Zehr Zooms To Alive For Five North American Cup Win
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (July 1, 2011) – With the heat index reaching over 100 degrees at Dells Raceway Park, Daytona Beach, Fla. Native Dalton Zehr barely broke a sweat. Looking at home in the heat and humidity, Zehr looked like a born-natural behind the wheel of his Super Late Model Friday night.
Zehr swiped the lead from his teammate Troy Nelson just 14 laps into the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series presented by Advanced Engine Concepts North American Cup Feature and pulled away in the late stages from Round One Winner Frank Kreyer. The win was Zehr’s first in select visits to Dells Raceway Park.
Starting 12th in the 21-car field after setting fast time, Zehr’s journey to the front started early thanks to a caution and restart. Utilizing the decision cone after a first-lap caution, Zehr took his mount to the outside line and moved up four spots on the outside line. He later moved up to the fifth spot on a lap-seven restart.
“The car was just amazing on the outside,” Zehr said.
After the lap-seven restart Zehr picked off three cars in succession. Zehr raced to the outside of John Zimmerman on the restart, Dennis Prunty one lap later then moved around Dave Trute into second on lap 10.
With Nelson in his sights, Zehr left Trute and Prunty to battle furiously for the third spot. Zehr caught Nelson by lap 13, but could not complete the pass using his preferred outside line. On lap 14 Zehr took a new line on his teammate and took the lead away.
“I couldn’t quite get it done on the outside with (Nelson) but I was able to get the bottom. After that he was right on my tail.”
Nelson was in hot pursuit of Zehr up until an incident on lap 26. Landry Potter rejoined the field from the pit area in an inopportune situation. Zehr was able to take evasive action, but Nelson was not as he made hard contact with Potter’s machine. Potter drove away, but Nelson’s night came to an abrupt end. Both drivers were unharmed.
The restart saw Zehr pull away from the disputing duo of Trute and Prunty. Prunty secured second after the restart on the outside line, but was unable to chase down Zehr.
Zehr looked to be in complete control of the feature until Round One Winner Frank Kreyer tore into the top five. Kreyer took second on lap 38 and initially chewed away two tenths of a second away a lap. However, as the run continued, Zehr maintained and refurbished his lead.
“He was chasing me down,” Zehr said. “Our car was better on the longer run, it really showed and I was able to pull away from him.”
Kreyer was credited with second, but did not pass post-race inspection. Dennis Prunty finished third, defending DRP Late Model Champion Corey Jankowski made a late surge to finish fourth and Jeff Storm finished fifth.
Sprints Prepare for the Storm of Speed
The Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series held qualifying and a dash event on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s running of the BioBased U.S./Must See Racing Nationals.
Tampa, Fla.’s Troy DeCaire, who emerged with the Must See title from Dells Raceway Park last season was the fastest qualifier with an astounding lap of 11.455 seconds.
In the first ever Crack the Whip event at Dells Raceway Park, outside pole-sitter Aaron Pierce was victorious. Pierce secured the lead at the drop of the green and cruised to a $500 paycheck by surviving the elimination process. Jason Blonde finished second in the event and Jimmy McCune was third.
Several Must See Sprinters were competing in other events Friday evening and will join in the BioBased U.S. / Must See Racing Nationals Saturday. The Sprinters will hold more qualifying for those drivers who did not attend Friday, and will host heats and a 50-lap feature.
Saturday at DRP…
Joining the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars will be all four weekly Dells Raceway Park divisions. The Budweiser Late Models, RacingOnline.com Sportsman, Schultz Small Engine Pure Stocks and Fire Rescue Supply Bandits will compete for their own North American Cup Feature honors.
Fan gates open at 3 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Racing for the five divisions begins at 6:30. Special ticket pricing applies. Adult tickets are $15, Students and Seniors are $10 and 9 and under receive free admission.
Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Road, five minutes north of downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wis., off highway 12-16. For more information including the latest news, the 2011 schedule and more visit www.dellsracewaypark.com.
Quick Results (full results available at dellsracewaypark.com)
Alive For Five Super Late Model Series North American Cup 40-lap Feature
1. Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach, Fla.; 2. DQ – Frank Kreyer, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; 3. Dennis Prunty, Knowles, Wis.; 4. Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis.; 5. Jeff Storm, Waterford, Wis.
Fast Qualifier: Zehr – 13.412 seconds
Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series
12-lap “Crack the Whip”
1. Aaron Pierce, Daleville, Ind.; 2. Jason Blonde, Lichtfield, Mich.; 3. Jimmy McCune, Toledo, Ohio; 4. Dave Baumgartner, Ottawa Lake, Mich.; 5. Troy DeCaire, Tampa, Fla.; 6. Travis Miniea, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 7. Jo Jo Hedberg, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 8. Ryan Litt, London, Ontario, CA; 9. Jason Cox, Park City, Ill.; 10. Jeff Bloom, Bangor, Mich.
Fast Qualifier: DeCaire – 11.455 seconds