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September 9th, 2015
I-90 Speedway’s competitive racing season had four more track titles come down to the final week of racing and a new champion was crowned in every division.
Zach Olivier completed his first season in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks by claiming the track title on the final night. Olivier won two features and claimed 14 top five finishes as a Street Stock rookie. The season finale wasn’t one of his best nights as he finished seventh, but his closest competitor, Travis Schreurs, was only able to manage an eighth place finish.
Zach Van Voorst had all the horses he needed to outdistance the field for his third Late Model Street Stock win. Van Voorst grabbed the lead from David Kuchta on the second lap and never looked back. Cory Yeigh took second and Brad Van Voorst was third.
Miah Christensen turned in another stellar performance in the USRA B-Modified feature. Christensen overtook Tyler Tesch on the fifth lap and then kept his car straight after contact from Curt Ahlers and Thor Anderson on his way to the checkered flag after 15 laps. Christensen’s win was his sixth of the year at I-90 Speedway. He was third in USRA national points coming into Saturday’s season championships.
Dennis Martin earned the USRA B-Modified track title. Though Martin went winless this season at I-90 Speedway, he had 11 top fives, including his runner-up finish to Christensen on Saturday night. Martin’s last track championship at I-90 Speedway was in the Hobby Stock class in 2005.
Nine cautions ensured that the final USRA Hobby Stock A-Main of 2015 would get shortened by the 20-minute time limit. It took several tries to get the first lap in. Tyler Pospisil grabbed the lead once the race got rolling. Pospisil led through lap seven before Derrick Scott went to the point. Scott held on over a green/white/checker finish for his second win of the season and second over the last three weeks. Mike Chaney squeezed past Pospisil to take second.
Dustin Gulbrandson won his first career track championship in the USRA Hobby Stocks. Gulbrandson won two features and pocketed 14 top fives this season. Tim Waltner was second in the standings, 97 points behind Gulbrandson. Meanwhile, Gulbrandson is well on his way to repeating as the USRA Hobby Stock national points champion.
Tom Koster is likely wishing the season wasn’t coming to an end. The Mitchell driver won his fourth straight Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature in exciting fashion as he edged out Justin Peterson and Laura Ebbesen.
The Super Chargers had the closest points battle entering championship night with just 10 points separating Justin Peterson and Joe Blake. Peterson’s second place finish locked in the season title, Peterson’s second. Peterson also won the division’s championship in 2013.
The Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car title went to Colin Smith of Sheldon, Iowa last weekend.
Follow I-90 Speedway’s social media for information on this year’s awards banquet and news on the 2016 season. Log on to www.i90speedway.com, like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter @racei90. I-90 Speedway thanks all of the drivers, crew members and fans for an exciting racing season!
September 2nd, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — How much difference could a pit stop make? All the difference in the world if you asked Billy Prouty on Saturday night. His pit crew improved his track position from sixth to first after a mandatory change of two tires and the addition of five gallons of fuel – the second leg of the Friendly’s Fuel Stop Street Stock Challenge for Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. The first segment of the Challenge was 10 laps which were dominated by Cory Yeigh with Zach Van Voorst moving up three positions to second. Prouty entered the pits (which took place on the front stretch in front of the fans) in sixth. Knowing that his three-man crew had excelled in this portion over the past two seasons, Prouty was confident he’d be near the front for the final 10 lap segment.
And he was. Prouty’s team completed the mandatory stop to get him out ahead of Yeigh. Prouty then outraced Yeigh who had been so strong over the first ten laps. He also held off Zach Van Voorst to earn his first win of 2015.
Prouty thanked his team for all of their hard work throughout his racing career.
Zach Olivier holds a 23 point lead over Travis Schreurs in the Street Stock point standings heading into next week’s season championships. Both drivers DNF’d in the Street Stock Challenge.
Bob Dvorak and Colin Smith were each celebrating their accomplishments in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division. Dvorak owned the nights feature in leading all 20 laps. It was a welcome result for Dvorak who tows 190 miles to get from Stuart, Nebraska to I-90 Speedway. Dvorak stated his appreciation for the fans in a gracious victory lane interview. At the same time, Colin Smith was celebrating the season championship, which he had already clinched before Saturday night. In his rookie season at I-90 Speedway, the Sheldon, Iowa Sprint Car driver won five features and only finished outside the top five twice.
USRA B-Modified fans were delighted to see a late season 24 car field. Chris Goetz led the first seven laps from the pole before Dave Kennedy was able to zip by. Shortly after, Goetz was sent to the back after his involvement in an incident with Curt Ahlers and Brock Hess. Kennedy showed off his car’s strength in getting to the front and in staying there. He led the final eight laps to chalk up his third win. Hess came from 10th to second while Ahlers was third. Looking ahead to the season’s final night next Saturday, Dennis Martin has a 38 point lead over defending USRA B-Modified track champion Tim Dann in the hunt for the 2015 title.
The USRA Hobby Stock class has been highlighted by a new batch of drivers who have brought it to the next level this year. It’s a big reason why nobody has won more than two features this year. Add the name of Michael Pechous to that list. Pechous inherited the lead from Andrew Siemonsma after seven laps. Dustin Gulbrandson made several attempts to pass Pechous on the inside but Pechous was in the midst of his best race of the season and couldn’t be beat. His win was his first in a Hobby Stock. It was also his first trip to victory lane in over three years when he last won in a Super Charger.
Tom Koster made it three in a row in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers. Josh Gebhart looked like he had the car to beat after checking out in the heat race. Gebhart did make it interesting as he pulled alongside the leader a couple of times – as did Laura Ebbesen. Koster managed to pull out the win even with the pressure put on by Gebart and Ebbesen. Koster said he liked the track much better during the feature, stating it was still slick during the heat which followed hot laps.
The Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers boast the closest points battle with one race left. Justin Peterson is just 10 points ahead of Joe Blake.
The I-90 Speedway Season Championships are Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30. For more information see www.i90speedway.com, like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter @racei90.
August 18th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — An 18 car USRA Hobby Stock field was part of an exciting night of racing at I-90 Speedway Saturday. With the track in great condition again the USRA Hobby Stocks raced for added purse money from Gary’s Tire Service in Sioux Falls. Pole-sitter Aaron DeThury, fresh off a heat win, built an early cushion over the rest of the field. He was undeterred by a couple of cautions and beat points leader Dustin Gulbrandson to the finish line. DeThury’s best feature finish before Saturday was seventh. What made the difference this week? “We had a lot of help getting dialed in,” said DeThury in victory lane. Add DeThury’s name to a list of 10 drivers who have won features this year in the unpredictable USRA Hobby Stock division at I-90 Speedway.
The move of the night, without question, came in the USRA B-Modified Feature. Dave Kennedy was on the hunt for a second straight win as he led the first nine laps. Tim Dann had been trying to get by. He did on lap 10. As Kennedy fought back, he pulled even with Dann on the 12th lap. But, Miah Christensen came from out of nowhere…well, actually the fifth row, and split the two cars beautifully in turn four to take the lead. Three laps later the checkered flag was his. Dann was seconed. Kevin Joachim passed Kennedy late in the race to finish third. Christensen’s pass was still the talk after the races. The win was his fourth this year at I-90.
Kipp De Groot and Billy Prouty hooked up for a nail biter in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main. De Groot passed his fellow front row starter David Kuchta on lap three. Prouty, who started fifth, then reeled in the leader and rode his bumper for several laps. Prouty waited for De Groot to make a mistake but said later that the couple of chances he saw just didn’t provide the opening he needed. De Groot, who also won his heat race, picked up his first feature win in over two years. It was his third career win at I-90 Speedway.
Nate Eakin seems to have taken the baton from Colin Smith in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division. Eakin blazed to his second straight win and fourth of the season. Eakin’s recent run of success ended a streak in which Smith had won four of five races. Smith took second this week with Jeff Edgington third. Eakin said he’s really been enjoying the track and credited his team with finding the right setup for the car to make it an easy drive.
Tom Koster put an end to Josh Lien’s three-race winning streak in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers. Koster led all 10 laps for his third win of 2015. Lien was good enough to finish second. Meanwhile, Joe Blake is now within 13 points of Justin Peterson atop the standings. It’s the closest battle among I-90 Speedway’s five classes.
Another tailgate party is scheduled for Saturday night. Fans can come early for the tailgate party, from 4:00-5:30 p.m., and get into the races for just $6. Late Model Street Stocks and IMCA Sprint Cars will be on display inside the front gate and fans can visit with the drivers. The concession stand will be open during the tailgate party with a full menu! Also, the tailgate party for USRA B-Modifieds and Super Chargers is scheduled for August 29. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:00 every Saturday night through September 5. Log onto www.i90speedway.com for more information. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @racei90.
August 12th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — When is the last time you saw a driver go from the 19th starting position to the pole before the first lap was scored? While you’re scratching your head trying to figure that one out, it happened Saturday night during the Eighth annual Hobby Stock Nationals at I-90 Speedway. How did it happen? Four caution flags and a red before the first lap! The red flag waved right away as an accident involving Justin Bolluyt and Nate Barger stopped the race. Bolluyt ended up on his roof with his car on fire on the front stretch. Fortunately, Bolluyt was able to escape from his car quickly and he was okay. Barger continued minus his hood and front clip. A parade of cautions followed as Tim Waltner, Mike Chaney and Michalob Voeltz all spun while at the front of the field. Hence, the heavy attrition rate. Two non-consecutive laps were scored along with another rash of cautions when the race finally hit the time limit. Logan Fitzpatrick had led the first two laps prior to the green/white/checker finish. Another caution occurred on the final lap. Jason Bradley, Dylan Fitzpatrick and Dustin Gulbrandson were all trying to get by the leader. Fitzpatrick found a hole to get by two cars going into the first turn. However, Gulbrandson was called for turning Fitzpatrick in the fourth turn. Fitzpatrick’s reaction was to throw his helmet at Gulbrandson’s car as he drove by under caution. The decision cost him a chance at a third Hobby Stock Nationals win. The second green/white/checker finish went a little more smoothly for the leader as Logan Fitzpatrick beat Bradley to the finish line. The race paid $500 to win, however, the I-90 Progressive Jackpot added another $481 to Fitzpatrick’s win for a total of $981. Several fans, businesses and drivers added to the jackpot throughout the night to make it a memorable win for the Sioux Falls driver. Hobby Stock rookie Michalob Voeltz raced his way back to third. Nate Barger and his crew did a nice job of managing the race after his opening green flag accident and stops in the work area. Barger made it up to fourth.
Nate Eakin’s car was a power house in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division. He won his heat race going away and then led all 20 laps of the feature for his third win. Several slide jobs were happening behind him, however. Dusty Ballanger and Colin Smith exchanged sliders before Ballanger eventually suffered mechanical problems. Ben Waxdahl then went back and forth with Smith and was able to finish ahead of the points leader by taking second.
Cory Yeigh appeared to have another Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock win within grasp until he spun in front of the field. The bobble opened the door for Zach Olivier to take the lead and hold it for the rest of the race. David Kuchta led the first five laps and finished second to Olivier. With his second win, Olivier kept intact a season-long string of top five finishes.
Dave Kennedy caught and eventually passed Aaron Wiersma to win the USRA B-Modified feature. Wiersma led the first 10 laps. The Sioux Falls drivers raced side-by-side for close to three laps before Kennedy cleared Wiersma. Before the checkered flag came out on lap 15 Nick Barger also got by Wiersma for a second place finish. Barger started eighth, two rows behind Kennedy.
Josh Lien earned his third straight Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers win. Lien led all 10 laps while being chased closely by Josh Gebhart. Lien’s win was his fifth of the season at I-90 Speedway.
Coca-Cola sponsors racing this Saturday night. Kids 16 and under will receive a free hot dog and Coke! Plus, Gary’s Tire Service of Sioux Falls has added money to the USRA Hobby Stock purse. Hobby Stocks will race for $400 to win and $300 for second place. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm with racing at 7:00.
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August 5th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Colin Smith added to his impressive streak of top two finishes in I-90 Speedway’s Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division by driving to his fifth win of the season Saturday. Smith won handily as he led all 20 laps finishing ahead of Ben Waxdahl and Dusty Ballenger. Smith’s streak of top two finishes is now at seven. That includes four wins over the last five nights of racing. Smith credited his father for finding the right set up and said, “He told me to just go out there and race!” Jesse Lindberg started on the pole after scoring a big win in the nine car heat race. Unfortunately, Lindberg spun in the second turn on the opening lap of the feature and never got to contend for a win.
Cory Yeigh has been finding some consistency after a forgettable first month of the season. Yeigh dominated the 15 lap Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature after Brylee Gough dropped out. “That’s three more than I had last year,” joked Yeigh in victory lane. The win was the 25th of his career at I-90 Speedway. Points leader Zach Olivier battled from sixth to second. His lead over Travis Schreurs stands at 18 points.
Dustin Kruse earned his first USRA B-Modified win of the season at I-90 Speedway – and then began his own talk show in victory lane! Kruse passed Chris Goetz for the lead on the fourth lap and then checked out. Kruse started fifth. Second and third place finishers Miah Christensen and Kevin Joachim both came from the sixth row. The talkative Kruse let his excitement show and talked about how his car worked well all over the track. It was his second career I-90 Speedway win with the first coming just over a year ago. Kruse, who has split has time between I-90 Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway this season, has four top five finishes at Hartford.
A 22-car USRA Hobby Stock field gave fans a prelude to I-90 Speedway’s Hobby Stock Nationals on August 8. Nate Barger led from the pole all the way through lap seven. Tim Waltner moved up from the fifth row and eventually grabbed the lead en route to his second win. Several other drivers came from the middle and rear of the field for top finishes. Dustin Gulbrandson gained eight positions to finish second. Chad Lonneman moved up nine spots for a third. Thomas Kracht earned hard charger honors for a seventh place finish after starting 18th.
For the second time this year Josh Lien recorded back to back feature wins in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers. Laura Ebbesen was second. The Super Chargers heat race was red flagged when four cars got together in the first turn. As a result, Kaedin Brasel was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital and kept overnight for observation.
I-90 Speedway presents the Eighth Annual Hobby Stock Nationals this Saturday night. The race pays $500 to win and will again feature the I-90 Progressive Jackpot. The event kicks off with a Hobby Stock tailgate party sponsored by the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops. Fans that show up for the tailgate party between 4:00-5:30 p.m. will be able to attend the races for just $6! Hobby Stock drivers will have their cars, t-shirts and souvenirs on display from 4:00-6:00 p.m. inside the main gate. Fans can see the Hobby Stocks up close, visit with drivers, purchase souvenirs and add to the Progressive Jackpot during the tailgate party. A tailgate special of a grilled hamburger, french fries and Coke is available for just $8.50. The I-90 Progressive Jackpot is added to the Hobby Stock Nationals winner’s share of $500. The final amount will be written on a giant check provided by Checkered Grafx of Hartford and awarded to the race winner. Fans, racers, crew members sponsors, anybody can add to the Progressive Jackpot and have their name or business announced if desired.
For more information be sure to visit www.i90speedway.com along with the track’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@racei90).
July 14th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Colin Smith of Sheldon, Iowa is in his first year of racing IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars but it’s taken him very little time to get comfortable behind the wheel. Smith came up through go-karts before getting involved in Micro Sprint racing in Iowa. The opportunity to move up another rung came when veteran racer Bill Boles sold his car to the Smiths. Boles has been there all the way to provide advice and encouragement. Smith won his first IMCA RaceSaver feature in just his third start at I-90 Speedway. He has been the points leader for much of the season and, on Saturday, he won his second feature in a row and his third overall after leading all 20 laps – just another example of how Smith is finding his groove in the new class.
“Everything was perfect, the car, the track,” said Brad Van Voorst after cruising to the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock win. Van Voorst started on the front row and led all 15 laps free of any problems. Kipp De Groot was second and Zach Van Voorst took third.
Tyler Tesch outraced a 22 car USRA B-Modified field to claim Saturday night’s feature. Tesch started sixth. He got by Chris Goetz on the fourth lap and led the final 12 circuits. Miah Christensen moved up from 13th to second. Dennis Martin gained five positions to finish third. The red flag was used twice in the feature. An accident took out Adam Sage and Rodney Cook on the third lap. Both drivers were okay. Later, Doug Wallis pulled his car off the track’s back stretch as the fire truck responded.
Mike Chaney worked hard to pull off a USRA Hobby Stock feature win. Chaney started seventh, passed Tracy Halouska on the fourth lap, and then beat Tim Waltner and Dustin Gulbrandson to the finish line. “It was a great track. You could go high, low, anywhere,” said Chaney. Josh Gebhart, another racer who came up through go-karts, led all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main for his first racing win outside of go-karts. Gebhart beat Laura Ebbesen to the checkered flag.
The annual Powder Puff race had 11 entrants. Cassy Muilenburg used Tom Koster’s Super Charger to lead the first two laps. Emma Hegger, in the Van Voorst Racing Hobby Stock, passed Muilenburg on the third lap. However, the drivers raced side-by-side for a good portion of the six lap event. Hegger, who said her only experience in the race car was moving it up and down the driveway, earned the win with Muilenburg finishing second. Tiffany West was the race’s hard charger, coming from eighth to third in Donna Bumann’s Hobby Stock.
Racing continues on Saturday, July 18. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:00. Also coming soon is the Hobby Stock Nationals with the Progressive Jackpot on August 8. Go to www.i90speedway.com for more information.
July 8th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Schreurs brothers Troy and Travis looked forward to being able to race together at I-90 Speedway Saturday with the return of the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and it turned out to be a banner evening for the twins. Troy Schreurs was like a tornado as he raced to catch pole-sitter Jody Rosenboom in the MSTS 25 lap A-Main for 360 Sprint Cars. The eventual winning pass was a scary moment though as Rosenboom was trying to lap Rick Hansen on the 10th lap. As the three cars came out of turn four, Schreurs scrambled to find room to Rosenboom’s inside. The drivers made tire contact but were able to avoid disaster. The leaders sliced through heavy traffic over the rest of the race. “I hate running the bottom so bad but it was good,” said Schreurs. “The car was just awesome
and it kept going forward.” John Lambertz eventually got by Rosenboom for second. Rosenboom was followed by Dave Glennon and Tommy Barber in fourth and fifth.
