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Three Champions, Three Winners at Knoxville Raceway

Danny Lasoski. (T.J. Buffenbarger Photo)

Danny Lasoski. (T.J. Buffenbarger Photo)

From Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 27, 2016) – Three 2016 Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series champions proved why they are on top of the heap, making history Saturday at Pizza Hut Season Championship Night at the Knoxville Raceway! 410 champion, Danny Lasoski, 360 champ, Clint Garner, and 305 titlist Christian Bowman emerged victorious not only in the season point standings, but on the racetrack. It was the first time that season champions had swept the feature events on the final night of the season.

In the 410 class, the National Sprint League 25-lap event saw Tasker Phillips flip violently in turn one before a lap could be completed. Fortunately, he was uninjured. Brooke Tatnell outgunned Craig Dollansky on lap one, but the “Crowd Pleaser” came back on the outside to lead lap two. Danny Lasoski started third, and moved by Tatnell into second on lap four. Brian Brown followed suit into third on lap eight.

Lasoski used his patented low groove to shoot by Dollansky on lap 14, after a good battle. With 15 laps down, Matt Moro, who had been running sixth, stopped on the frontstretch with motor issues. The restart saw Lasoski leading Dollansky, Brown, Davey Heskin and Tatnell back to green flag racing.

The only other stoppage came with six laps to go. Rager Phillips blew a right rear tire, and rejoined the field at the tail. Brown used that restart to snatch second, but he couldn’t catch Lasoski, who recorded win #111 to the tune of $5,000. Dollansky held on for third, ahead of Heskin and hard-charger Kerry Madsen. Josh Schneiderman, Tatnell, Ian Madsen, Dustin Selvage and Scott Bogucki rounded out the top ten. Lasoski set quick time for the sixth time this season, while Dollansky, Moro and AJ Moeller won heats.

“We really appreciate all the effort (owner Tod Quiring) puts out,” said Lasoski in Victory Lane. “I’m the lucky guy that gets to drive it. (crew chief) Guy Forbrook…what can I say? The guy is so good. You can never count him out. He works his ass off. I didn’t see (Brown), but I heard him up above me. After that, I picked up the pace a little more. I was trying to save my tires, and not to slip. As soon as I heard somebody, I aired it out.”

Joe Beaver led the 18-lap 360 main event from the pole early on ahead of Tony Shilling and Sawyer Phillips. Clint Garner was on the move, however, from his starting spot inside row three. He shot under Phillips for third on lap five. Rob Weuve spun in front of Shilling and Garner with seven laps down. The veterans avoided the spinning mount, and started behind Beaver on the restart.

Garner quickly moved into second, while Ryan Giles advanced by Phillips for fourth. Garner dispatched Beaver for the lead on lap 10. A circuit later, Tom Lenz slowed in turn three, bringing a caution. Garner lead Beaver, Shilling, Giles and Phillips back to green. The final slowdown came for a spun Ricky Montgomery, setting up a two-lap Dash to the checkers.

While Garner pulled away for his 28th career win here, Shilling shot into second. Giles moved into third, while Phillips and Beaver completed the top five. Jamie Ball, Matt Moro, Tyler Groenendyk, Nate Van Haaften and Calvin Landis completed the top ten. Van Haaften set quick time, while Shilling and Garner won heats.

“It’s such a challenge to take these things on every night,” said Garner. “It is such a blessing to be here, and to be on top is even greater. The cars are really fast, and there’s quite a few of us with good engines. If we’d just get some mirrors in here, we’d know how hard to run. Up front, you just run like a rabbit. You don’t know what’s behind you. It’s a tricky sport. If NASCAR didn’t have mirrors, it’d be a lot more interesting.”

Mike Mayberry drove to an early lead in the 15-lap 305 feature ahead of Christian Bowman, McKenna Haase, Devin Kline and Brad Comegys. Kline and Comegys provided the battle early for fourth, with Kline winning out. The only caution came on lap nine when the fifth place car of Matthew Stelzer came to a stop in turn four. Meanwhile, Bowman avoided disaster in lapped traffic by sneaking under a car on the backstretch.

