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posted May 01, 2001 03:22 PM
Friesen opens series title defense with win at Red Cloud
RED CLOUD, Neb. (April 27) - Picking up where he left off at the end of last season, Jason Friesen's return to vic-tory lane was a quick one.
The defending series and national I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Model champion brought a broom along in his opening night Friesen Chevrolet Challenge Series sweep at The Speed Bowl.
Friesen won the second of three heat races and the cash dash leading up to the main event. A lap 19 re-start gave Mike Wiarda the opportunity to try for the lead, but Friesen pulled away after the re-start and managed to put a couple lapped cars between himself and Wiarda over the final six circuits.
Wiarda ended the night in second, holding off Tommy Rowe in a tight battle for runner-up honors. Jason Humphrey was fourth and Al Humphrey fifth.
Heat winners were Wiarda, Friesen and Jason Humphrey. Wiarda drew the pole start for the feature and shot out to an early lead.
Cautions came out on both the second and third laps Friesen moved from fifth starting to second place by lap three, pulling alongside Wiarda several times but unable to complete the pass.
A two-car entanglement brought out the yellow flag on lap eight. Friesen finally found a way around Wiarda the next time around the track.
Next up on the series slate is the Wednesday, May 2 race at U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus. This event is the first of the Signature Series program, which adds a bonus that makes the feature race worth $1,000 to win.
Feature Results - 1. Jason Friesen, Sutton; 2. Mike Wiarda, Aurora; 3. Tommy Rowe, Wood River; 4. Jason Hum-phrey, Giltner; 5. Al Humphrey, Giltner; 6. Bo Egge, Kearney; 7. Kim McDonald, Grand Island; 8. Billy Murphy, Loup City; 9. Alan Jordening, Blue Hill; 10. Dean Neighbors, Cairo; 11. Bruce Wasserman, Fairbury; 12. Steve Kempt, North Platte; 13. Martin Murdock, Bassett; 14. Harold Schriner, Guide Rock; 15. Jonathan Rehnberg, Holdrege; 16. Randy Sadd, Doniphan; 17. Jeff Ashby, Aurora; 18. George Murdock, Bassett; 19. John Bridges, Columbus; 20. Dennis Swan-son, Bassett.