Brylee Gough quickly took the lead away from pole-sitter Cory Yeigh on the second lap of the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main. Gough had a fast car throughout the night but not fast enough to stay in front of Travis Schreurs. Schreurs got by Gough on the ninth lap of the 15 lap feature for his second win of 2015. Like his brother did later, Travis found the bottom of the track to his liking. “The farther low I kept going the better off we were. You have to be so meticulous when you’re running up against the wall,” he said. The win enabled Schreurs to climb to within just three points of Zach Olivier for the division’s points lead.
Nate Eakin lead 35 laps of Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature racing. The first 20 was in the makeup feature which was postponed due to rain a week ago. Eakin dominated the field as the race went without caution. Eakin won the night’s heat before going on a tear in the regularly scheduled feature. He lead the first 15 laps but Colin Smith began to catch him, and on the 16th lap Smith made an incredible pass in the second turn to become the first driver overtake Eakin on Saturday. Smith drove away from Eakin over the final five laps for his second win of
the season. “I gotta thank Bill Boles so much. Whatever the track does he knows what to do,” said Smith who leads the point standings. Kevin Joachim outraced a fast USRA B-Modified field with plenty of drivers showing they belonged in front. Aaron Wiersma jumped out to a nice lead early but faded. He was passed by Curt Ahlers on the eighth lap but Ahlers couldn’t hold back Kevin Joachim. Joachim led the final three laps for his second win. Chris Moore, Chris Goetz, Doug Wallis, Tim Dann and Dennis Martin all looked, at times, like they had cars good enough to win as the field made a statement about how competitive the class is on most nights. Ahlers took second. Dennis Martin came from 11th to third.
Andrew Siemonsma had a shaky start to the USRA Hobby Stock A-Main. After a beautiful save in turn four, Siemonsma lost it in the second turn while leading on the third lap. His caution dashed a chance at a second straight feature win. Dylan Fitzpatrick took over and led the rest of the 12 lap event. “The track was great, nice and wide,” said Fitzpatrick, adding, “Chaney was there and I knew I had to hit my marks.” Mike Chaney was second after starting eighth. Michalob Voeltz continued his steady run with a top three.
The final two laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main became adventurous. Josh Lien led until Laura Ebbesen was able to catch him. The two made contact several times over the final two laps. Lien was trying to
get by Ebbesen as they raced through the final corner. Lien’s car made hard door-to-door contact with Ebbesen’s. They continued to trade paint all the way to the flag stand where Lien crossed first. However, Lien was black flagged for rough driving sending Ebbesen to victory lane. I-90 Speedway’s annual Powder Puff race is this Saturday night. All five Paramount Racing Series divisions are also in action. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:00. Go to www.i90speedway.com for more information.
June 30th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Andrew Siemonsma owned the 18 car USRA Hobby Stock field Saturday night at I-90 Speedway. Siemonsma started second and led all 12 laps of the feature which ran free of cautions. It was Siemonsma’s first career I-90 Speedway win. Cole Gulbrandson was a distant second while Logan Fitzpatrick passed two cars to finish third. Points leader Dustin Gulbrandson was fifth. He holds a 58 point lead over Brian Hoing.
Three different drivers led the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main. Dan Jensen, fresh off a heat race win, led the first three laps but mysteriously dropped out of the field during a caution period. Kipp DeGroot had been running second. He lost the lead to John Hoing a lap later. The field had to deal with a light rain which began just before the start of their feature. It may have played into a pretty wild finish with lots of rubbing as Zach Olivier, Brylee Gough and Travis Schreurs all tried to get to the front. Hoing led the final 11 laps to earn his first win of the season. Gough raced from seventh to take second ahead of Schreurs.
Miah Christensen picked up his third USRA B-Modified win at I-90 Speedway over just seven weeks of racing. Chris Moore led the first four laps before the race’s first caution. Points leader Dennis Martin was stuck in the work area when the race went green but he caught a major break by way of another quick yellow. Martin was able to tag the rear of the field on the next restart. Christensen got by Moore on the restart lap and led the rest of the way which included a green/white/checker finish after Bryan Park spun on the final lap. A number of drivers worked their way through the field including Christensen who started 10th. Second place finisher Tim Dann started seventh and Martin came from the back of the pack all the way up to third. Martin was also able to gain four points on Tyler Tesch. He leads Tesch by 24 points atop the USRA B-Modified points.
Josh Lien’s try at a third Fash Auto Wash Super Chargers win turned into heartbreak when he experienced mechanical problems on the final lap. Justin Peterson and Laura Ebbesen had been batting for second for several laps. Both drivers got by Lien coming out of the second turn with Ebbesen making the winning pass in turn four right before the checkered flag. The win was Ebbesen’s second this year and 21st overall at I-90 Speedway.
The evening’s Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature was postponed as rain continued during and after the Late Model Street Stock feature. It’ll be made up this Saturday, July 4, as part of a big night of events at I-90 Speedway. First, the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360 Sprint Cars make their return. In addition, all five of the track’s Paramount Racing Series divisions are in action with double features for IMCA Sprint Cars.
It’s also KID’S NIGHT. Kid’s may take advantage of free race car rides before the first green flag. And the night will close with I-90 Speedway’s annual fireworks display! Add the new I-90 Speedway App to your phone and be sure to log onto www.i90speedway.com for more information.
June 23rd, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Six weeks and six different winners in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division at I-90 Speedway. Nate Eakin of Spirit Lake, Iowa dusted the field by leading all 20 laps of this week’s feature.
“You had to adapt to the track and we did,” said Eakin who started from the pole. It didn’t take him long to form a rather large lead – and it stayed that way until Jeff Edgington spun on the final lap. Eakin, again, showed his dominance over the final two laps for his first win at I-90 Speedway. Points leader Colin Smith earned valuable points with a second place finish.
Cory Yeigh benefited from a couple of spins by race leaders and then outraced Travis Schreurs en route to his second win in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Jim Pruett led the first couple of laps before he spun in front of the field. Yeigh ran with the lead for a couple of laps before being passed by Zach Van Voorst. But, Van Voorst also looped his car while in front. Yeigh took over the top spot again and held it for the final nine laps as Travis Schreurs chased him all over the track. Schreurs settled for second ahead of David Kuchta and Eric Moser. Moser, serving as a provisional driver for Zach Olivier, earned enough points to put Olivier in the points lead – 13 points ahead of Van Voorst.
NIck Barger followed up a nice Friday night run at Rapid Speedway with his first I-90 Speedway USRA B-Modified win this year. After an opening caution sent pole-sitter Chris Moore to the pits, Barger took the restart from the inside of row three. He passed four cars on the opening lap to take the lead. Barger was locked into a groove but cautions and an accident pushed the race to the time limit. Fellow competitor Thor Anderson had been racing to the front and had a legitimate chance to overtake Barger, but Anderson spun in the fourth turn on the green/white/checker finish. Normally a 15 lap event, the race ended at nine laps and with Barger in victory lane after an impressive run. Points leader Dennis Martin managed a second place finish followed by Andrew Ahlers. Tim Dann made it up to sixth after winning the B Feature.
Maybe the B-Mod drivers had grown impatient after waiting in staging for the USRA Hobby Stocks to go checkered. For the third time in four weeks, their feature was full of cautions and stoppages. The time limit forced the Hobby Stock feature to go green/white/checker three laps short of a complete race. Justin Bolluyt led the first lap but Tim Waltner got by on lap two. Waltner led the rest of the way finishing ahead of Derrick Scott and Dustin Gulbrandson. Fourth place finisher Michalob Voeltz started 20th! Jusitn Peterson said he was told to “get to the high side and go.” The advice worked for Peterson as he won his second Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main. Peterson grabbed the lead from Josh Lien on the second lap of the 10 lap feature. Laura Ebbesen finished second. Peterson, who won the track title in 2013, has a 12 point lead over Joe Blake at the top of the division.
All five classes are back in action Saturday night. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7:00. I-90 Speedway welcomes the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360 Sprint Cars back on Saturday, July 4. The special night includes I-90 Speedway’s large fireworks display and it’s also Kids Night. Kids can take advantage of free race car rides before the first green flag. See www.i90speedway.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter@racei90 and like us on Facebook!
June 16th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — T.J. Artz and Logan Fitzpatrick sped to their first career feature wins Saturday night at I-90 Speedway. Artz led all 20 laps of the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main. Casey Abbas gradually reeled Artz in over the first half of the race and then spent the second half throwing everything his way but the kitchen sink. Abbas tried high and low while Artz held to the low groove to out-duel has challenger. Though the RaceSaver sprint cars are new to I-90 Speedway this year, there has been no predicting a winner as Artz is the fifth different in as many weeks of racing.
Logan Fitzpatrick’s best feature finish before this week’s show was ninth. With $300 in bonus money on the line from Underberg Lawn Service and his family, Fitzpatrick bolted past Aaron DeThury, Jessica Brandt and James Adams on the opening lap. Once by, he opened a nice lead over the rest of the field although Mike Chaney began working his way up from the outside. Fitzpatrick closed out his best career I-90 Speedway feature by just beating Chaney to the finish line. Michalob Voeltz raced to second but settled for third, the best finish of his rookie campaign in the USRA Hobby Stock division.
An opening lap incident between front row starters Marty Myers and Chris Goetz sent Myers to the rear and Goetz to the pits on the opening lap of the USRA B-Modified feature. That moved Dave Kennedy and Tim Dann to the front row. Dann took off to lead the first eight laps before being overtaken by Kennedy. Kennedy’s lead began to shrink as Miah Christensen came from 10th to close the gap. The final lap saw Christensen slam hard into Kennedy’s driver side in the final corners. Christensen crossed the flag stand first but was immediately black flagged for rough driving allowing Kennedy to record his first win. Tyler Tesch and Nick Barger were scored in second and third.
Brad Van Voorst enjoyed a comfortable lead through the first half of the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main. Former track champion Travis Schreurs took advantage of some excellent restarts to move up on the leader and get around Van Voorst on lap 12. Schreurs led the final four laps for his first win of 2015. In doing so, he also passed Shawn Reed to move into sole possession of second on I-90 Speedway’s all time wins list. Schreurs career total stands at 42.
In a similar result, Laura Ebbesen also chalked up her first win in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers by driving past Justin Peterson on the seventh circuit of the 10 lapper.
In all, 80 cars filled I-90 Speedway’s pits on Saturday including 25 USRA B-Modifieds and 24 USRA Hobby Stocks.
This coming Saturday is Hartford Night. All Hartford and Humboldt residents receive free admission with an ID. More information is available at www.i90speedway.com.
June 12th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — One more heat and Saturday night would’ve counted as a complete show at I-90 Speedway. However, as the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars took to the track the National Weather Service warned that heavy rain was less than 10 minutes away. The decision was made to send the cars to the outfield so that everybody could load and spectators could get to their vehicles. Sure enough, a heavy downpour followed resulting in the season’s third rain out.
As I-90 Speedway looks ahead to this Saturday’s races, Sprint Car rookie Colin Smith of Sheldon, Iowa is leading the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division by 16 points over Elijah Johnson of Dell Rapids, South Daktoa. Smith has already won a feature in the track’s new class.
The two Zachs are setting the pace in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Zach Van Voorst won the season’s first two features, but Street Stock rookie Zach Olivier has been able to catch him over the last two races with a win of his own.
Long time racer Dennis Martin of Mitchell, South Dakota leads the USRA B-Modified point standings by 14 over Andrew Ahlers. Ahlers is in his first full season of B-Mod racing at I-90 Speedway and has been a consistent runner.
Defending USRA National Hobby Stock Champion Dustin Gulbrandson is, again, leading the national points. He’s also leading the I-90 Speedway Hobby Stock points by 42 over Brian Hoing. It’s the largest points gap among I-90 Speedways five classes.
The closest points battle is in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division where 2013 track champion Dustin Peterson is up by just a single point over Joe Blake and four points over Tom Koster.
Racing continues on RPM Fever Night this Saturday! Hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:00. Be sure to get the new I-90 Speedway App for racing news, results, points, coupons, free offers and more! Learn more at www.i90speedway.com, like us on Facebook and follow @racei90 on Twitter.
June 1st, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Seven of the season high 12 Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars came from Nebraska Saturday in a “Cornhusker Invasion.” Papillion, Nebraska driver Clint Benson led the last 18 laps of the 20 lap feature for his first ever I-90 Speedway win. He took the lead away from Lincoln, Nebraska’s Jeff Edginton early, however, Edgington worked his way back to challenge Benson on a perfect dry/slick track. Edginton and Adam Gullion, also from Lincoln, crossed right behind Benson for second and third. Benson started fifth. Gullion was the race’s hard charge as he came from 11th to third.
Four lead changes made for an exciting Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main. Travis Schruers started third and led the opening laps. Zach Van Voorst worked to bottom of the track to overtake Schreurs on lap seven. Schreurs regained the top spot a lap later but faded late in the race. Van Voorst, looking for his third win, lead again from lap 11 until a caution came out on the final lap when David Kuchta and Kipp DeGroot got together. On the green/white/checker restart, Cory Yeigh raced past Van Voorst to claim his first win of the year. Yeigh started on the pole and raced alongside Schreurs and Van Voorst for several laps before making his move on the final restart.
The USRA B-Modified feature also provided some incredible side-by-side racing. Travis Vanden Top led the opening four laps but a mishandle gave the lead to Doug Wallis. Wallis was unable to hold off the charge of Miah Christensen. Christensen led the last half of the 15 lap feature for his second win. “This dry track is awesome. This is what we live to run on,” said Christensen. Wallis and Dennis Martin put on a great show for the fans by racing consecutive side-by-side laps behind Christensen after he had taken the lead. Wallis worked the high side of the track with Martin on the bottom. Martin edged Wallis for second. Both drivers mentioned how much they enjoyed the on-track battle.
The USRA Hobby Stocks struggled to beat the 20 minute feature time limit for the second straight week. A scary moment saw Michael Pechous flip while racing for the lead down the backstretch. He was okay, but there were seven other cautions to go along with the red flag incident. Logan Fitzpatrick lead the first two laps before Dustin Gulbrandson took over. With only three laps scored the race was green/white/checkered. Gulbrandson then had no issues in racing to his second win of the season. Gulbrandson started ninth. Brian Hoing came from the seventh row to claim second.
Joe Blake passed Josh Lien late in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature but Lien quickly returned the pass to lead the last three circuits en route to his second straight win. Not a fan of dry/slick racing, Lien said, “Cole Gulbrandson gave me a pep talk on how to race dry/slick,” in his victory lane interview.
I-90 Speedway hosts B-Modified Madness on Saturday night featuring topless USRA B-Modified racing in addition to all of our Paramount Racing Series divisions. Find out more by going to www.i90speedway.com, @racei90 on Twitter or I-90 Speedway’s Facebook page. Hot laps begin each Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
May 28th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — It was a good thing to be in the lead at I-90 Speedway on Saturday night. Every feature winner led every A-Main lap on a night of firsts.
A very notable first was Colin Smith’s first ever Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win. Smith had the field covered for all 20 laps of the nightcap in just his third I-90 Speedway start. Jeff Edgington held off Casey Abbas for a second place finish. The young Sheldon, Iowa driver (Smith) trails Shane Fick by 12 points in the standings after three weeks of racing.
Another first was celebrated right before the Sprint Car feature as Zach Olivier led all 15…..make that dominated all 15 laps of the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. It was Olivier’s first ever win in the division in which he has found immediate success. Travis Schreurs got by David Kuchta late in the race to finish second. The win allowed Olivier to jump to the top of the point standings where he holds an eight point edge over Zach Van Voorst.
Kevin Joachim cruised to victory in the USRA B-Modified main event. Joachim started on the pole and his competition came from Tyler Tesch (second) and Nick Barger (third).
Tracy Halouska’s first career I-90 Speedway win came in the USRA Hobby Stock feature. Halouska started sixth in a race filled with cautions. As Halouska was setting the pace, he was also getting serioius challenges from Tim Waltner and Mike Chaney. On lap five, Waltner got into the back of Halouska coming out of turn two. Halouska’s car got loose and was hit by Waltner’s bringing out a caution flag. It was also at that time that the time limit shaved six laps off the 12 lap A-Main. Chaney had been running right behind Halouska prior to the green/white/checker finish. If he was waiting for Halouska to make a mistake it never happened. Chaney couldn’t get by Halouska over the final two laps.
Josh Lien was the first driver to lead every lap of his respective feature as he won his first Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main of 2015.
Budweiser presents “Racin’Sanity Night” at I-90 Speedway Saturday, May 30. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:00.
May 13th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Front row starter Lee Grosz cruised with open race track, through back markers and through rain to earn his second Midwest Sprint Touring Series win on Coffee Cup Night at I-90 Speedway. Grosz held off pole sitter Troy Schreurs and enjoyed a comfortable lead for much of the event. Rain began to fall eight laps into the 25 lap event. “Sometimes it pushes the front end pretty good so I stayed on the bottom because I knew there wasn’t much going on up top,” Grosz said in describing his handling of the race and rain. Schreurs ran second to Grosz for all 25
laps while Jody Rosenboom placed third ahead of Ryan Bickett and Eric Lutz. Grosz also won the new MSTS debut event at Rapid Speedway eight days earlier. The MSTS special brought in 21 360 Sprint Cars for action. The MSTS is scheduled to make their next appearance at I-90 Speedway on July 4.
Zach Van Voorst couldn’t be happier with the beginning of the 2015 racing season. “We put a lot of work in over the winter. We blew three engines last year,” Van Voorst said after taking his second checkered flag in as many weeks of Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock racing. Van Voorst continued to put the bad taste of the 2014 season behind him as he led the last 11 laps of Saturday’s feature. He took the lead from Billy Prouty on the fifth lap and then outraced Prouty (second) and Zach Olivier (third) in an exciting A-Main. Brylee Gough ran fourth and Gary Brown, Jr., who missed the heats, raced from the back of the field to take fifth. Accomplished asphalt racer Thor Anderson already has a cache of Top 5 finishes in the area this spring. A last lap pass of Curt Ahlers gave Anderson his first career win at I-90 Speedway in USRA B-Modified action. A couple of front stretch get-togethers and a seemingly endless parade of caution flags for spins took the race to the time limit. The call for a green/white/checker finish came with just four laps scored. “He kept running the bottom so I took it up top,” said Anderson (a former Hawkeye Downs track champion) whose move on the sixth lap took him to victory lane. Miah Christensen also got by Ahlers before the checkered flag. Dustin Kruse came from the back after having to change a tire to earn fourth.
