posted July 15, 2001 02:16 PM
Christians remains undefeated
Despite some of the hardest racing yet in the IMCA Stock class, Jeremy Christians eventually took the lead and went on to score his ninth straight win of the season. Christians is racing 3-5 times a week including the Best of the Midwest Series, which is comprised of the best drivers the Midwest has to offer. This series races throughout the Midwest and on many different types of tracks. Christians is also the pointís leader in that series. If youíve seen the IRA Sprints race at the Speedway then you are familiar with the Hensley line. Itís about three feet off the outside wall. Well, thatís exactly where Kelly Brown said he was going and he did. Brown used the HIGH side to power to his second career win in the IMCA Modified feature. The DCRA Pure Stocks have continued to put on a super show for the fans with plenty of close, side by side racing throughout the field. Jim Steger became the fourth driver to win his first race ever in this highly competitive class.
A good crowd was on hand for Timís Auto parts, Vicís Auto, Bernies Car Care, Bumper to Bumper night at the Speedway. Fans and drivers were treated to many giveaways including a one hundred-dollar bill to a lucky fan and a case of racing oil to each heat and feature winner. The fans also saw plenty of two and three wide racing throughout the pack.
It was Driverís Who Care night for the pure stocks. Fans could vote for their favorite driver with all of the proceeds going to MADD. For this, the pure stocks got the call to run the first feature of the night. Jim Steger took the lead away from Nathan Hodgson and began to build a comfortable lead on a very smooth, slick track. Craig Lepple ran second but was getting plenty of pressure from the rest of the field. Lap 6 saw Steve Seitz move into second and slowly close the gap to Steger. Lepple, now losing ground to Seitz had his hands full with three other cars that were all over him. Stegerís lead slowly evaporated and as the caution waved on lap 11 Seitz had closed to within a car length. Undaunted, Steger held the same line after the restart and held off Seitz. Seitz continued to hound Steger to the end but could not make the pass. Steger held on for his first win as Lepple took third and Trevor Schmidt stole fourth as he dove under Jason Behring when Behring made slight contact with the wall exiting turn four.
The IMCA Modified race saw plenty of exciting action as Kelly Brown took the lead on lap 2 by going outside of three other cars. Brown would build a slight lead over Todd Ascherien who was trying to make the bottom of the track work for him. Jay Schraufnagel used every line available to move up to fourth from his 12th place starting position. The first caution came out for a spin on lap 9, taking away the lead Brown had built up. Sammy Strasser used the restart to get around Ascherien for second as Brown pulled away on the high side once again. Schraufnagel, who began to stay primarily on the high side, dove under Strasser on lap 11 to take second place and then immediately moved back to the top. Another caution on lap 15 again took away Brownís lead. Running third, Strasser made contact with the wall and lost the position to Dan Musbach. Strasser then had his hands full trying to hold off Dennis Schultz. Another caution on lap 17 set up a dash for the finish. With the finish so close, drivers drove hard and everyone was two and three wide for the final three laps. As Brown held off Schraufnagel for the win, Strasser was able to repass Musbach with Schultz in tow. Musbach and Schultz crossed the finish side by side, neither knowing who got the spot. Eventually the forth place finish was awarded to Musbach.
The IMCA Stock feature was fast and furious as they too went three wide for the first few laps. Tim Paitrick led early, but was under constant pressure from Scott Erdmann and Jeremy Christians. Lap 5 saw Christians squeak between Paitrick and Erdmann for the lead. Elroy Thrun moved into second as Erdmann slid up the track. The racing was so close, a blanket could have covered second to ninth for the first half of the race. A quick caution on lap 7 and then they were back underway. Roger Johnson battled outside Thrun for second and took the spot on lap 10. Behind them the rest of the field was two wide for the remainder of the race. Christians would go on to take his ninth win of the season over Johnson, and Thrun.
After the regular features, the top six vote-gaining drivers from the Drivers Who Care program had a small race to determine whom the most caring driver was. Similar to their regular feature Jim Steger held off Steve Seitz for the picked up the most caring driver award. Aaron Retzlaff and Travis Zuelsdorf pedaled to a win in the Junior Hot Rod races in the Superior Glacier Ridge Landfill car and the Charter Pipeline car respectively.
Next week, racing takes a break as the Speedway plays host to the Moonlight Vanners 29TH National Truck-In from the 18th to the 22nd. Nearly one thousand customized vans from around the world will be in attendance of the largest gathering event in the country. This is a closed event to the general public. Racing will resume in two weeks as Power Partners sponsors Fan Appreciation Night and an autograph session at intermission.
Feature: 1) Kelly Brown, Randolph; 2) Jay Schraufnagel, Beaver Dam; 3) Sammy Strasser, Beaver Dam; 4) Dam Musbach, Grafton; 5) Dennis Schultz, Oshkosh; 6) John Shultz, Oshkosh; 7) Scott Lewis, Waukau; 8) Andy Voigt, Beaver Dam; 9) Dave Schoenberger, Beaver Dam; 10) Scott Magsman, DeForest
B-Main: 1) Andy Voigt; 2) Kris Smith, West Allis; 3) Jason Hyerdall, Wild Wood, Ill; 4) Al Strobel, Woodland; 5) William Kootsra, Island Lake, Ill
First Heat: 1) Kelly Brown; 2) Todd Ascherien, Beaver Dam; 3) Scott Lewis; 4) Charles Oostergaar, Kewaunee, Ill; 5) Kory Koltz, Beaver Dam
Second Heat: 1) Dennis Schultz; 2) Sammy Strasser; 3) Jim Kaul, Grafton; 4) Keith Schmitt, Beaver Dam; 5) Andy Voigt
Third Heat: 1) Dave Schoenberger; 2) John Schultz; 3) Scott Magsman; 4) Casey Koch, Beaver Dam; 5) Fred Strobel, Allenton
Fourth Heat: 1) Jay Schraufnagel; 2) Dan Musbach; 3) Nick Woods, Beaver Dam; 4) Dennis Haldemann, Janesville; 5) Kris Smith
Feature: 1) Jeremy Christians, Horicon; 2) Roger Johnson, Saukville; 3) Elroy Thrun, Horicon; 4) Jeff Owens, Randolph; 5) Tim Paitrick, Beaver Dam; 6) Scott Erdmann, Juneau; 7) John Stanton, Reeseville; 8) Jerry Schaalma, Juneau; 9) Rob Schmid, Burnett; 10) Kevin Rank, Ripon
First Heat: 1) Tim Paitrick; 2) Roger Johnson; 3) Jeff Owens; 4) Scott Erdmann; 5) Thomas Boerson, Waupun
Second Heat: 1) Jeremy Christians; 2) John Stanton; 3) Rob Schmid; 4) Elroy Thrun; 5) Kevin Rank
DCRA Pure Stock
Feature: 1) Jim Steger, Beaver Dam; 2) Steve Seitz, Beaver Dam; 3) Craig Lepple, Beaver Dam; 4) Trevor Schmidt, Hartford; 5) Jason Behring, Beaver Dam; 6) Randy Schimmel Beaver Dam; 7) Nate Schepp, Juneau; 8) Bob Mann, Reeseville; 9) Ed Coulter, Beaver Dam; 10) Dannon Tessmer, Green Bay
First Heat: 1) Trevor Schmidt; 2) Nate Schepp; 3) Nathan Hodgson, Horicon; 4) Ed Coulter; 5) Randy Schimmel
Second Heat: 1) Jim Steger, 2) Jason Behring; 3) Craig Lepple; 4) Darrell Bittner, Horicon; 5) Steve Seitz