By Rob Ristesund
MIDTOWN SERTOMA CHARITY RACES
Veteran driver Doug Martens outran the field to win the 360 sprint feature at the annual Midtown Sertoma charity races Wednesday night at Husets Speedway. Martens grabbed the lead on lap nine of the 18-lap event and then survived a number of restarts the final half of the race to post his first win at the track in six years. Three red flags and two cautions slowed the races pace the final nine laps and sent a number of cars to the infield on the hook. Those suffering sufficient damage to put them out of the race were Micah Schliemann, Terry Reilly, Bob Gilliland, Dusty Ballenger, Randy Droescher and Justin Saathoff. Ballenger, Droescher and Lee Goos were victims of tip-overs while Goos was able to rejoin the race. In spite of the cautions, Martens wasnt seriously challenged for the lead the final stages of the race and took the win ahead of John Miller, Troy Vink, Justin Henderson, Mike Ellingson and Steve Haman.
Todd Sterzinger led from wire-to-wire to win his first late model stock car feature of the year. Sterzinger took the win six car lengths ahead of 11th-place starter Brad Wollman, while Jim Baartman was third followed by Doug Olivier and 17th-place starter Ray Sveeggen.
Matt Steuerwald took the lead with three laps to go when leaders Jerry Groenwold and Russ Pterson tangled and went on to take the sportsmen feature win. Peterson recovered to take second followed by Rick Vander Weide, Moose Schuldt and Randy Vander Weide.
Clint Potter took the lead at the start and then held off a fierce challenge by Darwin Klaassen to win the hobby stock feature. Jeremy Smith was third while Laura Mulder took fourth.
"7-UP/Lewis/Pepsi" 360 Sprints
Heat #1: 1. 2D Dusty Ballenger; 2. 11XS Justin Saathoff; 3. 2 Mike Ellingson; 4. 9 Micah Schliemann; 5. 47A Brad Nelson; 6. 17 Lee Goos, Jr.
Heat #2: 1. 77 Troy Vink; 2. 24 Randy Droescher; 3. 51 Doug Martens; 4. 48 Gordy Vogelaar; 5. R19 Mike McMann; 6. 55 Lyle Howey, III.
Heat #3: 1. 23 Steve Haman; 2. 24M John Miller; 3. 10 Bob Gilliland; 4. 83 Justin Henserson; 5. 3TW Terry Reilly; DNS - 2K Kevin Ingle.
A Feature: 1. 51 Doug Martens; 2. 24M John Miller; 3. 77 Troy Vink; 4. 83 Justin Henserson; 5. 2 Mike Ellingson; 6. 23 Steve Haman; 7. 17 Lee Goos, Jr.; 8. R19 Mike McMann; 9. 11XS Justin Saathoff (DNF); 10. 24 Randy Droescher (DNF); 11. 2D Dusty Ballenger (DNF); 12. 48 Gordy Vogelaar (DNF); 13. 55 Lyle Howey, III (DNF); 14. 47A Brad Nelson (DNF); 15. 10 Bob Gilliland (DNF); 16. 9 Micah Schliemann (DNF); 17. 3TW Terry Reilly; DNS - 2K Kevin Ingle.
Late Model Stock Cars
First Heat: 1. Kent Plimpton, Lennox; 2. J.J. Zebell, Parker; 3. Howard Baartman, Sioux Falls; 4. Doug Olivier, Garretson.
Second Heat: 1. Dave Olivier, Sioux Falls; 2. Todd Sterzinger, Colman; 3. Lee Schlumbohm, Garretson; 4. Brad Wollman, Bridgewater.
Third Heat: 1. Gus Clark, Sioux Falls; 2. Jim Baartman, Sioux Falls; 3. Perry Tschetter, Bridgewater; 4. Ray Feltman, Brandon.
Feature: 1. Sterzinger; 2. Wollman; 3. Jim Baartman; 4. Doug Olivier; 5. Ray Sveeggen, Beresford; 6. Dale Furby, Sioux Falls; 7. Gary Brown, Jr., Winner; 8. Clark; 9. Tschetter; 10. Rick Eich, Colman; 11. Howard Baartman.
Sportsman Stock Cars
First Heat: 1. Matt Steuerwald, Madison; 2. Jerry Gronewold, Worthington, Minn.; 3. Rick Goth, Madison.
Second Heat: 1. Russ Peterson, Sioux Falls; 2. Daryl Reverts, Sioux Falls; 3. Larry Kracht, Magnolia, Minn.; 4. Kevin Konda, Marion.
Third Heat: .1 Brad Klaassen, Adrian, Minn.; 2. Rick Vander Weide, Sioux Falls; 3. Moose Schuldt, Sioux Falls; 4. Randy Vander Weide, Sioux Center, Iowa.
Feature: 1. Steuerwald; 2. Peterson; 3. Rick Vander Weide; 4. Schuldt; 5. Randy Vander Weide; 6. Goth; 7. Konda; 8. Russ Englund, Hartford; 9. Glen Krejci, Canton.
IMCA Hobby Stock Cars
First Heat: 1. Jeremy Smith, Wilmont, Minn.; 2. Andy Ullom, Madison; 3. Craig Smith, Sioux Falls; 4. Joe Fitzpatrick, Sioux Falls.
Second Heat: 1. Darwin Klaassen, Little Rock, Iowa; 2. Shawn Jurrens, Little Rock, Iowa; 3. Mike Kiggins, Tea; 4. Clint Potter, Sioux Falls.
Third Heat: 1. Laura Mulder, Sioux Center, Iowa; 2. Tim Dann, Lennox; 3. Dan Doyle, Flandreau; 4. Lynn Nilsson, Nunda.
Feature: 1. Potter; 2. Klaassen; 3. Jeremy Smith; 4. Mulder; 5. Dann; 6. Ryan Van Emmerick, Salem; 7. Ullom; 8. Kiggins; 9. Nilsson; 10. Ryan Bickett, Ramona; 11. Craig Smith; 12. Doyle.