Race Results
July 4, 1999

By Rob Ristesund

The fireworks display following the Fourth of July racing program at Huset’s Speedway was large and spectacular, but it had nothing on the wild outlaw sprint feature that preceded it just moments before.

When Doug Clark’s double checkereds flew, it was local driver Chad Radel taking the popular win, his first feature victory at the track in nearly three years. The twenty-five lap race got off to a rough start when a multi-car crash occurred just before the flagstand, sending a number of cars spinning and flipping. Some cars were able to be repaired to restart the event, but the machines of fast-timer Kenny Hansen, Gary DeWall and Scott Young (subbing for absent point-leader Terry McCarl). all sustained extensive damage and were unable to continue. On the restart, it was pole-sitter Radel jumping to the early lead ahead of fellow front row starter Gregg Bakker, with “Mr. Excitement”, Leonard Lee, close behind. Radel stretched his lead to a somewhat comfortable margin until lapped traffic on the sixth circuit allowed Bakker and Lee to close in. Radel managed to hang on to the point as the trio worked their way through the cars through the middle stages of the race before Lee made a slick move with seven laps to go pass Bakker on the high side and then shot low to overtake Radel for the lead. A red flag moments later when Jake Peters hit the turn two wall negated Lee’s pass of Radel and put Lee in the second spot on the restart. Peters was uninjured in the incident but it marked the first time this season that he would finish the feature outside of the top five. With the high side being the fastest way around the high-banked 3/8 mile oval, Lee chased Radel the next several laps, eventually sliding in front of him momentarily for the lead with four laps to go, but losing it just as quickly as Radel shot back under him to regain the point. Lee made a final desparation pass as the pair flew down the backstretch on the final lap and the two cars banged wheels, sending Lee spinning to the bottom of the track while Radel roared on to the win. Lee’s spin let Bakker by to take the runner-up spot, while Wade Nygaard, John Lambertz (in his best finish ever at the track) and Jason Wendt rounded out the top five.

Darron McCart scored his first feature victory ever at the track as the topped the eighteen car field in the Pam Oil/Valvoline/AC Delco/Lewis Drug/Pepsi 360 sprint feature. McCart led the entire way and held off a fierce challenge by defending point champion Terry Karn late in the race to hold on to the win. Randy Nygaard finished third ahead of Chuck McGillivray (who came from seventeenth) and Kim Muntefering. The points battle tightened up a great deal as the top four in points all failed to be around at the finish. Butch Hanssen, Chad Meyer and Jeremy Kasten all suffered mechanical problems while Clint Garner failed by one position to transfer out of the “B” feature.

After coming up just a half a lap short of his first feature win ever at the track last week, Wayne Kruger got the job done this week as he took the Brandon Valley Insurance late model stock car feature win. Kruger led the entire eighteen lap event but actually triggered a caution on the fourth lap when he spun in turn four. Officials ruled that Kruger had some “assistance” in his spin from Kelly Harmelink, who was challenging for the lead at the time, and gave the restart lead back to Kruger while Harmelink was sent to the rear of the field. Kruger then held the point the remainder of the race, although Todd Sterzinger moved up to pressure the second-generation driver late in the race. Besides being Kruger’s first win ever, Sterzingers second place run was also his best finish as was Kent Plimpton’s third place finish.

 

Outlaw Sprints

Qualifications: 1) 4 Kenny Hansen, 11.531; 2) 5 Scott Young, 11.643; 3) 16L Leonard Lee, 11.655; 4) 57 Jake Peters, 11.705; 5) 56 Gerald Cressman, 11.848; 6) 12L John Lambertz, 11.869; 7) 11X Gregg Bakker, 11.888; 8) 25 Chad Radel, 11.901; 9) 3 Dave Ekern, 12.045; 10) 9 Wade Nygaard, 12.097; 11) 9M Micah Schliemann, 12.177; 12) 16 Gary DeWall, 12.217; 13) 16W Jason Wendt, 12.223; 14) 14R Randy Rosenboom, 12.496; 15) 71 Ryan Anderson, 12.672; 16) 55 Lyle Howey III, 12.699; 17) 1Y Russ Hall, 15.492

Heat #1: 1) 9M Micah Schliemann; 2) 16L Leonard Lee; 3) 16W Jason Wendt; 4) 11x Gregg Bakker; 5) 4 Kenny Hansen; 6) 56 Gerald Cressman; 7) 3 Dave Ekern; 8) 71 Ryan Anderson; 9) 1Y Russ Hall

