BEAVER DAM, Wis. – It would come down to a five lap dash to the checkered flag during Saturday night’s event for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series.
In the previous two events, defending series champion Bill Balog and 2012 Wilmot Raceway title holder Mike Kertscher had split victories.
It was almost destiny then that the tie in the win column would come down to a five lap shoot-out between the pair as a result of a red flag due to Tommy Sexton getting upside down with just five laps to go in the 30 lap contest.
When the final green flag waved fans were treated to an impressive duel between the pair, each performing perfect sliders to toss the lead back and forth. The top spot exchanged hands several times before Balog got the upper hand with a pair of laps remaining to score a thrilling victory.
Kertscher would cross the finish line in second, two car lengths back while Todd King turned in his strongest run of the young season with a third place performance.
The victory marked Balog’s 50th career A-main win in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint competition. The five time and defending champion sits 11 wins shy of the modern era all-time win mark of 61 set by area racing legend Joe Roe.
Todd King finished third, followed by Bill Wirth and Jordan Goldesberry.