By: Paul Reichert
May 31, 2019
It is always great to see some new faces in victory lane. It keeps the racing exciting and brings the fans back to see different drivers winning. Several new drivers, many making their first appearance of the season at Tomah-Sparta Speedway, got their chance to ring the victory bell in TACU Victory Lane.
Larry DeVito took the lead early on in the Modified feature before being overtaken by Jay Potter on lap three. While Potter widened his advantage over the field, Brad Wildes got into a long side-by-side battle with DeVito. Wildes, the most recent feature winner, eventually took over second at the halfway mark of the 20-lap main event. Wildes was unable to make a dent in Potter’s lead as he drove away to a full straightaway win over Wildes. DeVito battled with Paul Brown for several laps before the reigning Modified champion took over third with three laps to go.
The Sportsmen finally got to run their own feature for the first time this season. Minnesota driver Greg Borchardt quickly got in front of Jake Schiller at the start, but they would battle non-stop throughout the feature. Schiller got alongside of Borchardt for several laps, but got loose in turn four on lap 10. He quickly made up ground and would be glued to Borchardt in the final laps. Borchardt held Schiller off to capture the checkered flag first.
The one constant of the night was in the Hobby Stock feature. Mike Borchardt led the first two laps before point leader Andy Moore took command of the race. Once again Moore would have to contend with Raymond Hardy for the lead. There would also be a new challenge to Moore’s dominance coming from Mike Krieger. Hardy and Krieger got into their own battle for second. They even nearly ended up in the back straight wall with five laps to go. Moore was untouchable as he claimed his third straight feature win, with Krieger taking second over Hardy.
James Rittenhouse led the opening lap of the Hornet feature, but Rob Stanfield surged by Rittenhouse to take over the top spot on lap two. Stanfield would be caught by both Troy Tuma and Patrick Thicke, and they would be locked in a three-way battle over the lead. Thicke found an opening, shot through it and claimed the lead with six to go. Thicke would runaway with the win, while Tuma got by Stanfield for second.
Jestin Delap, Sr. started on the pole for the TACU 6 Shooter feature and held onto the lead despite a couple early yellow flags. One of those yellows hit point leader Tristan Drazkowski hard. Delap would drive away from the field, but Cameron Riggs tried to make things interesting. Riggs closed on Delap in the final laps, but Delap held enough of an advantage over Riggs to score the victory.
In the Mini Stock feature, Jordan Young took the lead early in the 2018 season championship car driven by Patrick Thicke. Tim Finstad powered by Young on lap three, and would not be challenged the rest of the way. Finstad pulled out to a huge lead and scored his first feature win of the season.
The Chaos division returned to action with the Stop-N-Go Race, where you had to come to a complete stop in the designated zone every lap before you could continue. Troy Tuma was the lone Hornet in the field, and he would come out on top.
Action continues next Friday, June 7 with the Modifieds, Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Hornets, 6 Shooters and Mini Stocks. The Chaos division will be back in action with the Barrel Race. Gates open at 4:00, qualifying starts at 6:00 and racing starts at 7:30.
For more information about Tomah-Sparta Speedway or the 2019 schedule of events, please call the office at 608-461-1920 or visit tomahspartaspeedway.com.
Feature: 1. Jay Potter, 2. Brad Wildes, 3. Larry DeVito, 4. Paul Brown, 5. Derrin Salo
Heat 1: 1. Salo, 2. Wildes, 3. Nick Quinnell
Heat 2: 1. L. DeVito, 2. Brown, 3. Potter
Qualifying: 1. Wildes, 2. Brown, 3. Salo
Feature: 1. Greg Borchardt, 2. Jake Schiller, 3. Troy Dobbratz, 4. Lonnie Wood, Sr.
Heat: 1. Schiller, 2. G. Borchardt, 3. Dobbratz
Qualifying: 1. Schiller, 2. G. Borchardt, 3. Dobbratz
Feature: 1. Andy Moore, 2. Mike Krieger, 3. Raymond Hardy, 4. Mike Borchardt, 5. Alex Rud
Heat: 1. Krieger, 2. M. Borchardt, 3. Andy Moore
Qualifying: 1. Andy Moore, 2. Hardy, 3. Krieger
Feature: 1. Patrick Thicke, 2. Troy Tuma, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Andrew Moore, 5. James Rittenhouse
Heat 1: 1. Thicke, 2. Danny Frye, 3. Tuma
Heat 2: 1. C. Stanfield, 2. Andrew Moore, 3. R. Stanfield
Qualifying: 1. Thicke, 2. C. Stanfield, 3. Tuma
TACU 6 Shooters
Feature: 1. Jestin Delap, Sr., 2. Cameron Riggs, 3. Clayton Haessig, 4. Tim Murphy, 5. Al Bartels
Heat 1: 1. Tristan Drazkowski, 2. Dustin McCracken, 3. Matt Moore
Heat 2: 1. Dan Frye, 2. Delap, 3. Rittenhouse
Qualifying: 1. Drazkowski, 2. Frye, 3. Delap
Feature: 1. Tim Finstad, 2. Jordan Young, 3. Paul Finch, 4. Donovan Hawes
Heat: 1. Young, 2. Finstad, 3. P. Finch
Qualifying: 1. Young, 2. P. Finch, 3. Hawes
Stop N Go Race: 1. Troy Tuma, 2. Dustin McCracken, 3. Dan Frye