Balog Beats Kertscher By Inches
BEAVER DAM, Wis. – In motorsports they say a second can make the difference between victory and defeat. That margin would have been considered a runaway victory when you look at the margin of victory for the IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprint Series opener on Saturday at Beaver Dam Raceway.
In perhaps the closest finish in series history, five-time and defending series champion Bill Balog edged out 2012 Wilmot Raceway champion Mike Kertscher by .009 second to capture the season opening Jim Wipperfurth Memorial race.
That margin calculated to less than six inches at the finish line as both Balog and Kertscher roared under the checkered flag on the edge of control.
Transponder scoring backed up the almost unperceivable separation between first and second place in an event where Balog lead the final 50 feet of the contest stealing the victory from Kertscher.
Both drivers would receive thunderous applause as they were introduced in post-race ceremonies.
Not to be overlooked was the fine performance of 2013 rookie of the year title contender Jeremy Schultz who had notched a podium finish taking third in the first event of the year. Tommy Sexton and Russel Borland comprised the top five.