Marvin Panch, Kevin Harvick's Car Chief Races, And Fastrak Late Models At Eagle Valley
by Gene Harmelink
Jim Falls, WI - It was a very busy night at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night, July 12, with racing in all the regular divisions, plus the Fastrak Crate Late Models. In addition it was "Racing for a Reason" night with over $1600.00 raised for cancer research. To top it off, legendary NASCAR driver, Marvin Panch gave the crowd a bit of history about his career and his take on the night's races, during intermission. If that wasn't enough, Scott Naset, Kevin Harvick's Pit Car Chief, drove the #4 Midwest Modified provided by the Rihn and Halopka race teams.
Cory Crapser and Robby Bunkelman were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature in what would prove to be a very exciting and interesting race. Bunkelman was off to an early lead as Crapser, Mike Anderson, who had started third, and Keith Tourville, who had started fourth, battled it out for second. Two early cautions realigned the field with Bunkelman hanging on to the lead and Tourville in second. Kevin Adams, who had started eighth, and Craig Thatcher, who had started fifth, battled it out for third.
By lap 12, Bunkelman had begun to stretch his lead and then a caution occurred as Crapser spun. On the restart there was another caution for a spinning Bryan Nayes. The field again took the green flag with Bunkelman in the lead, but Adams was on the move, passing for the lead as lap thirteen ended. It was during lap fourteen that Adams' and Bunkelman's cars became entangled with Adams being charged with the caution. Once racing resumed, Bunkelman surged away from the field to eventually take the win with Tourville finishing second, Thatcher in third, Anderson in fourth, and Jay Richardson, who had started twelfth, in fifth.
Ryan Olson and Terry Kroening led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green at the start of their feature with Olson taking an early lead, leading the first eight laps. Kroening, though, drove a very fast line and took the lead, leading laps 9 through 13.
It was during what should have been lap 14 that Olson spun in turn four. Once again the green flag dropped and on the restart, Shane Kisling, who had successfully moved up from eighth to second, took the lead and never looked back. Kisling went on to take the win, his eleventh of the year. Darrel Hazelton, who had started sixth, finished second, Mike Keller, who had started fourth, finished third, Paul Erikson, who had started seventh, finished fourth, and Mark Stender, who had started ninth, finished fifth.
WISSOTA Midwest Modified action began with Grant Southworth and Scott Erickson on the front row. Southworth grabbed an early lead, but Mark Gerth, who had started fourth, moved up quickly to snatch the lead by the end of lap two.
Despite two cautions near the mid-point of the race, Gerth was able to hold off challenges by Matt Leer, who had started eighth, Travis Anderson, who had started third, and Shane Halopka, who had started tenth. By race end, it was Gerth picking up his sixth win of the year followed by Leer, Halopka, Anderson, and Erickson.
The WISSOTA Street Stock feature turned out to be a battle of endurance, more than anything else, as the remaining four cars in the division battled it out. Danny Richards and Ron Hanestad were on the front row for the start of the feature with Hanestad taking an immediate commanding lead. As Hanestad drove away from the field the rest of the field was left to fight it out for second with Richards and Cory Crapser, who had started third, putting on an excellent show of side-by-side racing for quite a few laps. In the end, though, Hanestad had motored away from the field to pick up his second Eagle Valley win, with Crapser in second and Richards in third. Gary Jones, who also started, dropped out with eight laps in.
Pure Stock action was again fast and furious with Mitchell Johnson and Rick Weir on the front row. Johnson went for the early lead and led the first three laps of the feature, but Cody Kummer, who had started sixth, had his eye on the prize taking the lead by the end of lap four. Kummer calmly drove away from the field, surviving three restarts for cautions, to take the win. Rounding out the top five were: Mike Harshman, who had started fifth, George Richards, who had started seventh, Simon Wahlstrom, who had started tenth, and Josh Wahlstrom, who had started third.
Shawn Warner and Matt Marvin lined up for the start of the Hornet feature, but it was Mike Peters who proved to be the strength of the division as he motored from seventh to first by the end of lap one. From that point on, it was the Mike Peter's Show as Peters took the win cruising away from the competition to pick up his fourth feature win. Rounding out the top five were: Mark Ryskoski, who had started third, Eric Schultz, who had started eighth, Paul Monpas, who had started fifth, and Bill Niles, who had started tenth.
