Tony Wondra gets first win of season at PDTR

 

Tony Wondra began the 25-lap Sprint Car A main from the pole position with PDTR Sprint Car point leader Justin Miller of Plymouth on the outside of the front row. Wondra jumped out to the lead on the drop of the green flag before Kevin Karnitz of West Bend flipped hard in turn two to bring out a red flag on lap 2. Karnitz emerged from his machine uninjured, but he was done for the night.

On the restart, fourth starter Travis Arenz of Sheboygan, who became the first rookie in the history of the Midwest Sprint Car Association to win an A main last Sunday at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, worked his way up to second while eighth starter Paul Pokorski of West Bend rode the high groove into third on lap 4.

On lap 7, the leaders began to encounter slower traffic on the fast and wide racing surface. As leaders hit dense lapped traffic, Pokorski used a high move to swing past Arenz into the runner-up spot on lap 11.

Five laps later, Wondra, Pokorski and Miller were running in tight nose-to-tail formation at the head of the pack before the second caution flag of the race was displayed on lap 16 for a collision in turn four involving Travis Arenz and Mike Yurmanovich of Cascade.

Another caution flag flew on the ensuing restart when Robbie Pribnow of Lomira, who was making his 2018 season debut, slowed with a flat fire.

Wondra continued to lead on the final restart with Pokorski and Miller in tow. On lap 20, two-time PDTR Sprint Car champion Danny Schlafer slipped past the low-riding Miller along the outside groove to seize third place.

Out in front of the field, Wondra held strong running primarily the high groove as Pokorski attempted to close the gap along the cushion over the final five laps. Wondra maintained a solid lead as the laps wound down en route to his second career PDTR Sprint Car A-main victory and sixth overall Midwest Sprint Car Association A-main triumph.

Pokorski racked up a PDTR season-best second-place showing, Schlafer wound up third, Miller was fourth and third starter Kurt Davis rounded out the top five.

 

HEAT 1

1, CHRIS CLAYTON. 2, KURT DAVIS. 3, DOUG WONDRA. 4, LANCE

FASSBENDER. 5, TIM HADDY. 6, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 7, TYLER BRABANT

HEAT 2

1, JUSTIN MILLER. 2, TONY WONDRA. 3, PAUL POKORSKI. 4, KEVIN

KARNTZ. 5, CHRIS FLICK. 6, AL SCHLAFER. 7, JOHN KRESBACH.

HEAT 3

1, TRAVIS ARENZ. 2, ROBBIE PRIBNOW. 3, NICH MELIS. 4, JIM MELIS. 5,

MICHAEL YURMANOVICH. 6, ADAM MILLER. 7, JEREMY HUNT.

HEAT 4

1, DANNY SCHLAFER. 2, JOSH WALTER. 3, DICK KAISER. 4, BILL

TAYLOR. 5, BRANDON BERTH. 6, SHANE WENNINGER.

B FEATURE

1, AL SCHLAFER. 2, TIM HADDY. 3, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH. 4, JOHN

KRESBACH. 5, CHRIS FLICK. 6, ADAM MILLER. 7, TYLER BRABANT. 8,

SCOTT CONGER. 9, BRANDON BERTH. 10, ANTHONY KNIERIM. 11,

JEREMY HUNT. 12, SHANE WENNINGER. (DNS).

A FEATURE

1, TONY WONDRA. 2, PAUL POKORSKI. 3, DANNY SCHLAFER. 4, JUSTIN

MILLER. 5, KURT DAVIS. 6, LANCE FASSBENDER. 7, JIM MELIS. 8, JOSH

WALTER. 9, BILL TAYLOR. 10, TIM HADDY. 11, NICH MELIS. 12, AL

SCHLAFER. 13, DICK KAISER. 14, DOUG WONDRA. 15, CHRIS CLAYTON.

16, CHRIS FLICK. 17, ADAM MILLER. 18, JOHN KRESBACH. 19, TRAVIS

ARENZ. 20, ROBBIE PRIBNOW. 21, MICHAEL YURMANOVICH. 22, KEVIN

KARNTZ.

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