Brooke Tatnell wins again. He has five starts in UMSS this year and has won all five times. His consistency with the UMSS is just unbelievable.
Davey Heskin was fast all night and finished second, but benefitted from mechanical problems that befell Jared Goerges who was solidly in second place when he left the race with a handful of laps left. Tough luck for Goerges, he was running as well as I have ever seen him run and had second wrapped up. I didn’t get a chance to get into the pits afterward, so I am not sure what the problem was, perhaps someone can let us know on the Board.
Ryan Bowers had his second third place finish in a row.
Tony Norem was fast, diving down low, banging off the wall, jumping the cushion. You name it, his car was there. I was worried that he was going to wad it up, but man did he make some great saves. He was all over Rick Kobs for many laps trying everyway possible to get by. Kobs held him off to finish fourth, Norem fifth.
Anna Kouba had a strong run ending up sixth and Jennifer Erickson was right behind her. Jennifer also won her heat tonight.
I believe there were two caution flags in the feature, both on the same lap (one on the restart).
17 cars in attendance tonight, but Jamie Ogston scratched right out of the gate. 16 cars started the feature and 11 finished.
Chad Patterson had solid third place finishes in both his heat and challenge race. Chad, sorry, I didn’t make it into the pits. I planned to, but the bow of my glasses broke during the races and I was a little hesitant to walk around with my glasses hanging on my head by one bow. I didn’t want to be that guy.
Great race from the traditional sprinters again. For the second race in a row, the 25 lap feature went caution free. For several laps in the middle of the race, Mueller, Schaefer, and Caho put on a three car show battling for the lead. Eventually Caho won the battle and then pulled away. Johnny Parsons III caught up and the three way battle continued, but for second. Mueller hung on, Schaefer third, and Parsons fourth. Good battles took place throughout the field. 15 cars were in attendance, all 15 started the feature, 13 finished, 12 on the lead lap. I have seen two impressive races in a row by the traditional sprinters.
It was good to see Greg Gunderson win the micro feature. Greg, as many know, was a regular on in the 360 sprint cars, but haven’t seen him on the track for a couple of years. I had no idea he was driving a micro. I haven’t seen many micro races, but am amazed at how fast the little buggers are. Gunderson wheeled that thing around like he was back in a sprint car weaving in and out, wherever there was an open space. Excellent driving performance. He gets the award for the most "cheesy" trophy presentation I have ever seen (literally). Before walking out from behind his car, he donned an Aaron Rodgers Packer jersey and put a cheese-head on his head. Very creative!! I am assuming Greg still lives in Sioux Falls, if so, it is quite a drive to SCVR.
The Future 4 feature was wild. Damion Roberts and T.J. Christensen got together racing for the lead, both cars just about wrecked, but hung on, but both of them were passed by Steven Johnson who got the win. It looked like Roberts shook a fist or finger at Christenson as they came down the front stretch, which was followed up by Christenson running into Roberts a few times after the race was over. The two drove side-by-side discussing the whole thing on the cool down lap.
Ryan Olson won the Midwest mod feature which had five cautions and lost four of the 13 starters before the night was over.
If you are looking for another opportunity to see both the winged and traditional sprints, get to Cedar Lake Saturday night for round two. These two groups are putting on good shows.