by Steve Zwemke
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — As Ryan Bickett celebrated on the top wing of his Sprint Car, he reflected on a season of ups and downs. Bickett, the 2013 track champion, had yet to see victory lane before Saturday night. “I almost forgot where it was,” he exclaimed after leading all 20 laps of the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car special. Bickett almost lost the lead on three occasions as the field raced through slower traffic. Each time, Bickett was slowed by a backmarker which allowed Troy Schreurs to pull alongside the leader. Schreurs, however, had difficulty in holding his momentum once clearing said backmarkers. It was a problem that eventually allowed Dusty Ballenger to get around Schreurs late in the race. Bickett said, “It’s not easy with these guys. Every one of these guys is good out here.” Tommy Barber stormed to third late in the race. He was followed by Schreurs in fourth and Joe Riedel in fifth.
It was a game of “Catch-22″ in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Gary Brown Jr. dominated the field in a division that has been razor-close this year. “We’ve had a lot of highs and we’ve had a lot of lows this season,” Brown said. The Street Stock ace won three features and was runner-up twice in the first six weeks of racing. Since then, mechanical problems forced a pair of DNFs. Brown checked out on the field to lead all 15 laps Saturday night for his fourth win of 2014. Points leader Travis Schreurs was sent to the back of the field after a second lap caution after getting together with Matt Jensen. Schreurs raced his way back up to seventh. The difference allowed Brown to climb to within 15 points of Schreurs in the standings. John Hoing finished second, Kipp De Groot was third and Brad Van Voorst came from 13th to fourth.
“Either I wreck something or it’s mechanical. It’s feels good to get the monkey off my back,” said Dustin Kruse who has been so close to victory lane in several trips to I-90 Speedway. It seemed odd that Kruse was without a win at the track when checking the records! But Kruse led all 15 laps of Saturday’s USRA B-Modified feature with Cody Ahrendt and Tim Dann right behind him at the finish line. Tim Dann’s third place finish allowed him to take over the points lead from Brock Hess. Dann, the defending B-Mod champion, now leads Dave Kennedy by 11 points.
For many, the green/white/checker finish of the USRA Hobby Stock A-Main made up for a race plagued by caution flags and the time limit. The race was red-flagged on the third lap as Charlie Koepp made contact with the outside wall on the frontstretch. After more cautions, track officials dropped the feature to a green/white/checker finish that saw Zach Olivier scoot past Brian Hoing in the final corner to take his third win of the season. “I love this track,” said Olivier in victory lane. For his efforts, he took home a five-foot-tall trophy which flagman Chuck Hanisch sponsors once each season. Hoing hung on for second with Dustin Gulbrandson a close third. Mike Chaney was involved in an early accident on the frontstretch. He was unable to continue, causing him to lose the points lead to Gulbrandson.
The Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers experienced a 40-minute delay just one lap into their heat race. With the track still slick, three drivers got sideways in turns three and four. Justin Peterson rolled violently and ended up on his side. He was able to stand outside his car under his own power, although he was transported for observation.
In the feature, Michalob Voeltz passed Laura Ebbesen on the second lap and then outdistanced the field for his fifth win in just eight starts.
Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center presents Paramount Racing Series action this Saturday night with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. Racing follows at 7:00. In two weeks the Late Models return to I-90 Speedway for one night as Arby’s presents the Late Model Challenge ($750 to win/$200 to start). For more information, log onto www.i90speedway.com, like I-90 Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @racei90.
SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Ryan Bickett, 2. Dusty Ballenger, 3. Tommy Barber, 4. Troy Schreurs, 5. Joe Riedel, 6. Eric Lutz, 7. Kevin Flowers, 8. Justin Glaser, 9. Dale Furby, 10. Denzil Smith Jr., 11. Justin Jacobsma, 12. Matt Ziebarth, 13. Zeb Larsen, 14. Ben Waxdahl
Heat Winners: Joe Riedel, Tommy Barber
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Gary Brown Jr., 2. John Hoing, 3. Kipp De Groot, 4. Brad Van Voorst, 5. Zach Van Voorst, 6. Billy Prouty, 7. Travis Schreurs, 8. Cory Yeigh, 9. Brett Larsen, 10. Matt Jensen, 11. David Kuchta, 12. Jim Hoing, 13. Brylee Gough, 14. Kevin Larson, 15. Aaron Penning
Heat Winners: Matt Jensen, Gary Brown Jr.
A Feature: 1. Dustin Kruse, 2. Cody Ahrendt, 3. Tim Dann, 4. Nick Barger, 5. Marty Myers, 6. Tyler Tesch, 7. Dave Kennedy, 8. Doug Wallis, 9. Rodney Cook, 10. Chris Goetz, 11. Bryan Park, 12. Dennis Martin
Heat Winners: Dustin Kruse, Cody Ahrendt
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Zach Olivier, 2. Brian Hoing, 3. Dustin Gulbrandson, 4. Travis Vanden Top, 5. Aaron Van Voorst, 6. Jason Bradley, 7. Tim Waltner, 8. Brandon Erickson, 9. Michael Pechous, 10. Dave Erickson, 11. Brian Campbell, 12. Matt Grisham, 13. Logan Fitzpatrick, 14. Charlie Koepp, 15. Mike Chaney, 16. Andrew Siemonsma, 17. Don Brady Jr. (DNS)
Heat Winners: Brian Hoing, Aaron Van Voorst, Zach Oliver
A Feature: 1. Michalob Voeltz, 2. Laura Ebbesen, 3. Chad Carpenter, 4. Josh Lien, 5. Justin Peterson (DNS)
Heat Winner: Michalob Voeltz
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