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10th ANNIVERSARY SEASON KICKED OFF WITH SUCCESSFUL 2018 SEASON OPENER AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!
By Dan Bailey
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (Friday April 27, 2018) – 110 Racers, 20 Checkered Flags, 2 roll-overs, & a Grandstand full of bundled race fans helped MISSISSIPPI THUNDER
SPEEDWAY kick off the 2018 "10th Anniversary Season" with a perfect Opening Night of racing action! Despite a stiff wind blowing in from the North-West,
racers and race-fans alike were ready to brush away the wintery off-season with a hot night of excitement that lasted from the Opening Ceremonies to the night's
final checkered flag.
By the time that final checkered flag had waived, two defending Track Champions, one former Track Champion, two former Feature Winners, & a first-timmer had
visited Victory Lane to celebrate feature wins that they hope will propel them into a successful 2018 season.
JOHNSON - FIRST CHECKERED FLAG OF 2018
The distinction, and honor, of collecting the VERY FIRST Feature Victory of the 2018 "10th Anniversary Season" belongs to Harmston Trucking MTS Hornet feature
winner Jeremy Johnson. After settling for a second-place heat race finish, behind 2nd heat-race winner Shadow Kitchner, Johnson stormed back to lead the 23-car
field to the season's very first waiving of the checkered flag at the conclusion of the Harmston Trucking MTS Hornet feature.
The win, however, was no easy breaze as Don Martens and defending 2017 Track Champion Jason Schloegel kept Johnson on his toes with a three-car battle at the
front of the field that went all the way down to the final exit of the final turn.
Martens' #7M followed Johnson's #917 across the line just ahead of Schloegel's #77 - while first heat-race winner Jake Halterman and Johnny Severtson completed
MYERS MASTERS USRA MODIFIEDS
Curt Myers put both his brakes and the left rear quarter-panel of his #1M to the test on Friday night, as the Cameron, WI speedster worked the track like a
high-line master from start to finish. With the rear of his car scrapping the outside wall in turns 3 & 4 through the entire 25-lap feature, and his brake rotors
glowing red through the second half of the event, Myers kept the fans and his competition cheering and guessing all the way to the finish!
"I knew I was pushing the car right up to the limit," commented Myers in Victory Lane, after the win, "I could feel the brakes going away, but I wasn't about to
Pole-Sitter Keith Foss raced to a second place finish just ahead of Dustin Sorensen, in third, while Cory Crapser and Defending Track Champion Josh Angst battled
the majority of the feature to determine how the top-5 would be completed (for the record, Crapser 4th - Angst 5th).
HOFER HOT IN CENTERVILLE WELDING & REPAIR USRA LATE MODELS PRESENTED BY BIG TOY STORAGE
At the end of the 2017 season, Cochrane, WI's Lance Hofer wrapped up his 2nd USRA Late Model Track Championship in three years. Friday night he put his competition
on notice that he'd love nothing more than to collect a third in 2018!
Hofer started the year off with a clean-sweep, winning both the first USRA Late Model heat-race as well as the evening's 20-lap feature. As Hofer continued his
hot-streak, 2016 Track Champion Justin Sass circled the lightning-fast high-banked speedway to a second place finish - just ahead of second heat-race winner
Barry Johnson, Derek Nelson & Troy Langowski.
HALE BACKS UP 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP WITH BLACK HORSE BAR & GRILL USRA B-MOD FEATURE WIN
After a fourth-place finish in the 3rd USRA B-Mod heat race, Parker Hale had to make things happen if he was going to turn the night around. That's exactly what
the Grand Meadow, MN racer did; stepping out front of the 27-car field and maneuvering his way to the Opening Night feature win!
"This new Dirt-Dueller drives like a dream," said Hale, after the feature win, "The work that all of us - family, friends, LDR, everyone - has done made this
thing almost perfect for the feature!"
Iowa's Dan Hovden followed Hale across the line in second, just ahead of second heat-race winner JT Wasmund (3rd), Casey Knutson (4th) and Andrew Bleess (5th).
JUMBECK JACKED WITH REDBOX+ 600 MODS FEATURE WIN
Kyle Jumbeck survived a side-by-side battle for the lead with Chris Gilbertson, that lasted almost the entire redbox+ 600 Mod feature, to claim the division's
feature feature win of 2018. With Gilbertson committed to the extreme bottom of the track, Jumbeck stepped out to his familiar line at the extreme top-side of
the speedway's high-banks to keep his momentum up!
"Yeah, I think I probably drove almost twice as far as Chris did," laughed Jumbeck in Victory Lane, while commenting on the battle for the win.
John Griffin, former Track Champion Greg Wohletz & first heat-race winner Cody Gardner completed the top-5.
LINK LEADS JAILHOUSE SALOON USRA HOBBY STOCKS TO FEATURE WIN
Brady Link has a habit of sneaking in from Iowa when he can and stealing feature wins from MTS USRA Hobby Stock regulars. He did it again Friday night during the
2018 Season Opener - completing a 'clean sweep' in the division by winning the first heat-race and then backing that up with the feature win.
"This new car was absolutely perfect," Link explained, in Victory Lane, after the win - and then turned the spotlight elsewhere, "You know, I appreciate the fans
chearing for me and this win, but every single driver out here deserves a round of applause. Every person who works in the pits, or back in the shops; every
sponsor . . . and especially all the family members who put up with our long hours in the garage or at the track or on the way to the track. I hope you'll all
chear just as loud for them also."
Jay Mensink, who followed Link beneath the waiving checkered flag in the heat race, mirrored that finish, by racing to second in the feature - just ahead of
second heat-race winner Travis Krause, Defending Track Champion Steve Holthaus in fourth and Paul Seabrooke in fifth.
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY will once again roar to life Friday May 4th with "Leighton Broadcasting / Budwweiser Night"!
Green flag competition begins at 6 pm with the 2018 season debut of the Sunshine Refuse Slingshots on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY.
Action on "The Big 1/3 Mile" resumes immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with green flag laps provided by
the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Limited Late Models presented by Big Toy Storage, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA
B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stocks, REDBOX+ 600 Mods, & Harmston Trucking MTS Hornets!
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or
visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.
- General Admission Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
- Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue with ALL kids 12 & Under admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!
- Adult Grandstand admission just $15!
- Senior Citizens (65 & Older) only $13!
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MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its "10th Anniversary Season" of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile
dark-clay oval has becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere Friday
nights throughout the racing season.
For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com
RESULTS - FRIDAY APRIL 27th - 2018 SEASON OPENER
MTS results at MyLaps.com
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