Race Results
July 20, 2006

Shryock Wins Another as USMTS Invades Huset’s Speedway

By Heather Riffel

(July 20, 2006-Brandon, SD) The Thursday Thriller held a special night at Huset’s with the O’Reilly’s United States Modified Touring Series racing for the very first time at this prestigious speedway. Kelly Shryock continued his winning ways by winning his 21st race of the season out of 35 races that have been run. In other racing action Jesse Ebbesen picked up his first win at Huset’s in the Factory Stock division. David Krueger, who just turned 60, was able to score his first win of the season in the Sportsmen division. Jared Nytroe continued his winning streak in Hobby Stocks with his third win of the season. Michael Fogelman picked up his first trophy ever at Huset’s in the B-Modified feature.

The main event of the night was the 40 lap USMTS feature. The fans got their money’s worth with the close racing and the spectacle that the USMTS puts on every night that they race. Dean Mahlstedt was the early race leader. He was able to hold onto the lead for seven laps. During those seven laps Kelly Shryock was able to move from his fifth starting position to take the lead on lap eight. After twelve laps the caution came out for Al Hejna. On the restart there was no one challenging Shryock. Zach VanderBeek entered the top 5 on lap 14 and continued to move his way forward. After starting in the 13th position, he ended up finishing in the fourth position. The other big mover of the night was Jon Tesch who started in the 16th position. He entered the top 5 on lap thirteen. He was up to second by lap 17 and he battled back and forth with Mahlstedt. He was able to secure the second position on lap 30. When it was all over with Shryock took home the trophy. Tesch finished in second while Mahlstedt came in third. VanderBeek finished in fourth while Tommy Myer rounded out the top five.

Clint Potter started on the outside pole of the USRA B-Modified feature. He was able to lead the first lap until Michael Fogelman got around him and led the remainder of the feature. Andy Hofmeyer was moving his way to the front battling with Matt Letton for second. On lap nine Hofmeyer got loose in the corner and slide all the way back to the fifth position. Letton moved up to battle Fogelman for the race lead in the final laps but Fogelman was able to hold him off. At the line it was Fogelman in first followed by Letton in second. Jeremy Smith came in third while Potter ended up in fourth. Hofmeyer rounded out the top five.

Jared Nytroe started on the outside of the front row in the Hobby Stock feature and he was able to lead all 10 laps and pick up yet another win at Huset’s after winning last Sunday night. Getting the win was not easy though. He battled with Chad Graves and Shane Klaassen for the race lead. On lap five the caution came out when Graves got sideways in turn one. After that caution only Klaassen challenged for the lead. Nytroe was able to hold him off. Only three cars were running at the finish. They were Nytroe in first, Klaassen in second, and Graves in third.

The Sportsmen feature was one of the most exciting of the night. There were three different leaders in this 10 lap event. Brad Winesburg started in the third position but was able to lead the first two laps. Battling for the lead with Winesburg were both Nick Abraham and Steve Eliason. Eliason took the lead on lap three. Behind Eliason, Greg Roemen and David Krueger were battling for the second position. There was a late race caution for Winesburg that set up a green-white-checkered finish. Coming to the checkered, Eliason, Krueger, and Roemen were three-wide for the win. Krueger was able to edge the other two and take home the prize. Roemen came in second while Eliason finished in third. Abraham took the fourth spot and Winesburg finished in fifth. Krueger was substituting for Pete Kracht.

The Factory Stock feature got off to a rough start with two cautions before one lap was completed. The first caution was a false start by Travis Christensen. The second caution involved Dusty VanderBrink and Mitch Van Engen. After reworking the lineup Larry Buckneberg started on the pole and led the first lap. Jim Klutman was able to get around the Buckneberg on the second lap. On lap six Jesse Ebbesen had taken the lead from Klutman and then Klutman knocked Ebbesen into the wall in turn three. The caution came out right after that for Greg Pettersen. On the restart Ebbesen was able to get around and clear Klutman. Ebbesen held on to bring home the victory. Greg Vande Velde overtook Klutman on the last lap for the second spot. Travis Christensen was the last car running in fourth.

