by Steve Zwemke
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Micah Schliemann demonstrated how a veteran racer handles a 360 Sprint Car on a dry/slick surface. Nobody was able to touch him Saturday night after he took the lead from Justin Glaser on the third lap of the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car feature. In victory lane, Schliemann compared the track to winter-time ice racing. A crew member advised him to, “treat it like you’re on the ice.” D.J. Brink started sixth and moved up to second quickly but was not able to get close enough to flirt with the lead. Like Brink, Ryan Bickett also had a good car. He also got by Glaser to come from fifth to third. Schliemann’s win was his 28th at I-90 Speedway. He also become the seventh different driver to win a 360 Sprint Car feature in seven weeks. Troy Schreurs has a 20 point lead over Kevin Flowers through the first half of the season.
Just two drivers have compiled the seven wins in the exciting Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division but neither has repeated! It was Travis Schreurs turn to see victory lane as the defending track champion earned win number four. Zach Van Voorst led 10 laps with Schreurs closely behind. Cory Yeigh came from the sixth row to go three wide with Schreurs and Billy Prouty for second and then later with Prouty and Van Voorst after Schreurs stole the lead on lap 11. Yeigh had been working the bottom of the track but it was tough to keep momentum coming out of the second turn three-wide. Schreurs led the final five laps with Van Voorst enjoying a well-earned second place finish ahead of Yeigh. Points leader Gary Brown Jr. was right behind in fourth. Schreurs said, “It’s all about throttle control and hitting your marks,” while discussing the slick track.
The evening’s final event was the 3rd annual 360 Masters Classic for drivers at least 50 years old. Kevin Flowers won the heat race by a half-lap but the feature was a different story. Flowers led early but the dry/slick track caused his car to get out of sorts exiting the second turn. Lyle Howey III was able to sneak by Flowers but his car also got loose. Dave Ekern was there to take advantage and led the rest of the way. He drove away from the field but then Howey began turning faster laps. “Toward the end I couldn’t hear anybody so I eased up a bit,” said Ekern. “My crew told me Lyle was comin’,” Ekern added after the race. Ekern joins Randy Droescher and Scott Van Maanen as a Masters Classic winner. Fans gave Droescher a nice ovation as he returned to race at I-90 Speedway for the first time since September, 2012. Health issues had outweighed racing over that time and fans were delighted to see familiar number 24 in the pits.
“It’s been an awful good weekend,” said Nick Wranek who won features over two straight nights in his 9x Quick Chassis. Coming off his Friday win at Wagner Speedway, Wranek started inside the fourth row and quickly caught up to Marty Myers. Wranek cleared Myers on the fifth lap and then outraced a tough Miah Christensen to the 15 lap USRA B-Modified A-Main. Connor Vande Weerd led the first lap with Myers leading laps 2-4. Dennis Martin was third behind Christensen. Harvey Vande Weerd (fifth) and Dustin Kruse (7th) each passed 10 cars. Brock Hess (6th) was able to increase his points lead to 50 over Dave Kennedy.
Travis Schreurs talked about “hitting his marks” more than once in his post-race interview. USRA Hobby Stock winner Don Brady Jr. said every restart presented a new challenge and, “I was hitting my marks,” after he beautifully handled the slick track. Brady took the lead from Michael Pechous three laps into the 12 lapper. Brady virtually raced mistake free as plenty of great racing was going on behind him. Defending champion Zach Olivier came from 10th to finish second. Points leader Mike Chaney raced hard to get from seventh to third. A fourth place finish by Pechous was easily his best of the year. I-90 Speedway welcomed a field of 22 Hobby Stocks.
Michalob Voeltz is now a three-time winner in just four races. He won his third straight Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. When asked about all of his early success and whether he had any mentors Voeltz said, “I came up with the idea ‘let’s go buy a race car.’” The unassuming Voeltz downplayed his success by adding, “We ran out of gas the first time out.”
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stops present the second 360 Sprint Car special of the season on Saturday night. The event pays $1000 to win and $200 to start. For more information log onto www.i90speedway.com or check out I-90 Speedway on Facebook and follow on twitter @racei90.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014
360 SPRINT CAR MASTERS CLASSIC
A Feature: 1. Dave Ekern, 2. Lyle Howey III, 3. Dale Furby, 4. Randy Droescher, 5. Kevin Flowers
Heat Winner: Kevin Flowers
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Micah Schliemann, 2. D.J.Brink, 3. Ryan Bickett, 4. Justin Glaser, 5. Dusty Ballenger, 6. Joe Riedel, 7. Eric Lutz, 8. Troy Schreurs, 9. Tommy Barber, 10. Dale Furby, 11. Dave Ekern, 12. Kevin Flowers, 13. Randy Droescher, 14. Matt Ziebarth, 15. Taylor Forbes, 16. Brandt O’Banion, 17. Elijah Johnson, 18. Jesse Lindbergh, 19. Mike Young
Heat Winners: Joe Riedel, Justin Glaser, D.J. Brink
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Travis Schreurs, 2. Zach Van Voorst, 3. Cory Yeigh, 4. Gary Brown Jr., 5. Billy Prouty, 6. Miah Christensen, 7. John Hoing, 8. Kipp De Groot, 9. Jared Nelson, 10. James Hoing, 11. Kevin Larson, 12. Brylee Gough
Heat Winners: Kevin Larson, Gary Brown Jr.
A Feature: 1. Nick Wranek, 2. Miah Christensen,3. Dennis Martin, 4. Tim Dann, 5. Harvey Vande Weerd, 6. Brock Hess, 7. Dustin Kruse, 8. Aaron Wiersma, 9. Connor Vande Weerd, 10. Tyler Tesch, 11. Marty Myers, 12. Shawn Reed, 13. Cameron Vande Weerd, 14. Rodney Cook, 15. Bryan Park, 16. Kevin Joachim, 17. Nick Barger, 18. Doug Wallis, 19. Alec Vanden Brink
Heat Winners: Miah Christensen, Tyler Tesch, Shawn Reed
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Don Brady Jr., 2. Zach Olivier, 3. Mike Chaney, 4. Michael Pechous, 5. Jim Baartman, 6. Dustin Gulbrandson, 7. Tim Waltner, 8. Travis Vanden Top, 9. Jason Bradley, 10. Dave Beman Jr., 11. Brian Hoing, 12. Matt Grisham, 13. Brandon Erickson, 14. Charlie Koepp, 15, Brian Campbell, 16. Logan Fitzpatrick, 17. Derek Gramstad, 18. Jessica Brandt, 19. Terry Larsen, 20. Dylan Fitzpatrick, 21. Andrew Siemonsma, 22. James Adams
Heat Winners: Dustin Gulbrandson, Dylan Fitzpatrick, Tim Waltner
A Feature: 1. Michalob Voeltz, 2. Chad Carpenter, 3. Laura Ebbesen, 4. Justin Peterson, 5. Donna Bumann
Heat Winner: Michalob Voeltz
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