Track champions crowned at Rapid Speedway
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August 26, 2016  |  by Levi Vander Weide

Alex Wiertzma won the USRA Hobby Stock feature.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa—The season finale Friday night at Rapid Speedway featured a season high 109 race cars.

The points championship for the USRA Hobby Stocks was tight going into the final feature of the year, with Dylan Fitzpatrick having a 13-point lead over Dustin Gulbrandson. Jesse Connell grabbed the early lead but Gulbrandson spun on lap 2, sending him to the back of the field for the restart. On the restart, Nick Brady took the lead, looking for his first victory of the season. After a caution at halfway, Chad Lonneman got around Brady, but on the back-stretch on the final lap, Brady and Lonneman made contact sending the top three around and bringing out a caution to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Brady was sent to the rear for the previous caution, which gave the runner-up spot to Alex Wiertzma. Wiertzma took the lead at the white flag, but going into turn 3 on the final lap, Lonneman got into Wiertzma and the two remained locked door to door all the way to the finish line. Wiertzma got the win by half of a nose—his second win of the year at Rapid Speedway.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods went caution free as the Iron Man Series was in town. Lyndon Johnson was looking to pick up his first win of the year, and he drew the front row. Johnson led every lap to convincingly pick up the win.

Lyndon Johnson won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

The Holley USRA Stock Car feature was exciting as always, with multiple lead changes throughout. Kyle Falck took the lead on lap 1, but he couldn’t escape the pressure from Derek Green, who started sixth. Green got around Falck on lap 5 and looked very comfortable out front. A caution with nine laps to go made for the hectic race between Green and seven-time winner this season Elijah Zevenbergen. The following laps saw crossover after crossover for the lead between the two drivers. The crowd gave a sigh of sadness as a caution came out with five laps to go. Zevenbergen had the lead on the restart, but Green took the lead in another fierce battle before another caution came out with two laps to go. The green-white-checkered finish saw Green finally pull away from Zevenbergen to pick up the Iron Man Series victory.

Derek Green won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

Thanks to all the drivers and fans that made their way out to Rapid Speedway this season, and we can’t wait for next season to get here!

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United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016


Heat #1 (6 laps): 1. 15-Thomas Kracht[5]; 2. 3C-Jesse Connell[2]; 3. 84L-Al Lange[3]; 4. X-Tyler Schlumbohm[7]; 5. 29-Derrick Scott[6]; 6. 13X-Alex Wiertzma[4]; 7. (DNF) 36-Jackson Kracht[1].

Heat #2 (6 laps): 1. 61N-Nick Brady[3]; 2. 117L-Chad Lonneman[5]; 3. 79-Tim Waltner[4]; 4. 4D-Cory Kelderman[6]; 5. 11T-Todd Uhl[2]; 6. 37-Jason Paulson[1].

Heat #3 (6 laps): 1. 38S-Dylan Fitzpatrick[2]; 2. 22-Blake Arends[4]; 3. 6-Dustin Gulbrandson[3]; 4. 46-Colton Arends[5]; 5. 17-Matt Goth[1]; 6. 15X-Pete Kracht[6].

Feature 1 (15 laps): 1. 13X-Alex Wiertzma[16]; 2. 117L-Chad Lonneman[9]; 3. 6-Dustin Gulbrandson[5]; 4. 79-Tim Waltner[6]; 5. 29-Derrick Scott[13]; 6. 38S-Dylan Fitzpatrick[2]; 7. 17-Matt Goth[15]; 8. 15-Thomas Kracht[8]; 9. X-Tyler Schlumbohm[12]; 10. 61N-Nick Brady[4]; 11. 37-Jason Paulson[17]; 12. 36-Jackson Kracht[19]; 13. 4D-Cory Kelderman[11]; 14. 22-Blake Arends[7]; 15. 3C-Jesse Connell[1]; 16. 15X-Pete Kracht[18]; 17. 46-Colton Arends[10]; 18. 11T-Todd Uhl[14]; 19. 84L-Al Lange[3].


Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 31-Bill Stettner[4]; 2. 6-Dustin Kruse[3]; 3. 91-Tyler Johnson[7]; 4. 02-Cole Denner[1]; 5. 43K-Josh Kelderman[6]; 6. 4P-Zac Pruner[5]; 7. 81-Travis Vandentop[2].

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 11L-Lyndon Johnson[1]; 2. 06W-Ryan Walker[4]; 3. 00-Dave Kennedy[6]; 4. 15A-Curt Ahlers[7]; 5. 15M-Cole McLaughlin[2]; 6. 35-Rodney Cook[5]; 7. (DNF) 98-Nate Barger[3].

Heat #3 (8 laps): 1. 41-Thor Anderson[4]; 2. 22T-Tyler Tesch[7]; 3. 18D-Chris Goetz[2]; 4. 14A-Andrew Ahlers[1]; 5. 8M-Kaleb Modder[6]; 6. 21T-Trevor Tesch[3]; 7. 07-Aaron Dethury[5].

