Ihrke, Langowski in victory lane at Mississippi Thunder Speedway
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May 21, 2010  |  by Tracy Hager

Troy Langowski of Winona, Minn., won the USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mod feature on Friday night, May 21, at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. (Jason Durst Photo)

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - For the second week in a row, racing occurred at Mississippi Thunder Speedway ... that was a big feat this season. What had started out as an unfavorable forecast turned into a very favorable night at the speedway for some but much less than desirable for many.

Jake Timm and Brian Schrage graced the front line in the USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mod feature. The green flagged waved and Timm shot to the lead as he exited turn one. Troy Langowski moved from fourth to second in his race-long pursuit of Timm. Schrage and Chad Kosidowski followed Langowski while Ben Anderson shot to the top five fast.

Kosidowski put up a fight for third but Scrage managed to hold on. Langowski looked in on the lead of Timm several times but nestled back into second. Schrage fought off Anderson after Anderson picked off Kosidowski for third. The lead pack of Timm, Langowski, Schrage, Anderson, Kosidowki, and Brandon Hare separated from the rest of the field. Langowski finally made the pass on Timm but a caution slowed the field when Schrage and Anderson locked together in what appeared to be a failed attempt at leapfrog.

With eight laps remaining, Langowski led the restart followed by Timm, Kosidowski, Hare, and Ed Appel. Kosidowski worked hard on Timm for second, but Timm managed to keep his composure and stay in second. Another caution and another restart proved idyllic for Timm when he nearly pulled off the track and ended his second place run. Timm got back up to race speed when another caution flew which gave him his restart spot back behind Langowski.

With only seven of the 12 cars left, Langowski earned his feature win through all of the turmoil to head to victory lane. Timm finished a very strong second followed by Anderson, Hare, and Kosidowki.

Jay Ihrke of Dover, Minn., captured the USRA RHS Modified feature win on Friday night, May 21, at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. (Jason Durst Photo)

Jay Ihrke used his outside pole start to lead right away in the USRA RHS Modified feature. Andy Bohnstengel raced hard in second as he was pursued by Adam Stockhausen, Josh Angst, and Dan Bohr. Angst moved into third over Stockhausen while Bohr slowly crept up behind Stockhausen. Chris Gilbertson moved into sixth place after starting ninth.

With 15 laps to go, John Doelle went into a flip in turn one. The red flag was waved and Robby Bunkelman was charged with the incident. Ihrke resumed his lead spot when the race went back to green. Angst, Bohnstengel, Stockhausen, and Gilbertson charged up behind Ihrke. Gilbertson flew into fourth which left Stockhausen to fend off Hank Rollinger and Bohr.

Angst closed in on Ihrke as they entered lap traffic. With seven laps to go, the cars spread out, but a final caution slowed the pack for Steve Lavassuer’s breakdown in turn four.

With a five-lap shoot out, Ihrke was able to hold Angst back and secure his first win at the speedway this year. Bohnstengel, Gilbertson, and Stockhausen grabbed impressive top five finishes as well as they placed third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Jeff Matejka led flag to flag in the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods. Nicholas Wagner did the same in the Junior Midwest Mini Mods as did Alex Williamson in the Senior Midwest Mini Mods.

The next event will be Friday, May 28, with the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mods and USRA RHS Modifieds, plus all other regular classes including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, 600 Mini Mods and Mini Mods. Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes. Also in competition will be the WISSOTA Late Models for their second visit this season. Coming up on Friday, June 4, will be the return of the Baehman Law USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mod Challenge in a $1,000-to-win event for the class.

For more details, go to www.mississippithunder.com.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Friday, May 21, 2010


Feature – Jay Ihrke, Josh Angst, Andy Bohnstengel, Chris Gilbertson, Adam Stockhausen, Hank Rollinger Jr., Leroy Scharkey, Dan Bohr, Paul Hamernik, Phil Wernert, Robby Bunkelman, Randy Jonsgaard, Bryan Hessler, Steve Lavasseur, Les Jonsgaard, John Doelle, Shaun Wehlage, Ron Konkel.

Heat 1 – Gilbertson, Ihrke, Bohnstengel, Scharkey, Hessler, Hamernik, Wernert, L. Jonsgaard, Bunkelman.

Heat 2 – Angst, Stockhausen, Bohr, Wehlage, R. Jonsgaard, Doelle, Rollinger, Konkel, Lavasseur.


Feature – Troy Langowski, Jake Timm, Ben Anderson, Brandon Hare, Chad Kosidowski, Tyler Creeley, Barry Johnson, Ed Appel, Jack Baehman, Parker Hale, Erik Kanz, Brian Schrage.

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