by Steve Zwemke
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Fans were ready for another shootout between Gary Brown Jr., and Travis Schreurs at the OK Corral Saturday night. That didn’t quite come to fruition but what the fans did get was every bit as good. Only 13 points separated Brown and Schreurs at the top of the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock standings so, of course, they were the guys everybody was talking about. The guy most of them weren’t talking about, James Hoing, drove one of the most inspired races of his career. Hoing jumped out to a quick lead and was turning fast laps while hitting his marks. Still, the Brown and Cory Yeigh caught up to him. Brown pulled alongside the leader just before mechanical problems slowed the points leader on the 11th lap. Hoing excelled on the restart but Yeigh, Brad Van Voorst and Schreurs all looked like they could win too if they could break away from the group and run their line. Eventually, Van Voorst got together with Schreurs between the third and fourth turns on the final lap creating a green/white/checker finish and some nervous moments for Hoing. Yeigh pressed hard to overtake Hoing over the final two laps but Hoing didn’t budge. The win was Hoing’s first since 2010 in I-90 Speedway’s old Sportsmen class. Sounding as worn out as excited after the race, Hoing said the win was as good as his first. Zach Van Voorst wound up third behind Yeigh while a fourth place finish for Schreurs was good enough to overtake Brown for a 13 point lead in the standings.
Micah Schliemann locked horns with Tommy Barber in the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car A-Main. The race was red flagged on the first lap after Dale Furby’s car planted its wheels into the track causing the car to flip. Furby was okay. Schliemann took the lead once the race got going but pole-sitter Tommy Barber began to turn faster laps, catching Schliemann and making the pass on the 11th lap. Schliemann immediately grabbed the spot back and continued lead as they met slower traffic. About that time, Eric Lutz, who had a damaged top wing from the Furby accident, was closing on Schliemann. A caution with seven laps to go took away Lutz’s momentum and Schiemann dominated the rest of the race for his second win of the season. It was his 29th career win at I-90 Speedway and he is the only Sprint Car driver with more than one win at I-90 Speedway this season. The rest of the top five in order was Barber, Lutz, Troy Schreurs and Joe Riedel.
Tyler Tesch had to pour it on to stay ahead of Dennis Martin in the evening’s USRA B-Modified feature. Tesch started second and grabbed the lead on the first lap. Martin then got around pole-sitter Marty Myers to mount his challenge. Tesch held off Martin for all 15 laps for his first ever win at I-90 Speedway. Myers also slammed the door on points leader Brock Hess for a third place finish which was much needed after four straight nights outside the top ten.
Dylan Fitzpatrick would probably like to forget the 10th lap of the 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock A-Main. Fitzpatrick led the first nine laps with little trouble while the rest of the field battled to move up. Fitzpatrick miscalculated the third turn on lap 10, spinning in front of the field and bringing out the caution. Zach Olivier took over the lead and outlasted Derrick Scott to the finish for his second win of the season. “It was a different track tonight. I tried a few different lines,” said Olivier. He also said he thought he could catch Fitzpatrick over the final laps had Fitzpatrick continued to lead. Dustin Gulbrandson finished third behind Scott. Mike Chaney was fourth and Tim Waltner fifth.
Laura Ebbesen served as a provisional driver and appeared to serve up a win to the points leader just two days before his birthday. But a post-race disqualification for an illegal rear suspension gave the win to Michalob Voeltz – his fourth in as many weeks in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division.
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Micah Schliemann, 2. Tommy Barber, 3. Eric Lutz, 4. Troy Schreurs, 5. Joe Riedel, 6. John Klabunde, 7. Taylor Forbes, 8. Justin Glaser, 9. Matt Ziebarth, 10. Jordan Nordstrom,11. Ben Waxdahl, 12. Kevin Flowers, 13. Ryan Bickett, 14. Jesse Lindbergh, 15. Dale Furby
Heat Winners: Micah Schliemann, John Klabunde
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. James Hoing, 2. Cory Yeigh, 3. Zach Van Voorst, 4. Travis Schreurs, 5. Kipp De Groot, 6. Kevin Larson, 7. Matt Jensen, 8. Jared Nelson, 9. Brylee Gough, 10. Rod Barse, 11. Brandon Ferguson, 12. Darwin Iedema, 13. Brad Van Voorst, 14. Billy Prouty, 15. Gary Brown Jr.
Heat Winners: Brad Van Voorst, Matt Jensen
A Feature: 1. Tyler Tesch, 2. Dennis Martin, 3. Marty Myers, 4. Brock Hess, 5. Craig Hanisch, 6. Dave Kennedy, 7. Tim Dann, 8. Aaron Wiersma, 9. Doug Wallis, 10. Rodney Cook, 11. Justin Winquist, 12. Nick Barger, 13. Alan Vanden Brink, 14. Cory Gronewold, 15. Cullen DeRuyter
Heat Winners: Craig Hanisch, Tyler Tesch
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Zach Oliver, 2. Derrick Scott, 3. Dustin Gulbrandson, 4. Mike Chaney, 5. Tim Waltner, 6. Jason Bradley, 7. Brian Hoing, 8. Michael Pechous, 9. James Adams, 10. Don Brady Jr., 11. Chad Kooiker, 12. Keith Kix, 13. Dylan Fitzpatrick, 14. Andrew Siemonsma, 15. Jessica Brandt, 16. Travis Vanden Top, 17. Spenser Kallas, 18. Brian Campbll
Heat Winners: Travis Vanden Top, Dustin Gulbradson, Derrick Scott
A Feature: 1. Michalob Voeltz, 2. Justin Peterson, 3. Chad Carpenter, 4. Zac Rose, 5. Donna Bumann, 6. Laura Ebbesen
Heat Winner: Michalob Voeltz
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