Tuesday, April 19, 2016

14th Place DNF Icebreaker 100 Finish, a Result of Overheating

J&S Design Photo From Qualifying
We left for the track Saturday morning, and unloaded really fast. We had practice from 12-6, and that gave us time to try a bunch of new things. Out of the 36 cars there, we ended the day with the 2nd fastest time of the day! I was very excited from the time we unloaded the car, not only because of how fast we were, but because of the competitors we were up against.

Sunday was race day, and we started out by being top 5 in all the practices. Alex continued being very happy with the car. He went into qualifying being very confident we would turn a fast lap and make the show, but unfortunately he made a rookie mistake on his final lap, and lost a little time as the car turned much better than he was anticipating, and he hit the rumple strips causing the car to jump sideways. Still turned a fast lap of a 13.396, but needed a 13.36 to make it into the show.

So because we did not make the show in on time, we had to race our way in through the qualifying race, along with several other big name drivers. The top 4 transferred, and we finished 3rd, putting us in the big show! After starting 20th, knowing we had a really good car we slowly started to work our way through the field, and found ourselves in the top 10 at the halfway point of the race, turning the same times as the leaders. Being as hot as it was outside, a lot of cars were having overheating issues, due to several red flags for blown engines.  Just after the half-way point running 9th, both the water temperature and oil temperature gauges pegged hot, and we were forced to pull off to the attention of the pit crew to cool the engine down. Officially finished 14th.

Full Write Up From DRP:

Ultimate Lap Photo
Andrew Morrissey of Deforest, WI put together a marvelous run after a race long battle with Nascar Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter to capture the 2nd annual Icebreaker 100 Sunday afternoon at The Dells Raceway Park. Morrissey, fresh off his fall victory at the speedway in the Falloween 150 has become the man to beat as he has now held serve in back to back crown jewel races at the speedway against some of the country's top drivers. Morrissey lead the field to green from the pole position with Roscoe, IL standout Austin Nason in hot pursuit. After only a handful of laps the first caution flew for the 2015 Slinger Speedway Champion Steven Apel who had an issue and spun in turn four and lady luck would relegate Apel and his beautiful new Toyota Tundra to the pits for the day. On the restart Morrissey would once again resume the lead with now Johnny Sauter and DRP standout Bobby Kendall filling his mirror. Sauter continued to pressure Morrissey looking for the lead and finally taking the top spot right before the halfway mark just in time to collect the Earnest Performance halfway leader bonus. Sauter would continue to lead with Morrissey in tow until lap 69 when Morrissey would make the winning move and recapture the top spot from Sauter who now had a mirror full of Minnesota two time ARCA Champion Dan Fredrickson, and the 2015 Alan Kulwicki development driver champ Ty Majeski. Fredrickson worked Sauter high and low to take the second spot only to have the two tangle on the next lap sending Fredrickson spinning and collecting 2015 Walbeck Classic winner Jeff Storm who had patiently work his way into the top 5. After the dust settled the field was reset for an eight lap shootout with Morrissey leading the Delaware double file restart to green with Majeski in second followed by 2015 DRP Track Champion Tim Schendel, 2015 Midwest Truck series champ Derek Kraus and Grundy County Speedways finest Eddie Hoffman. Morrissey would be marvelous to the end while Schendel worked his way past Majeski for second with the young star Derek Kraus coming home an impressive fourth in his first Icebreaker performance and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
The 2nd annual ICEBREAKER was a success! Thank you to all of the drivers for putting on a great show, the staff for all of their hard work and the fans for choosing Dells Raceway Park!


Super Late Models - Qualify

0 No. Name Time
1 42 Dennis Prunty 13.230
2 21 Tim Schendel 13.235
3 5 Travis Sauter 13.250
4 5 Jonny Sauter 13.260
5 90 Duke Long 13.266
6 36 Dan Fredrickson 13.283
7 9 Derek Kraus 13.301
8 8 Eddie Hoffman 13.326
9 97 Cole Anderson 13.333
10 11 Bobby Kendall 13.334
11 14 Austin Nason 13.337
12 27 Alexandre Gingras 13.340
13 39 Andrew Morrissey 13.353
14 25 Jeff Storm 13.366
15 8 Scott Tomasik 13.369
16 7 John DeAngelis 13.385
17 11 Alex Prunty 13.396
18 51 Steve Apel 13.408
19 91 Ty Majeski 13.425
20 97 James Swan 13.431
21 89 Mike Egan 13.447
22 52 Chad Walen 13.447
23 2 Greg Borchardt 13.472
24 44 Mike Lichtfeld 13.488
25 75 Joel Theisen 13.493
26 61 Steven Rubeck 13.509
27 99 Jerry Gille 13.512
28 4 Robert Maynor 13.571
29 66 Alex Stumpf 13.598
30 7 Erik Darnell 13.617
31 52 Keith Tolf 13.630
32 31 Dale Schultz 

Super Late Models - Odd Qual
0 No. Name Time
1 8 Scott Tomasik
2 91 Ty Majeski
3 11 Alex Prunty
4 89 Mike Egan
5 66 Alex Stumpf
6 2 Greg Borchardt
7 99 Jerry Gille
8 52 Keith Tolf
9 75 Joel Theisen