Sauter Controls Elko ASA Battle
ELKO, Minn. — Travis Sauter charged through the field in the ASA Midwest Tour Presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings Governor’s Cup 125 at Elko Speedway and that charge ended with yet another win.
Nick Murgic led the field to the green, but on the opening lap, it was ECHO and ECHO Bear Cat Touring Star, Nick Panitzke taking over the lead. The front pair ran nose-to-tail until the yellow waved on lap 24 when Jeff Storm and Andrew Morrissey made contact out of turn four, causing both to spin.
On the restart, Panitzke and Murgic continued their battle as Skylar Holzhausen and Nathan Haseleu fought for third. Haseleu would get by to take the third spot and then set his sights on Murgic. Panitzke would continue to show the way as Haseleu finally was able to grab the second spot on lap 46. Haseleu wasn’t about to settle for that spot as he then zeroed in on Panitzke.
It was a very short race for the top spot as on lap 50, Haseleu became the new race leader. Haseleu quickly distanced himself as Holzhausen was gaining momentum as well and he soon took the second spot from Panitzke. The two leaders raced alongside each other for several laps, before Holzhausen grabbed the lead on lap 69 and extended it to a full straightaway until the break at lap 75.
Teams were allowed 10 minutes to make changes to their cars and when the race restarted, Holzhausen again showed the way. Haseleu wasn’t done yet as he reclaimed the lead on lap 77 as he nosed Holzhausen to the line. The final caution of the night occurred when Jason Schneider smacked the backstretch wall before coming to a halt in turn four on lap 85.
When the race resumed, Haseleu held the lead followed by Holzhausen, Panitzke, Points Leader Jonthan Eilen and Sauter who was starting to make his presence known as he worked his way into contention after starting the race in the 13th spot.
Haseleu and Holzhausen continued their race upfront, but Sauter was the car to watch as he caught the font pair. With 15 laps remaining, Sauter finished his business as he got past Haseleu to take control of the race. Lapped traffic late in the race added some cushion as Sauter rolled to the win. Haseleu finished second, while Holzhausen, Adam Royle and Matt Tifft rounded out the top five.
“I didn’t think we had chance to win even at the break, but they dropped the green in the second half and it just took off,” said Sauter following the race. Sauter didn’t need any changes at the break either, “The water temp was pegged after running in traffic in the first half, we just put water in it and that’s all we did.”
Travis Sauter, Nathan Haseleu, Skylar Holzhausen, Adam Royle, Matt Tifft, Jonathan Eilen, Nick Panitzke, Nick Murgic, Matt Goede, Chris Wimmer, Nick Barstad, Joel Theisen, Chris Weinkauf, Derek Lemke, Jeff Storm, Andrew Morrissey, Cardell Potter, Jason Weinkauf, Jason Schneider, Brandon Hill, Erik Long.