Lutz Scores Steele County ASCS Northern Plains Victory OWATONNA, Minn. (September 16, 2006) -- South Dakota's Eric Lutz posted his first career American Sprint Car Series feature win by wiring the field in Saturday night's 25-lap...
Lutz Scores Steele County ASCS Northern Plains Victory
OWATONNA, Minn. (September 16, 2006) -- South Dakota's Eric Lutz posted his first career American Sprint Car Series feature win by wiring the field in Saturday night's 25-lap ASCS Northern Plains Region main event at Steele County Speedway.
Starting the feature from the front row outside position, Lutz outgunned polesitter Scott Winters for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Lutz held a comfortable lead aboard the Bruns-powered Turkey Ridge Oil/Ahrens Chimney Technique No. 5 Schnee until a pair of mid-race cautions bunched the field.
While the dueling pair of Winters and current series point leader Chuck Swenson appeared poised to challenge Lutz for the lead, Lutz checked out following a red flag stoppage for Shawn VanWyhe's turn two tipover with just ten laps to go.
Lutz raced to the checkered flag unabated over the final rounds, while Swenson secured the runner-up slot on the 18th circuit. Swenson clinched the inaugural ASCS Northern Plains Region championship with his runner-up showing.
Winters settled for the show position, with Curt Lund and Lee Grosz rounding out the top five. Jody Rosenboom crossed the stripe sixth, with Alan Gilbertson, John Nelson, Ryan Wilson and Johnny Parsons III completing the top ten.
ASCS Northern Plains Region Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. X-Chuck Swenson, 2. 4-Lee Grosz, 3. K9-Jody Rosenboom, 4. 18-Ryan Wilson, 5. 14-John Nelson, 6. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 7. 85-Johnny Parsons III, 8. 1B-Brett Geldner.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. R19-Scott Winters, 2. 5-Eric Lutz, 3. 87-Curt Lund, 4. 56-Johnn Cressman, 5. 1HD-Kenny Chapman, 6. 99-Shawn VanWyhe, 7. 18H-Tony Hargrave, 8. 29-Leigh Thomas.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 5-Eric Lutz, 2. X-Chuck Swenson, 3. R19-Scott Winters, 4. 87-Curt Lund, 5. 4-Lee Grosz, 6. K9-Jody Rosenboom, 7. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 8. 14-John Nelson, 9. 18-Ryan Wilson, 10. 85-Johnny Parsons III, 11. 99-Shawn VanWyhe, 12. 18H-Tony Hargrave, 13. 56-Johnn Cressman, 14. 1HD-Kenny Chapman, 15. 1B-Brett Geldner. DNS: 29-Leigh Thomas.
ASCS Northern Plains Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Chuck Swenson 2,814, 2. Lee Grosz 2,431, 3. Eric Lutz 2,427, 4. Curt Lund 2,417, 5. Brett Geldner 1,996, 6. Dustin Lindquist 1,679, 7. Mike Sitzmann, Jr. 1,663, 8. Jake Peters 1,619, 9. Scott Winters 1,604, 10. Dusty Ballenger 1,531.