Schluetter grabs first USRA Modified win at Cresco
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May 29, 2005  |  by Jeff Nun

Jeff Schluetter won the USRA Modified feature on Sunday, May 29, at the Cresco Speedway.

CRESCO, Iowa -- With good weather all around the region, fans and drivers flocked to the Cresco Speedway Sunday for the sixth week of the USRA Casey's General Stores Championship Series at the 3/8-mile oval in northeastern Iowa. With some of the best competition and a get-home-at-a-decent hour Sunday night program, a season-high number of fans were hand, as well as a season-high car count, including 17 racers in five divisions making their first trip to Cresco this season.

Once again, the fans got a great show on s special Armed Forces Night ... and found out why Cresco Speedway is the talk of Iowa racing.

With just one top-5 this season, second-year stock car graduate Jeff Schluetter of New Hampton has been fighting mechanical gremlins during his first full season of USRA Modified competition. Sunday night he shed the gorilla on his back to score a dominating win the 20-lap Modified main event. Fellow New Hampton pilot Chuck Stanton chased Schluetter in the early going, but Schluetter held on through two caution flags to pull away for the win. Ryan York of Racine, Minn., finished third after bouncing back from an early-race incident, while Kerry Ledebuhr of Winona, Minn., took fourth. Shawn Ryan of Waterloo took fifth in his season debut at Cresco.

After three straight runner-up finishes, Hazleton's Darin Duffy was unable to finish the main event after suffering his second flat tire of the race. With Duffy scoring a DNF, Ron Konkel of Caledonia, Minn., finished 10th and overtook Duffy for the USRA Modified points lead (489-485). Schluetter jumped from sixth to third with his victory.

In USRA Stock Car action, Kevin Bidne of Decorah turned in his fourth top-5 finish of the season -- and his first feature win of 2005. Bidne held off Cresco's Jason Schlangen and three-time winner Tom Schmitt of Independence to take the 18-lap victory. Lynn Panos of Protivin and Dan Christopher of Decorah rounded out the top-5.

Another Decorah driver made his way to victory lane as Kevin Donlan picked up his first USRA Hobby Stock win of the season in the USRA Hobby Stock feature race. Carl Colsch of Eitzen, Minn., scored his best finish of the year with a runner-up finish while points leader Steve Holthaus of Cresco grabbed yet another top-5 finish in third. Fourth went to Dillon Anderson of Decorah and fifth was Shane Panos of Decorah.

It was a Decorah trifecta as Bruce Hovey won the Street Stock main event behind the wheel of Austin Curtin's no. 40 machine. Last week's winner and current points leader Scott Spide of Ridgeway finished second, while Carissa Wagner of Monona, Cody Henkes of Farmersburg and Tom Kaiser of Waseca, Minn., completed the top-5 finishers.

Murry Keatley of Waukon is now two-for-two as he won his second straight Hornet feature on Sunday. Adam Ewing of Monona was second, followed by Nathan Cahoon of Monona, Ryan Happel of Holmen and Andy Stinson of Ridgeway.

Another great night of racing in USRA Casey's General Stores Championship Series is on tap next Sunday, June 5 at the Cresco Speedway with Kids Might presented by A&W/Long John Silvers. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps slated for 5:45 and racing at 6 p.m. For more information call the Cresco Speedway office at 515-832-7944 or check us out online at www.CrescoSpeedway.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

USRA Casey’s General Stores Championship Series

Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa

Armed Forces Night

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Showing finishing position, car number, driver, hometown and starting position in parentheses.

USRA STOCK CARS

Heat 1:

1 18 - Tom Schmitt -- Independence, IA (2)

2 27 - Jason Schlangen -- Cresco, IA (6)

3 62 - Kevin Bidne -- Decorah, IA (4)

4 23 - Brian Gjere -- Mabel, MN (3)

5 48 - Rick Stockman -- Preston, MN (1)

6 27x - Shawn Peter -- Mabel, MN (5)

7 21 - Brad Quirk -- New Hampton, IA (7)

7 36 - Tony Severson -- Preston, MN (8)

Heat 2:

1 97 - Lynn Panos -- Protivin, IA (4)

2 51 - Jeff Vsetecka -- Charles City, IA (1)

3 40 - Shay Curtin -- Waukon, IA (3)

4 5 - Mike Bergan -- Ridgeway, IA (6)

5 1st - Dan Christopher -- Decorah, IA (7)

6 11R - Roger Samec -- New Hartford, IA (5)

8 27t - Tory Reicks -- Waucoma, IA (2)

A Main (18 laps):

1 62 - Kevin Bidne -- Decorah, IA (6)

2 27 - Jason Schlangen -- Cresco, IA (2)

3 18 - Tom Schmitt -- Independence, IA (8)

4 97 - Lynn Panos -- Protivin, IA (3)

5 1st - Dan Christopher -- Decorah, IA (1)

6 23 - Brian Gjere -- Mabel, MN (5)

