Elko, MN July 14, 2012—Lakeville’s Steve Anderson roared by pole sitter Derek Lemke as the opening green flew, then withstood two restarts and a determined run by Paul Paine to top the 23 car starting field in winning the NASCAR Super Late Model feature Saturday July 14, 2012 at Elko Speedway.
Anderson began the 40 lap headliner on the outside of the front row and beat Lemke off of turn two to take the lead, with Paine and Joel Theisen pressuring Lemke before the caution flew on lap three as Greg Gernetz lost the handle entering turn one. On the restart, Anderson again charged to the lead, with Paine and Theisen moving by Lemke to second and third before the caution flew on lap eight as Adam Royle tried to squeeze into a hole that quickly closed in turn three, sending him and Jason Schneider spinning wildly. On the ensuing restart, Anderson dictated the tempo to lead the field back to the green with Theisen immediately pressuring Paine in the battle for second as Chad Walen ducked under Matt Goede for fourth and fifth.
As the action remained “clean and green”, Goede’s slide continued as Bryan Roach and Donny Reuvers roared by on lap 14 moving to fifth and sixth. As the field reached the midpoint, Anderson had a three car length advantage over the dueling tandem of Paine and Theisen, but it was Walen and Reuvers who were on the move as they were able to reel in Theisen for third and fourth by lap 28 but in the end it was Anderson charging to the checkers, with Paine, Walen, Reuvers and Theisen earning top fives.
In the Big 8’s, the action was fast and furious early on as Mike Pederson and Mitch Weiss battled for early command, with Nick Beaver slipping by Weiss for second on lap three. As Pederson kept Beaver at bay, Lawrence Berthiaume and Doug Brown raced side by side for fourth and fifth, before the tandem worked by Weiss for third and fourth as Beaver continued to closed on Pederson. As the field neared the midpoint in the 25 lapper, a scary crash forced a red flag stoppage as veteran Darren Wolke had his throttle stick, sending his Dodge skidding into the turn three wall before coming to rest on the tracks apron, with Wolke able to walk away from the melee. When the action went back under the green, Pederson and Beaver resumed their battle, with Brown ducking under Berthiaume for third before he caught the lead tandem and bypassed them to take the lead on lap 14. As Brown extended his advantage, Beaver was able to move around Peterson for second on lap 16 before the caution flew on lap 22 as Weiss lost the handle on his ride exiting turn four. On the final restart, Brown was able to hold off Beaver to earn the win, with Jake Ryan sliding by Pederson for third with Jon Lemke earning a top five. Pederson’s finish was his first career top five in the Big 8’s and earned him the MONSTER Energy Performance of the week.
In the Thunder Cars, Conrad Jorgenson and Greg Borchardt battled for the early lead, with Steve Anderson charging by Devin Schmidt for third on lap three of 25. As Jorgenson powered to the lead, Anderson continued his pursuit of the leader passing Borchardt for second on lap five and then only needed five more laps to reel in the leader, taking the point from Jorgenson on lap 10. Once in the lead, Anderson kept a smooth and steady line and with the action remaining caution free was able to drive to his second consecutive feature win, with Jorgenson second, Borchardt third and Adam Wiebusch and Brent Kane closing fast to earn top fives.
In the Legends, Shon Jacobsen slid under pole sitter Teddy Hough to take the point on the opening charge, with Kyle Hansen, Michael Ostdiek and Pat Zandstra on the move to second through fourth before the caution flew on lap five as Zandstra and Hansen came in contact in turn four. On the restart, Jacobsen led the field to the green with Derek Lemke putting pressure on the leader, eventually taking the point on lap nine as Ostdiek made a big run on Jacobsen with the tandem spinning on lap 12 to force a final restart. On the final green, Tyler Sjoman came calling as he roared under Lemke to take the lead and charged to the apparent win, before he was DQ’ed for illegal fuel, moving Lemke to victory lane, with Hansen recovering to finish second with Zandstra, Benny VanCleve and Greg Erhardt earning top fives.
Topping off the NASCAR Whelen All American Series action were the Power Stocks and Paul Hamilton and Josiah King made early charges to distance themselves from the field as Hamilton worked to a nine car length lead over King just six laps into the 20 lapper, with Taylor Goldman ducking under Brian Wrolstad for third on lap nine. As the action went “wire to wire” under the green, it was Hamilton earning the dominant win over King and Goldman, with Wrolstad fourth and John Lebens rounding out the top five.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series action resumes on Saturday July 21, 2012 with great short track racing action followed by HAIRBALL performing “rain or shine” on the outdoor stage, with Critical Mass performing inside of Champions following HAIRBALL.