Tomahawk, WI–Cole Spacek bested the field as he completed a clean sweep winning the night’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. After starting fifth in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Keith Troutman made an impressive march to the front to take the win.
In other racing action, Michael Brown scored a feature win in the Tomahawk Pure Stocks after starting fifth and Louis Malluege continued his winning ways, taking the win in the Four Cylinder Bandit feature.
Cool temps greeted drivers and fans but that didn’t deter the fans from showing up in good numbers. Despite a rather low car count in a couple of divisions, the fans were treated to excellent racing on an extremely tacky feature track.
It was the debut night for new track manager, Dennis Lacrosse, and his staff, who did an excellent job of getting the track in shape and running an efficient first night race program. After finishing first and second in their heat, John Johnson, Sr. of Lac du Flambeau and Dan Schultz of Rhinelander led the Tomahawk Pure Stocks to the green flag of Flagman Guy Carley. With five laps of the 20-lap feature in the books, Johnson and Schultz ran first and second, with Nate Langberg of Tomahawk running third after starting fourth. Lap ten saw Johnson still in the lead, but a new challenger, Michael Brown of Tomahawk, was hot on his tail looking for a way around Johnson, as Schultz regained the third spot, sending Langberg to second. Lap 15 saw Brown in the lead after passing Johnson during lap ten. Johnson was relegated to second and Langberg inherited third, as Schultz dropped off the track into the pits with mechanical problems. The checkered saw Brown taking the win after dominating the last ten laps in his self-sponsored car. Completing the top five were Langberg, Johnson, Tad Brown, who had come from eighth, and William Ebben who had started ninth.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with heat winner, Jason Jensen of Eagle River and Carolyn Nosser of Sheldon scheduled to start on the front row. Jensen was late to appear on the track, forfeiting his starting spot to Nosser, with Derek Eberl of Tomahawk moving into the second spot. With five laps completed, Eberl was in the lead, followed by Tomahawk’s, Keith Troutman, who had come from fifth to grab the second spot, as he ran tight on Eberl’s rear bumper. Ryan Glembin of Eagle River ran third after starting third. Troutman was not to be denied and by lap eight had made the pass on Eberl. Troutman continued to lead by three car lengths at the end of lap ten with Eberl doing his best to gain back the top spot. By the end of lap fifteen, Troutman was still in the lead as Eberl continued to hound him, getting to within a car length on several occasions. Glembin ran a strong third. Meanwhile, Bruce Crossing, Michigan’s, Jordan Kurtti had worked his way up from ninth to run fourth as Nosser ran fifth. With three to go, Eberl lost the handle on his car, hitting the infield and coming across the track a couple of times as he slid out of control. In an effort to avoid Eberl, Eagle River’s Ron Van Dusen spun out. The caution was charged to Eberl and the race continued after the restart.
As the checked flag flew, Troutman came home with a victory for his Ingman’s Service sponsor. Rounding out the top five were Kurtti, Glembin, Heidi Karshbaum of Chetek, who had started seventh, and Jensen.
After winning the heat, Cole Spacek of Phillips was joined by Travis Friske of Tomahawk on the front row of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Spacek and Bruce Belland of Eagle River, who had started fourth ran first and second for the first three laps and then Belland slowed and pulled off into the pits with mechanical issues. By the end of lap five, Spacek was dominating, leading Friske by six or more car lengths, with Tad Schoonover of Eagle River hanging in there in third. Lap ten saw Spacek leading by five or more car lengths over Friske, as Schoonover continued in third. Lap fifteen saw Spacek’s lead dwindle to three car lengths as his car appeared to get tight. Friske was smelling a chance as he and Schoonover continued their march to the front. At the checkered flag it was Spacek with a two-car-length win over Friske, in his Phillips Lanes’ sponsored car. Schoonover finished the night off in third. With just three cars making the feature for the Four Cylinder Bandits, the number of laps in the feature was cut to fifteen with Louis Malluege of Merrill and Tim Holleran of Wausau on the front row. While Malluege dominated the race, Holleran put on an occasional challenge. But Malluege just had too many ponies for Holleran to make a pass. The only other contender, Paul Winker of Tomahawk, dropped out early in the race with clutch problems.
Racing continues at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday, May 31, with another night of exciting red clay racing.