7 40 - Shay Curtin -- Waukon, IA (4)

8 27x - Shawn Peter -- Mabel, MN (11)

9 27t - Tory Reicks -- Waucoma, IA (15)

10 48 - Rick Stockman -- Preston, MN (7)

11 51 - Jeff Vsetecka -- Charles City, IA (9)

12 5 - Mike Bergan -- Ridgeway, IA (10)

13 11R - Roger Samec -- New Hartford, IA (12)

14 36 - Tony Severson -- Preston, MN (14)

15 21 - Brad Quirk -- New Hampton, IA (13)

STREET STOCKS

Heat 1:

1 16 - Jeremy Oakes -- Spring Grove, MN (4)

2 29 - Cody Cook -- Decorah, IA (3)

3 91 - Tom Kaiser -- Waseca, MN (7)

4 56h - Brandon Hare -- Elma, IA (2)

5 68x - Cody Henkes -- Farmersburg, IA (6)

6 66 - Darren Vick -- Decorah, IA (8)

7 41b - Marc Banks -- Waucoma, IA (1)

8 83B - Brady Halverson -- Ridgeway, IA (5)

Heat 2:

1 41 - Carissa Wagner -- Monona, IA (2)

2 40 - Bruce Hovey -- Decorah, IA (3)

3 38 - Nick Schwebach -- Caledonia, MN (1)

4 11L - Mark LaMont -- Waseca, MN (4)

5 18 - Scott Spide -- Ridgeway, IA (6)

6 36x - Wayne Burrett -- Waukon, IA (5)

7 26 - Joe Rask -- Caledonia, MN (7)

A Main:

1 40 - Bruce Hovey -- Decorah, IA (1)

2 18 - Scott Spide -- Ridgeway, IA (10)

3 41 - Carissa Wagner -- Monona, IA (2)

4 68x - Cody Henkes -- Farmersburg, IA (9)

5 91 - Tom Kaiser -- Waseca, MN (8)

6 56h - Brandon Hare -- Elma, IA (4)

7 36x - Wayne Burrett -- Waukon, IA (12)

8 16 - Jeremy Oakes -- Spring Grove, MN (7)

9 29 - Cody Cook -- Decorah, IA (6)

10 83B - Brady Halverson -- Ridgeway, IA (15)

11 26 - Joe Rask -- Caledonia, MN (14)

12 11L - Mark LaMont -- Waseca, MN (3)

13 38 - Nick Schwebach -- Caledonia, MN (5)

14 66 - Darren Vick -- Decorah, IA (11)

15 41b - Marc Banks -- Waucoma, IA (13)

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat 1:

1 19 - Darin Duffy -- Hazleton, IA (1)

2 24 - Tim Heins -- Elkader, IA (5)

3 35 - Jeff Schluetter -- New Hampton, IA (3)

4 1r - Ryan York -- Racine, MN (2)

5 35w - Albert Wytaske -- Lansing, MN (6)

6 94 - Gary Doelle -- Fountain City, WI (7)

7 82 - Chris Fretheim -- Decorah, IA (8)

8 93 - Bob Fischer -- Lyle, MN (4)

Heat 2:

1 11 - Kerry Ledebuhr -- Winona, MN (5)

2 90 - Chuck Stanton -- New Hampton, IA (7)

3 5W - Darrin Walch -- Postville, IA (4)

4 32 - Larry Schmidt -- New Hampton, IA (2)

5 94jr - John Doelle Jr. -- Arcadia, WI (3)

6 99 - Jeff Mason -- Sumner, IA (8)

7 55 - Larry Gene Hall -- Rochester, MN (6)

8 15m - Matt Cahoon -- Farmersburg, IA (1)

Heat 3:

1 35k - Ron Konkel -- Caledonia, MN (7)

2 70 - Matt Sweeney -- Waukon, IA (1)

3 41 - Keith Pittman -- Waterloo, IA (4)

4 98 - Jason Snyder -- Dunkerton, IA (5)

5 91 - Shawn Ryan -- Waterloo, IA (6)

6 4 - Chad Lerch -- Arlington, IA (3)

7 36 - Paul Hamernik -- Winona, MN (2)

8 47J - Jeremy LaPlant -- Elgin, IA (8)

A Main (20 laps):

1 35 - Jeff Schluetter -- New Hampton, IA (1)

2 90 - Chuck Stanton -- New Hampton, IA (2)

3 1r - Ryan York -- Racine, MN (5)

4 11 - Kerry Ledebuhr -- Winona, MN (9)

5 91 - Shawn Ryan -- Waterloo, IA (15)

6 5W - Darrin Walch -- Postville, IA (12)

7 70 - Matt Sweeney -- Waukon, IA (4)

8 99 - Jeff Mason -- Sumner, IA (17)

9 36 - Paul Hamernik -- Winona, MN (21)

10 35k - Ron Konkel -- Caledonia, MN (10)

11 24 - Tim Heins -- Elkader, IA (3)

