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Diemel Dominates, Follmer Returns To Victory Lane At CLS

By Jamie Nutzmann, 07/14/13, 2:30PM CDT


Diemel Dominates, Follmer Returns To Victory Lane At CLS
(Borgeson, Olson and Hanestad Also Earn Feature Wins)

New Richmond, WI (7-13-13)

By: Greg Parent


For the first time in over a month, all five weekly NASCAR divisions were in action at the Cedar Lake Speedway on July 13.  Although he was one of the last cars to pull through the pit gate, Elk Mound driver A. J. Diemel drove to a convincing first place finish in the 30 lap NASCAR Late Model feature.  Trent Follmer from Princeton, MN returned to Victory Lane at the fast 3/8 mile oval for the first time since September of 2005 in the NASCAR Modified division.  Tim Borgeson of New Richmond also earned his first NASCAR Pro Stock feature win since August 2010 and 20th of his career at the track.  Ryan Olson from Strum made it two in a row when he defeated Josh Bazey by a matter of inches in the NASCAR Midwest Modified caution-plagued feature.  Picking up his first career feature win in the NASCAR Hornet division was young Buddy Hanestad of Boyceville, son of late model competitor Rick Hanestad.

Following a quick run through the ten heat races with only two cautions, the NASCAR Hornet feature was up first.  Wasting little time from his third starting spot, Buddy Hanestad grabbed the lead and never looked back.  Hanestad led all 12 laps in the caution-free event for his first Cedar Lake feature victory.  Barret Hammond, Samantha Yarusso, Jay Schimke and Jerry Hanson completed the top five.  Hanestad also won the heat race.

Making up for the relative lack of cautions up to this point in the evening, the NASCAR Midwest Modified feature was plagued with seven yellows and ended up being reduced to 15 laps.  Despite all the problems, the race up front was very good.  Starting 24 of the 27 cars on hand, the Midwest mods saw the yellow flag fly seven times in the first eleven laps.  The race for the top three spots was hotly contested right from the initial green with Josh Bazey showing the way.  Jason Vandekamp quickly moved from 10th to 2nd while 12th starter Ryan Olson worked his way forward.  During the final four lap dash to the checkers in the 15 lap feature, Olson improved to second and set his sights on Bazey.  Flyin' Ryan led lap 13, but Bazey regained the lead at the white flag.  In a photo finish at the line, Olson edged by Bazey by a matter of inches to claim his second straight victory.  A disappointed Bazey had to settle for second ahead of Vandekamp, Jason Schill and Eric Herbison.  Rounding out the top ten finishers were David Swearingen, Douglas Toepper, Dean Grube, Justin Tanner, and Patrick Kelly.  Attrition was extremely high, as only ten cars finished.  Bazey, Vandekamp and A. J. Roschen topped the heats.  Current point leader Vince Corbin was scratched after hot laps with a broken transmission. 

The NASCAR Pro Stocks lined up 20 cars strong for 20 racing laps.  Queen Creek, Arizona driver Tyler Mecl brought the field to the green, but it was outside front row starter and multi-time track champion Tim Borgeson blasting to the early lead.  Another former multi-time track champion Cory Davis was quickly up to second from his sixth starting spot.  With a couple of cautions slowing the pace at the lap 11 mark, Borgeson was able to keep the field behind him during the final nine lap green flag run to the checkers.  For Borgeson, it was his 20th career pro stock win at CLS.  Current track point leader Mike Loomis, who already has five feature wins this season at CLS, advanced from tenth to finish second when he got by Davis late in the race.  Davis rode home third in front of Adam Ayotte and Marcus Simonson.  Completing the top ten finishers were Cody Campeau, Tyler Mecl, Lyle Archambeau, Ryan Wiome and Mike Hesselink.  Borgeson and Ben Hanke won the heats.

