The first four laps of the 25-lap Sprint Car A main included a whirlwind of action as outside front row starter Justin Miller of Plymouth led the opening lap after polesitter Danny Schlafer of Sussex drifted high in turn one during the first lap.
On lap 2, PDTR Sprint Car rookie sensation Travis Arenz of Sheboygan, who started third, slipped past Miller to take over the top spot. Two laps later, Schmidt charged up from his outside third row starting spot to mount a challenge for the lead along the outside groove.
Schmidt then executed a daring outside pass of Arenz in turn two on lap 4 to assume the top spot. After a pair of caution flags on lap 17 and lap 18 for spins involving Plymouth’s Nich Melis, Waldo’s Chris Clayton and Waupun’s Tyler Brabant, Schlafer battled back to gain second on lap 19.
As the laps wound down, Schmidt maintained a solid full-straightaway margin over Schlafer en route to his ninth career PDTR Sprint Car A main victory and 24th overall Midwest Sprint Car Association A-main triumph of his career.
Schlafer finished second, Arenz wound up third, 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee finished fourth after starting eighth and Jim Melis of Glenbeulah, who started seventh, completed the top five.
1, JOSH WALTER. 2, LANCE FASSBENDER. 3, BEN SCHMIDT. 4, KEVIN
KARNTZ. 5, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH. 6, CHRIS CLAYTON. 7, ADAM
MILLER. 8, SCOTT CONGER.
1, SHANE WENNINGER. 2, TONY WONDRA. 3, TRAVIS ARENZ. 4, AL
SCHLAFER. 5, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 6, JOHN KRESBACH. 7, CHRIS
1, JUSTIN MILLER. 2, TYLER BRABANT. 3, DANNY SCHLAFER. 4, TIM
HADDY. 5, WILL GERRITS. 6, BILL TAYLOR. 7, CHRIS FLICK.
1, JIM MELIS. 2, PAUL POKORSKI. 3, KURT DAVIS. 4, BRANDON
MCMULLEN. 5, NICH MELIS. 6, DOUG WONDRA. 7, EMILY PORTSCHY.
1, ADAM MILLER. 2, WILL GERRITS. 3, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH. 4,
NICH MELIS. 5, CHRIS CLAYTON. 6, DOUG WONDRA. 7, BILL TAYLOR. 8,
SCOTT CONGER. 9, JOHN KRESBACH. 10, AL SCHLAFER. 11, EMILY
PORTSCHY. 12, CHRIS LARSON. 13, CHRIS FLICK.
1, BEN SCHMIDT. 2, DANNY SCHLAFER. 3, TRAVIS ARENZ. 4, KURT
DAVIS. 5, JIM MELIS. 6, PAUL POKORSKI. 7, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 8,
JOSH WALTER. 9, JUSTIN MILLER. 10, WILL GERRITS. 11, ADAM
MILLER. 12, SHANE WENNINGER. 13, LANCE FASSBENDER. 14, KEVIN
KARNTZ. 15, TIM HADDY. 16, TYLER BRABANT. 17, DOUG WONDRA. 18,
TONY WONDRA. 19, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH. 20, ANTHONY KNIERIM.
21, NICH MELIS. 22, CHRIS CLAYTON.