 

USMTS Modifieds

High line carries Shryock to Huset's Speedway victory, Western Region title

By: USMTS (www.usmts.com)

BRANDON, S.D. - (July 20, 2006) - The debut of the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series at the historic Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., Thursday night saw a large field featuring the toughest Modified teams in the country. The perfectly-prepared racetrack provided some great two- and three-wide racing throughout the evening for the hearty fans in attendance.

Clear Lake, Iowa's Dean Mahlstedt started fourth, but “The Bullet” maneuvered his machine around front row starters Roger Nielsen and Tommy Myer to lead the first lap of the 40-lap Holley “A” Main.

While Mahlstedt worked the low side of the high-banked oval to pace the first seven laps, seven-time defending O’Reilly USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa, was chewing away at the cushion on the high side of the track. Shryock reeled in Mahlstedt, then captured the lead on lap 8. Despite three cautions and a slew of maneuvering behind him, Shryock was able to maintain the top spot to the finish to collect his 21st win of the season and pocket the $2,000 top prize.

Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D., also used the high line to his advantage as he powered from the 16th starting spot to take second at the finish line. Passing 14 cars earned Tesch the Olympic Fire Protection Hard Charger honors.

Mahlstedt hung on to take home third-place money, with Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, fourth and Blooming Prairie, Minn.'s Myer rounding out the top five finishers.

Following Shryock's sixth straight victory, two sponsors emerged to offer an incentive to any driver that can stop the Skyrocket steamroller. Borco Motorsports has offered $100 for the remaining races of the season to any driver that can win and beat Shryock. Yeager Machine will award $250 to any nationally-licensed O’Reilly USMTS driver (there are 88 of them) that can pick up their first main event win of 2006 (there are 80 drivers eligible).

The first-ever race at Huset's Speedway also signaled the completion of the events in the Western Region. Shryock added an additional $2,000 to his season-long earnings by capturing the Western Region title, and joined 10 other drivers as the first competitors to qualify into ‘The Hunt’ for the O’Reilly National Championship.

‘The Hunt’ will be comprised of the final 20 races of the season. The O’Reilly USMTS points system will be used at all regional events, with the top-10 in the final standings for each of the four regions earning 10 points for first place, 9 points for second and so forth, descending to 1 point for tenth place in the region. Each driver who competed at all events within a region will also earn 5 bonus points. The total points earned for all regions will serve as the base points that each driver will start with in ‘The Hunt’ for the O’Reilly National Championship. The normal O’Reilly USMTS points system is then used during ‘The Hunt’ to determine the 2006 O’Reilly USMTS National Champion. Any driver finishing among the top-10 in the final points standings in one or more regions, as well as any driver with perfect attendance in any region, will qualify to be in ‘The Hunt’ and thereby earn a legitimate shot at becoming the 2006 O’Reilly USMTS National Champion.

The drivers that have qualified for ‘The Hunt’ are: Kelly Shryock (15 pts.), John Tesch (14), Tommy Myer (13), Ryan Ruter (12), Brad McEwan (10), Al Hejna (9), Zack VanderBeek (8), Mark Noble (6), Jay Poidinger (6), Mike Lineberry (5) and Dean Mahlstedt (2).

Four straight nights of O’Reilly USMTS action wraps up tomorrow (Friday, July 21) with the 5th Annual Gopher Summer Challenge at the Murray County Speedway in Slayton, Minn., and the final points race in the Reich Concrete/Yeager Machine Northeast Region. Due to the cancellation of the July 28-29 event at the Batesville (Ark.) Speedway, the rugged road warriors are off duty until Tuesday, Aug. 1, for the 2nd Annual Hawkeye Classic at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa.

