By Rob Ristesund
The forty-fifth season of racing at Husets Speedway got under way Sunday night with an evening filled with the excited racing action that the track has become famous for.
Jake Peters topped the evenings action with a thrilling win in the outlaw sprint feature. Peters shot from his pole starting spot into the lead lead at the wave of Doug Clarks green flag and immediately put some distance between him and the rest of the field, which was led by fellow front row starter Gregg Bakker. As Peters maintained his advantage, most eyes were on defending track champion Terry McCarl. McCarl, who was scheduled to start in the third row of the twenty-five lap event, elected to start last when D & G Concrete offered him a bonus of $1000 for first or $500 for second if he chose to start last. Things didnt bode well for McCarl early in the event as the tenth circuit found him running a respectable seventh, but over a half a lap behind the streaking Peters. But then the break McCarl was looking for occurred on that tenth lap when Gary DeWall stopped his machine in the fourth turn, triggering the caution and allowing McCarl to make up a lot of real estate as the cars lined up single file for the restart. When the race resumed, Peters once again pulled away from the field while McCarl methodically worked his way closer to the front, eventually overtaking Bakker for the second spot with five laps to go but still a straightaway behind Peters. It was a distance that McCarl quickly eliminated, as he pulled alongside Peters with just over a lap to go. As the pair approached a slower car on the final lap, it appeared that McCarl was poised for one of his late race charges for the lead and the $1000 bonus that went with it. But tonight Peters was up to the challenge as he fought off McCarl to edge him at the finish for a popular win. Bakker held on to take third while Leonard Lee and Chad Radel rounded out the top five. The race was red-flagged just after the checkered when Jason Wendt clipped the fourth turn wall and flipped. Wendt was shaken but uninjured in the mishap.
Butch Hanssen dominated action in the 360 sprints as he outran the field to take the feature win. Hanssen got by leader Gary Zitterich on the sixth lap of the eighteen lap event and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. Zitterich was battling side-by-side with Clint Garner for second with four laps to go as the pair approached a lapped car. Zitterich and Garner split as they both attempted to pass the car at the same time but Zitterich ran out of room on the high side of turn one, first making contact with the lapped car and then hitting the wall, sidelining him for the rest of the race. The restart saw Hanssen quickly pull away from Garner and roar on to the win. Garner came across the finish second ahead of fifth row starter Donovan Peterson, Terry Karn, and Tim Martens.
The late model stock car feature was all Jeff Kroger as he led wire-to-wire in the sixteen lap event. Kroger lost a sizable lead when the yellow flew with six laps to go, but was able to pull away from the field once again on the restart. Doug Olivier chased Kroger the entire distance to take second, while a wild battle for third saw several cars make contact just before the finish and it was Dale Furby leading Gary Brown and Todd Sterzinger across for the show position. Perry Tschetter ran third most of the race but took a hard lick into the wall in that battle and ended up ninth.
Heat #1: 1) 4 Kenny Hansen; 2) 3 Dennis Moore, Jr.; 3) 16W Jason Wendt; 4) 16L Leonard Lee; 5) 57 Jake Peters
Heat #2: 1) 11X Gregg Bakker; 2) 5X Terry McCarl; 3) 16 Gary DeWall; 4) 4W Matt Wasmund; 5) 25 Chad Radel
A Feature: 1) 57 Jake Peters; 2) 5X Terry McCarl; 3) 11X Gregg Bakker; 4) 16L Leonard Lee; 5) 25 Chad Radel; 6) 6 Marlon Jones; 7) 3 Dennis Moore, Jr.; 7) 9M Micah Schliemann; 8) 4W Matt Wasmind; 9) 56 Gerald Cressman; 10) 16W Jason Wendt
Heat #1: 1) 17 Lee Goos; 2) 29 Gary Zitterich; 3) 8 Butch Hanssen; 4) 2 Mike Ellingson; 5) 23 Steve Haman
Heat #2: 1) 40 Clint Garner; 2) 10 Jeremy Kasten; 3) 3 Tim Martens; 4) 24M John Miller; 5) 31M Kim Muntefering
Heat #3: 1) 47 Brett Stegenga; 2) 11XS Donovan Peterson; 3) 24 Randy Droescher; 4) 18 Gary Johnson; 5) 14 Daron McCart
Heat #4: 1) 7 Terry Karn; 2) 1 Scott Fokken; 3) 101 Chuck McGillivray; 4) 1W Chad Meyer; 5) 3B Buck Wilson
B Feature: 1) R19 Dean Brown; 2) 23 Steve Haman; 3) 31M Kim Muntefering; 4) 51 Doug Martens
A Feature: 1) 8 Butch Hanssen; 2) 40 Clint Garner; 3) 11XS Donovan Peterson; 4) 7 Terry Karn; 5) 3 Tim Martens; 6) 1W Chad Meyer; 7) 10 Jeremy Kasten; 8) 1 Scott Fokken; 9) 24M John Miller; 10) 18 Gary Johnson; 11) 101 Chuck McGillivray; 12) 23 Steve Haman; 13) 2 Mike Ellingson
Late Model Stock Cars
Heat #1: 1) 80 Jeff Kroger; 2) 20 Perry Tschetter; 3) 98 Dan Jensen; 4) 18 Doug Olivier; 5) 85 Rob Anderson
Heat #2: 1) 56 Todd Sterzinger; 2) 34 Dale Furby; 3) 20X David Kruger; 4) 22 Gary Brown, Jr.; 5) 6 Rick VanderWeide
Heat #3: 1) 1X Kelly Harmelink; 2) 9 Brad Wollman; 3) 17 Don Bickett; 4) 71 Dave Olivier; 5) 3 Roger Muecke
A Feature: 1) 80 Jeff Kroger; 2) 18 Doug Olivier; 3) 34 Dale Furby; 4) 22 Gary Brown, Jr.; 5) 56 Todd Sterzinger; 6) 1X Kelly Harmelink; 7) 17 Don Bickett; 8) 9 Brad Wollman; 9) 20 Perry Tschetter; 10) 98 Dan Jensen; 11) 85 Rob Anderson; 12) 17G Gus Clark; 13) 71 Dave Olivier; 14) 3 Roger Muecke; 15) 23 Jeff Machovsky