First Time Winners Take the Checkers
SPRING VALLEY, MN – May 20, 2012: Tonight was the second annual school bus race night with nine area schools participating in the event. Schools on hand included Grand Meadow, Kingsland, Goodhue, LeRoy-Ostrander, Chatfield, St. Ansgar, Pine Island, Immanuel Lutheran and Waseca. Each school was given $100 by Deer Creek Speedway to participate in the event plus a split of the night’s 50/50 drawing at the speedway. Each school was offered the chance to sell tickets to the event with the proceeds going to the school. It is a great way to raise some funds for the area schools that can always use more money for programs.
Randy and Patti Eastvold of Hanson Tire in LeRoy were on hand also and donated $200.00 to the bus that won the feature race and to each driver who won their feature event for the main races.
First feature event of the night saw the Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event on the speedway with a complete restart the second try saw a three wide race for third as Steve Amundson jumped out to the early lead with Dustin Scott quickly moving into second. Another caution flew on lap four with Amundson leading on the restart followed by Scott. Cody Gardner took over the third spot after restarting the initial restart from the tail of the field. With six down Scott took the lead with Gardner pressuring Amundson for the second spot. Bryan Hernandez worked into fourth followed by Bill Stettner. Ten laps completed before Gardner finally got around Amundson for the second spot with Hernandez now trying to move into third. On lap fourteen Hernandez took over third and Jared Boumeester moved into the top five. A final caution set up a green/white, checker dash to the finish which saw Boumeester move past Amundson for the fourth spot. Scott took home the win followed by Gardner and Hernandez.
The Cap n Cork WISSOTA Street Stock feature pulled onto the track with Nick Schwebach taking the early lead. Kory Adams raced with Troy Voth for the second spot. Lap two saw Voth move past Schwebach to take over the lead while Shaun Mann moved into third. With four down Mann moved past Schwebach for the second spot while Mike Blowers and Adams raced for fourth. Six down Mann started working on Voth on the low side of the speedway without success but on lap seven changed to the middle of the track and worked past Voth for the lead. Blowers took over third on lap twelve and raced with Voth over the last five laps for the second spot. The two crossed the line side by side as the white waved but Voth had the preferred line holding Blowers off for second. Mann took home the win, his first feature event at the speedway ahead of Voth, Blowers, Schwebach and Adams.
Jacob Bleess charged out front on lap one of the Hinz Trucking USRA B-Modified Feature Event with Jerry Young in second. A restart on the completion of lap one saw Dean Hoffman and Jerry Young get together in turn three with both cars leaving the speedway. On the restart Bleess again led with Ben Moudry in second, Kylie Kath and Scott Demmer raced for the third spot ahead of Alex Williamson in fifth. Kath moved into third on lap six and started to gain on Bleess up front. Parker Hale pressured Williamson for the fifth spot. With twelve down Kath was close enough to capitalize on a mistake but Bleess kept his line strong and ran a great race. Bleess moved low to work on a slower car with Kath tried to keep it up top, the move worked for Bleess as he cleared the slower car first and cruised home to his first feature win at the speedway. Kath, Moudry, Demmer and Williamson rounded out the top five.
Kevin Hager led the first lap of the Wagner Trucking WISSOTA Super Stock feature event with Dave Solum and Ryan Siegle racing for the second spot. Siegle took over the lead on lap two while Dan Bork moved past Hager to take over the third spot. The yellow flew on lap three with Siegle again leading, Jeff Brauer quickly charged down low and took over the second spot on the restart. With Hager still in third, Brian Fetting and Kelly Anderson raced for the fourth spot. Brauer led on lap four as Siegle pushed up in the corner allowing Hager, Anderson and Michael Hofer to work past him. Hofer and Anderson started their battle for the second spot as Hager dropped back to fourth. A caution with twelve down saw Hofer finally clear Anderson on the restart ending their eight lap race for second. Brauer checked out up front and pulled away to a ¾ straight lead over the second place Hofer.
In the NAPA AutoCare USRA Modifieds Nate Wasmund jumped out front exiting turn two with a bull rush behind him as cars battled for position. Bob Timm and Brad Waits raced for second with joey Jensen in fourth. Brandon Davis was in fifth and then Davis, Jensen and Waits were three wide for the third spot. Davis took the spot with Jensen holding close to him. With nine down Timm was all over the rear bumper of Wasmund but was running the upper groove and his momentum kept him out front. Further back Tim Donlinger and Ryan Ruter raced for the fifth spot with Jason Cummins right behind them keeping pace and looking for an opening. Davis moved low and started gaining on the leaders and on lap thirteen took away the second spot from Timm. Davis kept the hammer down and quickly moved past Wasmund to take the lead on lap fourteen. With seventeen down Donlinger and Cummins were all over Jensen in a battle for fourth with Donlinger taking the spot and Cummins following him through. Davis started working through lapped cars splitting them in a three wide battles as he slowly pulled away from the field. His lead vanished as a caution flew on lap twenty but on the restart Davis held onto the lead and ran it to the finish to take home the win. Behind Davis were Cummins, Donlinger, Timm and Jensen in the top five.
