Thursday, May 30, 2013

Early Incident Brings 6th Place Finish

Story By: Dan Margetta

Mike Lichtfeld scored his first late model win of the season in their 40-lap main event.

Pole sitter Steven Schulz got the jump over front row mate Danny Church and paced the field in the early going. Behind them Adam Peschek and John DeAngelis race side-by-side while Ryan Farrell and Alex Prunty did the same. Prunty cracked the top five by muscling past DeAngelis on lap nine. Behind Schulz, Farrell made a charge past Peschek and moved alongside his teammate Church in a battle for second.

Alex Prunty and Peschek brought out the first caution for their part in a lap 16 spin in turn two. Schulz and Farrell thrilled the crowd on the restart as the pair raced door to door for the lead for six laps before Farrell took command. Farrell had the race in hand when he slowed with a mechanical woe on lap 36. His troubles stacked the field behind him, scattering Schulz, Justin Poenitsch and Braison Bennett. Farrell was forced to retire, handing the lead to Lichtfeld.

Lichtfeld pulled away over the final four laps. Jerry Mueller finished second after starting tenth. Last week’s feature winner Ryan DeStefano finished third with Brad Dahmer and DeAngelis completing the top five.

Braison Bennett and Lichtfeld scored late model heat wins. Defending track champion Alex Prunty was the fast qualifier with a time of 12.510 seconds (71.942 mph).