The Barron Bullet Shoots to the Win at Eagle Valley’s Dart Challenge Series Late Model Race
Jim Falls, WI–Adam Hensel aka “The Barron Bullet” made his return to Eagle Valley Speedway’s oval a good one as he took the win in a 40-lap feature event on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Joining Hensel in the winner’s circle were Shane Kisling in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock, Cory Crapser in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified, Cody Kummer in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock, and George Richards in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock. On what proved to be a beautiful night for racing, fans packed the stands with one of the largest crowds ever in the facility’s history, with the races being presented by Miller Lite and Coca-Cola.
The first feature race of the night began with Andy Grymala and Eric Olson on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock show. Grymala was quick off the line to take the lead and led the first three laps, as Olson and Shane Kisling battled for second. With three laps in the books, Kisling did what he had threatened to do during the previous two laps and made the pass for the lead with Grymala and Olson left to fight it out for second and Mark Stender and Tommy Richards vying for third. Kisling, of Sarona, WI was able to survive several restarts for two separate cautions about midway through the race to go on to take his 12th win of the 2011 season in his Lakeview Dental-sponsored car.
The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next with Nick Koehler and Josh Smith leading the way. Smith showed good strength early, taking the lead by the end of lap one, with Koehler and Cory Crapser in hot pursuit. By the end of lap two, Crapser had made a successful pass for second, as Koehler settled in for third and Matt Leer hounding him for the third spot.
Just before the halfway point of the feature, with Smith still leading, Crapser ran second, Leer third, Koehler fourth, and Grant Southworth followed in fifth. With four laps to go in the 15-lap feature, Crapser made his move for the lead, dropping Smith to second as Leer ran third. In the end, it was Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin’s, Cory Crapser, taking his 12th feature win of the year in his GRP Motorsports-sponsored car. This win is something special, when you consider the fact that the previous night Crapser loaded up a basket of a barrel-rolled car at Rice Lake Speedway.
Cody Kummer and Jay Kesan lined up side-by-side for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature, which was next on the race card. Kesan was the early leader as he captured the lead spot by the end of lap one. Kesan had a dancing partner, though, as Kummer glued the front end of his car to the rear bumper of Kesan’s car. Kesan and Kummer ran one and two for 13 laps with Kesan in control. Kummer was tight on his bumper the whole time, as Jason Lang ran a few car lengths back and Adam Soltis was close behind. With the white flag ready to be unfurled, Kummer decided he was sick of being second and made the move to pass for the lead. As the white flag flew, Medford, Wisconsin’s Kummer made the pass, sending Kesan to second. Kummer went on to get his first win of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored car.
The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with Scott Schoettle and Dustin Doughty on the front row. It was neither of the front row competitors that would take the early lead as track points leader, George Richards, took command early from his third-place starting spot. Richards was soon joined by Jason Havel, coming from fifth, to make the only serious challenge for the lead for the night. Despite two successive cautions during laps seven and eight, the Mondovi, WI native, Richards was able to hold off all comers to take yet another Pure Stock win in his Outlaw Chassis-sponsored car.
Up next—the main event with Adam Hensel on the pin and Mike Prochnow at his side for the start of the Dart Challenge Series Late Model feature. The feature began with a bad start when Hensel was slow getting off the line. After the cars were regrouped, the second start was successful with Hensel shooting to the lead as Prochnow wrestled Jake Redetzke for second.
By the end of lap four, Hensel was still in the lead and Redetzke had moved up to second, followed by Jimmy Mars, Prochnow, and Joel Cryderman.
A caution during lap five for a spinning Jake Hartung, reset the field. When racing resumed Hensel once again grabbed the point, this time followed by Mars, Redetzke, Prochnow, and Cryderman.
As the race neared the halfway mark, Jim Rychtik’s car came to rest against the front stretch wall. Rychtik was fine, but he retired his car to the pits and the race resumed with Hensel once again showing the way, followed closely by Mars.
Moving on a few laps to lap 24, Hensel was on a mission as he stretched his lead to almost a full turn with Mars, Redetzke, Cryderman and now, Steve Laursen, giving chase.
With ten laps to go in the 40-lap feature and lapped traffic looking like it was going to be a factor, things looked like they were once again going to get really interesting as Redetzke was eyeing up Mars for a shot at the second spot.
We didn’t know it at the time, but Mars was having fuel pump issues and would leave the race with three laps to go, sending Redetzke to second as Hensel continued to lead. By race end, Hensel had picked up his second Challenge Series win making the folks in Barron, Wisconsin, once again proud of the “Barron Bullet”.
As of July 3, 2011, Redetzke continues to lead in the Dart Challenge Series points battle, followed by Hensel, Eric Breeschoten, John Kaanta, and Joel Cryderman.
Racing resumes on Saturday, July 9, when Eagle Valley Speedway presents an Enduro race. Sunday night, July 10, regular racing resumes with River Country Coop Night featuring WISSOTA Modified, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Eagle Valley Pure Stocks, and the Mod 600s.
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