RICE LAKE, Wis. - The UMSS winged and traditional sprints were the featured attraction Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and they didn’t disappoint the large crowd on hand as Jerry Richert and Joseph Kouba won their respective divisions.
The five regular classes that also compete at the speedway were in action too, and Sam Fankhauser became the first repeat winner in the street stocks as he made a late race pass to take his second win of the year at Rice Lake. Other winners included Cory Mahder, Eric Olson, Shane Halopka and Jason Havel.
The street stock feature event was a highly competitive race that saw a group of eight and sometimes nine cars all racing in the lead pack and jockeying for position on every lap. After a first lap yellow when the front end broke on Andy Cimfl’s car, the race ran nonstop from that point to its conclusion. For the second straight week, Troy Chaplin led the majority of the contest as the second year driver looks for his first ever win, but again Saturday, he came up short after giving a good effort.
Chaplin took the immediate lead with Kolby Kiehl just behind him and challenging on every corner. Josh Amans worked to the low side while Cody Kummer tried to go to the high side around the entire pack. Fankhauser started in the third row and he and Ron Hanestad continually moved around the track, seeking small holes to which they could fill and gradually work toward the front. Scott Clark and Adam Soltis were in the next row and they also were a part of what was a real wad of cars all wanting the top spot.
Kummer made a supreme effort to get by on the top side but he wasn’t able to get the move accomplished and he fell back and Fankhauser then tried to use the high side.
As the race continued, Chaplin continued to hold the lead but he was rebuffing challenges constantly. Finally, with only four laps to go, Fankhauser was able to position himself beside Chaplin for the lead and with a hard run down the back chute, he edged past Chaplin for the lead.
Then the gates broke as first Clark and then Kummer were also able to get past the previous leader. The race wasnt over yet though, as Clark, looking for his first win still, charged in on Fankhauser who was still running the higher line. Clark blasted off the final corner and came up just a half car length short as Sam held on for the win. Kummer settled for third with Chaplin and Hanestad completing the top five.
Mahder started on the pole for the modified main event and led all the way for his first Rice Lake win of 2014. He pulled out to a comfortable lead right off the bat as Jesse Glenz battled past Pat Hoffman to take over second and try and track down Mahder. Kevin Adams was on the move along with Mike Anderson as they worked their way into contention. Lap six saw the yellow fly as Destin Lorimor got into the back stretch wall hard and rolled to a halt.
Mahder again took off strong on the start and pulled away as Adams moved in to challenge Glenz for second. When Jesse slid up the track, Kevin took the spot and then set after Mahder as Anderson moved into third. The top three were all pretty even and as the laps ground down, no one seemed to be able to make any distance between the three.