Heat #4 (8 laps): 1. 5-Colter Deutsch[2]; 2. 9-Mitch Van Engen[3]; 3. 63-Chris Huisman[5]; 4. 14N-Nick Barger[4]; 5. 00-Dave Kennedy; 6. 70-Nick Vanbelle[1]; 7. 4-Jackson Mulder[7].

Heat #5 (8 laps): 1. 28-Andy Bryant[5]; 2. 7-Cullen De Ruyter[3]; 3. 32Z-Alex Zwanziger[6]; 4. 40-Tim Dann[1]; 5. 38-Greg Eden[7]; 6. 21-Eric Faber[4]; 7. (DNF) 20-Derek Vanveldhuzien[2].

"B" Feature #1 (12 laps): 1. 32Z-Alex Zwanziger[1]; 2. 02-Cole Denner[3]; 3. 14N-Nick Barger[4]; 4. 15A-Curt Ahlers[2]; 5. 70-Nick Vanbelle[9]; 6. 38-Greg Eden[5]; 7. 15M-Cole McLaughlin[7]; 8. 81-Travis Vandentop[10]; 9. 8M-Kaleb Modder[6]; 10. 07-Aaron Dethury[11]; 11. 4P-Zac Pruner[8]; 12. (DNF) 20-Derek Vanveldhuzien[12].

"B" Feature #2 (12 laps): 1. 63-Chris Huisman[1]; 2. 40-Tim Dann[4]; 3. 21T-Trevor Tesch; 4. 14A-Andrew Ahlers[3]; 5. 00X-Devin Schlumbum[6]; 6. 18D-Chris Goetz[2]; 7. 21-Eric Faber[9]; 8. 35-Rodney Cook[8]; 9. 98-Nate Barger[10]; 10. 4-Jackson Mulder[11]; 11. (DNF) 43K-Josh Kelderman[5].

"A" Feature 1 (20 laps): 1. 11L-Lyndon Johnson[1]; 2. 22T-Tyler Tesch[3]; 3. 28-Andy Bryant[7]; 4. 5-Colter Deutsch[4]; 5. 6-Dustin Kruse[9]; 6. 06W-Ryan Walker[5]; 7. 41-Thor Anderson[8]; 8. 7-Cullen De Ruyter[11]; 9. 91-Tyler Johnson[6]; 10. 31-Bill Stettner[2]; 11. 32Z-Alex Zwanziger[13]; 12. 9-Mitch Van Engen[10]; 13. 63-Chris Huisman[14]; 14. 00-Dave Kennedy[12]; 15. 02-Cole Denner[15]; 16. 15A-Curt Ahlers[19]; 17. 14N-Nick Barger[17]; 18. 21T-Trevor Tesch[18]; 19. 14A-Andrew Ahlers[20]; 20. 40-Tim Dann[16]; 21. 70-Nick Vanbelle[21]; (DNS) 18D-Chris Goetz.


Heat #1: 1. 32-Justin Regnerus[2]; 2. 96-Troy Woelber[1]; 3. 22E-Eric Gaul[4]; 4. 19-Marlin Kracht[3]; 5. 04-Roger Verdoorn[8]; 6. 20K-Spencer Kalass[7]; 7. 36-Glenn Wynia[6]; 8. 34K-Colby Klaassen[5].

Heat #2: 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen[1]; 2. 32X-Rich Gregoire[2]; 3. 16J-Jon DeBoer[3]; 4. 11-Jesse Brown[4]; 5. 5B-Stefan Sybesma[7]; 6. 2J-Steve Jackson[6]; 7. 33G-Dylan Fitzpatrick[5].

Heat #3: 1. 40-Scott Overgaard[3]; 2. 32-Justin Regnerus; 3. 67-Kyle Falck[6]; 4. 52-Nathan Wood[7]; 5. 84-Matt Lange[1]; 6. 84L-Al Lange[2]; 7. 013-Casey Jones[4].

Feature (20 laps): 1. 32G-Derek Green[3]; 2. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen[4]; 3. 32X-Rich Gregoire[7]; 4. 40-Scott Overgaard[1]; 5. 67-Kyle Falck[5]; 6. 16J-Jon DeBoer[10]; 7. 32-Justin Regnerus[2]; 8. 2J-Steve Jackson[17]; 9. 52-Nathan Wood[9]; 10. 96-Troy Woelber[6]; 11. 04-Roger Verdoorn[11]; 12. 20K-Spencer Kalass[16]; 13. 11-Jesse Brown[13]; 14. 34K-Colby Klaassen[22]; 15. 84-Matt Lange[15]; 16. 5B-Stefan Sybesma[14]; 17. 19-Marlin Kracht[12]; 18. 22E-Eric Gaul[8]; 19. 36-Glenn Wynia[19]; 20. 84L-Al Lange[18]; 21. 33G-Dylan Fitzpatrick[20]; 22. 013-Casey Jones[21].

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