Zevenbergen, Huisman, Gulbrandson victorious at Rapid Speedway
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May 12, 2017  |  by Levi Vander Weide

Elijah Zevenbergen won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

Another gorgeous night for racing brought drivers and fans out to Rapid Speedway on Friday night. Dave Mulder’s racecar was parked at the track to raise money for Dave as it was announced this past week that his cancer has returned and he began the treatment process once again. The Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series program was joined by the Tailgator’s Bar & Grill Late Model Street Series for the first time this season.

The Lem’s Auto Recyclers USRA Hobby Stock feature saw drama from the start, when last week’s feature winner Tom Kracht spun Dustin Gulbrandson on the opening start and was sent to the rear. Gulbrandson, who spun on the opening lap of his heat and raced back for the final redraw spot, gained the lead after Tyler Pospisil spun in front of the entire field, stacking up multiple cars, including Ryan Mulder and Aaron Stettnichs. Gulbrandson had to fend off a strong Chad Lonneman for the remainder of the feature event. The final caution came out with foiur laps to go, but Gulbrandson was able to fend off Lonneman for his first victory of the season. The top five was rounded out by Dylan Fitzpatrick, Tyler Pospisil and Blake Arends.

Chris Huisman won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

A couple new faces, Dustin Kruse and Nick Barger, made their presence known in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods on Friday. Both cruised to heat race victories but Tyler Johnson and Chris Huisman stole the show in the feature event. Johnson took the lead on the opening lap from the front row, but it was short-lived when Huisman found the bottom of the speedway to take the lead. On a green-white-checkered restart, Huisman and Johnson were side by side through turns 3 and 4, but Huisman pulled away taking the white flag and came around to take his first checkered flag on the season. Tyler Johnson came home second and Kruse rounded out the top three.

Dustin Gulbrandson won the USRA Hobby Stock feature.

Elijah Zevenbergen picked up right where he left off on Friday in the Holley USRA Stock Cars. Zevenbergen started on the pole for the feature and grabbed the lead from the start. The feature was a bit unusual, seeing multiple caution flags for wrecks mid-pack. Zevenbergen was able to survive every restart though to pull away for his second straight victory to begin the season. Zevenbergen donated all his winnings to Dave Mulder’s recovery fund. The top five was rounded out by Zach Olivier, Rich Gregoire, Scott Overgaard and Colby Klaassen.

The Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series will return to Rapid Speedway next Friday, May 19, along with the MSTS 360 Sprint Cars. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for children with hot laps beginning at 7 p.m.

The Rapid Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt oval located at the famed Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids, Iowa. With a racing surface that is 80-feet wide, this place breeds three-wide racing.

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United States Racing Association
Summit Racing USRA Weekly Racing Series
Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Friday, May 12, 2017


Lems Auto Recyclers Heat #1 (6 laps): 1. 22-Blake Arends[2]; 2. 86-Tracy Halouska[4]; 3. 117L-Chad Lonneman[7]; 4. 88-Chad Kooiker[6]; 5. 29-Derrick Scott[3]; 6. 84L-Al Lange[1]; 7. (DNF) 4D-Cory Kelderman[5].

Lems Auto Recyclers Heat #2 (6 laps): 1. 13X-Alex Wiertzma[2]; 2. 26-Tyler Pospisil[6]; 3. 14-Ernie Dailey[5]; 4. 40J-Justin Peterson[1]; 5. (DNF) 35K-Brady Klaassen[3]; (DNS) 33JN-Joel Norris.

Lems Auto Recyclers Heat #3 (6 laps): 1. 81VT-Dylan Vandentop[1]; 2. 6-Dustin Gulbrandson[5]; 3. 00-Ryan Mulder[4]; 4. 37-Jason Paulson[3]; 5. (DNF) 36-Jackson Kracht[6]; (DQ) X-Tyler Schlumbohm[2].

Lems Auto Recyclers Heat #4 (6 laps): 1. 38S-Dylan Fitzpatrick[4]; 2. 15-Thomas Kracht[5]; 3. 14S-Aaron Stettnichs[6]; 4. 20B-Josh Bradley[2]; 5. (DNF) 327-James Adams[1]; (DQ) 13-Brian Hoing[3].

Lems Auto Recyclers "B" Feature (8 laps): 1. 13-Brian Hoing[8]; 2. 84L-Al Lange[2]; 3. 29-Derrick Scott[1]; 4. 35K-Brady Klaassen[3]; 5. 33JN-Joel Norris[7]; 6. 327-James Adams[6]; 7. 36-Jackson Kracht[5]; (DNS) 4D-Cory Kelderman; (DQ) X-Tyler Schlumbohm[9].

