Schmitt scores Iron Man win in USRA Stock Car stint at Deer Creek Speedway
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July 26, 2013

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. -- Defending series champion Tom Schmitt of Independence, Iowa, bested a field short on quantity but long on quality Friday as the Iron Man Challenge USRA Stock Cars invaded the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

After drawing the outside of the front row for the 20-lap main event, Schmitt fended off the challenges of Kyle Falck to take the victory. Falck also finished second to Schmitt in last year’s Iron Man points after a tie-breaker decided the title holder.

Pete Solum, who won his first Iron Man trophy on Independence Day at the Upper Iowa Speedway, finished third ahead of Sean Johnson and Lynn Panos.

Two-time defending USRA Stock Car national champ Mitch Hovden was sixth, Shawn Peter was seventh, Jake Ludeking finished eighth, ninth went to Ryan Goergen and Larry Blickenderfer rounded out the top 10 while defending USRA Hobby Stock national champion Dillon Anderson was credited with the 11th spot.

The next Iron Man Challenge event will be Thursday, Aug. 8, at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. Both USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will be part of the program with the USMTS Modifieds.

Remaining 2013 Iron Man Challenge events:
Aug. 8, I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Aug. 23, Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (B-Mods)
Aug. 31, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Sept. 1, Dodge County Speedway, Kasson, Minn. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Sept. 14, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Sept. 19, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Sept. 20, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Sept. 21, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)

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United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series – Iron Man Challenge
3rd Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Bauer Built Tire and Hanson Tire Service
Friday, July 26, 2013 (rain-delayed from Thursday)
Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown and money won. The top 12 drivers in heat race passing points advanced to the “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for starting positions 1-8.


Heat #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 27 Shawn Peter, Mable, Minn.
2. (2) 18 Tom Schmitt, Independence, Iowa.
3. (5) 97 Lynn Panos, Calmar, Iowa.
4. (3) G12 Ryan Goergen, Stacyville, Iowa.
5. (4) 69 Jake Ludeking, Decorah, Iowa.
6. (6) 57 Larry Blickenderfer, Shell Rock, Iowa.

Heat #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 44 Dillon Anderson, Decorah, Iowa.
2. (2) 67 Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa.
3. (4) 15 Mitch Hovden, Decorah, Iowa.
4. (3) 37 Pete Solum, Spring Grove, Minn.
5. (5) 8r Sean Johnson, Independence, Iowa.

“A” Main (20 laps):
1. (2) 18 Tom Schmitt, Independence, Iowa, $750.
2. (1) 67 Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa, $500.
3. (4) 37 Pete Solum, Spring Grove, Minn., $400.
4. (10) 8r Sean Johnson, Independence, Iowa, $300.
5. (8) 97 Lynn Panos, Calmar, Iowa, $250.
6. (3) 15 Mitch Hovden, Decorah, Iowa, $225.
7. (7) 27 Shawn Peter, Mable, Minn., $170.
8. (9) 69 Jake Ludeking, Decorah, Iowa, $150.
9. (6) G12 Ryan Goergen, Stacyville, Iowa, $140.
10. (11) 57 Larry Blickenderfer, Shell Rock, Iowa, $130.
11. (5) 44 Dillon Anderson, Decorah, Iowa, $125.

Lap Leader: Schmitt 1-20.
Points Standings: Hovden 651, Schmitt 612, Falck 572, Panos 453, Ludeking 445, Peter 419, Steve Jackson 402, Andy Altenburg 344, Dustin Wannarka 331, Johnson 309.

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