With light showers moving through the area earlier in the day, a brisk westerly wind cleared the skies in the afternoon and set the stage for an
evening of racing action at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday May 26
during the holiday weekend. A strong field of 120 cars were on hand, as some
area tracks were forced to cancel their programs due to inclement weather
while others were running specials with certain classes not in action. A
very stout field of 28 DTRA late models, 21 modifieds, 22 super stocks, 29
midwest mods, and a season-high 20 street stocks signed into the pits to
compete in the nineteen event program featuring thirteen heat races, a B
Main, and five feature races. The very capable track maintenance crew was
kept busy with over three inches of rain falling during the week and another
strong wind blowing on race night presenting some challenges to keep the
surface in good racing condition.
The DTRA Street Stocks got the racing action underway for the evening with
two heat races. Melvin Raska led the opening lap in the first heat before
defending track champion Keith Tourville took over on lap 2. Chris Peterson
came from his fifth starting spot to move past Tourville on lap 7 enroute to
victory. Tourville finished second ahead of ninth starter and last week’s
feature winner Chanda Fjorden-Nord. The second heat race saw Jason Vandekamp
lead all the way for the win over fifth starter Cory Rosen and seventh
starter Shawn Kammerud. Rosen was making his first appearance of the season
In heat race action for the DTRA Midwest Modifieds, Vince Corbin raced in
front of the field for 10 laps to take the win in the first heat over Erik
Peterson and Andy Jones. Ryan Olson, who was looking for his fourth straight
win at CLS, paced the field in the second heat Clint Larson, also making his
first CLS start this season, stayed a close second with Shawn Phillips just
behind him in third. The final heat race was all Justin Schill up front.
Charlie Hillukka and Sam Nelson completed the top three.
Three heats were also in store for the DTRA Sunoco Super Stock division.
Larry Boumeester grabbed the lead from race-long leader Joel Collins on the
final lap for the win in the opening heat race. Mike Weber topped Dave
Emerfoll in the second heat in a race that was shortened a few laps when an
accident involving four cars took out half the field late in the run.
Another driver making his first start of the season, Dave Friendt, put Jake
Hiatt’s backup car under the checker first in the final heat. Dan Carlson
was close behind in second. Apparent third place finisher Brandon Jensen had
misfortune strike when his car came up light at the scales following the
The DTRA Amsoil Modifieds would see yellow fever strike in their two heat
races. Shaun Kelley put together a solid run to capture the win in the first
heat followed by ninth starter Jody Bellefeuille and Dave Cain. Cain had to
come from the back of the field after being charged with the caution six
laps into the race for a spin in turn 1. Joey Jensen defeated Jason Miller
and eighth starter Scott Splittstoesser in the second heat race.
The strongest field of the season so far in the DTRA Impact Printing Super
Late Model division put on three very good heat races for the fans. Terry
Casey passed leader Toby Patchen on lap 2 on his way to the win in the first
heat. A good battle waged for the second place spot on back for several laps
with Mike Nutzmann finishing second in front of Pat Doar. In the second
heat, Joel Cryderman passed Jim Carlson on lap 2and went on to take the win.
Once again, some very good racing took place behind Cryderman Paul Hipsag
led the third heat for seven laps, but it was Brent Larson, who had been
busy during the day making repairs to the front end of his car following a
crash the night before at the Fox Ridge Speedway, moving to the front on lap
8 to lead the final three circuits. Hipsag held on for second over Keith
Foss. The midwest mods then ran their B Main with Stan Thom posting his
first CLS win over rookie Keith Lepinski and Bryce Johnson. It was now time
for feature action to get underway.
The 20 car starting grid in the DTRA Street Stock class had a bunch of
strong contenders looking for the win in their 15 lap feature race. Racing
for an increased payout in the top three spots thanks to GRP Motorsports,
the street stocks put on a great show. Keith Tourville took the lead from
his outside front row starting spot while fourth starter Cory Rosen quickly
moved into the second place position. The first caution waved for a hard
crash in turn four involving the cars of Matt Raboin and Brian Loss.
Raboin’s car slammed head-on into the wall and sustained some significant
damage. A few laps later a spin in turn 4 brought out the caution with
Tourville, Rosen and seventh starter Chris Peterson occupying the top three
spots. One more yellow a lap later slowed the pace, but once the race
restarted it ran green to the finish and featured some very good racing for
the top spots. Rosen managed to get by Tourville for a couple of laps.
