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posted May 20, 2001 07:41 PM
Quincy MI (May 19, 2001) - It was another beautiful sunny day in Southern Michigan for the 40 sprint cars, 30 Late Models and 38 Street Stocks that packed the pits for a wild night of racing at the Butler Motor Speedway. Jerrod Hull made the long haul from Sikeston Missouri well worth his drive as he took home the 25 lap feature. It was 14 year old Rusty Schlenk taking his second consecutive feature in the Street Stocks and Toledo Ohio driver Brian Ruhlman taking his first of the year at the Butler high banks.
On the initial start the cars of Greg Wheeler and Boston Reid tangled in turn one and sent both flipping. Both drivers were uninjured. On the restart the car of Chad Blonde flipped in turn one. He walked away under his own power and was treated by the ambulance crew and released. On the restart Hull took the lead from Todd Wohlford and left the remainder of the field. Tyler Walker was moving through traffic from his 14th starting position and by lap 4 had taken over the 7th position.
On lap 17 a caution was thrown for the car of Roger Spieth that was stopped shy of the pit entrance. Walker was still dicing through traffic and was now up to fifth and by lap 22 had taken over the second position. A caution on lap 23 would set up a three lap shootout between Hull and Walker. There was a lapped car placed between the two but Walker was able to clear that on the restart. Walker closed in on the back of Hull but got loose in turn two and Hull took the victory over Walker, Wohlford, Mark Stemen, Mark Aldrich, Sean Robinson, Jeff Rankin, Ben Rutan, Al Beale Jr and Mike Koss rounded out the top 10.
Heat races were won by Mike Schumaker, Reid, Wohlford and Hull. The B Mains were won by Blonde and Spieth.
Tom Krankel jumped out to the early lead with Tim Wilber in tow. Ruhlman started in the fifth position but quickly moved to third by lap two. Wilber was able to make the pass on Krankel on lap two. Ruhlman took over second within two laps but Krankel was pressuring him back for that spot. The top three broke away from the remainder of the field before lapped traffic became a factor on lap nine which helped Ruhlman get around for the lead on lap 12.
On lap 13 Wilber, Krankel and Ruhlman split a lapped car trying to get around but Krankel made contact with the lapped car of Jeff Pember, both cars were done for the evening.
Ruhlman was able to open up about a five car length lead within two laps but John Grega was quickly closing in on the second position of Wilber and Wilber began to close again on Ruhlman. By lap 20 Wilber and Grega were bumper to bumper but Ruhlman held on for the victory over Wilber, Grega, Randy Woodling, Mark Dowdy, George Lindsey, Terry Sroufe, Jackie Taylor, Rod Patterson and Eric Chant rounded out the top ten.
Heat Races were won by Taylor, Wilber and Krankel with the B Main victory going to Jim O'Neil.
In the Street Stock feature it was Randy Patton taking the initial lead with Eric Wilson and Larry Kulikowsi behind by the end of the first lap Wilson had taken the lead but that didn't last long as Kulikowski took over on lap two. On Lap three a red flag came out for the flipping car of John Kulikowsi. Kulikowski was uninjured.
By lap ten Wilson was able to regain the lead from Larry Kulikowski. Rusty Schlenk was moving quickly through the pack from his seventh starting position and by lap seven was in the third position. Eric Wilson was opening up a large lead while Kulikowski and Schlenk were battling for the second position. On lap 11 Schlenk made the pass and set his sights on Wilson.
On lap 12 Wilson suffered mechanical woes which sent the points leader to the pits. This left Schlenk at the point with Kulikowski right there. Kulikowsi was able to get around for the lead but Schlenk battled back and regained the top spot.
Schlenk was able to take the feature win over Kulikowski, Don Kittle, Mike Williams, Randy Patton, Mark George, Chuck Ewing, Jack Redding, Frank Weller and Sheryl Dishaw rounded out the top ten.
Heat races were won by Jeff Beaty, Schlenk, Joel Sherman and Kittle. B Mains were won by Jeff Wadsworth and Tim Swan.