Kummer and Spacek Qualify For The Race Of Champions At Tomahawk Speedwaywissota
Tomahawk, WI– Cooler temperatures greeted drivers and fans as Tomahawk Speedway held their WISSOTA/Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifier Races on Friday night. Not only was it the ROC qualifier, but just a few points separated the top spots in every division. Cody Kummer of Medford, WI, made a rare appearance at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night winning both his heat race and the feature to qualify for a spot in the Street Stock division portion of the Race of Champions in Huron, SD, on September 14. Also qualifying for the Race of Champions was rookie Midwest Modified driver, Cole Spacek of Phillips, WI. Spacek, who came into the night just eight points out of the lead held by Jim Barttelt, Sr., should have seen that margin decrease by finishing ahead of Barttelt in both the heat and feature races.
Winners in the Tomahawk Speedway divisions were Hayward, Wisconsin’s, Randy Conner, in his Pure Stock, who was just five
points out of the lead in that division at the start of the night and Louis Malleuge of Gleason, WI, who came into the night third in points in his Four Cylinder Bandit.
The Tomahawk Pure Stocks ran their feature first with Tad Brown and Randy Conner on the front row. Conner was like a shot out of a cannon as the green flag flew, establishing himself as the leader early in the feature with Steve Brown, coming from fourth to run second. By lap five of the twenty-lap feature, Conner was in the lead by nearly five car lengths as last week’s winner, Nate Langberg, fought off Steve Brown for second. Meanwhile, Tad Brown and Austyn Booth
were having a race of their own for fourth. Lap ten saw Connor still in the lead, but the lead had dwindled to just a half car length as Langberg had done some catching up with Steve Brown following within inches behind. Tad Brown and Austyn Booth were still engaged in a battle for fourth. Lap fifteen saw Langbergs car’s front bumper “attached” to Conners car’s rear bumper as the cars passed under the flag stand with Steve Brown once again just a few feet behind Langberg. Fighting for the fourth spot at the time were Tad Brown and Mark Brown who had passed Booth a lap previous. As the race came to a close it was Conner taking the win by a car length, in his Concor Sponsored car, followed by Langberg, Steve Brown, Tad Brown and Mark Brown.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with track point’s leader, Jordan Kurtti, and Steve Karshbaum leading the way. Kurtti was quick to move to the lead and led by the end of lap one, but heat winner, Cody Kummer, who was being shown that night as being second in national points, had come from fifth to run second. With five of the twenty laps of the feature in the books, Kurtti continued to lead, but his lead had been cut to about a half car length as Kummer followed around the track in second. Following Kummer, Steve Karshbaum held on to third with heat winner, Eric Eberl, and Brit Broumann fighting it out for fourth. With ten laps completed, Kurtti was still in the lead and had stretched the margin to two car lengths over Kummer. Eberl had passed Karshbaum for third and Broumann ran fifth. It was at the beginning of lap thirteen that disaster struck for the leader, Kurtti, as he looped his car, unassisted, coming out of turn one. Since Kurtti was tagged with the caution, Kummer was now in control. With fifteen laps in the books, Kummer was in the lead but the rest of the field remained bunched up as Eberl did his best to hang on for second. Broumann ran third at this point as Steve and Heidi Karshbaum put on a good show for fourth. As the checkered flag flew, it was Kummer taking the win by a few car lengths in his Baxter Speed Shop sponsored car to sweep the field and qualify for the Race of Champions. Eberl, Broumann, Kurtti and Heidi Karshbaum rounded out the top five. Cole Spacek and John Kallas led the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Spacek surging to an early and convincing lead. Kallas settled into second with Eric Klafka, who had been out for a few weeks with engine problems, running a comfortable third. During lap five of the twenty lap feature, Spacek remained in control, leading by about five car lengths over Kallas. Heat winner, CJ Hedges, Jr., had worked his way up to third as Duane Dunbar ran fourth, followed by Travis Friske. Klafka had retired to the pits with a broken tie rod during lap four. Lap ten saw Spacek leading by two car lengths over Dunbar who had passed Kallas on a restart after a caution during lap six had sent Hedges to the rear of the field. So, at this point it was Spacek, Dunbar, Kallas, Friske and Hedges who had regained a few spots since
the lap six restart. By the end of lap fifteen Spacek was in firm control with a five car length lead. Dunbar ran second and Kallas ran third. Friske and Hedges rounded out the top five. The end of the feature, at lap twenty, saw Spacek taking the win and qualifying for the Race of Champions in his Three Mile Corner sponsored car. Dunbar, Kallas, Friske and Hedges rounded out the top five.
The final feature of the race night saw Brandon Langbecker and Louis Malleuge lead the way for the start of the Four Cylinder Bandit race. Malleuge led the first lap as he got a great start. Joining Malleuge was Kasey Gross who had moved up from fourth. With the seven of the fifteen laps complete, Malleuge continued to lead with Gross just a car length behind him. Meanwhile, track point’s leader, Rory Radtke, ran third followed by Langbecker and newcomer, Elliot Marquardt. When the checkered flag flew, it was Malleuge taking the win in his Big Musky Construction sponsored car. Gross, Radtke, Langbecker and Marquardt rounded out the top five.
Racing resumes on Friday, August 17, when once again all four divisions will be in action.
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