I-90 Speedway this season.
Next up is the Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge for Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. The race will feature three seven-lap segments. They’ll be interrupted for a pit stop which requires a two tire change and five gallons of racing fuel and then, after another seven laps, to re-do the lineup. The Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge is Saturday, August 31. Season championship night is Saturday, September 7. Please check www.i90speedway.com or the track’s Facebook page for more information.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Troy Schreurs, 2. Ryan Bickett, 3. Justin Glaser, 4. John Lambertz, 5. Eric Lutz, 6. Dale Furby, 7. Kevin Flowers, 8. Trisha Underberg, 9. Jordan Opdahl, 10. Matt Ziebarth, 11. Tommy Barber, 12. James Krueger, 13. Ben Waxdahl, 14. Taylor Forbes
Heat Winners: Eric Lutz, Ryan Bickett
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Travis Schreurs, 2. Billy Prouty, 3. Jim Hoing, 4. Kipp De Groot, 5. David Kuchta, 6. Matt Jensen, 7. Dan Jensen, 8. Cory Yeigh, 9. John Hoing, 10. Craig Hanisch, 11. Matt Steuerwald, 12. Fred Konechne
Heat Winners: Matt Steuerwald, Craig Hanisch
A Feature: 1. Cody Ahrendt, 2. Miah Christensen, 3. Greg Roemen, 4. Dennis Martin, 5. Dustin Kruse, 6. Dave Kennedy, 7. Brock Hess, 8. Tim Dann, 9. Marty Grilley, 10. Tyler Tesch, 11. Jared Nytroe, 12. Connor Vande Weerd, 13. Harvey Vande Weerd, 14. Aaron Wiersma, 15. Zach Van Voorst, 16. Craig Hanisch, 17. Cameron Vande Weerd, 18. Marty Myers, 19. Taylor Ovrebo, 20. Nick Barger
B Feature: 1. Brock Hess, 2. Jared Nytroe, 3. Zach Van Voorst, 4. Harvey Vande Weerd, 5. Taylor Ovrebo
Heat Winners: Dennis Martin, Dave Kennedy, Marty Myers
A Feature: 1. Zach Olivier, 2. Mike Chaney, 3. Dustin Gulbrandson, 4. Tim Waltner, 5. Justin Regnerus, 6. Dusty Van Der Brink, 7. Jim Baartman, 8. Derrick Scott, 9. Michael Pechous, 10. Don Brady Jr., 11. Dylan Fitzpatrick, 12. Brad Van Voorst, 13. Logan Fitzpatrick, 14. Paul Hartley, 15. Chad Lonneman, 16. Dale Hilt, 17. Brian Hoing, 18. Jessica Brandt, 19. Travis Vanden Top, 20. Brian Campbell
Heat Winners: Tim Waltner, Mike Chaney, Paul Hartley
A Feature: 1. Laura Ebbesen, 2. Donna Bumann, 3. Josh Lien, 4. Justin Peterson, 5. Nathan Visker, 6. Joe Blake, 7. Jason Haack, 8. Chad Carpenter, 9. Josh Downs, 10. Justin Voeltz
Heat Winners: Donna Bumann, Joe Blake
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