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.: May 12th, 2017 Results:.

Season Opener Brings Sell Out Crowd

By Kevin Bargender

Over 3,000 fans filled Spring Lake Speedway on Friday night as the race track opened its season with seven different series of racing including bus races.

The Midwest Modifieds took the track for the first feature race of the evening. After a caution halfway through the race, Michael Truscott led followed by the #47 of Tad Schoonover, Grant Southworth in #35 and #88 of Chris Flick. Truscott held a commanding lead after the restart and the top three spread out single file. Southworth worked his way up to second place and closed in on Truscott. Truscott would hold on for the win as the field finished. Starting with first: Truscott, Southworth, Schnoover, #61k of Andy Karl and the #7P of Paul Niznik.

The Super Stocks fielded a group of four cars in their feature as Randy Spacek held the pole position and would hold on for the win. Spacek held a commanding lead over the other three drivers as the pack finished with Spacek, #22N Dan Nissalke, #52 Mark Stender and #75 Scott Geiger. #23 Terry Kroening could not make the call.

The Street Stocks were the third feature and provided a thriller for the fans. #12 Cody Kummer got off to a fast start as he took the lead in the initial stages of the races. Kummer was challenged early for the lead by #16x Kyle Genett. Kyle Genett, #16k Karl Genett and #3J Jared Lindner were at one stage of the race, three-wide behind Kummer. The three-wide racing would continue as the pack tracked down Kummer for the lead. The racing went to almost four-wide for the first place as the group engulfed Kummer and Kummer spun coming out of turn four bringing out a caution. Lindner took the lead after the caution and looked to finish with a hard-fought win. Karl Genett closed in on Lindner in the closing laps and the two went side by side coming out of turn four as Lindner took the checkered flag in a near photo finish. The top five finishers, starting with first: Lindner, Karl Genett, Kyle Genett, #21k Mitchell Keson and #27 Parker Anderson. Anderson recovered after a spin into turn two midway through the race to secure a top five finish.

The fastest class of the night, the Modifieds took the track in feature number four as #51 Chris Oertel came away with the season opening victory. Oertel took advantage of leader #56 Nate Thums getting his car loose and on the high side of turn three, leaving the door open for Oertel to pass underneath for first. Oertel took a commanding lead over Thums, #30 Matt Leer, #44 Jared Loos and #1m Curt Myers midway through the feature. The #56 of Thums fell back to fourth as both Leer and Loos passed by late in the race. The top five finishers, starting with first: Oertel, Leer, Loos, Thums and Myers.

Pure Stocks took the track as the day turned to night with a second close battle for the lead at the finish. The #60 of Mike Pratt held the lead for most the race but had some competition towards the end. #10jr Brent Hauge closed the gap in the final laps, going bumper to bumper with Pratt coming out of turn four to the checkered flag. Pratt would hold on for the victory as Hauge's car got loose entering the straight away. The top five finishers, starting with first: Pratt, Hauge, #35 Ken Heser, #8Ball Dustin Heier and #77 Randy Luedtke.

The final regular series of the night, the Hornets provided a lot of hard hitting action as seventeen cars packed the track. After multiple cars swapped positions, the top five were Tyler Raab, Jake Halterman, Jennifer Nitzsche, Brandon Langbecker and Chad Halterman midway through the race. While battling for position, the #13 of Nitzsche collided with a car in traffic and the car slammed into and rode halfway up the back-stretch wall bringing out a caution. Kasey Gross took home the win for the hornets. The top five finishers, starting with first: Gross, Jason Junker, Halterman, Mark Schoone and Kraig James.

One of the main attractions, the bus race featured multiple lead changes and a lot of lap traffic interference. Jared Loos, representing Loyal High School took a commanding lead to start the race ahead of the pack. After being slowed down by lap traffic, Loos would be passed by Troy Kuyoth, Kuyoth representing Stratford High School took a large lead but fell victim to lap traffic as he was slowed and passed by Loos. As laps winded down, Kuyoth fought his way back to re-capture the lead and pull away from Loos in a back and forth victory for Kuyoth. The top three finishers for the bus race, starting with first: Kuyoth, Loos and Jed Moore.