Davenport Speedway finally managed to get the Koehler Electric Season Opener in the books. On what turned out to be an excellent night for racing, a huge field of cars was on hand, including thirty IMCA Modifieds.
Nate Bueseling squeezed out a win in the IMCA Late Model feature. Bueseling didn’t take the lead of the 25-lap main until the white flag, when he edged past early race leader Mike Garland. Mike Murphy Jr. also passed Garland on the final lap to take second. Justin Kay and Matt Ryan rounded out the top five.
Ray Guss Jr., Andy Eckrich, and Chuck Hanna were late model heat winners.
Joe Beal made his first 2012 trip to Davenport’s victory lane in IMCA Modified main. After starting sixth, Beal took the lead on lap 13, from Bob Dominacki. Domiancki would fall out of the race a couple laps later. Dan Chapman ran in the top three for the entire race and finished second. Kelly Meyer came from a fifth row start and took third.
The big mover of the race was Jake Waterman. Waterman started 19th in the field of twenty cars and finished fourth. Mark Schulte was fifth.
Meyer, Schulte, and Jason Bahrs won the mod heats. Doug Crampton and Matt Stein won the two consi’s.
Chip Kohl of Marion, Ia., pulled out the win in a wild Street Stock feature. Dwaine Hasson jumped out to the early race lead and held the top spot until lap nine. Jeremy Marquette stole the lead from Hasson and appeared to be headed for victory until an incident on lap 13, brought out the caution. That caution saw nearly half of the top ten cars go to the back or the pits.
When racing resumed, Kohl had the lead and a couple laps later, the win. Nate Yoerger finished second, and ahead of Dan Mohr, Donnie Louck, and Jerry Miles.
Mitch Bielenberg is perfect in 2012 at the Davenport Speedway. Bielenberg won Friday’s 4-Stock main and also two weeks ago at the Deery Brothers special.
Aaron Hitt took the race lead after starting on the pole. On lap six, Bielenberg, who started mid-pack roared into the lead. Mitch would cruise to victory lane with Hitt coming home second. Tristin Clark had a strong run in third. Jake Montoya and Lucas Short were fourth and fifth respectively.
Weekly racing action continues next Friday, May 11th, at the Davenport Speedway. Hotlaps are at 6:30pm, with racing at 7:00pm.
May 4, 2012
Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models (23 cars)
Heat 1: 1. Ray Guss Jr.; 2. Mike Murphy Jr.; 3. Drake Ostrom; 4. Andy Nezworski; 5. Joe Ross;
Page 2 of 2 - Heat 2: 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Matt Ryan; 3. Spencer Diercks; 4. Mike Garland; 5. Kirk Caes;
Heat 3: 1. Chuck Hanna; 2. Nate Buesling; 3. Cory Goldbeck; 4. Mike Zemo Jr.; 5. Eric Sanders;
Feature: 1. Nate Beuseling; 2. Mike Murphy Jr.; 3. Mike Garland; 4. Justin Kay; 5. Matt Ryan; 6. Mike Zemo Jr.; 7. Spencer Diercks; 8. Joe Ross; 9. Drake Ostrom; 10. Chuck Hanna; 11. Eric Sanders; 12. Bob Miller; 13. Bart Miller; 14. Cory Goldbeck; 15. Jeff Stevens; 16. Andy Eckrich; 17. Ray Guss Jr.; 18. Stephan Kammerer; 19. Kelly Pestka; 20. Dave Stichter; 21. Kirk Caes; 22. Andy Nezworski;
EMS IMCA Modifieds (30 cars)
Heat 1: 1. Kelly Meyer; 2. Mitch Morris; 3. Bob Dominacki; 4. Craig Crawford; 5. Dan Klatt;
Heat 2: 1. Mark Schulte; 2. Thad Wilson; 3. Dean McGee; 4. John Ahlers; 5. Matt Stein;
Heat 3: 1. Jason Bahrs; 2. Joe Beal; 3. Dan Chapman; 4. Brian Bushong; 5. Doug Crampton;
Semi: 1. Doug Crampton; 2. Todd Dykema; 3. Brandon Durbin; 4. Jake Waterman; 5. Joe Jones Jr.;
Semi: 1. Matt Stein; 2. Kevin Goben; 3. BJ Jackson; 4. Aaron Burroughs; 5. Matt Fulton;
Feature: 1. Joe Beal; 2. Dan Chapman; 3. Kelly Meyer; 4. Jake Waterman; 5. Mark Schulte; 6. Mitch Morris; 7. Matt Stein; 8. Dean McGee; 9. Thad Wilson; 10. Craig Crawford; 11. Aaron Burroughs; 12. Brandon Durbin; 13. Kevin
Goben; 14. Doug Crampton; 15. John Ahlers; 16. Bob Dominacki; 17. BJ Jackson; 18. Todd Dykema; 19. Brian Bushong; 20. Jason Bahrs;
Koehler Electric Street Stocks (19 cars)
Heat 1: 1. Emily Gade; 2. Dwaine Hasson; 3. Kevin Dickey; 4. Josh Starr; 5. Bryan Ritter;
Heat 2: 1. Chip Kohl; 2. Cary Brown; 3. Jerry Miles; 4. Wayne Hora; 5. Donnie Louck;
Heat 3: 1. Josh Neal; 2. Jeremy Marquette; 3. Dan Mohr; 4. Nate Yoerger; 5. Jeremy Gustaf;
Feature: 1. Chip Kohl; 2. Nate Yoerger; 3. Dan Mohr; 4. Donnie Louck; 5. Jerry Miles; 6. Josh Starr; 7. Kevin Dickey; 8. Jeremy Marquette; 9. Cary Brown; 10. Ryan Claeys; 11. Josh Neal; 12. Dwaine Hasson; 13. Emily Gade; 14. Jeremy Gustaf; 15. Cord Williams; 16. Wayne Hora; 17. TJ Patz; 18. Bryan Ritter;
Roto Rooter 4-Stocks (24 cars)
Heat 1: 1. Aaron Hitt; 2. Tristin Clark; 3. Nick Bennett; 4. Wade Dahl; 5. Ricky Kay;
Heat 2: 1. Mitch Bielenberg; 2. Jake Montoya; 3. Gene Potter; 4. Steve Boyle; 5. Cody Halferty;
Heat 3: 1. Jacob Ellithorpe; 2. Lucas Short; 3. Brandon Dahl; 4. Eric Stogdell; 5. Brent Bonney;
Feature: 1. Mitch Bielenberg; 2. Aaron Hitt; 3. Tristin Clark; 4. Jake Montoya; 5. Lucas Short; 6. Gene Potter; 7. Nick Bennett; 8. Wade Dahl; 9. Ricky Kay; 10. Jake Benescheck; 11. Andy Loy; 12. Kyle Rhoads; 13. Gage Neal; 14. Justin Schroeder; 15. Erik Hood; 16. James Parr; 17. Cody Halferty; 18. Eric Stogdell; 19. Brent Bonney; 20. Zach Dahl; 21. Bob Taggaart; 22. Jake Ellithorpe;