Lee, Hummelmeier, VanHierden Earn Clean Sweeps
The inaugural race for DCSA at the Dodge County Fairgrounds took place on Sunday night with a record crowd on hand and plenty of on track action. Vic’s Auto Sales & Service was the trophy sponsor for the evening. The national anthem paid homage to the Nations of Patriots tour. Tim Fletcher had the American flag, which just returned back to Wisconsin from the tour of 48 states on the track for the anthem.
The Paitrick Transmissions & Auto Repair street stock feature started with Jesse Krahn and Aaron Falbe taking the green flag till one lap later when Krahn had problems and the caution fell. On the restart Frank Knaus jumped out front followed by Steve Ecker and Falbe. Ecker and Falbe would battle for second spot the next few laps with side by side racing. By lap 3 Ecker got the edge and set his sights on the leader as Chad Hummelmeier was making his way through the field. Ecker and Knaus raced side by side the next few laps with Hummelmeier tight on their tails. Things heated up on the backstretch on lap 7 with a 3 way battle for the lead as Hummelmeier raced out front and never looked back. Ecker powered close but Hummelmeier hung on to win and complete a clean sweep in his division. Third place went to Knaus followed by Falbe and Stuart White. Heat race winners were Steve Ecker and Chad Hummelmeier.
The Daizy Sweeps Grand Nationals roared onto the track with Larry Richards taking the early lead followed by Kenny Richards and Roger Lee. It was the battle of father and son for the next 3 laps with some intense side by side racing between them. On lap 3 Kenny used the low groove coming into turn 4 to edge out Larry for the lead. Lee and John Stanton were staging their own race for third spot till lap 7 when Stanton got up into the wall hard in turns 1 and 2 bringing out the caution and ending Stanton’s run. On the restart Kenny kept the lead with Lee sliding into second spot with Larry in hot pursuit. Larry used the low side of the track but Lee held his line to keep his spot as Jeff Richards moved into fourth spot. The race for fifth spot between the number 1 cars of Charlie Sancinati and Ron Koenig was taking place behind them. Sancinati took the spot on lap 17 and started putting pressure on Larry. Kenny crossed the line on the white flag lap only to see his dominating run end with mechanical issues, enabling Lee to take over top spot. Lee races on the checkered for a clean sweep followed by Larry Richards and Jeff Richards. Heat race winners were Kenny Richards and Lee.
Next on the ticket was the 20 lap Twisted Iron Sport Mod feature with Jon Schultz pulling out in front of the field followed by Colten Van Heirden and Keith Schmidt. The second time around the track Van Heirden pulled alongside Schultz for a battle for the lead with Schmitt following suit. Lap four saw the first caution with a couple cars together. VanHierden pulled out front on the restart as the battle ensued behind him between Schmitt, Schultz and Jeff Schmuhl. The halfway point had VanHierden with a nice size lead as Schultz and Schmitt continue trading spots for position. Lap 11 had another caution fly with a crash out of turn two, ending VanHierden’s sizable lead. At the drop of the green VanHierden shoots out in front as Aaron Muhle races up in the top spots to challenge Schultz for second. The race behind the leader continues with a three way battle for the second spot. Lap 17 saw Schultz get high and Schmuhl ducking under to take over second spot. VanHierden took the checkered flag followed by Schmuhl and Schultz. Heat race winners were Schultz and VanHierden for another clean sweep.
The final race of the night saw 22 modifieds pull onto the track for their 20 lap Dennis Haldemann Memorial feature event. After a few attempts Joe McGrath took the early lead feeling the heat from Tim Lemirande and Jason Czarapata. On lap three Jeremy Christians pulled on the outside trying to take over third from Czarapata, racing side by side and gets it two laps later. McGrath was starting to pull away from Lemirande when a caution came on lap 7. Lemirande pulled off the track during the caution putting Christians in the runner up spot followed by Czarapata. The restart resulted in a four way battle for the lead with Jared Siefert making his way up in the mix. The next few laps had McGrath and Czarapata trading the lead with neither driver giving an inch. Czarapata ducks down low and edges out front with McGrath in hot pursuit followed by Siefert and Christians. Christians takes over third spot on lap 11 and takes a peek under McGrath with McGrath keeping position as Matt Rechek powers his way into fifth spot. Czarapata had a ten car length lead with the fight going on behind him. Siefert and Christians trade positions again behind the leaders. On lap 18 Siefert got high in the turn and lost positions allowing Christians to move into third. The white flag lap saw Czarapata with a nice cushion as Christians tried the low line to take a position from McGrath but McGrath held on. Czarapata takes the checkered followed by McGrath, Christians and Rechek. Heat winners were Kelly Brown, Rechek and Christians.
The evening ended with a daredevil jump on the infield. Modified driver Matt Rechek would attempt driving a car up a ramp and through a camper as flames erupted around it. The crowd was awed with the spectacular pyro display to end the evening’s events.
Article by Pegi Erdmann
Photos by Leader Photography