12 41 - Keith Pittman -- Waterloo, IA (6)

13 98 - Jason Snyder -- Dunkerton, IA (7)

14 94 - Gary Doelle -- Fountain City, WI (16)

15 82 - Chris Fretheim -- Decorah, IA (19)

16 47J - Jeremy LaPlant -- Elgin, IA (24)

17 94jr - John Doelle Jr. -- Arcadia, WI (14)

18 19 - Darin Duffy -- Hazleton, IA (8)

19 4 - Chad Lerch -- Arlington, IA (18)

20 35w - Albert Wytaske -- Lansing, MN (13)

21 93 - Bob Fischer -- Lyle, MN (22)

22 55 - Larry Gene Hall -- Rochester, MN (20)

23 15m - Matt Cahoon -- Farmersburg, IA (23)

24 32 - Larry Schmidt -- New Hampton, IA (11)

USRA HOBBY STOCKS

Heat 1:

1 41 - Darin Balk -- Waucoma, IA (4)

2 85 - Ben Moudry -- Protivin, IA (5)

3 70 - Steve Holthaus -- Cresco, IA (1)

4 58 - Jeff Nelson -- Owatonna, MN (2)

5 37 - Carl Colsch -- Eitzen, MN (7)

6 66 - Joe Stevenson -- Cresco, IA (3)

7 28 - Paul Fisk -- Monona, IA (6)

8 29x - Paul Fauser -- Elgin, IA (8)

Heat 2:

1 22 - Justin Elsbernd -- Des Moines, IA (7)

2 33 - Kevin Donlan -- Decorah, IA (4)

3 44 - Dillon Anderson -- Decorah, IA (5)

4 9 - Patty Fosaaen -- Waukon, IA (2)

5 11x - Rory Borsheim -- Decorah, IA (3)

6 12 - Tony Vick -- Ridgeway, IA (1)

7 58 - Shane Panos -- Decorah, IA (8)

8 15 - Mitch Hovden -- Decorah, IA (6)

A Main:

1 33 - Kevin Donlan -- Decorah, IA (4)

2 37 - Carl Colsch -- Eitzen, MN (3)

3 70 - Steve Holthaus -- Cresco, IA (6)

4 44 - Dillon Anderson -- Decorah, IA (8)

5 58 - Shane Panos -- Decorah, IA (14)

6 41 - Darin Balk -- Waucoma, IA (10)

7 58 - Jeff Nelson -- Owatonna, MN (2)

8 9 - Patty Fosaaen -- Waukon, IA (5)

9 15 - Mitch Hovden -- Decorah, IA (16)

10 85 - Ben Moudry -- Protivin, IA (1)

11 28 - Paul Fisk -- Monona, IA (13)

12 12 - Tony Vick -- Ridgeway, IA (12)

13 66 - Joe Stevenson -- Cresco, IA (11)

14 11x - Rory Borsheim -- Decorah, IA (9)

15 22 - Justin Elsbernd -- Des Moines, IA (7)

16 29x - Paul Fauser -- Elgin, IA (15)

HORNETS

Heat 1:

1 8 - Murry Keatley -- Waukon, IA (4)

2 7d - Steve Dwyer -- Lacrosse, WI (1)

3 77 - Adam Ewing -- Monona, IA (6)

4 72 - Travis Scholbrock -- Hawkeye, IA (2)

5 8 - Kyle Solberg -- Caledonia, MN (3)

6 17 - Randy Koshatka -- Cresco, IA (7)

7 4d - Frank Durnan -- Elgin, IA (5)

Heat 2:

1 86 - Ryan Happel -- Holmen, WI (1)

2 16 - Chris Gooder -- Cresco, IA (3)

3 72c - Nathan Cahoon -- Monona, IA (2)

4 71 - Adam Cline -- Decorah, IA (6)

5 7K - Andy Stinson -- Ridgeway, IA (5)

6 22 - Marc Stockman -- Cresco, IA (4)

7 48 - Shannon Cline -- Decorah, IA (7)

A Main:

1 8 - Murry Keatley -- Waukon, IA (10)

2 77 - Adam Ewing -- Monona, IA (2)

3 72c - Nathan Cahoon -- Monona, IA (7)

4 86 - Ryan Happel -- Holmen, WI (4)

5 7K - Andy Stinson -- Ridgeway, IA (8)

6 72 - Travis Scholbrock -- Hawkeye, IA (3)

7 16 - Chris Gooder -- Cresco, IA (5)

8 7d - Steve Dwyer -- Lacrosse, WI (1)

9 48 - Shannon Cline -- Decorah, IA (14)

10 17 - Randy Koshatka -- Cresco, IA (11)

11 22 - Marc Stockman -- Cresco, IA (12)

12 8 - Kyle Solberg -- Caledonia, MN (9)

13 71 - Adam Cline -- Decorah, IA (6)

14 4d - Frank Durnan -- Elgin, IA (13)


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