Saturday, August 9, 2008
Last Lap Pass Takes Snyder to Victory at I-94 Raceway
by Dean Reller
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- Rich Snyder pulled off a thrilling pass as he won the 40 lap American Speed Association Super Late Model Feature on Military Appreciation Night at the I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre. John Gottwald took the lead from the start as fourth starting Nick Panitzke soon found himself alongside the leader on lap one. Panitzke moved to the low side and took over the lead on lap two. Joey Johnson, Jon Olson and Tim Olson occupied the next several spots as the leaders stayed tightly bunched through the first half of the race. Corey Flynn brought out a caution on lap 20, when he spun in turn one. Panitzke handled things on the restart as he kept things under control at the head of the field. Panitzke, Jon Olson and Tim Olson then began to move out to nearly a straightaway lead over fourth running Snyder. With ten laps remaining, Snyder slowly tracked down the front running trio. Snyder out-dueled Tim Olson with seven laps to go and he then disposed of Jon Olson one lap later to take over second. Panitzke drove hard and strong in the lead, running his lines consistently every lap as Snyder began to reel him in. With just three circuits remaining, Snyder pulled to the inside of Panitzke as he tried to take a look at the lead. Panitzke held his ground as he put a lock on the top spot. The pair would remain next to each other as they took the white flag. Then, coming into the final turn, with the crowd on itís feet, Snyder drove in hard, glanced off the front of Panitzke and took the lead just a few yards before the finish line to capture the win.
Jonathan Olmscheid, who bares a striking resemblance to Carl Edwards, celebrated his second career Modified Feature win with an Edwards-like back flip as he exited his car in Victory Lane. Starting on the pole, Olmscheid took the lead from the start with Duane Anderson heating things up right away. Anderson took the lead on lap two as Olmscheid tried to stay with him. On lap eight, Olmscheid retook the lead. Two laps later, Andersonís engine blew, dumping oil all around the track. After an extended cleanup, Olmscheid maintained the lead with Cody Lee and Tony Robertson giving chase. Robertson then took over second and was able to pull in right behind Olmscheid. Robertson tried a couple of times to pull off the pass, but Olmscheid wasnít about to budge at he hung on to take the win.
Matt Hendrickson continued his strong season as he won the Legend Car Feature. Hendrickson took the lead from the start as Jake Varnum and Joe Kostreba traded second place in the early part of the race. The driver on the move however was Tyler Sjoman, who was driving Beau Barryís car. Sjoman blasted his way past everyone and by lap five, he was quickly closing in on race leader Hendrickson. Sjoman closed the gap to a few feet, but that was as far as he would get as Hendrickson picked up yet another win.
Dustin Karl did what he needed to do as he won the Thunder Car Feature. Adam Fuchs took the lead from pole sitter Brandon Hurley on lap one. It was a short-lived stay as Kyle Kirberger took over in front on lap two. Karl followed along a few car lengths behind as he took second. On lap eight, Kirbergerís engine let loose, sending him off the track in a plume of smoke and fire. The race remained green as Karl scooped up the lead and open it up as he went on to take the win.
Josh Christy worked his way through the field to win the UCAR Feature. Anneke Jenkins grabbed the lead from the wave of the green flag. Kurt Peterson, Matt Peterson and Dean Peterson took up the next several spots as they raced each other hard behind Jenkins. Joe Albritton would bring out a caution on lap nine when he hit the wall in turn one. Jenkins held the lead on the restart as Christy had worked his way from the tenth starting spot to fifth. Christy picked off each of the Petersonís and on lap 14, he was in second. A late race caution for Travis Kunzís stalled car set up a sprint to the finish. Jenkins held the lead, but with three laps remaining, Christy was able to pull alongside and one lap later he was able to take the lead. Christy then went on to take the overall and 4-Tracker division win. Jenkins crossed the line in second, but was the winner in the Pro-4 Truck division, while Tom Gjerstad won in the Just 4 Fun division.
Next week, the I-94 Raceway will present the Jeremy "Tire Guy" Johnson 50 on Saturday August 16th. The night will feature all five classes of cars in action with the 50 lap ASA Super Late Model event capping off the night. Also, anyone from Glenwood, Westport, Lowry, Sedan, Grove Lake, Monticello, Buffalo, Faribault or Rochester will be admitted FREE, with proper identification. Spectator gates open at 5 PM with the first race of the night taking the green flag at 6 PM. For more information 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 Ďbest-of-the-bestí 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 Ė 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.
The ASA Member Track program is comprised of a network of short tracks around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the American Speed Association, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.