Tourville drove back around Rosen on lap 8. Chris Peterson was also right
there in the mix for the top three positions. The three leaders raced in and
out of lapped traffic all the time staying close together. Rosen pulled
alongside Tourville on a couple of occasions, but he could not get by. On
the final lap, Chris Peterson passed Rosen and raced hard around turns 3&4
in an effort to get past leader Tourville. Peterson came up about a car
length short at the finish. Keith Tourville became the first repeat winner
of the 2007 season in the street stock division. Chris Peterson, Cory Rosen,
Jason Vandekamp, and Shawn Kammerud completed the top five. Not only was
there a good battle up front, but there was also some very good racing
taking place for several other spots in an exciting and entertaining feature
Tonight it was the DTRA Midwest Modified division’s turn to experience
yellow fever. A total of eight cautions waved in what ended up being a
time-shortened main event. Shawn Phillips earned his first win of the
season. Greg Chesley came from seventh to finish second. Clint Larson went
from ninth to third to finish ahead of Vince Corbin. Eleventh starter Justin
Schill rounded out the top five. Twelfth starter Ryan Olson’s bid for four
straight wins ended with a sixth place finish. Bryce Johnson was able to
advance thirteen positions from 22nd to 9th. The midwest mods had a decent
field of cars, but for whatever reason they just could not seem to complete
many laps before a yellow flag would wave.
The 20 lap DTRA Super Stock feature race pitted 20 cars against each other.
Dan Carlson took the early lead from his pole starting position. With two
laps in, a hard crash on the backstretch involving Charlie Weber, Jake
Hiatt, Destin Lorimor, and Cody Campeau actually brought the race under a
red flag condition. Weber’s car had sustained a hard impact in the driver’s
door, but fortunately Charlie was okay. His car as well as Lorimor’s car
were done though. Despite a heavy hit on the front his machine, Jake Hiatt
was able to continue as was Campeau. Two laps after the race went green,
Mike Weber moved past Carlson into the lead. A lead he would not relinquish.
The final caution waved on lap 13 for a crash involving four cars in turn 2.
Only Jake Hiatt was unable to continue. The caution would have been
necessary despite the accident, as the entire roof on Jeff Beer’s car
literally flew off and landed on the front stretch. Beer ran the remaining
eight laps in his topless super stock. On the restart, bad luck struck the
fourth place runner Dave Friendt when a right front tire went down forcing
him to retire from the race. Mike Weber held the point for the final eight
laps and earned his first CLS win of the season. Tim Borgeson, Dan Carlson,
tenth starter Larry Boumeester, and Mike Loomis completed the top five. Jim
Gullikson moved forward from 13th to 6th while Brandon Jensen raced his way
from 19th to 9th.
Dave Cain was attempting to make it three straight wins in the 20 lap DTRA
Modified feature race. Scott Splittstoesser jumped out front from his
outside row one starting spot to lead the first nine laps. Dave Cain blew by
for the lead at the midway point. The race ran green for 12 laps before the
first caution flew for a spin in turn 3. This closed up the field, but Dave
Cain just was too strong. One more caution for another spin on lap 16 would
give the other drivers another chance for the win. The battle proved to be
for second though. Dave Cain went on to record his third straight win and
fourth overall of the season. Joey Jensen finished second ahead of Jason
Miller, Scott Splittstoerser, and tenth starter Shaun Kelley. Jason Schill
was the big gainer in this race, moving from 17th to finish 6th.
The final feature race of the evening was for the “big iron” DTRA Late Model
division. An extremely strong field of 28 cars started with Joel Cryderman
blasting into the lead from his pole starting spot. 30 green flag racing
laps later it was still Joel Cryderman showing the way in the nonstop event.
Cryderman notched his second win of the season. Pat Doar finished second,
eighth starter Brent Larson moved up to third, 13th starter Ashley Anderson
rode home in fourth, and Lance Matthees rounded out the top five. Only three
cars dropped out of the fast-paced race.
Next week is Kids Night at the Cedar Lake Speedway where all kids under 10
are admitted free. Come join us for some entertaining Saturday night racing
action with all five DTRA divisions slated to be on hand.