by Steve Zwemke
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Sioux Falls Sprint Car driver Eric Lutz has been a picture of consistency at I-90 Speedway this season. Had he not missed opening night, he would be a serious threat to Troy Schreurs lead in the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car class. Lutz came from sixth to win Saturday night’s feature – his second of the season. Kevin Flowers led the opening 13 laps until his car got loose in turn four. Flowers’ car had already started to get sideways when Lutz hit him from behind. It was the second time that Lutz had caught up to Flowers during the race. With the caution sending Flowers to the rear, Lutz outlasted Schreurs to the finish. “This is the best track he had all year,” Lutz said of promoter Lyle Howey III who also does track prep. Always gracious in victory lane, Lutz praised Howey for his efforts throughout the season and Schreurs for being a top competitor. “He’s already one of the top drivers out here,” Lutz added. In nine starts, Lutz has two wins, three second place finishes and two thirds. His win also allowed him to move into third in the point standings. Dale Furby passed Matt Ziebarth late in the race to score a third place finish. Ziebarth used the cushion to get by Furby earlier. Ziebarth used the high side to his benefit for a season best fourth.
The Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division remains one of the most exciting divisions, well, anywhere! Kipp De Groot led twice but also had the lead taken from him twice. It happened first on lap six when Eric Moser got by, but De Groot stole the lead right back on the following lap. He also had Gary Brown Jr. follow him all over the track for most of the race. But Brad Van Voorst came on strong late in the event and passed De Groot on lap 14. Van Voorst came from the sixth row to take down the pole-sitter and lead the final two laps for the win. The race had four lead changes. It was Van Voorst’s first feature win in over 13 years at I-90 Speedway. It was also the first night this season in which the father/son team of Brad and Zach Van Voorst both finished inside the top five. Cory Yeigh took second and De Groot wound up in third.
For the second straight week, the driver who ended up in victory lane turned out not to be the winner of the USRA B-Modified feature. First, two early red flags pared the field down considerably. Cory Gronewold came out of turn four too hard on the opening lap. He hit the outside wall solidy and rolled his car. Gronewold was okay. On the second lap Nick Barger, Brock Hess, Nick Wranek and Tim Dann got together with Dann’s car ending up on its roof. All four drivers were okay but their cars were extensively damaged. Once the race got going, Cameron Vande Weerd battled with Tyler Tesch for the lead. Vande Weerd ran the cushion while leading the first 11 laps. However, Dennis Martin was making up time running the bottom groove. Martin passed Vande Weerd on the 12th lap and went on to the checkered flag. In tech, Martin was disqualified for a brake issue and the win went to Vande Weerd, his first of the year. Miah Christensen was scored in second with Cody Ahrendt third.
The USRA Hobby Stock feature was a nail biter even though it was cut from 12 laps to nine due to the track imposed time limit. Travis Vanden Top started on the pole and then had Dustin Gulbrandson nipping at his heels the entire race. Vanden Top ran a great race to beat Gulbrandson for his first win. Zach Olivier came from sixth to third after breaking from a close pack that included Mike Chaney, Jason Bradley and Matt Steuerwald.
Chad Carpenter was overjoyed to be in victory lane or the first time in almost six years. The Sioux Falls driver grabbed the lead in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers point standings just last week. He passed Justin Peterson on the fourth lap of the 10 lap A-Main. “It was hookin’ up right and I bought two new tires,” said Carpenter who now leads Josh Lien by 96 points.
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stops present a $1000 to win/$200 to start 360 Sprint Car Special on Saturday, July 26. All five Paramount Racing Series divisions are in action. For more information log onto www.i90speedway.com, see our Facebook page or follow on Twitter @racei90.
SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Eric Lutz, 2. Troy Schreurs, 3. Dale Furby, 4. Matt Ziebarth, 5. Dave Ekern, 6. Nate Maxwell, 7. Kevin Flowers, 8. Justin Glaser, 9. Denzil Smith Jr., 10. Ben Waxdahl, 11. Bryce Rabenhorst, 12. Taylor Forbes, 13. Brandt O’Banion, 14. Jesse Lindberg
Heat Winners: Eric Lutz, Brandt O’Banion
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Brad Van Voorst, 2. Cory Yeigh, 3. Kipp De Groot, 4. Gary Brown Jr., 5. Zach Van Voorst, 6. Kevin Larson, 7. Travis Schreurs, 8. Matt Jensen, 9. Jim Hoing, 10. David Kuchta, 11. Eric Moser, 12. Brett Larsen, 13. Brylee Gough, 14. Billy Prouty
Heat Winners: Kipp De Groot, Travis Schreurs
A Feature: 1. Cameron Vande Weerd, 2. Miah Christensen, 3. Cody Ahrendt, 4. Tyler Tesch, 5. Dustin Kruse, 6. Connor Vande Weerd, 7. Chris Goetz, 8. Rodney Cook, 9. Bryan Park, 10. Nick Barger, 11. Nick Wranek, 12. Brock Hess, 13. Tim Dann, 14. Adam Sage, 15. Cory Gronewold, 16. Doug Wallis, 17. Dennis Martin
Heat Winners: Tyler Tesch, Miah Christensen, Brock Hess
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Travis Vanden Top, 2. Dustin Gulbrandson, 3. Zach Olivier, 4. Jason Bradley, 5. Brian Campbell, 6. Justin Bolluyt, 7. Logan Fitzpatrick, 8. Mike Chaney, 9. Tim Waltner, 10. Brian Hoing, 11. Andrew Siemonsma, 12.James Adams, 13. Aaron DeThury, 14. Matt Steuerwald
Heat Winners: Travis Vanden Top, Mike Chaney
A Feature: 1. Chad Carpenter, 2. Justin Peterson, 3. Laura Ebbesen, 4. Michalob Voeltz, 5. Donna Bumann, 6. Josh Lien
Heat Winner: Chad Carpenter
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