Kevin Karnitz wins MSA season opener at PDTR
Mike Yurmanovich of Cascade led the Sprint Car A-main to the green flag from the pole position with Paul Pokorski of West Bend lining up on the outside of the front row. Pokorski got the jump on the start to power into the lead along the high groove of the smooth, wide and slick track surface.
As Pokorski rocketed away from 2005 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champ Danny Schlafer of Sussex, who started third, the first of two caution flags was displayed on lap 2 when Nich Melis of Plymouth spun his machine in turn four.
On the restart, Schlafer got sideways and spun in turn two, triggering a five-car melee involving 2010 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee, Shane Wenninger of Kewaskum, Al Schlafer of Sussex and Adam Miller of Plymouth. All five drivers emerged uninjured, but none of them were able to return to the race.
Pokorski grabbed the lead on the restart while sixth starter Kevin Karnitz used the high grove to move around fourth starter Robbie Pribbnow of Lomira to secure second on lap 3.
By lap 7, Pokorski had built up a full-straightaway lead over Karnitz. Three laps later, 14th starter Travis Arenz of Sheboygan moved in to take third from Pribbnow. Meanwhile, Karnitz was quickly reeling in the high-riding Pokorski along the low groove. On lap 16, Karnitz ducked underneath Pokorski to seize the top spot exiting turn four, while Arenz followed Karnitz into second place one lap later. Arenz appeared poised to challenge Karnitz as he drew within striking distance along the cushion on lap 19. However, Karnitz was too strong as he pulled away over the final five laps to notch his third career PDTR 360 Sprint Car A-main victory and fifth overall Midwest Sprint Car Association triumph of his career. Arenz had to settle for second, Pokorski held on to finish third, fifth starter Tyler Brabant of Waupun placed fourth and Pribbnow wound up fifth.
1, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH. 2, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 3, ADAM MILLER. 4,
WILL GERRITS. 5, JUSTIN MILLER. 6, DOUG WONDRA. 7, BILL TAYLOR.
8, TYLER TISCHENDORF.
1, DANNY SCHLAFER. 2, KEVIN KARNTZ. 3, AL SCHLAFER. 4, TIM
HADDY. 5, SHANE WENNINGER. 6, BRANDON BERTH. 7, SPYDER
AKRIGHT. 8, BRYCE SCHMITT.
1, KURT DAVIS. 2, NICH MELIS. 3, SCOTT CONGER. 4, CHRIS CLAYTON.
5, CHRIS FLICK. 6, SEAN RAYHALL. 7, BLAKE WONDRA. 8, MIKE
1, TYLER BRABANT. 2, ROBBIE PRIBNOW. 3, JUSTIN ERICKSON. 4,
LANCE FASSBENDER. 5, TONY WONDRA. 6, JACK VANDERBOOM. 7,
TYLER DAVIS. 8, TYLER NELSON.
1, MAYER RACING. 2, PAUL POKORSKI. 3, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 4,
TRAVIS ARENZ. 5, JOSH WALTER. 6, JOSH TEUNISSEN. 7, PRESTON
1, JUSTIN MILLER. 2, LANCE FASSBENDER. 3, WILL GERRITS. 4, JOSH
TEUNISSEN. 5, JACK VANDERBOOM. 6, TYLER DAVIS. 7, BRYCE
SCHMITT. 8, BLAKE WONDRA. 9, SCOTT CONGER. 10, BRANDON
BERTH. 11, DOUG WONDRA. 12, PRESTON RUH.
1, JOSH WALTER. 2, SHANE WENNINGER. 3, AL SCHLAFER. 4, TONY
WONDRA. 5, BILL TAYLOR. 6, SPYDER AKRIGHT. 7, MIKE DECKER. 8,
CHRIS FLICK. 9, TYLER NELSON. 10, TYLER TISCHENDORF. 11, SEAN
1, KEVIN KARNTZ. 2, TRAVIS ARENZ. 3, PAUL POKORSKI. 4, TYLER
BRABANT. 5, ROBBIE PRIBNOW. 6, TIM HADDY. 7, JUSTIN MILLER. 8,
WILL GERRITS. 9, CHRIS CLAYTON. 10, LANCE FASSBENDER. 11,
BRANDON MCMULLEN. 12, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 13, MICHAEL
YURMANOVICH. 14, JOSH WALTER. 15, MAYER RACING. 16, JUSTIN
ERICKSON. 17, DANNY SCHLAFER. 18, KURT DAVIS. 19, ADAM MILLER.
20, SHANE WENNINGER. 21, AL SCHLAFER. 22, NICH MELIS.