One night after running a strong second to Scott Biertzer at Cedar Lake Speedway on Friday night, Australian Brooke Tatnell returned to the same track with the same car with obvious intentions of leaving with the winner’s check. Mission accomplished.
Just as he did on Friday night, Tatnell earned the highest point total through the three heat races (Osborne and Sons Trucking Qualifications were not held) and again pulled the pill that put him outside row number four. At the start, Jim Moughan jumped out to the early lead from his pole position. The Springfield, Illinois, veteran was making just his second start at CLS and led through two early cautions for wall contact by Jeremy Kerzman and a spin in turn two by Friday night winner Scott Biertzer.
By lap three, Tatnell had charged from eighth to third, but on the restart, Moughan again opened up a sizable advantage as Tatnell worked his way by second-starting Scott Nietzel. On lap 19, Tatnell finally used lapped traffic to blast by Moughan on the high side of turn four and stretched his lead over the last 11 laps. Nietzel nipped into second shortly after and was within striking distance of Tatnell but could never quite reel him in, as the race ran 27 laps nonstop to the finish after the second yellow with three laps in for a spin. Following Tatnell, Nietzel and Moughan, it was like Reinke, Bill Balog, and Travis Whitney as the only cars remaining on the lead lap. At the finish, 21 of the original 22 starters were still around which meant a lot of lapped traffic scattered all over the track. The win was Tatnell’s third IRA score of the season.
Heat races for the 28 car field were won by Bill Balog, Mike Reinke and John Sernett while Dave Uttech bested Russel Borland for the B-main win. In heat race action, Jerry Richert Jr. and Bill Wirth both took wild tumbles but escaped without injury.