Angst, Hare snare opening night wins at Mississippi Thunder Speedway
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April 16, 2010  |  by Tracy Hager

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. The doors are open! Welcome to the 2010 season as Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. Added clay, more cement grandstands, better exit stairs from the booths and more lights have enhanced the speedway for the 2010 racing season.

USRA RHS Modifieds returned as the headlining class, along with Street Stocks, Super Stocks and 600 Mini-Mods for the Graphic Image Season Opener.

New to the track this year are the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods as a regular Friday night attraction.

Ben Moudry from Protivin, Iowa, dashed to the lead over Mike Kelly in the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mod feature, but a caution restarted the field. The next time it was Kelly to break out of the chute for the lead but, once again, a caution emerged for a multi-car pile-up in turn one. Whether from overflow fuel, oil on the manifold, or a combination, a couple bursts of flames from a couple cars were put out as the cars were cleaned up and racing resumed.

Kelly assumed the lead, but with 16 laps left he spun going into turn four which collected a host of cars. Kelly was charged with his spin which handed the lead to Moudry. Rookie Parker Hale fell into second place followed by Brandon Hare and Ben Anderson.

Hare flew to the high side to challenge Moudry for the lead, but Moudry hung on. Hare again charged for first as Anderson slipped in front of Hale for third. With nine laps to go, Hare finally made the pass and made it stick and cruised on to his first win at the track.

Moudry finished second, Anderson finished third and Hale grabbed a fabulous fourth place followed by Jake Timm to round out the top five.

USRA RHS Modified feature action saw Lance Hofer pace the field of 14. Andy Bohnstengel and rookie Chris Gilbertson raced for second place, but Jay Ihrke quickly swooped into third ahead of Gilbertson. Adam Stockhausen and Josh Angst ran side by side for fifth place while Ihrke tried to slip under Hofer for the lead.

Ihrke slipped to a stop barely off the track as a caution waved over the field. Ihrke was charged for the caution and rejoined at the rear of the field. Angst was on a tear as he galloped his way into the lead ahead of Hofer and Bob Timm who had moved up to second. Gilbertson remained steady in the top five as Angst jumped to a considerable led over Timm. Gilbertson held off the hard charges of Ihrke who had worked his way back into the top five.

Gilbertson and Ihrke kept up a great battle for third as they approached lap traffic. Gilbertson and Ihrke split to pass lap traffic as they raced for third. Angst continued his stronghold on the field and headed to victory lane for the season opener. Timm cinched second followed by Ihrke, Hofer and Gilbertson.

Next up will be regular racing on Friday, April 23, starting at 7 p.m. USRA RHS Modifieds and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods will be in action, along with Street Stocks, Super Stocks and 600 Mini-Mods.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Friday, April 16, 2010


Feature Brandon Hare, Ben Moudry, Ben Anderson, Parker Hale, Jake Timm, Barry Johnson, Mike Kelly, Emory Fretheim, Tyler Creeley, Chad Kosidowski, Jack Baehman, Troy Langowski, Andrew Kelly, Josh Gesell, Ed Appel.

Heat 1 Hare, Langowski, Moudry, Hale, Johnson, Kosidowski, Fretheim, Creeley.

Heat 2 A. Kelly, Timm, Gesell, M. Kelly, Appel, Baehman, Anderson.


Feature Josh Angst, Bob Timm, Jay Ihrke, Lance Hofer, Chris Gilbertson, Hank Rollinger, Andy Bohnstengal, Adam Stockhausen, Phil Wernert, Shaun Wehlage, Les Jonsgaard, Randy Jonsgaard, John Doelle, Leroy Scharkey.

Heat 1 Timm, Doelle, Gilbertson, Rollinger, Wernert, Wehlage, L. Jonsgaard.

Heat 2 Bohnstengel, Angst, Ihrke, Stockhausen, Hofer, Scharkey, R. Jonsgaard.

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