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posted April 29, 2002 10:13 PM UIN: 16262997

Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, that’s how they crossed the finish line as drivers from four states ran the Open Sprint show at Hartford Speedway Park Friday night. Scotty Neitzel from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, led Michigan’s Ken Mackey across the line with Indiana’s Van Gurley, Jr., charging hard and finishing third. Neitzel, a top runner with the Interstate Racing Association-IRA, tried the high side of the “Wicked half-mile” and managed to hold off Mackey but not by much. Robert Huisken, pole car for Friday’s 20 lapper, finished fourth behind Gurley. Eddie Smith was fifth followed by Corey Bevard, Steve Irwin and Gary Fast.
Ben Rutan took the first heat over Mackey and Neitzel topped Gurley in heat two. Rutan looked strong in his heat, but had to scratch from the feature with engine problems. St. Joe’s Leo Smith suffered an injured foot as his drive-shaft broke in the feature.
Paw Paw’s Zach Hanson was two for two in Super Stock action as he took the heat and the 15 lap feature ahead of Mark Wagner both times. Hanson got by Wagner on lap 7 with an inside pass on turn 3, and held on to finish first ahead of Wagner, Ron Wagner, Shawn McLaughlin, and Jerry Griffin.
The Factory Stockers ran three big heats with Eddie Jackson over Larry Arndt in heat one, Kelli Jo Holfacker over Brian Kierstead in heat two and track champ Mike Wells over Mark Lambrecht in heat three. This order was reversed in the 20 lap feature, however, as Lambrecht finished first ahead of Wells, Phil Ausra, Mike Hoffman, Holfacaker, Mark Peterson, Jesse Scott and Bill Bamman. Lots of yellow during the feature and the hard luck award had to go to Eddie Jackson who led in convincing fashion from lap 2 until transmission trouble struck on lap 15.
This Friday, May 3rd will see the return of the always exciting Sprints on Dirt –SOD, 360 Sprinters, the IMCA Mods. and Factory Stocks. Late Models will light up the Fast Track Friday- May 10 as the American Late Model Series (ALMS) returns along with Super Stocks and Factory Stocks.
“Dirt-Track racing at it’s best” is not an advertising slogan… it’s a promise!

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