Buggies, Buggies and more Buggies put on a Show for the Fans By Nancy Schilke - Motorsport.com Saturday, August 11 -- Twenty-seven light buggies took the green flag and by turn one, at least nine buggies were going for the lea at Bark River ...
Buggies, Buggies and more Buggies put on a Show for the Fans
By Nancy Schilke - Motorsport.com
Saturday, August 11 -- Twenty-seven light buggies took the green flag and by turn one, at least nine buggies were going for the lea at Bark River Raceway. Six buggies went into turn three and had a bumper-to-bumper incident. Three remained and three (John Huven, Mike Staples and Jim Schmit) continued. As the pack came out of the back section, slight contact was made going into the right-hand sweeper at the bottom of the "jump" hill and Steve Oman flipped. Oman did continued.
Tight battle for first between Ben Andrews, Greg Stingle and Josh Hintz for most of the race until about six laps from the end when Hintz appeared to have lost it in the back section and lost several positions. Andrews pulled ahead of Stingle with about four laps to go. Andrews went onto win the first race of the day. "Thanks to my brother, dad and family for their support and to the fans for coming out today. Glad we put on a good show this morning," stated Andrews when asked about being a member of one of the true off-road racing families. Ryan Andrews, Ben's brother, will race later today in the Pro 2 class.
Top four in Light Buggy: Andrews, Stingle, Ben O'Connell, Matt Gerald
Next up in the Buggy classes was Single Buggy where four cars battle for the lead from the start. Dan Johnson took the early lead until a puff of smoke that caused him to back down and later put him out of the race. Michael Seefeldt took over the lead with Mark Steinhardt moving into second. Todd Crump was in the early lead group until a mechanical problem forced him to take it easy for the remaining laps.
Seefeldt and Steinhardt have bounced the point leader position back and forth all season. The race between them came down to a matter of running out of their tear-offs and when Seefeldt was starting to have "vision" problems, turn three turned out to be the downfall. Going into the turn with a slight lead over Steinhardt, Seefeldt went off line, spun and allowed the room needed by Steinhardt to take the lead and keep it.
This is the fourth win in a row for Steinhardt and the first in a borrowed buggy. This past week, lightning struck his shop and he lost everything. Fortunately, last year's champion switched to Pro Lite this year and Steve Federico gave the winning buggy to Steinhardt for this race (and perhaps the rest of the season). "Today turned into good luck and thanks to the loan of the buggy from Steve - it paid off with a victory here," stated Steinhardt. (Federico did get to winner's circle to exchange a high-five for the win)! Steinhardt went on to thank Steve and several other CORR family members for the help.
Top four in Single Buggy: Steinhardt, Seefeldt, Crump, Brad Erickson.
Super Buggy was the last of the buggy classes to hit the dirt. Corry Heynen took the lead and extended it early in the going over Scott Schwalbe. Turned out to be a good move when Heynen developed problems during the final laps and Schwalbe was able to catch him.
"Lost the power steering with two laps to go and then lost the oil," stated Heynen. On the final lap in the last few corners, Schwalbe was able to stick his nose right on the tail of Heynen but was unable to pass him. Heynen said, "this was a very clean race and I was glad to have had such a good lead."
Top four in Super Buggy: Heynen, Schwalbe, Todd Wallace, Scott Peterson