August 11, 2011 at 9:09 a.m.

Racing getting hot and heavy at SCVR

Racing getting hot and heavy at SCVR
Racing getting hot and heavy at SCVR

Hot and sticky weather greeted fans and drivers to the second week of racing at St. Croix Valley Raceway, and in three of the four divisions a new winner gathered the winner's trophy. Ryan Olson was the only repeat winner at the track as the Future IVs, Pure Stocks and Sprints all saw new winners while the Pro Stocks made their 2011 debut.

The first of five racing divisions to hit the track for their feature event was the Future IVs, with Kris Kaphing and Greg Hallin sharing the front row. At the drop of the green flag, it didn't take long for Ben Kaphing to shoot from is second row starting spot and into the lead. At the same time there was a caution for Dylan Robert's broken steering, Hallin was involved in a rollover at the exit of turn three. Track officials took a few minutes to extricate Hallin from his ride, but when he did emerge from the wreckage he appeared unhurt. After racing resumed, Ben Kaphing throttled his #88 Ford virtually unchallenged to the checkers, notching his first victory of the season. Behind Kaphing, the rest of the top five were Steve Sutton, Kris Kaphing, last week's winner Damon Roberts and Chris Rick.

The Pure Stock feature was similar in that once the early leader got to the front, no serious challenges were posed. Heat race winners Josh Bach and Brandon Davis redrew the front row for the feature but is was third starting Lance Halverson who scored the top spot after lap one. Lap two, however, saw the trio of Krysta Swearingen, Tony DuBois and Davis take over the top three spots. Once in the lead, Swearingen ran clean and smooth to the end besting Bach and last week's winner, Tony DuBois, who had to settle for second third respectively. Steve Baker and Jon Wigchers rounded out the top five.

The Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS) Traditional Sprints took to the track next, with the five car exhibition win going to Tommy Kamrath. The 3M Graphic Film/Reactor Racing pilot shot to the lead from the front row and commanded the entire race. Action was slowed for a hard crash near the midway point as second running Jack Clark jumped his right rear tire over the cushion and slammed into the implement tires protecting the concrete wall at the track exit in turn one. The rubber served its intended purposed as the light-weight car bounced off the wall with only minor damage. With Clark unable to continue, Kamrath's teammate Johnny Parsons III inherited the runner spot. Kevin Bradwell pulled off early in the event, leaving last week's winner, Rab Caho as the final finisher for the Traditionals.

Making their first appearance at the Raceway in nearly two years, the Pro Stocks were ten cars strong for their 2011 debut. Second heat race winner Shawn Kammerud started on the pole along side of Centuria, Wisconsin chauffer Denny Stordahl. By the end of lap one, second heat race winner and track veteran Cory Davis had bolted from fourth place to second, behind Kammerrud. Through a number of restarts, Kammerud was continually able to maintain control of the coveted top spot, generally stretching his lead on long green flag runs. Davis maintained a strong grip on second throughout, beating Cody Campeau, Stordahl and Marcus Simonson to the stripe at the checkers.

High car-count honors went to a stout field of Pro Modifieds with all 21 of the cars who checked in appearing for the night's final race. Kyle Steffen led the first lap from his outside front row starting spot. But by the end of lap two, last week's victor, Ryan Olson, had wrestled away the top spot. Steffen made and effort, but slowly lost ground to the new leader. Behind the top duo, the racing was exceptional. A veritable bee-hive of activity was the battle for third place. Tony Schill, Vince Corbin, Mike Mueller and Ryan Johnson all used myriad racing grooves and strategies to gain position, racing often times three and sometimes four wide on the quarter-mile bull ring. After a mid-race caution, Schill emerged from the frenzy and claimed the runner-up position, relegating Steffen to the bee-hive battle for third. At the checkers, it was Olson claiming his second trophy in as many weeks in front of Schill, Corbin, Mueller and Johnson.

St. Croix Valley Racing is not in action again until Saturday, August 13, with a special American Wrestling Federation (AWF) event. The Rasslin' & Racin' extravaganza will feature Tony Denucci and the stars of AWF, along with Clay "The Wildman" Gallagher performing one of his patented, hair-raising stunts. Opening bell for the wrestling is slated for 7:00, with racing and stunts to follow. Pro Stocks and Pro Modifieds have the night off, but Future IVs, Pure Stocks and UMSS Traditional Sprints are scheduled to race as well as vintage racers.

Race Summary: Friday, August 5, 2011

Future IVs, Feature: Ben Kaphing, Steve Sutton, Kris Kaphing, Damon Roberts, Chris Rick, Stephanie, Lebeis, Dan Strobach, Greg Hallin, Dylan Roberts.

Pure Stocks, Feature: Krysta Swearingen, Josh Bach, Tony DuBois, Steve Baker, Jon Wigchers, Mike Olson, Kyle Hallin, Lance Halverson, Brandon Davis, Justin Rick.

UMSS Traditional Sprints, Feature: Tommy Kamrath, Johnny Parsons, Rob Caho, Jack Clark, Kevin Bradwell.

Pro Stocks, Feature: Shawn Kammerud, Cory Davis, Cody Campeau, Denny Stordahl, Marcus Simonson, Eric Berg, Ed Markel, Jeff Heintz, Marcus Berget, Miles Meidlinger.

Pro Modifieds, Feature: Ryan Olson, Tony Schill, Vince Corbin, Mike Mueller, Ryan Johnson, Kyle Steffen, Dave Siercks, Mike Kyllonen, Lucas Milz, Greg Arnt, Brent Swanson, Tim Siercks, Doug Toepper, Doug Merrill, Corey Fogleson, Zach Stewart, Kevin Marlett, Mike Brenny, Myles McEvers, Tom Smart, Shawn Carlson.


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