RECAP: Ballstaedt Gets Two In A Row

The final free night of the year has come and gone after several attempts due to weather. Gazette Free Night was a success with many bikes given out to children and intense racing on the track before the season comes to an end.

The Skinny

In the craziest Schaeffer Oil Hornets race yet, Drew Nickell was still victorious. A total of 12 Hornets were on track, which provided three and four-wide racing at times. It was no match for Nickell, who beat Troy Scott to the front. Several new drivers emerged on the scene which included Adam Weller (6th), Harold Scott (7th), and Steven Schmitz (9th).

While sparks flew between a couple drivers in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature, it was all behind Jim Hanson once again. Kurt Bohnsack held onto second for most of the race until going for a spin on the last lap. Jason Sherman ended up with the runner up spot. It was the 9th win of the year for Hanson.

Eight Cassill Motors Sport Mods competed in the feature, but Jason Doyle was the class of the field and captured his 5th win on the season. Doyle had to hold off a group of cars which included the cousin trio of Creston, Jonny, and Scott Williams.

Besting his total from last year already, Austin Slabaugh captured his 3rd Bulltown Legends Series victory. After starting on the outside of the front row, Slabaugh was able to keep just enough space between himself and Dave McCalla when the checkered flag flew.

For the second week in a row, nobody could get around Dave Ballstaedt to defeat him. Despite it being close, as the rest of the field battled behind him, Ballstaedt continued to keep control of the Coca-Cola Sportsmen race. With Cory Houdek winning the heat race and Braxton Franks finishing 2nd in the feature, no points were gained by either driver for the championship.

Next week is the final week of racing before our season championships. The Lil Racer Car Club will be having Big Wheel Races in addition to action from our regular weekly series.

Photos by Joe Reese

RECAP: Ness Claims First Legends Victory

On ImOn Communications Night, there was candy to be seen on the track all over during the annual Candy Dash. And when the races got started, a couple drivers powered to get their first win of the year, and in one case, their first series victory ever. Just a few weeks remain on the 2019 racing schedule, so drivers will be giving it everything they have.

The Skinny

No surprise that Drew Nickell ended up in victory lane in the Schaeffer Oil Hornets, but it wasn’t without a fight from Cristian Grady who led early on. When Nickell got to Grady, the two traded some paint until the checkered flag flew with Nickell coming out ahead.

For a special $500-to-win Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature (courtesy of Cancun Mexican Grill & Bar and DS Disposal), Kurt Bohnsack arrived on the scene to be Jim Hanson’s biggest competition. However, Bohnsack just didn’t have enough at the end for Hanson.

In the first of two Coca-Cola Sportsmen features, CJ VanHorn captured his first victory on the season in just his second start on the year. Cory Houdek finished runner up, which helped him gain some ground in the points.

In the second feature, Dave Ballstaedt started at the front and stayed there, outrunning the rest of the field. Braxton Franks made his way around Greg Hentrich late in the race but couldn’t make up the ground to Ballstaedt. With a second place, Franks grew his point lead to eight markers.

From the back to the front, Jason Doyle raced to his 4th Cassill Motors Sport Mod win of the season. A late battle between Scott Williams and Doyle set for a good finish, with Williams ending up in the second finishing spot. Doyle now sits just 5 points ahead of Mike McDonald, who was unable to finish the race with car issues.

Todd Ness held his line and kept the competitors at bay to earn his first Bulltown Legends feature. This is a big win for Ness after not having the season that he wanted up to this point. It all came together, though, as he put together a perfect race holding off Dave McCalla, Kevin Korsmo, and Brian Gibson at the end.

Next week is the makeup of Gazette Free Night, and we will be giving away bicycles for the kids to go with it!

Photos by Joe Reese