Heat #2: 1) 16 Gary DeWall; 2) 9 Wade Nygaard; 3) 25 Chad Radel; 4) 12L John Lambertz; 5) 5 Scott Young; 6) 57 Jake Peters; 7) 14R Randy Rosenboom; 8) 55 Lyle Howey, III

A Feature: 1) 25 Chad Radel; 2) 11x Gregg Bakker; 3) 9 Wade Nygaard; 4) 12L John Lambertz; 5) 16W Jason Wendt; 6) 9M Micah Schliemann; 7) 16L Leonard Lee; 8) 56 Gerald Cressman; 9) 14R Randy Rosenboom; 10) 71 Ryan Anderson; 11) 55 Lyle Howey, III; 12) 57 Jake Peters (DNF); 13) 3 Dave Ekern (DNF); 14) 1Y Russ Hall (DNF); 15) 16 Gary DeWall (DNF); 16) 5 Scott Young (DNF); 17) 4 Kenny Hansen(DNF)

360 Sprints

Heat #1: 1) 47N Brad Nelson; 2) 1 Scott Fokken; 3) 3B Randy Nygaard; 4) 10 Jeremy Kasten; 5) 11 Bob Gilliand; 6) 4D Mark Duffy

Heat #2: 1) 31M Kim Munteferring; 2) 24 Randy Droescher; 3) 1W Chad Meyer; 4) 93 Chris Wasmund; 5) 24M John Miller; 6) 47 Brett Stegenga; 7) 48 Gordy Vogelaar

Heat #3: 1) 18 Gary Johnson; 2) 8 Butch Hanssen; 3) R19 Dean Brown; 4) 2 Mike Ellingson; 5) 101 Chuck McGillivray; 6) 77 Troy Vink; 7) 1K Mark Slendy

Heat #4: 1) 7 Terry Karn; 2) 14 Daron McCart; 3) 11XS Donovan Peterson; 4) 21 Brent Vonk (DNF); 5) 40 Clint Garner (DNF); 6) 23 Steve Haman (DNF);

First B Feature: 1) 2 Mike Ellingson; 2) 10 Jeremy Kasten; 3) 101 Chuck McGillivray; 4) 47 Brett Stegenga; 5) 11 Bob Gilliand; 6) 48 Gordy Vogelaar; 7) 17 Lee Goos, Jr.

Second B Feature: 1) 24M John Miller; 2) 93 Chris Wasmund; 3) 77 Troy Vink; 4) 40 Clint Garner;

A Feature: 1) 14 Daron McCart; 2) 7 Terry Karn; 3) 3B Randy Nygaard; 4) 101 Chuck McGillivray; 5) 31M Kim Munteferring; 6) 47N Brad Nelson; 7) 77 Troy Vink; 8) 18 Gary Johnson; 9) 1 Scott Fokken; 10) 24 Randy Droescher; 11) 24M John Miller; 12) 2 Mike Ellingson (DNF); 13) 8 Butch Hanssen (DNF); 14) 11XS Donovan Peterson (DNF); 15) R19 Dean Brown (DNF); 16) 1W Chad Meyer (DNF); 17) 10 Jeremy Kasten (DNF); 18) 93 Chris Wasmund (DNF)

Late Model Stock Cars

Heat #1: 1) 1X Kelly Harmelink; 2) 56 Todd Sterzinger; 3) 9 Brad Wollman; 4) 15 Pete Kracht; 5) 98 Dan Jensen; 6) 23 Jeff Machovsky; 7) 69 Scott Freet (DNF)

Heat #2: 1) 20X Wayne Kruger; 2) 17 Don Bickett; 3) 34 Dale Furby; 4) 19 Kent Plimpton; 5) 71 Dave Olivier; 6) 17G Jeff Whitrock

Heat #3: 1) 18 Doug Olivier; 2) 80 Jeff Kroger; 3) 85 Rob Anderson; 4) 7E Jeff Mott; 5) 3 Roger Muecke

A Feature: 1) 20X Wayne Kruger; 2) 56 Todd Sterzinger; 3) 19 Kent Plimpton; 4) 85 Rob Anderson; 5) 98 Dan Jensen; 6) 18 Doug Olivier; 7) 17 Don Bickett; 8) 9 Brad Wollman; 9) 1X Kelly Harmelink; 10) 15 Pete Kracht; 11) 80 Jeff Kroger; 12) 3 Roger Muecke; 13) 17G Jeff Whitrock; 14) 34 Dale Furby

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