A perfect evening set the stage Tuesday night for yet another week of exciting racing at Eagle River Speedway. Even though late Monday night/early Tuesday morning rains dropped over an inch of water on the track, crews were able to prepare the surface for race time.
An increased payout was in store for the Street Stock division in the Street Stock Special, which would run as the night’s main event and final race. Something interesting to make note of is that each of Eagle River Speedway’s six divisions had a driver sweep the night.
Junior Micro Sprints
After extensive track work during intermission, the Junior Micro Sprint took to the D shaped oval for their 10 lap feature.
For the second week in a row, Josh Nevoraski’s car would slow just laps into the feature. While he was able to remain on track and finish the race, this makes it now two weeks in a row that he has taken a hit in the points.
One driver capitalizing on Nevoraski’s issues, again, was Blake Hartman who went on to win the feature. With the win, Hartman now leads the division in the points by an margin of 11 over second place Nevoraski. In the coming weeks it will be mighty interesting to see if Nevoraski can get the gremlins in his car sorted out to recover from the past two weeks of issues.
Behind the victorious Hartman in second and third were Aedeyn Schmift and Mason Cuggino. Cuggino currently sits in third points wise, 26 points back from Hartman and only 15 away from Nevoraski in second.
600 Micro Sprints
The 600 Micro Sprint feature would see a great battle amongst the top three runners, Jered Cech, Tommie Springer, and Dylan Larsen.
In the opening laps, Cech had built a sizeable lead over Springer and Larsen who battled side by side for second, a battle eventually won by Springer. Not long after, though, Springer and Larsen bother were closing in fast on leader Cech as he encountered lapped traffic. The top three sliced and dice their way through the traffic cleanly until Tommie Springer and the lapped car of Dustin Kangas came together in the tight turns three and four. Kangas would head to the pits while Springer rejoined the action.
After the restart, Jered Cech was able to regain his lost advantage and remain out front to win the feature. Tommie Springer recovered from her contact with Kangas to grab second place. Dylan Larsen finished in third.
The second place for Springer helps her improve her points lead in the division over Dylan Larsen, which now extends to 49 points. Springer essentially has a one race advantage over everyone else, as she is the only driver to have competed in all eight events in 2019.
The Pure Stock divisions came though the chute next for their feature race, a race that would feature a great battle up front.
Ryan Brown held the advantage in the opening laps as the race leader, but coming up behind him was Keith Troutman. The two drivers would follow one another for several laps before Troutman would use the same exact over-under move he used in the heat to take the win. Running a slightly higher line, Troutman ran a tighter line exiting the corners, primarily turn four, as Brown run wide out of the corners. This opened the door for Troutman to make a move.
Once in the lead, there was no looking back for Troutman who held on for the feature win. The victory extends his points lead over James Melton to 26 points. Ryan Brown and Kyle Schneider rounded out the podium positions in a very competitive race.
Another week, another great B Modified feature at Eagle River Speedway. It is hard to believe the racing put on every week at the track, especially on a day when rains forced track crews to salvage the track more than prepare it. No matter, though, as the crew once again curated a racy surface for the drivers.
The B Mod feature field was minus one from the start, however. In the second heat earlier in the night, Jason Zdroik slammed the outside wall exiting turn four. The heavy contact destroyed the right front of Zdroik’s car, ending his night. Zdroik, uninjured in the incident, grabbed his second feature win of the year last week in an incredible race with Evan Call.
This week, the racing was just as good. Again, there were battles throughout the field as well as at the front of it. A late race caution set up another mad dash to the checkered flag. When the dust settled, Marcus Dunbar was victorious.
While Dunbar reigned supreme, Tad Schoonover and Jesse Aho took second and third in that order. Although the win helps Dubar in the points, he still rests in the fifth position 50 points back form leader Jesse Aho.
A four pack of Four Cylinders would do battle next, with two Schoones and two Millers playing “Family Feud” on the racetrackwith Mark and Ashley representing the Schoones and Ian and Ryan at bat for the Millers.
It didn’t take long for the Schoones to be down one, as Ashley cut a tire and went to the pits just a few laps into the race. Soon, the Millers would lose a player for the lead as well as Ian’s car began to fade. The battle for the lead was still very much alive, though.
Mark Schoone and Ryan Millar dueled for the top spot pretty much from the drop of the green flag. Aside from a few bumps from Mark to Ryan, they raced a clean, but hard, race. In the end it was Ryan Miller who took the victory with Mark Schoone second and Ian miller third. Ashley Shoone rounded out the four car field in the pits.
The main event Street Stock Special was the last race to run for the night, a race that would be dominated by Rod Snellenberger. The field,this week, was comprised of a total of six cars.
Unfortunately, even with the increased payouts, mother nature is a likely culprit for the lack of additional entries. Just last week there were nine cars, with some weeks having even more. On a day that looked like a wash, it was lucky that any racing took place at all.
Although Snellenberger ran away up front, an incredible battle emerged for the third spot between Ryan Glembin and Ryan Valeria. The two drivers fought hard for the last step on the podium, adding a heavy dose of entertainment to the race. Gembin would eventually get the better of Valeria.
With Snellenberger dominance, the race was for second. That position was claimed by Dustin White, a great end to his night after failing to finish the B Mod feature. In the battle for third, Ryan Glembin got the best of Ryan Valeria.
Rod Snellenberger continues to lead the points over Dustin White by 15 points with Ryan Valeria an additional five points back in third.
Eagle River Speedway races again this coming Tuesday night with racing at 7 p.m. CST. Racing, as always, should be great!
By Todd Rose