Ihrke, Langowski top Mississippi Thunder Speedway rivals
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May 28, 2010  |  by Tracy Hager

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - In a beautiful start to the Memorial Day Weekend holiday, graduating track employees and drivers climbed into a convertible to carry the colors for the National Anthem.

Prior to that, thanks was given to all veterans for their service, dedication and honor.

USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mod rookie Jake Timm was named the previous week’s Winona Radio Driver of the Week for his impressive run in the class.

Timm followed the graduates in carrying the flag for the Anthem as well on REMAX/Results night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Chris Gilbertson took the early lead in the USRA RHS Modifieds, but high school grad Lance Hofer was fast to second place as he was followed by father-son duo Leroy and Todd Scharkey.

Jay Ihrke shot under Andy Bohnstengel and Todd Scharkey in one shot to take over fourth.

Todd Scharkey fought back and it became three-wide racing for third place between Ihrke and both Scharkeys.

Hofer took over the lead from Gilbertson, and Todd Scharkey jumped into second place soon after.

Scharkey made a big gain on Hofer, but Hofer kept a firm grip on his lead.

Ihrke worked his way under Scharkey for second when Bob Timm darted into third place.

Gilbertson fought back for third on the high side.

Hofer held an impressive lead, but Ihrke gained and eventually pulled the lead from Hofer.

Meanwhile, Todd Scharkey and Timm raced side by side for third while Bohnstengel slipped into fifth place.

Ihkre pulled away from the field as he threaded his way through lap traffic.

Timm gained second place over Hofer, but Hofer did not give up as he ran strong in third.

With two laps to go, a caution realigned the field.

Ihrke kept his lead, but Timm moved to second place and then side by side with Ihrke for the lead.

Ihrke was able to master the track, however, and grab his second feature in a row.

Timm, Todd Scharkey, Hofer, and Bohnstengel capped the top five.

Mike Kelly and youngster Parker Hale led the 16-car field of USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods for the main event.

Troy Langowski shot to third followed by Jake Timm and Brandon Hare.

Kelly pulled away from the pack, but Langowski quickly closed in on the leader.

Hare and Hale ran side by side for third place when a caution reset the field.

Kelly again pulled away, but another caution slowed the field when Hale was spun by Brian Schrage.

Langowski was finally able to take the lead from Kelly while Ben Anderson zipped through traffic into third place.

With ten laps to go, Kelly spun while running second place behind Langowski which brought out the final caution.

Langowski earned the win through all of the cautions to go back to back in victory lane.

Schrage made a valiant effort in returning to the top five after the earlier caution to finish second.

Chad Kosidowski finished third followed by Anderson, and Andrew Kelly.

June will kick off with the Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge in a $1,000-to-win show. All regular classes including USRA RHS Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks, 600 Mini Mods and Mini Mods will also be running. The night will also include the return of the Hornets. The Hornets will return on a limited schedule for the remainder of the season. Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes. 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 28, 2010


Feature – Jay Ihrke, Bob Timm, Todd Scharkey, Lance Hofer, Andy Bohnstengel, Josh Angst, Chris Gilbertson, John Doelle, Adam Stockhausen, Hank Rollinger Jr., Bryan Hessler, Shaun Wehlage, Ryan York, Paul Hamernik, Jay Poidinger, Phil Wernert, Les Jonsgaard, Randy Jonsgaard, Leroy Scharkey, Ron Konkel, Les Duellman.

Heat 1 – Gilbertson, Rollinger, Doelle, Bohnstengel, Hessler, Wernert, R. Jonsgaard.

Heat 2 – York, Ihrke, Hofer, Stockhausen, Duellman, Hamernik, L. Jonsgaard.

Heat 3 – Angst, L. Scharkey, T. Scharkey, Timm, Wehlage, Konkel, Poidinger.


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

Heat 1 – Timm, Langowski, Hale, kanz, Gesell, Appel, Baehman, McCarthy.

Heat 2 – M. Kelly, Hare, Schrage, A. Kelly, Creeley, Kosidowski, Johnson, Anderson.

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