Saturday May 26, 2018
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Kromschroeder and Lanigan Top Night #1 of Heartland Nationals

Brady Smith started off a promising weekend with his qualifying run of 14.27 seconds around the 3/8 mile oval setting a new track record in the process. The racetrack was in perfect condition for the heat races which led to some high speed racing action.

The first feature of the night was the $500 to win Sun Place Tanning WISSOTA Super Stock Feature. The Super Stocks were mixing it up hard right from the start with a four wide battle for first and a four wide battle in mid pack. A cation flew on lap two to slow down the field. ON the restart Kurt Kromschroeder and Dustin Nelson were side by side for the lead while the rest of the pack was all over the racetrack trying to work their way to the front. Nelson took the lead with twenty one to go with Kromschroeder in second. Chris Groth brought out the next caution as he slowed on the speedway with twenty to go. Ted Marrs battled Dave Haberman for the third spot on the restart while most of the field ran double wide. Marrs took the third spot with seventeen to go. Another caution with sixteen to go saw the leader head to the pit area with overheating problems handing the point to Kromschroeder. J.B. Storz started to pressure Marrs for the second position at this tiem as another caution flew with eleven to go. Marrs would also eventually break down ending his run as Kromschroeder had his hands full with Stortz for the last five circuits. Kromschroeder held on for his first ever feature win at the speedway.

Speed TV Crews wer eon hand to tape the inaugural World Of Outlaws Heartland Nationals on this night. A very good field of 33 Late Models were on hand. Perfect track conditions set up a green white checker race to the finish that was nothing short of incredible. Shane Clanton and Darrel Lanigan ran side by side at the drop of the green while the rest of the field ran three and four wide around the track for the first couple laps. Lanigan pulled out front while Rick Eckert moved into second and started reeling in the leader. With eight down most of the field started to migrate to the bottom of the speedway. Clanton and Dale McDowell had the best race going for third while traffic was going to become an issue real quickly. Eckert quickly started to gain ground on Lanigan as he worked traffic. Twenty down and McDowell moved into third and quicly gained on the front duo. Eckert pulled alongside as Lanigan ran into two slower cars battling for position. Twenty six down and the battle up front was still side by side but now McDowell had moved up to their bumpers. Eckert gained the top spot on the next lap but on the next lap Eckert and Lanigan got together allowing McDowell to take over the lead. Eckert started to slow slightly after the contact and no longer was a factor in the outcome of the event. With thirty down McDowell was pulling away from the field but started to smoke heavily out of the left front. Lanigan sits in second, Birkhofer in third, Clanton fourth and Josh Richard in fifth with ten to go. The smoking McDowell would continue to lead for seven more laps until he pulled into the infield handing the lead back over to Lanigan. The last seven laps saw great racing action behind the lead. Clanton, Birkhofer, Smith and Richards were in a very tight pack. At the finish it was Lanigan with the win, Clanton second, Clint Smith third from his eighteenth starting spot. Fourth was Birkhofer and Richards fifth.

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