Swenson Bags ASCS Northern Plains Bucks at Brainerd BRAINERD, Minn. (July 1, 2006) -- Chuck Swenson emerged atop the hotly-contested 25-lap Earl Kouba Memorial event at North Central Speedway on Saturday night, leading the final ...
Swenson Bags ASCS Northern Plains Bucks at Brainerd
BRAINERD, Minn. (July 1, 2006) -- Chuck Swenson emerged atop the hotly-contested 25-lap Earl Kouba Memorial event at North Central Speedway on Saturday night, leading the final eight rounds to post his second win in as many nights of American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains Region racing action.
Swenson became the race's fourth different leader on the 18th lap and drove the Fisher-powered K&C Conversions No. X Maxim to his third ASCS Northern Plains win of the season.
Spike Lempelius led the opening round of the feature event before giving way to Eric Lutz. Running the low line, Lutz paced the next 14 rounds in front of Swenson and Curt Lund before becoming mired down in lapped traffic.
As Lutz balked in traffic, Lund found the high side to his liking and disposed of Swenson for second then charged by Lutz on the high side for the lead on the 16th circuit. Two laps later, Lutz clipped an infield tire then shot into the wall with front-end damage. Lutz was done for the night.
Under the ensuing caution, Lund was forced to surrender the lead with a deflating right rear tire. Lund's crew quickly changed tires, allowing Lund to rejoin the field at the tail.
Swenson raced away in the final rounds to secure the win in front of Jerry Richert, Jr., Joe Kouba, Lee Grosz and Brett Geldner, with Lempelius, Jesse Drost, Brent Vonk, Scott Broty and Mike Sitzmann, Jr., completing the top ten.
ASCS Northern Plains Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. X-Chuck Swenson, 2. 55-Joe Kouba, 3. 87-Curt Lund, 4. 55k-Jimmy Kouba, 5. 33b-Scott Broty, 6. 2L-Dusty Ballenger, 7. 74-Joseph Kouba.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 63-Jerry Richert, Jr., 2. 52-Spike Lempelius, 3. 4-Lee Grosz, 4. 27-Jesse Drost, 5. 92-Mike Sitzmann, Jr., 6. 25-Ken Melanson, 7. 34tw-Brad Barickman, 8. K9-Jason Linnell.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 5-Eric Lutz, 2. 21v-Brent Vonk, 3. 14-John Nelson, 4. 6R-Roger Rager, 5. 1b-Brett Geldner, 6. 18-Ryan Wilson, 7. 29-Leigh Thomas, 8. 37-Sye Anderson.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. X-Chuck Swenson, 2. 63-Jerry Richert, Jr., 3. 55-Joe Kouba, 4. 4-Lee Grosz, 5. 1b-Brett Geldner, 6. 52-Spike Lempelius, 7. 27-Jesse Drost, 8. 21v-Brent Vonk, 9. 33b-Scott Broty, 10. 92-Mike Sitzmann, Jr., 11. 87-Curt Lund, 12. 18-Ryan Wilson, 13. 37-Sye Anderson, 14. 2L-Dusty Ballenger, 15. 29-Leigh Thomas, 16. 34tw-Brad Barickman, 17. 14-John Nelson, 18. 74-Joseph Kouba, 19. 25-Ken Melanson, 20. 55k-Jimmy Kouba, 21. 5-Eric Lutz, 22. K9-Jason Linnell, 23. 6R-Roger Rager.
Lap Leaders: Spike Lempelius 1, Eric Lutz 2-15, Curt Lund 16-17, Chuck Swenson 18-25.
ASCS Northern Plains Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Chuck Swenson 1,280, 2. Curt Lund 1,092, 3. Brett Geldner 1,076, 4. Lee Grosz 1,066, 5. Dustin Lindquist 1,054, 6. Eric Lutz 1,038, 7. Jesse Drost 997, 8. Jake Peters 907, 9. Dusty Ballenger 867, 10. Brent Vonk 781.