Justin Hirt and Jeff Curtin led the field to the green for the start of the Fastrak Crate Late Model feature. Curtin would take the early lead with Hirt giving chase as Brett Swedberg, who had started third, and AJ Diemel, who had started sixth, fought it out for third. Curtin would lead the first seventeen laps in a race that would go caution-free.
It was at the completion of lap eighteen that Diemel was able to clear the rest of the field to take the lead with Curtin falling to second. Diemel would go on to win in dominating fashion, with Curtin taking second, Tom Naeyaert, who had started eighth, in third, Dan Wanta, who had started fifth, in fourth, and Joseph Reuter, who had started seventh, in fifth.
Racing resumes on Saturday, July 18, when Eagle Valley hosts a two-day special featuring Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Hornets sponsored by Baxter's Speedshop and Baxter Engines. Also, keep July 26 open on your race calendar when the IRA Outlaw Sprints invade Eagle Valley Speedway. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!
Eagle Valley Speedway
Jim Falls, WI
July 12, 2009
20 Lap Feature: Robby Bunkelman, Keith Tourville, Craig Thatcher, Mike Anderson, Jay Richardson, Steve Hallquist, Aric Lindberg, Bruce Tourville, Cory Crapser, Kevin Adams, Bryan Nayes, John Hazelton, Bryan Hessler
Heat 1: Anderson, Lindberg, Crapser, B Tourville, Hessler, Hazelton, Nayes
Heat 2: K Tourville, Adams, Thatcher, Bunkelman, Hallquist, Richardson
WISSOTA Super Stocks
20 Lap Feature: Shane Kisling, Darrel Hazelton, Mike Keller, Paul Erikson, Mark Stender, Lance Schilling, Terry Kroening, Rick Hallquist, Ryan Olson, Eric Olson, Tommy Richards
Heat 1: Richards, E Olson, Hazelton, Stender, Hallquist
Heat 2: Kisling, Erikson, Keller, Kroening, Schilling
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
15 Lap Feature: Mark Gerth, Matt Leer, Shane Halopka, Travis Anderson, Scott Erickson, Jake Smith, Grant Southworth, Ronnie Rihn, Jesse Glenz, Jeff McDonald, Kyle Johnson, McAdam Kensmoe, Jason Swan, Bob Wood, Nick Koehler, Scott Naset, Justin Supri
Heat 1: Rihn, Gerth, Leer, Erickson, McDonald, Koehler, Naset, Johnson, Smith
Heat 2: Southworth, Glenz, Anderson, Supri, Halopka, Kensmoe, Wood, Swan
WISSOTA Street Stocks
15 Lap Feature: Ron Hanestad, Cory Crapser, Danny Richards, Gary Jones (dnf)
Heat: Crapser, Richards, Hanestad, Jones, Lang (dnf)
Eagle Valley Pure Stocks
12 Lap Feature: Cody Kummer, Mike Harshman, George Richards, Simon Wahlstrom, Josh Wahlstrom, Tony Falkner, Rick Weir, Mitchell Johnson, Jeremy Robinson, Chaz Ducommun,
Heat 1: Richards, Kummer, Weir, Falkner, S Wahlstrom
Heat 2: Harshman, Ducommun, Johnson, J Wahlstrom, Robinson
Eagle Valley Hornets
12 Lap Feature: Mike Peters, Mark Ryskoski, Eric Schultz, Paul Monpas, Bill Niles, Josh Brugge, Bo Verbick, Brandon Davis, Matt Marvin, Dustin LaBlonde, Shawn Warner
Heat 1: Ryskoski, LaBlonde, Brugge, Monpas, Davis, Verbick
Heat 2: Peters, Schultz, Warner, Marvin, Niles, Rocky Kempe
Fastrak Late Models
30 Lap Feature: AJ Diemel, Jeff Curtin, Tom Naeyaert, Dan Wanta, Joe Reuter, Brett Swedberg, Scott Lewis, Justin Hirt, Mike Stangl, Todd Casper, Mike Weisnicht
Heat 1: Reuter, Wanta, Lewis, Hirt, Stangl, Weisnicht
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