Zomer & Alley Ace ASCS Knoxville 360 Nationals Prelims KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 4, 2005) -- With 118 cars jammed into the pit area for the opening night of the 15th Annual American Sprint Car Series Knoxville 360 Nationals on Thursday night, it...
Zomer & Alley Ace ASCS Knoxville 360 Nationals Prelims
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 4, 2005) -- With 118 cars jammed into the pit area for the opening night of the 15th Annual American Sprint Car Series Knoxville 360 Nationals on Thursday night, it was South Dakota's Dusty Zomer and defending race champion Billy Alley of Nebraska scoring wins in the twin 20-lap preliminary features.
Zomer picked up his first career O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love 's Travel Stops & Country Stores feature win by topping an eventful first feature, with Alley decimating the field in the second main by racing to nearly a half-lap victory.
After several aborted attempts to start the first feature, pole starter Zomer outgunned Nate Mosher to zoom into the early lead, leaving seventh-starter Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and URC point leader Curt Michael to battle for second in front of Loren Langerud.
Zomer amassed a straightaway advantage in short order and was working through lapped traffic when the red flag flew after ten rounds for Ryan Anderson's turn four endo. Anderson was uninjured.
Michael charged into the lead on the ensuing restart, with Stenhouse and Langerud making their way past Zomer as well. Michael's lead wouldn't last long however, as Stenhouse tagged him from the rear entering turn one on the 16th round. Michael spun to a stop, while Stenhouse looped his mount but kept going. Stenhouse was forced to surrender the lead with a flat right front tire.
Langerud assumed the point as action resumed, with Zomer hot on his heels. As Zomer tried to slide past Langerud for the lead in turn four on the 16th round, the pair made contact with Langerud going for a wild ride.
Back under way, nobody could mount a challenge for Zomer as he raced to his first Knoxville win. Current O'Reilly ASCS National Tour point leader Gary Wright made quick work of second-runner Ricky Logan on the restart and claimed the runner-up slot after starting 22nd. Logan settled for the show position, with 11th-starter Jesse Hockett and Mosher rounding out the top five.
Jeff Mitrisin advanced from 12th to sixth, with Eric Jobe, 19th-starter Stacey Alexander, Michael and 24th-starter Nick Mulheim completing the top ten.
"I didn't mean to hit Loren (Langerud) like that, we were all sliding each other back and forth and it was just one of those racing deals," Zomer commented after his triumph aboard Russ Zomer's Schmidt-powered Bargain Barn Tire Center/T&R Contracting No. 1z Schnee.
Following an opening-lap red flag for a backstretch tumble by Texan Eric Baldaccini, the second 20-lapper ran in non-stop fashion.
Originally slated to start inside the third row, Alley moved up a row when Jason Johnson was forced to the work area to replace a nose wing following the opening lap tumble.
Alley needed less than two laps to dispose of opening-lap leader Zach Chappell, who had outgunned Brian Brown for the early lead. Once in front, there was no stopping Alley as he stormed to victory lane with an 8.592-second advantage aboard the Wesmar-powered Speedway Motors No. 22 Eagle.
"I haven't had a chance to talk to you fans from victory lane this year, it' s been a humbling season and we're learning from adversity," Alley explained in victory lane. "This is a special win and a really good way to kick off a big week of racing."
Alley scored his fourth career O'Reilly ASCS National Tour win with Chappell settling for a strong runner-up finish. Current Knoxville Raceway point leader and defending track champion Jake Peters battled past Brown at the midway point to snare the show position, with Brown settling for fourth in front of Randy Martin.
Josh Higday claimed sixth in front of Jesse Giannetto, with Jason Johnson charging from the tail to become the final car on the lead lap in eighth. Twenty-second starter Jonathan Allard and Danny Wood completed the top ten.
Heat race victories were claimed by Mosher, Zomer, Logan, Mike Dussel, Michael, Chad Humston, Peters, Martin, Danny Jennings, Giannetto, Frankie Heimbaugh and Chappell.