It had been a while since Trent Follmer won a modified feature at the Cedar Lake Speedway, but on this night the little guy with a heavy right foot really had his 31T NASCAR Modified hooked up and hauling in the 20 lap feature.  Follmer started on the pole and was under pressure in the first part of the race from Cory Williams and Darrell Nelson.  Changing lines a bit near the midway point, Follmer gradually began to edge away from the field.  After 20 nonstop laps, Follmer took the checkers for the first time in a modified in nearly eight years.  Nelson, Williams, Jeremy Houle and Scott Splittstoesser rounded out the top five.  Jason Gross, Jared Loos in a rare CLS appearance, Shaun Kelley, Adam Ayotte and Terry Hanson completed the top ten.  Splittstoesser and Loos were heat race winners.

The rumble of the mighty NASCAR Late Models filled the damp evening air for the final race of the night.  Seventeen super late models came to life for their 30 lap feature.  Racing from the back of his heat race into a top five redraw position, late arriver A. J. Diemel found himself on the outside of the front row for the feature.  Diemel immediately drove into the lead while 8th starter John Kaanta moved up to third in just a couple of laps behind Brent Larson.  Kaanta and Larson would have a good battle for the runner-up spot during the race, but Diemel had the field covered on his way to leading all 30 laps.  Only one caution slowed the fast pace when Mike Nutzmann coasted to a stop on the front stretch at lap 13.  Larson was able to finally settle into second with Kaanta running third at the finish.  Adam Hensel and Steve Laursen swapped the fourth spot on several occasion with Hensel winning out in the end.  Laursen finished fifth.  Chad Mahder, Darrell Nelson, Greg Nippoldt, Pat Doar and Jeff Keeney completed the top ten.  Larson and Laursen topped the heats.

All five divisions are back at the Cedar Lake Speedway next week plus the IMCA vintage cars.  The following Saturday night July 27 will see the UMSS 360 winged sprints and the Traditional non-winged sprints take to the high banks along with the NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds and Midwest Mods.  Check out our website at to get information on upcoming races, results, photos, news and much more or call us toll free at 1-866-4-CLS-FUN.  Come on out and enjoy an evening of racing during the summer months at the Cedar Lake Speedway.

RACE SUMMARY July 13, 2013:

NASCAR Late Model Feature (30 laps): A. J. Diemel, Brent Larson, John Kaanta, Adam Hensel, Steve Laursen, Chad Mahder, Darrell Nelson, Greg Nippoldt, Pat Doar, Jeff Keeney, Jim Carlson, Randy Gullixson, Mike Bear, Ben Hanke, Mike Nutzmann, Bryan Wennen

NASCAR Modified Feature (20 laps): Trent Follmer, Darrell Nelson, Cory Williams, Jeremy Houle, Scott Splittstoesser, Jason Gross, Jared Loos, Shaun Kelley, Adam Ayotte, Terry Hanson, Jim Weeks, Jake Miller, Ted Marrs.

NASCAR Pro Stock Feature (20 laps): Tim Borgeson, Mike Loomis, Cory Davis, Adam Ayotte, Marcus Simonson, Cody Campeau, Tyler Mecl, Lyle Archambeau, Ryan Wiome, Mike Hesselink, Randy Davis, Denny Schouveller, Brian Lick, Bruce Schouveller, Ben Hanke, Ryan Gangl, John Olson, Mike Raboin, Tom Gebauer, Jim Raboin.

NASCAR Midwest Modified Feature (15 laps): Ryan Olson, Josh Bazey, Jason Vandekamp, Jason Schill, Eric Herbison, David Swearingen, Douglas Toepper, Dean Grube, Justin Tanner, Patrick Kelley, Miranda Carlson, A J Roschen, Chase Friendt, Mike Spraguer, Elizabeth Toepper, Cody Borgeson, Shawn Carlson, Shawn Phillips, Jacob Toepper, Ryan Hensel, Scott Splittstoesser, Kyle Steffen, Dan Larson, DNS: Jim Giossi, Cole Cropp, Vince Corbin.

NASCAR Hornet Feature (12 laps): Buddy Hanestad, Barrett Hammond, Samantha Yarusso, Jerry Hanson, Natalie Rogers.