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  Miller Wins Indoor Event In The Amsoil Sandbox Arena
by Greg Parent

Miller, Anderson, Knutson & Carpenter Capture Feature Wins in the Midwest Mod Meltdown at the Amsoil Sandbox Arena

New Richmond , WI - With one weekend of indoor racing action already in the record books, the first Midwest Mod Meltdown concluded the second and final indoor event for this season on the 1/5 oval at the new Amsoil Sandbox Arena located next door to the Cedar Lake Speedway. Jason Miller led all the way in the 20 lap Midwest Modified feature and became the first-ever indoor winner in this popular division. Multi-time champion Shane Sabraski pressured Miller in the early laps for the lead, but Miller held strong up front to score the $500 feature victory. The 500cc Winged Outlaw Karts were back in action again this week and Lance Anderson passed racelong leader Travis Emerson on lap 12 of the caution-free 15 lap main event to earn top honors. Robert Carpenter swept both the heat and feature race for the Hornet division while Troy Knutson led all the way in the 15 lap Quad feature.

In 10 lap Quad heat race action, Troy Knutson and Mike Barth rode home to victory. The Winged Outlaw Karts saw two caution-free heat races with Travis Emerson and Jalen Morris earning top honors. The Midwest Modifieds ran a series of four 10 lap heat races with the lineup inverted for heats 3 & 4 from the first two heats. Shane Sabraski came from fourth to first in just three laps when he passed early leader Eric Gadach enroute to the win in the first heat. Jason Miller used his pole starting position in the second heat to full advantage, as he won by a wide margin. Following the Quad Feature, the second round of Midwest Mod heats were held. This time Shane Sabraski bolted into the lead from his outside front row starting spot and steadily pulled away for the win in the third heat. Jason Miller had to start fifth in the fourth and final heat, but an opening lap caution allowed him to move up one row for the restart. Miller trailed Bob Smith for two laps and when Smith drifted high in turn four on lap 3, Miller made the most of the opening and raced ahead for the win. The feature event lineup would be determined by finishing and passing points, so this meant Miller had the edge on Sabraski for the pole starting spot.

The first feature event of the afternoon saw 10 Quads lined up in two rows of five wide based on their heat race finishes. Pole sitter Troy Knutson immediately blasted out into the lead at the drop of flagman Jeff Stacken's green. The lone caution waved with seven laps scored when Todd Belamy and Kim Klandy tangled in turn 4. When the race returned to green, Knutson maintained his lead throughout the 15 lap feature event to post the win. Following Knutson were Dennis Setzafante, Nick Gallow, Jeff Suebert and Greg Johnson to round out the top five.

The Winged Outlaw Karts started 12 strong on the 1/5 mile oval. Unlike last Saturday's marathon feature event, this 15 lap affair ran green to checker. Pole sitter Travis Emerson grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with Jalen Morris in second. Seven laps into the race, Morris suddenly slowed and pulled into the infield. Lance Anderson was now in second and gaining quickly on the leader. On lap 12, Anderson moved past Emerson for the lead. Three laps later it was Lance Anderson first trailed by Travis Emerson, Jared Gorgus, Dave Griffith and last Saturday's feature winner Merrick Gardner in fifth.

The fifteen lap Hornet feature would see the exact same finishing order as their 10 lap heat race. Robert Carpenter from Black River Falls led all the way for the win. Dean Grube in the yellow g00ber car finished second with Mike Raboin, Jeremy Kaufman and Bruce Lutgen completing the five finishers. Both the heat and main event race without a caution.

For the final event of the afternoon fans would witness history in the making, as the Midwest Mod division was racing for the first-time ever at an indoor facility. Jason Miller, driving Ray Olson's #27 midwest mod, and Shane Sabraski in his familiar orange #7A car brought the field down for the green. On the first start attempt, contact in turn one left Dane Durbin with a flat left rear tire. Durbin pulled to the infield and was out while Mike Truscott went to the pits to change his right rear flat. Truscott rejoined the race at the tail of the field. On the second attempt, Miller edged into the lead over Sabraski. Sabraski kept it close. On laps 4 & 5 Sabraski nearly had Miller passed at the finish line. Miller regained a car-length advantage for just a little breathing room on the following lap. The second caution of the race flew with 6 laps in the books when Bob Smith nosed into the turn 3 concrete outer wall. Smith's car sustained right front damage and was done. Shane Halopka also retired to the pits under this caution. On the restart, Eric Gadach spun in turn 2. He tagged the tail for the final restart. The race then went 14 laps nonstop to the finish. Miller was able to hold off Sabraski for the win, as the lead duo actually encountered lapped traffic late in the race. Jason Miller put his name in the record books as the first-ever indoor winner in Midwest Modified competition and taking home the $500 paycheck. Sabraski stayed close to finish second ahead of the only Canadian driver in the field, Tom Smart. Truscott overcame his flat tire and placed fourth with Jason Hall completing the top five. The sixth through tenth spots went to Eric Gadach, Patrick McCarthy, Halopka, Smith and Durbin, as ten cars were the most track officials decided could run on the smaller, tighter indoor track.

The second day of the Midwest Mod Meltdown was canceled due to several cars being unable to return and the forecast for adverse weather for the outdoor pit area. With temps in the mid 60s on Saturday, the weather was ideal for pitting and working on cars outside. Thus the 2008 edition of the first Midwest Mod Meltdown is in the record books as a one day event. Thanks to those who participated in the various divisions and to the fans who turned out to watch indoor racing on a beautiful early spring afternoon.

Midwest Modifieds:
Heat 1: Sabraski, Smart, Durbin, Gadach, McCarthy
Heat 2: Miller, Smith, Hall, Truscott, Halopka
Heat 3: Sabraski, Smart, Durbin, Gadach, McCarthy
Heat 4: Miller, Truscott, Halopka, Smith, Hall
Feature: Miller, Sabraski, Smart, Truscott, Hall, Gadach, McCarthy, Halopka, Smith, Durbin

Winged Outlaw Karts:
Heat 1: Emerson, Gorgus, Griffith, Kramblit, B McVitty, Porter, B Anderson
Heat 2: Morris, L Anderson, Gardner, R McVitty, Zweber, Kalenowski
Feature: L Anderson, Emerson, Gorgus, Griffith, Gardner, Zweber, R McVitty, B McVitty, Kramblit, Porter, Morris, Kalenowski

Heat 1: Knutson, Suebert, Johnson, Simon, Dorahty
Heat 2: Barth, Setzfante, Gallow, Belamy, Klandy
Feature: Knutson, Setzfante, Gallow, Suebert, Johnson, Barth, Simon, Dorahty, Belamy, Klandy

Heat: Carpenter, Grube, Raboin, Kaufman, Lutgen
Feature: Carpenter, Grube, Raboin, Kaufman, Lutgen

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