Don Droud, Jr., charged from 12th to win the First "C" Main, with 11th-starter Geoff Dodge winning the Second "C" Main.
Garry Lee Maier wired the field in the first "B" Main and had advanced to fifth in the First "A" Main before running out of fuel. Johnny Herrera led much of the way in the Second "B" Main before a cut tire sent him pitside, enabling ASCS Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Tony Bruce, Jr., to take the victory.
Stevie Walsh took a hard ride in turn two in the evening's fifth heat race, with Bryan Gossel getting upside down in turn one on the opening lap of the First "B" Main. While Walsh was transported to a local hospital for a quick check, there were no injuries.
First Heat (10 Laps): 1. Nate Mosher, 2. Ryan Anderson, 3. Jeff Mitrisin, 4. Kerry Madsen, 5. Garry Lee Maier, 6. Gavin Punch, 7. Chuck Swenson, 8. Eddie Leavitt, Jr., 9. Dustin Lindquist. DNS: Jimmy Taylor.
Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. Dusty Zomer, 2. Larry Ball, Jr., 3. Bryan Howland, 4. Bronson Maeschen, 5. Pete Crall, 6. Kevin Welsh, 7. Dustin Daggett, 8. Brent Antill, 9. Eric Lutz, 10. Larry Pinegar II.
Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. Ricky Logan, 2. Roger Rager, 3. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 4. John Kearney, 5. Stacey Alexander, 6. Darrell Brink, 7. Matt Harms, 8. Ryan Voss, 9. Kent Wolters, 10. Nick Smith.
Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. Mike Dussel, 2. Loren Langerud, 3. Nick Mulheim, 4. Darren Stewart, 5. Dave Halll, 6. Scott Winters, 7. Roger Crockett, 8. Jack Pillon, 9. Don Droud, Jr., 10. Jeff VanDusen.
Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. Curt Michael, 2. Joe Beaver, 3. Gary Wright, 4. John Schulz, 5. Dave Ely, 6. Rager Phillips, 7. Mike Houseman, Jr., 8. Mike Houseman, 9. Mike Chadd, 10. Stevie Walsh.
Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. Chad Humston, 2. Eric Jobe, 3. Jesse Hockett, 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. Bryan Gossel, 6. Jarod Smith, 7. Toby Brown, 8. Tony Crank, 9. Josh Close. DNS: Abe Sherwood.
C Feature (10 Laps): 1. Don Droud, Jr., 2. Mike Houseman, 3. Brent Antill, 4. Ryan Voss, 5. Eddie Leavitt, Jr., 6. Jeff Van Dusen, 7. Toby Brown, 8. Eric Lutz, 9. Larry Pinegar II, 10. Jack Pillon, 12. Mike Chadd, 13. Josh Close, 14. Tony Crank, 15. Kent Wolters, 16. Jimmy Taylor, 17. Nick Smith. DNS: Dustin Lindquist, Stevie Walsh, Abe Sherwood.
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Garry Lee Maier, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Kerry Madsen, 4. Nick Mulheim, 5. Bryan Howland, 6. John Schulz, 7. Don Droud, Jr., 8. Scott Winters, 9. Dave Ely, 10. Chuck Swenson, 11. Dustin Daggett, 12. Roger Crockett, 13. Mike Houseman, 14. Jarod Smith, 15. Rager Phillips, 16. Gavin Punch, 17. Darren Stewart, 18. Darrell Brink, 19. Pete Crall, 20. Bryan Gossel. DNS: Kevin Welsh, Matt Harms.
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. Dusty Zomer, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Ricky Logan, 4. Jesse Hockett, 5. Nate Mosher, 6. Jeff Mitrisin, 7. Eric Jobe, 8. Stacey Alexander, 9. Curt Michael, 10. Nick Mulheim, 11. Bronson Maeschen, 12. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 13. Dave Hall, 14. Loren Langerud, 15. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 16. Garry Lee Maier, 17. Chad Humston, 18. Joe Beaver, 19. Ryan Anderson, 20. John Kearney, 21. Mike Dussel, 22. Roger Rager, 23. Kerry Madsen, 24. Larry Ball, Jr.
