Saturday, July 5, 2008
Fredrickson Rockets to Win in ASA Midwest Tour's Echo Bear Cat July Spectacular 100 at I-94 Raceway
by Dean Reller
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- A post-race fireworks display followed the racing, but Dan Fredrickson showed that his car was as fast as a rocket as he dominated the ASA Kwik Trip Presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment, Echo Bear Cat July Spectacular 100 at the I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre. Adam Hensel took the lead from pole-sitter Jon Olson at the start. On lap three, Olson and Nick Panitzke got together in turn one, sending Olson for a spin and prompting what would be the only caution of the 100 lap race. Hensel held the lead when the race went back to green, with Nick Murgic and Nathan Haseleu right behind. Murgic kept pace with Hensel, but couldn’t mount a challenge for the lead. Meanwhile, tenth starting Fredrickson was slowly clawing his way toward the front. On lap 11, Fredrickson squeezed by Murgic for second and one lap later, crossed the line inches ahead of Hensel to take the lead. Once in front, Fredrickson, the current points leader on the ASA Midwest Tour, slowly began to pull away. Haseleu moved into second on lap 21 as he tried to make a run. The long green flag stretch allowed Fredrickson to put many cars a lap or more down, while slowly extending his lead over Haseleu and Donny Reuvers, who had worked his way to third. Fredrickson however, was as hot as a firecracker as he shot off to take the win by nearly a half of a lap over Haseleu, who was the only other car on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved. Steve Anderson made a late race rally and got by Reuvers to finish third.
Kevin Woeste charged through the field to win the Modified Feature. Jonathan Olmscheid took the lead from the start with Tony Robertson right behind. Robertson took over on lap two, before Olmscheid came storming back to reclaim the lead on lap four. Sixth starting Woeste then made his move as he and Olmscheid raced wheel-to-wheel for a lap before he took over at the head of the field. Woeste opened things up in the final few laps as he went on to take the win.
Matt Hendrickson made an emotional trip to Victory Lane in the Legend Car Feature. Scott Petty grabbed the lead from the get-go with Tony Brockhouse right behind. The hottest driver on the track was Dirk Henry who was flying to the front from his mid-pack starting spot. Things would get a little too hot however as on lap 11, Henry’s car had something break and his car caught fire, prompting a red flag. Henry was uninjured but out of the race. When the race resumed, Petty was again showing the way with Jake Varnum and Jon Lemke in tow. Hendrickson then became the man on the move as he aggressively worked his way next to Petty for the lead, before Justin Henry’s spin brought out the final caution of the race with seven laps to go. Petty maintained the lead on the restart, but with four laps remaining, Hendrickson took over making the pass in the low groove. Hendrickson stretched things out in the final few circuits as he went to take the win and dedicate it to one of his sponsors, who earlier in the day had passed away.
Chris "Cruiser" Marek made his first trip to I-94 Raceway one to remember as he won the Thunder Car Feature. Marek and Dustin Karl ran next to each other on the opening lap before Marek put a lock on the lead. Marek quickly pulled away from everyone as Kyle Kirberger took over second. Kirberger couldn’t cut into Marek’s sizable lead as Marek easily went flag-to-flag to the win.
Dean Peterson put himself back in Victory Lane in the UCAR Feature. Anneke Jenkins led the charge into turn one, but things would get slowed down in a hurry on lap two, when Josh Christy and Caleb Pratt got the worst of a tangle on the backstretch. When the action got going again, so did Dean Peterson with his son Matt right behind. Dean held off Matt for the overall and Pro-4 Truck win. CJ Karl was the top finisher in the 4-Trackers and Dan Krousey won in the Just 4 Fun division.
Racing next week (July 12th) will feature all five classes of cars, plus Spectator Races. It is also Osakis and West Union Night. Anyone from those cities, with identification, will be admitted FREE! Spectator Gates open at 5 PM, with qualifying set to begin at 5:30 and racing starting at 6. For more information about the 2008 racing season, visit www.i94raceway.com.
As an American Speed Association sanctioned track, the I-94 Raceway is part of the "first ever" ASA Member Track National Championship.
The goal of the ASA Short Track National Championship is to activate a measuring system which takes into account many variables, such as field size, inversion, wins and number of races in a season, and create a level playing field to determine who is the ‘best-of-the-best’ of the ASA Member Track Champions Nationwide.
The Joe Gibbs Driven ASA National Member Track Champion Award was designed to give the National Champion exposure with one of the top teams in racing – Joe Gibbs Racing. Joe Gibbs Driven, a division of Joe Gibbs Racing, sells the actual oil products developed and used by Joe Gibbs Racing to racers at all levels. More information can be found at www.joegibbsdriven.com.
