by Steve Zwemke
HARTFORD, S.D. — Fans were treated to some incredibly exciting racing in every division on Coca-Cola night Saturday at I-90 Speedway. Sprint Car driver Eric Lutz was a major player. In the evening’s final event Lutz spent a number of laps paring away at Kevin Flowers’ big lead. Lutz finally caught and passed Flowers on the 16th lap of the 20 lap Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car A-Main. “I’m shot,” Lutz said after the race. “This track was heavy but there was nothing that could be done about it. The track is always perfect when you’re the winner,” added Lutz. Flowers captured second with Troy Schruers third, Dale Fubry fourth and Ben Waxdahl a season high fifth.
Lutz thrilled fans earlier in the evening as well when he almost won the 360 Sprint Car make-up feature from August 2. Mike Young had the pole and ran with it. Lutz, like in the regularly scheduled feature, caught up to Young and ran side-by-side with him late in the race as they dealt with slower traffic. Young cleared Ben Waxdahl and left Lutz behind just as the leaders took the white flag. A moment later, Dale Furby, Jesse Lindberg and Justin Glaser were involved in an accident on the frontstretch with Furby’s car flipping. Miraculously, Furby was able to continue as the race was forced into a green/white checker finish. Young was able to outrace Lutz over the last two laps to earn his first win in almost three years. Kevin Flowers was third and Furby took fourth. Young said, “The first half went really well. Then I saw the 5 car. Then I put her up top and gave her everything I had.”
Lutz’s big night allowed him to gain 48 points on the division’s leader Troy Schreurs. Flowers also gained 27 points on the leader. Schreurs holds a 65 point lead over Flowers.
Gary Brown, Jr. also picked up a win and a second in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division. And, like Lutz, they came with plenty of excitement. In the regularly scheduled feature, Jim Hoing led the first 13 laps. Brown ran behind Hoing for several laps while trying to make his pass. “My car takes off real good on restarts,” Brown said after the race. And that’s just what happened. The caution flew with three laps to go. Brown and Hoing made slight contact while fighting for the lead which Brown grabbed as the two approached the white flag. Brown then dashed to his fifth win of the season. John Hoing was third followed by Travis Schreurs.
Matt Jensen grabbed the headlines by winning the Late Model Street Stock make-up feature. Jensen led all 15 laps, but Gary Brown, Jr. gave him all he could handle. Brown was ready to capitalize on a mistake which Jensen never made. Jensen and his team have made great strides over the last few weeks. “We’ve been working with different brake biases,” Jensen said. “I gotta give it to Dyrt Nymph. They helped me a few weeks ago.” Jensen had last won at I-90 Speedway in the 2002 season when he was still in the Hobby Stock class.
Travis Schrers, who led Brown by 12 points coming into the evening, no trails Brown by 12 points. Schreurs finished fourth in both features.
Marty Myers probably had nightmares about the final lap of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified main event. Myers jumped out to a nice lead early. Meanwhile, Dennis Martin was slowly reeling in the leader after starting sixth. With Martin right on his tail, Myers missed his mark in turn two of the white flag lap allowing Martin to make the pass. Not throwing in the towel, Myers drove hard into the third turn in a desperate attempt to overtake Martin. However, Myers got into the side of Chris Goetz’s car. The caution was thrown. Martin then outraced Brock Hess and Dudley Schroeder, Jr. for the win – his third of the year. Myers’ accident forced him to a 16th place finish.
The points lead also changed in the USRA B-Modified division. Defending track champion Tim Dann leads Dave Kennedy by six points while Martin closed to within 25 points.
You couldn’t ask for a better lead-in to this Saturday’s Hobby Stock Nationals at I-90 Speedway. Logan Fitzpatrick battled with Tim Waltner for 12 straight laps. Waltner took the lead away from Fitzpatrick on the third lap but Fitzpatrick went to the front again on lap 4. He held that spot until the final lap when he left his line in turn two. It was the opening Waltner needed to get by and chalk up his third win of the year. It was also the 30th of his career, something only nine other drivers have accomplished at I-90 Speedway. Three other drivers also got past Fitzpatrick on the final lap. Brian Hoing finished second. Zach Olivier came from 11th to third. Mike Chaney was fourth.
The race set up an incredible storyline for the Hobby Stock Nationals. Dustin Gulbrandson will enter the race with just a two point lead over Mike Chaney and a three point lead over Zach Olivier, the winner of the last two Hobby Stock Nationals.