Mayberry’s lead on the restart was short-lived, as Bowman surged to the fore. Kline also worked by Haase for third, and the top four would race each other in close quarters the last five laps. At the checkers, they all finished within a second of each other. Bowman’s win was his fourth of the season and his career. Mayberry finished behind the champ, ahead of Kline, Haase and Corey Kautz. Comegys, Chris Walraven, Jeff Wilke, Joe Simbro and hard-charger, Blain Petersen rounded out the top ten. Comegys set quick time, while Mayberry and Kline won heat races.

“I knew I had the car to win,” said Bowman. “My team worked hard, and they gave me a great car. I have to thank all my sponsors for a great year.”

Join us next Saturday night, August 27, for the Extreme Enduro! For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!

410 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (14), 15.015; 2. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (9), 15.130; 3. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (18), 15.149; 4. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (21), 15.150; 5. 7, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (2), 15.209; 6. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (3), 15.211; 7. 84, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Aust. (4), 15.233; 8. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (8), 15.256; 9. 10, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE (6), 15.314; 10. 2KS, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (7), 15.346; 11. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (16), 15.361; 12. 10V, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (1), 15.400; 13. 17w, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (13), 15.400; 14. 2M, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (12), 15.429; 15. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (11), 15.438; 16. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (15), 15.463; 17. 7W, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (5), 15.528; 18. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust. (17), 15.704; 19. 59, Ben Schmidt, Howards Grove, WI (20), 15.912; 20. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (10), 16.123; 21. 35, Kevin Hetrick, Gladstone, IL (19), 16.311.

Heat one (started), 8 Laps, NT: 1. Craig Dollansky (3); 2. Kerry Madsen (2); 3. Danny Lasoski (6); 4. RJ Johnson (1); 5. Davey Heskin (5); 6. Ben Schmidt (7); 7. Scott Bogucki (4)

Heat two (started), 8 Laps, 2:05.1: 1. Matt Moro (2); 2. Brian Brown (6); 3. Josh Schneiderman (3); 4. Ian Madsen (4); 5. Tasker Phillips (1); 6. Bob Weuve (7); DQ (Scales) – Dustin Selvage (5)

Heat three (started), 8 Laps, 2:04.9: 1. AJ Moeller (2); 2. Rager Phillips (3); 3. Brooke Tatnell (6); 4. Dakota Hendrickson (4); 5. Glen Saville (1); 6. Kevin Hetrick (5) DNS – Bronson Maeschen

A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Danny Lasoski (3); 2. Brian Brown (4); 3. Craig Dollansky (1); 4. Davey Heskin (5); 5. Kerry Madsen (12); 6. Josh Schneiderman (11); 7. Brooke Tatnell (2); 8. Ian Madsen (7); 9. Dustin Selvage (13); 10. Scott Bogucki (14); 11. Dakota Hendrickson (10); 12. RJ Johnson (15); 13. Rager Phillips (8); 14. Ben Schmidt (18); 15. Bob Weuve (19); 16. AJ Moeller (9); 17. Matt Moro (6); 18. Glen Saville (17); 19. Kevin Hetrick (20); 20. Bronson Maeschen (21); 21. Tasker Phillips (16). Lap Leaders: Tatnell 1, Dollansky 2-13, Lasoski 14-25. Hard-charger: K. Madsen.

360 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 3, Nate Van Haaften, Otley, IA (13), 15.847; 2. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (2), 16.038; 3. 9, Ryan Giles, West Des Moines, IA (10), 16.038; 4. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (5), 16.065; 5. 22, Tony Shilling, Knoxville, IA (7), 16.100; 6. 53, Joe Beaver, Knoxville, IA (11), 16.146; 7. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (14), 16.163; 8. 10, Calvin Landis, Knoxville, IA (16), 16.189; 9. 2M, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (8), 16.222; 10. 9M, Ricky Montgomery, Lakewood, CO (6), 16.361; 11. 17, Tyler Groenendyk, Oskaloosa, IA (9), 16.428; 12. 33V, Mike Van Haaften, Otley, IA (12), 16.510; 13. 81A, Chris Morgan, Topeka, KS (1), 16.604; 14. 33, Alan Zoutte, Knoxville, IA (17), 16.996; 15. 8L, Tom Lenz, Marion, IA (4), 17.051; 16. 1A, John Anderson, Des Moines, IA (15), 17.150; 17. 19, Rob Weuve, Oakland Acres, IA (3), 17.292.

