Justin Miller pick up win at PDTR

 

The Sprint Car A-main headliner began with Tyler Brabant of Waupun and Tony Wondra of Campbellsport lined up on the front row. Despite dry and slick track conditions, the race featured three different leaders and plenty of jockeying for position throughout the field.

Wondra got the jump on the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting spot as point leader Josh Walter of Plymouth used the outside groove to jump from fourth at the start into second on the opening lap.

The first of two caution flags appeared on lap 5 when Scott Conger of Eagle spun in turn three. On the restart, Wondra continued to lead while Travis Arenz, who started third, bolted past Brabant and Walter to secure second on lap 8.

The second caution flag slowed the pace on lap 10 when two-time PDTR Sprint Car champion Danny Schlafer of Sussex spun in turn three and was collected by Chris Clayton of Waldo.

On the restart, Arenz flexed his muscle utilizing the extreme low groove to gain ground on Wondra, while Justin Miller, who started 10th, charged into third on lap 11.

After hounding Wondra for several laps, Arenz made his move on lap 16, taking the lead in turn one. Justin Miller followed suit in getting past Wondra to set up an exciting duel to the finish.

On lap 18, Arenz encountered slower traffic, which allowed Miller to close the gap considerably. The two dueled side-by-side briefly on lap 20 before Arenz pulled away after clearing the lapped car.

Miller worked the low line to perfection in the final five circuits to close within striking range. On the final lap, Miller shot underneath Arenz in turn one to seize the top spot. Miller then held on to claim his second career PDTR Sprint Car and fourth overall Midwest Sprint Car Association A-main triumph.

Arenz, who captured the 2013 PDTR Outlaw Compact championship, posted a career-best runner-up finish in his first season behind the wheel of a Sprint Car. Walter was third, Brabant finished fourth and Wondra rounded out the top five.

 

HEAT 1

1, BILL TAYLOR. 2, DANNY SCHLAFER. 3, JOSH WALTER. 4, ADAM

MILLER. 5, TIM HADDY. 6, CHRIS CLAYTON. 7, EMILY PORTSCHY.

HEAT 2

1, PAUL POKORSKI. 2, TONY WONDRA. 3, TRAVIS ARENZ. 4, SCOTT

CONGER. 5, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 6, KURT DAVIS. 7, NICH MELIS.

HEAT 3

1, JIM MELIS. 2, TYLER BRABANT. 3, KEVIN KARNTZ. 4, JUSTIN

MILLER. 5, DOUG WONDRA. 6, CHRIS FLICK.

A FEATURE

1, JUSTIN MILLER. 2, TRAVIS ARENZ. 3, JOSH WALTER. 4, TYLER

BRABANT. 5, TONY WONDRA. 6, PAUL POKORSKI. 7, KEVIN KARNTZ. 8,

JIM MELIS. 9, BILL TAYLOR. 10, KURT DAVIS. 11, DOUG WONDRA. 12,

ADAM MILLER. 13, SCOTT CONGER. 14, TIM HADDY. 15, DANNY

SCHLAFER. 16, NICH MELIS. 17, CHRIS FLICK. 18, KEN JAY FIEDLER. 19,

EMILY PORTSCHY. 20, CHRIS CLAYTON.

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