Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series
The Miracle Slide Job
With the sun shining high in the big blue sky over Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wi, the spectators and drivers were set for a great night of dirt track racing. 13-winged warriors were signed in the racing program along with a packed track of racing competition of 29 wingless tradionals. This event was sanctioned by 3 different sprint car series making it a tri-sanctioned event for the traditional wingless sprint cars. The series included were as follows: the Pirtek UMSS (Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series), the Northern Renegades, and the Shequamogon’s sprint cars. The event made up 2 heat races for the winged sprints and 3 heat races for the wingless.
With the wingless sprint A feature first on deck, Ken Hron’s 91 and Jon Lewerer’s 69s brought the field to the green flag! There were multiple slide jobs and great passing throughout the entire night thanks to the Gondik Law Speedways’ phenomenal track crew. Halfway through the race Scott Brandt in the 7b finally made his way into the runner up spot in front of Lewer’s machine. With a handful of exchanges for the race lead, Scott Brandt found himself on top and overthrew Lewerer for the top spot...Scott Brandt wins the wingless traditional Pirtek A feature! Coming home second was Lewerer, in 3rd was Stordahl, Ken Hron, Rob Caho Jr completing the top 5. Set in store with a great wingless A feature, it was time to run the wing warriors next. 11 hungry, winged monsters were breathing down Harry Hanson and Patrick Heikkien’s neck as they brought the field to the green flag for 20 laps. In the opening laps, Rick Kobs in the Kick Ass Beef Jerky #1 weaseled his way forward to the top 5 in the first half of the race and eventually scored himself a top 3 to his name that night. Meanwhile, while Kobs was climbing forward, it was unfortunately the opposite for your pole sitter Stordahl as he fallen back outside the top 5...finishing 6th for the A feature. Resuming racing up in front, Hanson now has climbed his way up into the second spot and tracking down your race leader Patrick Heikkien. As it seemed like the race was history, Hanson on not only the final lap of the race, but the last CORNER took the miracle slide job and slid into ROCK AUTO victory lane by less than 3/10th of a second the margin of vitory!! Harry Hanson won a miracle finish! Heikkien was scored 2nd, Rick Kobs 3rd, Rick Niemi, and Ryan Johnson completing your top 5.
All in all, with the 2 of the best baddest divisions in sprint car racing in the Upper Midwest at Gondik Law Speedway, the racing was incredible all night long! Again, there was a total of 7 races for the wingless and Winged sprint cars making up 3 wingless sprint heats, 2 winged heats, and a 25 lap wingless A feature, as well as the 20 lap winged feature. Track was great all night long... tacky in the beginning and nice and slick in the end making it pretty much the perfect night. For more information on the PIRTEK UMSS you can visit them on the web at UMSS.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information. See results under the results tab on the website!
Article Credit: Cale Anderson
Submitted By: Kris Peterson