I-94 Raceway Results Aug. 9, 2008
ASA Super Late Models
First Heat 1. Nick Panitzke (Sauk Centre) 2. Tim Olson (Hamel) 3. Randy Baker (Alexandria) 4. Rich Snyder (Alexandria) 5. Jim Larkin (Monticello) 6. John Gottwald (Paynesville)
Second Heat 1. Jon Olson (Hamel) 2. Joey Johnson (Alexandria) 3. Joe Berthiaume (Rogers) 4. Corey Flynn (Alexandria) 5. Tyler Sjoman (Alexandria) 6. Jeff Lofquist (Fergus Falls)
Qualifying 1. Joey Johnson (17.23 sec.) 2. Tim Olson (17.24 sec.) 3. Joe Berthiaume (17.29 sec.) 4. Rich Snyder (17.37 sec.) 5. Jon Olson (17.38 sec.) 6. Nick Panitzke (17.38 sec.) 7. Tyler Sjoman (17.39 sec.) 8. John Gottwald (17.47 sec.) 9. Corey Flynn (17.80 sec.) 10. Jeff Lofquist (18.01 sec.) 11. Randy Baker (18.20 sec.) 12. Jim Larkin (18.28 sec.)
Feature 1. Rich Snyder 2. Nick Panitzke 3. Jon Olson 4. Tim Olson 5. Joey Johnson 6. Tyler Sjoman 7. John Gottwald 8. Joey Berthiaume 9. Randy Baker 10. Jim Larkin 11. Jeff Lofquist 12. Corey Flynn-DNF
Heat 1. Joey Johnson (Alexandria) 2. Tony Robertson (Kimball) 3. Shawn Koranda (Sauk Centre) 4. Cody Lee (Starbuck) 5. Duane Anderson (St. Cloud) 6. Jonathan Olmscheid (Elrosa) 7. Joe Karl (Osakis)
Feature 1. Jonathan Olmscheid 2. Tony Robertson 3. Joey Johnson 4. Cody Lee 5. Shawn Koranda 6. Joe Karl 7. Duane Anderson-DNF
Heat 1. Tyler Sjoman (Alexandria) 2. Joe Kostreba (Sauk Centre) 3. Rob Thurston (Olivia) 4. Matt Hendrickson (Albany) 5. Jake Varnum (Morris) 6. Tony Brockhouse (Glyndon)
Qualifying 1. Matt Hendrickson (19.15 sec.) 2. Rob Thurston (19.17 sec.) 3. Jake Varnum (19.18 sec.) 4. Tyler Sjoman (19.20 sec.) 5. Joe Kostreba (19.55 sec.) 6. Tony Brockhouse (No Time)
Feature 1. Matt Hendrickson 2. Tyler Sjoman 3. Rob Thurston 4. Joe Kostreba 5. Jake Varnum 6. Tony Brockhouse
Heat 1. Dustin Karl (Osakis) 2. Kyle Kirberger (Princeton) 3. Adam Fuchs (Paynesville) 4. Brandon Hurley (Bloomington) 5. Doug Olmscheid (Elrosa)-DNF
Feature 1. Dustin Karl 2. Doug Olmscheid 3. Adam Fuchs 4. Brandon Hurley 5. Kyle Kirberger-DNF
First Heat 1. Anneke Jenkins (Avon) 2. Kurt Peterson (Upsala) 3. Dean Peterson (Upsala) 4. Matt Peterson (Upsala) 5. Mike Schwardt (Villard) 6. Brandon Hartung (Bowlus) 7. Marc Rosenow (Grey Eagle)
Second Heat 1. Josh Christy (St. Joseph) 2. Joe Albritton (St. Anna) 3. Andy Heying (St. Cloud) 4. CJ Karl (Alexandria) 5. Caleb Pratt (Monticello) 6. Tom Gjerstad (Osakis) 7. Kurt Deters (Sauk Centre) 8. Michael Lofquist (St. Paul) 9. Travis Kunz (Eagle Bend) 10. Jamie Messer (Sauk Centre) 11. Aaron Mills (Freeport) 12. Smoke Jackson
Pro-4 Truck Feature
1. Anneke Jenkins 2. Matt Peterson 3. Kurt Peterson 4. Marc Rosenow 5. Brandon Hartung 6. Mike Schwardt 7. Dean Peterson-DNF
1. Josh Christy 2. Andy Heying 3. CJ Karl 4. Caleb Pratt 5. Joe Albritton-DQ
Just 4 Fun Feature
1. Tom Gjerstad 2. Michael Lofquist 3. Aaron Mills 4. Jamie Messer-DNF 5. Smoke Jackson 6. Kurt Deters-DNF 7. Travis Kunz-DNF