Kaanta and Davis Repeat At Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI (7-14-12)
By: Greg Parent
A hot summer day and warm, muggy evening meant is was time for some sizzling Saturday night racing action at the Cedar Lake Speedway on July 14. John Kaanta and Cory Davis repeated their feature wins from the previous Saturday night while Rick Kobs, Jeremy Houle and Brent Voeltz also sat in Victory Lane. The IMCA Oldtimers were making their first-ever appearance with two divisions on hand, as Skip Reinke topped the sprints and Joe Lallier rode home with the stock car win.
What ended up being another very entertaining NASCAR Midwest Modified feature for the first main event of the evening, Eric Gadach and Mike Kyllonen would bring the 24 car starting field to the green for 20 racing laps around the high-banked 3/8 mile dirt oval. Third starter Eric Herbison grabbed the early lead over fellow second row starter Cody Wolkowski. The first caution blinked on for a spin eight laps into the race. Eighth starter Jeremy Houle had just moved into the runner-up position. Two laps after the green replaced the yellow, Houle drove by Herbison for the lead. Herbison stayed close through two more cautions. The final yellow with two laps remaining set up an exciting dash to the checkers, as Houle narrowly held off Herbison for his third win of the season. A great run forward for Jordan Hessler saw the young Elk Mound racer advance ten positions to finish third. Wolkowski held on for fourth in front of 12th starter and current point leader Ryan Olson. B Main winner Jason Schill came from 19th to 6th while A. J. Roschen, last week's winner Mark Thomas, 20th starter Ryan Johnson, and Dave Shackleton rounded out the top ten finishers.
The NASCAR Modifieds were back on the weekly program after having a night off, and their 20 lap feature event proved to be a great race. The 20 car starting grid was paced by Adam Hensel and Zack Drews. Hensel put the hammer down on the cushion and took the early lead with fourth starter Clayton Wagamon quickly working his way to second in the early laps. Row three starters Brandon Jensen and Rick Kobs were soon in the battle near the front of the pack. Kobs captured the second place spot at the halfway mark and was soon putting the pressure on Hensel with Wagamon, Jensen, and Craig Thatcher close behind. The race continued under green, as Kobs showed that lap 13 was good luck by taking the top spot from Hensel in lapped traffic. Kobs went on to record his first CLS feature win of the season in a nonstop run to the checkers. Hensel finished second ahead of Thatcher, Jensen and Wagamon. The racing in the top five positions was very good throughout a good share of the race. Brent Larson came from 19th to finish 6th while Doug Gustafson, Scott Splittstoesser, Jason Gross and Dan Wheeler completed the top ten. Only two cars dropped out of the race.
The Hornet division upped their largest car count so far this season by one over the previous week, as 22 hornet cars were set to do battle in their 12 lap main event. William Voeltz vaulted into the early leader from his pole starting spot with brother Brent Voeltz coming from 19th to second in just four laps. Last week's winner Eric Schultz was shuffled to the back of the pack during the first caution with just one lap scored, but it did not take him long to make his presence known in the top five. When the second caution waved just past the halfway mark, Schultz had already cracked the top five again while Brent Voeltz had taken over the top spot from his brother William on lap seven. With the final caution setting up a two lap dash to the finish, Eric Schultz was charged for jumping the restart from his second spot in the running order. Schultz actually crossed the finish line first, but he was docked two spots for the infraction which put Brent Voeltz back in Victory Lane for the second time this season. Oliver Swanson came from 21st to finish second while Schultz was credited with third following the penalty. William Voeltz held on for fourth in front of Chris Dyke. Joel Kruse started dead last in 22nd, but he made a great charge forward to finish sixth. Kirk Johnson, Danny Garrity, Rick Bellargion and Paul Garrity rounded out the top ten. A total of six CLS hornets were rented for the evening.
Looking for a repeat from last Saturday night, John Kaanta found himself sitting in the third starting spot behind front row starters Jim Carlson and Steve Laursen for the 30 lap NASCAR Late Model main event. The thunder of 19 super late models soon filled the night air, as Kaanta got a great start to lead the opening lap. The race was slowed twice under caution on laps two and three, but then the final 27 laps ran nonstop to the finish. Chad Mahder challenged Kaanta on a few occasions, but Kaanta was once again a master of lapped traffic and went on to record his second CLS win of the season. Chad Mahder and Steve Laursen traded the second spot a couple of times, but Mahder was able to defeat Laursen for the runner-up position. Brent Larson came from 10th to finish fourth. Scott Duvall got by Jim Carlson with two laps to go to finish fifth. Behind Carlson was Rick Hanestad, Caley Emerson, Mike Nutzmann and Greg Nippoldt in the top ten. For Kaanta, it was another solid run at CLS before his venture up north this coming week for three nights of late model racing Wednesday through Friday. Kaanta is planning to be back at CLS next Saturday night in an effort to make it three straight wins.
