Justin Miller gets first PDTR win

 

 

Polesitter Justin Miller grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the 25-lap Sprint Car A main with 2010 PDTR Sprint Car champ Kurt Davis of South Milwaukee, who started on the outside of the front row, following in second.

On lap 4, Davis closed in to challenge Miller along the high groove. Two laps later, 2008 PDTR Sprint Car champ Lance Fassbender spun in turn two while running third, which brought out the first caution flag of the race.

With Miller running the high groove, Davis worked the middle to low lanes in an attempt to oust the lead from Miller when green flag action resumed. On lap 12, Davis attempted to slide past Miller in turn two, but Miller held strong to retain the lead.

The action really heated up two laps later when seventh starter Danny Schlafer joined the duel for the lead. With Miller sticking to the top, Davis running the middle and Schlafer working the low line, the three drivers raced three-wide on lap 17 with Miller holding the slightest of advantages over the two most successful drivers in the history of the Midwest Sprint Car Association.

On lap 18, Davis worked past Miller exiting turn two to seize the lead. However, Davis got very high in turn three and clipped the wall in turn four to bring out the second caution of the race and end his chance at victory.

Miller regained the lead on the restart with Schlafer trailing in second. Miller got a good job on the restart to pull out to a quarter straightaway cushion before Schlafer battled back to mount a late charge. The hard-charging Schlafer slipped past Miller along the inside lane to seize the lead on lap 24.

However, Miller pulled off a big power move on the cushion in turns one and two to regain the lead on the final lap and nip Schlafer by one car length at the finish line to register his first career PDTR Sprint Car main event victory and his second overall MSA A-main triumph.

Schlafer had to settle for second, eighth starter Jim Melis of Glenbeulah finished third, fifth starter Ben Schmidt of Howards Grove placed fourth and Kevin Karnitz of West Bend, who started sixth, placed fifth.

 

HEAT 1

1, DANNY SCHLAFER. 2, KEVIN KARNTZ. 3, MAYER AUTOMOTIVE. 4,

SHANE WENNINGER. 5, TONY WONDRA. 6, DANNON TESSMER. 7,

CHRIS FLICK. 8, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH.

HEAT 2

1, ANDREW WESTPHAL. 2, TIM HADDY. 3, KURT DAVIS. 4, WILL

GERRITS. 5, DICK KAISER. 6, JOSH TEUNISSEN. 7, MARK TOPCZEWSKI.

HEAT 3

1, BEN SCHMIDT. 2, JUSTIN MILLER. 3, PAUL POKORSKI. 4, ANTHONY

KNIERIM. 5, CHRIS CLAYTON. 6, JOHN KRESBACH. 7, AKRIGHT AUTO.

HEAT 4

1, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 2, LANCE FASSBENDER. 3, TYLER BRABANT.

4, SCOTT CONGER. 5, NICH MELIS. 6, TRAVIS ARENZ. 7, EMILY

PORTSCHY.

B FEATURE

1, SHANE WENNINGER. 2, NICH MELIS. 3, SCOTT CONGER. 4, DANNON

TESSMER. 5, JOHN KRESBACH. 6, CHRIS CLAYTON. 7, JOSH

TEUNISSEN. 8, AKRIGHT AUTO. 9, TRAVIS ARENZ. 10, EMILY

PORTSCHY. 11, CHRIS FLICK. 12, MARK TOPCZEWSKI. 13, MICHAEL

YURMANOVICH. (DNS).

A FEATURE

1, JUSTIN MILLER. 2, DANNY SCHLAFER. 3, MAYER AUTOMOTIVE. 4,

BEN SCHMIDT. 5, KEVIN KARNTZ. 6, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 7, TIM

HADDY. 8, PAUL POKORSKI. 9, ANDREW WESTPHAL. 10, TYLER

BRABANT. 11, CHRIS CLAYTON. 12, DICK KAISER. 13, LANCE

FASSBENDER. 14, TONY WONDRA. 15, WILL GERRITS. 16, JOHN

KRESBACH. 17, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 18, SCOTT CONGER. 19, DANNON

TESSMER. 20, KURT DAVIS. 21, SHANE WENNINGER. 22, NICH MELIS.

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