The Gulbrandsons finished 1-2 in the USRA Hobby Stock A-Main. Dustin Gulbrandson started seventh and led all 12 feature laps. Commenting on taking the opening lap lead Gulbrandson said, “There are a lot of young drivers in this class. I thought they might over drive it into (turn) two.” Gulbrandson clung to the bottom of the track to hold off Cole Gulbrandson who came from fifth to earn second. Tim Waltner finished third ahead of last week’s feature winner Chad Lonneman.
A post-race disqualification took the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car trophy away from Nate Eakin and put it in the hands of Shane Fick. Colin Smith led the first seven laps of the 20 lap feature until he spun. Eakin inherited the lead from Smith and led the remaining 13 laps. An illegal part turned Eakin’s celebration into disappointment after going through tech. For Fick, the win was his first at I-90 Speedway. Smith was scored in second ahead of Trevor Mell.
Three different drivers led the first three laps of the 10 lap Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. Pole sitter Josh Lien gave way to Chad Carpenter on the second lap. Carpenter then bowed to Tom Koster on lap three. Koster outdistanced the field from there for his first ever I-90 Speedway win. “On the bottom it was fabulous. It worked really good,” said Koster.
Coca Cola presents the first of two Kids Nights at I-90 Speedway this Saturday, May 16. Keep up to date on all of our events and news by using the new I-90 Speedway App. Information is always available at www.i90speedway.com, on our Facebook page and by following @racei90 on Twitter.
May 7th, 2015
(HARTFORD, SD) — Jeff Edgington appeared to have the field covered in the debut feature for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars at I-90 Speedway Saturday night. He led the first 18 laps but the slightest of bobbles on the 19th lap was all Casey Abbas needed to grab the lead as the white flag was being displayed. Abbas went on to victory from there. Two laps into the event a red flag incident eliminated the cars of Colin Smith, Elijah Johnson and Jesse Lindberg leaving just four cars to continue. Almost 10 years passed since the last time Abbas found victory lane at I-90 Speedway. He won features in both a Wingless Sprint and a 360 Sprint Car in 2005.
Zach Van Voorst is hoping to put a rough 2014 season of blown engines and mechanical issues behind him. He’s off to a great start after leading all 15 laps of the season opening Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main. Van Voorst started on the front row with Street Stock rookie Zach Olivier. Eric Moser and Olivier raced each other hard behind Van Voorst. Moser eventually passed Olivier to claim second. Olivier was just excited to get behind the wheel of his new ride, a car he bought from Tea, South Dakota racer Kevin Larson. Olivier spent the winter rebuilding the car and, in one night, the former Hobby Stock pilot showed he will be a tough driver to contend with in his new division.
Dennis Martin and green/white/checker finishes are probably not on friendly terms after Saturday night’s USRA B-Modified feature. Martin, who had taken the lead from Tyler Tesch on the seventh lap, was on his way to taking the checkered flag when Tim Dann spun on the final lap to bring out a caution. On the green/white/checker finish, Miah Christensen went to the outside to pull even with Martin. Unfortunately, Martin spun on the final lap in the same spot that claimed Dann. The next green/white/checker finish saw Thor Anderson take a run at Christensen, but Christensen held on for the win which gave him wins on back-to-back nights.
Opening night saw 26 USRA Hobby Stocks sign up for battle. Chad Lonneman outlasted Derrick Scott and Mike Chaney as the three drivers broke away from the rest of the pack and gave the fans a great show. Lonneman led all 12 laps for his first-ever win at I-90 Speedway. USRA Hobby Stock National Champion Dustin Gulbrandson tagged the rear of the field after an early visit to the work area. He raced his way back up to fourth when the race was checkered. Michael Pechous won an earlier B-Main.
Justin Peterson gradually pulled away from defending Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers champion Chad Carpenter as he led all 10 laps of their feature.
I-90 Speedway welcomes the Midwest Sprint Touring Series for 360 Sprint Cars for the first of two appearances this season on Saturday, May 9. The brand new touring series will race along with all five of I-90 Speedway’s Paramount Racing Series classes on “Dirt Bowl” night! Fans are encourages to get the new I-90 Speedway App to keep up to date with racing news from I-90 Speedway and more. Complete information can be seen on the track’s website at www.i90speedway.com. Friend us on Facbook and follow us on Twitter @racei90.
September 9th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — The Sixth Annual Hobby Stock Nationals almost went by the wayside. With the assistance of sponsors like Olivier Logistics, RPM Motorsports, Gary’s Tire and Performance One, the growing I-90 Speedway special was rescheduled for championship night on Saturday.
It didn’t take long for Dylan Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2011 Hobby Stock Nationals, to get past front row starters Brian Campbell and Matt Grisham. Unfortunately, the race never gained the momentum that the drivers and fans were hoping for as the race was bombarded with cautions. Fitzpatrick had no trouble holding his lead before a caution eight laps into the race. Zach Oliver was able to race his way into contention as he had come from 10th to second. Mike Chaney also had an impressive run – going from 14th to third. But the race had exceeded I-90 Speedway’s 20-minute limit on features. Five laps were cut from the 15 lap A-Main and the race turned into a green/white/checker finish. Given the extra five laps, Oliver or Chaney may have had a chance at the win. But, Fitzpatrick handled the final two laps without problem to win the season’s biggest Hobby Stock event. “There’s a rut going into one,” Fitzpatrick said. “I used it to my advantage. The car has been great all year.”
Oliver claimed second after winning the last two Hobby Stock Nationals. Chaney was third. Chaney also claimed the track title in the
USRA Hobby Stock Division. He trailed Dustin Gulbrandson by a single point before the feature. Gulbrandson had a radiator issue that kept him in the work area too long to make it back onto the track for the next green flag. Travis Vanden Top gained four positions to finish fourth. Brian Hoing also moved up four spots to take fifth.
Fitzpatrick also claimed the Progressive Jackpot which was introduced during last year’s Hobby Stock Nationals. Anybody can add to the winner’s share throughout the night. Another $253 in Jackpot money was added to Fitzpatrick’s $500 winner’s check for a total of $753 which was presented to him on a giant check provided by Checkered Grafx of Hartford.
Tim Dann trailed Dave Kennedy by four points entering the USRA B-Modified feature. Dann put his stamp on the race right away. The defending track champion zoomed past Doug Wallis on a lap three restart and never looked back. Kennedy wasn’t able to get through traffic as quickly as Dann over the first few laps but he found his rhythm late and was battling for second when he spun in front of the white flag. Kevin Joachim was scored in second and Brock Hess finished third ahead of Chris Goetz and Chase Kuhlman.
Dann ended up winning the division crown by 19 points over Kennedy. He now has two USRA B-Modified track titles to go along with his two Wissota Super Stock championships (’05 & ’07).
Dave Ekern apparently has a knack for winning on championship night. He did it in 2011 and again Saturday night. Jordan Opdahl led the first three laps of the 360 Sprint Car feature and continued to run a good race through the caution-free 20 lap event. It was his first start at I-90 Speedway since May. But Ekern caught Opdahl on the fourth lap and jumped out to a nice lead. Slower traffic allowed Eric Lutz and Troy Schreurs to turn the race into an exciting three car battle. Schreurs got around Lutz but neither driver could keep up with Ekern once the track opened in front ofthem. “This car has been great. Scott Van Maanen set it up,” said Ekern. “He didn’t let me make any of the changes I wanted at intermission!”
Schreurs’ second place finish was more than enough to win his first Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car title. The Baltic, South Dakota racer has come a long way since his Super Chargers championship in 2005. He had 10 top five finishes this season including one feature win.
Gary Brown, Jr. had reason to celebrate even though he came up short of a seventh win in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Brown was second only to Craig Hanisch in the night’s feature. Brown’s outstanding season allowed him to claim his second career I-90 Speedway championship. In the race, though, there was no catching Hanisch. “I wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for Howard Baartman,” said Hanisch who raced with a borrowed engine from the Street Stock legend. And a good one it was. Hanisch cleared Billy Prouty on the 10th lap en route to his first win of 2014. Prouty finished behind Brown in third while 2013 track champion Travis Schreurs was fourth. Schreurs finished second to Brown in the points and missed out on a seventh consecutive championship after last year’s rookie season in the Late Model Street Stocks and five prior Hobby Stock crowns.
Mechanical problems on the third lap for Josh Lien opened the door for Laura Ebbesen to pick up her fourth Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers win. In 12 starts this year, Ebbesen also had five runner-up finishes and three thirds.
Chad Carpenter’s first win since 2008 (on July 19) helped him on his way to his first ever track championship. Carpenter won the Super chargers division by 84 points over Lien.
I-90 Speedway’s awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, October 18 at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls. Tickets are available through October 13 at $32. For more information, log onto www.i90speedway.com.
September 3rd, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Watching Kevin Flowers race is never boring. His no fear racing style served him well Saturday night as he reeled in pole-sitter Justin Glaser and made what turned out to be the winning pass on lap nine of the 20 lap Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car A-Main at I-90 Speedway. “I had 30 tear-offs and I don’t have any left,” said Flowers who started fourth in the field. “It was like riding a bull up there,” he said of racing the track’s top side. “Sometimes to pass somebody you gotta go where they’re not.”
Flowers complimented the crew that prepped the track after large amounts of precipitation fell Friday afternoon and left the track and pit area a muddy mess. Glaser started the race with a lengthy lead at which Flowers chipped away over the first eight laps. Mike Young finished third ahead of Troy Schreurs. Schreurs has a 50 point lead over Flowers heading into Saturday’s season championships.
One of the most exciting wins came from Derrick Scott in the USRA Hobby Stocks. Scott started eighth and fell back to 12th on the second lap when he got over the top of turn four. A nice rescue allowed Scott to keep the race green and gradually move up through the field. He was up to fifth when the race was restarted with five laps to go. He quickly passed two cars on the restart lap and eventually caught leader Mike Chaney on lap 11. Scott capped his amazing run by leading the final two laps after getting by Chaney. The key to his win was “being able to keep the throttle down,” said Scott. His car worked everywhere on the track as he was able
to pass low and high. The win was the first of Scott’s career at I-90 Speedway.
Chaney’s second place finish allowed him to retake the points lead from Dustin Gulbrandson. Gulbrandson finished third and trails Chaney by just two points. A tenth place finish by Zach Olivier dropped him to 24 points behind the leader. The defending track champion was just three points out of the lead entering the night. Nick Barger also earned his first career I-90 Speedway win after leading all 15 laps of the USRA B-Modified feature. Dan Wheeler and Dennis Martin were in hot pursuit though. Wheeler, at one point, passed Barger when he got caught up behind a slower car, but a caution flag came out at the perfect time for the Madison, South Dakota driver. Barger was excellent on restarts as he was able to pull away from the more seasoned Wheeler and Martin.
Dave Kennedy (fourth) finished three positions ahead of Tim Dann and also took back the points lead. Kennedy has a mere three point lead over Dann with one week left in the season. Martin closed to within 15 points of the top spot.
Pit crews got a chance to show their precision during the Late Model Street Stock Challenge. Billy Prouty led the first ten laps. At that point the caution flag was displayed for a mandatory pit stop. Each team had to change both front tires and add five gallons of racing fuel. Travis Schreurs’ team got him out of the pits first, followed by Gary Brown, Jr., and Prouty. Schreurs led just one lap before Gary Brown Jr. got around him to lead the rest of the second 10 lap segment. It was the second straight win for Brown in the Street Stock Challenge and he said, “Total credit goes to the crew.” Craig Hanisch drove the wheels off his car to finish second. It was his first Street Stock race at I-90 Speedway since early May. Brown’s win was his sixth of the season and he now has a 25 point lead over Schreurs.
The Heartland Racing Association Wingless Sprint Cars were special guest at I-90 Speedway Saturday. The feature saw two scary incidents that red flagged the race. On the opening lap Brant O’Banion’s car went head-over-heels off the second turn. O’Banion was able to walk away. On the second green flag start Alex Schriever grabbed the lead over Brandon Stevenson until Schriever’s car caught a rut which sent him flipping. Schriever also walked away. Three different leaders highlighted the first three laps once the race got going. Stevenson lost the lead to Chuck McGillivray on the second lap. Then Bret Mellenberndt took control on lap three. He extended his lead over the remaining laps for his first I-90 Speedway win since 2005. “That was a lot of work,” exclaimed Mellenberndt. He thanked his crewman Johnn Cressman and added, “I think we were freer than anybody else.”
Defending Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers champion Justin Peterson had been searching long and hard for a win this season. It finally came Saturday as he led all 10 laps of the A-Main. Laura Ebbesen was second and Josh Lien took third.
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August 20th, 2014
HARTFORD, S.D. — Fans were treated to some incredibly exciting racing in every division on Coca-Cola night Saturday at I-90 speedway. Sprint Car driver Eric Lutz was a major player. In the evening’s final event Lutz spent a number of laps paring away at Kevin Flowers’ big lead. Lutz finally caught and passed Flowers on the 16th lap of the 20 lap Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car A-Main. “I’m shot,” Lutz said after the race. “This track was heavy but there was nothing that could be done about it. The track is always perfect when you’re the winner,” added Lutz. Flowers captured second with Troy Schruers third, Dale Fubry fourth and Ben
Waxdahl a season high fifth.
Lutz thrilled fans earlier in the evening as well when he almost won the 360 Sprint Car make-up feature from August 2. Mike Young had the pole and ran with it. Lutz, like in the regularly scheduled feature, caught up to Young and ran side-by-side with him late in the race as they dealt with slower traffic. Young cleared Ben Waxdahl and left Lutz behind just as the leaders took the white flag. A moment later, Dale Furby, Jesse Lindberg and Justin Glaser were involved in an accident on the frontstretch with Furby’s car flipping. Miraculously, Furby was able to continue as the race was forced into a green/white checker finish. Young was able to outrace Lutz over the last two laps to earn his first win in almost three years. Kevin Flowers was third and Furby took fourth. Young said, “The first half went really well. Then I saw the 5 car. Then I put her up top and gave her everything I had.”
Lutz’s big night allowed him to gain 48 points on the division’s leader Troy Schreurs. Flowers also gained 27 points on the leader. Schreurs holds a 65 point lead over Flowers. Gary Brown, Jr. also picked up a win and a second in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division. And, like Lutz, they came with plenty of excitement. In the regularly scheduled feature, Jim Hoing led
the first 13 laps. Brown ran behind Hoing for several laps while trying to make his pass. “My car takes off real good on restarts,” Brown said after the race. And that’s just what happened. The caution flew with three laps to go. Brown and Hoing made slight contact while fighting for the lead which Brown grabbed as the two approached the white flag. Brown then dashed to his fifth win of the season. John Hoing was third followed by Travis Schreurs.
Matt Jensen grabbed the headlines by winning the Late Model Street Stock make-up feature. Jensen led all 15 laps, but Gary Brown, Jr. gave him all he could handle. Brown was ready to capitalize on a mistake which Jensen never made. Jensen and his team have made great strides over the last few weeks. “We’ve been working with different brake biases,” Jensen said. “I gotta give it to Dyrt Nymph. They helped me a few weeks ago.” Jensen had last won at I-90 Speedway in the 2002 season when he was still in the Hobby Stock class.
Travis Schrers, who led Brown by 12 points coming into the evening, no trails Brown by 12 points. Schreurs finished fourth in both features. Marty Myers probably had nightmares about the final lap of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified main event. Myers jumped out to a nice lead early. Meanwhile, Dennis Martin was slowly reeling in the leader after starting sixth. With Martin right on his tail, Myers missed his mark in turn two of the white flag lap allowing Martin to make the pass. Not throwing in the towel, Myers drove hard into the third turn in a desperate attempt to overtake Martin. However, Myers got into the side of Chris Goetz’s car.
The caution was thrown. Martin then outraced Brock Hess and Dudley Schroeder, Jr. for the win – his third of the year. Myers’ accident forced him to a 16th place finish. The points lead also changed in the USRA B-Modified division. Defending track champion Tim Dann leads Dave Kennedy by six points while Martin closed to within 25 points.
You couldn’t ask for a better lead-in to this Saturday’s Hobby Stock Nationals at I-90 Speedway. Logan Fitzpatrick battled with Tim Waltner for 12 straight laps. Waltner took the lead away from Fitzpatrick on the third lap but Fitzpatrick went to the front again on lap 4. He held that spot until the final lap when he left his line in turn two. It was the opening Waltner needed to get by and chalk up his third win of the year. It was also the 30th of his career, something only nine other drivers have accomplished at I-90 Speedway. Three other drivers also got past Fitzpatrick on the final lap. Brian Hoing finished second. Zach Olivier came from 11th to third. Mike Chaney was fourth. The race set up an incredible storyline for the Hobby Stock Nationals. Dustin Gulbrandson will enter the race with just a two point lead over Mike Chaney and a three point lead over Zach Olivier, the winner of the last two
Hobby Stock Nationals.
Laura Ebbesen kept up her no-worse-than-third streak by winning the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. She passed Justin Peterson midway through the 10-lapper. I-90 Speedway presents the Hobby Stock Nationals featuring the I-90 Progressive Jackpot on Saturday, August 23. The race starts at $500 to win. From the time the gates open until the end of intermission fans, drivers, sponsors, anybody can add to the Progressive Jackpot which goes to the Hobby Stock Nationals winner. Last year, contributions from $1 to $100 were received throughout the night. A jackpot of $643 was added to Zach Olivier’s winner’s check for a $1143 payout! This year’s race will include added incentives from race sponsor Furby’s Auto and Performance One. Track announcers Donn MacArthur and Steve Zwemke will man the Progressive Jackpot table in front of the beer stand and provide constant updates on the amount during the night.
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August 4th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Late rain showers during Saturday night’s races at I-90 Speedway means added excitement over the next two weeks. More on that later.
First, Dave Kennedy raced to his first USRA B-Modified win since April. It took Kennedy four laps to pass front row starter Doug Wallis for the lead (Kennedy started fourth). Kennedy had a comfortable lead until a caution on the white flag lap for a minor incident in turn two. Dennis Martin, whose car was extensively damaged a week ago, came from eighth. He pressured Kennedy over the green/white/checker finish but it was not enough to prevent Kennedy from earning his third win of the season. Pole sitter Tyler Tesch finished behind Martin in third.
It was a perfect night for Mike Chaney to win his fourth USRA Hobby Stock A-Main. With one of his car sponsors, Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center, sponsoring the night’s races, Chaney had no problem leading all 12 laps of the feature. Chaney’s closest competitor, Jason Bradley, ran second every lap. Dustin Gulbrandson – third – grabbed his 11th top five finish. Zach Olivier – fourth – now has 10 top fives.
