Bakker Takes Cheaters Day Victory; Peters Wins Ethanol Race of Champions
By Shawn Neisteadt
(September 22, 2002-Brandon, SD) Former Cheater's Day Champion, Chad Radel and Micah Schliemann set the pace for the 25 lap Outlaw Sprint Cheater's Day main event. As Schliemann navigated the first set of turns, he lost the handle of his #4H and spun in front of the field. Mark Dobmeier was collected in the incident, but was able to restart. Schliemann was out for the rest of the event.
On the ensuing restart, Radel took the lead ahead of the rest of the field. Justin Henderson fell into the second position, but would have Gregg Bakker take that spot off turn four with one lap completed. The red flag waved with two laps in the books when Clint Garner slammed his #17v into the turn one wall and flipped. Garner was uninjured.
The break in the racing bunched the field up and positions shuffled as the green flag waved. Jake Peters moved by Jaime Moyle for fifth in turn two. On the other end of the track, Bakker passed Radel for the lead. One lap later, Chad Meyer passed Henderson for third place. The leaders ran into slower traffic on lap four. On that same lap, Henderson passed Radel for third. The field was working its sixth lap when Terry McCarl moved into the fourth place when he passed Radel in turn four.
Bakker continued to lead as McCarl continued his charge to the front. On lap 10, Henderson lost third place to McCarl off turn two. Meyer gave up the runner-up position on the nineteenth circuit as McCarl took the position in the second turn.
Bakker held on to claim the victory. "It just feels awesome. I never thought we could do it with a 360. It's Awesome," said Bakker, who picked up his second career Outlaw Sprint feature win, and he did so using a smaller, less horsepower, ASCS type 360 engine. McCarl came from eleventh to second. Third went to Meyer and Henderson crossed the line fourth. Don Droud Jr came from sixteenth to fifth.
Gary DeWall took the early lead of the 360 Sprint Ethanol Race of Champions 18 lap feature. The yellow hanky waved one lap into the race when Steve Ballenger spun in turn four collecting Chuck McGillivray and Chad Meyer. The that restart, Jake Peters, the preliminary feature winner, passed DeWall and the race had a new leader. Lap traffic became an issue for the front runners on the fourth lap. On lap six, Micah Schliemann took second from DeWall. Eight laps had been run when Rob Danielson slowed on the speedway with a flat tire to bring out the caution.
The battle for third heated up on lap 10 when Dusty Ballenger passed DeWall for the position. DeWall would have none of it as he soon reclaimed the spot from Ballenger. That battle continued until the two cars touched as they took the white flag. Dusty Ballenger's car would slide to the infield and DeWall would drive away.
That set the race up for a two lap shootout, but no one would touch Peters as he would go on to take the win. Schliemann was second and DeWall finished third. Clint Garner came from fifteenth to take fourth and Meyer came from sixteenth to take fifth.
Howard Baartman led the first 14 laps of the Short Track Stock Car feature until the cars mishandled in turn two. That led Gary Brown Jr take the lead and check out from the field as the 2002 NMRA National Point Champion would take the win. Baartman held on to second and Darrin Korthals took third. James Taves finished third with JJ Zebell just behind him in fifth.
Rick Vander Weide led all 12 laps of the Sportsmen feature to give him his second Cheater's Day victory. Kip Meyers was second and third place went to Ryan Mulder. After flipping the day before, 15-year-old Grady Meyers crossed the line fourth. Craig Hanisch ran in the second position until blowing the right rear tire on lap 10. Hanisch was able to replace the tire and charged back to fifth.
Tim Dann took the lead of the Hobby Stock feature at the drop of the green and would never look back as he became a two time Cheater's Day champion. Mike McGillivray, the 2002 Lake County Speedway champion, made several attempts at the lead, but settled for second. Justin Selken was third and Scott Barkowski finished fourth. Dave Beman finished fifth.
Clem Egan took the win in the FWD Street Stock feature, leading every lap in doing so. Jeff Hyink was second and Jeremy Fedeler crossed the line third. Jim Pyle took the lead of the Deuces Wild feature on lap five and went on to take the win. Chad Larson led four laps and finished second. Bill Harmon led the first lap and finished third.
