Eagle Valley Crowns 2012 Champions
JIM FALLS, Wis. – Eagle Valley Speedway concluded another successful season of racing by crowning WISSOTA winners Kevin Adams in the Modifieds, Shane Kisling in the Super Stocks, Jake Smith in the Midwest Modifieds and Doug Wojcik in the Street Stocks.
Clay Potaczek and Kasey Gross will wear the 2012 crowns in the Eagle Valley Pure Stock division and Hornet divisions respectively. All of these drivers made their last trip to the Gordys County Market winners circle in 2012.
Shane Kisling and Tommy Richards shared the front row with Kisling taking the early lead and Richards in hot pursuit followed by Mark Stender, Eric Olson and Wayne Dean.
By the end of lap five, Kisling had extended his lead to nearly six car lengths over Richards as the other top five contenders stayed in line. Just two laps later there were two successive cautions resetting the field.
With ten laps in it was Kisling once again in the lead and Richards was still hounding him for the top spot. Ben Hillman had moved into third after starting seventh and Jesse Redetzke ran fourth after starting eleventh. Mark Stender had dropped to fifth.
Three more cautions preceded the fifteenth lap, but Kisling once again survived all the restarts, although Hillman did make several attempts to get past Kisling to no avail. So, it was Kisling in the lead, Hillman second, Richards third, Redetzke fourth and Stender fifth.
Kisling ended the night with a win in his Kisling Auto Body sponsored car with a three car lengh margin of lead. Hillman, Richards, Redetzke and Darrel Hazelton, who joined the top five with five to go, after starting tenth, completed the top five.
The Midwest Modifieds were up next with Cory Crapser and Shane Halopka on the front row. Crapser led the first lap after a quick start, but his night would take a dramatic change as lap two was about to be completed when he went around coming out of turn four resulting in him being sent to the back of the field.
With Crapser in the rear, Shane Halopka inherited the top spot and led the next lap. Halopkas reign as the top driver was also a short one as Jake Smith power passed him during lap three to steal the lead.
With five laps of the fifteen lap feature in the books, Smith continued to lead with Grant Southworth in second followed by Halopka. Meanwhile, Nick Koehler and Jake Stai were battling for the fourth spot.
With ten laps in, Smith continued to lead by about a car length over Southworth. Koehler had switched spots with Halopka and was now running third and Stai ran fifth.
When the checkered flag flew, it was Smith taking his second feature win of the year in his Mikes Meats sponsored car followed by Southworth, Koehler, Halopka and Justin Oestreich.
The mighty Modifieds were up next with Kevin Adams and Jake Hartung first to take the green for the start of their feature. Adams made his presence known early and shot to the lead with Hartung hot on his tail.
There were three early cautions in this feature, but Adams survived them all and by lap five had a three car length lead over Hartung as Matt Leer ran third. Joining in the fun in the top five were Mike Anderson and Jesse Glenz.
With ten laps in Adams had experience a couple of close calls as Hartung tried to make the move for the top spot, but Adams held him off and continued to lead by three. Leer hung in there for third while Anderson and Glenz fought it out for fourth.
With five to go, Adams continued to lead by about three car lengths over Hartung. Leer was still in third, but Cory Mahder had moved into fourth after working his way up from his seventh-place starting spot. Glenz, in the meantime, continued to run fifth.
Just after lap fifteen there was another caution when Donald Cimfl went around coming out of turn one. On the restart, Hartung had another chance to grab the top spot, but despite the fact that he cut the lead to just a half-car length, he could not overcome the momentum Adams had built up.
In the end then, it was Adams taking the win in his Coors Light sponsored modified. Hartung, Mahder, Leer and Ashley Anderson rounded out the top five.
Cody Kummer and Doug Wojcik led the Street Stocks to the starting line as they lined up for their feature. Kummer and Wojcik had both won their heats earlier and both still had the taste of that victory in their mouths, but it was Wojcik who would be the hungrier of the two as he grabbed the top spot early.
With five laps in, it was Wojcik leading by four car lengths over Kummer as Jay Kesan moved into third. Mike Knudtson ran fourth at the time followed by Eric Olson.
There was just one caution in this feature and that occurred just after lap six when Carolyn Nosser looped her car coming out of turn one.
With the field reset, Wojcik again jumped to the lead followed this time by Kesan. Kummer dropped to the third spot with Knudtson and Olson fighting it out for fourth.
With three to go, Wojcik had increased his lead to eight car lengths as Kesan and Kummer battled for second followed closely by Olson and Knudtson who were still engaged in a fight for fourth.
When it was all over it was Wojcik taking the win in his Intercomp sponsored car followed by Kesan, Kummer, Olson and Knudtson.
The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with Clay Potaczek and Todd Roshell on the front row. Potaczek was quickest off the line to take the lead with George Richards in second and Roshell in third. Pat Smith and Bill Skoug ran fourth and fifth.
With five laps in, not much had changed in the top five except that Potaczek had increased his lead a bit to three car lengths and Skoug had passed Smith for fourth.
With three to go, it was still Potaczek in the lead by around three car lengths with Roshell running second, Richards was running third followed by Skoug and Smith.
This feature ended on the white flag lap results as the race ended on a caution for the rollover of Gunnar Zerek in turn one.
The winner was Clay Potaczek in his Bobs Signs and Design sponsored car. Roshell, Richards, Skoug and Smith joined Potaczek in the top five.
A side note here is that Dalton Hazelton was in the house on Sunday night. It was good to see Dalton up and about and all extend their best wishes for continued healing! Keep that basketball goal in sight, Dalton, and good luck!
An ambulance call in the pits delayed the start of the Hornet feature. This feature also began one driver short due to the violent wreck of Cassie Hanestad in her heat race. Hanestad was transported by ambulance and appeared to be doing well after the incident, we wish her the best.
Once the feature did begin it was Eric Schultz and Jay Welk who shared the front row. Shultz was off to an early lead with Welk in hot pursuit, but Schultz would come to a stop as lap two was just beginning as his car rolled to a stop in turn two.
With Schultz in the pits, Welk assumed the lead followed by Kasey Gross, Robert Ellsworth, Brent Voeltz and William Voeltz.
Welks moment of glory was just that as Kasey Gross made the move for the lead during lap three, sending Welk to second.
With five laps in, Gross continued to lead with Brent Voeltz applying the pressure along with Welk. Also in the top five William Voeltz and Ellsworth were fighting it out for fourth.
Despite several attempts by Brent Voeltz to make the pass, Gross had em covered and went on for the win in his Gross Logging sponsored car. Joining Gross in the top five were Brent Voeltz, Welk, William Voeltz and Matt Klukas.