by Steve Zwemke
(HARFTORD, S.D.) — It was a banner night for brothers Troy and Travis Schreurs Saturday at I-90 Speedway. The twins grabbed statement-like feature wins in the evening’s final two races.
Remember the Jelly of the Month Club from Christmas Vacation? As cousin Edddie described it, “It’s the gift the keeps giving the whole year!” Well, the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks are like the division that keeps giving every week. Not disappointing this week, the 15 lap feature provided four lead changes including three over the last five laps as Travis Schreurs and Gary Brown, Jr. locked horns in a fierce battle. Brown took the lead from Zach Olivier on the second lap. He led through lap 10 while Schreurs was catching him with laps from a half to eight-tenths of a second quicker than Brown. Schreurs put a slide job on Brown on the 11th lap but Brown exchanged the pass a half lap later. Schreurs got by Brown one more time to lead the final two laps of the race. “That was awesome to drive. That’s a testament to this class,” Schreurs said. Discussing his line and chasing down Brown for the win, Schreurs added, “I’m pretty stubborn up top but I went to the bottom and it just kept getting better and better.” The win was also a milestone for Schreurs as it was the 40th of his young career at I-90 Speedway. He and Brown have exchanged visits to victory lane over the first five weeks and Brown holds a slim four-point margin atop the standings.
Troy Schreurs shared in the excitement with his Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car win. Eric Lutz jumped out to a huge lead early. He led the first 13 laps. However, Schreurs began running laps about 3.5 miles-an-hour quicker than Lutz. Schreurs passed Lutz exiting turn two on the 14th lap but it was erased by a caution flag. Schreurs went right back to the cushion on the restart and stormed by Lutz to lead the final 7 laps. “I kept working the same line over and over if it came to me. Everything fell into place,” said Schreurs. His top competitor in the point standings, Kevin Flowers, also had a successful night with a third place finish and a heat win. Flowers trails Schreurs by only nine points.
The USRA B-Modifieds put last Saturday’s ugliness of six cautions behind them. But nobody could catch Kevin Joachim who lead all 15 laps front his front row starting position. Shawn Reed and Devon Schlumbohm wrestled for second throughout the race with Reed finishing behind Joachim. It was Joachim’s first win at I-90 Speedway in over five years, although he is not in the pits on a weekly basis. “I was giving it all I could,” said Joachim. “I don’t run a crate motor and those crates can really pull you out of the corner anymore.” Brock Hess finished fourth and now trails Dave Kennedy by just one point for the division’s lead.
Dylan Vanden Top was one of two drivers to score his fist career I-90 Speedway win. Vanden Top led all 12 laps of the USRA Hobby Stock feature. The race from second through sixth had people’s attention for most of the event. A pack of drivers that, at any given time, included the likes of Zach Olivier, Tim Waltner, Jason Bradley, Mike Chaney, Dustin Gulbrandson and Brian Hoing, exchanged passes and track position as if they were racing at Talladega. Vanden Top did notice a car to his inside late in the race but said, “I felt like I was running out there by myself.” Olivier wound up in second followed by Waltner, Chaney and Gulbrandson.
Michalob Voeltz was the other first-time winner as he led all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. “I like it,” he said when pit reporter Rod Pattison introduced him to victory lane. Voeltz only purchased his car about a week ago. He said, “The front end is really bent. I just bought it last week.” After a closer look and attempt to fix it, he added, “I said we’re gonna leave it the way it is!”
I-90 Speedway’s first Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car special is Saturday night. The feature pays $1000 to win and $200 to start. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. Log onto www.i90speedway.com for more information and follow the track on Facebook and on Twitter @racei90.
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Troy Schreurs, 2. Eric Lutz, 3. Kevin Flowers, 4. Dave Ekern, 5. Dale Furby, 6. D.J. Brink, 7, Justin Glaser, 8. Jordan Opdahl, 9. Taylor Forbes, 10. Matt Ziebarth, 11. Ryan Bickett, 12. Kevin Ingle, 13. Tommy Barber, 14. Brandt O’Banion, 15. Micah Schliemann, 16. Keith Lambertz
Heat Winners: Micah Schliemann, Kevin Flowers
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Travis Schreurs, 2. Gary Brown, Jr., 3. Billy Prouty, 4. Kipp De Groot, 5. Cory Yeigh, 6. David Kuchta, 7. Kevin Larson, 8. Zach Van Voorst, 9. Jim Hoing, 10. Brad Van Voorst, 11. Brandon Ferguson, 12. Jared Nelson
Heat Winners: David Kuchta, Gary Brown, Jr.
A Feature: 1. Kevin Joachim, 2. Shawn Reed, 3. Devon Schlumbohm, 4. Brock Hess, 5. Dennis Martin, 6. Cody Ahrendt, 7. Tyler Tesch, 8. Dustin Kruse, 9. Dave Kennedy, 10. Tim Dann, 11. Marty Myers, 12. Doug Wallis, 13. Cory Gronewold, 14. Bryan Park, 15. Chris Goetz, 16. Rodney Cook, 17. Alec Vanden Brink
Heat Winners: Dave Kennedy, Brock Hess, Dustin Kruse
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Dylan Vanden Top, 2. Zach Olivier, 3. Tim Waltner, 4. Mike Chaney, 5. Dustin Gulbrandson, 6. Brian Hoing, 7. Jason Bradley, 8. Travis Vanden Top, 9. Nick Brady, 10. Michael Pechous, 11. Nate Barger, 12. Shane Mueller, 13. Andrew Siemonsma, 14. Sam Kooiker, 15. Jessica Brandt, 16. Matt Grisham, 17. Don Brady Jr., 18. Brian Campbell, 19. Brandon Erickson
Heat Winners: Dylan Vanden Top, Mike Chaney, Dustin Gulbrandson
A Feature: 1. Michalob Voeltz, 2. Laura Ebbesen, 3. Josh Lien, 4. Josh Downs, 5. Elmer Rolfes, 6. Donna Bumann, 7. Chad Carpenter
Heat Winner: Chad Carpenter
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