Kevin Karntz gets first A-Main win at PDTR

 

Polesitter Tim Haddy of Waupun and outside front row starter Dick Kaiser of Milwaukee led the 22-car Sprint Car field to the green flag in the 25-lap A-main with Haddy grabbing the early lead.

Two-time PDTR Sprint Car champ Danny Schlafer of Sussex used the outside line to power his way from his eighth starting spot to third on the opening lap. On lap 3, fourth starter Kevin Karnitz worked his way past Haddy into the lead.

While Karnitz gradually built up a solid eight-car advantage, Haddy and Schlafer battled back and forth for the runner-up spot as the two veteran racers exchanged slide jobs over the span of several laps.

On lap 8, Karnitz began to encounter lapped traffic and shortly after Schlafer cleared Haddy for second and quickly closed in on Karnitz for the lead. By lap 11, Schlafer worked both the high and low grooves to pressure Karnitz for the top spot.

Two laps later, Schlafer swept past Karnitz with a big slide job. However, a caution flag shortly after negated the both and kept Karnitz in the lead.

Karnitz pulled out to a solid lead on the ensuing restart as Schlafer found himself again engaged with Haddy in a battle for second. Shortly after, Schlafer and Haddy collided in turn one and collected 2008 PDTR Sprint Car champion Lance Fassbender of Burnett to trigger a caution period.

Schlafer managed to make repairs in the work area and return to the rear of the field, but Haddy and Fassbender were done for the night.

When the race resumed, Karnitz remained entrenched in the lead with fifth starter Doug Wondra of Oakfield second and Paul Pokorski of West Bend, who started sixth, in third and seventh starter Justin Miller of Plymouth fourth.

Pokorski and Miller each showed their strength in the closing laps to challenge Karnitz for the top spot. However, Karnitz was not to be denied as he hung on to post his first career PDTR Sprint Car A-main victory in his eighth season wheeling a Sprint Car.

Pokorski placed second, Miller was third, PDTR Sprint Car point leader Brandon McMullen charged with up the 15th starting spot to finish fourth and Kenjay Fiedler of Sheboygan Falls moved all the way up from 19th at the start to place fifth.

 

HEAT 1

1, DOUG WONDRA. 2, MAYER AUTOMOTIVE. 3, KEVIN KARNTZ. 4, DICK

KAISER. 5, WILL GERRITS. 6, AL SCHLAFER. 7, KEVIN SEIDLER. 8, KEN

JAY FIEDLER. 9, KURT DAVIS.

HEAT 2

1, PAUL POKORSKI. 2, TIM HADDY. 3, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 4, DANNY

SCHLAFER. 5, TYLER BRABANT. 6, EMILY PORTSCHY. 7, CHRIS

CLAYTON. 8, JOSH TEUNISSEN.

HEAT 3

1, JUSTIN MILLER. 2, DANNON TESSMER. 3, SCOTT CONGER. 4, LANCE

FASSBENDER. 5, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 6, NICH MELIS. 7, TONY

WONDRA. 8, JOHN KRESBACH.

B FEATURE

1, TONY WONDRA. 2, EMILY PORTSCHY. 3, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 4, NICH

MELIS. 5, CHRIS CLAYTON. 6, JOSH TEUNISSEN. 7, KEVIN SEIDLER. 8,

JOHN KRESBACH. (DNS).9, KURT DAVIS. (DNS).

A FEATURE

1, KEVIN KARNTZ. 2, PAUL POKORSKI. 3, JUSTIN MILLER. 4, BRANDON

MCMULLEN. 5, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 6, DOUG WONDRA. 7, SCOTT

CONGER. 8, AL SCHLAFER. 9, DANNY SCHLAFER. 10, TONY WONDRA.

11, DANNON TESSMER. 12, TYLER BRABANT. 13, DICK KAISER. 14,

CHRIS CLAYTON. 15, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 16, KEVIN SEIDLER. 17,

EMILY PORTSCHY. 18, JOSH TEUNISSEN. 19, NICH MELIS. 20, MAYER

AUTOMOTIVE. 21, TIM HADDY. 22, LANCE FASSBENDER. 23, WILL

GERRITS.

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