Balog Holds Off Tatnell In IRA


FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. — It was a history making night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series made its first appearance at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval.

For Bill Balog, the event would be decided coming off the second of three caution periods on lap 12 when he passed Brooke Tatnell. From that point on Balog was able to repel Tatnell’s challenges to reclaim the top spot.

Tatnell had one final shot at stealing the win from Balog after a late-race caution setup a three-lap dash to the checkered flag, but Balog was up to the challenge securing his eighth feature win of the 2012 season.

Tatnell a former champion in his home country of Australia would finish second only three car lengths behind.

Travis Whitney, Mike Reinke and Bill Wirth filled the top five.

The finish:

Bill Balog, Brooke Tatnell, Travis Whitney, Mike Reinke, Bill Wirth, Russel Borland, Dave Uttech, Tommy Sexton, Todd King, Wayne Modjeski, Scott Uttech, Scotty Neitzel, Robbie Pribnow, Kris Spitz, Dennis Spitz, Andy Hunt, Darrell Dodd, Michael Decker, Brandon Thone, John Sernett, Phillip Mock, Bill Warren.