Michalob Voeltz continues to impress during his debut season in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers class. After a heat win, Voeltz put it in cruise control to lead all 10 laps in the feature. Points leader Chad Carpenter was a distant second.
Rain came down during the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. It became heavier during the race which was suspended with four laps remaining. It was a lucky break for Gary Brown Jr. The Brandon, South Dakota driver is in a close points battle with Travis Schreurs.
Brown had to tag the rear of the field after the center of his right rear wheel broke. The race will be totally restarted next Saturday which means double features in the Late Model Street Stock division.
The rain also washed out the evening’s Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car feature. Fans can look forward to double Sprint Car features on August 16.
Coca-Cola sponsors next Saturday night’s races. Kids 18 and under will receive FREE admission and a FREE hot dog and Coke! The Arby’s Late Model Challenge marks the return of Late Models to I-90 Speedway for the first time in four years. The Arby’s Late Model Challenge pays $750 to win and $200 to start. And, again, there are double features for Late Model Street Stocks along with USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks and Super Chargers in one huge night of racing. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:00. For more information, log onto www.i90Speedway.com, see I-90 Speedway’s Facebook page and follow on Twitter @racei90.
July 30th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — As Ryan Bickett celebrated on the top wing of his Sprint Car, he reflected on a season of ups and downs. Bickett, the 2013 track champion, had yet to see victory lane before Saturday night. “I almost forgot where it was,” he exclaimed after leading all 20 laps of the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car special. Bickett almost lost the lead on three occasions as the field raced through slower traffic. Each time, Bickett was slowed by a backmarker which allowed Troy Schreurs to pull alongside the leader. Schreurs, however, had difficulty in holding his momentum once clearing said backmarkers. It was a problem that eventually allowed Dusty Ballenger to get around Schreurs late in the race. Bickett said, “It’s not easy with these guys. Every one of these guys is good out here.” Tommy Barber stormed to third late in the race. He was followed by Schreurs in fourth and Joe Riedel in fifth.
It was a game of “Catch-22″ in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Gary Brown Jr. dominated the field in a division that has been razor-close this year. “We’ve had a lot of highs and we’ve had a lot of lows this season,” Brown said. The Street Stock ace won three features and was runner-up twice in the first six weeks of racing. Since then, mechanical problems forced a pair of DNFs. Brown checked out on the field to lead all 15 laps Saturday night for his fourth win of 2014. Points leader Travis Schreurs was sent to the back of the field after a second lap caution after getting together with Matt Jensen. Schreurs raced his way back up to seventh. The difference allowed Brown to climb to within 15 points of Schreurs in the standings. John Hoing finished second, Kipp De Groot was third and Brad Van Voorst came from 13th to fourth.
“Either I wreck something or it’s mechanical. It’s feels good to get the monkey off my back,” said Dustin Kruse who has been so close to victory lane in several trips to I-90 Speedway. It seemed odd that Kruse was without a win at the track when checking the records! But Kruse led all 15 laps of Saturday’s USRA B-Modified feature with Cody Ahrendt and Tim Dann right behind him at the finish line. Tim Dann’s third place finish allowed him to take over the points lead from Brock Hess. Dann, the defending B-Mod champion, now leads Dave Kennedy by 11 points.
For many, the green/white/checker finish of the USRA Hobby Stock A-Main made up for a race plagued by caution flags and the time limit. The race was red-flagged on the third lap as Charlie Koepp made contact with the outside wall on the frontstretch. After more cautions, track officials dropped the feature to a green/white/checker finish that saw Zach Olivier scoot past Brian Hoing in the final corner to take his third win of the season. “I love this track,” said Olivier in victory lane. For his efforts, he took home a five-foot-tall trophy which flagman Chuck Hanisch sponsors once each season. Hoing hung on for second with Dustin Gulbrandson a close third. Mike Chaney was involved in an early accident on the frontstretch. He was unable to continue, causing him to lose the points lead to Gulbrandson.
The Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers experienced a 40-minute delay just one lap into their heat race. With the track still slick, three drivers got sideways in turns three and four. Justin Peterson rolled violently and ended up on his side. He was able to stand outside his car under his own power, although he was transported for observation.
In the feature, Michalob Voeltz passed Laura Ebbesen on the second lap and then outdistanced the field for his fifth win in just eight starts. Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center presents Paramount Racing Series action this Saturday night with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. Racing follows at 7:00. In two weeks the Late Models return to I-90 Speedway for one night as Arby’s presents the Late Model Challenge ($750 to win/$200 to start). For more information, log onto www.i90speedway.com, like I-90 Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @racei90.
July 23rd, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Sioux Falls Sprint Car driver Eric Lutz has been a picture of consistency at I-90 Speedway this season. Had he not missed opening night, he would be a serious threat to Troy Schreurs lead in the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car class. Lutz came from sixth to win Saturday night’s feature – his second of the season. Kevin Flowers led the opening 13 laps until his car got loose in turn four. Flowers’ car had already started to get sideways when Lutz hit him from behind. It was the second time that Lutz had caught up to Flowers during the race. With the caution sending Flowers to the rear, Lutz outlasted Schreurs to the finish. “This is the best track he had all year,” Lutz said of promoter Lyle Howey III who also does track prep. Always gracious in victory lane, Lutz praised Howey for his efforts throughout the season and Schreurs for being a top competitor. “He’s already one of the top drivers out here,” Lutz added. In nine starts, Lutz has two wins, three second place finishes and two thirds. His win also allowed him to move into third in the point standings. Dale Furby passed Matt Ziebarth late in the race to score a third place finish. Ziebarth used the cushion to get by Furby earlier. Ziebarth used the high side to his benefit for a season best fourth.
The Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division remains one of the most exciting divisions, well, anywhere! Kipp De Groot led twice but also had the lead taken from him twice. It happened first on lap six when Eric Moser got by, but De Groot stole the lead right back on the following lap. He also had Gary Brown Jr. follow him all over the track for most of the race. But Brad Van Voorst came on strong late in the event and passed De Groot on lap 14. Van Voorst came from the sixth row to take down the pole-sitter and lead the final two laps for the win. The race had four lead changes. It was Van Voorst’s first feature win in over 13 years at I-90 Speedway. It was also the first night this season in which the father/son team of Brad and Zach Van Voorst both finished inside the top five. Cory Yeigh took second and De Groot wound up in third.
For the second straight week, the driver who ended up in victory lane turned out not to be the winner of the USRA B-Modified feature. First, two early red flags pared the field down considerably. Cory Gronewold came out of turn four too hard on the opening lap. He hit the outside wall solidy and rolled his car. Gronewold was okay. On the second lap Nick Barger, Brock Hess, Nick Wranek and Tim Dann got together with Dann’s car ending up on its roof. All four drivers were okay but their cars were extensively damaged. Once the race got going, Cameron Vande Weerd battled with Tyler Tesch for the lead. Vande Weerd ran the cushion while leading the first 11 laps. However, Dennis Martin was making up time running the bottom groove. Martin passed Vande Weerd on the 12th lap and went on to the checkered flag. In tech, Martin was disqualified for a brake issue and the win went to Vande Weerd, his first of the year. Miah Christensen was scored in second with Cody Ahrendt third.
The USRA Hobby Stock feature was a nail biter even though it was cut from 12 laps to nine due to the track imposed time limit. Travis Vanden Top started on the pole and then had Dustin Gulbrandson nipping at his heels the entire race. Vanden Top ran a great race to beat Gulbrandson for his first win. Zach Olivier came from sixth to third after breaking from a close pack that included Mike Chaney, Jason Bradley and Matt Steuerwald. Chad Carpenter was overjoyed to be in victory lane or the first time in almost six years. The Sioux Falls driver grabbed the lead in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers point standings just last week. He passed Justin Peterson on the fourth lap of the 10 lap A-Main. “It was hookin’ up right and I bought two new tires,” said Carpenter who now leads Josh Lien by 96 points.
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stops present a $1000 to win/$200 to start 360 Sprint Car Special on Saturday, July 26. All five Paramount Racing Series divisions are in action. For more information log onto www.i90speedway.com, see our Facebook page or follow on Twitter @racei90.
July 15th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — After a fifth place finish in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock point standings in 2013 it appeared almost certain that Billy Prouty was destined for victory lane in the not too distant future. It finally happened for the Alexandria, South Dakota racer on Saturday night when he led the last 14 laps of the A-Main. It didn’t come without a fight, however. Defending track champion Travis Schreurs covered Prouty like a blanket for most of the race, even pulling alongside the leader a number of times. Prouty took Schreurs’ line away on the high side of the track. Schreurs tried to get by using a lower line but couldn’t overtake Prouty. Additionally, Prouty never made a mistake on which Schreurs was able to capitalize. “It was very nerve-wracking. I’m still shaking,” Prouty answered after the race. The win came at a great time for Prouty who had his worst finish of the season (14th) a week ago. Rod Barse led the race’s first lap and finished third. Meanwhile, Gary Brown, Jr. suffered his second straight DNF. He lost the points lead to Schreurs last week and now trails by 46 points. Prouty passed Cory Yeigh in the standings to move into third.
Tommy Barber joined Micah Schliemann as a two-time winner in the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car division. He led all 20 laps on a track that stayed on the heavy side. Ryan Bickett gained on Barber by taking a lower line through turns one and two but Barber caught on as he saw the nose of Bickett’s number 17 ride as a caution came out with seven laps to go. Barber used the strategy to stay in front for the rest of the race and win for the first time since May 3. Bickett finished second followed by Eric Lutz, Dusty Ballenger and Joe Riedel.
Tim Dann was handed the USRA B-Modified win after Tyler Johnson failed to pass the post-race inspection. Johnson put on quite a show during the race. Coming from the sixth row, he created several three-wide situations, with his number 91 as the middle car! But, a disqualification for an illegal rear suspension gave the win to Tim Dann. Dann had also led part of the race. He started fourth. Dennis Martin and Dave Kennedy were scored in second and third respectively. Martin started ninth. Brock Hess was fifth. He holds a 31 point lead over Martin. It took five laps for Tim Waltner to wrestle the lead away from Travis Vanden Top in the USRA Hobby Stock feature. Derrick Scott was the only other driver to get by Vanden Top. Though fast, he was unable to get by Waltner by the end of the 12 lap race. It was Waltner’s first win since opening night and the 29th of his career at I-90 Speedway.
Laura Ebbesen was back in victory lane after leading all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main. A caution with three laps to go failed to stop her momentum as she beat Justin Peterson and Michalob Voeltz to the finish line.
I-90 Speedway’s annual Powder Puff race provided plenty of action. Nine drivers entered this year’s event and no fewer than three of them led in the six-lap duel. Kerri Swensen and Jordayn Smith battled door-to-door during the final two laps, even trading paint in the final turn, but Swensen edged Smith at the line. Swensen raced Laura Ebbesen’s Super Charger while Smith was in Justin Peterson’s car – the same cars that finished one-two in the Super Chargers feature.
Friendly’s Clark and the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops present racing action this Saturday night. All five Paramount Racing Series divisions are on the schedule with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. and heat races at 7:00. Log onto www.i90speedway.com for more information. Also, like I-90 Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @racei90.
July 10th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Fans were ready for another shootout between Gary Brown Jr., and Travis Schreurs at the OK Corral Saturday night. That didn’t quite come to fruition but what the fans did get was every bit as good. Only 13 points separated Brown and Schreurs at the top of the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock standings so, of course, they were the guys everybody was talking about. The guy most of them weren’t talking about, James Hoing, drove one of the most inspired races of his career. Hoing jumped out to a quick lead and was turning fast laps while hitting his marks. Still, the Brown and Cory Yeigh caught up to him. Brown pulled alongside the leader just before mechanical problems slowed the points leader on the 11th lap. Hoing excelled on the restart but Yeigh, Brad Van Voorst and Schreurs all looked like they could win too if they could break away from the group and run their line. Eventually, Van Voorst got together with Schreurs between the third and fourth turns on the final lap creating a green/white/checker finish and some nervous moments for Hoing. Yeigh pressed hard to overtake Hoing over the final two laps but Hoing didn’t budge. The win was Hoing’s first since 2010 in I-90 Speedway’s old Sportsmen class. Sounding as worn out as excited after the race, Hoing said the win was as good as his first. Zach Van Voorst wound up third behind Yeigh while a fourth place finish for Schreurs was good enough to overtake Brown for a 13 point lead in the standings.
Micah Schliemann locked horns with Tommy Barber in the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car A-Main. The race was red flagged on the first lap after Dale Furby’s car planted its wheels into the track causing the car to flip. Furby was okay. Schliemann took the lead once the race got going but pole-sitter Tommy Barber began to turn faster laps, catching Schliemann and making the pass on the 11th lap. Schliemann immediately grabbed the spot back and continued lead as they met slower traffic. About that time, Eric Lutz, who had a damaged top wing from the Furby accident, was closing on Schliemann. A caution with seven laps to go took away Lutz’s momentum and Schiemann dominated the rest of the race for his second win of the season. It was his 29th career win at I-90 Speedway and he is the only Sprint Car driver with more than one win at I-90 Speedway this season. The rest of the top five in order was Barber, Lutz, Troy Schreurs and Joe Riedel.
Tyler Tesch had to pour it on to stay ahead of Dennis Martin in the evening’s USRA B-Modified feature. Tesch started second and grabbed the lead on the first lap. Martin then got around pole-sitter Marty Myers to mount his challenge. Tesch held off Martin for all 15 laps for his first ever win at I-90 Speedway. Myers also slammed the door on points leader Brock Hess for a third place finish which was much needed after four straight nights outside the top ten.
Dylan Fitzpatrick would probably like to forget the 10th lap of the 12 lap USRA Hobby Stock A-Main. Fitzpatrick led the first nine laps with little trouble while the rest of the field battled to move up. Fitzpatrick miscalculated the third turn on lap 10, spinning in front of the field and bringing out the caution. Zach Olivier took over the lead and outlasted Derrick Scott to the finish for his second win of the season. “It was a different track tonight. I tried a few different lines,” said Olivier. He also said he thought he could catch Fitzpatrick over the final laps had Fitzpatrick continued to lead. Dustin Gulbrandson finished third behind Scott. Mike Chaney was fourth and Tim Waltner fifth.
Laura Ebbesen served as a provisional driver and appeared to serve up a win to the points leader just two days before his birthday. But a post-race disqualification for an illegal rear suspension gave the win to Michalob Voeltz – his fourth in as many weeks in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division.
June 25th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Micah Schliemann demonstrated how a veteran racer handles a 360 Sprint Car on a dry/slick surface. Nobody was able to touch him Saturday night after he took the lead from Justin Glaser on the third lap of the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car feature. In victory lane, Schliemann compared the track to winter-time ice racing. A crew member advised him to, “treat it like you’re on the ice.” D.J. Brink started sixth and moved up to second quickly but was not able to get close enough to flirt with the lead. Like Brink, Ryan Bickett also had a good car. He also got by Glaser to come from fifth to third. Schliemann’s win was his 28th at I-90 Speedway. He also become the seventh different driver to win a 360 Sprint Car feature in seven weeks. Troy Schreurs has a 20 point lead over Kevin Flowers through the first half of the season.
Just two drivers have compiled the seven wins in the exciting Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division but neither has repeated! It was Travis Schreurs turn to see victory lane as the defending track champion earned win number four. Zach Van Voorst led 10 laps with Schreurs closely behind. Cory Yeigh came from the sixth row to go three wide with Schreurs and Billy Prouty for second and then later with Prouty and Van Voorst after Schreurs stole the lead on lap 11. Yeigh had been working the bottom of the track but it was tough to keep momentum coming out of the second turn three-wide. Schreurs led the final five laps with Van Voorst enjoying a well-earned second place finish ahead of Yeigh. Points leader Gary Brown Jr. was right behind in fourth. Schreurs said, “It’s all about throttle control and hitting your marks,” while discussing the slick track.
The evening’s final event was the 3rd annual 360 Masters Classic for drivers at least 50 years old. Kevin Flowers won the heat race by a half-lap but the feature was a different story. Flowers led early but the dry/slick track caused his car to get out of sorts exiting the second turn. Lyle Howey III was able to sneak by Flowers but his car also got loose. Dave Ekern was there to take advantage and led the rest of the way. He drove away from the field but then Howey began turning faster laps. “Toward the end I couldn’t hear anybody so I eased up a bit,” said Ekern. “My crew told me Lyle was comin’,” Ekern added after the race. Ekern joins Randy Droescher and Scott Van Maanen as a Masters Classic winner. Fans gave Droescher a nice ovation as he returned to race at I-90 Speedway for the first time since September, 2012. Health issues had outweighed racing over that time and fans were delighted to see familiar number 24 in the pits.
“It’s been an awful good weekend,” said Nick Wranek who won features over two straight nights in his 9x Quick Chassis. Coming off his Friday win at Wagner Speedway, Wranek started inside the fourth row and quickly caught up to Marty Myers. Wranek cleared Myers on the fifth lap and then outraced a tough Miah Christensen to the 15 lap USRA B-Modified A-Main. Connor Vande Weerd led the first lap with Myers leading laps 2-4. Dennis Martin was third behind Christensen. Harvey Vande Weerd (fifth) and Dustin Kruse (7th) each passed 10 cars. Brock Hess (6th) was able to increase his points lead to 50 over Dave Kennedy.
Travis Schreurs talked about “hitting his marks” more than once in his post-race interview. USRA Hobby Stock winner Don Brady Jr. said every restart presented a new challenge and, “I was hitting my marks,” after he beautifully handled the slick track. Brady took the lead from Michael Pechous three laps into the 12 lapper. Brady virtually raced mistake free as plenty of great racing was going on behind him. Defending champion Zach Olivier came from 10th to finish second. Points leader Mike Chaney raced hard to get from seventh to third. A fourth place finish by Pechous was easily his best of the year. I-90 Speedway welcomed a field of 22 Hobby Stocks.
Michalob Voeltz is now a three-time winner in just four races. He won his third straight Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. When asked about all of his early success and whether he had any mentors Voeltz said, “I came up with the idea ‘let’s go buy a race car.’” The unassuming Voeltz downplayed his success by adding, “We ran out of gas the first time out.”
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stops present the second 360 Sprint Car special of the season on Saturday night. The event pays $1000 to win and $200 to start. For more information log onto www.i90speedway.com or check out I-90 Speedway on Facebook and follow on twitter @racei90.
