Race recap for Beaver Dam: May 18, 2013
By Nicholas Dettmann
Beaver Dam, Wis.
Mike Kertscher had no hard feelings. Sometimes that's just racing. He left no doubt in Saturday's 30-lap Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Sprint Car "A" main, leading all 30 laps and winning by 3.7 seconds over Bill Balog at Beaver Dam Raceway. It was the IRA's second race of the 2013 season, both at Beaver Dam. In the series' last visit, the Jim Wipperfurth Memorial on April 27, Kertscher lost by 0.009 seconds - or 3 inches - to Balog. Balog, the five-time defending series champion, used a gutsy move in the final turn of the final lap to pass Kertscher who led 22 of the 30 laps. On Saturday night, Kertscher was the one to beat. "You never know; he's a competitor," said Kertscher when asked if he had the last race at Beaver Dam on his mind. "I went hard every single lap." Kertscher added he didn't believe he was owed a victory. "You're never owed anything," he said. "You've got to earn it." That he did. Series rookie and 2012 MSA 360 Sprint Car Series champion Jeremy Schultz finished third for the second straight race. Schultz, a native of Beaver Dam, battled with Balog in the last couple laps, hoping to finish second. "That's the best we could do tonight," Balog said. "That's the way it goes. We'll get them next time. It was a lot of fun. We had a good time." Beaver Dam's Scott Neitzel finished fourth and Tommy Sexton Jr., the fast qualifier for the night, rounded out the top five. In addition to the feature victory, Kertscher won one of the three 10-lap heat races. Balog and Dennis Spitz won the other heat races. The legends, the grand nationals and the modifieds were also in action on a pleasant night for racing. Picking up "A" main feature victories in those divisions were Brandon Schmitt (legend), Don Sorce Jr (grand national) and Joe McGrath (modified). Schmitt, the defending track champion in the legend division, passed Joe Johnson with two laps to go. Schmitt finished third in his first career sport modified start last week. There were five lead changes in the grand nationals feature. For the first half of the 20-lap feature, Tommy Moore put his moniker as "Topside" to good use. He used the high line to move from his sixth-place starting position to the lead on lap four. Moore battled with Daniel Schumacher for the lead early on. Sorce took the lead from Moore with seven laps to go and led the rest of the race for the victory, his first since June 18, 2011. Brian Crapser led the opening lap of the modified "A" main. McGrath took the lead from Crapser on lap six. Then McGrath had to hold off the field with three restarts in the final five laps to pick up the victory, his second feature victory in three races as he won the season finale last season. Matthew Streekstra, Brian Peterson and Eric Barth won the legend heat races. Roger Lee, Sorce and Kenny Richards won the grand national heat races. Brian Crapser, Jeremy Christians and David Jaeger won the modified heat races. RESULTS Heat winners Legends - Matthew Streekstra, Brian Peterson, Eric Barth IRA - Dennis Spitz, Bill Balog, Mike Kertscher Grand national - Roger Lee, Don Sorce Jr, Kenny Richards Modified - Brian Crapser, Jeremy Christians, David Jaeger Feature results IRA - 1, Mike Kertscher; 2, Bill Balog; 3, Jeremy Schultz; 4, Scott Neitzel; 5, Tommy Sexton Jr; 6, Russ Borland; 7, Wayne Modjeski; 8, Scott Uttech; 9, Steve Meyer; 10, Bill Wirth; 11, Lance Fassbender; 12, Matt Vandevere; 13, Phil Mock; 14, Todd King; 15, Jordan Goldesberry; 16, Dave Uttech; 17, Jereme Schroeder; 18, Nick Alden; 19, Kris Spitz; 20, Dennis Spitz; 21, Allen Haffard; 22, Bryon Walters Grand national - 1, Don Sorce Jr; 2, Thomas Moore; 3, Todd Ascherien; 4, Aaron Streblow; 5, Brian Vinney Jr; 6, Daniel Schumacher; 7, Charlie Sancinati; 8, Brad Juckem; 9, Kenny Richards; 10, Nicholas Schumacher; 11, Roger Lee; 12, Ryan Minster; 13, Steven Wirtz; 14, Kodiak Wirtz; 15, Kelly Brown; 16, Will Schumacher; 17, Donald Schumacher; 18, Jay Schaalma; 19, Charles Hummelmeier; 20, Dustin Weiss; 21, Craig Boettcher Legend - 1, Brandon Schmitt; 2, Joe Johnson; 3, Mike Mueller; 4, Brian Peterson; 5, Matthew Streekstra; 6, Kim Clover; 7, Bille Lehmann; 8, James Bucher; 9, Christopher Flick; 10, Joseph Bogiorno; 11, Matthew Erich; 12, Warren Ropp; 13, Austin Weise; 14, Nelson Stewart; 15, Francesca Hoch; 16, Kevin Schultz; 17, Anthony Jagoditsch; 18, Scott Wiegele; 19, Eric Barth; 20, Nathan Chitko; 21, Marlena Boyd Modified - 1, Joe McGrath; 2, Jeremy Christians; 3, Don Scheffler; 4, Andrew Araco; 5, Dave Schoenberger; 6, Ben Godlewski; 7, Noah Schepp; 8, Dustin Smits; 9, Daniel Tafelski; 10, Steve Mueller; 11, Matthew Bedker; 12, Jeffrey Schepp; 13, Nicholas Woods; 14, Dustin Jackson; 15, Will Sorce; 16, Daniel Roedl; 17, Robert Schmid; 18, David Jaeger; 19, Mitchell Weber; 20, Brian Crapser; 21, Matthew Rechek; 22, Eddie Lemay Jr.
The 2013 season has ended. Please check back soon for next years schedule.