Beaver Dam Raceway Report: April 23, 2015
by Matt Vaade
It was Budweiser Night at the races, and the King of Beers set a grand stage for the Legends National Qualifier and its combatants. When it was all said and done, the Masters and the Pros couldn’t catch the Young Lion, Cody Apfelbeck as he continues the trend of first time winners in Choice Insurance Legends action. “The Dual Threat” Johnny Kringas took the lead early on, but his lead would not last long as Justin Pearson worked the topside to wrestle the lead away from Kringas off of turn two. Kringas worked a cross over down the front stretch to reclaim the lead, however when he tried to shut the door, Pearson was still there sending Kringas into the spin cycle. This would hand the lead over to Aplfelbeck who was closing on the battle for the lead before the contact. Apfelbeck had to withstand a fury of challenges from Frankie Hoch, Kim Clover, and finally Mike Mueller to score his first career win. Chris Hoedel, Hoch, and Jason Moser scored heat wins.
In Weld Specialty Supply Modified action it was a rough night for points leader Andrew Araco, Araco was battling for 4th in the heat race when he became tangled with another car and slammed the turn one wall head on destroying the front end. In A main action Ben Godlewski held the lead through the early stages until Dustin Smits was able to slip by. Anyone that would rise to challenge Smits suffered an array of problems, Dylan Koltz tried it and caught the outside wall, Don Scheffler had a mechanical failure, Dave Shoenberger had a right front lock up going into three, and Matt Recheck went into the spin cycle while trying to power around the outside. Smits had to hold off Kevin Tillema and the hard charging David Jaeger who moved from his 18th starting spot to finish 3rd. Godlewski, Scheffler and Brian Crapser scored heat wins.
In Taco Bell Grand National action “Topside” Tommy Moore threw everything but the kitchen sink at “The Outlaw” Kenny Richards, even laying a door on him. In the end though, “The Outlaw” was too much to handle and he stepped away in the closing laps to secure his 5th consecutive win and remain unbeaten in Grand National action. Richards and Roger Frank took home heat wins.
In the Ultimateracecars.com Sport Modifieds it was all “Superman” Jeff Schmuhl. After a heated but brief battle with Jeremy Schwoch, Brandon Riedner and Adam Peschek, Schmuhl jumped on the cushion and set sail, pulling to over a straightaway lead on the battle for 2nd. Riedner and Keith Schmitt were your heat winners.
Napa Auto Parts Street Stocks put on the show of the night, well one driver anyway, Jason White. White was involved in a mid-race caution taking him from the top spot to dead last. That’s when the show started, with the field chasing Doug Engleking and Mark Baker, White was rim riding working traffic. Passing 17 cars in just 4 laps, White found himself in 3rd with time running out. Baker slipped by Engleking and then used a handful of lines to try and keep White at bay. At the line it was Baker over White, however in post-race inspection, Baker was disqualified giving the win to Jason White. Brandon Riedner, Michael Held, and White were victorious in the heats.
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