June 9th, 2014
HARTFORD, S.D.-Saturday night found the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy at the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., for the first time in the 16-year history of the series.
But despite racing in unfamiliar territory, the final box score showed a familiar face in victory lane as defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders rolled to his third win in four nights, bringing his total rake to $7,000 in the last 72 hours.
The first half of the race was a fierce battle with Rookie of the Year contender Jeremy Houle in control at the start and leading the first nine laps before Johnny Scott took command on lap 10 following a restart for a crash on lap 9 that sidelined four cars.
Sanders powered ahead of Scott on lap 18, but Scott fought back and tried to recapture the top spot. Nearly making contact with Sanders, Scott spun and was forced to tag the rear of the field.
Sanders blasted off and disappeared from the field after that, eventually taking the checkered flag at the end of the 40-lapper with nearly a seven-second cushion over second-place finisher Jon Tesch, who came from 15th in impressive style.
No less impressive was Houle who had a miscue of his own earlier in the contest and returned from the back of the pack to score a career-best third.
But the Mesilla Valley Hard Charger Award went to Zack VanderBeek for the sixth time this year. Friday night’s winner in Rock Rapids, Iowa, VanderBeek sliced his way from 18th on the starting grid to finish fourth and get his seventh top-five in eight Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region starts.
Joey Jensen completed the top five with Scott making his way back to the front and finishing sixth as the final car on the lead lap with Sanders.
Don Gerritsen Jr., was seventh, Clayton Wagamon finished eighth, Scott Hansen was ninth and Trevor Anderson rounded out the top ten.
Sanders wins was the 26th of his USMTS career, tying him on the all-time list with Stormy Scott, whose feature race was cut short after a tangle on the ninth lap.
With just three shows left to put the cap on the bottle in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports, VanderBeek is in good position to take down the regional crown and the accompanying $5,000.
He leads Stormy Scott by 58 points (738 to 680) heading into next weeks tripleheader, while Johnny Scott is another 18 markers behind with 662.
Kelly Shryock (635), Jensen (612), Dereck Ramirez (596), Daniel Hilsabeck (570), Wagamon (562), Bryan Rowland (529) and Pat Graham (464) hold the rest of the first ten spots for now.
Next up for the United States Modified Touring Series is the 16th Annual Masters on Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., and then a Sunday, June 15, date with the Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wis.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts
June 9th, 2014
HARTFORD, S.D–Cory Crapser was back in the saddle again Saturday night as the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods made its maiden voyage to the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D.
The defending Iron Man champ started the 20-lap main event in the seventh spot, but after just two laps he passed polesitter Tyler Johnson and then set sail for a $600 payday and his fourth trip to victory lane this season.
Johnson gave chase the entire distance but had to settle for the runner-up spot while Cody Ahrendt passed 13 of his fellow competitors en route to a third-place finish.
Devon Schlumbohm started and finished in the fourth spot and Jared Timmerman wound up fifth.
Harvey Vande Weerd, Brock Hess, points leader Dan Wheeler, Dustin Kruse and Marlin Kracht rounded out the top ten.
The Iron Man Challenge is back in 11 days when the USRA B-Mods take on the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Wednesday, June 18, in conjunction with the USMTS Modifieds.
The next Iron Man Challenge event for the USRA Stock Cars happens Thursday, July 3, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, with both classes in action that night.
To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.
May 28th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — A former Loren Barstad driver won the 4th Annual Barstad Memorial Race Saturday at I-90 Speedway. The backmarkers got pretty thick for Eric Lutz and Troy Schreurs as the two battled throughout the night. Lutz grabbed the lead from Stu Snyder on the second lap. He only held the top spot for two laps before Troy Schreurs screamed past. Schreurs led through lap eight as Lutz caught up to him in slower traffic. Schreurs pulled alongside Lutz a couple of times, thrilling the large crowd, before they made tire contact with six laps to go. They were both trying to maneuver past slower cars while racing each other. Schreurs got the worst end of the contact, sliding off turn one with damage to the right front. Schreurs car needed a wrecker to get back to the pits. Lutz held off Dusty Ballenger over the final six laps, receiving the $1000 winner’s share of the purse. When asked if he thought Barstad was looking down at him with a smile, Lutz said, “I thought about that all 20 laps. It’s a real honor tonight.”
Hard Charger bonus money went to John Lambertz who started 14th and finished sixth.
The great night of racing intensified during the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. Cory Yeigh and Travis Schreurs both had to tag the rear of the field for separate cautions after the first lap. Kipp De Groot led the first five laps before giving way to Gary Brown, Jr. As the race continued, Yeigh took to the high side, gaining all kinds of ground on the leader. However, Yeigh caught the top side of the track in turn one and caused his second caution of the race which sent him to the pits for the rest of the night. Schreurs was also playing catch up and, after Yeigh’s exit, ran side by side with Brown. The two treated fans to some of the most exciting racing this season until contact sent Schreurs spinning off the top of turn three. The incident happened with three laps to go and had fans buzzing, screaming, chearing and booing. It allowed Kipp De Groot to come back for a second place finish ahead of Brad Van Voorst. Brown and Schreurs have won all of the division’s features so far (three each). The door-to-door racing they’ve displayed over the last two weeks has left fans hungry for more.
Nick Wranek was a good bet to win the USRA B-Modified feature from the pole on a dry/slick track. Wranek slowly increased his lead throughout the race as most of the field dropped down to the bottom line. Brock Hess, who started 10th, decided to go to the high side and showed that it was the fastest way around the track (while Street Stock drivers were taking notes in the staging area). Hess picked off car after car and sped past Wranek on lap 14 en route to his first win. He had high praise for the racing surface adding that he liked how it put the race in the hands of the drivers. Wranek settled for second with third going to Aaron Wiersma. Hess also grabbed the points lead and now holds a 23 point advantage over Dave Kennedy and Tim Dann.
The USRA Hobby Stocks ran in a competitive pack again this week. Five drivers all battled for the lead under a blanket for most of the race. Zach Olivier passed Travis Vanden Top on lap 4. Oliver lead the last 9 laps for the win. Vanden Top took second but the two were suffocated by Brian Hoing, Dustin Gulbrandson and Tim Waltner for much of the A-Main.
Michalob Voeltz is one night away from duplicating Josh Lien’s feat of three perfect weeks in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. Again, Voeltz led all 10 laps of the feature.
The Paramount Racing Series continues on Saturday at I-90 Speedway with all five divisions in action. Hot laps beging at 6:30 p.m. I-90 Speedway hosts the USMTS Modifies for the first time ever on Saturday, June 7. Log onto www.i90speedway.com for more details and follow I-90 Speedway on Twitter @racei90.
May 21st, 2014
(HARFTORD, S.D.) — It was a banner night for brothers Troy and Travis Schreurs Saturday at I-90 Speedway. The twins grabbed statement-like feature wins in the evening’s final two races.
Remember the Jelly of the Month Club from Christmas Vacation? As cousin Edddie described it, “It’s the gift the keeps giving the whole year!” Well, the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks are like the division that keeps giving every week. Not disappointing this week, the 15 lap feature provided four lead changes including three over the last five laps as Travis Schreurs and Gary Brown, Jr. locked horns in a fierce battle. Brown took the lead from Zach Olivier on the second lap. He led through lap 10 while Schreurs was catching him with laps from a half to eight-tenths of a second quicker than Brown. Schreurs put a slide job on Brown on the 11th lap but Brown exchanged the pass a half lap later. Schreurs got by Brown one more time to lead the final two laps of the race. “That was awesome to drive. That’s a testament to this class,” Schreurs said. Discussing his line and chasing down Brown for the win, Schreurs added, “I’m pretty stubborn up top but I went to the bottom and it just kept getting better and better.” The win was also a milestone for Schreurs as it was the 40th of his young career at I-90 Speedway. He and Brown have exchanged visits to victory lane over the first five weeks and Brown holds a slim four-point margin atop the standings.
Troy Schreurs shared in the excitement with his Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car win. Eric Lutz jumped out to a huge lead early. He led the first 13 laps. However, Schreurs began running laps about 3.5 miles-an-hour quicker than Lutz. Schreurs passed Lutz exiting turn two on the 14th lap but it was erased by a caution flag. Schreurs went right back to the cushion on the restart and stormed by Lutz to lead the final 7 laps. “I kept working the same line over and over if it came to me. Everything fell into place,” said Schreurs. His top competitor in the point standings, Kevin Flowers, also had a successful night with a third place finish and a heat win. Flowers trails Schreurs by only nine points.
The USRA B-Modifieds put last Saturday’s ugliness of six cautions behind them. But nobody could catch Kevin Joachim who lead all 15 laps front his front row starting position. Shawn Reed and Devon Schlumbohm wrestled for second throughout the race with Reed finishing behind Joachim. It was Joachim’s first win at I-90 Speedway in over five years, although he is not in the pits on a weekly basis. “I was giving it all I could,” said Joachim. “I don’t run a crate motor and those crates can really pull you out of the corner anymore.” Brock Hess finished fourth and now trails Dave Kennedy by just one point for the division’s lead.
Dylan Vanden Top was one of two drivers to score his fist career I-90 Speedway win. Vanden Top led all 12 laps of the USRA Hobby Stock feature. The race from second through sixth had people’s attention for most of the event. A pack of drivers that, at any given time, included the likes of Zach Olivier, Tim Waltner, Jason Bradley, Mike Chaney, Dustin Gulbrandson and Brian Hoing, exchanged passes and track position as if they were racing at Talladega. Vanden Top did notice a car to his inside late in the race but said, “I felt like I was running out there by myself.” Olivier wound up in second followed by Waltner, Chaney and Gulbrandson.
Michalob Voeltz was the other first-time winner as he led all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. “I like it,” he said when pit reporter Rod Pattison introduced him to victory lane. Voeltz only purchased his car about a week ago. He said, “The front end is really bent. I just bought it last week.” After a closer look and attempt to fix it, he added, “I said we’re gonna leave it the way it is!”
I-90 Speedway’s first Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car special is Saturday night. The feature pays $1000 to win and $200 to start. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. Log onto www.i90speedway.com for more information and follow the track on Facebook and on Twitter @racei90.
May 13th, 2014
(HARTFORD, SD) — Dale Furby’s excitement in victory lane may have given the impression that it’s rare territory for him. Not so. When it comes to stock car racing, Furby has made a pretty good name for himself in this region. The veteran driver has plenty of wins in the Sportsman, Street Stock and Late Model divisions. Furby can now add a Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car win to his long list of credentials after leading all 20 laps of the A-Main on Saturday at I-90 Speedway. A couple of times during the feature Brandt O’Banion and Ryan Bickett began to close on the leader but, for the most part, the two were too busy racing each other to worry about Furby. Furby said, “The car felt great. It was a really basic set up.” O’Banion finished second, Bickett was third and Kevin Flowers was scored in fourth. Flowers trails points leader Troy Schreurs by just two points.
Gary Brown, Jr. picked up his second Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature win even though his left front tire was going down.
“The hard part was I really had to pitch it into the corner. It was difficult to drive and I’m glad it’s over,” exclaimed Brown. Brown grabbed the lead from Cory Yeigh on the third lap. He ran an incredible final 13 laps while Darrin Korthals and Travis Schreurs did all they could to make life miserable for the leader. Brown and Schreurs came from the fifth row, Korthals and Yeigh from the fourth. Brown and Schreurs both have a pair of wins. Brown does, however, lead Schreurs by seven points in the standings.
Six caution flags marred the USRA B-Modified feature. And they all happened before a lap was scored. If that wasn’t bad enough, the event reached its time limit during the sixth yellow turning the race into a green/white/checker two lap A-Main. As bad as that all sounds it ended with a good story as pole-sitter Shawn Reed won his first race in almost seven years. When he left the sport at the end of 2007, Reed was at the top of I-90 Speedway’s career wins list. Now second on that list, Reed’s win was his 41st. He outraced Cameron Vande Weerd in the feature-turned-trophy dash.
Nick Brady led the first nine laps of the USRA Hobby Stock feature but Mike Chaney sped past on lap 10 en route to his third straight win. Chaney said, “This car is on fire! The bottom was great. I can’t believe no one went down there.” It’s the second time this season that Brady was victimized by Chaney’s late race heroics. Brady finished in second and Don Brady, Jr. was third. Chaney started 10th and, with the win, opened up a 37 point lead over Dustin Gulbrandson. The race opened with pole-sitter James Adams losing control in the second turn and shooting straight down into the inside retaining barricades. Adams was okay.
Laura Ebbesen broke Josh Lien’s three-week stranglehold on the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. Ebbesen led the first lap but Lien came back to lead the next three. Ebbesen regained the lead on lap five as Lien experienced mechanical problems. The two enjoyed some good side-by-side racing until Lien bowed out.
I-90 Speedway’s first Kids Night of the season is Saturday. Children can take advantage of free race car rides before the races begin. For more information go to www.i90speedway.com or follow I-90 Speedway on Facebook or @racei90 on Twitter.
May 7th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Tommy Barber and his team had his car completely dialed in for Saturday’s Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car feature at I-90 Speedway. Barber started on the pole and never looked back during the 20 lap A-Main. Eric Lutz came from the fourth row and looked like he might compete with Barber, but Barber never lost his momentum even when the drivers got into slower traffic. With the win, Barber became the third different driver to earn a Sprint Car feature win in as many weeks. The race was run without caution. Lutz finished second and points leader Troy Schreurs was third.
Travis Schreurs outpaced Gary Brown, Jr. over the final laps of the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. Schreurs grabbed the lead from John Hoing on lap 5. With four laps to go, Zach Van Voorst spun in the fourth turn, collecting Colby Klaassen. It wasn’t the first caution of the race. In fact, the Late Model Street Stock A-Main was one of two races that exceeded the time limit. Two laps were cut to turn the main event into a 13 lapper. Brown finished second and Brad Van Voorst came from the eighth row to finish third. Earlier in the night, Schreurs, Brown and Hoing were involved in a dynamite heat race. Schreurs trailed Hoing and Brown who ran side-by-side lap after lap. Though he was third in the heat Schreurs commented, “That’s the most fun I’ve had watching a race in a long time! That’s what it’s all about in this division.”
Dave Kennedy, in search of his third consecutive feature win, wound up with little more than a headache in the night’s USRA B-Modified main event. On the fifth lap, Rodney Cook slowed and stopped on the front stretch while the leaders were coming up behind him. As drivers tried to check up, Kennedy collided with Shawn Reed and flipped. After multiple mulligans, another restart lap saw Miah Christensen upside down when he and Doug Wallis were involved in an accident between turns three and four. Dennis Martin patiently waited through the yellow flags and eventually led all 15 laps to win his first I-90 Speedway feature since 2007. Brock Hess finished second and moved to within 10 points of Dave Kennedy atop the standings.
The Hobby Stocks were also guilty of exceeding the track’s time limit. Their race was cut by two laps to 10. The string of mishaps began when Travis Vanden Top spun in front of the field. The ensuing wreckage took Tim Waltner, Zach Olivier and Jim Ross out of the field. Nick Brady led the first seven laps but Mike Chaney was too tough to tame on a restart on lap 8. Chaney’s win was his second in as many weeks. Chad Lonneman came from 12th to second with a couple of nice passes late in the race.
Call Josh Lien “Mr. Perfect” in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. He made it a clean sweep on Saturday. And he has led every lap of the Super Chargers’ A-Mains three weeks into the season. Former track champion Laure Ebbesen had her car out for the first night and ran second to Lien in the feature and heat.
I-90 Speedway’s Paramount Racing Series continues Saturday night with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Racing follows at 7:00 p.m. For more information go to www.i90speedway.com or I-90 Speedway’s Facebook page. And follow I-90 Speedway’s official Twitter account
May 1st, 2014
(Hartford, S.D.) — Waverly, Nebraska Sprint Car driver Stu Snyder has faced a lot of hurdles in the past two years – situations that would make some racers consider giving up the sport. In August of 2012, Snyder’s racing and life was nearly snuffed out as the result of a serious accident at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri. One of Snyder’s wheels hit a rut causing the car to flip several times. The cage collapsed and Snyder’s helmet left a four-inch hole on the track. Snyder’s HANS device saved him for paralyzation – or worse. Snyder’s recovery was remarkable and he resumed racing last May. Another obstacle smacked Snyder when his car owner, Eldon Rhoten, died last November. The long-time car owner’s death left Snyder without a ride for 2014. Enter 2013 I-90 Speedway 360 Sprint Car Champion Ryan Bickett. With Bickett present, Snyder hopped into Bickett’s number 17b and raced it like a champion. Snyder started in the fourth position but quickly passed the front row starters on the opening lap. He got a couple of challenges from Eric Lutz on the dry-slick track but was able to speed away and earn his first career win at I-90 Speedway. Lutz was second while Dusty Ballenger earned third and a heat win. Gary Brown Jr., had a perfect night in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock Class. After a heat win, Brown led all but two laps to grab his first checkered flag of 2014. Brown passed Billy Prouty on the third lap and then held off Travis Schreurs who came from the fifth row. Schreurs was second. Darrin Korthals had a solid return to I-90 Speedway as he took third. Schreurs leads Brown by a single point after the second week of racing.
Dave Kennedy made it two in a row in the USRA B-Modifieds. Unfortunately, the race was cut to only six laps after several cautions put the event over the track’s time limit. An opening lap incident involving Tyler Tesch, Kevin Joachim and Connor Vande Weerd took out the Joachim and Vande Weerd cars. Seven of the starting 18 cars were gone by the fourth lap. Tim Dann started on the pole and led the first four laps before the green/white/checker announcement was made. Dann led the first of the two laps but mismanaged the fourth turn on the final lap. Dave Kennedy, a sixth row starter and beneficiary of attrition, slipped underneath Dann in the final corner to chalk up his second win in as many weeks. Dann hung on for second while Mitch Van Engen took third after starting tail-end.
A nice field of 20 USRA Hobby Stocks gifted the wind-weary fans with a great 12 lap A-Main. Travis Vanden Top made good use of the pole by leading the first ten laps. Much like opening night, several cars had a chance to take the top spot. Mike Chaney hounded Vanden Top for much of the feature and finally got by the leader on lap 11. Chaney led the final two circuits for his first win. Week one winner Tim Waltner came from the sixth row for an impressive second. Vanden Top settled for third and Brian Hoing had another outstanding run in finishing fourth.
The Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division belongs to Josh Lien at this point. Lien has led every lap (20 total) of the first two features this season. Chad Carpenter won the night’s heat and finished second in the feature.
All five division race this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30. I-90 Speedway is located just 2.5 miles west of Hartford, South Dakota on Highway 38. For more information log onto www.i90speedway.com or check out I-90 Speedway on Facebook.
April 22nd, 2014
HARTFORD – S.D. — It seemed a rare occassion to be racing on the scheduled opening night of the season considering the unstable April
weather the last couple of years. Maybe it was an Easter weekend blessing! Not only was there racing, but there was some pretty good action for the first time in the car for many of the drivers.
Dave Kennedy won a solid USRA B-Modified opener. The Sioux Falls driver dueled with Kevin Joachim for the first four laps before taking the lead. Joachim didn’t go away either. He made several attempts to regain the lead while, at the same time, Brock Hess was moving up from the third row. “I heard Brock behing me and I heard Joachim behind me,” said Kennedy after the race. Kennedy held off the two challengers while leading the final 11 laps for an exciting win. “It’s been a rough winter but we got this car going,” said Kennedy. He added that his team is still trying to perfect his number 00 ride, “It was pulling in the corners. We’ve got to get it figured out.” Hess crossed the finish line in second just ahead of Joachim.
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car feature had only two cars left on the track at the finish but it wasn’t without drama. D.J. Brink of Sturgis flew by Kevin Flowers to take the lead on the second lap of the race. Flowers’ car went up in smoke seven laps into the 20 lap A-Main. Brink had a sizeable lead but it was erased as he came up on the slower car of Jordan Nordstrom. Brandon Halverson, racing the number 12 for Troy Schreurs, caught Brink and tried to make his move coming out of the second turn, perhaps impatiently. Halverson avoided major contact with Brink but his car went into a wheel stand and then flipped on the back straightaway. With Halverson’s exit from the race, it was Justin Glaser’s turn to try to catch Brink. Brink jumped out to a big lead as the two would be the only drivers to finish the final six laps. With about two laps to go Brink’s nose wing broke. Glaser was catching the leader but ran out of time as Brink took the checkered flag. Brink said of the damaged nose wing, “It made the car real tight then it loosened up. I don’t know what happened with it.”
It was a typical night of side-by-side racing in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division. Gary Brown Jr., and Travis Schreurs swapped the top spot over the first three laps before Brown settled into the lead. It wasn’t a comfortable lead though as Schreurs chased Brown all over the track. Schreurs regained the lead on lap 11 as Brown had a tire going down on his car. Schreurs led the final five laps for the win – his 38th career I-90 Speedway victory.
Tim Waltner led a pack of five strong USRA Hobby Stocks in leading all 12 laps for the opening night win. Dustin Gulbrandson, Mike Chaney, Zach Olivier and Brian Hoing all had strong showings but just couldn’t get around Waltner. Waltner is also high on the list of all-time winners at I-90 Speedway. Saturday night’s win was the 28th for Waltner at the Hartford track.
Josh Lien cruised to a 10 lap Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main win. Lien said, “The track was just the way I like it.” Lien also credited the previous week’s test and tune as good preparation for the first night of the season.
All five classes are back in action Saturday night, April 26, at I-90 Speedway. Log onto www.i90speedway.com or go to I-90 Speedway’s Facebook page for more information.
September 24th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Just three weeks ago it appeared that Eric Lutz’s racing career would be going on hiatus for a few months after he suffered a back injury as the result of an accident at Huset’s Speedway. The outlook for Lutz’s recovery was much better a day after the wreck and on Friday his doctor cleared him to get back into a race car. But, before he returned to the track, he swapped rides for Saturday’s Chili Challenge with Brookings driver Dave Ekern. Lutz would drive Ekern’s 23v while Ekern would pilot a car Lutz had planned to race this season but it sat while waiting for a
motor. Lutz started the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature on the pole but Dusty Ballenger grabbed the lead right away and led the first 16 laps. Lutz, however, began running faster laps through the middle portion of the race. In particular, Lutz made up ground by entering the first turn high and shooting to the bottom of turn two. He made the go-ahead pass on Ballenger using that move coming out of the second turn on lap 17. The win was Lutz’s fourth at I-90 Speedway in this year.
Prior to Lutz winning his first race back from his injury, Greg Roemen won his final race in his number 76 USRA B-Modified. Roemen led all 15 laps of the feature. His biggest challenge came from new I-90 Speedway track champion Tim Dann, however a number of cautions through the first half of the race prevented any challengers from developing much momentum on the dry/slick surface. Dann finished second while Alec Vanden Brink came from ninth to third to earn a $50 hard charger bonus. The winner, Roemen, said his focus after this season will be as a car owner and more on family activities.
Eric Moser scored an impressive Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main win in his only appearance at I-90 Speedway this year. Late Model Street Stock drivers were allowed to race with top wings and many drivers took advantage of the opportunity – Moser included. Moser and Rod Barse wrestled for the lead over the first three laps before Moser began to take control of the race. Barse settled for second and Matt Jensen made a late pass to get by Dale Furby for third.
Another first timer to I-90 Speedway in 2013 won the Hobby Stock A-Main. Jim Ross brought his Hobby Stock and a ton of friends from his Corner Pub in Sioux Falls to the Chili Challenge. Ross then went on to lead the entire feature until Tim Waltner caught up with him and air mailed Ross off the track on the final corner. Waltner was flagged for the
incident and Ross was given his spot back for a green/white/checker finish. Ross then outraced Brian Hoing for the next to laps for his first ever win at I-90 Speedway.
Laura Ebbesen became a six-time winner in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. She took the lead over from Justin Voeltz with less than two full laps remaining. Voeltz had gained the lead from Josh Lien on the third lap. Ebbesen finished an impressive season by never finishing lower than third place.
The Chili Challenge also included a chili cookoff in which race teams were invited to bring and prepare their favorite recipes at the track. Several teams took part in the challenge and fans of all ages had a chance to roam the pits and sample chili during the races. The first place prize of a trophy and $200 was won by the Howard Baartman racing team. The chili cookoff paired with afternoon racing gave fans a rare chance to spend some time visiting with drivers and members of their teams.
I-90 Speedway’s Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls. Tickets are $32 and may be purchased through October 9. The awards banquet will be preceded by happy hour and dinner. The popular beanbag tournament also returns this year along with music at the conclusion of the awards
presentations. For more information go to www.i90speedway.com.
September 10th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Season Championship night at I-90 Speedway provided opportunities to enjoy a bigger night than normal for some drivers. A partial rain out last week forced double features for the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Cars, Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks and USRA B-Modifieds. Plus, Street Stock drivers also had the Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge to look forward to after the special event was also nixed by rain a week ago.
With all the chips on the table, Gary Brown Jr., played every card right to win all three Street Stock events – two features and the Street Stock Challenge! Brown began the night be winning the August 31 makeup feature. He started ninth, caught the leader, Kevin Larson, on the sixth lap, and had a huge lead over Cory Yeigh when he took the checkered flag after the 15th lap.
In the division’s regularly scheduled feature, Brown grabbed the lead from Yeigh after a restart caused by Zach Van Voorst’s trip to the work area. Brown led the last nine laps to earn his second big win of the night and fourth of the year. Yeigh, again, finished second.
The Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge created some gamesmanship with it’s 21 lap/3 segment format. Brown’s strategy over the first seven lap segment was to hang out in back of the field. Newly crowned Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock Champion Travis Schreurs led after the first seven laps as crews prepared to change two tires and add five gallons of fuel. Schreurs pit crew impressively kept Schreurs in front as he was the first out of pit lane, followed by Billy Prouty. Meanwhile, Brown left the pits in sixth after entering in 14th. After another seven laps, the first five rows were inverted. Brown raced to the front midway through the final seven laps and edged out a hard charging Van Voorst at the finish line follwed by Yeigh in third. Brown earned $500 for topping the rest of the field in the Street Stock Challenge, concluding a stellar night for the veteran racer.
Both of the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car winners grabbed their first I-90 Speedway feature win in over four years. John Lambertz stormed to the front in the makeup feature leading the first nine laps until mechanical problems ended his race. Kevin Flowers had been running right behind him in second. After the restart, Flowers held off the rest of the field by running laps approximately two miles per hour quicker than the rest of the field. The win was Flowers’ first since June, 2009. The lineup was set from the previous week’s heat races. “I’ve never done good from the pole. I was stressed out all week,” a more than happy Flowers said. Ryan Bickett ran second ahead of Troy Schreurs.
In the second feature, Jody Rosenboom and Dusty Ballenger traded the lead back and forth at the halfway point before Rosenboom took over for good. “I gotta thank Dusty Ballenger for showing me the bottom,” said Rosenboom after the race. Rosenboom also commented about the stiff competition at the front of the field. “I think you run as good as the people you run with,” he mentioned while talking about racing against Ballenger and his friend Troy Schreurs, who finished second ahead of Ballenger. Fourth place Ryan Bickett successfully defended his 360 Sprint Car track championship.
Not lost in all the excitement was the USRA B-Modified season championship battle between Tim Dann and Dave Kennedy. Dann entered the night with a slim four point lead. Dudley Schroeder Jr., nursed his car to victory lane in the first feature. He led all 15 laps but concerns grew as smoke poured from his car over the final laps. In victory lane Schroeder said, “I’m pretty sure it’s blown. It’s done.” Schroeder put a positive spin on the situation however, stating that one of his goals for 2013 was to win a feature at I-90 Speedway. Cameron Vande Weerd had been gaining on Schroeder but ran out of time in posting a second place finish. Pole sitter Nick Barger managed a third place finish in a backup car that he worked on all week. It was the age old story of pulling a car out of the weeds and spending long nights getting it together for race night. His regular car was detroyed a week earlier at Huset’s Speedway. Meanwhile, Dann finished seventh, one position better than Kennedy. Dann’s lead was six points heading into the final points race of the year.
The second USRA B-Modified feature saw Alec Vanden Brink lead the first four laps. At the same time all eyes were on Dann and Kennedy who were rarely more than a car apart during the A-Main. Brock Hess assumed the lead on the fifth lap and cruised to his third win of the season while Dann and Kennedy both moved up considerably from their starting positions. Kennedy crossed the finish line in third behind Tyler Tesch. Dann was right behind Kennedy in fourth. Kennedy was only able to gain four points in the feature giving Dann the track title by just a two point margin.
Tim Waltner raced to his 27th career Hobby Stock win at I-90 Speedway. Waltner lead all 12 laps. “This is probably the best the car has felt all year. The track is in great condition right now,” were Waltner’s comments in victory lane. Mike Chaney was second and Zach Olivier third. Olivier also earned his first track title at I-90 Speedway. He finished 60 points ahead of Dustin Gulbrandson.
Laura Ebbesen’s Fast Auto Wash Super Charges win was her fifth of the season – a division best. In victory lane the college freshman, Ebbesen, proudly stated that her team will build a new car for the 2014 season. She took the lead away from Rick Egan early in the 10 lap feature. Egan took third behind Justin Voeltz. Egan was a provisional driver for Justin Peterson, the new Super Chargers track champion. Egan had raced Peterson’s car to a feature win in another provisional stint early in the season.
I-90 Speedway hosts the Chili Challenge on Saturday, September 21 for the last races of the year. Hot laps begin at 2:30pm with racing at 3:00. Race teams can also enter the Chili Challenge cookoff. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for the top three in judging. For more information go to www.i90speedway.com.
September 3rd, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — An intense thunderstorm with hail played a big role in I-90 Speedway’s Saturday night racing schedule, but it didn’t put a damper on Zach Olivier’s night as he won his second straight Hobby Stock feature. The 12 lap feature was cautioned after the third lap when moderate rain began to fall. The Hobby Stocks stayed on the track and, with help from the Late Model Street Stocks, worked the track back into racing condition. And what a track it was. Don Brady Jr., led the majority of the race until Dylan Fitzpatrick snuck by him coming out of the second turn on the white flag lap. Before the lap was complete, Olivier, who had restarted third, got by both Brady and Fitzpatrick in one of the most exciting finishes of the season. Fitzpatrick was second. Derrick Scott also passed Brady on the final lap to finish third. Olivier’s fifth win of 2013 allowed him to
take another step in the direction of the Hobby Stock track title. He leads Dustin Gulbrandson by 49 points going into Saturday’s season championships.
The Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks were only able to get six laps into their feature before the rain picked back up and turned into a full-fledged thunderstorm with hail, ending the night’s racing card.
The only other feature to run was the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main. Josh Downs led all 10 laps for his first trip to victory lane since 2006. “Today at two we weren’t going to race. My dad called and said, ‘Let’s try one more thing,’ and here we are!” said Downs. Downs explained the car was not turning RPM’s, a problem which dated back to the previous week. Meanwhile, Justin Peterson scored a second place finish to give him a 71 point cushion atop the point standings.
Season Championship night will be a “can’t miss” event as I-90 Speedway will now have double features in the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car division as well as in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock and USRA B-Modified divisions. In addition, The Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge will be made up. The Street Stock Challenge will be run in a trio of seven lap segments with stops for a two-tire change and fuel and also a field realignment. It’s presented by the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, Bolte’s Sunrise Sanitation Service, Cellular Only of Sioux Falls, Furby’s Auto Repair and N-Rich Plant Food in Humboldt. For more information on Season Championship night and the September 21 Chili Challenge go to www.i90speedway.com.
August 29th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Sioux Falls Hobby Stock racer Zach Oliver won his second straight Hobby Stock Nationals Saturday night at I-90 Speedway in a race that earned him $1143. Dustin Gulbrandson led the first eight laps of the 16 lap A-Main. Gulbrandson and Olivier battled side-by-side for many laps – not an uncommon sight this season. Olivier slide-jobbed Gulbrandson on the ninth lap and led the rest of the way as Gulbrandson and Mike Chaney gave him stiff competition. “It was Deja vu,” said Olivier. “It reminded me of last years track,” he added while talking about the race in victory lane. He also referred back to his heat race as he hit the wall and damaged a couple of ball joints and the fan.
Olivier brought up the issues while thanking his crew for getting the car ready for the feature. The feature started at $500 to win, however, the inception of the “I-90 Progressive Jackpot” more than doubled Olivier’s winnings. Generous
contributions from businesses, track officials, racers and fans amounted to $643 in the winner-take-all Jackpot. Chaney got around third-place finisher Gulbrandson late in the race to pick up a $100 bonus from Tim Dann, owner for TDR Chassis, for having the highest finishing TDR-built car. It was also a hugely successful night for the Schreurs racing team as brothers Troy and Travis won their features. Troy Schreurs led all 20 laps of the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature. Schreurs was able to stay fast on a track that changed greatly over the course of the race.
While in staging, he watched his brother Travis work the track. “I saw he was rockin’ the top in one and two,” he said. “I hit my marks and went as fast as I could.” Schreurs made a bold pass to get by Justin Glaser on the opening lap to go right to the front. Points leader Ryan Bickett was second and Glaser was third albeit far behind the winner.
As mentioned, Travis Schreurs won an earlier feature by taking an uncharacteristically long Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. The race was shortened to an 11 lap A-Main due to time limit constraints. Early leaders Matt Steuerwald and Craig Hanisch both bowed out with mechanical problems. Cory Yeigh inherited the lead on lap 8 but spun, giving the lead to Schreurs. All Schreurs had to do was stay in front during a green/white/checker finish. He did it and scored his fifth feature win of 2013. It was still a nice accomplishment, even with the number of cautions, as Schreurs was sent to the rear of the field early in the race. His car suffered damage when Fred Konechne made contact on the back straightaway. Billy Prouty stayed out of trouble and finished second ahead of Jim Hoing.
Cody Ahrendt has returned to I-90 Speedway with a vengeance. After a two-month absence Ahrendt has come back to win two consecutive USRA B-Modified features. Ahrendt passed Marty Myers on the second lap of the 15 lap A-Main and then had to hold off his teammate, Miah Christensen the rest of the way. “I knew Miah was barkin’ at my door so I had to run hammer down,” said Ahrendt. Greg Roemen’s car got better as the race wore on. He finished right behind Christensen in third.
The USRA point standings became increasingly tight as Tim Dann leads Dave Kennedy by just four points with two weeks left in the regular season. Kennedy finished sixth on Saturday night, two positions ahead of Dann.
Laura Ebbeson is now a four-time winner in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division. She has an impressive streak of four wins and six runner-ups in her 10 starts at I-90 Speedway this season.
Next up is the Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge for Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. The race will feature three seven-lap segments. They’ll be interrupted for a pit stop which requires a two tire change and five gallons of racing fuel and then, after another seven laps, to re-do the lineup. The Coffee Cup Street Stock Challenge is Saturday, August 31. Season championship night is Saturday, September 7. Please check www.i90speedway.com or the track’s Facebook page for more information.
August 24th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD – The 2013 version of I-90 Speedway’s Hobby Stock Nationals should turn into a big payday for this year’s winner. The Hobby Stock Nationals features an added purse spread throughout the field, including $500 to win! To add excitement for racers and fans, I-90 Speedway is adding the new I-90 Progressive Jackpot to the winner’s check.
Fans, drivers, crew and sponsors will have a chance to put money into the I-90 Progressive Jackpot from the time the gates open until the end of intermission with all of the Jackpot dollars being added to the winner’s share of the purse. Track announcers Donn MacArthur and Steve Zwemke will provide updates throughout the evening to let fans know how much is in the I-90 Progressive Jackpot which will be located in front of the beer stand.
Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the I-90 Progressive Jackpot in dollar increments, anything from $1 to $100 or more, to make the 2013 Hobby Stock Nationals a night to remember! Contributors may even have their names announced over the public address system if they wish!
Racing action should be at its best as Hobby Stock drivers compete for the winner-take-all I-90 Progressive Jackpot. Support your favorite drivers and plan to take in the I-90 Speedway Hobby Stock Nationals this Saturday night. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Cars, Express Copy & Printing Late Model Street Stocks, USRA B-Modifieds and Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers will also be racing.
For more information on Hobby Stock rules and the complete payout, go to www.i90speedway.com.
