5/14/2014 1:58:00 PM Racers get in four features before it rains
While Jason Havel and Mike Truscott were the first drivers to claim a second feature win, Minnesota racer Kevin Burdick took advantage of a leader's flat tire to win the Super Stock feature Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway. Burdick's late charge after leader Curt Myers was sidelined with a flat tire gave the Proctor, Minn., driver his first feature win in Rice Lake. Havel in Pure Stock and Truscott in Midwest Modified both won features on the third night of the season after both were also winners on opening night. In Street Stock action, Sam Fankhauser reached the winners' circle for the first time this season. The Modified feature, the night's last race, was stopped because of rain. It will be made up this Saturday. Myers was making a bid for the Super Stock checkered flag after working hard to get past early leader Nick Oreskovich. But after getting the lead, Myers slowed on the back chute with a flat tire just a lap past the halfway point. Oreskovich inherited the lead, but Burdick was charging on the high side, getting past Bart Steffen before taking the lead from Oreskovich. Burdick moved out to a comfortable lead by the time Jason Forehand, also making a hard charge, passed Oreskovich to claim second place. Steffen finished fourth, and Scott Lawrence came from the 16th starting spot to place fifth. Havel got his second Pure Stock victory by getting past Bob Thompson and C.J. Wagner and then holding off Wagner on the final lap. Wagner tried to make an inside move for the lead on the last turn, but Havel held his spot. While early leader Thompson slipped to seventh place, John Erickson had a solid run to move into third at the end, and Hunter VanGilder came all the way from his 14th starting spot to place fourth.
Tangle helps Truscott Truscott got the Midwest Modified lead and eventual win after the leaders in front of him, Nick Koehler and Tito Viltz, tangled with four laps remaining. Viltz had made a pass for the lead when the lone yellow flag of the 15-lap feature flew for debris on the track, wiping out the move. On the green, Viltz again got beside Koehler as the two charged hard into the turn three, made contact and slowed. Truscott pounced on his opportunity, flying past both Viltz and Koehler, who eventually regained their pace but had to settle for second and third, respectively. Kevin Eder of Ashland and Paul Suzik of Ironwood, Mich., battled most of the race, with the fourth spot going to Eder.
Fankhauser makes late pass The Street Stock feature also changed with four laps remaining when Fankhauser passed Troy Chaplin, only to have the move negated by a yellow flag. Chaplin was restored to the front on the restart, with Fankhauser close behind and a hard-charging Scott Clark in third. When Fankhauser went high, Clark bolted to the low side, sending the cars into the corner three wide. As Chaplin and Clark made contact and struggled for control, Fankhauser blew past both of them for the lead coming out of turn four. Though the yellow flew when Clark's door came off, the lap was scored complete with Fankhauser in the lead. Fankhauser pulled away to the win over the final two laps following the restart. Chaplin held off Clark for second, while previous week's winner Adam Soltis finished ahead of fast-closing Ron Hanestad for fourth.
Modifieds shut down Modified drivers took the track for their feature, but rain picked up right after a first lap spin and the race was stopped. Modified heat winners were Tim McMann, Jesse Glenz and Dave Cain, with Pat Hoffman winning the B feature. Saturday's card includes a full program in all five divisions, plus the postponed Modified feature. Hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. The following Saturday, May 24, added to the regular lineup will be the UMSS winged and traditional nonwinged sprint cars. (This story includes information gathered by The Chronotype and from a report filed by track publicist Ed Reichert.) - - - -