Zdroik, Casari, Eskola And Bromann Add To The Fireworks At Tomahawk Speedway
by Gene Harmelink
Jason Zdroik completed another clean sweep in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified on Friday night, July 3, but he wasn’t alone as Wayne Eskola did the same in his Tomahawk Pure Stock. New to the win game at Tomahawk Speedway were Cory Casari in his WISSOTA Street Stock and Brit Bromann in his Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandit. Joining in the fun were Cory Beyer, winner of the MX Quad feature, and Kyle Komarek, winner of the Flat Track Quad feature.
Perfect weather and track conditions allowed the crowd and racers to enjoy great racing action all night long. In addition, a spectacular fireworks display, put on by track owner Ron Van Dusen, thrilled the near-capacity crowd.
In WISSOTA Midwest Modified action, Jeff McDonald and Roger Walker led the field to the green for the start of the race with Walker taking the lead after one lap. Walker’s lead didn’t last long, however, as Mickey Nosser, who had started fourth passed Walker to take the lead by the end of lap two. Track point’s leader, Jason Zdroik, had a tough row to hoe as he worked his way up from sixth. By lap four, Zdroik had made the pass for the lead with Nosser dropping back to second, Walker in third, Cody Schmidt, coming from eighth, in fourth, and Matt Leer, coming from seventh, in fifth.
Zdroik was just too fast for the rest of the field as he continued to lead with half the laps gone in a race that would see just one early caution when John Johnson, Jr. and Mark Kralicek spun in turn one at the start of the race. Nosser continued to run second, Leer moved up to third, Bruce Belland, coming from third, ran fourth, and Walker ran fifth. Race end saw Zdroik taking the checkered in his Finish Line Bar & Grill sponsored Midwest Mod, Leer in second, Nosser in third, Belland in fourth, and Jeff McDonald in fifth.
Fans were treated to one of the best WISSOTA Street Stock features of the year thus far with brothers, Keith Troutman and heat winner, Matt Troutman, on the front row. Cory Casari made some excellent early race moves from sixth to take the lead by the end of lap one. Keith Troutman was off to won the dash to the flag with his brother, Matt to take second. Matt would have no part of that and by the end of lap two, with Casari still in the lead, Matt had taken second away from his brother. In the meantime, John Kallas, was patiently waiting as he moved up from fourth.
By the end of lap three, Kallas made the move to second, but Casari continue to take advantage of the battle going on behind him and had built his lead to nearly a full front stretch. With five laps to go, Kallas had somehow narrowed the lead that Casari had built up and with Kallas on his bumper, Casari continue to lead. Kallas got up to Casari’s door on several occasions, but Casari played his cards right and held Kallas at bay. In the end it was Casari, in his Jerry’s Towing and Repair sponsored Streeter, taking the win, Kallas got second, Cliff Houle, in Casari’s former ride, got third after starting fifth, Matt Troutman settled for fourth, and Jeff Hoogland, who had started fourth, finished fifth.
The Tomahawk Pure Stock Feature saw heat winners, Chris Nylund and Wayne Eskola, on the front row for what would prove to be a very interesting race. Eskola jumped to an early lead with Nylund right behind. A caution after lap seven for a spinning Matt Smith in turn four, which saw Smith jump the inside berm and stall his car, realigned the field. On the restart, Eskola once again took the lead and once again Nylund followed in second, with Dan Melton, who had started sixth, in third, Travis Friske, who had started fourth, in fourth, and Joe Wolfe, who had started eighth, in fifth.
Two successive cautions after lap ten, one for a spinning Alex Durand, who was running ninth, and for a spinning Travis Friskie, who was running fourth, saw the field once again realign. Eskola took the lead on the restart while Rookie, Alex Durand, became one of the benefactor’s of the restart putting him in sixth. By race end, though, it was Eskola taking the win in his Cockatiels Bar sponsored car, Nylund took second, Wolfe moved up to third, Ken Schram, who had started third, finished fourth, and Travis Friske, who had restarted earlier in the race at the back of the pack, finished fifth.