Lems Auto Recyclers "A" Feature (15 laps): 1. 6-Dustin Gulbrandson, 1446.227[5]; 2. 117L-Chad Lonneman, 1447.089[9]; 3. 38S-Dylan Fitzpatrick, 1448.223[2]; 4. 26-Tyler Pospisil, 1448.476[1]; 5. 22-Blake Arends, 1448.962[4]; 6. 81VT-Dylan Vandentop, 1449.432[6]; 7. 13X-Alex Wiertzma, 1450.045[3]; 8. 13-Brian Hoing, 1451.734[15]; 9. 35K-Brady Klaassen, 1452.017[18]; 10. 84L-Al Lange, 1452.436[16]; 11. 86-Tracy Halouska, 1452.523[8]; 12. 15-Thomas Kracht, 1452.744[7]; 13. 14-Ernie Dailey, 1454.146[10]; 14. 88-Chad Kooiker, 1454.738[12]; 15. 37-Jason Paulson, 1455.047[13]; 16. 20B-Josh Bradley, 1456.025[14]; 17. 40J-Justin Peterson, 1461.932[19]; 18. 00-Ryan Mulder, 332.922[11]; 19. 29-Derrick Scott, 333.420[17]; 20. 14S-Aaron Stettnichs, 335.215[20].


Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 27-Kevin Joachim, 361.539[1]; 2. 63-Chris Huisman, 362.018[6]; 3. 18D-Chris Goetz, 363.111[2]; 4. 12X-Andy Wieczorek, 368.033[3]; 5. 00-Devon Schlumbohm, 213.391[7]; 6. 77-Jeff Wittrock, 372.474[4]; (DNS) 22T-Tyler Tesch.

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 14N-Nick Barger, 159.377[6]; 2. 15A-Curt Ahlers, 162.095[4]; 3. 14A-Andrew Ahlers, 163.109[3]; 4. 21T-Trevor Tesch, 164.705[7]; 5. 20-Derek Vanveldhuzien, 166.128[5]; 6. 5-Colter Deutsch, 166.923[1]; 7. 8M-Kaleb Modder, 167.887[2].

Heat #3 (8 laps): 1. 6-Dustin Kruse, 360.626[1]; 2. 91-Tyler Johnson, 362.126[7]; 3. 70-Nick Vanbelle, 366.313[3]; 4. 14-Austin Powell, 369.011[5]; 5. 81-Travis Vandentop, 369.577[6]; 6. (DNF) 21-Eric Faber, 8.000[4]; 7. (DNF) 11L-Lyndon Johnson[2].

Feature (12 laps): 1. 63-Chris Huisman, 1101.115[4]; 2. 91-Tyler Johnson, 1101.654[2]; 3. 6-Dustin Kruse, 1101.954[7]; 4. 70-Nick Vanbelle, 106.373[1]; 5. 15A-Curt Ahlers, 1102.712[3]; 6. 14N-Nick Barger, 1103.192[9]; 7. 5-Colter Deutsch, 1103.802[17]; 8. 21T-Trevor Tesch, 1104.380[11]; 9. 14A-Andrew Ahlers, 1104.982[5]; 10. 27-Kevin Joachim, 1105.224[6]; 11. 18D-Chris Goetz, 1106.161[8]; 12. 11L-Lyndon Johnson, 1106.478[20]; 13. 8M-Kaleb Modder, 1106.836[18]; 14. 12X-Andy Wieczorek, 1107.183[10]; 15. 20-Derek Vanveldhuzien, 1107.288[14]; 16. 14-Austin Powell, 1107.388[12]; 17. 21-Eric Faber, 1108.329[19]; 18. 00-Devon Schlumbohm, 1108.918[13]; 19. 77-Jeff Wittrock, 1113.184[16]; 20. (DNF) 81-Travis Vandentop, 30.575[15]; (DNS) 22T-Tyler Tesch.


Precision Auto Body Heat #1 (6 laps): 1. 04-Roger Verdoorn[2]; 2. 5-Luke Sathoff[5]; 3. 34K-Colby Klaassen[6]; 4. 18A-Brandon Murphy[3]; 5. 43K-Josh Kelderman[1]; 6. (DNF) 81-Mark Vanden Top[4].

Precision Auto Body Heat #2 (6 laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen[6]; 2. 22E-Eric Gaul[1]; 3. 71-Zach Olivier[4]; 4. 16J-Jon DeBoer[2]; 5. 84-Matt Lange[3]; 6. 45-Dustin Gulbrandson[5].

Precision Auto Body Heat #3 (6 laps): 1. 40-Scott Overgaard[2]; 2. 32X-Rich Gregoire[1]; 3. 27-Randy Brands[3]; 4. 20K-Spencer Kalass[4]; 5. 36-Glenn Wynia[5]; 6. (DNF) 84L-Al Lange[6].

Precision Auto Body Feature (18 laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen[1]; 2. 71-Zach Olivier[3]; 3. 32X-Rich Gregoire[4]; 4. 40-Scott Overgaard[9]; 5. 34K-Colby Klaassen[8]; 6. 81-Mark Vanden Top[17]; 7. 84-Matt Lange[14]; 8. 20K-Spencer Kalass[12]; 9. 16J-Jon DeBoer[11]; 10. 45-Dustin Gulbrandson[16]; 11. 84L-Al Lange[18]; 12. (DNF) 27-Randy Brands[6]; 13. (DNF) 5-Luke Sathoff[7]; 14. (DNF) 04-Roger Verdoorn[5]; 15. (DNF) 43K-Josh Kelderman[13]; 16. (DNF) 18A-Brandon Murphy[10]; 17. (DNF) 22E-Eric Gaul[2]; 18. (DNF) 36-Glenn Wynia[15].

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