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(KAUKAUNA, WI) Aug 22 – Hometown driver Jesse Oudenhoven pulled away from Appleton’s Jeff Van Oudenhoven for the lead on lap twelve and raced on to capture the Rich Somers Memorial race at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna Thursday night.
The veteran Van Oudenhoven led the early going in the 35 lap feature tagging along with Oudenhoven and pulling away from the pack. The duo’s big lead was erased on lap eight when the cars of Brent Strelka, Bobby Kendall and Brady Baldry tangled in turn four.
When racing resumed Oudenhoven pulled door-to-door with Van Oudenhoven as the pair scrapped for the top spot for the next several circuits. Oudenhoven pulled away to take the lead on lap 12 and pulled away to a three car length edge over Van Oudenhoven. Oudenhoven quickly put some real estate between himself and the rest of the pack.
You keep knocking ‘em down and you wonder how it all happens,” Oudenhoven said in victory lane. “Three feature wins in one season. For our team that’s huge. Jeff (Van Oudenhoven) had me on that first restart. If it would have been a single file restart I doubt I’d have been able to get him.” Van Oudenhoven settled for second, followed by Andy Monday, Gabe Sommers and Casey Johnson. Sommers was ruled to have been black flagged by starter Dennis Pipekorn on the white flag lap, bumping Johnson to fourth and Maxwell Schultz to the fifth spot. Sommers was scored in 15th.
Neenah’s Braison Bennett fended off a late race charge from Eddie Muenster and Nate Van Wychen to score the late model feature race. Muenster, Van Wychen, Bryan Monday and Mike Meyerhofer placed second through fifth, respectively.
Fremont’s Dylan Wenzel put a stomping on the super stock field. The former track champion beat the field by a full straightaway in the super stock feature. The victory was Wenzel’s third in just four outings on Thursday nights this year. Veteran George Schwalbach, Greg Hauser, Josh Mueller and Trevor Howard placed second through fifth, respectively.
Three yellows in the first three laps eliminated a handful of cars at the start of the Pavement Pounder dirt sportmod race, including 2018 champion Brock Saunders, R.W. Aschenbrenner, Randy Theys and Doug Maurer. Haese took second, followed by Jake Carpenter, Dale Cayemberg and John Ostermann.
Mueller and his team fixed their racer up after Mueller rolled his mount during the heat race, keeping he and teammate Dave Meyerhofer’s hopes alive in the division point chase with the team of Hauser and Wayne Sonkowsky.
Denmark’s Bobby Wautier got the monkey off his back and scored his first sport truck feature of the year. Wautier fought off Kylee Vandermoss and Kyle Quella at the checkers. With his third place finish Appleton’s Quella sealed the deal and captured the division championship.
Former track champion CraigVanderwettering merged victorious in the Figure 8 feature.
Next Thursday night August 29 will be championship night with Valley Liquor sponsoring the annual Fan Appreciation night complete with free beer and corn after the races. Racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m. You can check frrc.us for more information or follow the club’s Facebook page.
SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Jesse Oudenhoven, Kaukauna; Jeff Van Oudenhoven, Appleton; Andy Monday, Appleton; Casey Johnson, Cambridge; Maxwell Schultz, Reedsville; Kyle Calmes, Freedom; Michael Anthony, Appleton; Sawyer Effertz, Darboy; Taylor Vandermoss, Appleton; Alex Stumpf, Woodville; Lowell Bennett, Neenah; Pete Vandermolen Jr., Oshkosh; Brady Baldry, Oshkosh; Mickey Schallie, Darboy; Gabe Sommers, Stevens Point; Neal Sannes, De Pere; Tim Springstroh, Freedom; Randy Schuler, Mequon; Bobby Kendall, Montello; Brent Strelka, Freedom
SEMI-FEATURE- Bennett; Schallie; Baldry; Sannes; Robby Younger, De Pere
HEATS 1) Effertz; Bennett 2) Anthony; Monday
DASH – Vandermoss
FAST TIME: Stumpf, 19.296
LATE MODEL FEATURE- Braison Bennett, Neenah; Eddie Muenster, Green Bay; Nate Van Wychen, Kaukauna; Bryan Monday, Appleton; Mike Meyerhofer, Hilbert; Mike King, Appleton; Will Timmers, Kaukauna; Chase Randerson, Oshkosh; Matthew Wittman, Appleton; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers; Rachel Meyerhofer, Brillion; Scott Baker, Kaukauna
HEAT – Wenzel; King
FAST TIME- Bennett, 20.188
PAVEMENT POUNDER FEATURE – Kevin Bethke, Neenah; Sawyer Haese, New Franken; Jake Carpenter, Ashwaubenon; Dale Cayemberg, Valders; John Ostermann, Norway, MI; Chad Ewald, Omro; Randy Theys, Algoma; Brock Saunders, Appleton; Doug Maurer, De Pere; R.W. Aschenbrenner, Oneida; Michael Bailey, Appleton (DNS)
HEATS 1) Saunders; Cayemberg 2) Haese; Carpenter
SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Dylan Wenzel, Fremont; George Schwalbach, Menasha; Greg Hauser, Wrightstown; Josh Mueller, Kaukauna; Trevor Howard, Kaukauna
HEATS 1) Schwalbach; Larry Raygo, Omro 2) Hauser; Jeff Treml, Greenleaf
SIZZLIN’ 4 FEATURES 1ST) Larry Belonger, Two Rivers; Emery Beattie, Little Chute; Tom Schweitzer, Menasha; Dan Thomson, Neenah; Mitchell Opsahl, Freedom 2ND) Larry Gintner, Neenah; Beattie; Steve Van Oudenhoven, Two Rivers; Heather Wolfgram, Oshkosh; Thomson
SPORT TRUCKS FEATURE – Bobby Wautier, Denmark; Kylee Vandermoss, Appleton; Kyle Quella, Appleton; Mike Byrge, Fond Du Lac; Cody Vander Loop, Freedom
HEATS 1) Dom Sokolik, Fond Du Lac; Casey Vander Loop, Freedom 2) Wautier; Quella
FIGURE 8 – Craig Vanderwettering, Kaukauna; Russ Lorbiecki, Sussex; Craig Krueger, Kaukauna