First Heat (10 Laps): 1. Jake Peters, 2. Seth Brahmer, 3. J.D. Johnson, 4. Dave Glennon, 5. Ryan Jamison, 6. Luke Cranston, 7. Travis Rilat, 8. Sean Walden, 9. Glen Styres. DNS: Jerrod Hull.
Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. Randy Martin, 2. Matt Moro, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Josh Higday, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Troy Meyer, 7. Jamie McDonald, 8. Natalie Sather, 9. Geoff Dodge, 10. Derek Drown.
Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. Danny Jennings, 2. Jason Johnson, 3. Brian Brown, 4. Jason Danley, 5. Doug Wilson, 6. Ricky Fauver, 7. Adam West, 8. Louis Carufel, 9. Alan Zoutte, 10. Jon Eldreth.
Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. Jesse Giannetto, 2. John VanDenBerg, 3. Tony Bruce, Jr., 4. Brett Mather, 5. Jason Martin, 6. Trevor Lewis, 7. Dustin Selvage, 8. Kerry McAlister, 9. Ken Stolfus, 10. Dan Thornburg.
Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. Frankie Heimbaugh, 2. Danny Wood, 3. Johnny Anderson, 4. Eric Baldaccini, 5. Dave Anderson, 6. Davey Heskin, 7. Nate Van Haaften, 8. Rick Ideus, 9. Chris Morgan.
Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. Zach Chappell, 2. Billy Alley, 3. Cody Branchcomb, 4. Steven King, 5. Jeff Cook, 6. Jarod Smith, 7. Brett Geldner, 8. Lee Sowell. DNS: Rodney Turner.
C Feature (10 Laps): 1. Geoff Dodge, 2. Natalie Sather, 3. Sean Walden, 4. Dustin Selvage, 5. Chris Morgan, 6. Derek Drown, 7. Lee Sowell, 8. Kerry McAlister, 9. Glenn Styres, 10. Dan Thornburg, 11. Brett Geldner, 12. Louie Carufel, 13. Alan Zoutte, 14. Jon Eldreth. DNS: Rick Ideus, Ken Stolfus, Rodney Turner, Jerrod Hull.
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Tony Bruce, Jr., 2. Jonathan Allard, 3. Jason Martin, 4. Ricky Fauver, 5. Steven King, 6. Troy Meyer, 7. Ryan Jamison, 8. Jake Martens, 9. Trevor Lewis, 10. Dave Glennon, 11. Doug Wilson, 12. Geoff Dodge, 13. Luke Cranston, 14. Johnny Herrera, 15. Natalie Sather, 16. Jeff Cook, 17. Travis Rilat, 18. Adam West, 19. Davey Heskin, 20. Dave Anderson, 21. Nate Van Haaften, 22. Jamie McDonald.
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. Billy Alley, 2. Zach Chappell, 3. Jake Peters, 4. Brian Brown, 5. Randy Martin, 6. Josh Higday, 7. Jesse Giannetto, 8. Jason Johnson, 9. Jonathan Allard, 10. John VanDenBerg, 11. Danny Wood, 12. Matt Moro, 13. Cody Branchcomb, 14. Jason Martin, 15. Tony Bruce, Jr., 16. Johnny Anderson, 17. Ricky Fauver, 18. Frankie Heimbaugh, 19. Danny Jennings, 20. Seth Brahmer, 21. Brett Mather, 22. Jason Danley, 23. Eric Baldaccini, 24. J.D. Johnson.
O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Points (Top Ten): 1. Gary Wright 3,540, 2. Darren Stewart 3,380, 3. Tony Bruce, Jr., 3,157, 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,111, 5. Toby Brown 2,704, 6. Jake Martens 2,609, 7. Jimmy Taylor 2,176, 8. Jan Howard 1,991, 9. Lee Sowell 1,598, 10. Zach Chappell 1,554.