August 20th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — If, in fact, we were talking baseball statistics, Eric Lutz would be a .600 hitter and his slugging percentage would be off the charts. Lutz made it three wins in five starts Saturday as he captured the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature on Hard Core Speed Shop Night at I-90 Speedway. Dale Furby led 12 solid laps before getting caught in slower traffic. Furby cleared one backmarker with Lutz on his tail but a second car in close proximity slowed him enough for Lutz to steal the lead. Furby continued to follow in second until the final lap when his car started to get sideways coming out of the second turn. Amazingly, Furby saved his car from a total spin and kept it going to eek out a Top 5 finish. Troy Schreurs got by Furby for a second place finish. Ryan Bickett and Dusty Ballenger also got by Furby on the final lap for third and fourth. Lutz called the win bittersweet as his dad and chief mechanic was on vacation and missed the race. “I’ll have to give him a call tonight and let him know,” said Lutz in victory lane. Lutz’s two non-wins at I-90 Speedway this season have been third place finishes. Now that’s stepping up to the plate!
Three-time track champion Matt Steuerwald piloted his car to victory lane for the first time this season by winning the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. Steuerwald passed Howard Baartman on the second lap and led the final 14 laps. Steuerwald looked unstoppable early, but Craig Hanisch reeled in the leader and mounted quite a challenge. “Hanisch could’ve doored me, but he’s a class act,” said Steuerwald in discussing the final laps of the race. Steuerwald explained that Hanisch could’ve easily sent him up the track with a little contact and gotten by for a possible win while adding that his car wasn’t as fast is he had hoped it would be. Hanisch was second ahead of Travis Schreurs, Howard Baartman and Dan Jensen.
Cody Ahrendt returned to I-90 Speedway for the first time in over two months and grabbed his second USRA B-Modified feature win. Ahrendt came from the third row to immediately challenge Aaron Wiersma. Wiersma fought a tight race car while leading the first seven laps. Ahrendt shot by on lap eight and led the rest of the way. Dave Kennedy was the only other driver to get by Wiersma as he finished second. Kennedy’s impressive run started from the sixth row and it moved him to within nine points of Tim Dann atop the point standings. Brock Hess came from the seventh row to finish fourth ahead of Dennis Martin.
Paul Hartley had the quote of the night after his Hobby Stock win. “Low budget man as I am, smokin’ all the time, I’m finally here,” was Hartley’s exclamation in victory lane. Hartley went over the list of mechanical issues his team has dealt with this season but also noted his 6H car has a new transmission. Hartley started on the front row and led all 12 laps for his first ever I-90 Speedway win. Mike Chaney got by Logan Fitzpatrick on the final lap to finish second. Dustin Gulbrandson and points leader Zach Olivier were forth and fifth.
The Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main turned into an exciting three car battle between Josh Lien, Joe Blake and Laura Ebbesen. Lien led the first eight laps before a blown tire sent him to the pits. Blake assumed the lead for a green/white/checker finish and helf off Ebbesen for the win. Justin Voeltz was forced pitside during the race which allowed Justin Peterson to regain the points lead from Voeltz with a 10 point separation.
I-90 Speedway hosts the Hobby Stock Nationals on Saturday, August 24. The race pays $500 to win and also features the new “I-90 Progressive Jackpot.” Racers, crew members, sponsors and fans can contribute (in front of the beer stand) to the winner’s share from the time the gates open until the end of intermission. Announcers Donn MacArthur and Steve Zwemke will provide constant updates on where the Jackpot stands with all money being added to the $500 winner’s share. The Hobby Stock Nationals starts at $500 to win! Where will it end?
August 5th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — For the last month, just staying in the Top 10 in the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car point standings was the task at hand as Justin Glaser’s team nursed an ailing race car. Glaser had finished no better than 14th in a feature since he finished second to Eric Lutz on June 15. Everything came together for Glaser on Saturday night as he led all 20 laps of the A-Main to capture his first win in almost three years. Glaser was chased early by his teammate John Lambertz, but Glaser took the bottom of the track away from the notorious bottom feeder. Troy Schreurs came from the fifth row but the usual high-sider decided he couldn’t get around by going to Glaser’s outside. Ryan Bickett chose to take a shot at the cushion on a late race restart and passed three cars to get behind Glaser, but that was all he was able to muster in a second place finish that began from the sixth row. Following Glaser and Bickett across the finish line were Lambertz, Schreurs and Brandt O’Banion respectively.
There were a couple of swerves in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. Craig Hanisch left the track as the race was getting started. He was disappointed to later find that a wire had become loose. With four laps down, points leader Travis Schreurs also retired his car. With Billy Prouty leading, Cory Yeigh passed John Hoing, Brandon Ferguson and Kipp De Groot. Yeigh eventually passed Prouty on the 10th lap and ran away from the field over the closing six laps for his second win in as many weeks. With the win, Yeigh also claimed a $500 bonus put up by one of his sponsors, T & R Contracting.
A huge field of 25 USRA B-Modifieds showed up for competition. Zac Pruner started on the pole and led the first two laps. At the same time, it was obvious that Miah Christensen would be a part of Pruner’s evening. Christensen got by Pruner on the third lap as the two made minor contact. At the time it looked like Christensen would cruise to victory but Dave Kennedy came through the field to challenge him over the last few laps. Kennedy started three rows behind Christensen but was unable to find the right line to get by the leader. Christensen’s win was his third of the season and certainly a welcome one as he had recently been finding more mayhem than wins. Kennedy’s second place finish allowed him to cut into Tim Dann’s lead atop the point standings. Kennedy now trails Dann by just 23 points. Dustin Kruse closed late to finish third followed by Greg Roemen and Tyler Tesch.
T & R Contracting also made Dustin Gulbrandson a happy feature winner with a $500 bonus. The Sioux Falls driver led all 12 laps of the Hobby Stock A-Main though Zach Olivier provided healthy competition. Olivier leads Gulbrandson in the point standings by 31 points.
Laura Ebbesen led all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. Her competition came from Joe Blake in what was mostly a two-car battle. Ebbesen’s win was her third. She has not finished worse than second in her eight starts at I-90 Speedway this year. Justin Voeltz’s third place finish allowed him to take the points lead from Justin Peterson though the lead is just three points.
July 30th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Ten drivers entered the 2nd annual Masters Classic at I-90 Speedway Saturday night – a race for 360 Sprint Car drivers who are at least 50 years old. Scott Van Maanen of Colman, with some assistance from last year’s winner, led all 20 laps for the win. The night didn’t begin so good for Van Maanen. His car suffered damage during his heat race in the regular Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car heats. After the DNF, several pit crew members helped Van Maanen get back into action including Randy Droescher, the inaugural Masters Classic champion. Though Kevin Flowers was all over Van Maanen like (add your favorite cliche here), Van Maanen kept the cushion away from Flowers. Flowers took a couple of shots at the bottom during the last two laps but couldn’t get the grip he needed. Flowers earned his second runner-up of the evening while Dale Furby was third.
Earlier, Furby led the first nine laps of an exciting Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature. Just a lap after Mike Young jumped the second turn and brought out a yellow, Tommy Barber came up with a showstopping pass to get by Furby and drive on to the win. Barber was unfazed by slower traffic as he flew to his first win of the season. “The car was absolutely perfect tonight,” said Barber. Again, Kevin Flowers contended for the lead while finishing second ahead of Eric Lutz.
Cory Yeigh survived three restarts to earn his first Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock win of 2013. Gary Brown Jr., and Travis Schreurs stuck with Yeigh through the first corners of the restart laps but Yeigh had the straightaway speed to pull away. “It’s been a rough year,” said Yeigh, adding “I gotta thank my dad for putting the motor together.” Yeigh led all 15 laps. Brown was second ahead of Schreurs.
It was pretty much the same story in the USRA B-Modified feature. Harvey Vande Weerd led every lap while Brock Hess and Chris Thompson pressed him on four restarts. Like Yeigh, Vande Weerd had the straightaway speed to score his first ever I-90 Speedway win. The race was cut by two laps, to 13, due to the track’s time limit on features. Eight drivers failed to finish the race.
Dylan Fitzpatrick was impressive in leading all 12 laps of the Hobby Stock A-Main. It was Fitzpatrick’s first win at I-90 Speedway since he took the 2011 Hobby Stock Nationals almost two years ago. Fitzpatrick was ecstatic in victory lane. He told the fans, “Without Travis Vanden Top I wouldn’t be here tonight. I wouldn’t choose to race for anyone else.” Derrick Scott closed in on Fitzpatrick late in the race but had to settle for second. Chad Lonneman finished third.
In a night of emotional wins, Joe Blake’s first win of 2013 read like a storybook. In his final race before leaving for Army basic training, Blake came from the second row to lead all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. “We’ve been trying so hard this year,” said Blake who won four features a year ago. “It was the scariest ride of my life. I was breathless the entire time,” he added. Blake told fans his dream is to race Late Model Street Stocks and that he’d like to resume racing at some point in his life.
July 16th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Eric Lutz may want to make more frequent visits to I-90 Speedway after winning the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car A-Main Saturday night. The Sioux Falls driver has ended up in victory lane in each of his last two appearances at the Hartford track. Jason Eckard looked like he would be tough to beat early in the race. Eckard, who started on pole position, led the first five laps. Troy Schreurs made a couple of aggressive passes on the sixth lap, storming past Lutz and Eckard, to take the lead. Schreurs led the next seven laps until backmarker Matt Ziebarth made contact with him in turn one. Damage to Schreurs car made it impossible for him to continue – handing the lead to Lutz. Lutz was in control for the remaining laps of the 20 lap feature as Ryan Bickett moved up to finish second. Joe Riedel was third followed by John Lambertz and Eckard.
Lutz talked about the patience that was required to score the win. “If you can get through one and two at this place a guy can really get good,” said Lutz. He also expressed empathy for Schreurs who had to retire from the event.
Brian Hoing led all 12 laps of the Hobby Stock feature while Zach Olivier hounded him for the entire race. Hoing started second and stuck to his line. He gave Olivier plenty of room to run on the bottom and apparently never worried about blocking the three-time winner. The win was Hoing’s first career victory at I-90 Speedway and couldn’t have been more exciting for the Kimball driver. “The was great. I don’t know how to describe it,” said Hoing. Olivier’s second place finish allowed him to retake the points lead from Dustin Gulbrandson by 25 points.
Craig Hanisch ran a stout race in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature. Hanisch passed Kevin Larson on the fourth lap and destroyed the rest of the field in earning his first feature win of 2013. Hanisch has been absent from his B-Modified the last few weeks and explained, “We had to get one figured out before we get back on the other.” He assured fans he will do some more B-Mod racing at some point this season.
Tim Dann got well just one night after getting caught up in a red flag incident Friday night at Rapid Speedway. Dann got by Jared Nytroe half way through the USRA B-Modified A-Main. It was Dann’s first I-90 Speedway win since May of 2012. More important, the win allowed Dann to break a tie atop the point standings with Dave Kennedy. Only two points separated Dann, Kennedy and Marty Myers entering the evening. Dann came out of the night leading Kennedy by 22 points and Myers by 44. Dudley Schroeder, Jr. crossed the finish line in second. It was his fifth Top 5 finish. Dennis Martin gained eight positions to finish third.
Jutin Voeltz became the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers division’s first three-time winner of 2013. Voeltz grabbed the lead from Justin Peterson and led the last eight laps for his second win in a row. Peterson still leads the division by 30 points over Voeltz.
July 9th, 2013
Logan Forler of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, led all 25 laps to capture Saturday night’s Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series feature at I-90 Speedway. Forler finished in the top eight in passing points, a result of his second place finish in the third heat. Forler started fifth and finished runner-up to I-90 Speedway veteran Micah Schliemann. He received the pole position for the feature during the intermission redraw and took full advantage. Second place finisher Jeff Swindell and third place Jason Johnson, a past I-90 Speedway winner, spent the entire race chasing Forler. Their task grew more difficult later in the race as the top side took rubber. “I knew I had quite a bit of tire left so I drove it as hard as I could,” Forler said in discussing the final half-dozen laps of the feature. Johnny Herrera placed fourth and Tony Bruce, Jr. was fifth. Top finishing local drivers were Micah Schliemann (sixth) and Dylan Peterson (eighth). Peterson was the top driver out of the B-Main.
The best race of the night was the 15 lap USRA B-Modified feature. Pole sitter Cameron Vande Weerd held off Brad Haas for the first two laps until Chris Thompson got past both drivers. However, Thompson’s lead dwindled as Miah Christensen worked the cushion and eventually got by Thompson on the eighth lap. At about the same time Vande Weerd began to surge again on the track’s bottom. He ran close to Christensen for several laps and got alongside Christensen in turns one and two but couldn’t make the pass. On the final lap, a slower car moved up the track as the leaders came out of the second turn, allowing Vande Weerd to take the lead and race to the win. Christensen’s misfortune turned into a seventh place finish as Dudley Schroeder Jr., Dave Kennedy, Chris Thompson, Mason Daughers and Dustin Kruse also got by him on the final lap.
The Hobby Stock A-Main also had three different leaders. Logan Fitzpatrick led for the first two laps before Travis Vanden Top took over. Dustin Gulbrandson started in the sixth row and got around Vanden Top just after the field saw the crossed flags. From there, Gulbrandson motored into victory lane for the second straight week. After the race, Gulbrandson took a moment to thank his pit crew who had swapped out shocks on the car. He also thanked his car builder Tim Dann of TDR Chassis.
Justin Voeltz had a pretty easy go of it in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers. He led all ten laps while Donna Bumann and Joe Blake traded paint in their battle for second. It was Voeltz’s second win of the season.
In other news and notes, the 2nd annual Masters Classic 360 Sprint Car Race for drivers 50 years of age and older has been rescheduled after last month’s rain out. The Masters Classic is now scheduled for Saturday, July 27
July 1st, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — To say fans at I-90 Speedway saw a stellar show BEFORE the annual fireworks display would not be an exaggeration. The excitement began during the night’s features and really peaked during the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car A-Main thanks to Troy Schreurs, Tommy Barber and a host of others.
Tommy Barber, looking for his first win in more than two years, got out to a huge lead in just three laps before Dale Furby brought out the first caution. Furby skidded off the first turn and then stopped on the front stretch in need of a wrecker. Barber again jumped out to a huge lead until Jordan Opdahl spun on the ninth lap. Another restart had Barber flying with several other cars moving up through the field including Jody Rosenboom from the fifth row, Dusty Ballenger and Ryan Bickett from the sixth row and Troy Schreurs who started 14th. Schreurs, using the top side of the track, blew past Ryan Bickett into second and caught up with Barber by the time the leader started seeing backmarkers. With slower cars running side-by-side in front of him, Barber slipped underneath both cars in turn four in hopes of leaving Schreurs behind. Schreurs matched Barbers heroic move on the front straightaway and then got the leader in turn one. Schreurs then led the last three laps to earn his second win of the season. “I hate going to the bottom so bad but I tried it and it was fast,” Schreurs said while talking about the passes that led to his win. Bickett gained 9 positions to finish third and Ballenger moved up seven to finish fourth. Jody Rosenboom was fifth in his first I-90 Speedway appearance in the Wasmund owned 5w Sprint Car.
Gary Brown Jr.’s patience paid off with a victory in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock feature, his second of the season. Pole sitter Zach Van Voorst’s car was set up nicely as he led the first eight laps. Brown waited out the top side over several laps before passing Van Voorst to lead the final seven laps. Brown described the track as having a perfect high line and a bottom. He said, “It was hard to commit to it but you have to trust your instincts,” in discussing his choice of the upper groove. Van Voorst’s second place finish was his season’s best. Points leader Travis Schreurs was third. The race ran free of cautions and the field clicked off 15 laps in just over four minutes.
Four laps of the USRA B-Modified A-Main were cut due to I-90 Speedway’s 20 minute time limit on features. Dave Kennedy led the first five laps but an apparent flat tire took him to the work area. Dudley Schroeder Jr., who had won Wagner Speedway’s feature the previous evening, inherited the lead and never gave it up. But, Schroeder was disqualified after tech officials declared his car had an illegal ignition. The win went to Miah Christensen who had started in the seventh row. It was his second in three weeks and it’s also worth noting he won the other feature as a provisional driver for Marty Myers. Dennis Martin ran a strong race to finish second and Kevin Joachim was third in his first I-90 Speedway race of 2013.
“The track was wide and fast,” said Dustin Gulbrandson after his Hobby Stock feature win – certainly wide enough for him to pass Travis Vanden Top on the final lap. Vanden Top got loose in the second turn on the final lap. He led 10 laps of the 12 lap A-Main. Vanden Top did hold on for second ahead of Aaron Van Voorst. And Laura Ebbesen earned her second feature wins just a couple of hours after returning from a trip to Mexico. She passed Justin Peterson on the fourth lap of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. Ebbesen has not finished worse than second in her five races this season.
The Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Series comes to I-90 Speedway on Saturday, July 6. Hot laps begin at 6:30pm. Visit www.i90speedway.com for more information.
June 19th, 2013
Eric Lutz was one of the first drivers to make the high side work in Saturday’s Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature at I-90 Speedway. He used it to generate enough momentum to get within striking distance of front row starter Justin Glaser. Glaser led the first 18 laps before Lutz, a fourth-row starter, jetted past him coming out of the second turn. However, a Dylan Peterson spin brought out the caution right before Lutz was able to take the checkered flag. Lutz then held off Glaser and Ryan Bickett during the green/white/checker finish. My dad did some tweaking on the fuel system and it’s a monster now,” said Lutz after the win. Lutz’s win was his first at I-90 Speedway in close to three years.
The race provided a lot of excitement after Glaser jumped out to a nice lead. John Lambertz, an ace at running the bottom line at I-90, took the lead from Glaser for just a moment before Lutz, Bickett and Dusty Ballenger began to flex their muscle running the high side. Glaser finished second while Bickett gained seven spots to finish third. Ballenger came from the seventh row to finish fourth.
Kipp De Groot credited his crew and a new set of springs for his Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock win. De Groot took the lead from Billy Prouty on the 11th lap. Soon after, he had his hands full with Craig Hanisch. But De Groot found running the bottom worked better than Hanisch’s try at the high side. “I’ve always been comfortable running on the bottom,” De Groot said. Prouty led early and again during laps 6-10 after reinheriting the lead from Gary Brown Jr., as mechinical problems sent him to the pits. Prouty finished third behind Hanisch.
“I guess the 13 isn’t a bad number,” exclaimed Miah Christensen after the USRA B-Modified feature. Christensen, running the number 13m as a provisional driver for Marty Myers, got around Dennis Martin six laps into the 15 lap A-Main. Christensen said he was happy to fill in for Myers during his National Guard stint. He came from the ninth starting position. Dan Wheeler nearly stole the headlines though. Wheeler had to go through the B-Main which he won handily. After starting 16th in the feature, Wheeler worked his way to the front and was a real threat to Christensen. Wheeler passed Martin on the final lap to score a very impressive second. Martin crossed third followed by Dustin Kruse and Tyler Tesch.
