by Steve Zwemke
HARTFORD, SD — Season Championship night at I-90 Speedway provided opportunities to enjoy a bigger night than normal for some drivers. A partial rain out last week forced double features for the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Cars, Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks and USRA B-Modifieds. Plus, Street Stock drivers also had the Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge to look forward to after the special event was also nixed by rain a week ago.
With all the chips on the table, Gary Brown Jr., played every card right to win all three Street Stock events – two features and the Street Stock Challenge! Brown began the night be winning the August 31 makeup feature. He started ninth, caught the leader, Kevin Larson, on the sixth lap, and had a huge lead over Cory Yeigh when he took the checkered flag after the 15th lap.
In the division’s regularly scheduled feature, Brown grabbed the lead from Yeigh after a restart caused by Zach Van Voorst’s trip to the work area. Brown led the last nine laps to earn his second big win of the night and fourth of the year. Yeigh, again, finished second.
The Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge created some gamesmanship with it’s 21 lap/3 segment format. Brown’s strategy over the first seven lap segment was to hang out in back of the field. Newly crowned Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock Champion Travis Schreurs led after the first seven laps as crews prepared to change two tires and add five gallons of fuel. Schreurs pit crew impressively kept Schreurs in front as he was the first out of pit lane, followed by Billy Prouty. Meanwhile, Brown left the pits in sixth after entering in 14th. After another seven laps, the first five rows were inverted. Brown raced to the front midway through the final seven laps and edged out a hard charging Van Voorst at the finish line follwed by Yeigh in third. Brown earned $500 for topping the rest of the field in the Street Stock Challenge, concluding a stellar night for the veteran racer.
Both of the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car winners grabbed their first I-90 Speedway feature win in over four years. John Lambertz stormed to the front in the makeup feature leading the first nine laps until mechanical problems ended his race. Kevin Flowers had been running right behind him in second. After the restart, Flowers held off the rest of the field by running laps approximately two miles per hour quicker than the rest of the field. The win was Flowers’ first since June, 2009. The lineup was set from the previous week’s heat races. “I’ve never done good from the pole. I was stressed out all week,” a more than happy Flowers said. Ryan Bickett ran second ahead of Troy Schreurs.
In the second feature, Jody Rosenboom and Dusty Ballenger traded the lead back and forth at the halfway point before Rosenboom took over for good. “I gotta thank Dusty Ballenger for showing me the bottom,” said Rosenboom after the race. Rosenboom also commented about the stiff competition at the front of the field. “I think you run as good as the people you run with,” he mentioned while talking about racing against Ballenger and his friend Troy Schreurs, who finished second ahead of Ballenger. Fourth place Ryan Bickett successfully defended his 360 Sprint Car track championship.
Not lost in all the excitement was the USRA B-Modified season championship battle between Tim Dann and Dave Kennedy. Dann entered the night with a slim four point lead. Dudley Schroeder Jr., nursed his car to victory lane in the first feature. He led all 15 laps but concerns grew as smoke poured from his car over the final laps. In victory lane Schroeder said, “I’m pretty sure it’s blown. It’s done.” Schroeder put a positive spin on the situation however, stating that one of his goals for 2013 was to win a feature at I-90 Speedway. Cameron Vande Weerd had been gaining on Schroeder but ran out of time in posting a second place finish. Pole sitter Nick Barger managed a third place finish in a backup car that he worked on all week. It was the age old story of pulling a car out of the weeds and spending long nights getting it together for race night. His regular car was detroyed a week earlier at Huset’s Speedway. Meanwhile, Dann finished seventh, one position better than Kennedy. Dann’s lead was six points heading into the final points race of the year.
The second USRA B-Modified feature saw Alec Vanden Brink lead the first four laps. At the same time all eyes were on Dann and Kennedy who were rarely more than a car apart during the A-Main. Brock Hess assumed the lead on the fifth lap and cruised to his third win of the season while Dann and Kennedy both moved up considerably from their starting positions. Kennedy crossed the finish line in third behind Tyler Tesch. Dann was right behind Kennedy in fourth. Kennedy was only able to gain four points in the feature giving Dann the track title by just a two point margin.
Tim Waltner raced to his 27th career Hobby Stock win at I-90 Speedway. Waltner lead all 12 laps. “This is probably the best the car has felt all year. The track is in great condition right now,” were Waltner’s comments in victory lane. Mike Chaney was second and Zach Olivier third. Olivier also earned his first track title at I-90 Speedway. He finished 60 points ahead of Dustin Gulbrandson.
Laura Ebbesen’s Fast Auto Wash Super Charges win was her fifth of the season – a division best. In victory lane the college freshman, Ebbesen, proudly stated that her team will build a new car for the 2014 season. She took the lead away from Rick Egan early in the 10 lap feature. Egan took third behind Justin Voeltz. Egan was a provisional driver for Justin Peterson, the new Super Chargers track champion. Egan had raced Peterson’s car to a feature win in another provisional stint early in the season.
