Wilmot Raceway results for May 12
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It spite of a brief rain shower late in the program which delayed the start of the Modified and 4 Cylinder features, the second program of the 2012 season was completed before a solid crowd on May 12 at Wilmot Raceway.
Highlighting the evening were the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints which were making the first of five appearances at the third-mile clay oval at Wilmot. Four-time and defending IRA sprint champion Billy Balog would outduel Mike Kertscher in a late race restart to score his second straight victory of the 2012 season. Jordan Goldesberry, who had paced much of the contest, would finish the event in third in a car which was showing signs of mechanical trouble in the closing laps. More on IRA below.
The Fec’s Place / Outlaw Race Parts Mini Sprints were besieged by mechanical issues this evening which would eliminate several front running competitors including Jimmy Scanlon who had won the season opening feature a week ago. Scanlon, the defending division champion, had his engine expire in his heat race. Heat race action also eliminated last week’s feature runner-up, Dan Uttech, as he flipped his machine at the start of his heat race. Uttech was unhurt, but his ride was too heavily damaged to continue this evening. Todd Lehr, a former champion in the division, would be substitute driver for tonight, and he looked strong capturing his heat race. Lehr then spent the first half of the feature contest attempting to run down Nick Petska, only to see his machine suffer mechanical failure halfway through the contest.
The main event did have plenty of action, however, with 19 drivers taking the green flag. Petska would waste no time taking control of the race putting some distance on his rivals. Though several cautions would put his rivals on his rear nerf bar, Petska was able to handle every restart holding fast to the lead. His chief rival throughout much of the race, John Kirk, would spin late in the contest, leaving Petska in control of the event. Petska would take the win comfortably over Ryan Cully. Randy Reed, Kyle Koch, and Kyle Daywalt would complete the top five finishers.
Just as the Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Service / Hoosier Tire Modifieds took to the track for their feature contest, a light rain began to fall. Officials waited out the shower and worked on the track and, after a brief delay, the program would be completed in its entirety. When the checkered flag fell, it would be Scott Kuxhouse sitting in victory lane for the second straight week, having bested Mike Conn for the win. Defending champion, Chris Carlson, would finish the event in the third position followed by Mike Wittenberg and Jeff Bodendorfer, Jr.
The final feature of the evening was the combined Pro 4 and Bandits 4 cylinder events. Taylor Dawson posted the Pro 4 victory, while Brandon Feit was victorious in the Bandit division.
Box score results:
Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Service / Hoosier Tire Modifieds A-Main: (Top 10) 1.) Scott Kuxhouse; 2.) Mike Conn; 3.) Chris Carlson; 4.) Mike Wittenburg; 5.) Jeff Bodenforfer Jr. ; 6. ) Mark Brunner; 7.) Mike Sullivan; 8.) Muth; 9.) Jason Holmes; 10.) John Dost . Heat One: 1.) Kuxhouse; 2.) Jason Hyerdall; 3.) Jim Morrison Heat Two: 1.) Brunner; 2.) Carlson; 3.)
Muth Fec’s Place / Outlaw Race Parts Mini Sprints A-Main: (Top 6) 1.) Nick Petska; 2.) Ryan Cully; 3.) Randy Reed; 4.) Kyle Koch; 5.) Kyle Daywalt; 6.) John Garlock; Heat One: 1.) Cully; 2.) Smith; 3.) M. Neau Heat Two: 1.) John Kirk; 2.) Petska; 3.) Koch Heat Three: 1.) Todd Lehr; 2.) D. Johnson; 3.)
Garlock Massive Speed Pro 4′s and Hawg Heaven Bandit 4′s. A-Main: Pro 4′s: 1.) Taylor Dawson; 2.) Unknown; 3.) Joe Summers A-Main: Bandit 4′s: 1.) Brandon Feit; 2.) Scott Redden; 3.) Dan Knight; 4.) Katie Meyers; 5.) Jeanne Schrader
The intensity of the 2012 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint season ramped up as fans were treated to some frenzied late race action in the 30-lap A-main.
During the final eight laps of the contest, a pair of restarts would showcase a classic duel between four-time and defending IRA Sprint champion, Bill Balog, and Mike Kertscher, who was seeking his first feature win of 2012. Swapping the lead back and forth while performing classic cross-over moves, Balog and Kertscher would exchange the lead several times a lap until Balog got the upper hand in the closing laps and pulled away. When the checkered flag fel, it would be Balog sitting in victory lane for the second time this season, with Kertscher having to settle for runner-up honors for the second straight week. Kertscher had appeared at Wilmot Speedway last week for the season opening 410 sprint show at the track and had finished runner-up to defending track champion, Tommy Sexton. Jordan Goldesberry would reach the podium finishing third after leading much of the first half of the contest. Mike Reinke would line up for the main event on the pole with Springfield, IL, native Goldesberry to his outside. Kertscher would line up third with Paul May of Terre Haute, Indiana, starting outside Kertscher in row two. Balog would begin the event in the fifth starting position. Reinke would bring the field to the green, but would wiggle in turn two breaking his momentum, causing him to slip to third. Goldesberry took advantage of the situation to place himself out front, and Kertscher shot into the runner-up spot as the lead pair pulled away, leaving Reinke to battle with Balog for the third spot. Goldesberry was looking strong on Wilmot Speedway’s third third-mile oval as he began to distance himself from Kertscher, while Balog swept past Reinke to reach the third spot on lap five. Just as the leaders began to reach lapped traffic, looped his machine in turn one bringing out the first caution of the event.
