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.: June 9th, 2017 Results:.

Oertel Wins Modified Feature on Taco John’s and PK Auto Night

By Kevin Bargender

Unity, WI. June 9—Taco John’s and PK Auto, both of Marshfield, sponsored kid’s night at the races Friday. Drivers packed the track with their cars before the beginning of activities Friday night as children and their parents were welcomed on to the track to get autographs and take pictures with their favorite drivers. After the national anthem, a moment of silence took place for the Kummer family as they lost Kristine in a recent fatal car accident. Drivers and fans of Spring Lake Speedway donated thousands of dollars to the Kummer family to show support and help pay for medical bills. The night was in memory of the Kummer family with raffles, 50/50 drawings, fan and driver donations all going to the family.

Michael Truscott started the night off with a feature win for the Midwest Modifieds.Starting in eighth place, Truscott moved through the pack in the final laps to take the lead and capture the victory. Pole sitter Shane Halopka jumped out to an early lead to kick off the feature as cautions plagued the race early and often. The 10 of Daniel Bargender spun in turn four to bring out the first caution of the night. The 22T of Truscott challenged Halopka early. Halopka took the inside lane while Truscott was comfortable riding the high line around the turns and took the lead from Halopka after three laps of battling. Eric Klemetson got tangled with a few cars and it turned into multiple drivers being involved in a pile up in between turns one and two. The incident brought out the red flag as track staff untangled the wreckage. Grant Southworth made his way from the seventh position to move past Halopka to take second and held on to finish in the runner-up position for a second straight feature race at SLS. Halopka took third, Paul Niznik took fourth, followed by Kent Baxter in fifth.

The Super Stocks provided quite a few lead changes in a feature won by Randy Spacek. The win is Spacek’s third straight at the track this season.
The 1E of Eric Olson took the lead out of the gate and held the lead as Spacek made his way through the pack from the sixth position. A caution came out when Josh Geiger and Cole Hansen got together in turn one and headed into the wall. Both Geiger’s and Hansen’s night was over. Halfway through the race Olson spun his car on the front stretch to bring out a caution but maintained the first position during the yellow flag. After the caution, Spacek moved past the 9 of Adam Soltis to take the runner up position. Spacek took the high side of the track while challenging Olson for first, grabbing the position from Olson and never wavering as he pulled away for the win. The top five beginning with the winner were: Spacek, Olson, Soltis, Terry Kroening and Scott Geiger.

Before the start of their feature, the Street Stocks lined up four wide for pace laps around the track in honor of the Kummer family’s recent loss. Once the race got under way the 12K of Jay Kesan and the 16X of Kyle Genett separated themselves from the pack. Genett kept within a car length of Kesan for most of the race but could not catch the leader as Kesan held on for the win.
The top five starting from the winner were: Kesan, Genett, Kurt Bogdanovic, Jared Lindner and Ralph Stark.

Chris Oertel finished the night in victory lane for the Modified’s for his second feature win of the season at Spring Lake. Paul Niznik started on the pole for the Modified’s and had a strong car Friday night but Oertel’s car proved to be faster as he took the lead from Niznik early on. After a quick caution, the field was double file behind Oertel on the restart. However, the Marshfield native pulled away from the pack with ease.Niznik had company from the 44 of Jared Loos as the two drivers battled for second. Niznik and Loos traded position back and forth before Loos finally took control of the runner up spot for the remainder of the feature. The top five starting with the winner were: Oertel, Loos, Niznik, Steve Lavasseur and Matt Leer.

The pole sitter, Jason Havel, took home the victory in the Pure Stock feature.
Rob Grabon, Mike Pratt and Brandon Hakala jockeyed for positions in the top five in the early stages of the race. The 10 of Brett “Bam Bam” Hauge spun midway through the race and spent most of the feature chasing the leaders as he was sent to the back of the pack for the caution. Hakala and Tucker Quinn charged their way to the front throughout the race and finished second and third. Grabon and Hauge finished out the top five in the fourth and fifth positions.

Casey Gross, the pole sitter, won the Hornet feature as he grabbed his third straight feature victory of the season at SLS. Gross was challenged early by the 33S of Mark Schoone as they were nose to tail racing. Schoone tried riding the high line in the turns but Gross would have none of it as he held the bottom of the track and made his line run faster. The top five starting with the winner were: Gross, Schoone, Jason Junker, Jake Halterman and Jennifer Nitzsche.

Racing returns to Spring Lake Speedway on Friday, June 23 when Winged Sprint cars come to town for a racing special. The night will also feature all regular series including Modifieds, Super Stocks, B-Mods, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks & Hornets. Racing will begin at 7:30 p.m.