by Steve Zwemke
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — After a fifth place finish in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock point standings in 2013 it appeared almost certain that Billy Prouty was destined for victory lane in the not too distant future. It finally happened for the Alexandria, South Dakota racer on Saturday night when he led the last 14 laps of the A-Main. It didn’t come without a fight, however. Defending track champion Travis Schreurs covered Prouty like a blanket for most of the race, even pulling alongside the leader a number of times. Prouty took Schreurs’ line away on the high side of the track. Schreurs tried to get by using a lower line but couldn’t overtake Prouty. Additionally, Prouty never made a mistake on which Schreurs was able to capitalize. “It was very nerve-wracking. I’m still shaking,” Prouty answered after the race. The win came at a great time for Prouty who had his worst finish of the season (14th) a week ago. Rod Barse led the race’s first lap and finished third. Meanwhile, Gary Brown, Jr. suffered his second straight DNF. He lost the points lead to Schreurs last week and now trails by 46 points. Prouty passed Cory Yeigh in the standings to move into third.
Tommy Barber joined Micah Schliemann as a two-time winner in the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car division. He led all 20 laps on a track that stayed on the heavy side. Ryan Bickett gained on Barber by taking a lower line through turns one and two but Barber caught on as he saw the nose of Bickett’s number 17 ride as a caution came out with seven laps to go. Barber used the strategy to stay in front for the rest of the race and win for the first time since May 3. Bickett finished second followed by Eric Lutz, Dusty Ballenger and Joe Riedel.
Tim Dann was handed the USRA B-Modified win after Tyler Johnson failed to pass the post-race inspection. Johnson put on quite a show during the race. Coming from the sixth row, he created several three-wide situations, with his number 91 as the middle car! But, a disqualification for an illegal rear suspension gave the win to Tim Dann. Dann had also led part of the race. He started fourth. Dennis Martin and Dave Kennedy were scored in second and third respectively. Martin started ninth. Brock Hess was fifth. He holds a 31 point lead over Martin.
It took five laps for Tim Waltner to wrestle the lead away from Travis Vanden Top in the USRA Hobby Stock feature. Derrick Scott was the only other driver to get by Vanden Top. Though fast, he was unable to get by Waltner by the end of the 12 lap race. It was Waltner’s first win since opening night and the 29th of his career at I-90 Speedway.
Laura Ebbesen was back in victory lane after leading all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main. A caution with three laps to go failed to stop her momentum as she beat Justin Peterson and Michalob Voeltz to the finish line.
I-90 Speedway’s annual Powder Puff race provided plenty of action. Nine drivers entered this year’s event and no fewer than three of them led in the six-lap duel. Kerri Swensen and Jordayn Smith battled door-to-door during the final two laps, even trading paint in the final turn, but Swensen edged Smith at the line. Swensen raced Laura Ebbesen’s Super Charger while Smith was in Justin Peterson’s car – the same cars that finished one-two in the Super Chargers feature.
Friendly’s Clark and the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops present racing action this Saturday night. All five Paramount Racing Series divisions are on the schedule with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. and heat races at 7:00. Log onto www.i90speedway.com for more information. Also, like I-90 Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @racei90.
SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Tommy Barber, 2. Ryan Bickett, 3. Eric Lutz, 4. Dusty Ballenger, 5. Joe Riedel, 6. John Lambertz, 7. Troy Schreurs, 8. Matt Ziebarth, 9. Jesse Lindbergh, 10 Dale Furby, 11. Kevin Flowers, 12. Zeb Larsen, 13. Justin Glaser
Heat Winners: Dusty Ballenger, Troy Schreurs
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Billy Prouty, 2. Travis Schreurs, 3. Rod Barse, 4. Kevin Larson, 5. Matt Jensen, 6. John Hoing, 7. Brylee Gough, 8. Jim Hoing, 9. Cory Yeigh, 10. Kipp De Groot, 11. Zach Van Voorst, 12. Gary Brown Jr., 13. Jared Nelson
Heat Winners: Rod Barse, Kipp DeGroot
A Feature: 1. Tim Dann, 2. Dennis Martin, 3. Dave Kenndy, 4. Aaron Wiersma, 5. Brock Hess, 6. Nick Wranek, 7. Nick Barger, 8. Jackson Hale, 9. Doug Wallis, 10. Marty Myers, 11. Tyler Tesch, 12. Chris Goetz, 13. Cameron Vande Weerd, 14. Connor Vande Weerd, 15. Adam Sage, 16. Dustin Kruse, 17. Bryan Park, 18. Rodney Cook, 19. Miah Christensen, 20. Tyler Johnson
Heat Winners: Nick Wranek, Brandon Kruse, Tyler Johnson
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Tim Waltner, 2. Derrick Scott, 3. Travis Vanden Top, 4. Dylan Fitzpatrick, 5. Dustin Gulbrandson, 6. Mike Chaney, 7. Brian Hoing, 8. Zach Olivier, 9. Jason Bradley, 10. James Adams, 11. Matt Grisham, 12. Brian Campbell, 13. Andrew Siemonsma, 14. Michael Weidert
Heat Winners: Derrick Scott, Dustin Gulbandson
A Feature: 1. Laura Ebbesen, 2. Justin Peterson, 3. Michalob Voeltz, 4. Josh Downs, 5. Donna Bumann, 6. John McDaugale, 7. Josh Lien, 8. Chad Carpenter
Heat Winner: Michalob Voeltz
A Feature: 1. Kerri Swensen, 2. Jordayn Smith, 3. Wendy Campbell, 4. ReAnn Smith, 5. Amanda Carmondy, 6. LaTonia Florey, 7. Shelby Thomas, 8. Ashley Blake
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