(Bill Wright) March 30, 2013 – Sixteen year old Paul Nienhiser took to the track in a 360 for the first time, but looked like a veteran at the DOC 360 Frostbuster opener for the Brockway Mechanical & Roofing Sprint Invaders at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa Saturday.
Also picking up wins were Richie Gustin winning the Roberts Tire Center $1000 to win Modified Special, Abe Hulls winning the Pepsi Stock Car feature and Greg Rossell getting the win in the Mod Lite division.
Aboard the Mason Sound #9 sprinter, Paul Nienhiser enlisted the help of fellow driver, Joey Moughan, as crew chief for the night. He utilized the same Claxton power plant that Moughan used to a win of his own at the speedway last season. It proved a winning combination.
Nienhiser streaked by front row starters, Bret Tripplett and Jon Agan on the first circuit. Agan settled in behind. With two laps complete, Tripplett tried to make a pass to the low side of Agan and contacted the Dee Zee #4, upending both cars. In turn three, Dave Getchell tipped over as well.
It would prove to be the final stoppage before the checkers. Nienhiser led going back to green flag racing, ahead of Scotty Thiel, Bobby Mincer, Josh Schneiderman and Russ Hall. Soon the fans eyes turned towards Matt Krieger, who started the event 14th. Shortly after the restart, he used the high side on a choppy cushion to jet into the top five.
Krieger disposed of Hall, Mincer and then Schneiderman[SS1] to move into third. Meanwhile, up front, Nienhiser was navigating lapped traffic. Thiel came within a few car lengths on a pair of occasions. Slowly Krieger reeled in Thiel and passed him for second with five to go. Thiel would come back, however, and the two would duel to the end. Coming into turn three on the final lap, Krieger got over the cushion and was sucked into the wall ending his night.
Nienhiser had taken the checkers by then with Thiel in tow. Reverting back to the last completed lap, Schneiderman, Hall and Alan Ambers rounded out the top five. Hard-charger Ryan Jamison, Mincer, Tony Shilling, Krieger and Mike Houseman Jr. completed the top ten.
“On the way up here, Joey (Moughan) was saying how much he likes this place,” said Nienhiser in Victory Lane. “I kind of like it too! We are planning on running with the Sprint Invaders this year, and we’re looking forward to it.”
“We had a good car at the end,” said second place Thiel. “I was a little leery about turn three. I drove underneath it and it worked. Maybe I could have driven it a little harder and made it happen. I’m kicking myself a little bit for that. (Krieger) gave me the encouragement to try up top, but by then we were short of laps. I’m not sure what happened to him at the end.”
Josh Schneiderman explained his third place run. “It’s a good way to start the season. We had a great race (with Hall). With probably about ten to go, we lost the brakes. The car was a bit on the snug side, so I really needed them to turn the car. With five or six to go, I was just trying to hold on.”
Next week marks a doubleheader for the Sprint Invaders. On Friday, they will head to the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa before venturing up to the quarter-mile Davenport Speedway on Saturday.
Brockway Mechanical and Roofing Sprint Invaders Results
FEATURE: 1. Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Il., 2. Scotty Thiel, Shaboygan, Wis, 3. Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, , 4. Russ Hall, Pleasant Hill, 5. Alan Ambers, Knoxville, 6. Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, 7. Bobby Mincer, Burlington, 8. Tony Schilling, Knoxville, 9. Matt Krieger, Fort Dodge, 10. Mike Houseman, Jr., Des Moines, 11. Matt Sutton, Macomb, Il., 12. Daniel Bergquiest, Burlington, 13. Dustin Selvage, Indianola, 14. Harold Pohren, New London, 15. Chase Wanner, Agency, 16. Mitchell Alexander, Knoxville, 17. Jimmy Davis, Oquawka, Il., 18. John Agan, Knoxville, 19. Bret Tripplett, Middletown, Il., 20 Dave Getchell, Sperry. HEAT WINNERS: Nienhiser, Mincer, Thiel, Schneiderman. B-Main. Jamison.
Gustin wins Roberts Tire Center Modified Special
Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa, picked up his first ever modified win at 34 Raceway Saturday night. Gustin picked up a heat win earlier and sat aside Brandon Rothzen on the front row of the start of the twenty lap feature. Gustin took the early lead on the first lap and never looked back to pick up the $1000 to win check. Brandon Rothzen would finish second and Jeff Waterman followed in third after moving up from his fifth row start.
The Pepsi IMCA Stock Cars got in their first race of the season despite a light mist falling off and on throughout the night. The race ended on a thrilling note with Abe Huls taking the checkered flag on the final lap. Ray Raker, Danville, looked to be on his way to his first win of the season leading the field for fourteen of the twenty laps. But Raker would slow on lap fifteen and eventually pull into the pit area allowing Chris Wibbel to takeover the lead followed closely by Tom Bowling and John Oliver. Bowling took the lead from Wibbel on the next lap followed by Oliver. The two drivers were running bumper to bumper and side by side before the two got together on the final lap heading in to turn one. Huls, took advantage and would race by for the lead and go on to take the checkered flag
Greg Rossell, Knoxville, Illinois is off to a good start after a 2012 Mod Lite Track Championship season at 34 Raceway. Rossell would take the checkered of the fifteen lap feature Saturday topping the fifteen car field. Rossell lead the entire fifteen laps and would be followed across the finish line by Chase Flatt and Daniel Keltner.
34 Raceway results from Saturday, March 30, 2013
Roberts Tire Center IMCA Modified Special
FEATURE: Richie Gustin, Gilman, 2. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Il., 3. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Il., 4. Dustan Fenton, Burlington, 5. Andy Krieger, Burlington, 6. Brad Tyler, Wilton, 7. JD Beal, Adair, Il., 8. Dugan Thye, Burlington, 9. Mike Van Gendren, Newton, 10. Chad Giberson, Packwood, 11. Kyle Brown, Kellogg, 12. Jeff Mueller, New London, 13. Scott Hogan, Vinton, 14. Mitch Morris, Eldridge, 15. Bill Roberts, Jr., Burlington. HEAT WINNERS: Gustin, Morris.
Pepsi IMCA Stock Cars
FEATURE: 1. Abe Huls, Carthrage, Il., 2. Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Il., 3. John Oliver, Jr., Danville, 4. Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, 5. Ray Raker, Danville, 6. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, 7. Jake Wenig, Burlington, 8. Jim Lynch, Donnellson, 9. Mark Bowman, Burlington, 10. John Brockway, Morning Sun, 11. Shane Watts, Burlington, 12. Shane Richardson, Morning Sun. 13. Tom Bowling, Danville. HEAT WINNERS: Cook, Raker.
FEATURE: 1. Greg Rossell, Knoxville, Il., 2. Chase Flatt, Monmouth, 3. Daniel Keltner, Wapello, 4. Randy Bryan, Ames, 5. Josh May, Desoto, 6. Evan Epperson, Muscatine, 7. Collin Ball, Wapello, 8. Joel Huggins, Pleasant Hill, 9. Dusty Masolini, Des Moines, 10. Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, Il., 11. Danny Foster, Windser Heights, 12. Devon Rouse, Burlington, 13. Andrew Smith, Kirkwood, Il., 14. Shon Sanders, East Moline, Il., 15. Brian Schnell, Geneseo, Il., 16. Gary Snyder, Monmouth, 17. Mike Stoker, Des Moines, 18. Jimmy Halcomb, Kirkwood, Il., 19. Justin Buchholz, Davenport. HEAT WINNERS: Rossell, Flatt.
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