Laura Ebbesen kept up her no-worse-than-third streak by winning the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. She passed Justin Peterson midway through the 10-lapper.
I-90 Speedway presents the Hobby Stock Nationals featuring the I-90 Progressive Jackpot on Saturday, August 23. The race starts at $500 to win. From the time the gates open until the end of intermission fans, drivers, sponsors, anybody can add to the Progressive Jackpot which goes to the Hobby Stock Nationals winner. Last year, contributions from $1 to $100 were received throughout the night. A jackpot of $643 was added to Zach Olivier’s winner’s check for a $1143 payout! This year’s race will include added incentives from race sponsor Furby’s Auto and Performance One. Track announcers Donn MacArthur and Steve Zwemke will man the Progressive Jackpot table in front of the beer stand and provide constant updates on the amount during the night.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014
360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. Eric Lutz, 2. Kevin Flowers, 3. Troy Schreurs, 4. Dale Furby, 5. Ben Waxdahl, 6. Johnn Cressman, 7. Casey Abbas, 8. Mike Young, 9. Bryce Rabenhorst, 10. Jordan Nordstrom, 11. Tommy Barber, 12. Lee Goos Jr., 13. Elijah Johnson, (DQ) Dave Ekern, (DNS) Zeb Larsen, John Lambertz, Jesse Lindberg, Justin Glaser, Matt Ziebarth
Heat Winners: Tommy Barber, Troy Schreurs, Eric Lutz
August 2 Make-Up A Feature: 1. Mike Young, 2. Eric Lutz, 3. Kevin Flowers, 4. Dale Furby, 5. Dave Ekern, 6. Ben Waxdahl, 7. Matt Ziebarth, 8. Justin Glaser, 9. Jesse Lindberg, 10. John Lambertz, 11. Troy Schreurs, (DNS) Zeb Larsen, Dusty Ballenger, Joe Riedel, Cody Hahn
LATE MODEL STREET STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Gary Brown Jr., 2. Jim Hoing, 3. John Hoing, 4. Travis Schreurs, 5. Matt Jensen, 6. Cory Yeigh, 7. Billy Prouty, 8. Zach Van Voorst, 9. Kevin Larson, 10. Kipp De Groot, 11. Darwin Iedema, 12. Brylee Gough, (DNS) David Kuchta, Brad Van Voorst, Brett Larsen
Heat Winners: John Hoing, Gary Brown Jr.
August 2 Make-Up A Feature: 1. Matt Jensen, 2. Gary Brown Jr., 3. Kipp De Groot, 4. Travis Schreurs, 5. David Kuchta, 6. Brylee Gough, 7. Jim Hoing, 8. John Hoing, 9. Brad Van Voorst, 10. Brett Larsen, 11. Zach Van Voorst, 12. Billy Prouty, 13. Kevin Larson, (DNS) Aaron Penning
A Feature: 1. Dennis Martin, 2. Brock Hess, 3. Dudley Schroeder Jr., 4. Chase Kuhlman, 5. Tim Dann, 6. Kevin Joachim, 7. Tyler Tesch, 8. Zac Pruner, 9. Chris Thompson, 10. Doug Wallis, 11. Dave Kennedy, 12. Bryan Park, 13. Chris Goetz, 14. Rodney Cook, 15. Justin Voeltz, 16. Marty Myers, 17. Mike Powell, 18. Nick Barger
Heat Winners: Dave Kennedy, Dudley Schroeder Jr., Dennis Martin
USRA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. Tim Waltner, 2. Brian Hoing, 3. Zach Olivier, 4. Mike Chaney, 5. Logan Fitzpatrick, 6. Jason Bradley, 7. Dustin Gulbrandson, 8. Derrick Scott, 9. Nick Brady, 10. Andrew Siemonsma, 11. Aaron Van Voorst, 12. Nate Barger, 13. Thomas Kracht, 14. James Adams, 15. Jacob Greene, 16. Brian Campbell, 17. Charlie Koepp, 18. Travis Vanden Top, 19. Michael Pechous, 20. Steve Henle
Heat Winners: Derrick Scott, Tim Waltner, Travis Vanden Top
A Feature: 1. Laura Ebbesen, 2. Michalob Voeltz, 3. Justin Peterson, 4. Keith Johnson, 5. Donna Bumann, 6. Tom Koster, 7. Joe Blake, 8. Chad Carpenter, 9. Matt Scholl
Heat Winner: Michalob Voeltz
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