Jim Melis wins at PDTR
In the 27-lap PDTR 360 Sprint Car A main, 40-year veteran Al Schlafer of Sussex grabbed the lead on the opening lap from the pole. On lap 2, 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champ Kurt Davis drove low to pass outside front row starter Tim Haddy of Waupun for second.
Davis quickly moved in to challenge Schlafer and on lap 11 the Midwest Sprint Car Association career A-main victory leader swept past Schlafer to assume the top spot. Two laps later, Davis spun in turn two as Slinger’s Dannon Tessmer suffered a steering malfunction directly in front of him in turn two on lap 13.
After Davis restarted at the rear of the field, Schlafer inherited the lead back with fourth starter Will Gerrits of Waupun second and seventh starter Jim Melis running third.
On lap 16, a four-car incident in turn one sent the cars of Doug Wondra of Oakfield and 2008 PDTR Sprint Car champion Lance Fassbender of Burnett flipping. Wayne Modjeski and Anthony Knierim of Franksville were also involved in the melee. Both Wondra’s and Fassbender’s cars were heavily damaged and both drivers were done for the night.
On the restart, Melis worked his way into second and wasted no time closing in on Schlafer for the lead. On lap 21, Melis used the low line to power past Schlafer in turn three. Four laps later, 12th starter Justin Miller of Plymouth worked past Schlafer to gain the runner-up spot.
Out in front, Melis cruised over the final six laps to notch his second A-main victory of the season, 16th career PDTR A-main win and 19thoverall Midwest Sprint Car Association main event triumph.
Miller was second, Schlafer took third, Gerrits claimed fourth and point leader and 10th starter Brandon McMullen of Oshkosh posted a fifth-place showing after his team executed an engine change between his heat race and the A main.
1, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 2, KURT DAVIS. 3, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 4,
TONY WONDRA. 5, NICH MELIS. 6, KEVIN SEIDLER. 7, JOHN KRESBACH.
1, SCOTT CONGER. 2, JUSTIN MILLER. 3, TIM HADDY. 4, MICHAEL
YURMANOVICH. 5, DANNON TESSMER. 6, JOSH TEUNISSEN. 7, EMILY
1, MAYER AUTOMOTIVE. 2, KEVIN KARNTZ. 3, AL SCHLAFER. 4, PAUL
POKORSKI. 5, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 6, DICK KAISER. 7, TYLER BRABANT.
1, DANNY SCHLAFER. 2, WILL GERRITS. 3, CHRIS CLAYTON. 4, WAYNE
MODJESKI. 5, LANCE FASSBENDER. 6, DOUG WONDRA. 7, SHANE
1, LANCE FASSBENDER. 2, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 3, SHANE WENNINGER. 4,
JOHN KRESBACH. 5, TYLER BRABANT. 6, DOUG WONDRA. 7, JOSH
TEUNISSEN. 8, EMILY PORTSCHY. 9, DICK KAISER. 10, KEVIN SEIDLER.
11, NICH MELIS. 12, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH.
1, MAYER AUTOMOTIVE. 2, JUSTIN MILLER. 3, AL SCHLAFER. 4, WILL
GERRITS. 5, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 6, TIM HADDY. 7, KEVIN KARNTZ. 8,
TONY WONDRA. 9, PAUL POKORSKI. 10, SCOTT CONGER. 11, KURT
DAVIS. 12, SHANE WENNINGER. 13, TYLER BRABANT. 14, KEN JAY
FIEDLER. 15, CHRIS CLAYTON. 16, JOHN KRESBACH. 17, WAYNE
MODJESKI. 18, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 19, DOUG WONDRA. 20, LANCE
FASSBENDER. 21, DANNON TESSMER. 22, DANNY SCHLAFER.