Heat one (started), 7 Laps, 1:50.9: 1. Tony Shilling (4); 2. Tyler Groenendyk (1); 3. Jamie Ball (3); 4. Matt Moro (2); 5. Ryan Giles (5); 6. Nate Van Haaften (6); 7. Tom Lenz (8); 8. Rob Weuve (9); 9. Chris Morgan (7)

Heat two (started), 7 Laps, 1:56.5: 1. Clint Garner (6); 2. Mike Van Haaften (1); 3. Ricky Montgomery (2); 4. Calvin Landis (3); 5. Joe Beaver (4); 6. Sawyer Phillips (5); 7. Alan Zoutte (7); 8. John Anderson (8)

A main (started), 18 Laps, NT: 1. Clint Garner (5); 2. Tony Shilling (2); 3. Ryan Giles (4); 4. Sawyer Phillips (3); 5. Joe Beaver (1); 6. Jamie Ball (7); 7. Matt Moro (9); 8. Tyler Groenendyk (11); 9. Nate Van Haaften (6); 10. Calvin Landis (8); 11. Mike Van Haaften (12); 12. Chris Morgan (13); 13. John Anderson (16); 14. Alan Zoutte (14); 15. Rob Weuve (17); 16. Ricky Montgomery (10); 17. Tom Lenz (15). Lap Leaders: Beaver 1-9, Garner 10-18. Hard-charger: Garner.

305 Results

Time Trials (Group Qualifying): 1. 76, Brad Comegys, Bondurant, IA (8), 16.888; 2. 5J, Devin Kline, Knoxville, IA (1), 17.020; 3. 56W, Chris Walraven, Knoxville, IA (18), 17.021; 4. 55, McKenna Haase, Des Moines, IA (13), 17.038; 5. 0, Mike Mayberry, Fremont, IA (4), 17.074; 6. 85, Chase Wanner, Agency, IA (3), 17.087; 7. 15, Christian Bowman, Altoona, IA (7), 17.121; 8. 99, Matthew Stelzer, Omaha, NE (14), 17.137; 9. 51, Corey Kautz, Urbandale, IA (10), 17.380; 10. 56, Joe Simbro, Pleasantville, IA (11), 17.445; 11. 41, Jeff Wilke, Genoa, IL (12), 17.453; 12. 41D, Dan Henning, Columbia, IA (5), 17.673; 13. 71, Brandon Worthington, Indianola, IA (2), 17.861; 14. 23T, Travis Rewerts, Des Moines, IA (9), 17.957; 15. 68, Blain Petersen, Essex, IA (16), 18.084; 16. 23, Jim George, Norwalk, IA (6), 18.294; 17. 26, Chase Young, Des Moines, IA (17), 18.485; 18. 1J, Jamie Zaputil, Mystic, IA (19), 18.828; 19. 6, Mitchell Alexander, Knoxville, IA (15), NT.

Heat one (started), 6 Laps, 1:45.6: 1. Mike Mayberry (4); 2. Jeff Wilke (1); 3. Corey Kautz (2); 4. Christian Bowman (3); 5. Brad Comegys (6); 6. Chris Walraven (5); 7. Blain Petersen (8); 8. Brandon Worthington (7); 9. Chase Young (9); 10. Mitchell Alexander (10)

Heat two (started), 6 Laps, 1:44.6: 1. Devin Kline (6); 2. Joe Simbro (2); 3. McKenna Haase (5); 4. Matthew Stelzer (3); 5. Dan Henning (1); 6. Jim George (8); 7. Travis Rewerts (7); 8. Jamie Zaputil (9); 9. Chase Wanner (4)

A main (started), 15 Laps, NT: 1. Christian Bowman (1); 2. Mike Mayberry (2); 3. Devin Kline (5); 4. McKenna Haase (3); 5. Corey Kautz (8); 6. Brad Comegys (6); 7. Chris Walraven (4); 8. Jeff Wilke (10); 9. Joe Simbro (9); 10. Blain Petersen (15); 11. Matthew Stelzer (7); 12. Dan Henning (11); 13. Brandon Worthington (14); 14. Jamie Zaputil (16); 15. Travis Rewerts (13); 16. Jim George (12) DNS – Chase Wanner, Chase Young, Mitchell Alexander. Lap Leaders: Mayberry 1-9, Bowman 10-15. Hard-charger: Petersen.