After having numerous problems for the past several weeks, the NASCAR Pro Stocks were moved back in the racing program behind the late models. A solid 21 car field was on hand with all cars making the call for their 20 lap feature race. The results were better for the Pro Stocks this week, as only five cautions slowed the pace instead of ten the previous Saturday night. Rich Bishop led the first three laps from his third starting spot. Following the first yellow, Bishop drifted high on the restart and sixth starter Jason Schill drove by for the lead. A couple laps later, Cory Davis was up to second and right behind Schill. Davis applied the pressure, as the race was slowed twice around the halfway mark. With eleven laps in, Bishop brought out the third caution when his car stalled in turn two while running in third at the time. On the restart, Davis got by Schill for the top spot when Schill dropped out of the race with ignition failure. Through two more cautions, Davis was able to race to his fourth win of the season. In his first appearance at CLS, young Gunnar Watkins turned in an impressive run to finish second ahead of 16th starter Mike Mueller. Mike Hesselink came from 17th to finish fourth while Tim Borgeson was the hard charger from 20th to fifth at the finish. Cody Campeau, Chris Gorka, Jake Hiatt, Adam Ayotte and Brad Johnson completed the top ten.
The IMCA Oldtimers finished out the evening with their feature races. A full program of NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Midwest Modifieds along with the Hornet class is on tap for Saturday night July 21. The following Saturday the UMSS winged sprints and TSCS non-winged sprints will be at CLS. The 25th Annual USA Nationals is now just three weeks away! Check out the CLS website at www.cedarlakespeedway.com for information about the remaining racing programs, current points and plenty of other information about the popular western Wisconsin NASCAR sanctioned dirt track.
Jeremy Houle 54, Eric Herbison 53, Jordan Hessler 03H, Cody Wolkowski 224, Ryan Olson 21, Jason Schill 11x, A J Roschen 7, Mark Thomas 25T, Ryan Johnson 96, Dave Shackleton 74, Tony Schill 8s, Mike Kyllonen 77k, Douglas Toepper 91, Mike Spraguer 36, Ron Jablonske 14, Eric Gadach 15, Dean Grube 00, Elizabeth Toepper, Josh Bazey 55, Scott Splittstoesser 29, Dan Wheeler 32F, Jacob Toepper 88, Zach Stewart 48s, David Swearingen 5.
Cory Davis 20, Gunnar Watkins 2, Mike Mueller 87, Mike Hesselink 18, Tim Borgeson 31, Cody Campeau 99c, Chris Gorka 96, Jake Hiatt 3H, Adam Ayotte 04JR, Brad Johnson 14, Jeff Beer 16B, Jeff Heintz 57H, Ben Hainke 25, Brian Lick 15, Lyle Archambeau 99k, Jason Schill 67, Rich Bishop 10B, Shawn Kammerud 99, Chad Dawson 26D, Larry Fitzsimmons 73, Brian Weber 82.
Rick Kobs 63, Adam Hensel 45c, Craig Thatcher 91, Brandon Jensen 21B, Clayton Wagamon 14w, Brent Larson IOU1, Doug Gustafson 68, Scott Splittstoesser 2, Jason Gross 12, Dan Wheeler RED1, Cory Williams W, Jake Miller 65, Zack Drews 0, Bryan Hessler 3, Travis Gorsuch 72, Brad Johnson 14R, Mike Anderson 110, DNS: Ted Marrs 6M, Terry Hanson 57H, Shawn Phillips 55s.
John Kaanta 85, Chad Mahder 55c, Steve Laursen 19, Brent Larson B1, Scott Duvall 92, Jim Carlson 33, Rick Hanestad 71, Caley Emerson 15E, Mike Nutzmann 2, Greg Nippoldt 55N, Mike Bear 24, Dennis Larson D1, Randy Gullixson 51B, Bryan Wennen 40, Jeff Sayler 5, Ryan Johnson 9, Rick Egersdorf 17, Mike Raboin 10, Kerry Hanson 4.
Brent Voeltz 37, Oliver Swanson 10A, Eric Schultz 7S, William Voeltz 41v, Chris Dyke 38, Joel Kruse 20, Kirk Johnson 57B, Danny Garrity 3, Rick Bellargion 22, Paul Garrity 5, Leslie Jackson 11J, Buddy Hanestad 71, Barret Hammond 19, Roger Hall 44, Bryce Wold 8, Darrell Wold Jr 11, Mark Beer 75B, Roger Egan 7, Jake Hanson 98J, Kris Kaphing 16x, Robert Ellsworth 52, Dan Rick 63.