I-90 Speedway hosts the Chili Challenge on Saturday, September 21 for the last races of the year. Hot laps begin at 2:30pm with racing at 3:00. Race teams can also enter the Chili Challenge cookoff. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for the top three in judging. For more information go to www.i90speedway.com.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Jody Rosenboom, 2. Troy Schreurs, 3. Dusty Ballenger, 4. Ryan Bickett, 5. John Lambertz, 6. Tommy Barber, 7. Casey Abbas, 8. Justin Glaser, 9. Dale Furby, 10. Brandt O’Banion, 11. Micah Schliemann, 12. Kevin Flowers, 13. Jason Eckard, 14. Bryan Gossel, 15. Mike Young, 16. Jordan Opdahl, 17. Isaac Schreurs, 18. Jason Larson, 19. Justin Jacobsma, 20. Trisha Underberg
B Feature: 1. Jordan Opdahl, 2. Isaac Schreurs, 3. John Lambertz, 4. Brandt O’Banion, 5. Mike Young
Heat Winners: Tommy Barber, Troy Schreurs, Micah Schliemann
A Feature (8-31 Makeup) 1: Kevin Flowers, 2. Ryan Bickett, 3. Troy Schreurs, 4. Dale Furby, 5. Justin Glaser, 6. Trisha Underberg, 7. Casey Abbas, 8. Jordan Opdahl, 9. Matt Ziebarth, 10. Mike Young, 11. Ben Waxdahl, 12. John Lambertz, 13. Don Gerritsen Jr., 14. Eric Lutz (DNS)
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Gary Brown Jr., 2. Cory Yeigh, 3. Craig Hanisch, 4. John Hoing, 5. Travis Schreurs, 6. Aaron Penning, 7. Billy Prouty, 8. Howard Baartman, 9. Dan Jensen, 10. David Kuchta, 11. Marty Grilley, 12. Kipp De Groot, 13. Matt Jensen, 14. Fred Konechne, 15. Zach Van Voorst, 16. Rod Barse, 17. Kevin Larson, 18. Dale Furby, 19. Jim Hoing
Heat Winners: Billy Prouty, Cory Yeigh, Gary Brown Jr.
A Feature (8-31 Makeup) 1: Gary Brown Jr., 2. Cory Yeigh, 3. Kevin Larson, 4. Fred Konechne, 5. Aaron Penning, 6. Travis Schreurs, 7. John Hoing, 8. David Kuchta, 9. Kipp De Groot, 10. Billy Prouty, 11. Dale Furby, 12. Jim Hoing, 13. Zach Van Voorst, 14. Dan Jensen, 15. Craig Hanisch, 16. Matt Jensen, 17. Howard Baartman, 18. Matt Steuerwald (DNS)
Street Stock Challenge: 1 Gary Brown Jr., 2. Zach Van Voorst, 3. Cory Yeigh, 4. Kipp De Groot, 5. John Hoing, 6. Dale Furby, 7. Billy Prouty, 8. Jim Hoing, 9. Travis Schreurs, 10. David Kuchta, 11. Aaron Penning, 12. Craig Hanisch, 13. Dan Jensen, 14. Fred Konechne
A Feature: 1. Brock Hess, 2. Tyler Tesch, 3. Dave Kennedy, 4. Tim Dann, 5. Greg Roemen, 6. Harvey Vande Weerd, 7. Dennis Martin, 8. Alec Vanden Brink, 9. Devon Schlumbohm, 10. Connor Vande Weerd, 11. Jared Nytroe, 12. Nick Barger, 13. Marty Myers, 14. Chris Goetz, 15. Cameron Vande Weerd, 16. Rodney Cook, 17. Dudley Schroeder Jr. (DNS), 18. Doug Wallis (DNS)
Heat Winners: Tim Dann, Brock Hess, Dave Kennedy
A Feature (8-31 Makeup): 1. Dudley Schroeder Jr., 2. Cameron Vande Weerd, 3. Nick Barger, 4. Harvey Vande Weerd, 5. Jared Nytroe, 6. Dennis Martin, 7. Tim Dann, 8. Dave Kennedy, 9. Brock Hess, 10. Tyler Tesch, 11. Connor Vande Weerd, 12. Marty Myers, 13. Devon Schlumbohm, 14. Rodney Cook, 15. Dustin Kruse (DNS), 16. Miah Christensen (DNS), 17. Doug Wallis (DNS)
A Feature: 1. Tim Waltner, 2. Mike Chaney, 3. Zach Olivier, 4. Jim Baartman, 5. Brian Hoing, 6. Logan Fitzpatrick, 7. Dustin Gulbrandson, 8. Don Brady Jr., 9. Derrick Scott, 10. Jessica Brandt, 11. Brad Van Voorst, 12. Thomas Kracht, 13. Paul Hartley, 14. Brian Campbell
Heat Winners: Dustin Gulbrandson, Tim Waltner
A Feature: 1. Laura Ebbesen, 2. Justin Voeltz, 3. Rick Egan, 4. John McDougale, 5. Josh Lien, 6. Joe Blake, 7. Josh Downs, 8. Nathan Visker, 9. Donna Bumann, 10. Matt Scholl, 11. Chad Carpenter (DNS)
Heat Winners: Justin Voeltz, Laura Ebbesen
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