For more information, or to learn more about the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series, call (515) 832-7944 or visit www.USMTS.com online.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series
Inaugural Event
Huset's Speedway, Brandon, S.D.
Thursday, July 20, 2006

Showing finishing position, car number, driver, hometown and starting position in parentheses. The top 12 drivers in Home Pride Passing Points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the Holley “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

ISKY RACING CAMS HEAT #1 (10 laps):
1. 3 - Kelly Shryock -- Fertile, IA (2)
2. 65 - Tommy Myer -- Blooming Prairie, MN (3)
3. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (1)
4. 10 - Mike Steensma -- Luverne, MN (8)
5. 17 - Garry Oskerson -- Fairmont, MN (4)
6. 23 - Matt Gilbertson -- Montevideo, MN (9)
7. 49x - Jay Poidinger -- Somerset, WI (7)
8. 21L - Jim Larson -- Rushmore, MN (6)
9. 35x - Jeff Berens -- Dakota Dunes, SD (5)

HEAT #2 (10 laps):
1. 02 - Tommy Weder Jr. -- Woodward, OK (3)
2. 9 - Roger Nielsen -- Estherville, IA (5)
3. 19 - Marlin Kracht -- Luverne, MN (9)
4. 54 - Ted Anderson -- Springfield, MN (7)
5. 1z - Kelly Harmelink -- Brookings, SD (8)
6. 82 - Howard Baartman -- Sioux Falls, SD (2)
7. 17s - Mike Spaulding -- Bemidji, MN (6) DNF
8. m80 - Jim Mathieson -- Sioux City, IA (1) DNF
9. 7 - Al Hejna -- Clear Lake, IA (4) DQ (underweight)

HEAT #3 (10 laps):
1. 26 - Brad McEwan -- Storm Lake, IA (2)
2. 21m - Dean Mahlstedt -- Clear Lake, IA (7)
3. 48 - Bob Moore -- Sioux City, IA (1)
4. 14j - Jake Neal -- Omaha, NE (6)
5. 86 - Willy Kraft -- Lakefield, MN (4)
6. 555 - Ryan Ruter -- Forest City, IA (8)
7. 11c - Chris Prussman -- Brookings, SD (5)
8. 72 - Mike Lineberry -- Fontanelle, NE (3)

HEAT #4 (10 laps):
1. 7k - Jason Krohn -- Slayton, MN (2)
2. 7 - Eric Dailey -- Armstrong, IA (3)
3. 98 - Josh Reisch -- Luverne, MN (1)
4. 1s - John Klynsma -- Hospers, IA (7)
5. 28 - Brent Pospisil -- Worthington, MN (4)
6. 7t - Jim Gregoire -- Lake Benton, MN (8)
7. 21x - Larry Kracht -- Magnolia, MN (6) DNF
8. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (5) DNF

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 5 advance):
1. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (1)
2. 98 - Josh Reisch -- Luverne, MN (2)
3. 49x - Jay Poidinger -- Somerset, WI (7)
4. 28 - Brent Pospisil -- Worthington, MN (5)
5. 72 - Mike Lineberry -- Fontanelle, NE (10)
6. 35x - Jeff Berens -- Dakota Dunes, SD (11)
7. 11c - Chris Prussman -- Brookings, SD (8)
8. 21L - Jim Larson -- Rushmore, MN (9)
9. 7t - Jim Gregoire -- Lake Benton, MN (6)
10. 1z - Kelly Harmelink -- Brookings, SD (3) DNF
11. 17 - Garry Oskerson -- Fairmont, MN (4) DNF

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 5 advance):
1. 14j - Jake Neal -- Omaha, NE (2)
2. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (10)
3. 555 - Ryan Ruter -- Forest City, IA (5)
4. 48 - Bob Moore -- Sioux City, IA (1)
5. 86 - Willy Kraft -- Lakefield, MN (4)
6. 7 - Al Hejna -- Clear Lake, IA (11)
7. 82 - Howard Baartman -- Sioux Falls, SD (6)
8. m80 - Jim Mathieson -- Sioux City, IA (9)
9. 21x - Larry Kracht -- Magnolia, MN (8)
10. 23 - Matt Gilbertson -- Montevideo, MN (3) DNF
11. 17s - Mike Spaulding -- Bemidji, MN (7) DNS

