by Steve Zwemke
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — A former Loren Barstad driver won the 4th Annual Barstad Memorial Race Saturday at I-90 Speedway. The backmarkers got pretty thick for Eric Lutz and Troy Schreurs as the two battled throughout the night. Lutz grabbed the lead from Stu Snyder on the second lap. He only held the top spot for two laps before Troy Schreurs screamed past. Schreurs led through lap eight as Lutz caught up to him in slower traffic. Schreurs pulled alongside Lutz a couple of times, thrilling the large crowd, before they made tire contact with six laps to go. They were both trying to maneuver past slower cars while racing each other. Schreurs got the worst end of the contact, sliding off turn one with damage to the right front. Schreurs car needed a wrecker to get back to the pits. Lutz held off Dusty Ballenger over the final six laps, receiving the $1000 winner’s share of the purse. When asked if he thought Barstad was looking down at him with a smile, Lutz said, “I thought about that all 20 laps. It’s a real honor tonight.”
Hard Charger bonus money went to John Lambertz who started 14th and finished sixth.
The great night of racing intensified during the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. Cory Yeigh and Travis Schreurs both had to tag the rear of the field for separate cautions after the first lap. Kipp De Groot led the first five laps before giving way to Gary Brown, Jr. As the race continued, Yeigh took to the high side, gaining all kinds of ground on the leader. However, Yeigh caught the top side of the track in turn one and caused his second caution of the race which sent him to the pits for the rest of the night. Schreurs was also playing catch up and, after Yeigh’s exit, ran side by side with Brown. The two treated fans to some of the most exciting racing this season until contact sent Schreurs spinning off the top of turn three. The incident happened with three laps to go and had fans buzzing, screaming, chearing and booing. It allowed Kipp De Groot to come back for a second place finish ahead of Brad Van Voorst. Brown and Schreurs have won all of the division’s features so far (three each). The door-to-door racing they’ve displayed over the last two weeks has left fans hungry for more.
Nick Wranek was a good bet to win the USRA B-Modified feature from the pole on a dry/slick track. Wranek slowly increased his lead throughout the race as most of the field dropped down to the bottom line. Brock Hess, who started 10th, decided to go to the high side and showed that it was the fastest way around the track (while Street Stock drivers were taking notes in the staging area). Hess picked off car after car and sped past Wranek on lap 14 en route to his first win. He had high praise for the racing surface adding that he liked how it put the race in the hands of the drivers. Wranek settled for second with third going to Aaron Wiersma. Hess also grabbed the points lead and now holds a 23 point advantage over Dave Kennedy and Tim Dann.
The USRA Hobby Stocks ran in a competitive pack again this week. Five drivers all battled for the lead under a blanket for most of the race. Zach Olivier passed Travis Vanden Top on lap 4. Oliver lead the last 9 laps for the win. Vanden Top took second but the two were suffocated by Brian Hoing, Dustin Gulbrandson and Tim Waltner for much of the A-Main.
Michalob Voeltz is one night away from duplicating Josh Lien’s feat of three perfect weeks in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. Again, Voeltz led all 10 laps of the feature.
The Paramount Racing Series continues on Saturday at I-90 Speedway with all five divisions in action. Hot laps beging at 6:30 p.m. I-90 Speedway hosts the USMTS Modifies for the first time ever on Saturday, June 7. Log onto www.i90speedway.com for more details and follow I-90 Speedway on Twitter @racei90.
SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Eric Lutz, 2. Dusty Ballenger, 3. Jody Rosenboom, 4. Ryan Bickett, 5. Dave Ekern, 6. John Lambertz, 7. Brandt O’Banion, 8. Tommy Barber, 9. Isaac Schreurs, 10. Kevin Flowers, 11. Dale Furby, 12. Casey Abbas, 13. Jordan Opdahl, 14. Justin Glaser, 15. Mike Young, 16. Matt Ziebarth, 17. Justin Jacobsma, 18. Kevin Ingle, 19. Troy Schreurs, 20. Stu Snyder
B Feature: 1. Casey Abbas, 2. Kevin Flowers, 3. Jordan Opdahl, 4. Justin Glaser, 5. Matt Ziebarth
Heat Winners: Justin Jacobsma, Dusty Ballenger, Troy Schreurs
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Gary Brown, Jr., 2. Kipp De Groot, 3. Brad Van Voorst, 4. John Hoing, 5. Jim Hoing, 6. Travis Schreurs, 7. Billy Prouty, 8. Darwin Iedema, 9. Kevin Larson, 10. Eric Gaul, 11. Jared Nelson, 12. Zach Van Voorst, 13. Cory Yeigh, 14. Brandon Ferguson, 15, David Kuchta
Heat Winners: Billy Prouty, Kipp De Groot
A Feature: 1. Brock Hess, 2. Nick Wranek, 3. Aaron Wiersma, 4. Tim Dann, 5. Dennis Martin, 6. Chris Thompson, 7. Miah Christensen, 8. Dave Kennedy, 9. Alec Vanden Brink, 10. Tyler Tesch, 11. Doug Wallis, 12. Bryan Park, 13. Devon McMartin, 14. Shawn Reed, 15. Rodney Cook, 16. Devon Schlumbohm, 17. Marty Myers, 18. Cory Gronewold
Heat Winners: Tim Dann, Tyler Tesch, Miah Christensen
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Zach Olivier, 2. Travis Vanden Top, 3. Brian Hoing, 4. Dustin Gulbrandson, 5. Tim Waltner, 6. Mike Chaney, 7. Jason Bradley, 8. Brian Campbell, 9. Charlie Koepp, 10. Nick Barger, 11. Andrew Siemonsma, 12. James Adams, 13. Terry Larsen, 14. Joseph Streeter, 15. Aaron DeThury, 16. Roger DeBoer, 17. Don Brady, Jr.
Heat Winners: Zach Oliver, Dustin Gulbrandson, Tim Waltner
A Feature: 1. Michalob Voeltz, 2. Laura Ebbesen, 3. Justin Voeltz, 4. Donna Bumann, 5. Chad Carpenter, 6. Josh Lien, 7. Brett Dafoe
Heat Winner: Donna Bumann
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