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posted May 29, 2001 04:43 PM
Hectic weekend ends with Peterson first at Redwood Speedway
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (May 27) - Donovan Peterson took over in the driver's seat of the no. 69R car and picked up where Terry Reilly left.
Peterson won the Jackpot Junction Tour feature event Sunday night at Redwood Speedway, a night after his engine expired in his heat race on opening night.
That made for a hectic 24 hours for the 69R crew, who made the four-hour ride home to Brookings, S.D., to build a new motor. Peterson had a work assignment of his own Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so there was little time to waste in getting to the track at Redwood Falls that evening.
Sid Denzer of Le Sueur and Bob Hildreth of Iowa Falls, Iowa, were the early race leaders. All the hard, hectic work paid off as Peterson, who started outside row two, moved to the front on the fourth lap.
Mankato's Bruce Defries would challenge Peterson in lapped traffic but couldn't compete the pass and had to settle for second. Dave Heskin of Monticello duplicated his third-place run from the night before and Curt Lund rode the high side of the track for fourth place.
Lund, from Redwood Falls, piloted the Jackpot Junction-sponsored car from the 17th starting spot.
The now retired Reilly drove the 69R car to the 1999 series title and a career-leading seven tour victories.
Feature Results - 1. Donovan Peterson, Brookings, S.D; 2. Bruce DeFries, Mankato; 3. Dave Heskin, Monticello; 4. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls; 5. Bob Hildreth, Iowa Falls; 6. Brandon Allen, Mankato; 7. Sid Denzer, Le Sueur; 8. Jason Menz, Redwood Falls; 9. John Nelson, Shoreview; 10. Bradley Lund, Redwood Falls; 11. Scott Broty, Prior Lake; 12. Bruce Allen, Mankato; 13. Dwain Wilmes, Kasota; 14. Dave Becker, Belle Plaine; 15. Jason Tostenson, Winthrop; 16. Gary Serbus, Olivia; 17. Jim Smith, Redwood Falls; 18. Tony Hargrave, Maplewood.