HOLLEY “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. 3 - Kelly Shryock -- Fertile, IA (5)
2. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (16)
3. 21m - Dean Mahlstedt -- Clear Lake, IA (4)
4. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (13)
5. 65 - Tommy Myer -- Blooming Prairie, MN (2)
6. 7k - Jason Krohn -- Slayton, MN (8)
7. 10 - Mike Steensma -- Luverne, MN (10)
8. 86 - Willy Kraft -- Lakefield, MN (22)
9. 98 - Josh Reisch -- Luverne, MN (15)
10. 7 - Al Hejna -- Clear Lake, IA (23)
11. 9 - Roger Nielsen -- Estherville, IA (1)
12. 23 - Matt Gilbertson -- Montevideo, MN (24)
13. 19 - Marlin Kracht -- Luverne, MN (7)
14. 26 - Brad McEwan -- Storm Lake, IA (3)
15. 7 - Eric Dailey -- Armstrong, IA (9)
16. 49x - Jay Poidinger -- Somerset, WI (17)
17. 1s - John Klynsma -- Hospers, IA (12)
18. 48 - Bob Moore -- Sioux City, IA (20) DNF
19. 555 - Ryan Ruter -- Forest City, IA (18) DNF
20. 72 - Mike Lineberry -- Fontanelle, NE (21) DNF
21. 02 - Tommy Weder Jr. -- Woodward, OK (6) DNF
22. 14j - Jake Neal -- Omaha, NE (14) DNF
23. 28 - Brent Pospisil -- Worthington, MN (19) DNF
24. 54 - Ted Anderson -- Springfield, MN (11) DNS

AMSOIL Lap Leaders: Mahlstedt 1-7. Shryock 8-40.
Total Laps Led: Shryock 33, Mahlstedt 7.
Provisional Starters: Hejna (regional), Gilbertson (national).
Olympic Fire Protection Hard Charger: Tesch (started 16th, finished 2nd).

 

USRA B-Modifieds

Heat #1: 1. Matt Letton, Roland, Iowa; 2. Andy Hofmeyer, Alton, Iowa; 3. Jeremy Smith, Wilmont, Minn.; 4. Michael Fogelman, Okabena, Minn.; 5. Josh Meyer, Fairmont, Minn.; 6. Clint Potter, Crooks; 7. Tate Eining, Sioux Falls.

A Feature: 1. Michael Fogelman, Okabena, Minn.; 2. Matt Letton, Roland, Iowa; 3. Jeremy Smith, Wilmont, Minn.; 4. Clint Potter, Crooks; 5. Andy Hofmeyer, Alton, Iowa; 6. Tate Eining, Sioux Falls; 7. Josh Meyer, Fairmont, Minn..

 

Sportsmen

Heat #1: 1. Steve Eliason, Brookings; 2. Greg Roemen, Ellsworth, Minn.; 3. Pete Kracht (David Kruger), Steen, Minn.; 4. Brad Winesburg, Madison; 5. Nick Abraham, Madison.

A Feature: 1. Pete Kracht (David Kruger), Steen, Minn.; 2. Greg Roemen, Ellsworth, Minn.; 3. Steve Eliason, Brookings; 4. Nick Abraham, Madison; 5. Brad Winesburg, Madison.

 

Hobby Stocks

A Feature: 1. Jared Nytroe; 2. Shane Klaassen; 3. Chad Graves; 4. Jeremiah Bethke; DNF- Tom Cauwels, Tommy Barber, Don Brady Jr.

 

Factory Stocks

Heat #1: 1. Weston DeJager, Doon, Iowa; 2. Jim Klutman, SF; 3. Travis Christensen, Sioux Falls; 4. Rodney Cook, Madison; 5. Brandon Nytroe, Brandon.

Heat #2: 1. Larry Buckneberg, Sioux Falls; 2. Dusty VanDerBrink, Doon, Iowa; 3. Greg Vande Velde, Luverne, Minn.; 4. Jesse Ebbesen, Turkey Ridge; 5. Greg Pettersen, Madison.

A Feature: 1. Jesse Ebbesen, Turkey Ridge; 2. Greg Vande Velde, Luverne, Minn.; 3. Jim Klutman, SF; 4. Travis Christensen, Sioux Falls; 5. Greg Pettersen, Madison; 6. Rodney Cook, Madison; 7. Larry Buckneberg, Sioux Falls; 8. Weston DeJager, Doon, Iowa; 9. Dusty VanDerBrink, Doon, Iowa; 10. Brandon Nytroe, Brandon.

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