On the restart, Kertscher attempted a daring move diving deep into turn one briefly coming away with the lead. However, Goldesberry would execute a perfect cross-over move to regain the lead. Balog would follow Goldesberry under Kertscher to grab the second position, while Kertscher now had to try and fend off Reinke to maintain third. At the halfway point, Goldesberry was still in command with Balog, Reinke, Kertscher following as the leaders began to separate themselves from the field. Goldesberry had been successfully keeping Balog in his tire tracks, but his machine began to show signs of smoke with 12 laps to go in the contest and Balog was quick to apply the pressure closing within a car length. Moments later, Brian Kristan who had been running in the sixth spot looped his ride in turn two forcing the second caution of the contest. As soon as the green flag flew, Balog was able to work under Goldesberry for the lead, while Kertscher disposed of several lapped machines and slipped by Reinke for the third position. A spin by Tommy Sexton in turn three would slow the pace again with nine laps to go.
The race would resume briefly with Balog in command. Goldesberry drifted high in turn two while trying to fend off Kertscher almost tagging the wall, thus turning second over to Kertscher. Seconds later caution appeared when Kristan had looped his ride in nearly the identical spot he had earlier in the contest, leaving the field with a dash race to the checkered flag. When the event resumed, Balog and Kertscher put on a thrilling show for the fans swapping the lead back and forth. The battle was interrupted for a final caution with just a couple laps remaining, when Matt Vandervere and Bill Wirth both looped their cars in turn one. Balog would stay out front to the finish taking the victory by eight car lengths on Kertscher. Goldesberry was able to nurse his car to the finish in spite of it smoking heavily the final two laps, earning a respectable third place finish. Scott Uttech who started 21st after transferring from the B-main, had patiently clung to the low line around the track and advanced into fourth at the finish. Uttech’s performance would net him the hard charger award for the event. Phillip Mock, who had stayed near the front of the field the entire race, finished solidly in fifth. Reinke, Scott Neitzel, Jim Moughan, May and Kris Spitz completed the top 10 in a race where 20 of the 22 starters were still running at the finish. Thirty-two cars attempted to qualify this evening. Heat race wins went to May, Kertscher, Irwin and Vandervere. The B-feature was captured by Neitzel, who finished ahead of Kristan and Sexton, who comprised the top three finishers.
The next event on the IRA schedule will take place next Saturday night, May 19th, at Beaver Dam Raceway. The following week, on Saturday, May 26th, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints will have a doubleheader weekend with a return trip to Wilmot Raceway for the Daun / Winkler Memorial and on Sunday, May 27th, the winged warriors head back to 141 Speedway, which hosted the season opening contest.
For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints, check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com
Box score for IRA:
Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints: 30 Lap A-Main: 1.) Billy Balog; 2.) Mike Kertscher; 3.) Jordan Goldesberry; 4.) Scott Uttech; 5.) Phillip Mock; 6.) Mike Reinke; 7.) Scott Neitzel; 8.) Jim Moughan; 9.) Paul May; 10.) Kris Spitz; 11.) Russel Borland; 12.) Jereme Schroeder; 13.) Brandon Thone; 14.) Dave Uttech; 15.) Ryan Irwin; 16.) Blake Nimee; 17.) Robbie Pribnow; 18.) Matt Vandervere; 19.) Bill Wirth; 20.) Raymond Hensley; 21.) Brian Kristan; 22.) Tommy Sexton. B-Main: (Top 10) 1.) Neitzel; 2.) Kristan; 3.) Sexton; 4.) Moughan; 5.) S. Uttech; 6.) Hensley; 7.) Bill Warren; 8.) Darrell Dodd; 9.) Jimmy Sivia; 10.) Dennis Spitz. Heat 1: 1.)May; 2.) Reinke; 3.) Schroder; 4.) Thone. Heat 2: 1.) Kertscher; 2.) Pribnow; 3.) Wirth; 4.) Mock. Heat 3: 1.) Irwin; 2.) Borland; 3.) Balog; 4.) Nimee. Heat 4: 1.) Vandervere; 2.) D. Uttech; 3.) K. Spitz; 4.) Goldesberry. Qualifying: (Top 10) 1.) Hensley, 13.457 Secs; 2.) Mock, 13.520 Secs; 3.) Balog, 13.540 Secs; 4.) Neitzel, 13.601; 5.) May 13.604; 6.) Kertscher, 13.633; 7.) Sexton, 13.678; 8.) Kristan, 13,723; 9.) Moughan, 13,724; 10.) S. Uttech 13.771.