Thursday, June 7, 2012

Last Weeks Race Recap ~ By Dan Margetta

Dave McCardle survived an aggressive 35-lap late model feature event to score his first main event victory of the season.


 Justin Poenitsch and Jerry Mueller occupied the front row at the start of the race and Poenitsch edged to the lead as the two made contact entering turn one. Everyone sorted things out cleanly up front as Dave McCardle battled John DeAngelis Jr. for third with Ryan DeStefano close behind. Alex Prunty and Braison Bennett soon joined McCardle, DeAngelis, and DeStefano in the battle for third as up front Mueller dogged Poenitsch for the lead. Mueller ran Poenitsch hard into turn three and when Poenitsch’s car washed wide in turn four, Mueller dove to the inside in a bid for the lead. However, Mueller’s car broke loose upon the exit of turn four which resulted in both he and Poenitsch charging nearly even into turn one for the lead. Poenitsch gained a slight advantage off turn two and he held the lead despite both cars touching numerous times in the corner and down the backstretch.

Mueller made another bid for the lead a lap later and with the leaders racing aggressively for the top spot, DeAngelis was able to take third place as McCardle raced with Alex Prunty and DeStefano over fourth. After several laps of fender rubbing action up front, Poenitsch’s car slid wide in turn four, allowing Mueller to take the lead as DeAngelis, Prunty, and DeStefano all charged by. The top four remained in an intense battle until the caution flag appeared on lap 16 for a spin by Brittiny Helmers in turn two with Mueller leading over DeAngelis, Prunty, and DeStefano. As the green flag appeared, Mueller broke away for the lead on the inside as Prunty raced alongside DeAngelis in a battle for second with DeStefano, Poenitsch, and McCardle all following close behind.

With Mueller continuing to lead, Prunty was able to pass DeAngelis on the inside for second and DeStefano took advantage of the move by also moving to the inside of DeAngelis for third. As DeAngelis tried to move back to the inside lane, he was clipped slightly by Poenitsch which caused DeAngelis to spin in turn four and draw the caution flag on lap 18. Mueller and Prunty lined up at the front of the field for the restart with Mueller leading into turn one. Prunty loosened up Mueller in turn four and made a bid for the lead but when Mueller cut to the inside in an attempt to defend the lead, he made contact with Prunty’s car and slid into the infield as behind the leaders, Dan Church hit the turn one wall hard and collected Andy Welter in the attempt to avoid the mishap causing the yellow flag to appear again. This time for the restart, DeStefano lined up on the outside of Mueller at the front of the field and as racing resumed, Mueller maintained the lead while McCardle worked his way into second with an inside pass on DeStefano. The caution flag appeared for another time on lap 31 when DeAngelis and Andy Wendt tangled in turn two and Adam Peschek and Justin Poenitsch became involved in the incident as well. Mueller again led on the restart but this time McCardle lined up alongside and he was able to make the outside work enough to clear Mueller for the lead.

Once out front, McCardle maintained the lead and drove to the victory over DeStefano, Mueller, and Prunty. Andy Wendt finished fifth.

Andy Welter won the late model heat over Adam Peschek and Al Stippich. Andy Wendt finished fourth and Braison Bennett finished fifth. Jerry Mueller was the winner of the late model fast dash and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.449 seconds.

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