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I-94 Raceway Results July 5, 2008
ASA Midwest Tour
First Qualifying Heat
1. Joe Berthiaume (Rogers) 2. Rich Snyder (Alexandria) 3. Gordy Swanson (Northfield) 4. Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI) 5. Jake Ryan (Farmington) 6. Tyler Sjoman (Alexandria) 7. Jim Larkin Monticello) 8. Matt Kocourek (Franklin, WI) 9. Michael Hoeft (Champlin) 10. Jeff MacDonald (Buffalo) 11. Russ Blakeley (Whitewater, WI)-DNF 12. Bryan Roach (Goodhue)-DNF
Second Qualifying Heat
1. Paul Paine (Mound) 2. Kris Kelly (Norway, MI) 3. Eugene Dick (Watkins) 4. Kevin Cywinski (Monsinee, WI) 5. Frank Kreyer (Pardeeville, WI) 6. Rich Loch (Muskego, WI) 7. Andrew Morrisey (DeForest, WI) 8. Travis Sauter (Necedah, WI) 9. Brandon Hill (Genoa City, WI) 10. Gordy Mason (Excelsior) 11. Jeff Lofquist (Fergus Falls)
First Fast Heat
1. Kyle Calmes (Freedom, WI) 2. Dan Fredrickson (Elko) 3. Donny Reuvers (Dundas) 4. Nick Murgic (Rosemount) 5. Adam Hensel (Barron, WI) 6. Chris Wimmer (Wausau, WI) 7. Steve Anderson (Lakeville) 8. Nathan Haseleu (Marshall, WI)
Second Fast Heat
1. Jon Olson (Hamel) 2. Jeff Storm (Waterford, WI) 3. Joey Johnson (Alexandria) 4. Blake Horstman (Bangor, WI) 5. Jamie Iverson (Escanaba, MI) 6. Nick Panitzke (Sauk Centre) 7. Jonathan Eilen (Hampton) 8. Jacob Goede (New Germany)
Last Chance Race
1. Tim Schendel 2. Russ Blakeley 3. Jake Ryan 4. Andrew Morrisey 5. Frank Kreyer 6. Travis Sauter 7. Bryan Roach 8. Brandon Hill 9. Rich Loch 10. Gordy Mason 11. Matt Kocourek 12. Tyler Sjoman 13. Jeff Lofquist 14. Michael Hoeft 15. Jim Larkin 16. Jeff MacDonald 17. Kevin Cywinski
1. Chris Wimmer (16.76 sec.) 2. Jacob Goede (16.83 sec.) 3. Donny Reuvers (16.84 sec.)
ECHO Bear Cat July Spectacular 100
1. Dan Fredrickson 2. Nathan Haseleu 3. Steve Anderson 4. Donny Reuvers 5. Jonathan Eilen 6. Eugene Dick 7. Adam Hensel 8. Travis Sauter 9. Jeff Storm 10. Chris Wimmer 11. Jamie Iverson 12. Jacob Goede 13. Blake Horstman 14. Nick Panitzke 15. Jon Olson 16. Kyle Calmes 17. Paul Paine 18. Russ Blakeley 19. Nick Murgic 20. Tyler Sjoman 21. Joey Johnson 22. Kris Kelly 23. Tim Schendel 24. Gordy Swanson 25. Rich Snyder-DNF 26. Joe Berthiaume-DNF
1. Kevin Woeste (Waite Park) 2. Jonathan Olmscheid (Elrosa) 3. Joey Johnson (Alexandria) 4. Tony Robertson (Kimball) 5. Shawn Koranda (Sauk Centre) 6. Cody Lee (Starbuck) 7. Joe Karl (Osakis) 8. Duane Anderson (St. Cloud) 9. Steven Maloney (Alexandria)-DNF
1. Pat Zandstra (Buffalo) 2. Tony Brockhouse (Glyndon) 3. Patrick Brejcha (Wahpeton, ND) 4. Matt Hendrickson (Albany) 5. Gene Traxler (Lakeville) 6. Jake Varnum (Morris) 7. Dirk Henry (Sauk Centre) 8. Kasey Kurtz (Perham) 9. Justin Henry (Sauk Centre)
1. Scott Petty (Elk River) 2. Beau Barry (Underwood) 3. Joe Kostreba (Sauk Centre) 4. Jon Lemke (Shakopee) 5. Casey Traxler (Eagan) 6. Ryan Schleusner (Hector) 7. Chris Henry (Sauk Centre) 8. Randy Noordsman (Glenwood)
1. Matt Hendrickson (19.02 sec.) 2. Casey Traxler (19.05 sec.) 3. Dirk Henry (19.10 sec.)
1. Matt Hendrickson 2. Scott Petty 3. Jon Lemke 4. Jake Varnum 5. Casey Traxler 6. Beau Barry 7. Tony Brockhouse 8. Joe Kostreba 9. Patrick Brejcha 10. Ryan Schleusner 11. Pat Zandstra 12. Gene Traxler 13. Justin Henry 14. Randy Noordsman 15. Kasey Kurtz-DNF 16. Chris Henry-DNF 17. Dirk Henry-DNF
1. Chris Marek (Lakeville) 2. Kyle Kirberger (Princeton) 3. Jason Schroepfer (Comfrey) 4. Dustin Karl (Osakis) 5. Keith Barta (New Prague) 6. Jim Koranda (Alexandria) 7. Doug Olmscheid (Elrosa) 8. Patrick Amelung (St. Cloud) 9. Keith Clark (Sauk Centre) 10. Andrew Henry (Sauk Centre)-DNF
Pro-4 Truck Feature
1. Dean Peterson
1. CJ Karl
Just 4 Fun Feature
1. Dan Krousey