Lance Fassbender wins Mid-Season Championship at PDTR

 

The 21-car Sprint Car A-main rolled off with polesitter Nich Melis of Plymouth grabbing the lead at the drop of the green flag. By lap four, Fassbender was starting to show his strength as he moved into second place after starting fourth.Fassbender then reeled in Melis along the high groove of the third-mile clay oval over the next four laps before pulling off a successful slide job in turn one on lap 8 to secure the top spot bringing third starter John Krebsbach of Cascade along with him into second place.The first of three caution flags appeared on lap 10, which allowed the field to bunch up behind the 2008 PDTR Sprint Car champion. On lap 12, Fassbender got sideways in turn three, but managed to maintain the top spot as the battle for second began to heat up between sixth starter Brandon McMullen of Oshkosh, fifth starter Tim Haddy of Waupun and Plymouth’s Justin Miller, who started eighth.McMullen advanced to second on lap 13 with Haddy following in third. At the half-way point of the extended 30-lap race, Fassbender held a comfortable full straightaway advantage over McMullen.On lap 18, the race slowed again for debris. The ensuing restart produced the final caution of the event when Josh Teunissen of Waldo, Anthony Knierim of Franksville, Bill Taylor of Random Lake and Chris Clayton of Waldo collided exiting turn four. Knierim, Taylor and Clayton returned to the race, but Teunissen was done for the night.On the final restart, 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champion Kurt Davis pulled off a big slide job in turn two to vault past Haddy into third place. At the front of the field, Fassbender ran away and hid over the final 12 laps, working his way through lapped traffic with ease en route to his sixth career PDTR A-main victory and 19th overall Midwest Sprint Car Association main event triumph.McMullen maintained his PDTR Sprint Car point lead with a solid second-place finish, Davis wound up third, Haddy was fourth and Krebsbach posted a strong five-place finish.

 

HEAT 1

1, LANCE FASSBENDER. 2, DANNON TESSMER. 3, NICH MELIS. 4, JOSH

TEUNISSEN. 5, PAUL POKORSKI. 6, TYLER BRABANT. 7, EMILY

PORTSCHY. 8, ANTHONY KNIERIM.

HEAT 2

1, KURT DAVIS. 2, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 3, TIM HADDY. 4, CHRIS

CLAYTON. 5, MAYER AUTOMOTIVE. 6, Bill Taylor. 7, DOUG WONDRA.

HEAT 3

1, JOHN KRESBACH. 2, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 3, JUSTIN MILLER. 4, SCOTT

CONGER. 5, KEVIN KARNTZ. 6, DANNY SCHLAFER. 7, WILL GERRITS.

A FEATURE

1, LANCE FASSBENDER. 2, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 3, KURT DAVIS. 4,

TIM HADDY. 5, JOHN KRESBACH. 6, DANNY SCHLAFER. 7, TYLER

BRABANT. 8, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 9, MAYER AUTOMOTIVE. 10, KEVIN

KARNTZ. 11, SCOTT CONGER. 12, JUSTIN MILLER. 13, Bill Taylor. 14,

NICH MELIS. 15, PAUL POKORSKI. 16, CHRIS CLAYTON. 17, EMILY

PORTSCHY. 18, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 19, JOSH TEUNISSEN. 20, DOUG

WONDRA. 21, DANNON TESSMER. 22, WILL GERRITS. (DNS).

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