410 Outlaw Sprints
Heat #1: 1. 1W Chad Meyer; 2. 57x Jake Peters; 3. 4h Micah Schliemann; 4. 25 Chad Radel; 5. 14R Randy Rosenboom; 6. 55 Don Droud, Jr.; 7. 69 Mike Moore; 8. 101 Chuck McGillivray; 9. 12L John Lambertz; 10. 4k Lynton Jeffrey
Heat #2: 1. R19 Justin Henderson; 2. 11X Gregg Bakker; 3. 17v Clint Garner; 4. 10 Jamie Moyle; 5. 16L Leonard Lee; 6. 24 Terry McCarl; 7. 13 Mark Dobmeier; 8. 16 Gary DeWall; 9. 38 Miles Grein; 10. 29G Ross Schenk
A Feature: 1. 11X Gregg Bakker; 2. 24 Terry McCarl; 3. 1W Chad Meyer; 4. R19 Justin Henderson; 5. 55 Don Droud, Jr.; 6. 57x Jake Peters; 7. 16 Gary DeWall; 8. 25 Chad Radel; 9. 13 Mark Dobmeier; 10. 16L Leonard Lee; 11. 10 Jamie Moyle; 12. 101 Chuck McGillivray; 13. 12L John Lambertz; 14. 14R Randy Rosenboom; 15. 29G Ross Schenk; 16. 69 Mike Moore; 17. 17v Clint Garner; 18. 4k Lynton Jeffrey; 19. 4h Micah Schliemann; 20. 38 Miles Grein
B Feature: 1. 1 Dusty Zomer; 2. 46 Robert Danielson; 3. 40 Clint Garner; 4. 1W Chad Meyer; 5. 7B Brian Bruns; 6. 5L Eric Lutz; 7. 11r Joe Riedel; 8. 0 Jeff Davis; 9. 71r Ryan Anderson
A Feature: 1. 57 Jake Peters; 2. 9 Micah Schliemann; 3. 7 Gary DeWall; 4. 40 Clint Garner; 5. 1W Chad Meyer; 6. 2D Steve Ballenger; 7. 25x Tom Platt; 8. 101 Chuck McGillivray; 9. 55 Lyle Howey III; 10. 21V Brent Vonk; 11. 24 Randy Droescher; 12. R19 Mike Mc Mahan; 13. 5L Eric Lutz; 14. 1 Dusty Zomer; 15. 7B Brian Bruns; 16. 3 Dusty Ballenger; 17. 46 Robert Danielson; 18. 77 Troy Vink
Short Track Stock Cars
A Feature: 1. 22 Gary Brown Jr; 2. 82 Howard Baartman; 3. 11K Darrin Korthals; 4. 11T James Taves; 5. 29Z JJ Zebell; 6. 17 Don Bickett; 7. 69 Scott Freet; 8. 20 Perry Tschetter; 9. 98 Dan Jensen; 10. 3G Daryl Green; 11. 3 Roger Muecke; 12. 97 David Kruger; 13. 17S Kevin Soldatke; 14. 80 Jeff Kroger
Sportsman Stock Cars
A Feature: 1. 6 Rick Vander Weide; 2. 8 Kip Meyers; 3. 00 Gary Mulder; 4. 67 Grady Meyers; 5. 94H Craig Hanisch; 6. 27x Russ Englund; 7. 2 Joseph Hofer; 8. 18Z Don Zeman; 9. 51 Billy Prouty; 10. 3j Jeremiah Jordahl; 11. 17M Mike Grass; 12. c4 Casey Hurney; 13. 5h Moose Schuldt
A Feature: 1. 40 Tim Dann; 2. 15 Mike McGillivray; 3. 111 Justin Selken; 4. 1 Scott Borkowski; 5. y4 David Beman Jr.; 6. 1x Aaron Penning; 7. 9 Andy Wieczorek; 8. 15X Matt Parish; 9. c38 Brett Larsen
Front Wheel Drives
B Feature: 1. 1 Myron Prussman; 2. 20 Travis Christensen; 3. 6K Jack Boatright; 4. 45 Jim Klutman; 5. 21 Josh Bethke
A Feature: 1. 98A Jim Pyle; 2. 8 Chad Larson; 3. 34 Bill Harmon; 4. 74 John Myers; 5. 33 Jeremiah Bethke; 6. 7 Keith Johnson; 7. 27 Jason Schwader; 8. 1X Clint Lantgen; 9. 7x Mark Borkowski; 10. 22 Jeff Claussen; 11. 1 Myron Prussman; 12. 21x Dave Kennedy; 13. 8x Shaun Ryan
A Feature: 1. 98 Clem Egan; 2. 24 Jeff Hyink; 3. 1 Jeremy Fedeler; 4. 38 Brian Heiman; 5. 26T Tara Johnson; 6. 28g Leslie Arnett; 7. 115 Leonard Shugars