Next came the Tomahawk Bandits with two 44’s on the front row, Fred Feger and Dustin Smith. It was the 44R of Dustin Smith who took the early lead with Marcus Dunbar, who had started fourth, moving up to second. Smith led the first two laps, but the second generation racer, Dunbar, took the lead by the end of lap three. Shortly after reaching the half-way point of the feature, Dunbar’s car began to develop a miss and it looked like the writing was on the wall. Dunbar, though, held on until the bitter end, well, almost!
It was during the white flag lap that Brit Bromann, who had started sixth and had been running second, took advantage of the ill-running Dunbar car and made the pass for the win. Gunard Hoogland, who had started ninth and was running third, followed Bromann to take second with Dunbar finishing third. Rounding out the top five were: Jay Wilberding, who had started fifth, in fourth, and Bill Martin, who had started eighth, in fifth.
MX Quad action was once again fast and furious with Cory Beyer, Tim Shore, and Justin Hoag taking the top three spots. The even faster Flat Track Quads saw Kyle Komarek, Travis Matuszewski, and Wayne Eskola taking the top three spots.
Special thanks to Miller Lite for sponsoring the races on July 3, and to Calhoun’ Auto Repair and Towing for the work they do each and every race night at Tomahawk Speedway.
Racing action continues on Friday, July 10, when once again Tomahawk Speedway will present WISSOTA racing in the Midwest Modified and Street Stock Divisions along with the Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Four Cylinder Bandits. Racing starts at 7:00. The track is located just north of Tomahawk on County Road A.
Tomahawk Speedway, Tomahawk, WI
July 3, 2009
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
20-Lap Feature: Jason Zdroik, Matt Leer, Mickey Nosser, Bruce Belland, Jeffery McDonald, Roger Walker, Chat Boettcher, Cody Schmidt, Dennis Mikkelson, John Johnson, Jr., Mark Kralicek
Heat 1: Leer, Schmidt, Walker, McDonald, Kralicek, Johnson, Jr.
Heat 2: Zdroik, Boettcher, Belland, Nosser, Mikkelson
WISSOTA Street Stocks
20-Lap Feature: Cory Casari, John Kallas, Cliff Houle, Matt Troutman, Jeff Hoogland, Bill Froelich, Keith Troutman
Heat: M Troutman, Kallas, K Troutman, Hoogland, Casari, Houle, Froelich
Tomahawk Pure Stocks
15-Lap Feature: Wayne Eskola, Chris Nylund, Joe Wolfe, Ken Schram, Travis Friske, Brian Edward, Dan Melton, Alex Durand, Matt Smith, KJ Fox
Heat 1: Nylund, Melton, Edward, Fox, Smith
Heat 2: Eskola, Wolfe, Schram, Friske, Durnad
Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits
15-Lap Feature: Brit Bromann, Gunard Hoogland, Marcus Dunbar, Jay Wilberding, Bill Martin, Dustin Smith, John Barlowski, Travis Smith, Michael Warga, Fred Feger, Kenny Malcore, Brad Beyer, Kasey Gross, Bobby Sheldon, Jr., Nick Visser, Alyssa Garske
Heat 1: Martin, D Smith, Warga, Bromann, Hoogland, T Smith, Malcore, Beyer
Heat 2: Wilberding, Gross, Dunbar, Feger, Visser, Barlowski, Sheldon, Jr., Garske
Feature: Cory Beyer, Tim Shore, Justin Hoag, Jeff Stricklin, Paul Meyer, Jay Dietzler, Andrew Fish, Jason Liesling, Aaron Ehmann
Flat Track Quads
Feature: Kyle Komarek, Travis Matuszewski, Wayne Eskola, Ben Nelson, Matthew Matuszewski
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