BEAVER DAM RACEWAY REPORT: July 26, 2014
By NICHOLAS DETTMANN BEAVER DAM, Wis. - Five drivers came to Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday night hoping for a little extra cash. Only Nick Schultz in the sport modified division was able to pull it off. Schultz swept the weekend, winning the sport modified feature Friday and Saturday to collect an additional $75. Also picking up feature victories Saturday night was Jeff Steenbergern (modified), Todd Ascherien (grand national), Chad Hummelmeier (street stock) and Joe Bongiorno (legends) They spoiled the sweep bid for Dave Schoenberger (modified), Tommy Moore (grand national), Mark Baker (street stock) and Kim Clover (legend). With the doubleheader weekend, Daizy Sweeps offered bonus pay if a driver could sweep the features in his or her division Friday and Saturday. The modifieds and grand nationals would get a $100 bonus, legends $75 and street stocks $50. But it was Schultz who was the only one able to pull it off. To start the evening, a season-high 27 legends cars were in house so the division ran three heat races, with the top five advancing to the "A" main. Bongiorno, Clover and Ethan Ross were the victors in their respective heat races. In the first heat race, the top five were: Bongiorno, Austin Wiese, Mike Mueller, Justin Pearson and Larry Zirbel. In the second heat race, it was Clover, Jim Bucher, Chris Flick, Warren Ropp and Frankie Hoch. In the third heat race, it was Ross, Joel Wyttenbach, Tim Vargo, Johnny Kringas and Cody Apfelbeck. All had their spots locked up for the "A" main later in the evening. A pair of sport modified heats were next, with Jeff Schmuhl and Ryan Besaw taking the checkered flag. Baker, Jason White and Chad Hummelmeier were the winners of the three street stock heat races. Nick Firari, Danny Roedl and Schoenberger were the winners of the three modified heat races. Ascherien and Kenny Richards were the winners of the grand national heat races. In the legends "B", Jason Moser got to the checkered flag less than 24 hours after flipping over during the feature Friday night. The top five advanced from the "B" to the "A" main. After Moser, it was Ryan Mech, Scott Wiegele, Marlena Boyd and Jeff Lechnir to complete the legends' "A" main field. After the intermission, Michael Plate Sr. and Tim Sheppard were on the front row for the 20-lap sport modified "A" main. Schultz started fifth. Plate led the first three laps of the competition. Schultz took over on lap 4, getting a good roll on the restart and shooting past Plate for the top spot. Without a caution for the reminder of the event, Schultz cruised to the victory, his third of the season, and a bonus paycheck. Jon Schultz was second, followed by Besaw, Travis Kleindl and Brandon Schmitt. Street stocks were next for its 20-lap "A" main. Alex Crapser and Doug Draheim made up the front row. Baker, seeking the bonus paycheck, started eighth for the feature. Crapser got the early edge, leading the first six laps. Hummelmeier, who was one of the strongest cars on the track in the division Friday to only have a problem that put him a lap down, took over on lap 6 and was barely challenged. Baker did all he could to run down Hummelmeier, but it was to no avail. Baker went on to finish second, followed Derek Childs, Brandon Riedner and Scott Riedner. For Hummelmeier, it was his first feature triumph of the season. Grand nationals were next to roll trackside for its 20-lap feature event of the evening. Dustin Weiss and Scott Hermersmann were on the front row for the 15-car field. Moore started 10th. Weiss, still seeking career victory No. 1, led the first six laps, before Hermersmann took ahold of the next seven. Ascherien took over the top spot with six laps to go following an exciting battle for the lead. Acherien crossed the stripe first, ahead of Hermersmann, Nick Schumacher, Weiss and Moore. Aaron Streblow had an impressive sixth-place finish after he spun early in the feature and fell back to 13th place. Modifieds were up next. Firari and Roedl were 1-2 at the drop of the green flag, while Schoenberger had his work cut out for him in 12th place on the starting grid. Roedl had the upperhand for 16 laps before Steenbergen, the 2013 sport modified track champion, made the move around Roedl in another exciting battle for the lead to pick up his first modified feature victory of the season, second of his career. Steenbergen also won a grand national feature May 17. Roedl was second, followed by Firari, Jeremy Christians and Eddie Lemay Jr. It was good redemption for Firari as he lost his drive shaft during Friday's "A" main, which ignited a multi-car crash and collected a couple of championship contenders. And Christians, who missed Friday's action, took advantage of another crash for Matt Rechek. Steenbergen was among those collected in Friday's multi-car crash. He said his crew worked hard overnight to get the car ready for Saturday. "I thought I had a car good enough to win yesterday," Steenbergen said in victory lane. The final event of the night was 20 laps for the legends. Bucher and Wiese were on the front row, Clover was 11th on the grid. It was a race that saw five lead changes among three drivers, Wiese, Bongiorno and Ross. Wiese, who won his first career race Friday, winning a legends heat race, led the first two circuits in Saturday's "A" main. Bongiorno took over leads the next nine. Ross assumed the point on lap 13. Bongiorno retook the lead on lap 17, shortly before a caution. On the restart, it was Bongiorno, Ross, Clover, Mueller and Wyttenbach. Just as the green flag flew, Clover's car suddenly stalled. It came to a rest in Turn 1 and a hope of a weekend sweep evaporated in an instant. When the field got back going, Bongiorno got the jump on the restart and went on to the victory, his first of the season after winning twice in 2013. Ross went on to take second, followed by Mueller, Flick and Wyttenbach. The points got an overhaul, especially in the modified division. The top five are separated by just eight points. Brian Crapser in sixth is only 15 points back of leader, Rechek. Moore leads Streblow by 12 points. Nick Schumacher is third, 36 points back. Schmuhl leads a tight battle in the sport modified division. He holds a nine-point edge over Jim Berkevich Jr. Nick Schultz is one point behind Berkevich after winning two features in a row. Scott Riedner and Brandon Riedner got a little separation in the street stock division. They're separated by 11 points, but it 43 points from Scott Riedner to third-place Childs. Mueller held onto his point lead, but lost eight markers off the gap. Bongiorno now trails Mueller by four points. Flick is third, 36 points back, still very much in the thick of the race. Up next at the track is the return of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series. It's June date was rained out, so Phil Mock will look to keep his 2 for 2 streak alive as he won the IRA's visits to the track in April and in May. Joining the IRA cars will be the modifieds, grand nationals and legends. Main gate opens at 4:30 p.m. IRA qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Adult admission is $20. Children age 6-11 is $10, and kids 5 and younger are free. Also, be sure you're here and here early Aug. 9 as it is Fan Appreciation Night at the track.
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