WEST SALEM, Wis. — Troy Rave took the checkered flag in the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature for the first time. One more lap and it would have been a different story. Last year’s rookie of the year had engine problems with four laps to go, but he held on for the win.
Rave started on the pole, leading this season’s heavy hitters Todd Korish, Matthew Henderson and J. Herbst.
On the first lap Joel Willman spun in turn two bringing out the only caution of the race. After the restart Korish and Henderson were racing door handle to door handle while Rave opened a 10-car-length lead. Back in fourth, points leader Shawn Pfaff was looking high and low to take third from Herbst.
At the halfway point Pfaff went flying into the grass on the backstretch. He was able to hold onto the car and pull back out onto the track, but he lost too many positions to make it back into the top five.
Meanwhile the nights fast qualifier Brad Powell was backing his way to the front from the back of the field.
With five laps to go, Rave was leading followed by Korish, Henderson and Powell.
At that point, something broke on Raves car. “Rolling into (turn) three I could smell something,” Korish said. Rave was able to drive it just long enough to cross the finish line in first place.
“About four laps to go I went into (turn) three and (the car) started sputtering,” Rave said. “I’m just really glad there wasn’t one more lap or I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
One more lap and Korish, Henderson and Powell would have been the top three. Instead they finished second, third and fourth. Herbst followed in fifth.
Brian Hesselberg won his first North sportsmen feature of the season, holding off Greg Scheck. Hesselberg started on the pole.
Andy Moore took the thunderstox feature.