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Great Night for Racing in Charles City
June 10, 2022 | by Shawn Dietz
While Franklin County and many drivers and fans of Gunderson Racing experienced some rain on Friday, the weather cooperated nicely for the volunteers and crew at the Floyd County Fairgrounds in Charles City. In fact, by the time 7 p.m. rolled around, the track was in great shape and the good Lord provided a beautiful backdrop for racing action. 50 cars turned out, providing two heats in all but the Pro Stock class.
Two heats of Old School competition provided a start for the evening
with Blayne Woltjer of Sheffield and Eli Schipper of Aplington taking
first place in their respective heats. In the Small Car class, Floyd
County’s own Jacob Scribner of Nashua earned first place in the
opening heat, and he was followed by Shell Rock’s Dalton Feckers
who took first in the second heat.
Heat races ran very smoothly as they were completed in less than
an hour and continued with victories by Duane & Jesse Zander of
Coulter in the first heat of the Cruiser Class, followed by the 07 of
Ryan Mittelstadt and Travis Buseman of Dumont taking first in the second heat of Cruiser action. In the Stock Class, Logan Buseman of Janesville and Jesse Zander took first place in their respective heats. Only seven cars were on hand in the Pro Stock class making just one heat, and Zach Lewis earned the win there.
Following intermission and some track work, it was time for feature races. This week, there were 90-point performances in three of the four points classes.
The smooth part of the evening was over as the Cruiser Car feature had a slow start and trouble with getting lineups set. As the #22z of Duane & Jesse Zander prepared to take the checkered on the last lap, the #66 of Kyle Mann and Luke Parcher wound up in the barricade as the race finished. Both drivers were able to escape without injury. Duane & Jesser were able to grab the checkered flag followed by Mitch & Kyler Grummitt of Allison in second place and Hampton’s Jesse Mollenbeck & Ethan Viet earning third place points. The Zanders earned a 90-point performance and have moved into first place in the points chase as they hold a two-point edge over the Grummitts.
Next up in the Stock feature, there was a little more excitement and things again did not go as smoothly as the heat race. Blake Heiserman in car #6E and the #83 of Brady Ringleb got tangled up in lap two with 6E ending up under the trunk of Ringleb’s car. Once the racing action resumed, Logan Buseman debuted with a victory and a 90-point performance of his own. He was followed across the finish line by the 58 car driven by Dana Dohrmann of Latimer and the 198 of Kennedy Reynolds of Hampton. Fourteen points separate Dohrmann and Reynolds in the points standings with Dohrmann leading after two races. After a strong performance last week, Jesse Zander dropped to third in the standings after having to leave the track just three laps into the feature.
The Pro Stock features was hotly contested, not as much for first and second as it was for third and fourth. The 104 car of Zach Lewis took the checkered followed by the flaming 22z driven by Duane Zander. There was some confusion as to who took third place honors that would not be settled until officials reviewed video of the race. Despite being announced on the track as taking third place, after review, Anthony Marshall of Nashua was officially ruled to have finished in fourth with Dalton Haverkamp of Grundy Center taking third place. Zander, Haverkamp, and Lewis are all within six points of each other at the top of the Pro Stock standings with Zander leading the way with 156 points through two events.
In the Small Car feature, Jacob Scribner, who had won his heat race was having some success – running in second place for most of the feature until he had to leave the track after the 9th lap. That left the checkered flag for the 146K of Chris McDonald who led the race from start to finish. McDonald was followed by Rob Cretsinger’s #48 and the 009 of Holland’s Riley Ehman. Cretsinger and Ehman are locked in a close battle atop the Small Car points standings early in the year with 158 points for Cretsinger and 152 for Ehman.
Finally in the Old School feature there was only one red flag that slowed the proceeding as the orange and black #40 of Luke Brown from Nashua brought home the checkered flag. Brown was followed by Parkersburg’s Clayton McDivitt in second place and Trevor Winger from Wellsburg took third.
Next on the schedule for Gunderson Racing is another Friday night occasion in Osage on Friday, June 17th. That’s followed by a quick turnaround as the drivers and crew head to the first county fair of the year at Northwood on Sunday, June 19th for the Worth County Fair. Gunderson Racing returns to Charles City on Thursday, July 14th for the Floyd County Fair.