Danny Schlafer picks up win on final night at PDTR

 

Outside front row starter Doug Wondra of Lomira jumped out to the lead on the drop of the green flag of the 25-lap PDTR 360 Sprint Car A main. With Wondra leading polesitter Shane Wenninger of Kewaskum and fourth starter Tim Haddy of Waupun in the early going, the first of two caution flags appeared on lap 4 when Josh Walter of Plymouth spun in turn two.

On the restart, the low-riding Wenninger and the cushion-pounding Haddy moved in to pressure on lap 7. One lap later, Haddy powered around Wenninger and Wondra entering turn one to claim the top spot.

On lap 9, Haddy jumped the cushion and clipped the turn four wall to allow Wondra to regain the top spot just before the second caution came out for Kurt Davis, who entered the program with a 15-point lead over Justin Miller in the PDTR 360 Sprint Car point standings, following heavy contact with the wall between turns three and four after a mechanical failure on his machine.

The accident ended Davis’ night and relegated him to a 22nd-place finish.

After Haddy pitted following contact with the turn four wall while leading, Wondra held the top spot on the restart with Wenninger and 10th starter Adam Miller of Plymouth in tow.

On lap 9, Adam Miller powered past Wenninger into second place before moving past Wondra to grab the lead in turn two on lap 10. Meanwhile, seventh starter Danny Schlafer was making his move as he pulled off a perfect slide job to take second on lap 11.

Three laps later, Schlafer slid past Adam Miller take the lead on lap 14. Schlafer then worked the high groove to perfection to maintain a solid lead, while Will Gerrits of Waupun, who was making his first appearance since suffering a broken arm in an accident at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam in early July, assumed second on lap 22.

Schlafer weaved his way through lapped traffic in the closing laps to secure his record 22nd PDTR 360 Sprint Car A-main victory and 51stMidwest Sprint Car Association (MSA) A-main triumph.

Gerrits registered his best career 360 Sprint Car finish with a second-place showing, 2017 PDTR 360 Sprint Car champ Brandon McMullen of Oshkosh, who started third, placed third, Adam Miller ended up fourth and Wenninger rounded out the top five.

After starting 12th, Justin Miller posted an eighth-place finish to secure his first career PDTR 360 Sprint Car championship by two points over Kurt Davis, who topped Miller to secure his third career MSA title.

 

HEAT 1

1, TRAVIS ARENZ. 2, SHANE WENNINGER. 3, WILL GERRITS. 4, DOUG

WONDRA. 5, JOHN KRESBACH. 6, CHRIS FLICK. 7, DICK KAISER. 8, AL

SCHLAFER. 9, TONY WONDRA.

HEAT 2

1, TIM HADDY. 2, DANNY SCHLAFER. 3, PAUL POKORSKI. 4, CHRIS

CLAYTON. 5, SCOTT CONGER. 6, TYLER BRABANT. 7, JIM MELIS. 8,

JEREMY HUNT. 9, WAYNE MODJESKI.

HEAT 3

1, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 2, KURT DAVIS. 3, ADAM MILLER. 4, KEVIN

KARNTZ. 5, JUSTIN MILLER. 6, JOSH WALTER. 7, BILL TAYLOR. 8,

BRANDON BERTH. 9, CHRIS LARSON.

B FEATURE

1, CHRIS FLICK. 2, JOHN KRESBACH. 3, BRANDON BERTH. 4, BILL

TAYLOR. 5, AL SCHLAFER. 6, DICK KAISER. 7, JIM MELIS. 8, WAYNE

MODJESKI. 9, JEREMY HUNT. 10, TONY WONDRA. 11, CHRIS LARSON.

(DNS).

A FEATURE

1, DANNY SCHLAFER. 2, WILL GERRITS. 3, BRANDON MCMULLEN. 4,

ADAM MILLER. 5, SHANE WENNINGER. 6, TRAVIS ARENZ. 7, TYLER

BRABANT. 8, JUSTIN MILLER. 9, DOUG WONDRA. 10, KEVIN KARNTZ.

11, PAUL POKORSKI. 12, JOSH WALTER. 13, BILL TAYLOR. 14, CHRIS

CLAYTON. 15, SCOTT CONGER. 16, AL SCHLAFER. 17, JOHN

KRESBACH. 18, BRANDON BERTH. 19, CHRIS FLICK. 20, DICK KAISER.

21, TIM HADDY. 22, KURT DAVIS.

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