Have you ever saw five buses on the racetrack at the same time? How about five wide going into corner one at the start of the School bus feature event? That is what the fans were treated to on lap one of the races with LeRoy-Ostrander jumping into the lead as the buses exited turn two. As they built up speed three was a three wide race for fourth. A caution on lap two slowed the field as crews leaned up some water dumped on the track from in race incident between Grand Meadow and Kingsland buses, both were able to continue. LeRoy-Ostrander kept the lead with Waseca in second and Immanuel Lutheran in third. Immanuel Lutheran moved into second on lap four and on lap five started to challenge Leroy-Ostrander for the lead. The two battled for the lead for most of the rest of the race as the carnage began. First Grand Meadow lost a drive wheel and the Kingsland bus after trying to ram and slow down the leaders made contact with the outside wall of turn two ending his night. With ten complete LeRoy-Ostrander was just ahead of the Immanuel Lutheran bus as they raced to the checkers. At the finish it was LeRoy-Ostrander with the win, Immanuel Lutheran second, Waseca, Pine Island, Goodhue, St. Ansgar, Chatfield, Grand Meadow and Kingsland. With the $200 from Randy and Patti Eastvold donated to the winning school the final money raised from the event was. Grand Meadow $772.00, LeRoy-Ostrander $590.00, Goodhue $450.00, Kingsland $375.00, Pine Island $225.00, Immanuel Lutheran $225.00, Waseca $225.00, Chatfield $225.00 and St. Ansgar $225.00. The difference in money raised was due to the advance ticket sales that each school did for the event. It was another successful event and look forward to the 2013 version of the bus races.
Racing resumes next week with the A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge with the USMTS Modifieds on hand. Also competing will be the WISSOTA Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Ironman challenge series for the USRA Stock Cars and b-modifieds.
Photo Courtesy of JD Photography
Hinz Enterprises USRA B-Modifieds
Feature – Jacob Bleess, Kylie Kath, Ben Moudry, Scott Demmer, Alex Williamson, Parker Hale, Alan Wagner, Shaun Walski, Brady Keefe, John Warrington, Terry Kohnert, Wade Wenzel, Erik Kanz, Mike Chisholm, Jerry Young, Dean Hoffman, Josh Smith
Heat 1 – Bleess, Walski, Moudry, Wagner, Smith, Kohnert, Warrington, Chisholm, Wenzel
Heat 2 – Young, Williamson, Kath, Hoffman, Demmer, Hale, Kanz, Keefe
Cap N Cork WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature – Shaun Mann, Troy Voth, Mike Blowers, Nick Schwebach, Kory Adams, Fred Prudoehl, Bernie Adams, Derek Ludington
Heat 1 – Mann, Voth, K. Adams, Blowers, Schwebach, Prudoehl, B. Adams, Ludington
Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature – Dustin Scott, Cody Gardner, Bryan Hernandez, Jared Boumeester, Steven Amundson, Bill Stettner, Jason Born, Casey Trom, Harlan Morehart, Mike Mehling, Tyron Friese, Jeff Born, Jesse Hernandez, Josh Crary, Cory Crapser, Charlie Steinberg, Joe Frahm
Heat 1 – Scott, B. Hernandez, Crary, Amundson, Mehling, Trom, Friese, Steinberg, Frahm
Heat 2 – Crapser, Gardner, Boumeester, J. Hernandez, Je. Born, Stettner, Ja. Born, Morehart
Wagner Trucking WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature – Jeff Brauer, Michael Hofer, Kelly Anderson, Brian Fetting, Kevin Hager, Ryan Siegle, Dave Solum, Ed Sanders, Jay Oricchio, Harlan Morehart, Dan Bork, Mike Fitzpatrick, Shaun Olson
Heat 1 – Hager, Hofer, Anderson, Siegle, Oricchio, Morehart, Olson
Heat 2 – Brauer, Bork, Fetting, Solum, Sanders, Fitzpatrick
NAPA AutoCare USRA Modifieds
Feature – Brandon Davis, Jason Cummins, Tim Donlinger, Bob Timm, Joey Jensen, Ryan Ruter, Mike Steensma, Todd Scharkey, Josh Angst, Lucas Schott, Joel Alberts, Bobby Swanson, Kurt Krauskopf, jay Ihrke, Jake Timm, Brandon Aggen, Darwyn Karau, Cole Queensland, Doug Hillson, Joe Horgdal, James Broszeit, Greg Jensen, Nate Wasmund, Dan Bohr, Ron VerBeek, Brad Waits
B-Feature – Swanson, Horgdal, Broszeit, Queensland, Ihrke, Jensen, Doug Herrick, Tom Brink, Billy Steinberg, Ric Fynbo, Lance Hofer, JJ Wise
Heat 1 – Cummins, Jensen, B. Timm, Schott, Angst, Swanson, Queensland, brink
Heat 2 – Davis, Waits, Alberts, Krauskopf, Hillson, Broszeit, D. Herrick, Ihrke
Heat 3 – Wasmund, Bohr, Karau, Steensma, J. Timm, Horgdal, Fynbo, Wise
Heat 4 – Ruter, Donlinger, Scharkey, Aggen, VerBeek, Jensen, Steinberg, Hofer