Tim Waltner led the final 10 laps of the Hobby Stock feature, taking the lead from Logan Fitzpatrick. Mike Chaney and Zach Olivier ran strong races but Waltner’s number 79 was too quick for either of them to catch. They had their chances after an accident involving Derek Gramstad and Paul Hartley yellow-flagged the race with four laps to go. Waltner’s win was the 26th of his career at I-90 Speedway – all in a Hobby Stock.
Josh Lien celebrated his first career win at I-90 Speedway by leading all 10 laps of the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main. “I’ve been waiting for that for a long time,” said Lien. “Keith (Johnson) usually works on the car and I couldn’t do it without him.” Laura Ebbesen made the race close after closing a large gap between the leader. Ebbesen, the defending track champion, took second.
The 360 Masters Classic for drivers 50 and over is next Saturday night (June 22). Randy Droescher of Larchwood, Iowa, won the inaugural event last summer.
June 4th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Even though Ryan Bickett entered Saturday night with three Top 5 finishes, it had been somewhat of a quiet start for the 2012 Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car track champion coming off a six win season. He was heard from loud and clear after leading the last 19 of 20 laps on a strangely frigid first night of June. Kevin Flowers led the first lap a before a second lap caution created a restart. Bickett passed Flowers on the restart lap and, for the most part, enjoyed sizeable leads throughout. Flowers’ duel with Dusty Ballenger was worth watching. With Bickett in firm control, Ballenger passed Flowers for third but Flowers charged right back to regain the spot in the second turn. Flowers said of the exchange that he and Ballenger each made a mistake while running second and the driver in third was able to take advantage. Flowers wound up in second, his best finish of the season, and Robby Wolfgang snuck past Ballenger late in the race to come in third.
“No, not a chance,” said Travis Schreurs after co-announcer Donn MacArthur asked him if he could’ve imagined winning four of the first five Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock features. Schreurs won this week’s A-Main in exciting fashion as he used the high side to catch up to Cory Yeigh and pass him with two laps to go. Yeigh led the first 13 laps of the 15 lap feature by sticking to the bottom of the racetrack. Schreurs noted how the evening’s two previous features were won on the high side. A restart with five laps to go may have helped Schreurs’ cause but it wasn’t until the 14th lap when Schreurs took the lead. He also had to contend with third place finisher Gary Brown Jr., on the restart. Noting competitors like Yeigh, Brown Jr., and Craig Hanisch, Schreurs said, “They drive you clean and they drive you hard.”
USRA B-Modified rookie Nick Barger led just over half of his division’s feature. Barger held his own on a slick track before Brock Hess took over. Hess looked to be on his way to his third win but Miah Christensen took to the high side early enough to have time to reel in Hess and make the winning pass with two laps to go. “Beating Brock on a dry track is the best you can get,” said Christensen. It was also the first career win for Christensen at I-90 Speedway, a place where he has run very well. Christensen added, “I’ve had a lot of seconds and I gave it away a lot of times,” during his victory lane interview. Hess finished ahead of Tim Dann for second while Barger was fourth.
Nine caution flags bogged down the Hobby Stock feature, however the finish was the first of three consecutive races to be decided in the final two laps. Zach Olivier was the first driver to notice the top side of the track coming in and he used it to get around Dustin Gulbrandson on the 10th lap. Olivier, now a three-time winner, said, “A wide, slick track like this makes for good racing.” As is the case with Travis Schreurs in the Late Model Street Stocks, Olivier has finished no worse than second this year.
Justin Voeltz gave up the lead to Joe Blake on the fourth lap but quickly took it back en route to winning his first Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature this season. He also became the division’s fifth different winner in as many weeks of racing.
The 8th annual Mod Madness is scheduled for next weekend at I-90 Speedway. USRA B-Modifieds will race topless for $500 to win. For more information, log onto www.i90speedway.com.
May 29th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — After watching Justin Jacobsma and Dale Furby trade the lead, Troy Schreurs used the high side to fly past the early leaders en route to his first Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car win of the season. With rain approaching, a four-car gathering stopped the race on the third lap. After a quick clean up Jacobsma regained the lead from Furby, but only for two laps. Schreurs, who started in the third row, then made his move and held of Robby Wolfgang and Ryan Bickett over the final laps. Bickett was certainly within striking distance, however an already slick track, backmarkers and the first few raindrops of a major storm system may have prevented Bickett from stealing the lead away.
The Schreurs camp was already in a good mood before Troy’s win because his brother Travis Schreurs continued his impressive start to the 2013 season with his third Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock A-Main trophy. Schreurs slowly reeled in Craig Hanisch over the first 10 laps before passing him on the outside with five to go. “If the top’s open I’m gonna take it,” stated Schreurs in victory lane. Hanisch took second and Cory Yeigh gained four spots to finish third.
The 19 car USRA B-Modified main event saw three different leaders. Pole sitter Don Brady, Jr. led the first five laps but slid up the track in turn two of the sixth circuit. Marty Myers jumped all over the opportunity to lead his first lap of the season. However, a spin by Doug Wallis created a restart with eight to go. Brock Hess wasted little time in passing Myers after the restart and led the rest of the way for his second win. Jeremiah Christensen also got around Myers at the end of the race to finish second. Myers was third followed by Craig Hanisch.
The first month of the season has already provided Hobby Stock fans with some good racing between Zach Olivier and Tim Waltner. Waltner had the faster car this week. Though Waltner passed Olivier for the lead, he said, “I figured he was on my tail so I drove as hard as I could.” Olivier had taken the point from Mike Chaney on the second lap. Waltner’s win was the 25th of his career at I-90 Speedway.
Justin Peterson was able to maintain the top spot in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers point standings. Provisional driver Rick Egan raced to the checkered flag in Peterson’s car after leading the final five laps. Josh Lien led the first five but dropped out to finish ninth. Laura Ebbesen, who also performed the National Anthem, was runner-up.
The Central Vintage Racing Association brought in 14 classic Super Modifieds, Modified Stock Cars and Vintage Stock Cars. They ran two features with Austin Russell of Dunkerton, Iowa, winning the Super Modified A-Main. Bob Ryan of Fremont, Nebraska, edged Jack Larson of Afton, Iowa, in the Modified Stock Car Feature. James Coon of Holly Springs, Iowa, had the top running Vintage Stock.
May 21st, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Micah Schliemann earned his first win of 2013 after a good duel with Troy Schreurs in the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car main event at I-90 Speedway. “It was really fun,” Schliemann said of wrestling with Schreurs for the lead through the first half of the race. Schliemann started on the pole with Schreurs right behind him in the second row. Schliemann’s lead lasted five laps before Schreurs and Dusty Ballenger caught up with him. Schreurs shot through the middle of a three-wide battle for the lead and led the next two laps before Schliemann took the lead for good on the eighth lap. With a slick track, Schliemann survived a couple of late race restarts to pull away for the win. Ballenger was third and Robby Wolfgang fourth. John Lambertz and Joe Riedel swapped fifth place over the last couple of laps with Lambertz finishing ahead of Riedel at race’s end.
Travis Schreurs’ climb to the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock ranks has been outstanding to say the least. Schreurs blasted past Craig Hanisch on the outside three laps into the 15 lap feature to give him his second win along with a runner-up in just three weeks of racing. “I hate running the bottom with a passion but Craig was running pretty good down there so we threw it up top,” said Schreurs of his winning pass. With his win, Schreurs broke a tie with Gary Brown Jr., for the points lead. Hanisch finished ahead of Brown for second. Aaron Penning was fourth in his first appearance this season.
2010 track champion Cody Ahrendt had high praise for his crew for hitting on the setup at the end of the USRA B-Modified feature. Ahrendt came from the third row for his first win of the season. He passed Dustin Kruse midway though the race and then beat out the hard-charging 7E of Dennis Martin. Don Brady Jr., looked good in leading the first five laps before becoming entangled in one of the feature’s cautions. Dudley Schroeder Jr., remained consistent by scoring a third place finish to put him atop the point standings. It was Schroeder’s third consecutive Top 5.
Mike Chaney sped to a commanding Hobby Stock A-Main victory. Chaney started outside pole and led every lap of the 12 lap feature. Zach Olivier, who won the first two features this year, came from the fifth row to finish second.
For the second straight week, the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers A-Main was red flagged due to a violent wreck. Zac Rose rolled his car between turns three and four on the opening lap. Rose got out of the car okay. When the green flag dropped again, Josh Lien took the lead, but only for a lap. Dusty Seachris blew past Lien on the second lap and was on a rail for the remaining nine laps to earn his first career win at I-90 Speedway. A happy Seachris said the winning car was Tammy Lingen’s 2012 Super Charger and that he didn’t change a thing.
A total of 93 cars filled I-90 Speedway’s pits. Kelly Miller was a surprise entry in the 360 Sprints as his team drove 20-hours from their home in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
The Central Vintage Racing Association will be special guests at I-90 Speedway for Memorial Day weekend racing. They’ll have several vintage cars racing on Saturday in addition to all of the Paramount Racing Series classes.
May 15th, 2013
HARTFORD, SD — Jack Dover led all 25 laps of the 3rd annual Loren Barstad Memorial for Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Cars at I-90 Speedway, but Lee Grosz is the driver who will be remembered along with past winners Mitch Runge and Ryan Bickett. Grosz worked his way up from 13th to an impressive third at the race’s end – a good night for any racer. But his night would get better as the top finishers hit the scale. Dover’s car crossed the scale first. He was disqualified after three checks found his car too light. Up next was front row starter Gregg Bakker. His car was also too light. As they say, the third time was the charm as Grosz’s 4j was the first of the top finishers to make weight. In victory lane Grosz said his team decided to go heavy on fuel based on strong winds during the night. As did Runge and Bickett, Grosz dedicated the win to Loren Barstad whom Grosz had met while racing in ASCS Northern Plains series events. Due to the disqualifications handed to Dover and Bakker, Robby Wolfgang was scored in second with Eric Lutz in third.
The 3rd annual Loren Barstad Memorial, presented by Automotive Services Incorporated, became a true full-night event this season as drivers raced for extra money to win in every division.
Gary Brown Jr., earned $600 for his win in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Brown came out on top in a three wide battle with Travis Schreurs and Craig Hanisch early in the race and then caught up with Cory Yeigh, passing him on the fifth lap. Brown then carved out a perfect line for himself and rode the last 11 laps to victory. Travis Schreurs got around Yeigh on the final lap for second.
Mitch Van Engen was a convincing winner in the USRA B-Modified feature. Van Engen, who has been an occasional visitor to I-90 Speedway, took control of the race after passing Tim Dann on the fourth lap. Van Engen then went on to lap several cars en route to a commanding victory, his first ever at I-90 Speedway, which originated from the fifth row. Harvey Vandeerd ran second. Dave Kennedy, third, was the best of three Gary’s Tire Service entries.
Four lead changes and some great racing between Tim Waltner and Zach Olivier highlighted the Hobby Stock A-Main. Waltner took the lead from Dustin Gulbrandson on the second lap. Waltner’s fellow fourth-row starter, Zach Olivier, got around him on lap 8 after the two battled door-to-door. Waltner again led at lap 10 but Olivier regained the lead and took the checkered flag to win the 12 lap event giving him two wins in two nights of racing. Gulbrandson finished third and Dusty Van Der Brink, who also challenged for the lead early, finished a strong fourth.
2012 Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers champion Laura Ebbesen returned to I-90 Speedway with a win. Donna Bumann led the first two laps before being passed by Joe Blake. With three laps to go, Bumann’s car got high in the third turn and then rolled several times after catching the top of the track. Bumann was okay. However, when the caution light came back on, Blake was unable to get his car rolling. He was sent to the rear of the field after requiring a push. The penalty put Josh Lien in the lead but that would only last a lap as Laura Ebbesen powerd by him for her 11th career win at I-90 Speedway.
Kids Night is on the schedule for next Saturday with free race car rides for kids prior to pre-race ceremonies.
May 10th, 2013
HARTFORD, S.D. –Automotive Services, Inc., presents the 3rd annual Loren Barstad Memorial this Saturday night at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, South Dakota. A great field of 360 Sprint Cars is expected to race for the $1500 top prize. The main event features a $10,000 purse.
The winners checks have also been increased for this weekend. The Express Copy and Printing Street Stock feature will pay $600 to win. The USRA B-Modified winner’s share has been bumped up to $350. Hobby Stocks will race for a top prize of $225. Loren Barstad was a fan of all types of racing and the organizers of the 3rd annual Barstad Memorial want to celebrate Loren’s life and love for racing by involving all divisions this season.
T-shirts and hoodies commemorating the 3rd annual Loren Barstad Memorial are available at I-90 Speedway this Saturday. T-shirts cost $15 and hoodies are $30 each. Purchase yours early before your size runs out! All proceeds from the clothing sales go directly into the $10,000 purse to help fund the enhanced payout for Hard Core Speed Shop 360
Adult tickets are $13, $11 for seniors and free for kids 12 and under. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with heat races set for 7:00 p.m. For more information on the 3rd Annual Loren Barstad Memorial or other events log onto www.i90speedway.com.
March 22nd, 2011
HARTFORD, S.D. — I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., will sanction USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods for the 2011 racing season, track officials announced recently.
Race night is Saturday at the high-banked 80-feet-wide 3/8-mile dirt oval. Gates open at 4 p.m., the pit meeting begins at 6, hot laps start at 6:30 and the racing program kicks off at 7 p.m. All racing events are usually complete by 10:30 p.m.
I-90 Speedway offers a variety of viewing areas for fans to enjoy the races. General seating is available in the grandstand area, as well as VIP seating in the grandstand tower. Grassy terraces on both ends of the grandstands allows for comfortable law chair seating. It all provides the most entertaining viewing a fan could ask for … there isn’t a bad seat at I-90 Speedway.
I-90 Speedway is running five exciting divisions in 2011. In addition to the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods, Saturday night programs offer 360 Sprint Car, Late Model Street Stock, Hobby Stock and Super Charger classes.
Don’t forget the Annual Car Show and Test-N-Tune to follow on Saturday, April 16. The car show begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. with a test-n-tune at the track to follow from 3 p.m. until dark.
I-90 SPEEDWAY 2011 SCHEDULE
April 16 … Car Show
April 23 … Season Opener: USRA Weekly Racing Series
April 30 … USRA Weekly Racing Series
May 7 … USRA Weekly Racing Series
May 14 … Loren Barstad Memorial Race: USRA Weekly Racing Series
May 21 … Kids Night: USRA Weekly Racing Series: Kids Night
May 28 … USRA Weekly Racing Series plus Central Vintage Races
June 3 … 360 Sprint Nationals
June 4 … Pink My Ride Night: USRA Weekly Racing Series
June 11 … USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring 6th Annual B-Modified Madness (Topless Show)
June 18 … Hartford Night: USRA Weekly Racing Series
June 25 … USRA Weekly Racing Series
July 2 … Fireworks & Kids Night: USRA Weekly Racing Series
July 9 … National ASCS Outlaw 360 Sprints
July 16 … USRA Weekly Racing Series plus Powder Puff Race
July 23 … Summer Rumble: USRA Weekly Racing Series
July 30 … USRA Weekly Racing Series
Aug. 6 … USRA Weekly Racing Series
Aug. 13 … Little Guy Nationals: USRA Weekly Racing Series
Aug. 20 … USRA Weekly Racing Series
Aug. 27 … Hobby Stock Nationals: USRA Weekly Racing Series
Sept. 3 … USRA Weekly Racing Series
Sept. 10 … Season Championship: USRA Weekly Racing Series
Oct. 22 … 2011 Season Awards Banquet
The I-90 Speedway is located 12 miles west of Sioux Falls on I-90 to exit 387, then 0.1 mile north, then 2.5 miles west on SR 38. For more information, call the track office at 605-691-3503 or visit the track’s online home at www.i90speedway.com.
To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
September 8th, 2007
That’s all he can remember. “I made the wrong reaction,” said Carlson, who was badly injured. “I don’t remember the flip.” The flip resulted in one of the worst such accidents ever at the speedway. As he regained consciousness, Carlson was being loaded into a helicopter to be taken to Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Carlson, of Brookings, was driving as a substitute in a car owned by Clint Anderson. Anderson, who was at the race that night, said he wasn’t sure what had happened to cause Carlson’s wreck. “I couldn’t see if someone wiped out in
front of him or what,” he said. “I just saw that he veered off of turn three into the grass. The car rolled and disintegrated. It just flew apart.” Carlson suffered a broken wrist, a broken neck and two broken vertebrae,
he said. Though he can feel, he said he has no movement below his elbows.
In his 25 years of racing experience, I-90 Speedway owner Lyle Howey said he has never seen an accident like Carlson’s in the sportman class. “It typically doesn’t happen,” he said. “I don’t recall this ever happening to anybody in the Sioux Falls area – not getting hurt that bad.” Carlson’s father, Richard, of Morris, Minn., said his son began physical therapy this week and is improving. “He’s trying really hard,” he said. “They’ve replaced a vertebrae with a plastic one and put a plate and some pins in his wrist. But his spirits are good. He’s trying to do everything they tell him, and he’s doing good at it.” Carlson said since the accident, he has developed some movement in his arms but still none in his hands or legs. He said his doctors couldn’t guarantee him a full recovery, but he’s continuing physical therapy and is doing better than expected. “It’s going real good,” he said. “They’ve told me pretty much what I’ve got is guaranteed, and everything else is optimistic.” Carlson has been involved in racing since he was 16, his father said, but this was his first time driving in the sportsman class, which Howey said is a significant jump. “It’s huge,” he said. “It’s two classes apart.”
Chris is a graduate of South Dakota State University and has an 18 month old daughter.
A fund has been set up to help support Chris Carlson and his daughter through this time. Home Federal Bank – 1024 6th St, Brookings, SD 57006 – 605-692-7100 – For more details ask for Chad He still has no improvement with movement of lower body or hands, however is slowly improving movement in arms. It will surely be a long road ahead and we appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers. He’ll likely be in the Sanford USD Sioux Valley Hospital through most of October and you can send him emails via their site: http://www.sanfordhealth.org/VisitorsPatients/EmailPatients/