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posted August 01, 2001 03:13 PM
New track, but a familiar winner for Challenge Series
BELLEVILLE, Kan. (July 31) - Neither the hot weather or a change in scenery slowed Jason Friesen down Tuesday night.
After struggling in his qualifying heat, the Sutton, Neb., charger and defending series champion got everything to-gether to win the Friesen Chevrolet Challenge feature at Belleville High Banks.
The trip to Belleville marked the first appearance in Kansas for the Nebraska-based I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Model se-ries. Friesen needed just four laps to storm from 11th starting to the lead and won ahead of Tommy Rowe, Jason Hum-phrey and Billy Murphy.
Visitor Kyle Berck ran fifth. Only one caution flag slowed the 20-car field, as Bo Egge broke in the late going.
Delbert Smith was piloting the George Murdock-owned car and also saw his night end early be-cause of mechanical problems.
Murdock, Jason Humphrey and Al Humphrey won the heat races. Jason Humphrey also captured the dash.
The victory was Friesen's eighth in 13th series events this season.
Six races remain on the Friesen slate. The Central Nebraska Circle Track Association-promoted tour returns to famil-iar territory for its next race, on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Beatrice Speedway.
Feature Results - 1. Jason Friesen, Sutton; 2. Tommy Rowe, Wood River; 3. Jason Humphrey, Giltner; 4. Billy Mur-phy, Loup City; 5. Kyle Berck, Marquette; 6. Mike Wiarda, Aurora; 7. Al Humphrey, Giltner; 8. Steve Kempt, North Platte; 9. George Murdock, Bassett; 10. Dennis Swanson, Bassett; 11. Craig Muirhead, Grand Island; 12. Bruce Wasser-man, Fairbury; 13. Harold Schriner, Guide Rock; 14. Randy Sadd, Doniphan; 15. Mike Chapin, York; 16. Jonathan Rehnberg, Holdrege; 17. Kim McDonald, Grand Island; 18. Bo Egge, Kearney; 19. Alan Jordening, Blue Hill; 20. Del-bert Smith, Wichita, Kan.