Ross Kenseth Holds on for the "Wayne Carter Classic 125" At Grundy County Speedway
The American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and GrandStay Hospitality returned to Grundy County Speedway for the "Wayne Carter Classic 125 presented by ECHO Bear Cat" on this hot and humid Friday night.
Chris Weinkauf took home his first pole in the ASAMT, but rolled a six on the dice putting him back in the 14th starting spot. Nick Panitzke and Steve Carlson lined up first and second for the start of the main event.
Panitzke took the early lead. Ross Kenseth did not waste any time diving under Steve Carlson for second. Becca Kasten followed suit taking over third as the field started to stretch out.
Back in the middle of the pack, Chris Wimmer was on the outside of Nick Murgic looking for a hole to get down to the inside. He finally settled in behind Jacob Goede and Nick Murgic.
Nick Panitzke maintained his lead, followed by Kenseth, Kasten and Carlson, who was all over the bumper of the #51. Meanwhile, Goede continued to look under Murgic with Wimmer right there.
Back in the middle of the pack a group of fast cars battled it out. Rookie, Skylar Holzhausen was looking under fast qualifier, Chris Weinkauf, while Andrew Morrissey, Murgic, Goede, Wimmer continued to run bumper to bumper.
The #22 of Nick Panitzke stretched out to a 15 car-length lead until the #33 of Jeff Cannon spun in turn four after contact with the #43 of Matt Kocourek.
Double-file restarts were the name of the game for the first five cautions of the night. Becca Kasten and Griffin McGrath went the high-side on the restart, but another caution followed suit when the #97 of Jamie Iverson spun in turn four.
Nick Murgic was on the move all night long as he moved past Morrissey. Back at the front of the pack, Kasten was reeling in Nick Panitzke followed by Carlson and Kenseth.
With 86 laps to go, Holzhausen, the #71 of Blake Brown and Weinkauf all got together in turns one and two, bringing out the third caution of the night.
Jacob Goede chose the outside at the restart but could not make it stick and eventually fell of the pace and pulled off the track. As Panitzke and Kasten continued to pull away from the rest of the field, coming out of turn two, they made contact sending both to the rear of the field. Kasten's night was never the same as she was on and off the track for the rest of the night.
Local hot shoe, Eddie Hoffman was on the move after being involved in an early altercation. He powered his way up to eighth. Murgic was having a great night running in third behind Carlson and Kenseth until he got a little high in turns one and two and dropped back a few spots.
The fifth caution of the night came out when the #64 of Griffin McGrath and Skylar Holzhausen made contact. Carlson and Kenseth pulled away at the restart. Kenseth and Carlson were bumper-to-bumper for several laps. Kenseth looked to the high side and made it stick coming out of turn four, taking the top spot with 60 laps to go.
Kenseth started to stretch out his lead over Carlson. Haseleu had worked his way up to third, but Hoffman was all over his bumber. He dove to the inside with 18 to go and took over fourth. Kocourek followed suit. With 15 laps to go, it was Kenseth, Carlson, Hoffman, Kocourek, and Holzhausen.
With seven laps to go, Blake Brown spun on the backstretch making it a seven lap shootout between Kenseth, Carlson, and Hoffman.
Kenseth gets a great restart while Carlson has the #8 of Hoffman in his mirror. Hoffman and Carlson battle side-by side while Hoffman gets heat from the #43. Carlson continues to hang on with two to go. Hoffman gets a little sideways and Carlson hangs on to second followed by Hoffman, Kocourek, and Holzhausen.
The next event for the ASAMT is June 18th at Illiana Motor Speedway for the "10th Annual Elmer Musgrave Memorial" 100 lap feature. Visit asamidwesttour.com for more details.
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# Driver Name Hometown
1 - 25K - Ross Kenseth (TS) - Spring Valley, IL
2 - 66 - Steve Carlson (TS) - West Salem, WI
3 - 8H - Eddie Hoffman - Wheaton, IL
4 - 43 - Matt Kocourek - Franklin, WI
5 - 78 - Skylar Holzhausen - Bangor, WI
6 - 12 - Nick Murgic (TS) - Rosemount, MN
7 - 64 - Griffin McGrath (TS) - Cedar Rapids, IA
8 - 87 - Nathan Haseleu (TS) - Marshall, Wi
9 - 22P - Nick Panitzke (TS) - Sauk Centre, MN
10 - 21 - Tim Schendel (TS) - Sparta, WI
11 - 33 - Jeff Cannon (R) - Kouts, IN
12 - 52 - Chris Wimmer (TS) - Wausau, WI
13 - 75W - Chris Weinkauf - Merrill, WI
14 - 2 - Michael Bilderback (TS) - South Beloit, IL
15 - 25S - Jeff Storm (TS) - Waterford, WI
16 - 77E - Jonathan Eilen (TS) - Hampton, MN
17 - 9K - Mark Kraus - Stratford, Wi
18 - 39 - Andrew Morrissey (TS) - DeForest, WI
19 - 71 - Blake Brown - Franksville, WI
20 - 75T - Joel Theisen (R) - Maple Grove, MN
21 - 51K - Becca Kasten - Mecquon, WI
22 - 1 - Billy Knippenburg - Plainfield, IL
23 - 97 - Jamie Iverson (TS) - Escanaba, MI
24 - 96 - John Nutley - Midlothian, IL
25 - 72 - Jacob Goede (TS) - Carver, MN
26 - 53 - Boris Jurkovic - Orland Park, IL