posted September 16, 2001 10:26 PM
Schraufnagel, Seitz each capture third straight title
The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints were in town for their second race of the year. Track champions would also be crowned in the IMCA Modified class as well as the DCRA Pure Stock division. The capacity crowd and drivers were treated to an amazingly fast track as several sprint drivers were within a couple tenths of the track record. Joe Roe would claim honors as the top qualifier at 16.561 seconds. Speeds were clocked at the end of the staightaway approaching 140mph. Jay Schraufnagel would overcome a disastrous start to finish tenth and win another track championship. Steve Seitz would fair better and win his feature race and also win his third straight track championship.
The start of the modified feature did not go well for the top two in points. Both Schraufnagel and Kelly Brown would be involved with several other cars in a first corner incident. Many would be able to continue but Brown’s chances of winning the championship were dashed. With Brown suffering damage Dennis Shultz was in a position to overtake Brown for second in points but on the restart Shultz left the track with mechanical problems. Tim Lemirande took the lead at the start with Scott Lewis close behind. The two pulled away from Scott Houpt, Todd Ascherien and Craig Priewe. On lap six, Lewis pulled of the track and allowed Lemirande to coast to a decisive win.
Kim Mock led the sprint feature over Travis Whitney and Donny Gaedon. The first caution waved for Blake Feese who did a 360 and kept going but would have to start in the back of the field. Over the next 19 laps Whitney stayed within striking distance of the leader after the two encountered lap traffic. The second caution waved for another 360 spin setting up a three-lap shootout. On the restart Whitney pounced Mock and took the lead for good. Whitney, who is also the track record holder, would go on to score his second win of his career at the Fairgrounds. Gaedon would finish third while Scotty Neitzel charged from the last starting position to finish fourth. Feese also overcame restarting from the rear to finish fifth.
Craig Lepple would lead Randy Schimmel and Steve Seitz at the outset of the pure stock feature. The three would stay nose to tail until lap six when Seitz dove to the bottom to take the lead from Lepple. The front two pulled away from the field until lap15 when the caution waved for a spun car. Schimmel would also leave the track with radiator problems. Seitz would lead Lepple for the remainder of the race. Even though Lepple would make several attempts to take the lead, he would have to settle for second.
Feature: 1) Tim Lemirande, Verona; 2) Scott Houpt, Belgium; 3) Craig Priewe, Beaver Dam; 4) Todd Ascherien, Beaver Dam; 5) Dave Schoenberger, Beaver Dam; 6) Dan Musbach, Grafton; 7) Mike Sandholm, Kenosha; 8) Joe Houpt, Belgium; 9) Dennis Haldemann, Janesville; 10) Jay Schraufnagel, Beaver Dam
B-Main: 1) Joe Houpt; 2) Dennis Haldemann; 3) Dale Boerschinger, Green Bay
First Heat: 1) Todd Ascherien; 2) Kelly Brown, Randolph; 3) Rob Olson, Lake Villa, Ill
Second Heat: 1) Tim Lemirande; 2) Dan Musbach; 3) Craig Priewe
Third Heat: 1) Scott Lewis, Waukau; 2) Scott Houpt; 3) Andy Voigt, Beaver Dam
Fourth Heat: 1) Jay Schraufnagel; 2) Dave Schoenberger; 3) Dennis Shultz, Oshkosh
DCRA Pure Stock:
Feature: 1) Steve Seitz, Beaver Dam; 2) Craig Lepple, Beaver Dam; 3) Trevor Schmidt, Hartford; 4) Jim Steger, Beaver Dam; 5) Bob Mann, Reeseville; 6) Chris Reinwald, Horicon; 7) Brent Lepple, Beaver Dam; 8) Nate Schepp, Juneau; 9) Darrell Bittner, Horicon; 10) Ed Coulter, Beaver Dam
First Heat: 1) Randy Schimmel, Beaver Dam; 2) Nate Schepp; 3) Brent Lepple
Second Heat: 1) Pat Connell, Hartford; 2) Steve Seitz; 3) Jim Steger